A real blues from ‘Blaze’: Charlie Sexton covers Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Marie’

Charlie Sexton is featured on the upcoming soundtrack to “Blaze” performing Townes Van Zandt’s song “Marie.” JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Accolades have been rolling in for “Blaze,” the biopic about ill-fated Austin songwriter Blaze Foley that premiered at Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals earlier this year before a limited theatrical release this month.

READ MORE: Our review of “Blaze”

The film stars Southern musician Ben Dickey in the title role, but Austin music mainstay Charlie Sexton has been turning a lot of heads for his supporting role as the legendary Townes Van Zandt. Seattle label Light in the Attic will release the “Blaze” soundtrack album next month, and among the highlights is Sexton’s version of Van Zandt’s song “Marie.” We’re premiering the track today on Austin360:

Most of the soundtrack, due out Sept. 21, features Dickey singing Foley’s songs. There’s also a duet between Dickey and Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra on Blind Willie McTell’s “Pearly Gates,” and Segarra singing “Drunken Angel,” a song Lucinda Williams wrote after Foley was shot and killed in Austin in 1989.

Sexton also recently produced a solo album for Dickey, consisting of the songwriter’s own material, that’s due out early next year. An EP will precede it on Sept. 4, according to Dickey’s Twitter bio.

RELATED: For all the right reasons, Charlie Sexton is Austin music’s MVP

This week’s music picks: Graham Reynolds, Flynt Flossy, Carolina Story

Monday: Graham Reynolds at Dive Bar. Tucked away on Guadalupe Street just south of the UT campus, across from where the Dog & Duck Pub used to be, the Dive Bar is a cool hideaway hangout not generally known for live music. But Reynolds, one of Austin’s most talented and accomplished composers with extensive credits on Richard Linklater films, has been holing up here every Monday this month for workshop gigs with a handful of supporting musicians. The final night will feature horn player Mark Gonzales, singer Paul Sanchez, bassist Utah Hamrick and drummer Jeremy Bruch. Free. 8 p.m. 1703 Guadalupe St. diveaustin.com. — P.B.

Tuesday: Flynt Flossy with Turquoise Jeep at North Door. In a hip-hop landscape dominated by mumble rappers and hip-pop crossovers, Flynt Flossy drives his Turquoise Jeep crew way off the beaten path to drop a mix of catchy tongue and cheek dance songs laid over sparse electro beats and swaggering slow jams crafted to make you snicker even as you swoon. $15. 8 p.m. doors. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Carolina Story at Cactus Cafe. Husband-wife duo Ben and Emily Roberts have been mainstays on the Nashville Americana scene for about a decade now, with a handful of releases including the new “Lay Your Head Down.” Their easygoing folk-rock songs and instantly pleasing vocal harmonies make for a nice pairing with local openers Beth Chrisman and Doug Strahan, known for their work with the Carper Family and Good Neighbors, respectively, but teaming up on this occasion. $10. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

The Bluebonnets take part in Thursday’s “Women Who Rock” show on the indoor stage at Stubb’s. Contributed/Holly Reed

ALSO PLAYING

Monday

  • Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Lonelyland at Saxon Pub
  • Wendy Colonna at Hilton Cannon & Belle
  • Dayeater, Gully Boys at Hotel Vegas

Tuesday

  • Small Houses, Ben Ballinger at Mohawk indoor
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Ephraim Owens Experience, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • OhGr + Lead into Gold at Barracuda
  • Tomato Dodgers, Carrie Fussel at Hotel Vegas

Wednesday

  • Waterloo Fest Wednesdays with Bourgeois Mystics, Los Coast, Big Wy’s Brass Band at Parish
  • Wine Down with Love & Chaos at 3Ten
  • Sterling Morrison birthday celebration with Kay Odyssey, Being Dead, Batty Jr., more at Hotel Vegas
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Eve Monsees, David Holt, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Michael Cross Peace Band at Scoot Inn
  • Timothy Eerie at Barracuda
  • Matt McCormack, Walt Wilkins at Saxon Pub
  • John Inmon at Threadgill’s North

