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On The Record: Joe Ely & Linda Ronstadt, Timberos Del Norte

Peter Blackstock


Joe Ely & Linda Ronstadt, “Where Is My Love” iTunes single (Rack ’Em). We don’t usually include singles in our weekly roundup of local releases, but this one’s a special case. Unearthed from a 1987 recording session that also included Austinites Mitch Watkins on guitar and the late Bill Ginn on keyboards, the duet recording of R.C. Banks’ classic tune never appeared on an Ely or Ronstadt album. (Ely has performed it often in concert, and it’s featured without Ronstadt on his “Live at Liberty Lunch” and “Live Cactus” discs.) The release comes on the heels of Ely’s recent publication of his first novel, “Reverb: An Odyssey.” Ely performs Dec. 26-27 at Strange Brew.

Timberos Del Norte, self-titled. Grammy-winning trombonist/arranger Raul “Ralo” Vallejo and pianist/producer Paul “Pauly” Matthews spearhead this 10-piece outfit featuring multilayerd vocals and horns in an impressive and enticing 12-song collection of heavily rhythmic Cuban jazz and pop. Release show Dec. 18 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the track “Tiki-Tiki”:


JAN. 7: Obscured By Echoes, release show Jan. 7 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.

JAN. 13: Charlie Belle, “Get to Know” EP, release show Jan. 14 at Holy Mountain.

JAN. 20: Cautiontape, “How We Shine” EP, release show Jan. 22 at Spiderhouse Ballroom.

JAN. 27: T-Bird & the Breaks, “Harmonizm,” playing Dec. 31 at Stubb’s.

FEB. 10: Robert Earl Keen, “Happy Prisoner” (Dualtone), playing Dec. 19 at ACL Live.

FEB. 10: GOBI, “Gold on Black Ice,” release show Feb. 7 at Holy Mountain.

FEB. 10: Chubby Knuckle Choir, “Reveille.”

FEB. 24: James McMurtry, “Complicated Game” (Complicated Game Records), playing Dec. 16 at Continental Gallery.

FEB. 24: Quiet Company, “Trangressor” (Modern Outsider).

FEB. 24: Parker McCollum, “The Limestone Kid” (Indie Extreme).

MARCH 3: Asleep at the Wheel, “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys” (Bismeaux), with guests including Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, Brad Paisley and the Avett Brothers.

APRIL 7: East Cameron Folkcore, “Kingdom of Fear,” release shows April 1-4 at Salvage Vanguard Theater.

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