Austin360 On The Record: James Steinle, Drew Fish Band, more
Austin360 On The Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.
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James Steinle, “What I Came Here For” (Shotgun House). On his second studio album (he added a live record last year), Steinle further establishes his status as an up-and-coming singer-songwriter in the long tradition of Texas troubadours who color outside the lines of cookie-cutter country. Noted songwriter Bruce Robison produced “What I Came Here For” at his Lockhart studio, bringing in a strong support cast that includes multi-instrumentalist Scott Davis, keyboardist Sam Rives, and Geoff Queen on pedal steel, baritone guitar and dobro. The overall sound and vibe is warm and organic, likely the result of sessions that were recorded live to tape. Rollicking numbers such as “Back Out on the Road” and “Black & White Blues” are sturdy dance-floor material, but much of the album is more contemplative. The title track begins with a spoken-word intro featuring Steinle and Juliet McConkey, who also contributes a duet vocal on the bittersweet ballad “In Love Again (Two Different Voices).” Listening party Feb. 6 at Long Play Lounge; release show Feb. 8 at White Horse. Here’s a pre-album solo-acoustic version of the track “Without You”:
Drew Fish Band, “Wishful Drinkin’” (Smith Entertainment). Fish stands out among Texas roadhouse-circuit regulars with music that leans more heavily toward traditional country than the more typical country-rock hybrids. He and his band can still kick up dust when it serves the song, but there’s plenty of old-school twang and swing here, thanks to the studio contributions of fiddler Jason Roberts, steel guitar/dobro player Geoff Queen and Reckless Kelly fiddle/mandolin ringer Cody Braun. Tunes such as “Lone Star Saturday Night,” “One Beer at a Time” and the title track play too easily into the drinking-songs stereotype of his genre, but Fish shines brightly on the beautiful waltz “Every Damn Time,” wisely rendered as a duet with angelic-voiced country hitmaker Pam Tillis. Playing Feb. 14 at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. Here’s the track “Better Place”:
Flyin’ A’s, “No Holds Barred.” The duo of Stuart Adamson and Hillary Claire Adamson had plenty of help in the studio for this 13-song set produced by noted local multi-instrumentalist Chris Gage, who brought in heavy-hitters including Glenn Fukunaga on bass, Warren Hood on fiddle, Kym Warner on mandolin and Andrea Magee on bodhran. The instrumentation always supports the songs and never gets in the way of the harmony vocals that are at the core of the Adamsons’ folk-rock-oriented tunes. Nine songs here are originals or co-writes, with well-chosen covers from the likes o Townes Van Zandt, Al Staehely, Billy Edd Wheeler and Roger Miller/George Jones rounding out the set. Playing Feb. 17 at Deckhand Oyster Bar. Here’s a recent live version of the track “She Feels Like Home”:
Cosmic Chaos, “Eye Can See” (Secret Soup). A six-piece band that mixes elements of psychedelia, garage-punk and surf-rock with accents of tropical rhythms, Cosmic Chaos has carved out a niche that’s unique even in the broad-umbrella community of Austin music. The nine songs on “Eye Can See” careen and swirl with a sonic adventurousness that fits their name; it’s chaotic, yes, but it’s never dull or predictable. In-store Feb. 16 at End of an Ear. Here’s the track “95 Del Sol”:
FEB. 13: Danny Malone, “We the Tigress, They the Wildebeast,” release show Feb. 13 at Mohawk.
FEB. 14: Angelica Rahe, “Reina,” release show Feb. 14 at Mohawk.
FEB. 14: Star Parks, “The New Sounds of Late Capitalism” (Modern Outsider), in-store Feb. 14 at Waterloo Records, playing March 6 at Barracuda.
FEB. 14: A. Sinclair, “In the Middle of the Night” EP, release show Feb. 15 at ABGB.
FEB. 14: Moonray, “Honeymoon” EP (Satellite).
FEB. 21: Heart Bones, “Hot Dish” (Love OnLine).
FEB. 21: Sasha K.A, “Family.”
FEB. 28: Eric Johnson, “EJ Vol II.”
MARCH 6: Tommy Rebel & the Righteous, “Renaissance Dude.”
MARCH 6: Panhandlers, self-titled (Next Waltz).
MARCH 6: Brownout, “Berlin Sessions” (Fat Beats), release shows March 6-7 at 3Ten.
MARCH 27: Tender Things, “How You Make a Fool” (Spaceflight).
APRIL 3: Pike & Sutton, “Heart Is a Compass.”
APRIL 10: Eliza Gilkyson, “Sooner or Later” (Red House).
APRIL 24: Whitney Rose, “I Still Go to Rodeos.”
MAY 22: Reckless Kelly, “American Girls” and “American Jackpot” (Thirty Tigers).