ACL Artist Spotlight: Whitney

The Chicago music scene has been on fire as of late, and Whitney is one of the flames that burns the brightest. Formed by some of the remnants of the Smith Westerns, Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek got together to make music that pulls from Americana folk and country as well as bits of Midwest soul. They have mastered fusing their modern sound with spurts of the past that seamlessly makes their music familiar yet foreign. In 2015, they signed to Secretly Canadian after dabbling around in solo projects and performances due to the Smith Westerns break up. Kakacek and Ehrlich kept in contact and with a few sessions that eventually lead to tours supporting other bands; the band released their impressive album Light Upon the Lake in mid-2016.

Kakacek, guitarist and vocalist, and Ehrlich, drummer, are both veterans of the music scene, and Whitney’s performances undoubtedly demonstrate their experience and chemistry. Chicago continues to form new talent from Chance to Whitney, the Windy City is creating a storm of artists that will not go unnoticed, and Whitney is no exception. Whitney will be visiting Austin City Limits for both weekends so make sure to stop by and give a listen!

When and Where: 10/8 and 10/15, 3:15-4:15 pm*, Barton Springs*

*both dates

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