There’s no new record coming from acclaimed rockers Drive-By Truckers this fall, but there is an old one — and they’re celebrating with a slew of tour dates that will include two nights Nov. 16-17 in Austin at the Scoot Inn.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. via the C3 Concerts website, with a pre-sale opportunity for C3 E-List subscribers at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2.
The old record in question is “Town Burned Down,” due out Sept. 21 on ATO Records. It’s not actually a Truckers album, but rather long-lost sessions of Adam’s House Cat, the band that DBTs co-founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley started in the 1980s, well before they reconvened to start another band in the mid-’90s.
Adam’s House Cat tracks recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala., in 1990 recently resurfaced, with Hood laying down new vocals for the ATO release. The band will reunite to play three shows opening for the Truckers in September, but not in Austin; T. Hardy Morris will open both nights here.
Former DBTs member Jason Isbell also will be in town soon, for a three-night stand at Bass Concert Hall Aug. 24-26. We’ll have more on Isbell in the American-Statesman later this month. And here’s a bit of trivia: When the Drive-By Truckers played the second Austin City Limits Music Festival way back in 2003, Isbell saw Billy Joe Shaver’s set and took special note of Shaver’s fiddle player, Amanda Shires. They got married a decade later.
One of Austin’s biggest bands teams up with one of the city’s most distinctive charity organizations this fall, when Shinyribs plays the annual Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17 at Riverbend Centre for the Arts.
The event is a fundraiser for Swan Songs, an Austin nonprofit that arranges musical performances for those who are in end-of-life situations. The Serenade, the charity’s major annual fundraiser, includes a seated dinner plus live and silent auctions. Tickets, $150, go on sale Sept. 1 via the Swan Songs website.
Shinyribs, the eight-piece swamp-pop-soul revue featuring former Gourds co-leader Kevin Russell, has become one of Austin’s top-drawing local bands in recent years. The group taped an episode of “Austin City Limits” last fall and also has a show at the Paramount Theater coming up on Sept. 21.
More about Swan Songs’ mission, from the press release announcing this year’s Serenade show:
“Swan Songs brings comfort, joy, and a respite from illness through music to families during an emotional and difficult time by organizing personalized concerts for individuals who are terminally ill or nearing the end of life. The organization’s core program is the fulfillment of musical last wishes. Recipients may request a certain style of music or a specific musician to perform for them and their loved ones in a very intimate concert setting. The concerts are 30-40 minutes in length, are typically unplugged and provide an opportunity for a gathering with a focus on the music instead of the illness. There is no charge to the patient or family for this service. Swan Songs recognizes that the talent and expertise of the participating musicians are an invaluable part of their success and, therefore, musicians are offered an honorarium for their time. In this way, Swan Songs fulfills its secondary mission – to support the health of the Austin area music community.”
UPDATE 7/26: Robert Plant is coming to Austin in late September and he plans to hang around for a bit. After swiftly selling out two nights at ACL Live, the rock icon has added a third date, Monday, Oct. 1. He’ll be performing with his band, the Sensational Shape Shifters and Lucinda Williams will open. Tickets to the show go on sale Thursday at 7 p.m. More info.
On Monday, rapper, comedian and internet sensation, Lil Dicky announced a new headline tour, “Life Lessons with Lil Dicky” that will be hitting large venues around the country this fall.
The tour rolls into Austin on October 25 for a stop at the Erwin Center. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m.
In addition to the tour, the artist also known as Dave Burd is currently shooting a pilot for a half-hour comedy based on his life for FX Network. Burd, Kevin Hart and Scooter Braun are executive producing the show.
Tickets are available at TexasBoxOffice.com or by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-BEVO (2386).
Did Margo Price’s stellar half-hour set at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic leave you wanting more? Check out this just-announced dynamite double bill, then: Price and Austin troubadour Hayes Carll will team up for “Hill Country Nights,” a concert benefiting the Hill Country Conservancy on Sept. 7 at ACL Live.
Carll swept the 2017 Austin Music Awards on the heels of 2016’s “Lovers and Leavers,” his first album in five years. Price recently sold out three nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium in her home base of Nashville.
The Hill Country Conservancy, per its website, “marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country.”
Hot Summer Nights returns to the Red River Cultural District on July 26-29 with a blazing roster of free shows featuring many of Austin’s favorite bands.
The event mirrors, the popular Free Week mini-festival that takes over Austin clubs in the first week of January. Participating clubs, who will offer no cover shows, include the Mohawk, Stubb’s, Empire, Barracuda, Cheer Up Charlie’s, Swan Dive and Beerland. The lineups for the free shows feature a who’s who of the best bands in Austin, including space jazz crusaders, Golden Dawn Arkestra, punk rock wrecking crew, Riverboat Gamblers and recent Austin360 Artists of the Month, revolution rap kingpins, Blastfamous USA.
Gauzy dream pop artists Ringo Deathstarr and Moving Panoramas, Latin funk throwdown Cilantro Boombox, hip-hop producer Just Blaze, rapper Fat Tony and local psych rock torch-bearers Holy Wave are also on the roster alongside Sphynx, Sailor Poon, Blxpltn and our favorite emo puppet troupe, Fragile Rock.
GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA
BIG WY’S BRASS BAND
THINK NO THINK
RF SHANNON (SOLO)
RICKSHAW BILLIE’S BURGER PATROL
THE WILD NOW
BILLY KING AND THE BADD BAD BAD
CHIEF WHITE LIGHTNING
COMO LAS MOVIES
DJ BIG DADDY B
DJ DICK WOLF
FLYING TURNS (DJ SET)
GROWL (LAST SHOW)
HONEY & SALT
MARIJUANA SWEET TOOTH
NOLAN POTTER’S NIGHTMARE BAND
SAY GIRL SAY
SOMETIMES A LEGEND
THE GHOST WOLVES
THE YOUNG SOMETHING
If you’ve been to shows at the Long Center, likely they were in Dell Hall, the venue’s primary space for marquee events. But its smaller Rollins Theatre offers a more intimate music experience, and its Long Center Concert Club series provides chances to catch top local acts in that room.
This season’s lineup has just been announced: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis on Sept. 19; Redd Volkaert & Bill Kirchen on Oct. 24; Whitney Rose on Jan. 30, 2019; Dale Watson on March 6, 2019; and Marcia Ball on May 8, 2019.
Single-event tickets start at $19-$29 (depending on the show) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, via the venue’s website. There’s also a $500 Concert Club membership that includes pre-show buffet and drinks in addition to reserved seating for all five events.