Guitarist Eric Johnson turns toward acoustic and piano on new album

Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Eric Johnson performs at Fire Relief The Concert for Central Texas at the Frank Erwin Center on Monday, October 17, 2011.
Austin guitarist Eric Johnson. 2011 photo by Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman

A world-class electric guitarist since his 1986 debut album “Tones,” Austin musician Eric Johnson broadens his horizons on “EJ,” playing acoustic guitar and piano on a 13-song set that’s due out Oct. 7 on the Provogue label.

Johnson gave local fans a sneak peek at the album in June when he did a three-week residency at the intimate One-2-One Bar on South Lamar. The big surprise at those shows was his occasional turn at the keyboard, something he explores on a handful of “EJ” originals along with an interpretation of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Scarborough Fair.”

He also tackles Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and Jimi Hendrix’s “One Rainy Wish,” and sprinkles several instrumentals alongside new songs featuring acoustic guitar and vocals, some recorded basically live in the studio. Johnson will feature the new album in a Nov. 19 concert at the Paramount Theatre, after an Oct. 3 in-store signing and performance at Waterloo Records.

Here’s an early look at the track “Wrapped in a Cloud”:

[Note: This has been updated to correct the date of Johnson’s concert at the Paramount, and to add information about a Waterloo Records in-store.]

Recently reunited noise trio Cherubs to play SOS Fest, Mohawk anniversary show

08/20/16 Cherubs perform during Austin Jukebox #4 at Beerland, Texas in Austin.
08/20/16 Cherubs perform during Austin Jukebox #4 at Beerland, Texas in Austin.

After delivering their first performance in 20 years, a face-melting set at Beerland on Saturday, noise rock trio Cherubs have added a few more significant dates on their fall schedule. The band will perform as part of the Mohawk’s 10th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17, taking the special guest slot on a bill with Dan Deacon and Octopus Project.

MORE: See photos from Saturday night at Beerland

Later in the fall, the band will appear at the inaugural Sound on Sound Festival. SOS Fest takes place Nov. 4-6 at Sherwood Forest Faire and features headline performances from Beach House, Phantogram and Explosions in the Sky.

In other Sound on Sound Fest news, Death Grips, a band SOS booker Graham Williams and crew decided to “consciously uncouple” with  in 2014, after being stood up twice for Fun Fun Fun Fest, has changed the date of their performance. The band is now scheduled to play on Friday.

Country Music Roundup: Ronnie Dunn will cover an Ariana Grande song, because why not

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This is a sign that Ronnie Dunn either knows how the game is played at this point, or the state of country music radio is such that a former member of Brooks & Dunn has to cover a teenage pop artist to get noticed. Whatever it is, hang on to your boot-scootin’ boogies, because Ronnie Dunn is about to blow you all away with a cover of Ariana Grande’s “Tattooed Heart.”

Musician Ronnie Dunn. (Credit: Jim Arndt.)

That’s also the title of Dunn’s new album, set to be released on Oct. 21 through Big Machine imprint Nash Icon. Dunn told “Rolling Stone Country” that the Grande cover song was his daughter’s idea, but it’s also a pragmatic one, with radio airplay at the forefront.

“If you’re going to be heard and sing, there are rules that apply. . . . It’s all about advertising. If you want to get heard on radio, they’re scrambling for advertising.”

Dunn has been vocal about artists and radio play in the past, and he’s been plenty vocal about politics as well. His last album, the independently released “Peace, Love and Country Music,” never charted on Billboard’s Country Album chart, but lead single “Kiss You There” managed to make it to No. 60 on the country singles chart. Amid label disputes, he promoted the album independently.

Before that, his return to solo country, “Ronnie Dunn” (on Arista Nashville) peaked at No. 1 and birthed two Top 20 singles, “Bleed Red” and “Cost of Livin’.”

So…the fact that Big Machine is releasing his latest album, and the fact that he’s recording a song Ariana Grande cut when she was a teenager, along with duets from former Brooks & Dunn member Kix Brooks and former frequent brooks & Dunn duetter Reba McEntire, all points to following the money. Good business decision for him, and maybe it’ll turn out well for the listeners. But it’s clear that one of the “rules that apply” to being heard on radio, at least for Dunn, is to always go with the mainstream label.

 

This Week’s Best New Song

Back when Eric Church released his surprise “Mr. Misunderstood” album on the eve of the CMAs last year in November, Church was poised to become the biggest news story in country music for the fall. Then Chris Stapleton sang a duet with Justin Timberlake, and the media coverage for “Mr. Misunderstood” stalled a bit.

Now, nearly a year alter, “Mr. Misunderstood” has more than proven its value, both as an entry into Church’s discography and as a contribution to country music. New single “Kill A Word” proves that point in spades.

Timely for its message about hateful words in the days of internet outrage, the song also knows how to turn a few phrases on its head. He wrote the song with his guitarist Jeff Hyde and Luke Dick, and while the lyrics are on a mission to rob words like “heartbreak,” “regret,” lonely” and “fear” of their power, Church sings with a vengance. I’ll have this and “Cast No Stones” from Cody Jinks on repeat until the November election.

 

This Week’s Worst New Song

“God, Your Mama, and Me” from Florida Georgia Line. Also featuring the Backstreet Boys, because why not. I’ll link to it here, but I’m not gonna like it. I’ll have more on this later this week, because more needs to be said about how bad this song is. Anyway, here goes…

This Week’s Best Country Show in Austin

Country radio fave Brad Paisley hopes to break the moonshine out of the trunk at the HEB Center in Cedar Park Friday night with Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae. Concert’s at 7:30, doors at 6:30. Tickets are still on sale and can be bought here. I’ll be there and will be reviewing it.

This is the Country Music Roundup, a weekly blog where we’ll give you the latest news in country music releases and local country shows. For a more in-depth analysis of the genre and where it’s headed, check back with our weekly Gone Country blog every week.

Questions, comments, suggestions? Let me know on Twitter @jakeharris4 or by email: jharris@statesman.com.

 

 

Emo gods American Football announce first album in 17 years

Lo, and on Tuesday, the heavens opened and tears of joy (and sadness) poured down like emotionally complex rain. Illinois band and stuff of emo legend American Football released a new song and announced a forthcoming album.

American Football perform Saturday at Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores in Austin in 2015. (American-Statesman file)
American Football perform Saturday at Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores in Austin in 2015. (American-Statesman file)

The long-long-long-long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 1999’s self-titled LP is slated to drop Oct. 21, and it will also be titled “American Football,” which will be very confusing but also who cares.

READ: I was a teenage emo fan: How American Football taught me how to feel

Listen to the new track, “I’ve Been Lost For So Long,” but consider getting in your car and driving around a dark, lonely neighborhood first.

Though frontman Mike Kinsella has steadily released music through his solo project, Owen, since the band broke up (including a new album earlier this year), new material from American Football would have been unthinkable a year ago. But after a rapturously received reunion tour last year, which included a Fun Fun Fest stop, anything is possible if only you believe hard enough.

Some good news, before the summer ends.

[h/t Pitchfork]

Weekend music picks: Tigres and RAS Day and Lyle, oh my!

FRIDAY

Pachanga presents Los Tigres del Norte at ACL Live. With a noted career that has spanned more than four decades, Los Tigres Del Norte continue to break barriers with their masterful storytelling. The iconic norteño supergroup has become a prominent voice for Latinos around the world, and they don’t shy away from social justice and political issues. The multiple Latin Grammy winners have been featured in documentaries, feature films and publications such as The New York Times. At their shows, Los Tigres Del Norte are known for performing sans a set list and instead let the audience tell them what to play. $59-$89. 8 p.m. 301 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — Nancy Flores

Jack Ingram celebrates the release of his new album "Midnight Motel" on Friday at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records.
Jack Ingram celebrates the release of his new album “Midnight Motel” on Friday at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records.

Also: Country radio fave Brad Paisley brings his whiskey lullabies to the HEB Center in Cedar Park with Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae. … Texas country artist Jack Ingram celebrates the release of his new album “Midnight Motel” with a free in-store performance at Waterloo Records. We’ll have more on Ingram’s new album later this week in our weekly “On The Record” roundup of local releases. … Radically political hip-hop duo Dead Prez play Grizzly Hall. … Texas blues great Guitar Shorty plays Antone’s. … Electronic music collective Exploded Drawing celebrates six years with Butcher Bear, Soundfounder and more at the Museum of Human Achievement. … The 15th-anniversary tour for emo outfit the Used hits Emo’s. … The Continental Club kicks off a two-night stand of old school Texas rock ’n’ soul with Barbara Lynn and Bobby Patterson. … KLBJ’s free sunset concert series at the Oasis features local rockers A. Sinclair and Nic Armstrong & the Thieves.Recently signed rock ’n’ roll outfit A Giant Dog returns to their old stomping grounds at Hotel Vegas with the Zoltars and Honey Bucket. … Empire Control Room hosts Friday Night Vibes with the Boxing Lesson, Paceshifters, Residual Kid and more. … Modern salsa fusion outfit La Vida Buena plays Flamingo Cantina with La Infinita. … Loud and melodic rockers Major Grizz headline a local band bill at the Mohawk inside. … Longtime local drummer Don Harvey celebrates his 60th birthday by performing with his avant garde ensemble A is Red at the Townsend. … Water & Rust mix gospel, soul and rock ’n’ roll at the Cactus Cafe. … Western swing fiddler Jason Roberts and his band hold court at the Broken Spoke.

