At the end of his SXSW keynote address on March 15th, Bruce Springsteen left the thousands of aspiring songwriters and performers congregated in Austin, Texas for the conference and festival with this message: "Young musicians, learn to bring it live and bring it home, night after night after night. Your audience will remember you."
Eight hours later, Springsteen hit the Austin City Limits stage at the Moody Theater with his newly expanded E Street Band and an epic demonstration of that advice in action. "We need the encouragement," Springsteen cracked, soaking in the adoring applause after "Thunder Road," nearly two hours into the set. "This is only our second show."