Thursday

  • Corb Lund, Mayeux & Broussard, John Evans at Scoot Inn
  • Chief Perch, Yuma at Empire
  • Women Who Rock with Bluebonnets, Jocelyn Donegan, One World (R)Evolution at Stubb’s indoor
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Charley Crockett at Shady Grove
  • Tony Bray Quartet CD release at Elephant Room
  • Lightnin’ Malcolm, Jabo & the Old Dogs at Antone’s
  • Smiile at Hotel Vegas (happy hour show)
  • Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Emily Grace Clark, Patrice Pike at Saxon Pub

Austin360 On The Record: White Denim, Teddy Glass, more

 

Mike Schoenfeld (second from left) celebrates the release of his new EP “Little Feet” at Kitty Cohen’s on Thursday, Aug. 23. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

OUT THIS WEEK

White Denim, “Performance” (City Slang). The seventh album from the longtime local faves further explores leader James Petralli’s penchant for high-energy groove-rock with a largely recast backing crew. Check out our interview with Petralli at mystatesman.com. Release show Aug. 25 at Mohawk outdoor. Here’s the video for the opening track, “Magazin”:

Teddy Glass, “Nights and Weekends.” The duo of Josh Halpern (Marmalakes) and Peter Shults (Hello Wheels) makes music that’s hard to pin down but easy to like, mixing elements of bright pop, sweet soul and electro-groove on this eight-song debut recorded with producer Danny Reisch. In-store Aug. 22 (5 p.m.) at Waterloo Records, release show after at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Here’s the title track:

Mike Schoenfeld, “Little Feet” EP. A longtime presence on the Austin scene with the band So Long, Problems and other ventures, Schoenfeld got a boost locally when alt-country rockers Harvest Thieves recorded his song “Little Feet.” That memorable tune is the centerpiece here, opening and closing the five-song set in electric and acoustic versions. In between, his distinctive tenor adds drama to vivid tales of often desperate characters, most auspiciously on the Petty-esque rocker “Story With a Girl.” Contributing musicians include guitarist Nick Gardner, keyboardist Eric Baker, drummer Bryan McGrath and backing vocalists Jane Ellen Bryant and Jaimee Harris. Release show Aug. 23 at Kitty Cohen. Here’s the track “Soften Your Gaze”:

Otis Wilkins, “Strangest Place” EP. Known for his work with local rockers Otis the Destroyer, Wilkins steps out with more acoustic-oriented material on this five-song set that was partly an outgrowth of Wilkins’ participation in last year’s Project ATX6 class of local musicians representing Austin at international music festivals. Contributing musicians include guitarist/keyboardist Luke Dalton, bassist Andrew Dalton and drummer Aric Garcia. Release show Aug. 24 at Stubb’s indoor. Here’s the track “Karma Is a Big Killer”:

COMING SOON

  • AUG. 31: Extreme Heat, “All the Way Gone” EP, release show Aug. 31 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 5: Buhu, “Tenets,” release show Sept. 5 at Barracuda.
  • SEPT. 7: Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator,” playing Oct. 25 at Stubb’s.
  • SEPT. 7: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, “The Difference Between Me and You,” release show Sept. 7 at Continental Club.
  • SEPT. 7: Ray Bonneville, “At King Electric” (Stonefly).
  • SEPT. 7: The Mrs., “Five Minutes” EP, release show Sept. 8 at Lamberts.
  • SEPT. 7: Collective Thought, “Rise.”
  • SEPT. 14: Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy).
  • SEPT. 14: Asleep at the Wheel, “New Routes.”
  • SEPT. 14: Band of Heathens, “A Message From the People Revisited.”
  • SEPT. 14: Gina Chavez, “Lightbeam” EP, release show Sept. 15 at Antone’s.
  • SEPT. 14: Johnny Goudie, “Leper Hands” EP, release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 14: Ben Millburn, “Sunglass Moustache.”
  • SEPT. 21: “Blaze” Original Cast Recording soundtrack (Cinewax/Light in the Attic).
  • SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled, release show Sept. 21 at Spider House Ballroom.
  • SEPT. 21: Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks).
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin.”