SATURDAY

RAS Day at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. The core mission of husband-wife duo Riders Against the Storm is bigger than hip-hop. They are building a movement. A year after the City of Austin named Aug. 29, 2013, “RAS Day,” they launched this annual celebration that combines musical performances with yoga, meditation, dance workshops, children’s activities and samples of healthy food and drinks. This year’s event is headlined by avant-jazz experimentalists Sun Ra Arkestra and includes performances from Sip Sip, Mobley, Tameca Jones and more. $20 advance. 3 p.m. 1106 E. 11th St. rasdayfest.com — D.S.S.

Also: Masks and makeup and guitar screeches: Slipknot and Marilyn Manson play the Austin360 Amphitheater. … Mashup pioneer Z-Trip is at the Belmont with local mixer Chorizo Funk. … Smooth jazz greats Dave Koz and David Sanborn play two shows at One World Theatre. … Scratch Acid fans take note: Jazzus Lizard featuring David Yow and guitarist Brett Bradford’s project Obsessive Repulsive are at the The Lost Well. … Southern gothic alt-rocker Lincoln Durham is at the Parish. … The lineup for Austin Pride Festival at Fiesta Gardens includes bounce queen Big Freedia. … DJs Manic Focus and Wick-It the Instigator keep the party live at Empire Control Room. .. Singer Akina Adderley’s genre-bending jazz band Nori celebrates its debut full-length release “World Anew” at Stay Gold with Anthony da Costa opening. … Beastie Boys cover band Rhymin’ N Stealin’ plays 3Ten. … Top local options include Latin reggae funk band Cilantro Boombox at ABGB, singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave at Strange Brew and jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton at Cactus Cafe.

SUNDAY

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at ACL Live. Added after a first show three days earlier sold out quickly, this bonus appearance still has a limited number of tickets available. Lovett has long been one of Austin’s favorite live acts, from his days getting started as a solo singer-songwriter at Cactus Cafe in the 1980s through his rise to international stardom with the Large Band. He seems well overdue for a new album — his last, “Release Me,” came out in 2012 — but in the meantime, we’ll take his live show, still one of the finest in popular music today. $49-$99. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Also: New Zealand indie-pop duo Broods is at Emo’s. … Longtime Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio plays One World Theatre. … Dope Dungeon, the industrial noise-rock project of Alex Kacha, plays Hotel Vegas. … The Lost Austin Band, a local supergroup of sorts that revisits the early-’70s heyday of cosmic-cowboy progressive country, plays Threadgill’sl along with Bob Livingston’s Cowboys & Indians. … The Continental Club begins a five-day stretch of renovations with no shows downstairs, but Wagoneers leader Monte Warden will head upstairs to the Continental Gallery to join in on the Lo Jinx Orchestra gig along with William Harries Graham, Abra Moore, Andre Duplantis and Daren Hess. … C-Boy’s Heart & Soul presents rising Texas country phenom Jake Penrod, who was part of our “One Day in July” roundup last month. … The Carousel Lounge hosts an all-day benefit for local musician Izzy Cox with the Soulphonics, T. Tex Edwards and many more. … Like your craft beer with a side of country? You’re in luck. Lucas Hudgins plays ABGB and Danny Britt is at South Austin Brewery.

Tory Lanez, Mick Jenkins to play Red Bull Sound Select show during ACL Fest

Tory Lanez performs at the Bud Light Factory at Brazos Hall during South by Southwest on Thursday March 17, 2016. Jay Janner/American-Statesman
Tory Lanez performs at the Bud Light Factory at Brazos Hall during South by Southwest on Thursday March 17, 2016. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Buried in the announcement about ACL Festival Late Shows that was released Tuesday was a notice that R&B artist/rapper/onstage acrobat Tory Lanez is set to play a Red Bull Sound Select show at Empire during the festival. Lanez, who’s been riding high on the heat of hit singles like “LUV” and “Say It,” will be joined at Empire by fellow rapper Mick Jenkins, who just might be the next great Chicago emcee.

The show is on October 8 and it’s only $3 with an RSVP.

RELATED: Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons to headline ACL Fest

ACL Fest announces late shows with Blue October, Chainsmokers, L.L. Cool J, more

LL Cool J. performs at the Doritos stage during SXSW on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman
LL Cool J. performs at the Doritos stage during SXSW on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman

With just over a month to go ’til the first band hits the stage at Austin City Limits Festival, the only tickets that remain for the festival proper, set to go down Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9 at Zilker Park, are single-day tickets for both Sundays and high dollar V.I.P. passes.  The good news for music fans who decided not to shell out for a full festival pass? A host of ACL artists will be appearing at official late night shows.  The bad news? They might not be the artists you were hoping for.

RELATED: Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons to headline ACL Fest

Unsurprisingly, other than a Friday night appearance from the Major Lazer Sound System at Emo’s (Sept. 30), no headliners are playing night shows. There are, however, several high-profile acts, including local faves Blue October who hold down the Thursday night kick off show at Stubb’s BBQ, French dream pop outfit M83 (Oct. 1, ACL Live), the Cold War Kids (Oct. 4, Emo’s) and teen faves the Chainsmokers (Oct. 1, Emo’s).

Other notables appearing on the big stage at Stubb’s include poignant singer-songwriter Andrew Bird (Sept. 30), red hot folk ‘n’ soul outfit Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Oct. 1), sister act Haim, who play the annual Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit (Oct. 5), low country rock band Band of Horses (Oct. 6) and L.L. Cool J. who is joined by DJ Z-Trip and the reigning queen of Minneapolis indie rap, Lizzo (Oct. 8).

Of the smaller shows, Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit (Sept. 29, Scoot Inn), rapidly rising R&B talent Gallant at the Parish (Oct. 7) and Banks & Steelz, a new collaborative project between Interpol frontman Paul Banks and Wu-Tang emcee RZA (Oct. 7, Antone’s)  all look very promising.

Sadly, the late night shows we were hoping for from Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Anderson.Paak, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bombino and Andra Day are not happening.

Tickets to all shows are on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

9/29 Blue October @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

9/29 Frightened Rabbit w/ Julien Baker @ Scoot Inn

9/29 TroyBoi @ Vulcan (18+)

9/30 Andrew Bird w/ Sinkane and Lucy Dacus @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

9/30 Major Lazer Sound System @ Emo’s Austin (18+)

9/30 Tourist @ The Parish

9/30 New Madrid @ Stubb’s Indoors

10/1 M83 w/ Tennyson @ ACL Live

10/1 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats w/ C.W. Stoneking @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

10/1 The Chainsmokers @ Emo’s Austin (18+)

10/1 Caveman w/ Cheerleader @ Antone’s (18+)

10/1 The Shelters @ Stubb’s Indoors

10/2 Gospel Brunch: The Bells Of Joy @ Stubb’s Indoors (10:30 AM)

10/4 Cold War Kids w/ Prinze George @ Emo’s Austin

10/5 Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit feat. HAIM @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

10/5 The Naked and Famous @ Scoot Inn

10/6 Band of Horses w/ The Wild Feathers @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

10/6 Saint Motel w/ JR JR and Weathers@ Emo’s Austin

10/6 Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band @ Stubb’s Indoors

10/7 Two Door Cinema Club w/ Jack Garratt @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

10/7 Nothing But Thieves and The Struts w/ The Wrecks @ Emo’s Austin

10/7 SNBRN B2B Dr. Fresch @ Vulcan (18+)

10/7 Gallant w/ RKCB @ The Parish

10/7 Banks & Steelz w/ Magna Carda @ Antone’s (18+)

10/7 Grace Mitchell @ Stubb’s Indoors

10/8 LL Cool J feat. DJ Z-Trip w/ Lizzo @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

10/8 Bob Moses w/ Weval @ Vulcan (18+)

10/8 Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Tory Lanez w/ Mick Jenkins and Smino @ Empire (18+)

