Koe Wetzel Singing “Austin” At Billy Bob’s Before It Had A Name Lives Rent Free In My Head

A song so new, it didn’t even have a name, but boy was it a good one…

Koe Wetzel made his Billy Bob’s debut on December 28th, 2017, but stopped in about a month before the show to record a live version of a then unreleased and unnamed song that would go on to become Koe’s first true single, “Austin.”

Now a long-time fan favorite, “Austin” served as a turning point for Koe’s sound. The style fits more with Harold Saul High, his 2019 album, than Noise Complaint, his 2017 album that spring-boarded him to huge recognition in Texas and beyond, but had more of a rusty guitar strings, unfinished edge to it.

“Austin” was a big step up in production value that Koe has kept ever since.

But, as with most songs, I’m a sucker for the acoustic version. If you strip it down and it holds, you’ve got yourself a good one, and “Austin” passes with flying colors.

I’m seeing him for the first time this week, and let me tell you, I cannot wait. I’m not saying I want anything wild to happen, but I’m not saying I don’t… and if something does happen, it totally wasn’t me…

God bless Texas, Billy Bob’s and Koe Wetzel.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock