Suzanna Choffel

Suzanna Choffel

A native of Austin TX, Suzanna Choffel combines her poetic lyrics and sweet smoky voice with funky urban rhythms to create a fresh and unique sound. In March 2009, Suzanna won the "Best Indie Band" prize at the Austin Music Awards-SXSW 2009, and in April 2009 she won 2nd Place in the "AAA" category of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. She uses her guitar to create staccato rhythms underneath her dazzling soulful vocal melodies, all backed by a pulsing band with unique instrumentation. Her music has been described as "indie pop with urban beats", and "jazz-infused soul pop" with comparisons ranging from Feist to Nelly Furtado to Norah Jones to KT Tunstall.

Ben Livingston

Ben Livingston visits Hill Country Live from Austin, TX joined by his guitar slinging deluxe brother in law - Michael Elias from Tawaco, NJ.

Ben Livingston - bio in reviews

"Ben Livingston claims the title of story and songmaker. Breaking apart the whole is the territory where Ben is King."
- Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root Magazine

"Ben Livingston is highly recommended by Terry Allen. In many respects the two are like minded souls. Although he is not from Lubbock. He is from Victoria, Texas but fits right in the row of specific artists from that city as Terry Allen, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, Carl Swinney and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. That means intellectual, opinionated, progressive, looking across borders and at times wacky."

- John Gjaltema, (Netherlands)

“Known internationally as a neon-light sculptor, Ben Livingston won a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts for his discovery/invention of the infinite phosphorescent color palette. Trust Your Equipment (his debut CD) is almost equally inventive…
Some of his observations are pure Texas poetry. Livingston's all over the place musically, but "Trust Your Equipment" marks him a true original.”

— John Caligiuri, The Austin Chronicle

"Livingston belted out one song after another to the audience's delight. More than a neon artist, he proved he was a talented songwriter and musician."

- Tim Delaney, The Victoria Advocate

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