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


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”:


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:


  • 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.


UPDATE: Epitaph Records drops Austin band Summer Salt

UPDATE: Epitaph records has dropped the Austin band Summer Salt from their roster. “Due to recent developments Epitaph is parting ways with Summer Salt,” a representative from Epitaph said in an email on Tuesday.

The band had signed with the label earlier this year and their debut album was due out later this month.

FROM 8.31.18: Local band Summer Salt, who recently signed to Epitaph records, has decided to part ways with bassist Phil Baier following allegations of sexual misconduct by several women on social media. The band announced their decision on Twitter on Tuesday.

Courtesy of Epitaph Records.

The band has been rising through the ranks of the Austin indie scene. Their debut album on Epitaph is due out on Sept. 28. We have reached out to the label for comment.

Nobelity Project 4×4 benefit to feature John Fullbright, Kelley Mickwee, more

The Peterson Brothers will take part in this year’s Nobelity Project 4×4 Concert. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2017

John Fullbright, Kelley Mickwee, the Peterson Brothers and Monte Montgomery are the artists taking part in this year’s Nobelity Project 4×4 Concert, an annual benefit that has helped to build a school for children in Africa.

Funds from this year’s event, set for Sept. 26 at Gibson Guitar Showroom, will go toward building a library for Mugaka Primary, a K-8 school in rural Kenya that the Nobelity Project first partnered with in 2011.

Tickets, $50, include pre-show food and drinks, followed by the concert in which each of the four acts will play four songs (thus the 4×4 name).

READ MORE: Austinites reflect on visits to Nobelity Project Kenya efforts

Fullbright, from Oklahoma, is the lone non-local act on the bill, but he performs here often and is one of Americana music’s most promising singer-songwriters. Mickwee makes her own records in addition to performing with popular Austin band Shinyribs and spinning records on Sun Radio.

The Peterson Brothers, a mainstay at Austin’s Continental Club, have been a rising star of Austin’s blues scene in recent years. Montgomery is a longtime local fixture as a guitarist and singer songwriter who’s also done music for various TV and film projects.

It’s the final inning for Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam

Brothers Cody (left) and Willy Braun of Reckless Kelly ham it up at the 2015 Reckless Kelly Softball Jam at Dell Diamond. This year’s event will be the last of a 10-year run. Jamie Harms/for Round Rock Leader

The 10th year of Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam will apparently be the last. The Austin country-rock band announced Wednesday that the Sept. 23 charity game and concert at Dell Diamond will bring to an end a decade-long tradition that has raised more than $400,000 for various local youth and music organizations.

“We have had an absolute blast getting to relive our childhood dreams at Dell Diamond each year with all of our friends and families,” band member Cody Braun said in a press release announcing the finale. “We have met so many inspiring people and made many lifelong friendships through this event, and we look forward to many more adventures together in the future.”

PHOTOS: A-list gallery from a previous Reckless Kelly Softball Jam

Performers joining Reckless Kelly at this year’s event include Jack Ingram, Micky & The Motorcars, Cody Canada, Midnight River Choir, Jamie Wilson, Wade Bowen, George Devore, Mike & the Moonpies and Bonnie Whitmore. The music takes place in the outfield at Dell Diamond immediately after the celebrity softball game, which starts at 1 p.m. (gates open at noon).

Athletes taking part in the game will include baseball stars John Lackey, Brooks Kieschnick and Norm Charlton, as well as former Texas Longhorns and Houston Texans football player Kasey Studdard. Local media luminaries who’ll play include the American-Statesman’s own Addie Broyles as well as radio personalities Andy Langer (KGSR), Erin Hogan (The Horn) and Eric Raines (KOKE).

READ MORE: Our 2015 interview with Cody Braun about the Softball Jam

This year’s beneficiary of the event is Miracle League at Town & Country, which helps make it possible for children with disabilities to take part in baseball games. Tickets, $25-$75, are available via the Round Rock Express website.

Looking back at the event’s origins a decade ago, Braun said that “we had no idea the impact this event would have. The idea came up when we were at a Round Rock Express game in 2008. We thought it would be fun to get together with some of our musician friends to play a little ball on a professional field. It just took off from there.”

Riders Against the Storm celebrate WWII vet Richard Overton in new web series

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Back in May, husband/wife hip-hop team, Riders Against the Storm, helped organize a birthday party for World War II veteran, Richard Overton at his home in East Austin. At 112, Overton is the oldest man in America, the third oldest man in the world.

On Wednesday, the duo released the pilot episode of their new web series “Uplifted,” featuring footage from the celebration and wisdom from Overton, a whisky and cigar aficionado who intends to outlive us all.

RELATED: 12 things to know about Richard Overton on his 112th birthday 

RAS plans to make “Uplifted” an ongoing feel-good series.

Here’s the synopsis: Stories are powerful. The stories we tell ourselves determine what we believe is possible. UPLIFTED, a web series directed and produced by husband-wife Hip Hop duo, Riders Against the Storm, is a dedicated to telling stories that will uplift, and energize audiences. Let the GOODNESS go viral. Let the POWER be relaized. Let the BEAUTY be celebrated.

You can donate to Richard Overton’s home care fund (administered by his cousin) here.

Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest living man and oldest surviving U.S. war veteran, celebrates his 112th birthday during a celebration held on Friday May 11, 2018, in Austin. Overton, born in Bastrop County on May 11, 1906, and living in Austin, spends most of his days perched on the front porch of his East Austin home, smoking cigars and drinking whiskey. (Rodolfo Gonzalez for Austin American-Statesman)

Weekend picks: Start fall festival season early at Babes Fest, District Cultural Arts

Why wait for the weather to change? Let the festing begin!

Friday: KUTX the Breaks Summer Jam at Barracuda. The hosts of KUTX’s Saturday night hip-hop showcase the Breaks present a solid roster of standouts and up-and-comers from Austin’s hip-hop and soul scene. Dreamy soul maven Melat headlines a bill that also includes Jake Lloyd, the Teeta, Deezie Brown and more. Fifty percent of each ticket sold benefits the local nonprofit Kids in a New Groove. $10. Doors at 7 p.m. 611 East Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Friday: Wagoneers at Broken Spoke. Somehow it was only recently that this longtime local country band played its first show at the legendary South Austin dance hall, but it went well enough that it’s become a semi-regular thing. This one’s special, though: This week marks the 30th anniversary of “Stout and High,” the A&M Records album that put Monte Warden’s band on the map nationwide. They’ll play the album in its entirety on this night, along with plenty more country tunes for the boot-scootin’ Spoke regulars. $10 (first responders admitted free). 9 p.m. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

RELATED: Wagoneers leader Monte Warden talks about his new project the Dangerous Few

Thandiwe and Niambi Sala, the duo behind Oshun. Erika Rich/For American-Statesman

Saturday: Babes Fest music showcase at the Mohawk. Back in March, NYC duo Oshun scorched a South by Southwest stage with a blazing blend of lyrically incisive hip-hop and emotionally urgent soul. They swoop back into town to headline the music portion of Babes Fest, the three-day celebration of art and culture created by women curated by Boss Babes ATX. The two-stage extravaganza also includes performances from local soul artist Alesia Lani, post-punk outfit Pleasure Venom and rapper Blakchyl (from Minds of a Different Kind) with producer Upper Reality on the outdoor stage. The indoor stage is headlined by electro-hip-hop artist Latasha with performances by Frank Wo/Men Collective, Eimaral Sol and more. $25. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Babes Fest aims to transform women, transform an industry

Saturday: District Cultural Arts Festival music showcase at Huston-Tillotson. Smooth and soulful singer Mali Music headlines the grand finale event for a daylong celebration of East Austin presented by Six Square, an organization devoted to preserving the historic legacy of the African-American community in Austin. Other artists on the bill include Sona Jobarteh of the Gambia, local hip-hop heavies Magna Carda, Tobe Nwigwe and Carolyn Blanchard. $15. 5 p.m. doors. 900 Chicon St. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Austin’s Magna Carda grows into its own

Friday-Saturday: Maceo Parker at Antone’s. The words “living legend” get tossed around far too lightly, but the 75-year-old sax man fits the bill. He spent stints performing with James Brown in the ’60s, Parliament/Funkadelic in the ’70s and Prince in the ’90s. He’s also been a guest star on recordings by De La Soul, Jane’s Addiction, Dave Matthews Band and many more. This is a rare chance to get up close and personal with one of the most storied musicians of our time. $35-$40. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — D.S.S.



Umphrey’s McGee, Nth Power with Spirit Horns at ACL Live

Tab Benoit, Jarkekus Singleton at Mohawk outdoor

GGOOLLDD at Empire Control Room

Benefit for Russ Hartman with Alejandro Escovedo, Greyhounds, Matt Hubbard, Deadeye at Continental Club

Extreme Heat album release, Beto & the Fairlanes, Leeann Atherton at One-2-One Bar

“Girls Who Do Boys Who Do Girls” with host Betty Soo at Cactus Cafe

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Rosie Flores single release at C-Boy’s

Superfonicos, El Corazon De Nopal, Shashamani Sound at Barracuda

South Austin Jug Band at Threadgill’s South

Cotton Mather at Threadgill’s North

Two Tons of Steel, Damn Torpedoes, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

White Label Analog, Boleys, Of Sea & Stone, Jake Bardin at Stubb’s indoor

Bubble Puppy, Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band, Sun Machine at Hotel Vegas

Medicine Man Revival, Billy King and the Bad, Bad Bad at Native Hostel

Ringo Deathstarr at Volcom Garden

Mark Farina at Parish

Del Castillo Trio at Townsend

Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light video release at Scoot Inn

Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs at ABGB

Skanks Roots Project, Animo Cruz, Wakane at Flamingo Cantina

Adrian Ruiz Quartet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Jan Seides, Brenda Freed, Regan Brown at Tavern Austin


