About Us...

Ten years ago, singer-songwriters Hilary Kaufmann and Robert Watts walked out of Mark Hallman’s  Congress House Studio in Austin, Texas with a five-song EP These Fine Moments, named after a line in one of their songs. The newly formed duo hit the “Live Music Capital of the World” club scene looking for gigs, and on the strength of the EP were able to procure some bookings around town.

At one of their first shows, the duo were mistakenly billed as These Fine Moments, but they decided to keep that moniker since it was essentially a tongue-in-cheek reference to their less-than-sunny lyrical content.

These Fine Moments quickly evolved into a trio and then into a full band, recording four full-length records with Hallman, who has a few gold records under his belt with Carole King and Ani DiFranco. They also put out an EP with Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame alumni Stephen Doster producing, with veteran drummer Dony Wynn (Robert Palmer, Robert Plant), and the late George Reiff on bass.

As they began to tour more frequently, they reverted back to a duo, booking their own shows and staying with friends and family around the country. They continued to develop their sound of tight harmonies accompanied by acoustic picking and a backdrop of tremolo guitars, which they call an honest blend of folk, pop, and depression.

In July of 2019 ,These Fine Moments released Stage Fright/Ok to Drive (also produced by Hallman), a two-sided single available on 7” vinyl and cd, and toured to support the record until the pandemic brought  live performing to a halt. As bars and venues were shuttered it was time to refocus, and with a plethora of new songs they began recording and crafting what will be their 10th anniversary album, Season 10.  With Hallman once again at the helm and manning the rhythm section and multiple instruments,  Hilary and Robert provide the vocals and guitars, with some help from Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM, Big Star) and Andre Moran (The Belle Sounds).

Season 10 is set for release on February 26, 2021, and These Fine Moments are anxiously awaiting the time when they can get back out on the road and reconnect personally with friends and fans.

What They Said...

The Safe Word

This new title ‘The Safe Word’ from the Texas-based duo Hilary Kaufmann and Robert Watts (These Fine Moments) will really feed and revive your soul. ‘The Safe Word’ is a soulful and emotional song that may make you cry. They have succeeded in choosing the perfect tones and the most catchy lyrics, and when you mix this with their distinctive and beautiful vocals, you will get this amazing song that you will get addicted to it for weeks like us now.

   - Yellow & Black Music

Wrought of acoustic guitar, piano, and a somber shroud of darkness. “Another lesson hard learned / Lay down while you created a diversion,” Kaufmann’s quivering vocal cords icy and heavy. The video navigates over-exposed reds and blues, pools both grainy and smooth, as their mental states reach full capacity and they contend with what they’ve done.

   - Jason Scott, B-Sides and Badlands

Break It, Bought It

 

Robert Watts and Hilary Kaufmann again team up with producer Mark Hallman for 10 tracks of immediately appealing pop music. Watts and Kaufmann are one of the better harmony vocal duos in town, and they benefit from the contributions of a few ace local players, including guitarists Andre Moran and Stephen Doster. All songs are their own save for “She Goes Out,” a standout Hallman composition.”

 

  - Peter Blackstock, Austin-American Statesman

Patience

 

“One gets the sense that the deeper connection between the co-lead vocalists in These Fine Moments informs their songwriting, resulting in honest and emotionally open songs.”

 

  - Leks Maltby, Aside//Beside Blogspot

The songs shine without polishing the human element from the recording.”

 

  - Danny McClosky, Alternate Root

“A cohesive storytelling project  start to finish,” says Greg Forest of Heart Beat of Texas Magazine. “Hilary and Robert have penned songs worthy of your ears.”

On the Radar...

 

Austin Music TV (Episode 1409) - Check out the premiere of the video for The Safe Word, 8pm January 12. https://supportaustinmusic.com

Lone Star State of Mind (ACL Radio/KGSR FM 97.1) - Tune in July 7th to hear our radio debut of the new record, 10-11pm.

Austin Music TV (Episode 1409) - Check out the premiere of the video for Ok to Drive, 8pm July 3. https://supportaustinmusic.com

Over Easy (KWVH) Listen in for music and conversation November 6, 8:30 AM

The Singer and the Song (KOOP Radio FM 91.7) - We will be Rush Evan's guests for an hour of live music and discussion. November 23, 3-4 pm.

The Appetizer Radio Show - Ok to Drive "New single from These Fine Moments captures the feels of relationships in a turning point. It's a must-hear indie tune!"

Discography...

 

2019 The Safe Word

Released on December 25th, download single only.  See the video here on the website. Produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman. Musicians: Hilary Kaufmann, Robert Watts and Mark Hallman.

 

2019 Stage Fright/Ok to Drive 

Produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman. Musicians: Hilary Kaufmann, Robert Watts and Mark Hallman

2017 Break It, Bought it

Produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman.  Musicians: Hilary Kaufmann, Robert Watts, Mark Hallman, Stephen Doster, Aaron Parks, David Breaux, Mike Rieman, Andre Moran, B. Sterling Archer, Tyler Mabry, Kevin Hayes, Don Bassey, Charles Bukowski.

2015 Patience

Produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman.  Musicians: Hilary Kaufmann, Robert Watts, Mark Hallman, Dave Ducharme-Jones, Tyler Mabry, David Valley, Andre Moran, Ben Balmer.

2015 Texas Music Magazine Compilation

Produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman.  Musicians: Hilary Kaufmann, Robert Watts, Mark Hallman, Dave Ducharme-Jones, Tyler Mabry, David Valley, Andre Moran, Ben Balmer.

2014 Sooner or Later

Produced by Stephen Doster.  Mixed by Stephen Doster and James Stephens. Mastered by Jim Wilson Mastering. Musicians: Hilary Kaufmann, Robert Watts, Stephen Doster, Tyler Mabry, Dony Wynn, George Reiff.

2013 Bright Idea

Produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman.  Musicians: Hilary Kaufmann, Robert Watts, Mark Hallman, Ben Balmer, Tyler Mabry, John Koehler, Andre Moran, Eddie Flores.

2011 These Fine Moments

Produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Hallman. Musicians: Hilary Kaufmann, Robert Watts, Mark Hallman, Gabe Rhodes, Andre Moran.

Film...

2016 Day Job (Director's Cut)

Featured the song Layin' Low from the album Patience.

2020 Shhh!

Featured the song Elephant in the Room from the album Break It, Bought It.

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