Austin360 On the Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.


OUT THIS WEEK


Graham Reynolds, "Marfa: A Country & Western Big Band Suite" (Golden Hornet). Part of a West Texas triptych commissioned by arts organization Ballroom Marfa, this 13-track set from the renowned instrumental composer translates the spirit of West Texas geography into artistic expression through music. Reynolds had a lot of help bringing his visions to reality, with a total of 18 musicians taking part. Pedal steel player Ricky Davis, known for his work with Dale Watson, sets a shimmering big-sky-desert tone on many tracks, especially the opening scene-setter "Good Morning, Marfa" and the cinematic "Sunset on the West Edge of Town." Guitarists Redd Volkaert and Adam Sultan, bassist Utah Hamrick and drummer Jeremy Bruch further shape and propel the soundscape with evocations of trains ("Union Pacific"), winding roads ("Highway 67") and border towns ("Ojinaga"). Seven string players, including the adventurous quartet Invoke, team with an eight-piece horn section including local mainstays John Mills and Adrian Ruiz to put the "big band" in this country and western suite. Austin’s ties to deep West Texas always have been pronounced, but with this album and "The Legend of Big Bend," released earlier this year by local instrumental ensemble Montopolis, we now have radiantly creative soundscapes that can carry us down I-10 to the promised land. Catch the composer’s annual "Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays" program Dec. 9-10 at Long Center Rollins Theatre. Here’s the track "The Uninhabited":


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Jomo & the Possum Posse, "Take a Number, Satan" (Brokenhorn). The latest album from the crew best known for their viral YouTube "Guy on a Buffalo" series offers 10 country-roots rockers and ballads laced liberally with humorous lyrics. Backing guitarist-fiddler and lead vocalist Jomo Edwards are Jes Clifford on electric guitar, Brian Wolfe on upright bass and Chris Steakhouse on drums. Adding color on harmony vocals is acclaimed local singer-songwriter Betty Soo. In-store Nov. 22 at Waterloo Records, release show Nov. 23 at ABGB. Here’s the official video for the track "Well Well Well":


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COMPILATIONS


"ACL Radio Broadcasts, Vol. 27." An Austin holiday gift favorite stretching across the quarter-century when Austin City Limits Radio was known as KGSR, this latest disc features 34 tracks recorded live on air during 2019. As usual, Austin artists are significantly represented, with songs from Patty Griffin, Wild Child, Robert Ellis, Jamestown Revival, Bob Schneider, Walker Lukens, Max Frost and Hayes Carll (whose recent marriage to fellow singer-songwriter Allison Moorer likely means he’s left town, but we’ll still call him an honorary Austinite). Two more Lone Star tracks come from Metroplex aces Leon Bridges and the Texas Gentlemen. Highlights among national acts come from J.S. Ondara, Maggie Rogers, Courtney Barnett, Hozier, Jade Bird and Amos Lee; also included are King Princess, Strumbellas, Bailen, Local Natives, Matt Nathanson, Syml, Sam Fender, Record Company, Hembree, Lovelytheband, Flora Cash, Alice Merton, Dermot Kennedy, Judah & the Lion, Barns Courtney, Cautious Clay, Morgxn and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. For the second straight year, there’s also a vinyl edition, which includes 20 of those 34 tracks. Both CD and LP versions are available at Waterloo Records and all Austin-area H-E-B stores; proceeds benefit the SIMS Foundation.


"Come on Up to the House: Women Sing Waits" (Dualtone). You’ll find Austin’s Patty Griffin, whose self-titled 2019 album recieved a Grammy nomination earlier this week, on two compilation albums out Friday. In addition to the ACL Radio Broadcasts set, she contributed "Ruby’s Arms" to this all-women Tom Waits tribute that’s the very best thing on a record full of memorable interpretations. Former Austinite Kat Edmonson is also represented with "You Can Never Hold Back Spring"; other standouts include Phoebe Bridgers with "Georgia Lee," Rosanne Cash with "Time," Courtney Marie Andrews with "Downtown Train," Aimee Mann with "Hold On," Corinne Bailey Rae with "Jersey Girl," and sisters Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer with "Ol’ 55." It’s Griffin’s track that lingers longest and cuts deepest, though. Catch her Dec. 14 at the Paramount Theatre as part of the annual Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Holiday Shindig. Here’s "Ruby’s Arms":


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ARCHIVAL RELEASE


Scott H. Biram, "Sold Out to the Devil: A Collection of Gospel Cuts" (Bloodshot). A longtime purveyor of down-and-dirty folk-blues, Biram has included fire-and-brimstone gospel numbers on many of his albums over the years. As part of its 25th-anniversary celebration, Chicago label Bloodshot Records collected nine of them for this set, adding a previously unreleased cover of the Louvin Brothers song "Broadminded." Playing Jan. 18 at Antone’s. Here’s the track "Been Down Too Long":


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COMING SOON


NOV. 29: Various artists, "The Next Waltz, Vol. 2."


DEC. 6: Ulla, release show Dec. 6 at Saxon Pub.


DEC. 8: Don Leady, "Dos Rios," in-store Dec. 15 at Antone’s Record Shop.


DEC. 13: Cowboy Diplomacy, "Burn Down the Road."


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