Americana/folk artist Brian Pounds from Austin, Texas, is touring around the country playing intimate shows for new fans and old fans of his music. Pounds made his national debut on the most recent season of "The Voice," where he landed a spot on Team Blake with his flawless cover of "Wagon Wheel," originally performed Old Crow Medicine Show.
Pounds is currently working with producer Brian Douglas Phillips on recording his debut EP, which will feature a song that he wrote with Austen Jenckes, fellow Voice and Team Blake contestant, as well as other songs that he has written. His collaboration with Jenckes titled "Somewhere, Maybe Carolina" was written in their hotel room over a few nights during the competition and has hit over 13,000 views since they uploaded it to YouTube.
"I remember when he came with me to the stem of "Somewhere, Maybe Carolina" and my jaw hit the floor," said Pounds in an interview with Static Magazine. "He asked me if I wanted to help write it and I said of course. Over the course of the week we hashed out the lyrics and it became a really magnificent song. We’re both incredibly proud of it."
During a recent interview with Examiner.com, Pounds shared some of his favorite spots from his hometown of Austin and cities he has recently visited.
Bill's Records - Dallas, TX - "The shop is filled with all kinds of amazing records. Tons of them. And Bill does almost all the pricing in his head. He's never too shy for a conversation either. Really a cool spot."
Lupe Tortilla's - Houston, TX - "The original is on Beltway 8 and Highway 6. I grew up going to that location when it was just a mom and pop. Now, when I'm on the road I love to introduce musicians to the best fajitas in the world."
VZD's - Oklahoma City - "One of the coolest venues there is. It's a converted pharmacy they turned into a venue. It's nestled in a really hip part of town and the staff is really friendly. Great listening room."
John Mueller's BBQ - Austin, TX - "Austin is a BBQ town for sure. The popular place is Franklin's which is amazing but there's something about John Mueller's on 6th and Pedernales. Maybe it's the down home feel. It could be the free Bloody Marys. Heck it could even be the atmosphere. But it's probably the free Bloody Marys."
Saxon Pub - Austin, TX - "Saxon Pub was the first big venue to give me a chance in Austin. It was a midnight on a Sunday and I begged and bribed every one of my friends to come to the show. Ever since the Saxon has always felt like home."
Hard Rock Cafe - Las Vegas, NV - "In a town where a beer costs a small fortune, the cafe inside the Hard Rock casino has a secret meal, Steak, Shrimp, two sides, Salad, and a drink for $7.77. You have to ask for it by name and you'll never feel more like Frank Sinatra then when you order a secret steak off the menu in a sleazy cafe right off the strip. It's a little piece of Grade B meat heaven."