The eighteenth annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media conference ended yesterday after a successful five-day run. SXSW is based in Austin, TX, and holds the conference as a chance for musicians and music professionals to gather and network with one another. SXSW conducted interviews with Joan Baez and Ani DeFranco among others, but the highlight of the conference was the musical performances. Folk performances included The Mavericks, The Flatlanders and Patty Griffin, who was named Best Folk Musician at the Austin Music Awards March 19.
Griffin, who turned 40 last week, is also preparing for the release of her new album, Impossible Dream. The CD, released on ATO Records, will be in stores April 20. The first single off the album is Love Throw A Line, and is already playing on radio stations across the country.