Once Great Estate — “Austin”
Americana Highways presents this premiere of Once Great Estate’s song “Austin.” The song was
written by Tracy Horenbein; recorded by Kyle Aligood at Gasoline Alley; and mixed and produced by Chan Leonard at The Shire. The cover photo is courtesy of Aleyna Margaret Brown, with cover design by Christopher Ash.
“Austin” is Tracy Horenbein on vocals and guitar; Christopher Ash on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar; Matthew Burns on electric guitar and mandolin; Jeffrey Chagnon on bass and keys; Steve Burke on drums. Austin is a place of splendor and musical heroes, which Tracy Horenbein has harnessed for this innovative song for Once Great Estate. With horses, raw guitar and a nod to Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch too, this song is the Texas spirit through an indie folk lens. “The future is a runaway.”
I was able to attend SXSW this year, which was a cool experience. Not only was it my first visit to Austin, it was my first trip to Texas. Like a lot of great cities, Austin has that coexistence of historic and modern. It creates a great energy that can be seen in the art, food, and music. I also got to spend some time at Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch, and see some of his rescue horses. Willie is such a hero and is doing total hero level stuff out there. Two days after I got back to Florida, I wrote this song. I recorded a demo version that was really delicate, and had field recordings of birds in Austin. However, when I started working the song out with the band, it got a bit more lively. I’m really happy with what everyone contributed and how the song turned out.
You can find more music by Once Great Estate, here: https://oncegreatestate.bandcamp.com/track/austin