You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Austin’s notable musicians play to remember Chris Porter


Plenty of local and regional marquee names helped bring out the crowd on Sunday night at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul to help get the late Chris Porter’s final recordings finished and released: Alejandro Escovedo, Will Johnson, Aaron Lee Tasjan, the Mastersons, John Moreland. All could headline shows in bigger rooms than this.

But while their short individual sets were a big part of the draw, the real focus of the night was an extended set of Porter’s own songs, delivered with love and passion by a handful of his closest friends. Sunday’s event was the latest of several memorials to the singer-songwriter, who was killed along with bassist Mitchell Vandenburg in a North Carolina highway crash while on tour in October.

Working with Porter was “one of the most joyous recording experiences I’ve had in my life,” said Johnson, who produced the songwriter’s two most recent albums. Johnson, who opened the evening with a few of his own songs, returned to kick off the tribute portion of the night, singing a beautiful duet with Porter’s good friend Bonnie Whitmore (who then did the same with Austin songwriter Graham Weber).

Husband-and-wife Sarah Green and Sam Gunderson came from Alabama, Porter’s home state before he moved to Austin a few years ago, to sing a couple of his songs. Porter’s parents also came in from Alabama to attend the event. Traveling from Tulsa, Okla., was John Calvin Abney, whose solo acoustic rendition of the title track from Porter’s album “This Red Mountain” was especially moving.

Austin musicians Garner Sloan and Hank Erwin brought up drummer Adam Nurre, the lone survivor of the North Carolina crash, to accompany them on the Porter songs they sang. Nurre, still recovering from serious injuries, locked right in on both numbers, and the crowd cheered loudly when his name was announced.

Nurre another area gigs this week — Thursday at the White Horse with Sloan — before he and Erwin head out on a tour that’ll bring Nurre back to his parents’ home in Ohio for the holidays.

Those who were unable to attend on Sunday but would like to help get Porter’s unreleased recordings issued can donate via PayPal to ceciliaportermusicfoundation@gmail.com.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Austin360

Here’s why Shiner Prickly Pear isn’t coming back this summer
Here’s why Shiner Prickly Pear isn’t coming back this summer

Springtime in Austin is fading quickly into summer, and with warmer weather comes the release of delicious, refreshing summer seasonal beers from local breweries. However, we noticed recently that a summer standby of the past several years is missing from grocery store shelves: Shiner’s previous summer seasonal, Prickly Pear. Last month, Shiner...
One of the Kardashian sisters reportedly hasn’t spoken to Caitlyn Jenner in nearly two years
One of the Kardashian sisters reportedly hasn’t spoken to Caitlyn Jenner in nearly two years

Caitlyn Jenner claims she hasn’t spoken to her stepdaughter Khloé Kardashian in nearly two years. The former Olympian opened up to Andy Cohen on his “Radio Andy” show on SiriusXM. “She doesn’t want to talk to me,” Jenner said. “She hasn’t talked to me in, like, two years.” She continued...
Bill Paxton remembered at premiere of final film ‘The Circle’
Bill Paxton remembered at premiere of final film ‘The Circle’

The director of the new tech drama “The Circle,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, remembered actor Bill Paxton at the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday. Paxton, who played Watson’s father, had a small role in the movie, his last before his death at 61 after heart surgery in February...
Willie Nelson’s new album proves how musically sharp he remains at 84
Willie Nelson’s new album proves how musically sharp he remains at 84

“I run up and down the road, making music as I go They say my pace would kill a normal man But I’ve never been accused of being normal anyway And I woke up still not dead again today.” — “Still Not Dead,” Willie Nelson A 21st-century update of Mark Twain’s famous quip about reports of his death being greatly...
Johnny Depp, dressed as Jack Sparrow, surprises Disneyland visitors
Johnny Depp, dressed as Jack Sparrow, surprises Disneyland visitors

It really was a pirate’s life for Johnny Depp at Disneyland Wednesday night. Depp had a major surprise for riders on the Disneyland version of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” He blended in with the audio-animatronics on the ride, dressed in full Captain Jack Sparrow garb. He appeared in one of the village scenes, getting as close as the...
More Stories