South by Southwest Conference Begins

The 18th annual South by Southwest Music Conference kicks off Wednesday (March 17) in Austin, Texas. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Little Richard will provide the keynote address during the event running through Sunday (March 21). Some 1,000 live music performances will take place on more than 50 stages in Austin this week. Among the country performers are Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Robison, Cowboy Jack Clement, BR549, the Mavericks, the Flatlanders, Kelly Willis, the Derailers, Mindy Smith, Junior Brown, Dale Watson, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez and Shooter Jennings (Waylon Jennings’ son).