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


OUT THIS WEEK


Ray Wylie Hubbard, "Co-Starring" (Big Machine). OK, whose Ray Wylie career-bingo card had "signed at age 73 by the label that launched Taylor Swift"? Wonders never cease in WylieWorld, but in a sense this wasn’t entirely a surprise, given how Hubbard’s name tends to surface in a weird mix of lofty and offbeat company. His last album featured appearances by Eric Church, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and Bright Light Social Hour. "Co-Starring" doubles down on the collaborative spirit, charging out of the gate with an opening track that features not only Ringo Starr on drums but also Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, renowned bassist Don Was and Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. "Bad Trick" is classic Ray Wylie, deeply bluesy and worldly wise with lines such as "club soda don’t always remove ketchup stains." Elsewhere, he welcomes folk-bluegrass great Peter Rowan on "Hummingbird," an ode to the classic Gibson acoustic guitar; sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of the roots-rock band Larkin Poe on the down-and-dirty "Rattlesnake Shakin’ Woman"; angelic country singer Pam Tillis on "Mississippi John Hurt," a tribute to the legendary acoustic bluesman; and younger-generation guitar hero Aaron Lee Tasjan on "Rock Gods," which laments the loss of Tom Petty and other icons. Closer to home, Paula Nelson (daughter of Willie) joins Nashville songbird Elizabeth Cook on the punchy twanger "Drink Till I See Double," which features a video with footage from the Saxon Pub (where Hubbard will play an 8 p.m. Friday livestream event with no audience to celebrate the album’s release). Other tracks feature Nashville rockers Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, Big Machine labelmates the Cadillac Three and Grammy-nominated country singer Ashley McBryde. To close the record, Hubbard revisits "The Messenger," a standout from his 1994 album "Loco Gringo’s Lament," joined by Tillis as well as Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn. Here’s the video of Hubbard recording "Bad Trick" with Starr, Walsh, Was and Robinson:


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Greyhounds, "Primates" (Nine Mile). Guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell, who teamed up to form the Greyhounds two decades ago, brought in an outside producer for the first time on "Primates" because "we knew we needed to stretch our sound on this record to reflect the scope of what we are trying to say," they noted in press materials accompanying the album They chose well: Steve Berlin, the Los Lobos multi-instrumentalists who’s worked with several Austin acts including Sweet Spirit, Marcia Ball and Grupo Fantasma, pushes an already strong duo to a higher plane on their fourth album in six years. The title track is a masterpiece, one of the best songs to come out of Austin in years: Discordantly funky verses carry a message of urgency — "We’ve got to look past our differences and deep down to our souls" — before a radiant chorus pushes Farrell’s spellbindingly soulful voice and floating female backing vocals to the fore, like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon as the lyrics take a wide existential view: "We’re just primates, floating on a rock in space." Other standouts include Dante Chavez Vela’s "Stay Here Tonight," which the songwriter says he wrote about "the challenge of resisting our worst impulses"; the subtle groove of "Nobody’s Judging," with its alluring "get out of your head, gimme your heart" refrain; and "Bet It All," which pushes Farrell’s pipes to glorious emotional heights that ride relentlessly upbeat rhythms. Release-show livestream 7 p.m. Saturday at facebook.com/budsrecording. Here’s the title track:


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Skeleton, self-titled (20 Buck Spin). The trio of bassist Cody Combs, guitarist David Ziolkowski and his brother Victor Ziolkowski on drums and vocals immediately establish themselves as one of Austin’s most prominent metal acts on this debut album. Its 11 songs bristle with endless energy and razor-sharp musicianship, This is heavy stuff for heavy times: Titles such as "Mark of Death," "At War," "Ring of Fire" (not the Johnny Cash hit) and "Taste of Blood" build a wave that finally crashes with the closing "Catacombs," its melodic-guitar intro giving way to a furious thrash. Here’s the video for "Mark of Death":


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COMING SOON


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


JULY 17: Mobley, "A Home Unfamiliar" (visual album)


JULY 24: Seela, "Cool"


JULY 24: Gurf Morlix, "Kiss of the Diamondback"


JULY 30: Barbara Nesbitt, "Someday, Maybe Sooner"


JULY 31: Margaret Chavez, "Into an Atmosphere" (We Know Better)


AUG. 21: Malik, "Spectrum" (Artium)


AUG. 21: Texicana Mamas, self-titled


AUG. 21: Stiletto Feels, "Push Back" (Nine Mile)


AUG. 24: Jonathan Terrell, "Westward"


AUG. 28: Wood & Wire, "No Matter Where It Goes From Here" (Blue Corn)


AUG. 28: Royal Forest, "Waiting Drum" (Nine Mile)


SEPT. 4: Bill Callahan, "Gold Record" (Drag City)


SEPT. 4: Jackie Venson, "Vintage Machine"


SEPT. 25: Band of Heathens, "Stranger"


OCT. 16: Giulia Millanta, "Tomorrow Is a Bird"