On June 12th, we had the pleasure of showcasing Americana-Folk artist Jaimee Harris at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill for our third Mood Live of the season. Jaimee has yet to release her debut album, but she’s already captured the attention of the Austin music community. Our friends at the Austin Music Foundation declared her their “Artist of the Month” in May and Austin360 awarded her the same honor for June. Austin-American Statesman’s Peter Blackstock (who we spotted in the audience at Opal Divine’s) calls her “one of Austin’s most promising young singer-songwriters” and, after her Mood Live performance, we can see why.
It was a lovely afternoon to take a break and listen to live music, and our music-loving employees and partners (along with several loyal Jaimee Harris fans) enjoyed an acoustic taste of her upcoming debut solo album. A great fit for the Opal Divine’s Austin Grill stage, Jaimee was accompanied by Eddie Dickerson on fiddle while Kris Nelson and Jane Ellen Bryant (our very first Mood Live artist!) provided beautiful harmonies.
Though much of the performance featured the quartet, Jaimee took a few songs in the middle of her set to perform solo (or accompanied only by Eddie on fiddle) to let her songwriting take center stage. Jaimee has been through a lot to get to where she is today, and she’s not afraid to share her story. Segueing from one self-described “depressing” song to another, Jaimee took a moment to highlight a few of her struggles in hopes of inspiring others to open up and join together through her honesty. Watch the performance of one of her most personal songs, “On the Surface,” below.
Before her Mood Live set, Jaimee Harris stopped at our office (conveniently located next door to Opal Divine’s Austin Grill) for a conversation about what we can expect from her debut album, the amazing artists she’s collaborated with, and what initially drew her to the Austin music community.
Mood Live was just part of a jam-packed week for this artist-on-the-rise. In anticipation of being on the road for the majority of the summer, Jaimee tackled a spree of hometown gigs with afternoon live sessions for Austin360, Sun Radio and more along with evening sets at beloved Austin venues including Threadgill’s and Antone’s. She’s on the road now so click HERE to see if she’s coming to a city near you!
You can find more photos from Jaimee Harris’ performance as well as recaps, photos, and videos from both seasons of Mood Live HERE. Mood Live is presented by Mood and the Austin Music Foundation. We can’t thank AMF enough for always bringing us Austin’s top talent. We’d also like to thank our amazingly supportive partners, including the Cultural Arts Division, LoudMouth Rentals, YETI, Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions and, of course, Opal Divine’s Austin Grill.
We’re taking a mid-season break in July but we’ll be back in August with even more from the Live Music Capital of the World!
– Submitted by Jessica Reed and Brad Bond, Marketing