About Us...

These Fine Moments, the Austin, Texas-based duo of Hilary Kaufmann and Robert Watts, delivers an honest blend of folk, pop and depression that borrows from ’70’s pop/rock (a la Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, The Beatles) and American Indie (The Jayhawks, Decemberists, Shovels & Rope) with strong, lyric-centered co-vocals and lush harmonies.  

 

“Immediately appealing pop music,” says Peter Blackstock of the Austin American Statesman.  “Watts and Kaufmann are one of the better harmony vocal duos in town.” The pair takes this as high praise, given the wealth of national and international-level talent on display on any given night in their hometown.

 

Formed in 2011, These Fine Moments  have five commercial releases under their belt, which includes four full length records produced by Mark Hallman, known for his work with Carole King and Ani DiFranco.  They also released a five-song EP with noted musician and producer Stephen Doster, featuring Dony Wynn on drums (Robert Palmer, Robert Plant) and George Reiff on bass (The Jayhawks, Ray Wylie Hubbard).

 

In July of 2019 they released Stage Fright/Ok to Drive (also produced by Hallman), a two sided single available on 7” vinyl and CD.

What They Said...

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...

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 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.

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