A SXSW Moment With Tameca Jones, 'Queen Of Austin Soul' Local singer Tameca Jones takes a break from the festival's bustle to perform two songs and discuss the Austin music scene with NPR's Michel Martin.
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At SXSW, A Moment With The 'Queen Of Austin Soul'

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At SXSW, A Moment With The 'Queen Of Austin Soul'

At SXSW, A Moment With The 'Queen Of Austin Soul'

At SXSW, A Moment With The 'Queen Of Austin Soul'

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Tameca Jones got her start singing at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas. Dan Winters/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tameca Jones got her start singing at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas.

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Tameca Jones has become known as the "Queen of Austin Soul." She got her start more than a decade ago, when she decided to forgo her dream of going to law school in order to focus on raising her twins. At that point, music became both her creative outlet and a way to support her family — and since then, her soulful covers of rock songs have made her a beloved fixture of the music scene in Austin, Texas.

Jones says that, while she feels she's been welcomed into the city's musical community, establishing herself as a soul singer hasn't always been easy.

"Austin is not known for soul music — that's more like Dallas and Houston. Austin is more like that rockabilly, bluegrass, Stevie Ray Vaughan blues," she says. "So I stayed underground a long time, just grinding and grinding and grinding."

"Let Me Be" -- Tameca Jones

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Jones took a break from the bustle of the South by Southwest music festival to speak with NPR's Michel Martin and share two songs. Hear more of their conversation at the audio link, and watch Jones perform "Sandman" in the video below.

Watch: Tameca Jones Performs 'Sandman' On Facebook Live

"Sandman" -- Tameca Jones

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Aggi Ashagre and Liz Baker produced the broadcast version of this story.