Austin360 On The Record: Joe Ely, Nakia, Blue October, Jeremy Nail, more

Joe Ely’s “The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle” revisits previously unreleased 1970s demo recordings. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

OUT THIS WEEK

Joe Ely, “The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle” (Rack ’Em). Still making new music well worth hearing — 2015’s “Panhandle Rambler” is among Austin’s best records of this decade — Ely’s also been digging into his archives lately, revisited 1984’s “Hi Res” a couple of years ago. Now comes this entirely enjoyable 15-track compilation of previously unreleased demos from 1974 to 1978, documenting the moment Ely’s music began to take shape before his first solo record as well as a period before his third album that shows a shift toward a more rocking band and style. Songs by Ely’s early-’70s Flatlanders bandmate Butch Hancock dominate the early portion, from the burning honky-tonk rocker “Road Hawg” to the boot-scootin’ Western scene-setter “Standin’ at a Big Hotel” to the swaying country-folk twang of “Windmills and Watertanks” (released by the Flatlanders, with Jimmie Dale Gilmore singing, under the name “You’ve Never Seen Me Cry”). Hancock’s “Down on the Drag” kicks off the second portion, but from there on out all the songs are Ely originals; he’d clearly grown more prolific as a songwriter, while the addition electric guitar powderkeg Jesse Taylor and accordionist Ponty Bone further pushed Ely’s music toward new horizons. “I Keep Gettin’ Paid the Same” is a working-class anthem that still resonates today; “Joe’s Cryin’ Schottiche” played to the band’s dance-hall environs and emphasized Bone’s squeezbox playing; and “I Had My Hopes Up High” showed off the smart songwriting that has made it one of Ely’s most enduring numbers. Lloyd Maines, who recorded the tracks at his Caldwell Studios, shines throughout on pedal steel, his runs bonding the early tracks to the later ones. In terms of historical/reissue projects from Austin acts this year, this one’s going to be hard to top.

Nakia, “Blues Grifter” (Kiachia). If the general public mostly became aware of soulful Austin singer Nakia Reynoso from his strong showing on NBC’s “The Voice” a few years ago, it’s worth remembering that he’d begun to kick up a storm locally with a band called the Blues Grifters before that star-turn development. He’d always wanted to make a record of the blues classics the band played at its live shows, and after laying down the Allman Brothers’ incendiary “Whipping Post” for a 2016 All ATX compilation, he and the Grifters regrouped to record this set (which features eight songs plus two CD bonus tracks). Nakia’s high-powered voice suits the material well, from Elmore James’ sparkplug “Yonder Wall” to Otis Rush’s deep-down-and-smokin’ “Double Trouble” to Jimmy Reed’s swingin’ “Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby.” Producer and guitarist Mac McNabb leads a solid backing crew that includes bassist Chris Johnson, drummer Kevin Lance, keyboardist Jan Flemming and saxophonists Steve Johnson and Vinnie Lemon. In-store Aug. 17 at Waterloo Records, release show Aug. 18 at Saxon Pub. Here’s the opening track, “Yonder Wall”:

Blue October, “I Hope You’re Happy” (Brando). Nine albums in, frontman Justin Furstenfeld and his bandmates sound strikingly pop-oriented on these songs, perhaps the result of Furstenfeld taking the producer reins here for the first time. The title track, released as a single earlier this year, harkens back to the 1980s heyday of the Cure, an immediately catchy melody with a touch of new-wave-era sonic wash. Elsewhere, swelling and swirling strings arranged by mult-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye flesh out songs with dramatic grandeur. “Remission in Cmaj” provides an intriguing mid-record pause, a two-and-a-half-minute piano instrumental that might seem out-of-place if it weren’t such as breath of fresh air. They go long at the end, with “Further Dive (The House That Dylan Built)” stretching past nine minutes as it gradually transitions from acoustic ballad to soaring anthem to spaced-out experimental finale. Here’s the video for the title track:

Jeremy Nail, “Live Oak.” The follow-up to “My Mountain,” which earned Nail our Austin360 Artist of the Month designation in May 2016, picks up where that record left off. It’s full of graceful, understated original songs that gradually work their way under your skin, thanks in part to drummer/co-producer Pat Manske’s careful studio guidance and a solid musical cast that includes keyboard ace Bukka Allen. Release show Aug. 17 at Cactus Cafe. Here’s the opening track, “Abiquiu”:

Phoenix Jordan, “Love Is Heaven, Love Is Hell. Fourteen tracks of easygoing singer-songwriter material, some of it spiritually-oriented; mostly original songs, plus covers of the Hoagy Carmichael/Mitchell Parish standard “Stardust” and “I’ll See You on the Other Side” by Walt Wilkins and Liz Rose). Release show Aug. 18 at Manchaca United Methodist Church.

COMING SOON

  • AUG. 23: Mike Schoenfeld, “Little Feet” EP, release show Aug. 23 at Kitty Cohen.
  • AUG. 24: White Denim, “Performance” (City Slang), release show Aug. 25 at Mohawk outdoor.
  • AUG. 24: Teddy Glass, “Nights and Weekends.”
  • AUG. 24: Otis Wilkins, “Strangest Place” EP, release show Aug. 24 at Stubb’s indoor.
  • SEPT. 5: Buhu, “Tenets.”
  • SEPT. 7: Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator,” playing Bat Fest Aug. 18.
  • SEPT. 7: Ray Bonneville, “At King Electric” (Stonefly).
  • SEPT. 7: The Mrs., “Five Minutes” EP, release show Sept. 8 at Lamberts.
  • SEPT. 7: Collective Thought, “Rise.”
  • SEPT. 14: Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy).
  • SEPT. 14: Asleep at the Wheel, “New Routes.”
  • SEPT. 14: Band of Heathens, “A Message From the People Revisited.”
  • SEPT. 14: Gina Chavez, “Lightbeam” EP, release show Sept. 15 at Antone’s.
  • SEPT. 14: Johnny Goudie, “Leper Hands” EP, release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 14: Ben Millburn, “Sunglass Moustache.”
  • SEPT. 21: “Blaze” Original Cast Recording soundtrack (Cinewax/Light in the Attic).
  • SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled.
  • SEPT. 21: Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks).
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin.”

This week’s music picks: Sound and Cinema’s summer finale

As summer winds down, we bid a favorite music series farewell til next year.

Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Wednesday: Sound & Cinema at the Long Center. The popular music and movies series co-presented by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse closes with the comedy crime flick, “O Brother Where Art Thou.” Local country band Rattlesnake Milk sets the stage for a film that rambles along on a rollicking soundtrack of country, folk and bluegrass. Music at 7:30 p.m., movie at sunset. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Warren Hood at ABGB. Fiddler and bandleader Hood was typically low-key about his group celebrating its three-year anniversary of this popular weekly residency gig recently, suggesting residencies really start hitting their peak around year five. Hood knows the territory, having played many of them himself after being raised amid the long-running residences his late father Champ Hood held down here in the 1980s and ’90s. No need to wait till 2020, though: This is a great gig now, one of the best deals in town at a room that’s always lively with music, craft beer and house-made pizzas. Free. 6:30 p.m. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com. — P.B.

Monday

Kina Grannis, Imaginary Future at Antone’s

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub

Shelley King at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Cari Hutson & Good Company at One-2-One Bar

Steel Monday with Geof

f Queen at Sam’s Town Point

Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot

Tuesday

Ninja Sex Party at ACL Live

Black Moth Super Rainbow, Stargazer Lilies, Air Credits at Mohawk outdoor

Hayes Carll at Saxon Pub

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Ephraim Owens Experience, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Lindsay Beaver & the 24th Street Wailers, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Russell Haight Quintet, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room

Henry + the Invisibles at One-2-One Bar

Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue at Sam’s Town Point

Wednesday

Toto at Stubb’s outdoor

Givers, Naughty Palace at Antone’s

Claire Puckett, David Dondero at Cactus Cafe

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Brannen & Red Show, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Croy & the Boys, Golden Roses, Rock Step Revelators at White Horse

