Tis the season for holiday sounds from Shinyribs, Austin Blues Revue
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Shinyribs, “The Kringle Tingle” (Mustard Lid). Holiday records often seem like trifles or toss-offs, but there’s enough on this one from Kevin Russell’s genre-defying outfit to transcend the season. That’s partly because of two really solid Russell originals: “Santa Comes to Atlanta” is a pedal steel-tinged beauty that’s more overtly country than anything the band has done to date, while “Christmas Time in Bossier City,” written with Dan Nugent, swings bittersweetly to gorgeous vocal and instrumental support from the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns and the Shiny Soul Sisters. Russell exercises the same muscle that produced the Gourds’ “Gin & Juice” reinvention on “Don’t Go Chasing Santa Claus,” a yuletide fresh take on TLC’s mid-’90s pop smash “Waterfalls.” Cover selections range from straight (the R&B gem “Please Come Home for Christmas”) to crooked (Terry Allen & Guy Clark’s “Xmas on the Isthmus”) to funky (the Staple Singers’ “Last Month of the Year”) to raunchy (Clarence Carter’s “Back Door Santa”). In-store Dec. 11 at Waterloo Records; playing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Dec. 12 at Palmer Events Center.
Austin Blues Revue, “An Austin Blue Christmas.” Coincidentally, two songs Shinyribs revived on their album — “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “Back Door Santa” — also turn up on this disc featuring more than a dozen veterans of the local blues scene. The concept is a follow-up to “An Austin Rhythm & Blues Christmas,” which came out in 1986 and featured a few of the same players who appear here. Framed by instrumental and vocal versions of “Silent Night” arranged by saxophonist Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, the nine-song set includes singer Malford Milligan’s burning take on Freddie King’s “Christmas Tears,” Soul Man Sam Evans on a sweet, Austin-tailored version of Irving Berlin’s classic “White Christmas,” and a duet between Jacqui Walker and executive producer Pete Monfre on Charles Brown’s “Santa’s Blues.” Release show Dec. 4 at the Parish. Here’s the track “Christmas Tears”:
Banisters, “Darwin, Texas.” Full-length debut from the hard-edged rock trio featuring songwriters Dean Curran, Chris DeSilva and Nicole Hutchins. Release show Nov. 29 at Mohawk indoor. Here’s a recent live version of the track “Desert House”:
JAN. 11: Rob Baird, “After All” (Hard Luck), release show Jan. 12 at Antone’s.
JAN. 15: Nagavalli, “Immersion,” release show Jan. 20 at One World Theatre.
JAN. 25: Hunt Sales, “Get Your (Expletive) Together.”
FEB. 15: Hayes Carll, “What It Is” (Dualtone).