AKL Spotlight: Elizabeth McQueen

You may know her best from years of playing in the Grammy Award winning band, Asleep at the Wheel, but this year Elizabeth McQueen is taking on the Austin Kiddie Limits stage on her own to entertain families at the festival with her dreamy voice and hip-shaking, jazzy tunes.

In the early 2000s, McQueen jumped into the Austin Americana music scene, released her own album, and then accepted a gig with the Texas legends, Asleep At The Wheel. In 2010, she released her solo album, "The Laziest Girl in Town" -- although, of course, she's anything but. Mom of two girls, McQueen is busy often performing around Austin. (You can check her Facebook page for schedule updates.) McQueen has described "The Laziest Girl in Town" as a combination of “roots jazz with some R&B, a splash of Texas drawl and just a hint of pop." To listen to all of that and more, you can check her out in person on this year's Austin Kiddie Limits stage.

Elizabeth McQueen's Austin Kiddie Limits Schedule:
  • Fri, Oct. 3rd,  1:30 - 1:55 p.m.
  • Sun, Oct. 5th, 1:30 - 1:55 p.m.
  • Fri, Oct. 10th, 12:30 - 12:55 p.m.
  • Sat, Oct. 11th, 1:30 - 1:55 p.m.

Photo from her Facebook page

Elizabeth McQueen was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer a few questions about the upcoming festival...

How many years have you been playing at Austin City Limits Music Festival?
I think this will be my 9th year playing ACL. For 8 years I played as part of Asleep at the Wheel. This will be my first year doing my own thing!

What do you like about this festival in particular?
What I love most about ACL is the energy it brings to the city. For two weekends the world comes to Austin. I love that!

Who are you most interested excited to see at the festival this year?
This year there's so much! Tuneyards, Spoon, Beck, Outcast, Lorde, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Icona Pop, Jenny Lewis, Lucius, the Preatures, Spanish Gold, Emily Wolfe, Riders Against the Storm  -- and hopefully I'll get to catch Asleep at the Wheel with Katie Holmes and Emily Gimble.

Do you have a favorite of your songs to perform? If so, what is it?
McQueen: Probably "You're to Blame". It always makes me happy!

Will you have any new music to debut at the festival?
McQueen: I'll be doing some dance versions of standard kids songs  -- "ABC" and "Wheels on the Bus" -- and debuting a couple of new songs kids I've written.

Do you ever listen to other children's musicians? If so, who are your favorites?
McQueen: Of course I do! I absolutely love Joe McDermott and Neal Kassanoff. In fact we're covering a Neal Kassanoff song!

How old are your children?
McQueen: 5 and 3.

What do they think about your job?
McQueen: It's hard to say. I think they like it, but they don't love me being away from home nights. That's why kids music is so great! The shows are always early!

Do you usually bring your kids to ACL? If so, do you have any advice for other parents trying to navigate the festival with kids in tow?
McQueen: I haven't actually brought them to too many ACL's. But this year I'll definitely bring them. I'd say to parents just try to have realistic expectations for how much music you'll be able to see with littles. And when in doubt, head to Kiddie Limits. It's the calmest place at the fest!

For more info about Elizabeth McQueen you can find her on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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