For two consecutive three-day weekends in October, Austin rolls out the green carpet of Zilker’s Great Lawn to welcome the over 100 bands and artists who play the Austin City Limits Music Festival, or, as it’s more commonly known, ACL. To help you get ready, we will be sharing what we’ve learned covering the festival for the past five years. We’ll also help you decide what bands to add to your 2015 ACL schedule. For even more on this year’s festival, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and be sure to take a look at our 2015 ACL board on Pinterest.
One of the bands on our must-see list for Weekend Two of the 2015 ACL Music Festival is DeRobert & The Half-Truths, which is a Nashville-based R&B/soul outfit with DeRobert Adams at the helm on vocals. DeRobert got his start in the church choir in the suburbs of Memphis and met drummer Nick DeVan in 2000 while attending Middle Tennessee State University. The two hooked up with David Singleton, who later founded G.E.D. Soul Records. A few local musicians joined DeRobert and Nick and formed DeRobert & The Half-Truths, which became the G.E.D. house band. All of the musicians are working class, eking out a living with side jobs and stints on the road, and their music reflects that. After you’ve been beaten down by the Texas sun all day or just want the experience of being up close to the musicians, head over to the BMI stage with the sun at your back, take a listen to DeRobert and you’ll be feeling all right.
Just try not to sway back and forth while you are listening to “Goin’ Places”:
Catch DeRobert & The Half-Truths on the BMI stage on Friday, October 9th from 6-7pm.
We had the chance to ask the band about their musical influences, what bands they are most looking forward to seeing perform at ACL and what’s up next.
LiveMom: How would you describe your sound? Who are your musical influences?
DeRobert & The Half-Truths: Raw soul and heavy funk with a hint of modern R&B. We’ve just put the finishing touches on a new DeRobert EP that we’re releasing in November. We’ve been trying out some new production techniques in the studio that kind of blend an old school funk and soul vibe with a more modern approach to songwriting. For instance, we sampled our signature drum sound and our drummer/engineer, Nick DeVan, programmed all of his beats for this new record. The result is a kind of organic beat machine that bumps hard in trunk but has that “laid back, in the pocket” feel. So, it’s a little different approach to an old school “retro” soul record. Our influences? Donny Hathaway, Juicy J, John Legend, and Gene Page.
LiveMom: What are you most looking forward to about performing at ACL?
DeRobert & The Half-Truths: We look forward to bringing some Music City soul to the Live Music Capital of the World. Honestly, it’s a huge honor for us to be here and we’re excited to be a part of ACL and share our music with the beautiful people of Austin.
LiveMom: Have you been to Austin before? Are there other things you plan to see and do while you are here?
DeRobert & The Half-Truths: This will be our first time in Austin as a band so we are excited to get our hands on some of that legendary Tex-Mex and BBQ we keep hearing so much about. Any recommendations?
LiveMom: What bands are you most looking forward to seeing perform at the Festival?
DeRobert & The Half-Truths: We’re playing the night before at the Continental Club and driving back to Nashville the day after, but if we had our druthers we’d be at Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, and Chance the Rapper.
LiveMom: What’s next for the band after ACL?
DeRobert & The Half-Truths: After we release the EP next month, we’re jumping back into Poor Man Studio in Nashville to start work on the next record. We’re trying to put out as much soulful music as humanly possible. We’re on a mission.