OUT THIS WEEK
William Clark Green, “Ringling Road” (Bill Grease/Thirty Tigers). “Everybody’s saying I’m the next big thing,” Green sings in the heavy, bluesy leadoff track to his third album, but he sounds more wary than boastful, wisely skeptical of the expectations. Still, Green is legitimately a fast-rising star on the Texas roadhouse circuit, and it’s easy to hear why in the blend of raw energy and musical professionalism he brings to this 11-song set. His singing stands out, too, especially on the ballad “Final This Time,” an emotional duet with Dani Flowers. The closing track, “Still Think About You,” was co-written with the late Kent Finlay, a mentor to Green and countless other Texas songwriters. In-store April 27 at Waterloo Records; playing May 2 at Lone Star Jam on LBJ Library Lawn.
Carolyn Wonderland, “Live Texas Trio” (Bismeaux). The fiery blues singer and guitarist’s 10th album, her third for Ray Benson’s Bismeaux label, smartly captures what Wonderland does best: Letting everything loose onstage. Culled from performances at the old Antone’s in Austin as well as Dallas’ Kessler Theatre and Houston’s Last Concert Cafe (the “trio” refers to shows, not the lineup, which on some tracks grows to seven players), the 12-song disc includes choice covers from the likes of Doug Sahm (“At the Crossroads”) and Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas (“Cumbia Raza”) as well as a handful of originals. Perhaps best of all is the bluesy core Wonderland taps into on two Blind Willie Johnson tunes, “Samson and Delilah” and “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” Playing May 2 at the Roost.
Little Brave, “Myth Ology.” An unusual, book-sized two-disc package, this new offering from Little Brave, aka Stephanie Briggs, infuses singer-songwriter material with modern pop and electronic accents across its 70-minute, 20-track run time. Release show April 24 at the Mohawk. (Little Brave shares the bill with a record-release party for Zeale’s “Frnz & Fngz,” which actually came out in late 2014.)
Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, “Hold My Beer, Vol. 1.” The rockin’-country kings of their respective roosts in San Marcos (Rogers) and New Braunfels (Bowen) team up on a duo project with a title that promises more to come. In-store April 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Waterloo Records; playing separately May 2 (Bowen) and May 3 (Rogers) at Lone Star Jam on LBJ Library Lawn. Here’s the video for “Standards”:[youtube=]
BoDeans, “Can’t Stop” (F&A). The ’80s Midwest rock duo of Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas now is led by just Neumann, who moved to Austin a while back. The new disc’s 12 songs focus on middle-of-the-road rootsy rock, with occasional detours down both heavier and quieter avenues. Here’s the bluesy “Slave”:[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197336909"]
Chubby Knuckle Choir, “Reveille.” Formed in 2009, this rhythmic roots-based quintet is just now releasing its first album, a 10-song collection that highlights their blend of acoustic instruments such as mandolin, banjo and resonator guitar with the percussive elements of bongos, djembe and cajon. The result is a soulful sound that’s planted deeply in both country and blues. Playing May 13 at Gruene Hall.
Wilson Marks, “What Was Made for Weathering.” A singer-songwriter and sideman with roots in New Orleans, Marks brings some of that city’s jazz elements to this graceful 11-song collection of acoustic-based material. Release show April 23 at Strange Brew. Here’s a live video for the leadoff track:[vimeo 123977532 w=500 h=281]
APRIL 28: Holiday Mountain, “You Be You, Part 1,” playing April 25 at Scoot Inn.
MAY 5: White Label Analog, “A Little More Time,” release show May 7 at Stubb’s.
MAY 8: Redeye, “The Memory Layers,” release show May 8 at the Mohawk.
MAY 9: The Naked Maja, self-titled (EP), release show May 9 at Empire Control Room.
MAY 12: Jimmy LaFave, “The Night Tribe” (Music Road), playing May 16 at Cherokee Creek Music Festival in Cherokee.
MAY 12: Abram Shook, “Landscape Dream” (Western Vinyl), release show May 15 at the Mohawk.
MAY 12: Lonesome Band, “Running Alone” (Icehouse), playing Mondays in April at Hole in the Wall and Wednesdays in May at Rattle Inn.
MAY 12: Sour Bridges, self-titled, release show May 8 at Scoot Inn.
JUNE 9: Dale Watson, “Call Me Insane” (Red House/Ameripolitan).
JUNE 16: Heartless Bastards, “Gates of Dawn” (Partisan).
JUNE: Joe King Carrasco, “Chiliando.”
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