Austin360 On The Record: Bright Light Social Hour, Jerry David DeCicca, more

Jerry David DeCicca with keyboardist Eve Searls and guitarist Don Cento at Beerland in February 2018. DeCicca celebrates the release of his new disc “Burning Daylight” at Beerland on Saturday, September 29. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

OUT THIS WEEK

Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret). The second full-length release this year from DeCicca, a Hill Country transplant from Ohio, is more in the vein of rootsy Americana than February’s comparatively minimalist “Time the Teacher.” Recorded at renowned West Texas studio Sonic Ranch with co-producer Joe Trevino, the record benefits from the tasteful and vibrant guitar work of Don Cento and Tyler Evans, plus tight rhythms from drummer Gary Mallaber and bassist Canaan Faulkner. Perhaps most significant among his backing crew is keyboardist Eve Searls, who contributes backing vocals and steps out for a sublime duet on the title track. It’s the most immediately infectious tune on the record and also the most Central-Texas-centric, with references to the Hill Country towns of Johnson City and Blanco and Highway 281. Release show Sept. 29 at Beerland. Here’s the track “Cutting Down the Country”:

Autumn Fakes, “A Sequence of Cheers for Cause and Effect.” Guitarist Jennings Crawford has a long history on the Austin indie scene, most notably as frontman for punk-pop band the Wannabes, but it’s his wife, Mikki Gibson, who’s out front here. Gibson favors concise songwriting; only the dreamy “Echo” exceeds four minutes, and nine of the 12 tracks are under three minutes. The musical structures almost always reach beyond simple chord patterns, and if that means they don’t often sink in immediately, they reward repeated listens. Release show Sept. 29 at Knomad Bar. Here’s the opening track, “Beam”:

Bright Light Social Hour, “Missing Something” EP (Modern Outsider). Part of what the accomplished psych-rock quartet was missing as they made this record was bassist-vocalist Jackie O’Brien’s brother Alex, the group’s longtime manager, who took his own life in 2015. The pathos is ingrained in the short but deeply affecting title track, which swirls with a darkness that makes the loss plain. The other four tunes are generally more upbeat, with grooves that sometimes veer toward dance-floor material. Playing Sept. 30 at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Here’s the video for the track “Trip With Lola”:

Nobody’s Girl, “Waterline” EP (Lucky Hound). The debut from the trio of singer-songwriters Betty Soo, Grace Pettis and Rebecca Loebe supplements original tunes with fellow Austin singer-songwriter Raina Rose’s “Bluebonnets” and a cover of Blondie’s “Call Me.” Recording with renowned producer/keyboardist Michael Ramos, they worked with a major-league backing crew: guitarist David Grissom, bassist Glenn Fukunaga, drummer J.J. Johnson and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson. “Waterline” probably fits under the broad Americana umbrella, but this feels like pop music at its core, with electric instrumentation prominent in the arrangements. Release show Sept. 29 at Saxon Pub. Here’s the video for the title track:

Charlie Belle, “Like I Love This” EP. Latest release from the brother-sister duo of Jendayi and Gyasi Bonds, profiled by American-Statesman writer Deborah Sengupta Stith in 2015. Playing Oct. 13 at Whip In. Here’s the video for the EP track “Essay”:

COMING SOON

  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks), in-store Oct. 4 at Waterloo Records, playing Oct. 6 at Austin City Limits Music Festival, release show Oct. 20 at Barracuda.
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic), playing Nov. 10 at Scoot Inn.
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin,” playing Dec. 21 at Paramount Theatre.
  • OCT. 12: Lindsay Beaver, “Tough As Love” (Alligator), playing Oct. 2 at Antone’s.
  • OCT. 12: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, “Rocket” (Verve Forecast).
  • OCT. 15: Kevin Welch, “Dust Devil” (Dead Reckoning), playing Nov. 15 at Susanna’s Kitchen in Wimberley.
  • OCT. 19: Kendall Beard, “Here Comes Trouble,” playing Nov. 10 at Lamberts.
  • OCT. 25: Lesly Reynaga, release show Oct. 25 at One-2-One Bar.
  • OCT. 26: Carson McHone, “Carousel,” playing Nov. 1 at Cactus Cafe.
  • OCT. 26: Jamie Lin Wilson, “Jumping Over Rocks,” playing Oct. 20 at Sam’s Town Point.
  • OCT. 26: Isaac Jacob Band, self-titled (Union 28).
  • NOV. 7: Kate Howard, release show Nov. 7 at One-2-One Bar.
  • NOV. 9: Sydney Wright, “Seiche.”

Austin360 On The Record: Western Youth, Jaimee Harris, Will Courtney, more

Western Youth. Contributed/Letitia Smith

OUT THIS WEEK

Western Youth, self-titled. With the recent addition of well-traveled Austin troubadour Graham Weber to their lineup, the roots-rock band formed in 2012 by singer-guitarists Taylor Williams and Matt Gregg plus drummer Brian Bowe has reached another level. Weber, Williams and Gregg all contribute songs here, resulting in an 11-track collection with no weak links. The Weber/Williams co-write “Hangin’ On,” released this summer as a video, is a full-on rocker with a desperate tone to match desperate times. Williams’ “The King Is Gone” has a slower tempo but is no less immediately appealing with its anthemic “Hallelujah” chorus chant. Opener “Dying on the Vine” lyrically explores dark territory but musically bursts forth with beautiful melodicism and the band’s whirlwind three-guitar attack. Gregg, Williams and Weber all contributed to writing “Valerie,” a jangly folk-rocker with majestic three-part harmony. “Lost the War,” a lovelorn ballad near the end of the disc, brings down the tempo and volume, focusing on the duet vocals of Williams and guest Jaimee Harris. Austin’s long been rich with Americana talent, and Western Youth rises near the top of the heap with this impressive set. Release show Sept. 21 at Spider House Ballroom. Here’s the video for “Hangin’ On”:

Jaimee Harris, “Red Rescue.” We wrote at length about Harris for our Austin360 Artist of the Month series in June, when this album initially was set for release before a slight delay. It’s out now on the heels of Harris’s trip last week to Nashville for Americana Fest, where she drew attention from NPR and shared a stage with Rodney Crowell and John Hiatt. Produced by Craig Ross, “Red Rescue” is strong from start to finish, a long-due solo debut from an artist who’s been writing songs since performing in a duo with her father as a teen. The first single “Depressive State” is the immediate standout, a folk-rock tune that bypasses typical verse-chorus structure and features radiant vocal harmonies. “Catch It Now” is a heartfelt solo acoustic gem that could be the theme song of Harris’s life and career up to this point. The title track is almost cinematic, grounded by the thumping rhythms of drummer Jon Greene and bassist Bonnie Whitmore before Brian Patterson’s guitar atmospherics and backing vocals by Ross and the late Jimmy LaFave broaden the scope. “Fake” starts as a quiet confessional — “I’m a fake, you’re starting to notice” — and gradually builds to an emotional breaking point. “Forever,” spiked with pedal steel and guitar runs from Mike Hardwick, captures the high reaches of Harris’s spectacular voice. The scorching “Damn Right” is a full-force rocker that pushes the boundaries of her repertoire, though it feels out-of-place as the opening track. But by the end of the album, when Harris drifts away gently on the piano-based reverie “Where Are You Now,” there’s no doubting “Red Rescue” heralds the arrival of a major new Austin singer-songwriter. Playing Sept. 20 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s an acoustic version of the title track recorded at our Statesman studios in July:

Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret). First coming to attention with the family band Brothers & Sisters a dozen years ago, Courtney is now on his third release under his own name. He seamlessly blends country, folk, rock and indie influences on this set of nine originals plus a cover of Danny Whitten’s “Look at All the Things.” Recorded at his home studio with his Wild Bunch band (guitarist Dan Wilcox, bassist Dave Morgan and drummer Travis Garaffa), “Crazy Love” is a no-nonsense Americana affairs that puts the songs front-and-center, whether the instrumentation is primarily electric (“Too High Now,” the title cut) or acoustic (“Drunk on Your Songs Again,” “When Will I Find My Love”). The next-to-last number, the slightly carnivalesque “Finally,” is a co-write with Courtney’s mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cynthia Clawson. Playing Sept. 25 at Hole in the Wall. Here’s the opening track, “Too High Now”:

Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.” Prominent local musicians including Malford Milligan and Guy Forsyth teamed up with former Soul Track Mind leader Zemek in creating this unusual multimedia project that pairs music with a comic book. Written and produced by Zemek and Matt Smith, with comic book art done by Chris Rogers, it’s coming-of-age story that follows the adventures of a young boy whose father is killed at war. Appearing Sept. 21 at Wizard World Austin comic book convention at Austin Convention Center. Here’s a video of Zemek explaining more about the project, along with clips of both the artwork and the music:

Jane Ellen Bryant, “Let Me Be Lost” EP. The five songs here range from dreamy atmospherics (the opener “Take Me As I Am” ) to electronic outbursts (“Attention”) to sparkly soul (“Too Smooth”) to piano balladry (“If I Loved You,” the clear standout here) to melodramatic pop (“Let Me Be Lost”). Bryant, a terrific singer who’s toured with rising Austin pop star Max Frost and contributed vocals to several local acts’ records, seems to still be seeking her identity as a songwriter. Over the years I’ve been most impressed with her as an interpreter of other artists (Stephen Bruton’s “Make That Call” plus Daniel Johnston’s “Peek A Boo” as well as Stephen Stills’ “Helplessly Hoping”), and would love to hear her do a record along those lines at some point. Playing Sept. 22 at Mohawk indoor. Here’s the video for “Attention”:

LOCAL RELATED

“Blaze” Original Cast Recording soundtrack (Cinewax/Light in the Attic). Not your typical soundtrack album, this collection of a dozen songs draws primarily from performances as they appear right in the film itself. Musician/actor Ben Dickey, in the title role of ill-fated Austin songwriter Blaze Foley, is the focus here, performing Foley standouts such as “Clay Pigeons,” “Picture Cards” and “Cold Cold World.” There’s also two duets with actress Alia Shawkat (who plays Foley’s wife Sybil Rosen) and a couple of appearances by Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra (Foley’s sister in the film), including the closing-track rendition of Lucinda Williams’ song “Drunken Angel,” written for Foley. The show-stealer, though, is Charlie Sexton in character as Townes Van Zandt, completely inhabiting the spirit of the Texas legend as he sings Van Zandt’s “Marie.” Here’s that track:

COMING SOON

  • SEPT. 25: Charlie Belle, “Like I Love This” EP, playing Oct. 13 at Whip In.
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 28: Bright Light Social Hour, “Missing Something” EP, playin Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
  • SEPT. 28: Nobody’s Girl, “Waterline” EP, release show Sept. 29 at Saxon Pub.
  • SEPT. 28: Autumn Fakes, “A Sequence of Cheers for Cause and Effect,” release show Sept. 29 at Knomad Bar.
  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks), playing Oct. 6 at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic), playing Nov. 10 at Scoot Inn.
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin,” playing Dec. 21 at Paramount Theatre.
  • OCT. 12: Lindsay Beaver, “Tough As Love” (Alligator).
  • OCT. 12: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, “Rocket” (Verve Forecast).
  • OCT. 15: Kevin Welch, “Dust Devil.”
  • OCT. 19: Kendall Beard, “Here Comes Trouble,” playing Nov. 10 at Lamberts.
  • OCT. 25: Lesly Reynaga, release show Oct. 25 at One-2-One Bar.
  • OCT. 26: Carson McHone, “Carousel.”
  • OCT. 26: Jamie Lin Wilson, “Jumping Over Rocks,” playing Oct. 20 at Sam’s Town Point.
  • OCT. 26: Isaac Jacob Band, self-titled (Union 28).
  • NOV. 7: Kate Howard, release show Nov. 7 at One-2-One Bar.
  • NOV. 9: Sydney Wright, “Seiche.”

Austin360 On The Record: Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Band of Heathens, more

Willie Nelson. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2o17

OUT THIS WEEK

Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy). There may be no artist in popular music more prolific than Nelson has been over the past decade or so, with albums regularly coming twice a year if not more. Lately quite a few of them have been tributes, including the Grammy-winning Gershwins collection “Summertime” and a salute to his late friend Ray Price. “My Way” continues that thread as Willie tackles 11 tunes indelibly associated with Frank Sinatra. Recorded primarily in Los Angeles (with additional sessions in Austin, Nashville and Brooklyn), “My Way” teams Nelson’s recent right-hand-man producer Buddy Cannon with longtime Lyle Lovett pianist Matt Rollings, who also worked on “Summertime.” Together they create an exquisite, intimate instrumental canvas for Nelson’s vocals to color with his iconically distinctive flair. At 85, Willie still swings with joy and wonder on the buoyant “A Foggy Day” and the bouncing “Night and Day,” but he’s best on more contemplative numbers: The wisdom of his years inhabits the reflective blue tones of “It Was a Very Good Year” and the romantic bittersweetness of “I’ll Be Around.” Norah Jones joins him for a sweetly swinging duet on “What Is This Thing Called Love,” but mainly this is vintage Willie doing Sinatra in his own way, right down to the dramatic closing title track. Playing Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores. Here’s the video for “Summer Wind”:

