OUT THIS WEEK
Joe Ely, “Panhandle Rambler” (Rack ’Em). Lubbock-raised Ely rambled from the Panhandle down to Austin four decades ago, and lately he’s been receiving the sort of long-haul recognition — Texas State Musician, Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame — that often accompanies artists in their twilight years. That’s not quite the case yet with Joe, though, judging from the vitality of his singing, writing and performing on the dozen songs collected here. If this is more the rootsy troubadour side of Ely than the roadhouse rocker who took America by storm in the ’70s, it’s no less engaging for that. The supporting cast draws from the many stages of his career, including ’70s Panhandle mate Lloyd Maines, ’80s rhythm section Davis McLarty and Jimmy Pettit, ’90s flamenco guitarist Teye Wijnterp, and ’00s Flatlanders multi-instrumentalist Rob Gjersoe. Highlights include the Tex-Mex-tinged “Early in the Mornin’” (spiked with Joel Guzman’s accordion) the reflective meditation “Wonderin’ Where” and a gorgeous take on the Guy Clark/Ray Stephenson ballad “Magdalene.” There’s also the obligatory Butch Hancock cover, a hidden gem called “When the Nights Are Cold,” but the focus is on Ely’s own new songs, which remain strong enough to suggest he’ll still be rambling beyond the Panhandle for many years to come. Playing Oct. 24 at Strange Brew. Here’s the opening track, “Wounded Creek”:
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Charlie Belle, “I Don’t Want to Be Alone” EP. Spoken like a true teenager: “Everyone is telling me what I’m supposed to do,” Jendayi Bonds sings “Petting Zoo” from “I Don’t Want to Be Alone,” the new EP she and younger brother Gyasi Bonds are releasing under the name Charlie Belle. It’s the second EP they’ve released this year, following January’s “Get to Know” debut. While the topics relate to their peer group, the music mines a mostly acoustic pop vein, with traces of hip-hop and soul, that likely will appeal to listeners of all ages. Check out Deborah Sengupta Stith’s column about the band from this week’s American-Statesman. Here’s the video for “Petting Zoo”:
Ali Holder, “From My Veins Will Fall” EP. A self-described “folk/country/blues/Americana/jazz” singer-songwriter, Holder follows up her 2013 debut album with this six-song set. She leans toward acoustic instrumentation but cranks things up a bit heavier on the closing “Ghost of a Man.” Release show Sept. 19 at Cactus Cafe. Here’s the track “Elastic Time”:
Autumn, self-titled. The debut album from the R&B/jazz vocalist features 11 smooth and sophisticated tunes centered around piano (notably, there’s no guitar here) with accents of horns and strings. Here’s an excerpt of the track “Simple”:
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Karen Chisholm, “Love’s Road.” Third album from the Michigan transplant features rock-and-pop-oriented singer-songwriter material. Release show Sept. 19 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the title track:
SEPT. 25: Patty Griffin, “Servant of Love” (PGM/Thirty Tigers), playing Sept. 23 at Paramount Theatre.
SEPT. 25: Shawn Colvin, “Uncovered” (Fantasy).
SEPT. 25: Will Johnson, “Swan City Vampires” (Undertow), in-store Sept. 25 at Waterloo Records.
OCT. 2: Wild Child, “Fools” (Dualtone), playing Nov. 28 at Stubb’s.
OCT. 2: Mike & the Moonpies, “Mockingbird” (Smith), release show Oct. 15 at White Horse, in-store Oct. 18 at Waterloo Records.
OCT. 2: Dawn & Hawkes, “Yours and Mine,” release show Oct. 2 at One World Theatre.
OCT. 2: Moving Panoramas, “One” (Modern Outsider), release show Sept. 26 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
OCT. 2: Kinky Friedman, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met” (Avenue A/Thirty Tigers).
OCT. 9: Israel Nash, “Silver Season” (Loose/Thirty Tigers), playing Nov. 12 at Stubb’s Jr.
OCT. 9: Mother Falcon, “Good Luck Have Fun” (Universal Music Classics), playing Aug. 21 at North Door.
OCT. 16: Sweet Spirit, “Cokomo” (Nine Mile), playing Oct. 24 at ABGB.
OCT. 16: Oh Hellos, “Dear Wormwood,” playing Nov. 21 at Stubb’s Jr.
OCT. 23: “Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins,” tribute album featuring tracks from many Austin artists including James McMurtry, Shinyribs, Sunny Sweeney, Jon Dee Graham and Gurf Morlix. Release show Oct. 19 at Waterloo Records.
OCT. 23: Kyle Park, “The Blue Roof Sessions” (Thirty Tigers).
LATE OCTOBER: Big Cat, self-titled (Mark One), new local supergroup featuring Malford Milligan, Roscoe Beck, Dave Sebree, Les Fisher and Stefano Intelisano. Playing Oct. 2 at Continental Club.
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