Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards)

Sam's Burger Joint Presents:

Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards)

Garrett T. Capps

Fri, June 8, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$16.00 - $80.00

This event is 18 and over

NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $16 Advance/ $18 Day of Show/ $80 Reserved Booth

 

Erika Wennerstrom
Erika Wennerstrom
There's something somewhat frightening, yet utterly liberating when leaving the confines of a successful band to venture solo — especially a band whose latest record was called "effortlessly brilliant" by critics. But, such is the case with Erika Wennerstrom who is taking a break from her Austin-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver her solo debut Sweet Unknown.
"It was a really freeing experience," reveals the singer/songwriter/guitarist. “I found my strength in my vulnerability as an artist, and really, just as a person. It kind of forced me to allow myself to be a little more exposed and stand on my own two feet. It’s easy to feel comfortable in a band, but it's scary to do it as just yourself. I feel like I’ve grown a lot creatively and personally."
But fans of Heartless Bastards — which has released five critically- acclaimed albums since their 2003 inception, appeared on many late night television shows, and has drawn praise from Rolling Stone, Time, New York Times — need not worry. The band has not broken up. "We'd been going for so long and everyone in the band was just ready for a little break. But I had songs in me that needed to come out. I didn't think it was fair to push them to keep going and I didn't want to do it without them under the band name,” explains Wennerstrom, who enlisted the help of HB's Jesse Ebaugh to play bass on 8 of the 9 tracks on Sweet Unknown.
Fans can also rest assured that what they've grown to love about Wennerstrom’s music is still front-and-center. Her trademark vocals that NPR so aptly calls "warm yet gritty, throaty yet sweet, gigantic, yet intimate" are that... times 10. And the bluesy, rock vibes that Relix describes as "smoky, late night [rock] that exists somewhere between Royal Trux and the Rolling Stones" has only gotten smokier and bluesier.
So, what is the difference? "It's just more of me," she says. "It's as simple as that. I was able to get deeper and you get another level of my heart and soul. And, it's really about my journey of self-awareness and healing and finding acceptance and self-love. It’s very empowering."
While Wennerstrom has always been honest in the Heartless Bastards songs she’s written, the 9 tracks that make up Sweet Unknown are even more personal and reflective, and for her, quite transformative as well.
Garrett T. Capps
Garrett T. Capps
Garrett T. Capps is a San Antonio-based country musician unafraid to let other influences creep into his tunes. His last full-length release, "Y Los Lonely Hipsters", has garnered a cult following and even landed one of it's songs (Born in San Antone) a prime spot in the Season 3 opening scene of Showtime's hit series "Billions" (premiers March 25th, 2018). His ambitious new "space country" solo LP, "In the Shadows (again)" will be released in early May on the newly established Shotgun House Records. There is a lot on the horizon for GTC as he continues to play prime gigs in Austin/San Antonio and take his progressive Tex-Mex influence out in to the big 'ol world.
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215
http://samsburgerjoint.com/