Asleep at the Wheel, “New Routes” (Bismeaux/ThirtyTigers). Though they’ve stayed plenty busy the past decade with another Bob Wills tribute album and collaborations with Willie Nelson and the Fort Worth Symphony, this is the first new “normal” Asleep at the Wheel album since 2007’s “Reinventing the Wheel.” Leader Ray Benson’s backing crew has changed a lot since then, and “New Routes” reflects those changes — primarily the addition of fiddler/singer Katie Shore, who steps out in a big way here. She sings lead on six of the album’s 11 tracks, wrote two of the best ones herself, and co-wrote another with Benson. This isn’t entirely surprising, given the high quality of Shore’s 2016 solo album (recorded before she joined the Wheel in 2014), but it does suggest a brave new way forward for the band. Benson’s still steering the ship, and his lead vocals on three sublime covers — the late Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues,” Scottish pop star Paolo Nutini’s “Pencil Full of Lead” and the old Moon Mullican hit “Seven Nights to Rock” — reaffirm the Wheel’s role as ace interpreters of a seemingly endless range of material. The album-closing “Willie Got There First” features the star-power cameo of Seth and Scott Avett, but that semi-novelty tribute number ultimately is just a postscript to a set that reaffirms the Wheel still has a wide-open horizon to explore. Release show Sept. 16 at Broken Spoke, in-store Sept. 19 at Waterloo Records. Here’s a recent live version of an abbreviated Wheel lineup performing the album’s opening track, “Jack I’m Mellow”:

Band of Heathens, “A Message From the People Revisited.” Released in 1972, Ray Charles’ “A Message From the People” was an ambitious concept album that noted 1960s civil rights triumphs while still acknowledging America had a long way to go. Austin’s Band of Heathens decided to re-record the album in sequence because of “its moving commentary on social justice, abuse-of-power, and its vision for a stronger, more-unified America,” per the press materials sent out with the record. It’s also a good fit for the group’s broad-ranging Americana talents, with songs that range from the soulful public-domain classics “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “America the Beautiful” to Dion’s folk classic “Abraham, Martin and John” and even John Denver’s rambling “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The band plans to donate proceeds from the record to Rock the Vote, a nonprofit “dedicated to building the political power of young people through pop culture, music, art and technology,” per its website. Playing the album in full Nov. 25 at Antone’s. Here’s the track “Hey Mister”:

Cory Morrow, “Whiskey and Pride.” With more than a dozen releases in the past two decades and a solid fan base built upon relentless regional touring, Morrow has long been firmly established as one of the top artists on the Texas roadhouse circuit. “Whiskey and Pride,” produced by Lloyd Maines, continues with what has worked for him all those years, delivering rough-and-tumble country-rock leavened with a few sweeter ballads. Of the latter, “Always and Forever” stands out, long a live-show favorite but getting proper studio treatment for the first time with harmonies from Jamie Lin Wilson. Morrow also nods to two of his favorite songwriters with covers of Rodney Crowell’s “Come on Funny Feelin’” and Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Hill Country Rain.” Release shows Sept. 14-15 at Gruene Hall. Here’s the video for the title track:

Gina Chavez, “Lightbeam” EP. This five-song collection from Chavez, who won Album of the Year honors at the Austin Music Awards for her last full-length release in 2014, “sheds light on times she grappled with faith, sacrifice and society’s views on love,” observes the American-Statesman’s Nancy Flores in this week’s feature story on Chavez. “It’s an ode to the dozen years she and her partner have weathered life’s storms together.” Release show Sept. 15 at Antone’s. Here’s the video for the track “Heaven Knows”:

Johnny Goudie, “Leper Hands” EP. Increasingly known for his “How Did I Get Here” podcast interviews with local musicians, Goudie gets back to his own music with this four-song collection of pop and rock tunes. Producer Scrappy Jud Newcomb keeps the spotlight on Goudie’s high tenor, weaving in the tasteful support of drummer John Chipman and bassist Sean Crooks plus backing vocals from Jaimee Harris and Jane Ellen Bryant. Release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the opening track, “Everyone’s Got Something,” an instantly appealing melodic number that recalls the best of Marshall Crenshaw’s catalog:

Ben Millburn, “Sunglass Moustache.” The full-length debut from this Louisiana transplant features 11 original songs in the vein of psychedelic indie-rock. Here’s the video for “Mr. Tuxedo”:

COMING SOON

  • SEPT. 21: “Blaze” Original Cast Recording soundtrack (Cinewax/Light in the Attic).
  • SEPT. 21: Jaimee Harris, “Red Rescue,” playing Sept. 20 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled, release show Sept. 21 at Spider House Ballroom.
  • SEPT. 21: Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret), in-store Sept. 18 at Waterloo Records.
  • SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”
  • SEPT. 21: Jane Ellen Bryant, “Let Me Be Lost” EP.
  • SEPT. 25: Charlie Belle, “Like I Love This” EP, playing Oct. 13 at Whip In.
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 28: Nobody’s Girl, “Waterline” EP, release show Sept. 29 at Saxon Pub.
  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks), playing Oct. 6 at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin.”
  • OCT. 12: Lindsay Beaver, “Tough As Love” (Alligator).
  • OCT. 12: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, “Rocket” (Verve Forecast).
  • OCT. 15: Kevin Welch, “Dust Devil.”
  • OCT. 25: Lesly Reynaga, release show Oct. 25 at One-2-One Bar.
  • OCT. 26: Carson McHone, “Carousel.”
  • OCT. 26: Jamie Lin Wilson, “Jumping Over Rocks,” playing Oct. 20 at Sam’s Town Point.
  • OCT. 26: Isaac Jacob Band, self-titled (Union 28).
  • NOV. 7: Kate Howard, release show Nov. 7 at One-2-One Bar.
  • NOV. 9: Sydney Wright, “Seiche.”

Austin360 On The Record: Ghostland Observatory, Black Joe Lewis, more

Austin singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville (who performed at last year’s Jimmy LaFave tribute at the Paramount Theater) has a new album out this week. TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2017

OUT THIS WEEK

Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator.” The first release in eight years from the duo of Aaron Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner indicates a rebirth of the band that got big enough to tape “Austin City Limits” a decade ago. (It’s unclear whether this means an end or just a pause to Behrens’ recent Midnight Stroll project.) In writing about the band for the American-Statesman last month, Deborah Sengupta Stith observed: “The album has throwback vibes from Ghostland’s earlier work, with thumping numbers such as opener ‘Paradise Lost,’ ‘We Understand’ and the title track, drawing on their signature brand of electro-disco mayhem. But there’s a new sentimentality, a deeper emotional core to tracks such as ‘Sometimes’ and the soon-to-be-hit ‘Miss Abyss.’ Playing Oct. 25 at Stubb’s. Here’s the track “See You Later Simulator”:

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, “The Difference Between Me and You.” After a four-year hiatus following 2013’s “Electric Slave,” Lewis and his band return with their second record in as many years, following 2017’s “Backlash.” Deep blues grooves permeate the record, from the blazing-hot opener “Nothing But a Cliche” to the old-school throwback “Hemmin’ & Hawin’” to the soulful, swinging “Face in the Scene.” An intriguing cover is Lewis’s radical reworking of Wilco’s “Handshake Drugs.” Release show Sept. 7 at Continental Club. Here’s the video for the track “Culture Vulture”:

Ray Bonneville, “At King Electric” (Stonefly). The ninth solo album from Canadian transplant Bonneville features 11 original tunes that follow in line with the sharp and smart songwriting path he’s blazed for the past three decades. Recorded in Austin with Justin Douglas at King Electric studio (thus the title), the songs blend elements of blues, folk, country and other Americana accents with the kind of masterful grace that can only be attained through a lifetime of performing and creating music. Keyboardist Richie Lawrence and drummer Andre Bohren provide solid backing throughout, with local luminaries Gurf Morlix and Stefano Intelisano appearing on a couple of songs. Here’s the track “Tender Heart”:

Emily Shirley, “Courage Up” EP. A secret weapon on keyboards and backing vocals in local pop band Belle Sounds, Shirley steps out on her own with this instantly appealing five-song set that recalls the more melodic moments of Suzanne Vega’s work. Produced by Mark Hallman at his renowned Congress House studio, the recordings were made primarily by a trio of Shirley, Hallman and Belle Sounds guitarist Andre Moran. Release show Sept. 7 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the track “Streetlight Glow”:

The Mrs., “Five Minutes” EP. Featuring singer-guitarist Mandy Prater, singer-keyboardist Larissa Ness, bassist Jenny Mason and drummer Andra Liemandt, The Mrs. delivers some of the most ready-for-prime-time pop music being made in Austin on this EP. “Hurricane” sports a calypso vibe to accompany its buoyant “When they say go right, we go left” chorus chant. The title track is the most compelling number, a challenge to make time count set to an immediately engaging melody. Release show Sept. 8 at Lamberts. Here’s the video for “Five Minutes”:

Collective Thought, “Rise.” Reggae, hip-hop, soul and more weave together in songs of social consciousness on the debut recording from this six-piece outfit featuring vocalists StormShadow, Kelly Hafner and Project Dead plus guitarist Silverback Jonz, bassist Shawn Hallman and drummer Christopher Francis. Here’s the title track:

Buhu, “Tenets.” The debut album from the electronica/dream-pop duo of Jeremy Rogers and Tiffany Pagica features mostly original material plus a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” Here’s the opening track, “Yew”:

LOCAL RELATED

Ben Dickey, “It’s All Different” EP (SexHawkeBlack/Dualtone). A three-song preview of the Charlie Sexton-produced album due out early next year, this gives a glimpse at what Louisiana musician Ben Dickey’s own music sounds like when he’s not re-creating the late Austin troubadour Blaze Foley. The star of the biopic “Blaze” is not new to music — he played in bands in Arkansas and Philadelphia over the past couple of decades before releasing a solo album in 2016 — but he’s likely to get a much wider airing as a result of his newfound film-star status. Sexton’s production helps to make Dickey’s singer-songwriter-based tunes stand out; on “Way Out in the Cotton” in particular, they ride a deep groove built around compelling guitar leads. Here’s the title track:

COMING SOON

  • 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: Cory Morrow, “Whiskey and Pride,” release shows Sept. 14-15 at Gruene Hall.
  • 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: Jaimee Harris, “Red Rescue,” playing Sept. 20 at One-2-One Bar.
  • 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. 21: Jane Ellen Bryant, “Let Me Be Lost” EP.
  • SEPT. 25: Charlie Belle, “Like I Love This” EP, playing Oct. 13 at Whip In.
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 28: Nobody’s Girl, “Waterline” EP, release show Sept. 29 at Saxon Pub.
  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks).
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin.”
  • OCT. 12: Lindsay Beaver, “Tou  gh As Love” (Alligator).
  • OCT. 26: Carson McHone, “Carousel.”
  • OCT. 26: Jamie Lin Wilson, “Jumping Over Rocks,” playing Oct. 20 at Sam’s Town Point.
  • OCT. 26: Isaac Jacob Band, self-titled (Union 28).
  • NOV. 9: Sydney Wright, “Seiche.”

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Austin360 On The Record: Bob Schneider, Andrew Nolte, Extreme Heat, more

Bob Schneider will play songs from his new “Blood & Bones” and other favorites from his catalog on Sunday at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2016

RECENTLY RELEASED

Bob Schneider, “Blood & Bones” (Shockorama). Schneider spirographs his music and art in so many different directions that it can be hard to keep track of where he may be at any given moment, or where he’ll go next. But on “Blood & Bones,” released earlier this summer, he’s in a similar wheelhouse as his 2000 breakthrough album “Lonelyland,” focusing mainly on singer-songwriter-oriented, acoustic-based material. The moody title track is one of his best songs in years, “Lake Michigan” is an immediately appealing melodic folk-rocker, and “Easy” sways along with a pace and vibe fitting its title. He gets funky on “Easier With You,” “Texaco” and the way-out-there “Make Drugs Get Money,” before closing on a more romantic note with “Hours and Days” and the uplifting “Sing About Love.” If “classic Bob” is your favorite Schneider persona, this one’s for you. Playing Sept. 2 at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. Here’s the video for the opening track, “Making It Up”:

