OUT THIS WEEK
Terri Hendrix, "Love You Strong." The accomplished Central Texas songwriter has big plans for 2016, starting with this 11-song album produced by her longtime collaborator Lloyd Maines. On songs such as "Vulnerable" and the title track, Hendrix gets up close and personal, but elsewhere she takes a broader view. The Latin-tinged "Calle de los Ninos" tells the story of a young victim of Mexican violence, while the exquisite acoustic number "The Texas Star" celebrates Texas icons Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Liz Carpenter, Molly Ivins and Lady Bird Johnson — "women united in justice and freedom, blazing across the Lone Star sky," as Hendrix puts it. (Preview the song below.) The music mostly bends toward country-folk instrumentation, but Hendrix pushes boundaries with the heavily rhythmic, Celtic-influenced opening track "Feel the Time." This record is the first of four that Hendrix plans to release this year, along with a book, in a series she’s calling Project 5. The subsequent albums will branch out into other styles, including gospel, blues and electronica. Playing Feb. 10 for Sun Radio’s "Texas Radio Live" show at Guero’s; release show Feb. 27 at Strange Brew.
P.T. Banks, "Moonlight Is Sunlight." The 10-song debut of a new trio fronted by the former leader of Paul Banks & the Carousels is an eclectic affair highlighting Banks’ soaring vocals and melodic craftsmanship. Release show Feb. 6 at Stubb’s. Here’s the track "Hitchhiker":
Brother Nothing, "All in My Mind." Eleven songs of country-rock and Americana from the four-piece band led by singer-songwriter Josh Field. Release show Feb. 25 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the song "Nowhere Town":
FEB. 9: Magna Carda, "Cirqlation," release show Feb. 5 at the Belmont. See our Austin360 Artist of the Month feature in today’s American-Statesman.
FEB. 9: Matthew Logan Vasquez, "Solicitor Returns," solo album by Delta Spirit frontman.
FEB. 9: Wealthy West, "Long Play," release show Feb. 12 at Tellers.
FEB. 13: Slowly Grace, self-titled, release show Feb. 13 at Clive Bar.
FEB. 14: Jenifer Jackson, "Cloud Ten," release show Feb. 14 at Strange Brew.
FEB. 19: Carrie Rodriguez + the Sacred Hearts, "Lola" (Luz/Thirty Tigers), release show Feb. 13 at Texas Union Theater and in-store Feb. 19 at Waterloo Records.
FEB. 26: Willie Nelson, "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin" (Legacy), playing March 12 at Rodeo Austin.
FEB. 26: Bill Carter, "Innocent Victims & Evil Companions" (Forty Below), playing Jan. 12 at Saxon Pub.
FEB. 26: Mama K & the Shades, "Honey Made," release show Feb. 26 at One-2-One Bar.
FEB. 26: 8 Ball Aitken, self-titled, U.S. debut of recently transplanted Australian country-blues performer.
FEB. 26: Black Balsam, "See You Later See You There" (Punctum), release show Feb. 28 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
FEB. 26: Kathryn Legendre, "Don’t Give a Damn" EP, release show Feb. 26 at White Horse.
MARCH 2: "Dreamer: A Tribute to Kent Finlay" (Eight 30), with tracks by James McMurtry, Randy Rogers & Sunny Sweeney, Slaid Cleaves, William Clark Green and more.
MARCH 11: Penny & Sparrow, "Let a Lover Drown You" (Single Lock/Thirty Tigers), playing April 16 at the Parish.
MARCH 25: White Denim, "Stiff" (Downtown), produced by Ethan Johns, playing SXSW (dates TBA).
MARCH 25: Bayonne, "Primitives" (Mom+Pop), re-branded wider release of Roger Sellers album issued last fall.
APRIL 1: Explosions in the Sky, "The Wilderness" (Temporary Residence).
APRIL 8: Hayes Carll, "Lovers and Leavers" (Hwy 87/Thirty Tigers).
APRIL 15: Calliope Musicals, "Time Owes You Nothing."
APRIL: Michael Fracasso, "Here Come the Savages."
APRIL: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, title TBA.
SPRING: A Giant Dog, title TBA (Merge).
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