This week’s music picks: Rodney Crowell’s reflections, Nakia’s reunion and more

Wednesday-Thursday: Rodney Crowell at Saxon Pub. When Rodney Crowell stopped by Waterloo Records on April 7 to squeeze an afternoon in-store between back-to-back nights of appearances at major tributes to Merle Haggard (in Nashville) and Guy Clark (in Austin), it seemed likely to be a quick-stop afterthought. Instead, Crowell played almost all of his spectacular and deeply personal new album “Close Ties” solo acoustic, laying out his heart on the store’s small stage and leaving the crowd in awe of the raw emotion they’d just witnessed. If these Saxon shows are anything like that, the ticket price will be well worth it. $35-$45. 8:30 p.m. — P.B.

Thursday: Nakia & His Southern Cousins reunion at Antone’s. Well before the 2011 stint on NBC’s “The Voice” that gained him wide recognition, soulful singer Nakia Reynoso had been a fixture around town with his Southern Cousins band, playing regularly at long-gone haunts such as Momo’s and Jovita’s. Nakia recently gathered up unreleased tracks from the sessions for his 2009 album “Water to Wine” and put together “Wine to Wine: The Water to Wine Outtakes,” a new digital and vinyl release. To celebrate, he’s gotten the old band back together and invited ace local singer-songwriter Suzanna Choffel and Jonathan Terrell to open. $12 ($100 for an up-front table for four). 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

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Darden Smith plays KGSR’s “Unplugged at the Grove” series at Shady Grove on Thursday. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016




  • Chon, Tera Melos, Covet, Little Tybee at Emo’s
  • Wine Down with Superfonicos at 3Ten
  • Super Thief record release, Popper Burns, Lung Letters, Augra Nowhere at Beerland
  • Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • James McMurtry, Elsa Cross at Continental Club
  • Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores, Rey Arteaga at Continental Gallery
  • Texas Radio Live with Christina Cavazos and Amy Goloby at Guero’s
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Ruby Jane Trio at Geraldine’s
  • Oscar Ornelas Blues Band Revival at Mohawk indoor
  • Rated Ex’s, Ohioan, Bad Boy Croy at Hotel Vegas
  • Donut Musik at Townsend


Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Twitter: @Blackstock360

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