Andrew Nolte, “Tied to a String.” A multi-instrumentalist who’s played with local acts including the Derrick Davis Band, Zissou and the Tom Petty tribute act Damn Torpedoes, Nolte proves to be an extraordinarily talented composer and arranger in his own right on his highly sophisticated nine-song debut. This is pop music, fundamentally, but Nolte draws upon elements of jazz, classical, folk, cabaret and other styles, fleshing out his tunes with exquisite accents of horns, winds and strings. I’m not quite sure how Nolte has flown under my radar until now, but this is one of the best Austin records of 2018. Release show Sept. 4 at Saxon Pub. Here’s the opening track, “Europa Tide”:

Heart of the City, self titled (Hand Drawn). This debut collaboration pairing Austin’s Brandon Callies (Black Tie Vendetta, American Revival) with Dallas musician Paco Estrada features a dozen tracks of dance-oriented rock-and-soul. Release show Aug. 31 at Hole in the Wall. Here’s the video for the track “The River”:

OUT THIS WEEK

Extreme Heat, “All the Way Gone” EP (Fable). Few Austin bands have a longer history than this eight-piece funk-and-soul combo, whose beginnings date back to the heyday of Armadillo World Headquarters. Singer Bruce Spelman produced this four-song disc and wrote the bluesy “Cloudy Day,” with guitarist Mike Barnes penning “Steady” and bassist/vocalist Mike Roeder responsible for the other two (including the title track). Release show Aug. 31 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a recent live version of the title track:

COMING SOON

  • 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: Emily Shirley, “Courage Up,” release show Sept. 7 at One-2-One Bar.
  • 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: Cory Morrow, “Whiskey and Pride,” release shows Sept. 14-15 at Gruene Hall.
  • 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: Jaimee Harris, “Red Rescue,” playing Sept. 20 at One-2-One Bar.
  • 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. 21: Jane Ellen Bryant, “Let Me Be Lost” EP.
  • SEPT. 25: Charlie Belle, “Like I Love This” EP, playing Oct. 13 at Whip In.
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 28: Nobody’s Girl, “Waterline” EP, release show Sept. 29 at Saxon Pub.
  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks).
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin.”
  • OCT. 12: Lindsay Beaver, “Tou  gh As Love” (Alligator).
  • OCT. 26: Carson McHone, “Carousel.”
  • OCt. 26: Jamie Lin Wilson, “Jumping Over Rocks,” playing Oct. 20 at Sam’s Town Point.

 

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.”

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.”

Austin360 On The Record: Kevin Galloway, ‘Blaze’ soundtrack news, more

Kevin Galloway celebrates the release of “The Change” on Friday at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records and 9:30 p.m. at the Continental Club. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

OUT THIS WEEK

Kevin Galloway, “The Change” (Nine Mile). Our Austin360 Artist of the Month for August, Galloway is releasing his first album under his own name after a decade of recording and touring as the frontman for roots-rock band Uncle Lucius. Mixing original material with choice 1970s cover songs including the Joe Cocker hit “You Are So Beautiful” and “Hands on the Wheel” from Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger” album, Galloway and producer Hal Jon Vorpahl create a sweet sound they’ve dubbed “Gulf Coast country soul” that puts the vocals front-and-center. Read our full feature story on Galloway in Friday’s American-Statesman and online at mystatesman.com. In-store 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at Waterloo Records; release show 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Continental Club. Here’s an acoustic version of “Face in My Mind,” recorded live at the American-Statesman/Austin360 studios:

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IN THE NEWS

“Blaze: Original Cast Recording,” the soundtrack to the acclaimed Blaze Foley biopic that premiered earlier this year at the Sundance and SXSW film festivals, will be released Sept. 21 on Cinewax/Light in the Attic.

The dozen tracks primarily feature musician/actor Ben Dickey, who plays Foley in the film, singing tunes Foley wrote. Other contributors include Charlie Sexton, who portrays Foley’s friend Townes Van Zandt in the film, performing Van Zandt’s “Marie”; and Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra, Foley’s sister in the film, singing with Dickey on Blind Willie McTell’s “Pearly Gates.”

