Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 14, 2014
Ruthie Foster CD release in-store at Waterloo Records. Will "Promise of a Brand New Day" finally be the record that gets Foster a Grammy? The Austin singer’s last two studio albums, 2009’s "The Truth According to Ruthie Foster" and 2012’s "Let It Burn," were nominated in blues categories, though Foster’s music draws as much from folk, gospel and other roots genres that fall under the broad Americana umbrella. On her new disc, she got significant direction from producer Meshell Ndegeocello, who also played bass and helped assemble the backing crew. Foster’s soulful voice remains the central attraction, from originals such as the melodic piano-based number "Learning to Fly" and the R&B-styled "My Kinda Lover" to covers of the Staple Singers classic "The Ghetto" and Eugene McDaniels’ defiantly saucy "Outlaw." Free. 5 p.m. 600-A N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — Peter Blackstock
Also: The Rev. Gean West and his band of incredibly funky crusaders the Relatives bring their psychedelic gospel soul to the Continental Club to celebrate the release of their new Daptones Records single "Don’t Let Me Fall." … Adventurous California hard-rock band RX Bandits released "Gemini, Her Majesty," their seventh full-length studio album but their first in five years, a couple weeks ago. Catch them at Emo’s with Dear Hunter and From Indian Lakes. … Founding bassist Paul Goddard passed away in April, but other members of Southern rock institution the Atlanta Rhythm Section will deliver the hits from the band’s ’70s heyday along with newer material at One World Theatre. … 1980s Austin hardcore scene mainstays the Offenders, who lost guitarist Tony Johnson to cancer two years ago, regrouped with Johnson’s old pal Jeff Martin on guitar when their two albums were reissued on vinyl earlier this year. They’re at Red 7 with Raw Power, War Torn, HRA and Zero Percent. … If your noise meter bends more toward metal, check out Lone Star Metal Magazine’s fifth anniversary party at the Parish, with End Effect, Snake Skin Prison, Fear Control and Switchblade Lover. … Local rockers the Whalers put out their first full-length album in April; they celebrate the vinyl release indoors at Stubb’s with opener Nic Armstrong. … Top Americana options on the south and north ends of town include Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Strange Brew, Cornell Hurd at the Broken Spoke and Uncle Lucius at the Roost. … Check out the Saxon Pub’s tour de force of local guitar greats with W.C. Clark, Van Wilks and Denny Freeman.