10/8 Oh Wonder w/ Kevin Garrett @ The Parish

10/8 Brett Dennen w/ Zach Torres @ Antone’s (18+)

10/8 The James Hunter Six w/ Los Coast @ Continental Club (21+)

10/8 Amasa Hines @ Lamberts (21+)

10/9 Porter Robinson & Madeon (DJ Set) @ Emo’s Austin (18+)

 

 

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s ‘MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling’ to hit ACL Live this fall

Lauryn Hill performs in concert at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on May 2, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
Lauryn Hill performs in concert at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q on May 2, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Earlier this month, Ms. Lauryn Hill’s “Austin City Limits” episode aired to widespread critical praise. Now the Golden Era hip-hop queen has announced plans to return to the venue this fall with her new tour “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling.”

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The show is scheduled for November 27 at ACL Live. Tickets will set you back $52-$152 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Earlier this year, Hill hosted the Diaspora Calling! Festival in Brooklyn. The event featured a variety of artists representing different parts of the African diaspora and included performances from Machel Montano of Trinidad, Stephen “Ragga” Marley of Jamaica and Stonebwoy of Ghana.

For the touring shows Hill promises each show will include special guest performances.

“The MLH Caravan allows me to continue the theme of unity and celebration of the many facets of cultural and artistic beauty throughout the African diaspora while on tour this summer and fall,” Hill said in a statement on her website. “In these days of tension, tumult and transition, an exchange of this kind can yield direction, expression, understanding and empowerment as well as connection, self Love and appreciation that hopefully overflows into our respective communities.”

This week’s music: Swinging jazz and acoustic blues

MONDAY

MusiCares Sober Jam at Gibson Showroom. Once a month, national nonprofit MusiCares teams with SIMS, a local foundation dedicated to mental health for musicians, to present this open jam at Gibson’s South Austin Showroom. The idea is to provide a safe space for musicians struggling with addiction recovery and everyone who wishes to support them. The evening kicks off with an open blues jam at 7 p.m., followed by an hour-long open mic salon and a final open jam. Free. 3601 South Congress Ave. Visit the SIMS Foundation Facebook page for more details. — D.S.S.

Also: Every Monday, world renowned DJ Mel gets back to his roots with hip-hop night at Nasty’s. … Psych rockers Dirty Lens play the inside room at the Mohawk.

TUESDAY

8 ½ Souvenirs at C-Boys. Back in 1995, the Parisian gypsy jazz vibes of Olivier Giraud and Glover Gill’s made their weekly residency at the Continental Club an Austin essential. Twenty years later, Giraud and Gill have reunited to get Austin’s “Happy Feet” moving again, this time with a weekly happy hour set at C-Boys. 6:30 p.m. 2008 South Congress Ave. cboys.com — D.S.S.

Also: Spiderhouse continues their free Tuesday night Sun Sets series with a 7 p.m. all ages performance on the patio from Kyloe Blue. … Them Duqaines and Paul Nipper hold down the weekly “This Ain’t No Armadillo” show at Barracuda. Free two-step lessons at 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Texas Radio Live with Ben Ballinger and Jaimee Harris at Guero’s. Sun Radio’s weekly live music series under the trees in the Mexican restaurant’s spacious Oak Garden pairs two rising singer-songwriters in the local community. Ballinger leans more to indie-rock, while Harris tends toward Americana, though each cross over into both of those realms. Both also have been working on new records that haven’t yet come out, but recent shows suggest good things on the horizon for them. Free (donations accepted). 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1412 S. Congress Ave. gueros.com. — P.B.

Also: After the Austin Mic Exchange’s weekly open mic, Spiderhouse welcomes West Coast indie hip-hop lifers Ras Kass and Planet Asia to close out the night. … Raul Malo’s country rock powerhouse the Mavericks stop by ACL LIve. … Rapidly rising L.A. rapperDerek Luh plays Empire. … ‘80s new wave rockers the Fixx play 3Ten.

THURSDAY

Jackie Venson. Photo by Gene Chavez.
Jackie Venson. Photo by Gene Chavez.

Unplugged at the Grove with Jackie Venson at Shady Grove. One of the city’s great undersung talents, emerging blues phenom Venson brings sensitive artistry to her guitar work that is best experienced live. She excels on the electric, making her six-strings sing like a voice, but we’re confident her formidable skills will shine even in an unplugged set. A lovely end of summer get-together for the whole family. Free. Music begins at 8 p.m. 1624 Barton Springs Road. Additional parking available at Bicycle Sports Shop on South Lamar Boulevard. Kgsr.com. —D.S.S.