Leon Bridges, Masego Music at ACL Live (sold out)


AC Slater at Vulcan Gas Company

Central American Music Fest with Humberto Vargas, more at One World Theatre

Flamingosis, Birocratic at Parish

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Kathy & the Kilowatts at C-Boy’s

Shapescenes EP release, Social Flood, Knifight at Stubb’s indoor

Bad Gyal at Empire

Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Emily Gimble, Lost Counts at Continental Club

W.C. Clark, Mandy Rowden at Saxon Pub

Magnifico at ABGB

White Ghost Shivers at Threadgill’s South

Roky Moon & Bolt, Scott Yoder, Nick Walton at Hotel Vegas

Barbie De Facto at Townsend


Bob Schneider, Peterson Brothers, Troll Smashers at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Kyle Turner & Friends at One World Theater

Brent Faiyaz at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)

Annika Chambers, Lavelle White at Antone’s

Mohawk Bends, Shadow of Whales, Rummy at Mohawk indoor

ABGB fifth anniversary party with Leo Rondeau, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at ABGB

Third Coast Roots, Vana Liya, Serination at Flamingo Cantina

Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage

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

Encore Records is closing in September

Encore Records, a record and video store that’s been operating in Austin since the Clinton administration, will close up shop at the end of September.

Chuck Lokey, the owner of Encore Records on Anderson Lane in 2011, right before the store moved downtown. Larry Kolvoord AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN


“It is with a heavy heart that we regretfully inform you all that after 30 years of doing business here in Austin, we’ll finally be shutting down and ceasing operations at the end of September,” a post on the store’s official Facebook page reads.

The Austin Chronicle reports the store had struggled since moving to its downtown location from Anderson Lane in 2012.

According to the Chronicle, the store “faced a litany of challenges: being enveloped by construction, lack of available parking, a national reckoning of physical retail, and landlords priming the store’s property for redevelopment.”

As of August 25, the store’s entire inventory has been 20 percent off.

“We’ll be dropping prices even more next month,” the Facebook post says.


KUTX family-friendly free concert series returns to Mueller this fall

Local public radio affiliate KUTX 98.9 FM will be back at the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park for another round of their family-friendly Rock the Park concert series this fall.

Jackie Venson laughs while posing for a portrait at One 2 One Bar in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The monthly series pairs a kids music act, curated by the station’s Sunday evening kids show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child,” with a grown folk artist to get the whole family grooving. Featured acts this go round include two recent Austin360 Artists of the Month: Mobley and Jackie Venson.

The shows are free and open to the public.

Fall 2018 Dates

Sept 21 (Rain Date: Sept 28)

Mobley 7:15 p.m.
Groundwork Music Orchestra  6:30 p.m.

Oct 19 (Rain Date: Oct 26)

Jackie Venson  7:15 p.m.
Ants Ants Ants  6:30 p.m

Nov 9 (Rain Date: Nov 16)

Walker Lukens & the Side Arms  7:15 p.m.
DJ Jester the Filipino Fist  6:30 p.m

Make that 4 shows in 3 nights: Jason Isbell sits in with Booze Weasels at Continental Club

Jason Isbell, center, sits in with Austin’s Booze Weasels at the Continental Club on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. Booze Weasels band members are, from left, David Grissom (guitar), Jimmy Pettit (bass), Davis McLarty (drums) and David Holt (guitar). Contributed/Mike Fickel/Winged Monkey Media

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell wrapped up a three-night stand with his band the 400 Unit at Bass Concert Hall on Sunday, but between the big shows, he squeezed in another gig. After the Saturday performance, Isbell headed down to the Continental Club and wound up joining ace Austin bar band the Booze Weasels for all of their second set.

READ MORE: Our interview with Jason Isbell

The Booze Weasels formed about 30 years ago when its four members — guitarists David Grissom and David Holt, bassist Jimmy Pettit and drummer Davis McLarty — were all part of Joe Ely’s backing band. None of them really knew Isbell, though McLarty says that Grissom and Isbell had met a few years ago when both were part of an Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show at ACL Live.

“What really happened is that Isbell called (Continental Club owner Steve) Wertheimer to see who was playing at (the club) on Saturday, and Steve contacted us to see if Jason could sit in,” McLarty explained by email on Monday morning. “He showed up, was super nice, and simply wanted to sit in.  He played the entire 90-minute second set.”

Isbell’s manager, Traci Thomas, said that for Isbell’s part, “Jason loves nothing more than just sitting in playing guitar, so playing with those guys made his day.”

RELATED: Jason Isbell speaks out about his guiding values and principles

Intrepid Austin photographer and music fan Mike Fickel was on hand to capture it. That’s his shot above, as are these galleries he posted to Facebook:

Another fan on hand Saturday night, Patrick Morehead, captured a few minutes on video, including a rendition of the R&B classic “I Hear You Knocking”: