OUT THIS WEEK
Carson McHone, “Carousel.” One of Austin’s most promising young singer-songwriters since releasing her 2015 full-length debut “Goodluck Man” at age 23, McHone returns with a new disc that offers glimpses of more, but not as much as might be expected three years down the line. More than half of “Carousel” is re-recordings of tracks that appeared on “Goodluck Man,” which introduced McHone as a diamond-in-the-rough country-folk troubadour. These are better versions, to be sure, recorded in Nashville with ace producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack), and part of the aim of “Carousel” may be to give this album the national push that the more locally-focused first record didn’t get. The four newer songs here are good, especially “Drugs,” which shimmers with atmospheric steel-guitar twang. But singer-songwriters first and foremost need to write songs, and we need to hear more of them from McHone at this point. Release show Nov. 1 at Cactus Cafe. Here’s the opening track, “Sad”:
Jamie Lin Wilson, “Jumping Over Rocks.” Formerly of Austin acts the Trishas and the Gougers, Wilson lives west of San Antonio these days, but she made this album, her second as a solo artist, at Austin’s Arlyn Studios. Producer Scott Davis heads up a backing crew that includes a couple of heavy-hitters in guitarist Charlie Sexton and Band of Heathens keyboardist Trevor Nealon, but the focus is always on Wilson’s voice, a sweet and clear instrument she uses to convey joy and sadness with equal emotional impact. Wilson co-wrote a handful of tracks with Jack Ingram, Brian Wright and Turnpike Troubadours’ Evan Felker; Ingram duets with her on a lovely cover of Guy Clark’s “Instant Coffee Blues.” Playing Nov. 10 at Paramount Theater, opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard. Here’s a recent live version of the album track “Run”:
Floyd Domino’s All-Stars, self-titled. One of Austin’s most accomplished musicians, pianist Domino has recorded with Willie Nelson and George Strait, toured with Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, and released several albums of his own. This time around, he returns to the western-swing roots of his early days as a member of Asleep at the Wheel, delivering lively and lovely classics such as “Blue Skies” and “Tea For Two” with an ensemble that includes lead vocals from Emily Gimble plus instrumentalists Brook Prumo on guitar, Ryan Gould on bass, Hal Smith on drums, Lauryn Gould on tenor sax and David Jellema on cornet. Release shows Oct. 26 at Parker Jazz Club and Nov. 6 at Sam’s Town Point. Here’s “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”:
Lesly Reynaga, “Dual Passport” EP. Following up last year’s five-song “Fool’s Paradise,” Reynaga once again works with renowned producer Michael Ramos here but also brings local standouts AJ Vallejo and Graham Reynolds into the picture for a six-song disc that was recorded in four different studios. Co-writing half the tracks with Reynolds, Vallejo and guitar great David Grissom, Reynaga sings in both English and Spanish on songs that incorporate elements of Latin dance, soulful balladry, reggae rhythms and acoustic folk-pop. At 26, Reynaga has the potential to be an Austin breakout star. Release show Oct. 25 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a recent acoustic version of the album track “Lines”:
Isaac Jacob Band, self-titled (Union 28). Latest from the New Braunfels-based country-rock outfit that’s a regular on the Texas roadhouse circuit. Here’s the track “The Price We Gotta Pay,” featuring Mike Harmeier of Austin band Mike & the Moonpies:
OCT. 30: Craig Marshall, “Turnaround,” release show Oct. 30 at Townsend.
NOV. 2: David Messier, “Time Bomb,” in-store Nov. 2 at Waterloo Records, release show Nov. 3 at One-2-One Bar.
NOV. 9: Reputations, “Electric Power,” release show Nov. 1 at Hotel Vegas.
NOV. 9: Sydney Wright, “Seiche.”
NOV. 9: Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers, “Love Is Blood.”
NOV. 9: Coattails, “Imaginary Friends” EP, release show Nov. 8 at Empire.
NOV. 10: Bruce Smith, “Til The Wheels Fall Off,” release show Nov. 10 at Saxon Pub.
JAN. 15, 2019: Nagavalli, “Immersion,” release show Jan. 20 at One World Theatre.