Natives of West Texas who met in Austin in the 1970s, Butch Hancock and Turk Pipkin share an artistic adventurousness that transcends bounds of simple categorization. Hancock is most prominent as a songwriter, but his photography and illustrations have been displayed in galleries. Pipkin appeared in HBO's "The Sopranos" and "The Leftovers," but he's also written books and heads up the Nobelity Project nonprofit. Fittingly, he's also a master juggler.
They'll team up on Friday, Nov. 30, at Stateside at the Paramount for "Own Their Own: A West Texas Musical/Literary Sideshow," which revives a program they presented at the long-gone downtown venue Capitol City Playhouse in 1991. (Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show, $25-$75, are available via the venue's website.)
Back in 1991, they billed the show as "an evening of music, comedy, incidental juggling and accidental metaphysics." There's also vintage timelapse roadtrip footage Hancock shot decades ago that'll screen behind him during a set of road-themed songs.
Hancock and Pipkin visited our Statesman/Austin360 studio this week to talk more about the show and their decades-long friendship. Here's the full interview — and stay tuned till the end for Hancock's performance of "One Road More," one of those highway songs he likely will play on Friday: