A week ago today, OV stood in the effervescent company of local artists and community members at the Mohawk to celebrate the very first “Hi, How Are You?” Day, honoring the birthday of local artist, Daniel Johnston. Most well-known for his famous “Hi, How Are You?” alien-esque graffiti mural, Daniel Johnston is an American singer, songwriter, and artist whose works have been renowned for decades. Kurt Cobain was even amongst the late fan base of Daniel Johnston, mentioning him in several interviews along with wearing a “Hi, How Are You?” t-shirt to the 1992 MTV Music Awards. With a lengthy history of stomach-wrenching and heart flushing works of musical and visual art, Daniel Johnston took his devotion of artist therapy to new heights on Jan. 22nd by being a leading light in the local community’s mental-health awareness scene; a winning night for ATX as a whole.
The term, cowboy diplomacy, involves one thing: brash risk-taking.
Austin’s own bluesy, alternative rock quartet, Cowboy Diplomacy, crafted their most recent release to describe this blissful, reckless fun to a T.
My favorite SoCo Hotel valet boy greets me as I hurriedly step out of my car for my next meeting. They know it’s me because I drive the same dusty SUV with Texas music plates around to them nearly every day and I probably look like a mad woman who parks there four times a day. Then I see Ian Cochran–he’s the only reason why I’m always on-time to any of my meetings rather than driving around trying to find parking on South Congress. And my favorite part about him? No, not his full beard or Austin-y man bun–though I do like, I do! It’s the fact that when I don’t see him at the South Congress Hotel, I can see him after work hours at HandleBar with his cowboy rock band.