Segarra also sings “Drunken Angel,” a 1993 song Lucinda Williams wrote about Foley after his death, to close the album. And Dickey wrote one track, “Blaze & Sybil’s Lullaby,” performed as a duet with Alia Shawkat, who plays Sybil Rosen in the film. Supporting musicians on the soundtrack include Foley’s longtime friend and bandmate Gurf Morlix, who also is in the film.

Here’s a lyric video for Dickey and cast members singing “Clay Pigeons”:

COMING SOON

  • AUG. 9: Ben Ballinger, “Live at the Cactus Cafe” EP, release show Aug. 9 at Cactus Cafe.
  • AUG. 10: William Clark Green, “Hebert Island,” playing Aug. 11 at River Road Ice House (New Braunfels).
  • AUG. 11: Kev Bev, “Love Lemonade,” release show Aug. 11 at Threadgill’s South.
  • AUG. 12: Brittany Shane, self-titled EP, release show Aug. 12 at Central Market Westgate.
  • 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.”
  • 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.”

READ MORE: Check out all our recent Austin360 On The Record roundups

Austin360 On The Record: Israel Nash hits new heights on ‘Lifted’

Israel Nash celebrates the release of “Lifted” on Friday at Scoot Inn. Contributed/Rett Rogers

OUT THIS WEEK

Israel Nash, “Lifted” (Desert Folklore/Thirty Tigers). Communing with music and nature on his compound in Dripping Springs since moving from New York in 2011, Nash plays psychedelic folk-rock that feels rooted deep inside his own private universe yet still somehow wired into to the larger world around him. “Lifted” is the third record he’s made here, and it radiates with a spacey melodic grace that feels very much of the ’60s — the 1960s, yes, but perhaps the 2060s as well. Nash’s versatile core band of Joey and Aaron McClellan, Eric Swanson and Josh Fleischmann fill out his songs with full arrangements of electric and acoustic guitar, piano and organ, drums and percussion, banjo and autoharp, synths and handbells. A string quartet, three-piece horn section and harpsichord from 10 additional musicians add even more layers to the lush, lustrous vibe of “Lifted.” Lyrically, Nash often draws from the natural and mystical: “The eagle and the full moon will rise from the west soon/ Deliver me to the land of sand and stone,” he sings on the uplifting opener “Rolling On,” while on the more pensive “Hillsides,” he envisions a place “on a mountain slide where the bluebonnets ride/ Under skies of purple sea where the sould learn to speak.” There’s connections between Nash’s music and that of fellow psych/hippie locals such as Wild Child, the Black Angels and Bright Light Social Hour, but “Lifted” ultimately occupies its own plane. Release show July 27 at Scoot Inn. Here’s the video for the track “Lucky Ones”:

 Batty Jr., “Wormholes to the New Jersey Turnpike.” Full-length record from the offbeat indie quartet featuring Zeke Jarmon, Sadie Wolfe, Taylor Turner and Jeff Olson follows last year’s EP “From the Land of Insofaras.” Release show July 28 at Threadgill’s South.

Ego Deaf, “I’ll Let You Know When It Gets Weird” EP. Debut from the psychedelic-tinged quartet featuring Josh Comeaux, Dan Krause, Kasey Rebello and Justin Babineaux. Release show July 28 at Stay Gold. Here’s the track “Complicated”:

Madi Meeks, “For You” EP. The five-song debut from this 16-year-old folk-pop singer-songwriter, a finalist at this year’s Old Settler’s Music Fest youth talent competition, was produced by Nick Jay. Release show July 28 at Carousel Lounge. Here’s a recent live version of the track “Locked In”:

COMING SOON

  • AUG. 3: Kevin Galloway, “The Change” (Nine Mile), playing July 20 at Cactus Cafe, release show Aug. 3 at Continental Club.
  • AUG. 9: Ben Ballinger, “Live at the Cactus Cafe” EP, release show Aug. 9 at Cactus Cafe.
  • AUG. 10: William Clark Green, “Hebert Island,” playing Aug. 11 at River Road Ice House (New Braunfels).
  • AUG. 11: Kev Bev, “Love Lemonade,” release show Aug. 11 at Threadgill’s South.
  • AUG. 12: Brittany Shane, self-titled EP, release show Aug. 12 at Central Market Westgate.
  • 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.”
  • 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. 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: 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: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).