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The Austin 100: Why Bonnie

Why Bonnie.
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Why Bonnie.

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: At the helm of Why Bonnie, Blair Howerton writes glossy, synth- and string-inflected guitar-pop songs that fit a mighty, beating heart underneath all the gleaming hooks. Between 2018's Nightgown and the forthcoming Voice Box EP, Why Bonnie started cranking its guitars a bit, lending heft and fervency to a sound that had already sported a fair bit of Cranberries-esque intensity.

Listen to Why Bonnie's "Gold Rush"

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