Elevaded, Signy, Black Basements at Mohawk indoor

Frosty Palms, Ryan Quiet, and Aaron Stephens at Hotel Vegas

Good Day Paradise album release at Come and Take It Live

Hot Texas Swing Band, Peggy Stern Trio at Parker Jazz Club

Seela at One-2-One Bar

Texas Radio Live with Joel Hoffman Band at Guero’s

Marcus Striplin, Greg Vanderpool at Townsend

Thursday

Ben Nichols, Nate Hall at Mohawk outdoor

Kids in a New Groove Concert Club with David Ramirez at Barracuda

Unplugged at the Grove with Eric Tessmer at Shady Grove

Sunny Sweeney & Ward Davis, Tennessee Jet at Antone’s

Marfa Crush, Telecom, TC Superstar at Stubb’s indoor

Leg Day at Empire

Kuzu, Soft Healer, Dane Rousay Duo, DJ Gerard Cosloy at Sahara Lounge

In/Planes, Long River at Cactus Cafe

Emery at Come and Take It Live

Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Derailers at Broken Spoke

Fingerpistol at Highball

Buttersweet at Townsend

Austin360 On The Record: William Clark Green, Ben Ballinger, more

William Clark Green. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

OUT THIS WEEK

William Clark Green, “Hebert Island.” Following 2015’s acclaimed “Ringling Road” and a 2016 live album recorded at Gruene Hall, Green further establishes himself as one of the best contemporary Texas country-rock performers with this 14-song set. Immediately connecting tracks such as “Hit You Where It Hurts” (the first single) and “What About Now” demonstrate what Green does best. But it’s intriguing to hear him dive into Cajun influences on the opening title track, and he slows it down with tuneful sweetness on “Farewell.” Playing Aug. 11 at River Road Ice House (New Braunfels). Here’s a version of the title track recorded for Bruce Robison’s “The Next Waltz” series:

Ben Ballinger, “Live at the Cactus Cafe” EP. The recent return to town of Ballinger after about a year in the Northwest is a welcome development, one he hopes will lead to the release of a new album soon. In the meantime, there’s this mostly acoustic EP, recorded five years ago and featuring songs from various stages of his career. Ballinger captures deep emotions on the opening “Natatorium” and digs through bits and pieces of memories on “Pocketknife,” which he introduces as “sort of a scrapbook song.” Throughout, his incisive lyrics and keen sense for melodies that are alluring yet not too obvious lift him into the higher ranks of local singer-songwriters. Release show Aug. 9 at Cactus Cafe. Here’s a live version of the EP track “Rise and Run” recorded inside the Texas Capitol building:

Kev Bev, “Love Lemonade.” A nine-piece band with multiple vocalsists, two drummers and a horn section, Kev Bev has a sound unlike anyone else’s in town, mixing elements of dance, funk, R&B, pop and more on these nine tracks. Release show Aug. 11 at Threadgill’s South. Here’s the opening track, “Radio Slay”:

Brittany Shane, self-titled EP. The Wisconsin native’s engaging vocals stand out on this six-song set of Americana-leaning pop and rock tunes that feature backing from prominent locals including guitarist Brad Rice, drummer Brian Ferguson and backing singer Noelle Hampton. Release show Aug. 12 at Central Market Westgate. Here’s the opening track, “Move On”:

