Not every kid born and raised in Austin, Texas dreams of a life as a singer-songwriter. However, it does seem fitting to learn that someone with the unique talent for putting stories into songs – like Aaron Einhouse – calls Austin “home”. But, as he chronicles in one of his latest laments, “Songs Of My Heroes”, he almost missed his calling, had it not been for the loss of his music-loving uncle who passed away when Aaron was a teen.
Looking back, Aaron says that hearing the words of Townes Van Zandt’s “To Live Is To Fly”, and Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Getting By”, at his uncle’s funeral was a defining moment in his life as a singer-songwriter. As he puts it: “this was the first music I had ever heard that really, truly, spoke to me.” Aaron immediately immersed himself in more music and lyrics that spoke to him, also finding inspiration in such balladeers as Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and Robert Earl Keen, among others. Eventually, he was inspired to begin writing his own songs – throwing away more than he kept, but knowing he had stories to tell.