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On The Record: Local highlights in early 2015

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

IN THE NEWS

The record-release schedule inevitably slows down near the end of the year, but word of early 2015 albums is already starting to heat up. Here’s a quick look at three prominent Austin acts with new discs due in February:

Robert Earl Keen, “Happy Prisoner” (Dualtone), due Feb. 10: Keen enlisted producer Lloyd Maines to help him make his first bluegrass album with his longtime backing band. Guests include Lyle Lovett (on “T For Texas”) and Natalie Maines (on “Wayfaring Stranger”). Check out Keen’s take on Flatt & Scruggs’ “Hot Corn, Cold Corn”:

Keen and his band play their annual Christmas show Dec. 19 at ACL Live.

FEB. 24: James McMurtry, “Complicated Game” (Complicated Game Records), due Feb. 24: For his first studio album in six years, McMurtry traveled to Louisiana to work with producers C.C. Adcock and Mike Napolitano. Check out the first single, “How’m I Gonna Find You Now”:

Catch McMurtry at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday upstairs and midnight Wednesday downstairs this week and next week at the Continental Club and Gallery.

Quiet Company, “Trangressor” (Modern Outsider), due Feb. 24: The indie rock foursome recorded its fourth album in new local studio The Orb with Matt Noveskey of Blue October producing. Playing Zilker Trail of Lights Dec. 5. Check out the lead track “Seven Hells”:

Hear Quiet Company on the Zilker Trail of Lights stage Dec. 5.

COMING SOON

DEC. 2: Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie, “December Day (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1),” Legacy.

DEC. 4: These Mad Dogs of Glory, “Isle au Haut,” release show Dec. 5 at the Mohawk.

DEC. 9: The Grassy Knoll, “Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1” (Electric Verde).

DEC. 16: Timberos Del Norte, self-titled, release show Dec. 18 at One-2-One Bar,

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

JAN. 27: T-Bird & the Breaks, “Harmonizm,” playing Dec. 5 at Holy Mountain.

Are you an Austin-area act with a new record coming out? Let us know at musicsource@statesman.com.