Bruce Springsteen Makes Surprise Appearance at Austin Music Awards

Alejandro Escovedo, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Ely perform at the Austin Music Awards at the Austin Music Hall during SXSW. Credit: Jay Janner/Statesman.com

Bruce Springsteen opened his SXSW blitz a night early, making a surprise appearance on lead guitar and occasional vocals during Alejandro Escovedo's closing set at the 30th annual Austin Music Awards, at the Austin Music Hall on March 14th. "We need one more guitar player," Texas singer-songwriter Joe Ely declared after performing "The Highway Is My Home" with Escovedo and his band the Sensitive Boys. Springsteen – scheduled to own the town the next day, with a highly anticipated keynote speech and an evening concert with the E Street Band – walked on in a black-and-white checked shirt, with a modest grin, to a roar of delight from the audience

Read the rest of David Fricke's report from the first night of SXSW Music here.