Jail Guitar Doors USA presents Wayne Kramer & English Teeth @ SXSW
Jail Guitar Doors, a musician-founded and operated non-profit, will bring their cause to Austin, TX, for a couple of performances during the 26th annual South by Southwest Music Conference.
MC5 co-founder Wayner Kramer, along with local outfit English Teeth, will perform together to bring attention to the organization, which takes musical instruments and musicians into prisons to motivate inmates and encourage personal expression in a creative and non-confrontational way.
The goodwill musicians are scheduled to perform March 16 at Austin's Swan Dive, along with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Otis Gibbs, among others. Another performance will take place March 17 during a five-day live music event co-sponsored by Sound Spike located at Lucy's Fried Chicken.
Jail Guitar Doors was founded in the U.K. in 2007 by Billy Bragg and is named after the 1977 Clash song. Since then, the non-profit has expanded to the U.S., where MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer got involved, along with other musician volunteers, including Austin outfit English Teeth.
The SXSW-centric gigs hope to bring more awareness to the in-prison programs, as well as out-of-prison events that raise money for the non-profit.
Here's a video, featuring Billy Bragg, Tom Morello and Wayne Kramer, explaining Jail Guitar Doors in more detail.
English Teeth, comprised of Kevin Hoetger, Kevin McKinney, Alexander Lynch, Kyle Crusham and Chris Cann, released their eponymous four-song EP in 2010 via Invasion Records.