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On The Record: Aaron Behrens, Kelley Mickwee

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 22, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Beyond Ghostland: The self-titled debut EP of Ghostland Observatory singer Aaron Behrens’ new project, the Midnight Stroll, is set for a Sept. 16 release. Behrens will do an in-store at Waterloo Records on Sept. 10 before embarking on an extensive fall tour that continues through November, with an Austin date on Oct. 25 at the Scoot Inn.

OUT THIS WEEK

Kelley Mickwee, “You Used to Live Here”: With seven songs, this solo debut is not quite an EP and not quite an album, but it serves as a road map of where Mickwee will go after the recent dissolution of the Trishas, the Americana quartet she played with for five years. Country is still a calling card; the twangy roots instrumentation and Mickwee’s rich Southern singing leave no doubt of that. But classic soul is out front here as well, reflecting Mickwee’s roots in the old-school music of Memphis, where she lived before coming to Austin eight years ago. She returned there to record the appropriately named “You Used to Live Here,” working with veteran musicians well-versed in Delta blues. Co-writes with Jimmy Davis (the title track) and Kevin Welch (“River Girl”) are steeped in that country-soul-blues blend, while co-writes with Phoebe Hunt, Owen Temple and Jonny Burke bring out different colors. Mickwee also wisely cherry-picks from the catalogues of Americana peers John Fullbright (“Blameless”) and Eliza Gilkyson (“Dark Side of Town”), proving her worth as an interpreter who knows how to reach into the heart of a song.

Also: Black Angels, “Clear Lake Forest” (Blue Horizon), CD issue of seven-song clear-vinyl Record Store Day exclusive; Casual Strangers, “We Used to Be Friends”; Bobby Patterson, “I Got More Soul!” (Omnivore), a rare solo release by the 70-year-old Dallas R&B songwriting/producing great, recorded in Austin with former Black Joe Lewis guitarist Zach Ernst.

COMING SOON

JULY 29: Micky & the Motorcars, “Hearts From Above,” release show Aug. 1 at Saxon Pub; Noel McKay, “Is That So Much To Ask,” playing Aug. 1 at the White Horse.

AUG. 5: Spoon, “They Want My Soul” (Loma Vista); Christopher Denny, “If The Roses Don’t Kill Us” (Partisan); Thanks Light, “& the Hallucinations”; Manifest Electric, “Eat Your Heart Out,” release show July 31 at Cactus Café.

AUG. 11: Harvey “Tex” Thomas Young, “More Than We Was.”

AUG. 12: Leticia Rodriguez Garza, “Saguita Al Bate” EP, release show Aug. 16 at Sahara Lounge.

AUG. 19: Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day” (Blue Corn), playing Sept. 5 at the Paramount Theatre.

AUG. 26: Tinnarose, self-titled (Nine Mile); Globe Factory No. 23, “Original Sins for Copycats” (Fiesta Red).

SEPT. 2: Brian Pounds, “Strikes and Gutters” EP, releae show Sept. 18 at Strange Brew.

SEPT. 9: Belle Sounds, “Black Stone” EP, release show Sept. 13 at Lamberts; Nightowls, “Good As Gold B-Sides” EP, playing Oct. 11 at ACL Fest.

SEPT. 16: Aaron Behrens & the Midnight Stroll, self-titled EP (Megaforce); Fauntleroys, “Below the Pink Pony” EP (Plowboy); Band of Heathens, “Sunday Morning Record.”

OCT. 7: Shakey Graves, “And the War Came” (Dulatone).