On The Record: Why Not Satellite, Bobby Mack, Dr. Zog
With no new releases scheduled during the holiday week, here’s a quick look at a few recent records we missed upon their release the past few weeks.
Why Not Satellite, self-titled. Dating back to his 1980s days with the Standing Waves, Larry Seaman has been one of Austin’s most talented pop songwriters, known for applying progressive twists to his basic tuneful instincts. His latest ensemble with fellow local long-timers Randy Franklin, Cindy Toth and Steve McCarthy brings sharp focus to the instantly appealing “September Surprise,” the dramatic ballad “In Your Arms” and a cover of the F-Systems new wave nugget “People.” Playing Jan. 10 at Carousel Lounge.
Bobby Mack, “Texas Guitar: Highway Man.” An 11-song collection of mostly original material by the former Night Train leader, this likely will appeal to fans of the gritty blues-rock traditionalism for which Austin became known during the heyday of Antone’s. Playing Dec. 31 at Cypress Creek Cafe in Wimberley.
Dr. Zog, “Texas Zydeco Train.” From the title track to “South Austin Road” to “Texas Blues” to “Cajun Cooking,” accordionist Dr. Zog zeroes in on heavy regional flavor in this nine-song set. A strong supporting cast includes the great Cindy Cashdollar on lap steel and longtime Resentments fixtures Bruce Hughes and John Chipman on bass and drums, respectively. Playing Jan. 10 at Guero’s Oak Garden.
Michael Hays, self-titled. After starting his career in Austin in the late ’90s, Hays spent most of the past decade in Los Angeles with the Larks before moving back. His solo debut is a rootsy singer-songwriter affair that features pedal steel ace Eric Heywood on a couple of cuts.
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. 13: Cody Canada & the Departed, “Hippielovepunk,” playing Dec. 31 at River Road Icehouse in New Braunfels.
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).
FEB. 10: GOBI, “Gold on Black Ice,” release show Feb. 7 at Holy Mountain.
FEB. 10: Chubby Knuckle Choir, “Reveille.”
FEB. 10: Hooka Hey, “Untamed” EP, release show Feb. 13 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
FEB. 24: James McMurtry, “Complicated Game” (Complicated Game Records), playing Dec. 26 at the Roost.
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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