ACL '09: Heartless Barstards' Erika Wennerstrom Soothes Our Souls
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But then, a respite--not in the humidity, but rather in spirit. Before a fairly disappointing crowd at the Dell Stage just a short walk from the festival's Barton Springs entrance, Austin's Heartless Bastards offered a sound befitting of the environment. Heavy but not too heavy, dirty but not quite muddy, alt-country enough but with a heavy dose of classic American rock 'n' roll thrown in for good measure, the Erika Wennerstrom-led act seemed almost too good a fit for the circumstances surrounding their show.
And it's tough not to like what Heartless Bastards brings to the table--especially when talking about frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom. Girl can flat out sing. And for those who stopped by the band's set, her husky, whiskey-soaked voice soothed the crowds into submission, affirming the audience's increasingly optimistic beliefs that the day would be fine after all and that maybe the conditions weren't so bad after all.