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Susan Gibson, “The Hard Stuff.” Following the 2016 EP “Remember Who You Are” but her first full-length release since 2011’s ‘Tight Rope,” this 10-song set extends an exemplary career that dates back to the Wimberley singer-songwriter’s late-1990s breakthrough when the Dixie Chicks topped the charts with her tune “Wide Open Spaces.” Even two decades down the road, it’s easy to hear what drew the Dixie Chicks to Gibson’s music in the first place on these new songs. Her exquisitely well-crafted songs got pristine production from Belle Sounds co-leader Andre Moran at Mark Hallman’s Congress House studios in South Austin. “Imaginary Lines,” co-written with Jana Pochop, opens the record with a cinematic scope both sonically and lyrically. Mid-album standouts include the acoustic unlucky-in-love ballad “Diagnostic Heart” and “2 Fake IDs,” a story from her Texas Panhandle youth involving Lubbock’s Avenue Q, a place altogether different from the one in the Broadway musical. “8x10,” a beautifully bittersweet bluegrassy tribute to Gibson’s departed mother, is a picture-perfect album closer. Release show Oct. 5 at Saxon Pub. Here’s the title track:
Chris King, “Lone Rats” (Classic). A follow-up to his 2016 album “Animal,” King recorded these eight originals plus a Scott Davis song primarily at Uptown Modern furniture shop in North Austin, adding atmospheric bits of synth, keys, bass and other accents at home.
Matt Hubbard Trio, “Live at C-Boy’s” EP (Michabou). Six soulful tracks recorded at the South Congress hot spot where Hubbard’s trio has played a Wednesday evening residency for several years. The recording actually features five musicians, with Hubbard accompanied by his New Bohemians bandmates Brad Houser and John Bush on bass and percussion plus drummer Robbie Kidd and guitarist Josh Perdue. Playing every Wednesday in October at C-Boy’s. Here’s the track “Been Here So Long”:
OCT. 10: Mitchell Vandenburg, “Red River Church” (posthumous), release show Oct. 10 at Hard Luck Lounge.
OCT. 18: Fastball, “The Help Machine” (33-⅓), release show Oct. 19 at Saxon Pub.
OCT. 18: Beat Root Revival, “Up,” release show Oct. 18 at 04 Center.
OCT. 18: Larry Seaman, “Resurrectionist,” playing Oct. 12 at Davis Gallery and Oct. 20 at Saxon Pub.
OCT. 18: Jeremy Nail, “Ghost of Love,” release show Oct. 23 at Townsend, in-store Oct. 29 at Waterloo Records.
OCT. 25: Zack Walther Band, “The Westerner.”
OCT. 29: White Denim, “In Person” (live album).
NOV. 1: Deer, “Do No Harm” (Keeled Scales), release show Oct. 18 at Antone’s.
NOV. 1: Christine Smith, “Meet Me on the Far Side of a Star” (Foxy Loxy).
NOV. 8: JM Stevens, “Invisible Lines.”
NOV. 11: Andrew Duplantis, “Ghost Stories.”
NOV. 29: Various artists, “The Next Waltz, Vol. 2.”
DEC. 13: Cowboy Diplomacy, “Burn Down the Road.”
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