The last few weeks saw an estimated 75,000 people converge on Austin, Texas for one of the country’s biggest music and media festivals, SXSW. Filmmakers, tech gurus and, of course, musicians from all over the world came to show us their stuff, bringing make-it-or-break-it attitudes to the heart of Texas in an effort to score that big deal. It’s crazy, crowded, and sometimes downright bizarre, but it has become a staple of Austin music culture and possibly the most anticipated event of the year.
When I tell you about this band, you’re going to think I’m lying. Pirates Canoe is a Japanese….Americana band. I know, it confused me, too, but there is no denying their authentic folk sound. Started in the summer of 2009, this group from the Kansai region of Japan will fool you into thinking they’re from the Mississippi Valley with their blend of guitars, fiddles and sweet, southern-twanged vocals.
Band Name: Pirates Canoe
Elizabeth Etta (vocals and guitar)
Sara Kohno (vocals and mandolin)
Kanoko Keyaki (vocals and fiddle)
Kazuhiko Iwaki (resophonic guitar)
Takashi “Yossie” Yoshioka (percussion)
Jun Taniguchi (bass)