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Austin360 On The Record: Willie Nelson & sons, Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes

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Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes, “Don’t Go Baby, It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You” (Cornelius Chapel). Songwriter/guitarist Chris Porter, bassist Mitchell Vandenburg and drummer Adam Nurre had finished recording this album in 2016 shortly before Porter and Vandenburg were killed and Nurre was seriously injured in a North Carolina highway crash while the band was on tour a year ago this week. With the help of friends, family and fellow musicians who played on the sessions — including Centro-Matic’s Will Johnson, the Mastersons’ Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, and former Drive-By Truckers bassist Shonna Tucker — the album has been completed and released in memory of Porter and Vandenburg. Mixing rootsy country-folk and hard-driving rock ’n’ roll, Porter and his bandmates deliver 11 unflinchingly honest and emotionally riveting songs here, from the desolate vignette of “Your Hometown” to the lover’s lament of “Go on and Leave Me” to unhinged abandon of “East December.” The album will be played in full over the club’s sound system at Stay Gold on Oct. 21, along with performances by the Mastersons, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Bonnie Whitmore, Carson McHone, Garner Sloan, Ben Ballinger, Graham Weber, Hank Erwin, Drew Carman and Haydon Hoodoo. Here’s a live video of the song “Go On and Leave Me,” recorded by Porter, Vandenburg and Nurre in 2016:


Tommy Howard, “Storybook” (Destiny). Ten-song debut from the jazz guitarist who plays with Elias Haslanger’s renowned Church on Monday Band, recorded in a trio format with bassist Daniel Durham and drummer Brandon Guerra. Release show Oct. 22 at Elephant Room. Here’s the track “In Paris in Love”:

Mooks, “Side 2” EP. The rock ‘n’ roll quintet’s follow-up to their 2012 EP “Side 1” was produced by James Stevens and features lead singer-guitarist Rick Smith, lead guitarist Erick Huebner, bassist Ron McRae and drummer Mike Middleton. In-store Oct. 22 at Antone’s Records Shop.


  • NOV. 1: Brian Pounds, “Southern Writer,” release show Nov. 16 at Cactus Cafe.
  • NOV. 3: Drew Kennedy, “At Home in the Big Lonesome,” playing Dec. 12 at Gruene Hall.
  • NOV. 17: Reveleros, self-titled, release show Nov. 17 at Good Shepherd on the Hill.
  • NOV. 24: Sour Notes, “Darkest Sour,” release show Nov. 24 at Hotel Vegas.