It’s an exciting time to be in the Austin music scene for a number of reasons, one of them is the emergence of the up and coming crop of local legacies, the offspring of that mythical class of folk and country musicians that defined Central Texas music for a quarter of a century. Lili Blessing, the daughter of the renowned Sara Hickman, is a stand out among the freshman class. Her debut release Lifeline has garnered a lot of respect amongst the Austin elite and has set her on a path parallel to her mothers, though certainly not in her shadow. It’s folky, it’s soulful, but it also has the energy of youth, the sound of someone who is learning how the world works and finding her place in it. Lifeline a deeply personal record that runs the gamut in terms of style and energy. She splits the difference between folk, country, and indie rock to create a sound that could only come from someone born and raised steeped in the local music tradition. Lili stopped by Studio 1A to show us some of the tunes off of her recently release, including an unreleased track about a certain orange baby who might be our president.
— James Parker/KUTX