The Bright Light Social Hour Opens for Natalie Maines and Wendy Davis at #SWTW Rally

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Wendy Davis may have been the headliner for today's Stand With Texas Women rally at the Capitol, but she wasn't the only rock star to grace the stage.

Before Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks sung the national anthem and fan favorite “Not Ready to Make Nice,” local band and 2011 Austin Music Awards “Band of the Year” The Bright Light Social Hour kicked off the show.

The band had witnessed Davis' filibuster and were so inspired they went right back home to their studio and recorded the track, aptly named “Wendy Davis”. The video is a montage of themselves in the studio and the folks in the Capitol rotunda decked out in orange chanting the only word of the song — “Wendy.”

One of the rally's organizers saw the video and reached out to the band to see if they'd want to kick things off. By that time the video had over 5,000 views and the name “Wendy” was the hottest thing on the internet. Luckily the band was available to play a short set for the thousands who showed up just before the noontime program got underway.

Check out their live performance today and the original video for their song “Wendy” as well as a video of Natalie Maines' set below the jump.Bright Light Social Hour performs “Wendy” live:


Original youtube video of “Wendy” by The Bright Light Social Hour:


Natalie Maines, lead singer for The Dixie Chicks, performing the national anthem today at the rally:


Natalie Maines performing “Not Ready To Make Nice” on the Capitol steps:


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Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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