COMING SOON

  • AUG. 17: Joe Ely, “The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle” (Rack ’Em).
  • AUG. 17: Nakia, “Blues Grifter,” in-store Aug. 17 at Waterloo Records, release show Aug. 18 at Saxon Pub.
  • AUG. 17: Jeremy Nail, “Live Oak,” release show Aug. 17 at Cactus Cafe.
  • AUG. 17: Blue October, “I Hope You’re Happy.”
  • AUG. 18: Phoenix Jordan, “Love Is Heaven, Love Is Hell, release show Aug. 18 at Manchaca United Methodist Church.
  • AUG. 23: Mike Schoenfeld, “Little Feet” EP, release show Aug. 23 at Kitty Cohen.
  • AUG. 24: White Denim, “Performance” (City Slang), release show Aug. 25 at Mohawk outdoor.
  • AUG. 24: Teddy Glass, “Nights and Weekends.”
  • AUG. 24: Otis Wilkins, “Strangest Place” EP, release show Aug. 24 at Stubb’s indoor.
  • SEPT. 5: Buhu, “Tenets.”
  • SEPT. 7: Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator,” playing Bat Fest Aug. 18.
  • SEPT. 7: Ray Bonneville, “At King Electric” (Stonefly).
  • SEPT. 7: The Mrs., “Five Minutes” EP, release show Sept. 8 at Lamberts.
  • SEPT. 7: Collective Thought, “Rise.”
  • SEPT. 14: Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy).
  • SEPT. 14: Asleep at the Wheel, “New Routes.”
  • SEPT. 14: Band of Heathens, “A Message From the People Revisited.”
  • SEPT. 14: Gina Chavez, “Lightbeam” EP, release show Sept. 15 at Antone’s.
  • SEPT. 14: Johnny Goudie, “Leper Hands” EP, release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 14: Ben Millburn, “Sunglass Moustache.”
  • SEPT. 21: “Blaze” Original Cast Recording soundtrack (Cinewax/Light in the Attic).
  • SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled.
  • SEPT. 21: Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks).
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin.”

Video premiere: Western Youth’s ‘Hangin’ On’ offers peek at upcoming debut album

Western Youth’s “Hangin’ On” will be part of their self-titled album due out Sept. 21. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

Austin band Western Youth has been picking up steam over the past year as they prepare for next month’s release of a self-titled album, their first in five years. Taylor Williams has fronted the band since the start, but there’s a new secret weapon in their lineup with the addition of Graham Weber, a longtime presence in Austin as a solo acoustic act and with the band So Long, Problems.

The band’s video for “Hangin’ On,” which we’re premiering on Austin360 today, gives an idea of what the new record will sound like. The performance is full of energy and passion, with Williams and Weber trading verses back and forth before the hard-hitting chorus speaks to the desperation of “Hangin’ on, just by a thread.” The video intersplices slow-motion live footage with topical news clips and photos both recent and decades old; viewers will recognize most of them.

The group’s next live show is Aug. 17 at Hard Luck Lounge. Here’s “Hangin’ On”:

Video: See highlights from Austin360 Artist of the Month Kevin Galloway’s record-release shows

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Our Austin360 Artist of the Month for August is Kevin Galloway, the former Uncle Lucius leader whose first solo album, “The Change,” came out last week. He celebrated with record-release events on Friday at Waterloo Records and the Continental Club, playing both events with his band that features guitarist Doug Strahan and his Good Neighbors rhythm section plus Jonathan Grossman from the old Uncle Lucius lineup. Check out highlights from each show in our video above.

READ MORE: Our Austin360/American-Statesman feature story on Kevin Galloway

Kevin Galloway, our Austin360 Artist of the Month for August, celebrated the release of “The Change” on Friday. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Galloway, a Texas Gulf Coast native who moved to Austin in 2002 after stints at a couple of junior colleges in East Texas, talked with us a bit about his early days in Austin. It was a long haul to get to where he is today.

“I almost went home quite a few times, because I couldn’t pay my rent,” he says, “I had so many jobs: I waited tables, sold oriental rugs, I delivered transmission parts, I’ve been a taxi driver, some I’m even forgetting. Just to be able to, on the weekends, play the open mics. So it was hard. But I got some lucky breaks. At a couple of those open mics, they were like, ‘We kind of like what you’re doing, do you want to have your own show?’

“I gave myself 10 years when I moved here: I said, ‘You have 10 years to mess with this, and if after that, you don’t do anything, THEN you think about going back.’ So that was in my mind. I pawned many guitars, I sold a truck I had… anything I could do to keep the ball rolling. And, you know, ate a lot of ramen, did that thing. But also was free to do that as a single man, and it didn’t really bother me that much.”

