Seduced by Sound, produced by Weeva, an Austin-based startup and crowd-sourced publisher, invites readers to take a journey into the lives of 100 Austin musicians and bands as they share, in their own words, what inspired them to play, thank their musical influences, and talk about what they have learned on their journey to the stage.
“Beyond the musicians, the book also offers an intimate insight into what it was like for them to work with some of Austin’s most famous musical legends, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Townes Van Zandt, as well as share their memories of their favorite Austin venues,” says Weeva founder and CEO Kimberly Gorsuch. “All of the legends described in the book have shaped the Austin music scene in an important way.”
The first book of its kind, Seduced by Sound, was collectively written by the artists featured in the 312-page hardcover book, and it was curated by Carley Wolf of the Ghost Wolves, using Weeva's social collaboration publishing platform. The idea behind the project was to collect and share personal stories from a diverse set of artists and weave them together to showcase the vibrancy of the current Austin music scene.
Some of the book’s notable artists include Alejandro Escovedo, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Blue October, Dale Watson, Elijah Ford & the Bloom, Jesse Dayton, the Mastersons, Ray Benson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lincoln Durham, Sweet Spirit, and many more.
While you may run into one of the book’s contributors at the release party scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, from 6-9 pm at the ABGB, they won’t be on stage. “This is a night off for the artists to receive and enjoy the book as well as listen to their favorite vinyl,” says Wolf. “We are so grateful for all of the contributors. We want to celebrate them and the wonderful book we’ve created together. Everyone is welcome.”
Can’t make the party? Visit the Weeva bookstore to purchase your copy for $49.95. Orders placed by December 10 will be delivered in time for the holidays. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to the local nonprofit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), which provides the Austin music community with access to affordable healthcare services.