Austin360 On The Record: Shelley King, Lolita Lynne, Wide Open
Shelley King, “Fan Faves” (Lemonade). The 2008 Texas State Musician revisited her past work for an 11-song set featuring songs that have tended to be most requested at her shows over the years. The leadoff track “Call of My Heart” is a welcome rescue from King’s out-of-print 1998 debut album of the same name, one of four tunes from that record included here. Elsewhere, King draws from her albums “The Highway” (2002), “Welcome Home” (2010) and “Building a Fire” (2014), with guests including lap steel guitar great Cindy Cashdollar on “Tennessee Whiskey” and members of soulful New Orleans band the Subdudes on the title track to “Building a Fire.” King recently has been working on a new album with Marcia Ball in Ray Benson’s Bismeaux studio; in the meantime, “Fan Faves” is a welcome gathering of career high points. Playing Jan. 21 at Antone’s as part of Lavelle White’s dance party & potluck residency. Here’s a live version of “Call of My Heart” recorded at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in 2016:
Lolita Lynne, “Fool’s Moon” EP. Recording under her own name after previously fronting the band Magia Negra, this singer-guitarist consistently delivers a cool, sultry indie-rock vibe on these six tracks. The studio efforts of keyboardist Robert Williams and ace engineer Adrian Quesada help make this a fully realized project, while the drums and percussion expertise of Daniel Coborn stands out on tracks such as the entrancingly rhythmic “I Won’t.” Release show Jan. 12 at Barracuda. Here’s the leadoff track “Enslaved,” which features a guest appearance by Yvonne Lambert of the Octopus Project:
Wide Open, “Long Road Home.” Singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Season Ammons and Allen Rayfield make up this Central Texas duo that brings equal parts rock, soul, folk, blues and country to its organic Americana mix on these 13 songs. They’re backed by a veteran local cast that includes drummer J.J. Johnson, bassist Glenn Fukunaga and cellist Brian Standefer. Here’s an excerpt of the track “Rye Whiskey”:
- JAN. 18: Summer Fires, “Without a Word” EP, release show Jan. 18 at Stubb’s indoor.
- JAN. 19: Johnny Dango, “Dear Everybody, I Love You,” release show Jan. 20 at Blackheart.
- JAN. 19: Terminal Mind, “Recordings” (Sonic Surgery), archival release.
- JAN. 26: Lew Card, “Takeouts Vol. 1.”
- FEB. 1: Good Field, “Surface Tension,” in-store Jan. 26 at Waterloo Records.
- FEB. 2: Mike & the Moonpies, “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose,” release show Jan. 27 at Sam’s Town Point, in-store Feb. 21 at Waterloo Records.
- FEB. 2: Lisa Morales, “Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun,” release show Feb. 3 at One-2-One Bar.
- FEB. 2: Various artists, “The Stacks: Songs from the Oasis.”
- FEB. 9: Wild Child, “Expectations” (Dualtone), release show Feb. 10 at Empire.
- FEB. 9: Wade Bowen, “Solid Ground.”
- FEB. 9: Curtis Roush, “Cosmic Campfire Music” (Modern Outsider), in-store Feb. 8 at Waterloo Records.
- FEB. 9: Jerry David DeCicca, “Time the Teacher” (Impossible Ark), release show Feb. 10 at Beerland.
- FEB. 22: Arielle LaGuette, “Settle For You” EP, release show Feb. 22 at Stubb’s indoor.
- FEBRUARY: Sharks in the Deep End, EP.
- MARCH 16: Caroline Says, “No Fool Like an Old Fool” (Western Vinyl).
- MARCH 23: Johnny Chops & the Razors, self-titled.