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

Rosie Flores, “Simple Case of the Blues” (Last Music). A cornerstone of Austin’s roots music scene since the 1980s, the San Antonio native is classified as “a rockabilly and country music artist” if you look her up on Wikipedia — but those who catch her frequent local gigs know there’s more to Flores than that. Wednesdays at the Continental Gallery, she fronts the Blue Moon Jazz Quartet, and her Friday happy hour revue at C-Boy’s testifies to her blues and R&B chops. The latter is the focus of these sessions recorded in Tennessee and Austin. Flores trades guitar leads with Kenny Vaughan, a major talent with two decades in Marty Stuart’s band; Vaughan co-produced with bassist Dave Roe and Austin ace-in-the-hole Charlie Sexton, who handled overdub tracks here at Arlyn Studios. Locals in the mix include B3 master Mike Flanigin and pianist T. Jarrod Bonta; former Austinite Cindy Cashdollar added lap steel from her Woodstock, N.Y., home base. Flores co-wrote three of the album’s 11 songs, including the standout title track, but mostly she serves as a first-class interpreter of tunes by artists ranging from mid-20th-century R&B standouts Roy Brown and Wynona Carr to rock 'n' roll pioneers Leiber & Stoller to honky-tonker Dwight Yoakam. Release show Saturday at Continental Club. Here’s the track “Drive Drive Drive,” written by Flores and Rachel Gladstone:

 

Gurf Morlix, “Impossible Blue” (Rootball). Yes, you’ll see Morlix in the recent biopic “Blaze,” essentially playing himself; he was a close friend of the ill-fated title character Blaze Foley. When he met Foley in the 1970s, Morlix was a fast-rising guitarist who gradually became renowned as a producer over the next quarter-century. But for 20 years he’s also made records of his own, digging deep with original songs that bare the soul and cut to the bone. Well into his 60s, Morlix often sounds world-weary on “Impossible Blue,” but his tone fits the material, which ranges from the chilling soul-searcher “I’m a Ghost” to the down-and-out “Spinning Planet Blues” to “Backbeat of the Dispossessed,” a haunting ode to a departed friend. “Backbeat” and several other tracks benefit significantly from subtle but emotional backing vocals by Jaimee Harris, who joins drummer Rick Richards and B3 organ ace Red Young as the only contributors to the record besides Morlix. Here’s the opening track, “Turpentine”:

 

Rebecca Loebe, “Give Up Your Ghosts” (Blue Corn). A 2009 New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival and a 2011 contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” Loebe is now five albums into a career that’s also included the side project Nobody’s Girl (with Grace Pettis and Betty Soo). “Give Up Your Ghosts,” her first for Houston-based Blue Corn, is her strongest and most confident effort to date, with exquisite production and multi-instrumental support from Will Robertson framing Loebe’s acoustic-based original tunes around the natural sweetness of her singing. Other contributors include keyboardist Christopher Cox, bassist Andrew Pressman, drummer Robin McMillan and pedal steel guitarist Gary Newcomb. Release show Saturday at Saxon Pub. Here’s a live version of the track “Ghosts”:

 

Altamesa, “Idol Frontier.” Many of these tracks got released last year on a succession of EPs, but they’re rounded up and supplemented on this 10-song disc that attests to two things: 1) Altamesa is one of the better roots/country-Americana outfits in town, if you can classify them as that; and 2) Much to their credit, they don’t really sound like anybody else. Twanging guitars and a general desert-western vibe are central to their sonic aesthetic, but there’s an old-soul feel to many of these tunes as well. Songwriter Evan Charles has a distinctive tenor voice, while bandmates/co-producers Sean Faires and Jonas Wilson instill a warm, slightly psych-tinged tone that further establishes Altamesa’s unique identity. Release show Friday at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Here’s the opening track, “The New West”:

 

George Ensle, “Home” (Berkalin). A Houston native who came to Austin for college in the mid-1960s and stayed, Ensle fell into that era’s community of Texas folk troubadours such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. He’s released a handful of albums over the decades, never rising beyond regional renown but remaining a constant presence on the local singer-songwriter scene. “Home” serves as a good testament to that: Produced by Stephen Doster, who played on Ensle’s 1980 debut “Head-On,” its 10 tracks emphasize Ensle’s warm and friendly vocals. Sometimes the songs are more spoken than sung, as on “Gloves,” a detail-rich mini-memoir in the mold of Clark’s classic “Randall Knife.” The stellar supporting cast includes drummer Dony Wynn, keyboardist Chip Dolan, violinist Champ Hood and steel guitarist Geoff Queen. The album is dedicated to the late Richard Dobson, who co-wrote the track “All I Need.” Release show Saturday at Threadgill’s. Here's a live version of "All I Need":

 

Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, “The Whole Shebang.” Following up a 2016 self-titled debut, singer-songwriter Faye continues to revive classic 1960s girl-group sounds with backing vocalists Betty Soo and Akina Adderley. Writing on her own or with Bill Demain (plus one track with multi-instrumentalist Eric Holden, who produced), Faye keeps the tempos lively for tunes that mostly skate on the surface lyrically. If the overall feel here is more confectionary pop than deep soul, the music is impeccably played and arranged, with contributors including drummer Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello band and blazing Austin guitarist Bill Kirchen. Release show Friday at Continental Club. Here's the track "I Don't Need No Baby":

 

Anna Larson, “Shifting Sand.” The debut album from a former member of Austin folk outfit the Wheelwrights leavens classic singer-songwriter music with string arrangements and horn accents that help Larson stand out as an Austin artist worth watching. A classically trained pianist, Larson also plays acoustic guitar on the record, but it’s the gentle beauty of her voice that leaves the most lasting impression. Release show Feb. 9 at Townsend. Here’s the lyric video for the track “In Parts”:

 

Mamahawk, “Brain Invaderz.” With six songs that lean toward the long side (the full recording runs more than 30 minutes), this follow-up to a self-released debut pushes the trio of James Reed, Adam Littman and Brennan Howell toward an expansive, spacey sound that encompasses elements of pop, soul, jazz, electronic music and even hip-hop on the closing “The Way U Breathe” (with Austin rapper Rich Scrubb contributing a guest vocal). In-store Feb. 8 at Waterloo Records, release show Feb. 16 at Empire. Here’s the title track:

 

Chuck Shaw, self-titled. An East Coast native who now lives in San Marcos, Shaw follows up his 2015 debut EP with a 12-song album that suggests he'll fit right in to the Texas roots-country-rock roadhouse circuit. Austin musicians Eddie Dickerson on fiddle/mandolin and Geoff Queen on pedal steel/slide guitar are among the eight-member backing cast led by producer and guitarist/keyboardist David Percefull. Release show Feb. 8 at Railyard Bar & Grill in San Marcos. Here’s the track “Burn That Oil”:

 

Daisy O’Connor, “Ether” EP. Previously known mainly for acoustic-based indie-folk, O’Connor kicks things up a notch with more electric material on this five-song collaboration with local musicians Gregory White and Joshua Halpern. Release show Feb. 10 at Cosmic Coffee. Here’s the opening track, “Wild,” which is a little closer in tone to her past work:

 

COMING SOON

FEB. 14: Robert Ellis, “Texas Piano Man” (New West), in-store Feb. 14 at Waterloo Records

FEB. 14: Harlem, “Oh Boy,” release show Feb. 16 at Antone’s

FEB. 15: Hayes Carll, “What It Is” (Dualtone), release shows Feb. 20 at Saxon Pub, Feb. 21 at Continental Club, Feb. 22 at 3Ten and Feb. 23 at Antone’s; in-store Feb. 21 at Waterloo Records

FEB. 15: Dale Watson, “Call Me Lucky” (Red House), release shows Feb. 14 at Gruene Hall, Feb. 15 at Luckenbach Dance Hall and Feb. 16 at Broken Spoke

FEB. 15: Quin Galavis, “Victim/Nonvictim”

FEB. 15: Leche, “Trickle Down My Ass,” in-store Feb. 15 at Waterloo Records

FEB: 15: “Live at Raul’s” reissue (various artists), release show Feb. 16 at South Austin Popular Culture Center

FEB. 22: Gary Clark Jr., “This Land” (Warner Bros.)

FEB. 22: Bayonne, “Drastic Measures,” release show Feb. 15 at Mohawk

FEB. 22: Moving Panoramas, “In Two” (Modern Outsider), in-store Feb. 22 at Waterloo Records

FEB. 22: William Harries Graham, “Jakes,” in-store March 3 at Waterloo Records

FEB. 22: Frederico7, “Exotico Americano,” release show Feb. 23 at Empire

FEB. 22: Kelly Hafner, “If It’s Love”

MARCH 1: Croom, “Belladonna”

MARCH 8: Patty Griffin, self-titled (PGM/Thirty Tigers)

MARCH 8: Danny Schmidt, “Standard Deviation”

MARCH 22: Tia Carrera, “Visitors/Early Purple” (Small Stone), playing March 13 at Lamberts during SXSW

APRIL 5: Rod Melancon, “Pinkville”

APRIL 5: Brandon Wayne DeMaris, “Brave Bones,” release show April 10 at Antone’s

APRIL 26: Randy Rogers Band, “Hellbent”