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The Painted Redstarts

Rolling Stone hailed the Painted Redstarts as the future of Austin music after their performance at ACL Live/Moody Theater in January 2014. The Painted Redstarts band was founded by William Harries Graham & bassist Sam Jackson. The Painted Redstarts are an Austin Americana Indie band that were top picks for this year's SXSW, including features in the New York Times, Austin Monthly, Texas Monthly and one of seven bands featured by KUTX's SXSW "Seven To Watch." Since SXSW the band's single "Curtains Wide" has been in KUTX rotation. The band is comprised of William Harries Graham (son of 3 time Austin Hall of Famer Jon Dee Graham) co-founder Sam Jackson, & James Caldwell. At various times the band has also included Seth Jackson, Max Mercer and Marlon Sexton, the son of Charlie Sexton, Bob Dylan's band leader. The band was voted as the July 2014 Deli Artist of the Month. William showcased solo at this year's International Folk Alliance and played the Rod Kennedy Stage at the Kerrville Fall Festival. The Austin Chronicle's Kevin Curtin/Playback Austin hails William as the "voice of his generation." Rock critic Doug Freeman calls the band "ambassadors to the next generation that's already making waves in river city." Renowned filmmaker Geoff Marslett made a video for the Painted Redstarts that debuted in Blurt Magazine to coincide with Playing in Traffic's August 5 official release of "Curtains Wide." Shot entirely on cameras from 1984 to capture the vibe of the heyday years of MTV. Marslett, a film professor at the University of Texas is best known for his films for Mars (2010), Loves Her Gun (2013) and Bubblecraft (2006).William is featured in this year's Wired Magazine's Annual "Smart List," the top 50 innovative world changers, that includes Woon-Soon Park (Mayor of Seoul), Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York), Satoshi Nakamoto (founder of Bitcoin) Ben Rattray (founder of Change. org), & James Turrell. William founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit Music4Music that supports communities without music programs. William is also writes for the Austin Chronicle, his weekly music column archive for the Austin Chronicle: http://www.austinchronicle.com/authors/william-harries-graham/