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Video premiere: Beat Root Revival covers 1960s hit "Something in the Air"

Peter Blackstock
Ben Jones and Andrea Magee of Beat Root Revival. [Contributed]

Opening slots on tours by major artists can be a great way for up-and-coming acts to get in front of a wide audience. That's why Beat Root Revival's recent tours in support of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson have been such a coup for the Austin-based duo.

Guitarist Ben Jones and multi-instrumentalist Andrea Magee are expats from England and Ireland, respectively. They landed in Austin a few years ago and have become omnipresent in the local clubs, when they're not on tour. They're hitting the road again with Wilson next week, after playing Saturday at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

They recently recorded a cover of the 1969 hit "Something in the Air" by British rock band Thunderclap Newman, a side project of the Who's Pete Townshend that featured Speedy Keen on lead vocals. A new video for Beat Root Revival's version features current-events images interspliced with footage of the duo playing on the back porch at Austin club C-Boy's.

"Our world is in very stormy seas right now and something is indeed in the air," the duo wrote in a statement about the new video. "Despite some very ominous signs confronting us, we hope our music can do a small part in calling attention to the need for positivity, hope, and change."

Beat Root Revival also recently recorded three songs with producer Paul Leary, the Butthole Surfers guitarist who has produced records for Daniel Johnston, the Meat Puppets and others. Those songs are set to be released as singles this summer.

We're premiering the video for "Something in the Air" today on Austin360: