Austin360 On The Record: Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers, Hector Ward & the Big Time


RubyDeeSnakehandlersAlbumCoverRuby Dee & the Snakehandlers, “Little Black Heart” (Catty Town). One of Austin’s best rockabilly bands since relocating here from Seattle many years ago, Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers return with their first formal studio album in eight years. In between, they released a live album and a collection of children’s songs, but they shine brightly on this set of a dozen new original tunes and one cover. Band leader Ruby Dee Philippa, a brain-injury survivor from a scooter accident eight years ago, radiates confidence and grit above her band’s steady-rhythm support on highlights such as “I See Green,” “Who You Think I Am” and the title track. Release shows Friday, July 22, at Little Longhorn Saloon, and Saturday, July 23, at Continental Club. Here’s the leadoff cut, “All Knocked Up”:

Hector Ward & the Big Time, “Evolution: Live at the Saxon Pub.” This two-disc, 22-track set, drawn from various appearances at the storied South Austin venue over a five-year period, fully documents the group’s heavily rhythmic, horn-driven mix of Latin, blues, funk and rock styles. Release show Friday, July 22, at Saxon Pub. Here’s a number that’s appropriate for the political season, titled “Mr. President”:

Money Chicha, “Echo en Mexico” (Vampisoul). A full plate of diverse cultural influences, from South American dance music to Tex-Mex border accents, combine in this instrumental offshoot of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout. Playing Aug. 20 at Scoot Inn. Here’s the title track:

Krudas Cubensi, “Highly Addictive.” Cuban natives Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes combine hip-hop sounds and bilingual social activism on their  Release show Saturday, July 23, at North Door. Here’s “No Somos Iguales”:


JULY 29: Cotton Mather, “Death of the Cool” (Star Apple Kingdom), in-store Sept. 8 at Waterloo Records.

JULY 29: Eric Tessmer, “EP 1,” release show July 29 at Antone’s.

AUG. 12: Kim Simpson, “Songs and Sightings 1992-2014,” release show Aug. 12 at Good Shepherd on the Hill.

AUG. 19: Dale Watson, “Live At The Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday” (Red House/Ameripolitan).

AUG. 20: Eric Bee, self-titled, release show Aug. 20 at Stay Gold.

AUG. 22: Beaver Nelson, “Positive,” release show Sept. 16 at Strange Brew.

AUG. 26: Jack Ingram, “Midnight Motel” (Rounder), playing July 22 at Nutty Brown Amphitheater.

AUG. 26: Bill Kirchen & Austin de Lone, “Transatlanticana” (Red House), playing Oct. 28 at El Mercado Backstage.

AUG. 26: Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Strong Like That” (Severn).

AUG. 26: Wildfires, “Aguas Frescas (Part II)” EP.

SEPT. 9: Giulia Millanta, “Moonbeam Parade.”

SEPT. 16: Jesse Dayton, “The Revealer” (Blue Elan), playing Nov. 4 at Antone’s.

SEPT. 16: Elijah Ford & the Bloom, “As You Were” (Nine Mile).

SEPT. 17: Henry & the Invisibles, title TBA, release show Sept. 17 at Empire.

SEPT. 23: Ruby & the Reckless, “In My Head.”

SEPT. 26: Thor & Friends, self-titled (LM Duplication).

SEPTEMBER: Band of Heathens, title TBA.

SEPTEMBER: Shinyribs, “I Got Your Medicine.”

OCTOBER: Eric Johnson, title TBA.

FALL: Terri Hendrix, “The Slaughterhouse Sessions” (Wilory).



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