About Us

These Fine Moments are Hilary Kaufmann and Robert Watts, an Austin, Texas based duo with an honest blend of folk, pop and depression that borrows from  ‘70s pop/rock (a la Fleetwood Mac, Hollies, Beatles) and American indie (Jayhawks, Decemberists, Shovels & Rope).

Their songs convey rich imagery and weave stories and situations of joy and pain, love and loss, and wanting and wanting not, delivered with strong co-vocals and parallel harmonies.

Formed in 2010, These Fine Moments has been quietly assembling an arsenal of solid original material and a catalog of radio-ready recordings from their four locally released independent studio records.

Their fourth offering, Patience, has reached the ears of radio listeners from Berkley, California to New Orleans to London, and has been featured on a number of podcasts around the country. The title cut from the record appeared on Texas Music Magazine’s 2015 Summer Compilation, with a readership of over 2.5 mil.

Robert is originally from the Beaumont, Texas area and has played in several Austin bands over the decades, and performed at the first SXSW.

Hilary is a New York native who migrated to Florida then Nashville, eventually landing in Austin singing and recording with the Cosmic Dust Devils.   Hilary also had the honor of singing on one of Rusty Wier’s last albums prior to his death.

You can catch them playing in and around the Austin area or on the occasional tour as a duo in acoustic settings, or with the full band in larger venues.

“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.”

“The songs of Patience shine without polishing the human element from the recording.” – Danny McClosky, Alternate Root.

“These Fine Moments have perfectly honed their folk-rock sound on “Patience,” characterized by . . . angelic shared male/female vocal harmonies. 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