SXSWfm Artist Spotlight: Spanish Gold

Written by Ali Killian | June 16, 2014

Ex-Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada

It's always great to see baby South by Southwest bands grow up into big hits. Supergroup Spanish Gold debuted at SXSW 2014, and already they've played on The Late Show with David Letterman, been announced as an ACL Music Festival act for this October and have been featured in a number of publications from GQ to Rolling Stone. Most recently, they've released their first album, South of Nowhere, and are currently on tour with Clear Plastic Masks.

Spanish Gold is led by guitarist and lead vocalist Dante Schwebel (formerly of San Antonio outfit Hacienda and current touring guitarist for Fun Fun Fun Fest act City and Colour) with ex-Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada (shown in photo) and My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan. You can catch some of their tracks on SXSWfm today.

According to Schwebel, listening to South of Nowhere is "like watching a random hour of MTV programming circa 1986-1996. It's a nod to Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Madonna, the Beastie Boys or Tom Petty, all with a Texas border town setting." Schwebel and Quesada hail from Laredo, where they recorded early South of Nowhere demos. They recorded the album with Hallahan in Nashville, Louisville and Austin.

Check out a video of the band performing "Day Drinking" at San Jose Hotel during SXSW 2014, and if you like what you hear, you can catch the group in ATX on June 19 at The Parish. Until then, SXSWfm will be playing Spanish Gold tracks throughout the day, so tune in via via our desktop player, mobile apps or TuneIn.

Spanish Gold photo by Robert M. Ward