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JUNE IS JUMPIN’
Spring and fall typically bring a rush of big record releases, but for Austin acts this year, it appears everyone’s gearing up for summer. We see a slew of significant releases coming in June, including:
Willie Nelson, “Ride Me Back Home” (Legacy). Due June 21, the latest collaboration between Nelson and producer Buddy Cannon is a mix of original material and covers of well-known tunes including Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard to Be Humble” and Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are.” Catch Willie at his annual Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas.
Black Pumas, self-titled (ATO). Also out June 21, this is the first full-length release from the red-hot Austin band led by singer Eric Burton and guitarist-producer Adrian Quesada. Their upcoming tour includes appearances at Milwaukee’s famed Summerfest as well as festivals in Canada and Missouri.
Los Coast, “Samsara” (New West). The full-length debut from the Trey Privott-fronted group that has been a steady presence on the local club scene for a couple of years is due out June 14. The band will play a series of dates in the Midwest in July with Black Pumas, after a hometown celebration at Antone’s on June 27.
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, “Beautiful Lie” (Next Waltz). Robison has been busy building his studio/label/video project The Next Waltz and Willis put out a solo album last year, but they found time recently to record their first duo album since 2014. They’ll play a release show at the Continental Club on June 22, the day after the album comes out.
Jamestown Revival, “San Isabel” (Thirty Tigers). The indie-Americana duo of Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance has left Republic/Universal after two albums, but a recent track we premiered on Austin360 bodes well for this June 14 release. They’ll kick off this year’s ACL Radio “Blues on the Green” series on May 22 in Zilker Park.
Montopolis, “The Legend of Big Bend.” Composer Justin Sherburn’s instrumental music inspired by the Texas national park promises to be something special, drawing musicians from both the classical (Austin Symphony, Tosca Strings) and pop (Okkervil River, Polyphonic Spree) realms. They’ll play a release show June 6 at North Door with crowd-sourced photos of Big Bend screening behind them.
More in June: Michael Fracasso, “Big Top” (June 14), featuring music recorded two decades ago with producer Charlie Sexton; Bill Callahan, “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest” (June 14), the latest Drag City Records release from the lo-fi songwriter of Smog renown; Hector Ward & the Big Time, “Smile Into Life” (June 21), latest from the blues-funk-rock ensemble set for a June 20 release show at Antone’s; Eric Tessmer, “EP 2,” follow-up to the blues-rock guitarist’s four-song 2016 batch, with a release show June 21 at Scoot Inn; Andrew Nolte, "My Avatar" EP, follow-up to the debut album by our Austin360 Artist of the Month for December 2018.
OUT THIS WEEK
American Sharks, “11:11.” American-Statesman writer Deborah Sengupta Stith observes: “The new album from Austin’s standout stoner rock trio blazes in on a mean-spirited guitar riff that explodes into a furious cacophony of punishing rhythm and muscular distortion. It sets the tone for an album that cuts heavy fuzz and brutal power chords with wry humor — a head-banging, teeth-rattling collection that refuses to take itself too seriously.” Release show May 10 at Mohawk. Here’s the track “Masters”:
Arielle, “Suspension/Dimension” (Gypsy Heart). Latest full-length release from the pop singer-songwriter and guitarist who has appeared on the TV show “Nashville” and has collaborated with Austin guitar great Eric Johnson among others. Release show May 10 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the video for the track “Genie’s Outta the Bottle”:
Mazwah, “Groove Theory” EP. Six-song debut from the six-piece band combining funk, hip-hop and more into a groove-based dance sound. Release show May 11 at Empire Control Room. Here’s a live version of the track “Enter Mazwah”:
MAY 17: Jimmie Vaughan, “Baby, Please Come Home” (Last), in-store May 24 at Waterloo Records.
MAY 17: South Austin Moonlighters, “Travel Light” (Station House).
MAY 24: Megafauna, “Ghost Coast,” release show May 25 at Empire.
MAY 24: Ray Prim, “Unconditional,” release show May 24 at One-2-One Bar.
MAY 24: Texas Horns, “Get Here Quick” (Severn).
MAY 24: Sour Bridges, “Neon Headed Fool,” playing Texas Radio Live May 22 at Guero’s.
MAY 31: Shy Beast, “Shy ’Til You Die,” in-store May 30 at Waterloo Records, release show June 1 at Antone’s.
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