Here in the Live Music Capitol of the World, we support our own — right?
Or do Austin musicians receive more love in other places?
Using Spotify’s “Where People Listen” feature, we did a quick check to see if Austin-based musicians can actually claim Austin as their base when it comes to listeners. Some findings:
Willie Nelson, considered by many to be one of the city’s greatest treasure, has more listeners in London, Oslo and Stockholm than Austin.
Gary Clark Jr.? New Yorkers and Londoners are all over him on Spotify and in greater quantities than Austinites. Shakey Graves, who was recently named the Americana Emerging Artist of the Year, claims nearly 15,000 listeners in both Madrid and Mexico City.
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Of course, what hasn’t been mentioned yet are that while the aforementioned names are considered Austin musicians, they claim a national, if not global, reputation, and cities bigger than Austin will inevitably have larger numbers of Spotify users.
But how do you explain why more people are listening to Austin-based band A Giant Dog on Spotify more in Portland, Ore. than in Austin?
Or that bluegrass outfit Wood & Wire has twice as many listeners in Denver on Spotify than in Austin?
In addition, four of the five cities that listen the most to Mother Falcon, Austin’s 15-plus person, indie-pop-classical ensemble, are outside of the U.S.: Stockholm, Milan, London and Singapore. Singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry top three fan cities are in Germany, according to Spotify.
More findings from a couple of other bands’ listener locations on Spotify based on a semi-random selection of Austin music as well as some of this writer’s favorite bands:
Elsewhere: Ringo Deathstarr, Shinyribs, Bright Light Social Hour, Whiskey Shivers, Wild Child, Max Frost, Wheeler Brothers, Riverboat Gamblers, Explosions in the Sky, Balmorhea and Zeale, Dale Watson, Bob Schneider
Austin: Magna Carda, Mike Flanigin, Pharancyze, Sweet Spirit, Octopus Project, Riders Against the Storm, Gina Chavez, Holiday Mountain, The Whiskey Sisters, Quiet Company, Sphynx, White Ghost Shivers, Cilantro Boombox
What do you think, Austin music fans? Surprised? Not surprised? Do you think that Austinites might be listening to hometown favorites in other ways? Are they — dare we say it in the digital streaming age — buying their music?
Something to think about.
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