Rev. Gean West with original band member, Jean Tarkington. Photo: Austin360
Last week, Reverend Gean West died at the age of 78. He was one of the founders of the band, The Relatives. They were an unknown West Dallas group that faded in the early ‘80s only to reunite and gain national acclaim the past five years. KERA’s Jerome Weeks has this appreciation of one of the pioneers of gospel-funk.
On The Road: The young and talented British-based artist Flo Morrissey met up with KXT 91.7’s On The Road crew at the Plaza Saltillo Metro Rail station in Austin during SXSW. She recorded her song “Show Me.”
Police in Austin say a drunk driver they were attempting to stop plowed through a barricade and into a crowd waiting to hear music at South by Southwest this morning. Two people were killed and 23 injured. The driver is in custody. KERA, NPR and KUT, Austin’s public radio station, are all following the story. You can read updates throughout the day on KERA news blog. KERA news blog.
If there’s one theme running through this year’s South by Southwest Film Conference, it’s that just about every big-name Texas director had something new to show. Robert Rodriguez and Mike Judge screened their new forays into television. Wes Anderson visited with The Grand Budapest Hotel. And University of Texas professor Kat Candler made a splash with her new film, Hellion.
The Big Screen team certainly took note. But we devote this week’s show to two other Texans who represented well at SXSW – Richardson native David Gordon Green and Austin’s Richard Linklater. Here’s our look at their new films, Joe and Boyhood, respectively, as well as highlights from our conversation with each director.
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