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Various artists, “The Next Waltz, Vol. 1.” In brief liner notes of this LP release, ringleader Bruce Robison writes, “I get asked a lot what ‘The Next Waltz’ is. To me, it is a place that is all about the songs.” The “place” he refers to is the studio in Lockhart where a cast of mostly Austin-area artists recorded these 10 tracks, primarily covers of like-minded artists’ songs. The cast ranges from elder statesmen — Jerry Jeff Walker doing Rodney Crowell’s “Song for the Life” — modern-day Texas troubadours and bands: Both Hayes Carll and Reckless Kelly cover Guy Clark songs (“Magnolia Wind” and “Broken Hearted People,” respectively). Robison takes his turn with “Honky Tonk Rambling Man,” which appeared on his own 2017 album, while his sister Robyn Ludwick gets her song “Bars Ain’t Closing” recorded as a duet between Wade Bowen and Holly Williams. The two most intriguing tracks are the ones that reach the furthest afield in pairing artists with songwriters: Randy Rogers gives a sweet country twist to indie-rocker Ben Kweller’s “Old Hat,” while Kevin Russell and Kelley Mickee of Shinyribs team with Band of Heathens members and others on a revelatory rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Brokedown Palace.” Also of note is the presence on two tracks of the late Austin bassist George Reiff, among his final studio recordings. What bonds everything together here is the sincerity of the production; you can feel the warm vibes of Robison’s out-in-the-sticks recording facility seeping deep into the LP’s grooves. “The Next Waltz, Vol. 1” will be available at the annual Bruce Robison Kelly Willis Holiday Shindig Dec. 15 at the Paramount Theatre. Most of these tracks (along with others not on the LP) originally appeared as videos on the Next Waltz Youtube channel; here’s the one for “Come As You Are,” an Evan Felker/Rhett Miller co-write performed by Felker’s band Turnpike Troubadours:
Glorietta, self-titled (Nine Mile). Yet another project that Midas-touch Austin musician Adrian Quesada (Black Pumas, “Look at My Soul”) was involved with in 2018, this one was actually spearheaded by Matthew Logan Vasquez, the Delta Spirit frontman who moved back to Austin a few years ago and has issued a couple of solo albums since then. For Glorietta, which came out in August, he gathered a bunch of good friends, including Quesada, Seattle singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen and Austinites Kelsey Wilson (of Wild Child), David Ramirez and Jason Robert Blum, in a New Mexico studio for nine days of sessions that bristle with the energy of their loose, off-the-cuff approach. At times delicately acoustic, elsewhere fervently rocking, Glorietta coalesces this impressive cast of eclectic talents into something greater than the sum of its parts. In-store Dec. 12 at Waterloo Records, playing Dec. 14 at Scoot Inn. Here's the video for the track "Heatstroke":
JAN. 11: Rob Baird, “After All” (Hard Luck), release show Jan. 12 at Antone’s.
JAN. 15: Nagavalli, “Immersion,” release show Jan. 20 at One World Theatre.
JAN. 25: Hunt Sales, “Get Your (Expletive) Together.”
JAN. 25: Terry Klein, “Tex.”
FEB. 15: Hayes Carll, “What It Is” (Dualtone).