The twelve days of the SXSW lineup: two bald eagles

The first and second waves of the 37th annual Texan showcase of new music SXSW lineup have been released, and once again, it looks to be the sound of tomorrow. The festival runs a full six days from March 10-19th, 2023 and registration for tickets is open now. You can see the ticket and lineup information in full at

Texas and March may be far away, but the music is always close. Americana UK journos trawled through the 400+ artists to bring you a list of what hot new Americana artists you could be playing next year. You heard them here first. This is Day Two of a Twelve-part series that explores this showcase; enjoy all of these artists “… two bald eagles, and a pardner in a pantry”.

See the first day’s artists here!


The GOLDEN DREGS is Cornwall-born songwriter and producer Benjamin Woods who has been putting out music for just over a decade. His third album ‘On Grace and Dignity‘ is out in February and has its roots in his time working as a labourer in Truro after the lockdown. For fans of Leonard Cohen and rootsy lyrics.

Constant Follower:

This three-piece from Scotland released their debut album ‘Never is, Nor Ever Was‘ just a few months ago. They describe themselves as “soaring ambient dream pop experimental folk music”; Americana UK hears acoustic guitars and the truth. Read our review of their single ‘Weave of the World’ here.

Izzy Heltai:

Singer-songwriter Izzy Heltai lived in Boston with his mom and celebrated coming out as a Trans artist with his debut album ‘Father‘ this Autumn. Channelling the 60 folk rock his parents played him, Heltai has called this album his “Bon Iver phase”. This artist, who is genuinely connected to people and places, is an obvious one to watch. Read our review of the single ‘Songbirdhere.


Left-field artist Pearla is Nicole Rodriguez, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter whose personal interests include finger puppets, writing songs with children, Virginia Woolf’s prose, and consulting the I ching. Pearla plays guitars and sings the soundtrack to your dreams of New York lovers you have yet to meet. With only a handful of singles and a debut album scheduled for release in February, now is a perfect time to get into this intriguing musician.

Sug Daniels:

Philly singer-songwriter Sug Daniels plays an electric Fender Fullerton Ukulele Strat(!) to combine elements of folk and lo-fi and make refreshingly new Americana. Daniels is from a post-album era and has released a steady stream of singles, with no album yet announced.

Come by tomorrow for the third instalment of new artists!

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