Austin360 On The Record: Carman A.D., Tony Bray/Toro Flores, more
Austin360 On The Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.
OUT THIS WEEK
Carman A.D., “Wilderness” EP. Formerly of the Athens, Ga., band Corduroy Road, singer-songwriter Drew Carman jokes in his bio that he “may have been the first musician in the history of music to move to Austin to actually STOP playing music.” After a few years of focusing on his design career and starting a family, Carman recently returned to making music with this six-song set produced by noted Oklahoma musician John Calvin Abney. A solid cast of locals including steel player Sam Kossler, drummer Adam Nurre and singers Carson McHone and Bonnie Whitmore helped Carman shape this batch of Americana songs that range from the organ-propelled groove of “Diesel Engine Songs” to the anthemic country-twang title track to the bluesy rock swagger of “89 Johnstown.” The closing track is a bit of a trifle, a birthday voicemail from a friend set to music, but it allows Carman’s ace supporting cast to show off their chops and versatility. (The friend, it turns out, was the late Mitchell Vandenburg, an Austin musician who was killed in a car wreck on tour in 2016.) Release show Jan. 10 at Hole in the Wall. Here’s the track “Changed”:
Tony Bray/Toro Flores Quintet, “Man in the Black Hat.” Both accomplished multi-instrumentalists in their respective towns — Bray lives in Austin, Flores in San Antonio — these two musicians team up here with three supporting players on a nine-song collection of instrumental material that’s adventurous but goes down easy. Bray’s tenor and soprano sax solos blend invitingly with Flores’ work on several mallet instruments (marimba, vibes, steel drum). Rounding out the sound are Chris Villanueva on keyboards, Nick Lewis on bass and Aaron Easley on drums. Release show Jan. 9 at Elephant Room. Here’s “Queen Lucy”:
Wayne Gathright, “Inside My Dream.” Austin mainstay Stephen Doster produced this 10-track set of singer-songwriter material from the 2019 songwriter of the year honoree in the Austin Songwriters Group Song Contest. Doster, drummer/percussionist Lynn Gathright, cellist Brian Standefer and trumpeter Sam Jeffrey helped flesh out the tracks. Here’s a short “Behind the Scenes” video from the sessions:
JAN. 17: ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories,” release show Jan. 14 at Far Out Lounge.
JAN. 17: Flyjack, “Soul Catcher,” release show Jan. 17 at Continental Club.
JAN. 24: Xetas, “The Cypher,” release show Jan. 24 at Barracuda.
JAN. 24: Peterson Brothers, “The Intro,” release show Jan. 25 at Native Hostel.
FEB. 1: Tomar & the FCs, “Rise Above,” release show Feb. 1 at Antone’s.
FEB. 7: James Steinle, “What I Came Here For,” release show Feb. 8 at White Horse.
FEB. 14: Angelica Rahe, release show Feb. 14 at Mohawk.
FEB. 14: Moonray, “Honeymoon” EP (Satellite).
MARCH 6: Tommy Rebel & the Righteous, “Renaissance Dude.”
MARCH 6: Panhandlers, self-titled (Next Waltz), collaborative group featuring William Clark Green, Josh Abbott, John Baumann and Cleto Cordero.