I was out after work looking for some place to eat while onn my recent trip to Austin. I saw the sign for the Iron Cactus restaurant, and I knew I did not need to drive any more. This post is not about the Iron Cactus, though it was a cool place.
In the bar area was a young man singing and playing on an acoustic guitar, accompanied by an older gentleman on a pedal steel guitar. The younger man, Brian Pounds by name, was singing his heart out and the older gentleman on the steel was quite good as well. The Tex-Mex food was good enough, the cerveza was cold, and although the music was not exactly my favorite style it was both entertaining and of fine quality. Not even a cover charge.
Unfortunately I must have missed the first half of their set, because after about 6 songs they were packing up. I was sufficiently impressed to call Brian over and offer to buy one of his CDs. I figured I got $10 worth of entertainment anyway. My younger days as a musician are not completely forgotten; I try to support up and coming artists where I can.
Brian plays a sort of blend of folk/rock/country and has a quality to his voice that reminds me of James Taylor. You can check him out here: http://www.purevolume.com/brianpounds
There, I have done my good deed. From here it is up to him and the quality of his music. Just in case he does make it big, I had him autograph the CD. You never can tell.