Austin, Texas – The 24th annual South by Southwest Music Conference began somberly Wednesday a word spread throughout this gathering of 13,000 artists and industry professionals that the iconoclastic singer-songwriters Alex Chilton had died. But in the early morning hours Sunday, South by Southwest came roaring to a celebratory close with some of Chilton’s closest friends singing and performing one of his greatest songs.
‘September Gurls,” a classic song from Chilton’s days leading the Memphis band Big Star, rang out at Antone’s, on of this music city’s most revered clubs. On vocals were Susan Cowsill, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and the Watson Twins. . . .