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


OUT THIS WEEK


Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, self-titled. Best known for fronting 1980s country band the Wagoneers and for a string of solo albums that followed, Warden formed the Dangerous Few in 2016 as an outlet for new material that harkened back to mid-century crooner-styled pop-jazz. Onstage at their weekly Continental Gallery residency (pre-pandemic), Warden’s supporting cast features pianist T. Jarrod Bonta, trumpeter Erik Telford, bassist Brent Wilson and drummer Mas Palermo; in the studio, Isaac Palermo and co-producer Tim Palmer added touches of percussion. But perhaps the primary contributor to the Dangerous Few’s sound is Monte’s wife, Brandi Warden, who co-wrote all of the album’s dozen songs. The music ranges from the polyrhythmic shaken-not-stirred bounce of "Martini," to the minor-key stray-cat-strut cool of "Here Kitty Kitty," to the gospel-tinged uplifting message and melody of "Joy." A sleeper hit is "Anything But Love," more subtle in its approach but beautifully bittersweet in its delivery of evocative lyrics such as "I’ll take Sherman in Atlanta, Christmas without Santa … I’ll take anything but love." At the center of it all is Warden’s engaging tenor voice, a far more versatile instrument than might have been suspected from the country-folk-rock material that has been his bread-and-butter for decades. Record-release livestream 7 p.m. June 19 at facebook.com/MonteWardenandTheDangerousFew. Here’s a 2016 Austin360 video of the opening track, "Black Widow":


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Jenny Reynolds, "Any Kind of Angel." A native of New England who’s been in Austin for nearly two decades, Reynolds serves up 10 tracks of colorful acoustic folk reminiscent of Suzanne Vega on her latest album. Recorded with co-producers Mark Hallman and Andre Moran at Hallman’s stories Congress House Studio, "Any Kind of Angel" features contributions from several notable local musicians including Betty Soo, Warren Hood, Scrappy Jud Newcomb and Oliver Steck. The lone non-original track is a moving cover of Hanks Williams’ classic "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry" that closes the album. Record-release livestream 5 p.m. June 21 at facebook.com/austinjennyreynolds. Here’s a live version the title track:


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Diana Burgess, "You Run." Longtime cellist for classical-crossover collective Mother Falcon and frequent accompanist for singer-songwriter Curtis McMurtry (who co-produced here), Burgess steps out with a debut album featuring 13 original songs. Burgess plays cello, tenorg uitar, tenor banjo, waterphone and more on tunes that draw from folk, pop and jazz, delivered with subtle arrangements and an alluring vocal charisma. Here’s the title track:


You Run by Diana Burgess

RECENTLY RELEASED


Rochelle & the Sidewinders, "Something Good." The first full-length studio release from Rochelle Creone and her bandmates follows a live album they recorded in 2016. "Something Good" features 19 original tunes ranging from blues to funk to rock & roll, with Creone backed by Sidewinders Tom Coplen on guitar, Jim Trimmier on saxophone, Adam Spafford on bass and Andrew Tuck on drums. Here’s a lyric video for the track "Rub a Dub":


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COMING SOON


JUNE 26: Erica Michelle, "Cry About It" EP.


JULY 3: Willie Nelson, "First Rose of Spring" (Legacy).


JULY 10: Ray Wylie Hubbard, "Co-starring" (Big Machine).


JULY 10: Greyhounds, "Primates" (Nine Mile).


JULY 17: David Ramirez, "My Love Is a Hurricane" (Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers).


SEPT. 25: Band of Heathens, "Stranger."


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