Also: The ACL Live show from Americana fave Lyle Lovett is sold out, but down and out fans might appreciate the gleeful obscenities of five-string slingers Folk Uke or the twangy tunes of the Beaumonts and Them Duqaines, who play sets downstairs at 3Ten. … The Earlybird, a new live music series for folks who are not trying to close down the bar, presents a happy show from rocker A. Sinclairat the Hard Luck Lounge. … Austin360’s August Artist of the Month Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few play the Continental Gallery.

Austin360 On The Record: Dale Watson, Tahoma, Eric Bee

OUT THIS WEEK

DaleWatsonAlbumCoverDale Watson & His Lonestars, “Live at the Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday” (Red House/Ameripolitan). At first glance, it seems impossible that self-styled “Ameripolitan” kingpin and his first-rate honky-tonk Lonestars could have crammed 35 songs onto one disc. Turns out that around a dozen or so tracks are short snippets of banter included to give this collection a sense of what it feels like to be at one of Watson’s trademark Sunday afternoon throwdowns, which in Austin were long held at the Little Longhorn Saloon. Watson recently sold his stake in that North Austin hangout and moved the gig south to C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, but he’s also made it a fixture at the Big T Roadhouse, in the small burg of St. Hedwig just outside San Antonio. That’s where they chose to record this album, but whether you’ve attended the shows down there or up here, it’s pretty much the same experience: Classic boot-scootin’ originals interspersed with musical celebrations of the bingo winners, shameless beer-company plugs and the like. A proper album is a better way to appreciate Watson’s musical talent, but if you just want raw documentation of what happens on these Sundays in Central Texas, “Live at the Big T Roadhouse” works just fine. Release show Sunday, Aug. 21,  at the Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwig; also playing Thursday, Aug. 18, at Highball and Monday, Aug. 22, at the Continental Club.

TahomaAlbumCoverTahoma, “Hide Away.” Following up their debut EP “Honest Mark,” this indie Americana fivesome fronted by singer-songwriter Brandon Aguilar delivers a full-length record that ultimately leans more toward rock than roots. That’s no real surprise given that the lineup is the fairly standard guitar-bass-drums setup, with (respectively) Vinnie Fallico, Mark Mayfield and Clellan Hyatt giving solid support to the harmonies cast by Aguilar and percussionist Sarah Oermann. Tahoma so far has remained mostly in the undercurrrent of Austin’s indie scene so far, but they’re worth keeping an eye on, as this is a well-written and compelling batch of original material. Release show Saturday, Aug. 20, at Sidewinder. Here’s the leadoff track “Messenger”:

Eric Bee, self-titled. Seven-song disc from the eclectic singer-songwriter who mixes together a variety of American music styles, from rock and soul to R&B and gospel.  Release show Saturday, Aug. 20, at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a video for the track “Tomorrow’s Skin Cancer”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akvrhUxYtAU

COMING SOON

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

AUG. 26: Jack Ingram, “Midnight Motel” (Rounder).

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: Adam Torres, “Pearls to Swine” (Fat Possum), release show Sept. 10 at Cactus Cafe.SEPT. 9: Giulia Millanta, “Moonbeam Parade.”

SEPT. 16: Willie Nelson, “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price” (Legacy), playing Oct. 9 at Austin City Limits Music Festival.

SEPT. 16: Meat Loaf, “Braver Than We Are” (429).

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

SEPT. 16: East Cameron Folkcore, “Better Off,” release show Sept. 24 at Empire.

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

SEPT. 16: Golden Bear, “Dimensional Place” (C-Side).

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

SEPT. 23: Reckless Kelly, “Sunset Motel” (Thirty Tigers).

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

SEPT. 23: Tele Novella, “House of Souls.”

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

SEPT. 30: Survive, “RR7349” (Relapse).

SEPTEMBER: Band of Heathens, title TBA.

OCT. 21: “Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll” (Eight 30), with Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, Slaid Cleaves, Band of Heathens, Jamie Wilson and more.

OCTOBER: Eric Johnson, title TBA.

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

FALL: Jamestown Revival, “The Education of a Wandering Man” (Republic), playing Nov. 4 at Emo’s.

FALL: Jon Dee Graham, “Knoxville Skyline.”