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Art Outside was a little too cold for me this year — late October weather in Texas is unpredictable, with many mild and warm nights interspersed with cold ones. I’m a wimp about winter, which is one of many reasons I’ve stayed here so long. I think I only made it through the weekend because six or seven of us piled into our friends’ Soul Pad (a teepee like structure) with a space heater on the coldest night when it dipped into the low 40s.

But with enough layers on and sufficiently entranced by a talented performer, I could forget about the chill for a little while — as if the music really warmed my spirit or some other part of me deep inside. A lot of late night cups of coffee helped too.

Garrett LeBeau on the Folk It Up Stage

Garrett LeBeau’s blues kept us warm on the Folk It Up stage at Art Outside.

One act that distracted me from the cold for a time was Garrett LeBeau. LeBeau was raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation and is a member of the Shoshone tribe and a self-taught musician.  From his website:

Garrett Lebeau is a natural player. New and old fans hear Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Al Green and J.J. Cale in his songs and vocals. His playing style veers from blues through rock, jazz into folk. They all find a home in the music of Garrett Lebeau.

This song,”Eyes on You” is available on Garrett LeBeau’s debut album, Rise to the Grind.

Heard any good music lately? Share it with me in the comments.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and