Dressing the Sound: Jess Williamson & Callie Hernandez
I first met Jess Williamson several years ago when we were both studying photojournalism at the University of Texas. Not only did I admire her idiosyncratic eye for photography, but her sense of style always stuck out to me as being seemingly effortless, yet intriguing. Jess has since taken a different direction with her life, and recorded her first EP entitled Medicine Wheel/Death Songs last spring. I was only recently formally introduced to her bandmate, Callie Hernandez, though after chatting for a bit, I realized I had taken this stylish lady’s picture for my blog before. Callie began playing with Jess about 6 months ago and from that blossomed what Jess says was, “An amazing musical relationship.” After seeing them play an intimate show together a few months ago, I witnessed not only the beautiful stage relationship they shared, but also how their respective senses of style seemed to play off of each other.
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Dressing the Sound: Westen Borghesi of The White Ghost Shivers
If you’ve ever been to White Ghost Shivers show or shimmied to some sixties tunes at the Second Sunday Sock Hop, you’ve probably noticed a seven-foot-tall dapperly dressed gentleman directing the madness. This well-dressed gent’s name is Westen Borghesi, and there’s no arguing that he is one of the most stylish male musicians in Austin.
Dressing the Sound: Jenny Gacy of The White White Lights
Note: This story was written in July for Backbeat Austin, two months before the devastating wildfires occured in Bastrop, TX. Jenny Gacy and her boyfriend, Jonas Wilson (also of The White White Lights) lost their home, recording studio, and most everything they owned in the fires. For information on how you can help Jenny and Jonas, as well as other victims of this terrible tragedy, please see the links listed at the end of this story.
The first time I saw The White White Lights, I was immediately drawn to their potently energetic short-haired front woman, Jenny Gacy. The group is an experimental indie glam rock band from right here in Austin, TX. That night, Gacy was peering over the mic with her strategically drawn cat eyes. She simultaneously shrieked and crooned hauntingly while pounding on her keyboard to the sweaty packed crowd, turning the dusty ground of the Emo’s outdoor stage into a dance floor - all while wearing a little black dress and kitten heels.