"He was a natural musician, he could pick up a broom and play it," Doug Strahan says about Austin musician Nick Curran, who died in October after a long battle with cancer.
Strahan and his bandmates in Chili Cold Blood will dedicate this year’s Chili Cold Blood Cook Off — now in its seventh year — to Curran, a friend and fellow musician who played on a few songs on the band’s first album. All proceeds from the event will go to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in Curran’s honor.
CCB, which is approaching the 10-year mark, will also re-release that album, "Rock n’ Roll (expletive)" (proceeds from that will also go to HAAM). They recorded the record in Strahan’s kitchen on a four-track machine and asked Curran, who would fill in when then drummer Karen Biller wasn’t able to play, to guest on a few songs. "It was easy, no over-dubbing, we did everything live, you can really hear it in the songs — there was a nice build to each song," Strahan says.
Strahan says that Curran, who got his start with Dallas rockabilly musician Ronnie Dawson and played guitar with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Lowlifes and the Flash Boys, among others during his career, also influenced the way he wrote songs. Boundaries of genres, whether country or hip hop, could be broken. "We started letting all of those influences fly across the board instead of compartmentalizing everything," he says.
The Seventh Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook Off will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the White Horse, 500 Comal St. Travel-size hygiene items including soap, shampoo and toothbrushes in support of Front Steps and Austin Research Center for the Homeless will be accepted. Guests will receive one chili-tasting ticket for each item donated (tickets can also be purchased for $1 or $5 for 6 tickets).
Antone’s to Riverside. Antone’s spokesman Frank Hendrix announced the club would move from its West Fifth Street location two weeks ago, saying that one possible location for the club was the space occupied by the Beauty Ballroom on East Riverside Drive.
Hendrix confirmed the move on Friday, but not before Austin’s C3 Presents spilled the beans a bit early by announcing a May 1 show by soul singer Charles Bradley as taking place at "Antone’s Riverside," along with a message: "as of 3/26 please note new venue location: 2015 E. Riverside Drive."
Hendrix added that talks to open an Antone’s lounge in two downtown hotels were still under way.
Vaughan in recovery. After reports last week that Austin blues staple Jimmie Vaughan suffered a heart attack on Jan. 23 in California, Vaughan’s manager confirmed the news and offered the following note: "Jimmie feels fine but was advised by his cardiologist to rest at home for a month. He regretfully had to cancel a scheduled trip to the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai, India, as a result. Mr. Vaughan said ‘I feel really good and I can’t wait to get back to work with my band.’"
Fogerty to Austin. John Fogerty will release a new album, "Wrote A Song For Everyone," on May 28. The album includes two new songs as well as duets with other musicians on many of his big hits. His tour will include an appearance at South by Southwest, according to a news release. Fogerty is the second member of Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players to announce an appearance at the festival, suggesting the group will indeed perform here in March.
So long, Bobby. The Bobby Bones Show will come to an end on Friday as Bones heads to Nashville for a new syndicated country show. He’ll be heard nationwide, including 100.7 KASE-FM in Austin.
Avetts return. The Avett Brothers will perform May 31 at the new Tower Amphitheater with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Dawes. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on Friday.
Roll tide. Nakia will release a new EP, "Drown In The Crimson Tide," on March 5. The album includes three songs produced by Barry Goldberg, who was a member of Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival band and has produced albums by Percy Sledge, among others. Nakia plays the Sahara Lounge on Thursday nights in February.
In brief: Austin-based folk/pop band Iron and Wine will release a new album, "Ghost on Ghost," on April 16. The album follows 2011’s "Kiss Each Other Clean" and is the group’s first release on Nonesuch. Visit austin360.com/musicsource to check out the first single from the new album, "Lover’s Revolution" … The newly announced Postal Service tour does not include an Austin date. Jenny Lewis and Laura Burhenn will join Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello for the shows … After posting a short note on their Facebook page, My Bloody Valentine released a new album on their website over the weekend … Willie Nelson canceled a concert in Florida on Thursday because of flu-like symptoms … The Derailers begin a new Sunday residency at the One-2-One Bar on South Lamar Boulevard on Feb. 10 … Add another band to the list of possible SXSW performers: The Strokes will release a new album, " Comedown Machine," on March 26 … Tickets to both weekends of the Coachella music festival in California sold out last week.