Also check out our Facebook Live acoustic session with Galloway at the American-Statesman studios:

RELATED: See more about our previous Austin360 Artists of the Month

 

This week’s music picks: Blues on the Green finale, Ben Ballinger

Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Oh Hellos, Bidi Bidi Banda at Zilker Park. Have we already reached the end of the road for this year’s Blues on the Green run? The popular KGSR-sponsored series, which draws thousands to Zilker Park every few weeks during the summer months, has tapped a bit of an underdog for its final headlining spot: The Oh Hellos are a San Marcos folk-rock outfit led by siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath whose new album, “Eurus,” is their sixth since forming in 2011. Opening act Bidi Bidi Banda, featuring Stephanie Bergara, is well-known locally for its lively Selena tribute performances. Free, parking pass $15 + service fees. Music starts at 8 p.m. 2115 Lou Neff Road. kgsr.com.

Thursday: Ben Ballinger EP release at Cactus Cafe. One of Austin’s most promising young rock ’n’ roll singer songwriters over the past decade, Ballinger left town about a year ago, moving back to his home turf in the Pacific Northwest. It appears he missed the action here, as he’s now returned, aiming to complete a record he was working on when he left. In the meantime, he’s mined his archives to rescue a 2013 set recorded live at the Cactus, which he’s releasing as an EP. He’ll celebrate at the scene of the crime. Carson McHone opens. $10. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org.

G-Eazy plays Thursday at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

ALSO PLAYING

Monday

  • Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Cat Jaguar, Naked Tungs, Hi Fi Kid at Mohawk indoor
  • Steel Monday with George Carver at Sam’s Town Point
  • Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Tuesday

  • Durawa, Los Texmaniacs at El Mercado Backstage
  • Ephraim Owens Experience, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Youth & Canvas, Banisters, Finite Fidelity at Mohawk indoor
  • He Is We, Why Bonnie, Tough on Fridays at Stubb’s indoor
  • Jon Blondell Quintet at Elephant Room
  • Henry + the Invisibles at One-2-One Bar
  • Tuesday-Wednesday
  • Erasure at ACL Live (sold out)

Wednesday

  • Jump on It with Plies at Travis County Expo Center
  • Ha Ha Tonka at Mohawk indoor
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Austin Meade, Tom Gillam & the Kozmic Messengers at Stubb’s indoor
  • Texas Radio Live with Booher, Roxy Roca at Guero’s
  • Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • James Hand at Threadgill’s North
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Seela at One-2-One Bar
  • Snizz & Friends, Matt Hubbard, Cheatin’ Hearts at C-Boy’s

Thursday

  • G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, more at Austin360 Amphitheater
  • Bass Physics, Eliot Lipp at Empire
  • Lee Roy Parnell at Saxon Pub
  • Super Thief record release at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Austin Meade, Tom Gillam & the Kozmic Messengers at Stubb’s indoor
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Tomar & the FCs at Shady Grove
  • Interrobang Brass Band, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s
  • Erik Hokkanen at Threadgill’s
  • Anna Larson, Nichole Wagner at Townsend
  • Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Josh Ward at Mavericks Dance Hall
  • These Fine Moments at One-2-One Bar

Song premiere: Hear Ian Moore cover Doug Sahm’s ‘At the Crossroads’

Ian Moore plays Antone’s this weekend to celebrate his 50th birthday. Contributed/Curtis W. Millard

When Ian Moore turns 50 next week in his adopted home of Seattle, he’ll be at the major-league ballpark Safeco Field for a big Pearl Jam show there. But before the big five-oh hits, he’s made a trip back to his hometown of Austin for shows Friday and Saturday at Antone’s, the club where he largely cut his teeth as a teenage blues-guitar prodigy.

READ MORE: Our interview with Ian Moore

His new EP “Toronto” came out in May on Last Chance Records, which is also gearing up to release a 7-inch single of Moore covering Doug Sahm’s classic “At the Crossroads.” We’re told that Sahm’s son, Shawn Sahm, will be at Antone’s for the Saturday night show to join Moore onstage for the tune.

In the meantime, give a listen: Here’s an Austin360 exclusive premiere of the track.