OUT THIS WEEK
Patty Griffin, self-titled (PGM/Thirty Tigers). Griffin’s 10th studio album is perhaps her most personal, following recovery from cancer that appears to have at least partly sparked songs of self-examination and considerations of mortality. Much of the meaning on songs such as “What Now” and “Luminouos Places” ultimately will be what the listener makes of it; Griffin clearly is digging deep, but she’s not spelling things out. Elsewhere, on the exquisitely melodic ruminations “Had a Good Reason” and “What I Remember,” she sings more directly about relationships and regrets. Old-time folk and blues forms exert a strong influence on “Hourglass,” “Bluebeard,” Boys From Tralee” and “The Wheel,” broadening the record’s perspective to reveal the full range of sounds and styles Griffin has embraced in recent years. The piano ballad “Just the Same” closes things out on a graceful note, with Griffin concluding: “I told myself we were not the same, but we were just the same after all.” In-store March 11 at Waterloo Records; playing March 16 at Auditorium Shores (free SXSW show). Here’s the track “River”:
Danny Schmidt, “Standard Deviation.” Also releasing his 10th album, Schmidt follows the mold of classic folk musicians, offering acoustic-framed original compositions that blend the personal with the political. The opening “Just Wait Til They See You” and “Blue-Eyed Hole in Time” find Schmidt singing about parenthood with harmonies from his wife Carrie Elkin. “We Need a Better Word” is a topical song about miscarriage motivated by the couple’s personal experiences, while “Standard Deviation” takes on societal resistance to same-sex relationships. Release show March 9 at Cactus Cafe. Here’s the lyric video for the title track:
Derrick Davis, “Anti-Social.” Recorded with producer Michael Ingber at Austin’s Studio 601, the latest from singer-songwriter Davis features well-constructed pop tunes with tasteful arrangements. Release show March 8 at Geraldine’s.
Crypt Trip, “Haze County” (Heavy Psych Sounds). The latest from the San Marcos psych-rock trio follows up their 2018 release “Rootstock.” Release show March 2 at Hotel Vegas.
MARCH 15: Guma, self-titled.
MARCH 22: Tia Carrera, “Visitors/Early Purple” (Small Stone), playing March 13 at Lamberts during SXSW.
MARCH 29: Grupo Fantasma, “American Music: Vol. VII” (Blue Corn), in-store March 27 at Waterloo Records, release show at Mohawk March 29.
MARCH 29: White Denim, “Side Effects” (City Slang).
APRIL 5: Jackie Venson, “Joy,” release show April 12 at Paramount Theatre.
APRIL 5: Rod Melancon, “Pinkville.”
APRIL 5: Brandon Wayne DeMaris, “Brave Bones,” release show April 10 at Antone’s.
APRIL 26: Walker Lukens, “Adult,” release show April 26 at Mohawk.
APRIL 26: Randy Rogers Band, “Hellbent,” playing March 22 at Rodeo Austin.
MAY 3: Little Mazarn, “Io” (Self Sabotage), release show May 2 at Cactus Cafe.
MAY 17: Jimmie Vaughan, title TBA.