Austin360 on file is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases from local and associated recording artists in Austin.
Charley Crockett, “Music City USA” (son of Davy / Thirty Tigers). Although he didn’t release his first album until he was 30, Crockett has been remarkably prolific since his recorded debut in 2015, releasing 10 albums in six years. He had gradually built up a fan base with relentless touring, but it all finally kicked in this year when he followed up on James Hand’s acclaimed February tribute with this 16-song set in September.
“Music City USA” topped the American Music Association’s radio charts soon after its release and stayed there for several weeks; he is currently still in the Top 5. At the recent Americana Music Awards in Nashville, Crockett walked away with the coveted “Emerging Act of the Year” award, beating a field that included Grammy nominee Allison Russell, and rising star Joy Oladokun. . In October, Crockett performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the TV episode “Austin City Limits” he recorded over the summer aired on PBS.
REVIEW:Charley Crockett brings old-fashioned country vibes to ACL Fest
The success of “Music City USA” doesn’t really indicate a big change from anything Crockett had done before; rather, it is that critical mass has accumulated after several years of exploiting a similar vein. Crockett’s specialty is giving a 21st century twist to classic 20th century American roots music, mixing country, folk, blues and more in a retro style but progressive in spirit.
Highlights include the “Honest Fight” overture, which sets the tone for old-school country with regular beats and steely glows at the pedals; the biting review of the Nashville music industry’s title song (“I shouldn’t have come here in the first place / People here don’t like my genre”); “I Won’t Cry”, a moving piano ballad with propulsive brass section accents; and the closing cover for Henson Cargill’s 1967 hit album “Skip a Rope,” which features dark societal themes in a children’s play setting.
With famed Austin songwriter / producer Bruce Robison on board as Crockett’s manager and a cargo of momentum through to 2022, the sky is the limit for this native Texan who moved to Austin after years of distant travel. . Play December 29 on ACL Live. Here is the video of the song “I Need Your Love”:
Patricia Vonne, “My Favorite Vacation.” In an article on Vonne’s new album, American-Statesman / Austin360 writer Deborah Sengupta Stith observed:
“Over a seven-month span in the spring and summer, as the world moves in and out of COVID-19 restrictions, its seasonal celebration has unfolded in what Vonne sees as a series of little miracles. … Her frequent collaborator, Rosie Flores, helped her write the rockabilly Christmas comedy “Santa’s on a Rampage”. Panamanian actor and musician Rubén Blades, whom she considers a hero, took time out of her busy schedule to record the duo “Las Posadas”. Despite the separations imposed by the pandemic, the arrangements went smoothly. …
“The songs on” My Favorite Holiday “are all original, with one notable exception: Vonne’s four sisters went to four different studios in three different states to record harmony parts for a classic rendition of” Carol of the Bells. Their voices weave into a playful a cappella, reminiscent of the family songs that marked Vonne’s childhood.
Release show on November 27 at One-2-One Bar. Here is the video of the song “My Favorite Holiday”:
Hovvdy, “True Love” (Double Double Whammy). The indie-folk-pop duo Charlie Martin and Will Taylor’s fourth feature in five years was released in October and is perhaps their best yet. Working with producer Andrew Sarlo (known for his work with Big Thief, Courtney Marie Andrews and others), Hovvdy constantly delights with richly melodic, mostly midtempo songs.
The pandemic apparently affected their creative process. In press materials accompanying the album, Martin and Taylor noted that the album was born out of “writing and recording songs for ourselves and for our loved ones.” Spending less energy consumed with how people can react has allowed us to devote our efforts to creating an honest and heartfelt album. “
The group, which sold an evening of record releases last month on the Mohawk’s indoor stage, will spend much of early 2022 touring Europe and the United States before returning for a June 18 show at Antone. Here is the video of the title song:
DEC. 2: Rick furst, “The riddle”
DEC. 3: Jason Boland and the Stragglers, “The light saw me” (Trente Tigres)
DEC. 3: Nori, eponymous, will be released on December 10 at Central Market North
DEC. 3: Walter Daniels and the Trustees of Del Valle, “Take a coffee break with”
DEC. ten: Bill Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy, “Blind Date Party” (Drag City)
DEC. 18: Ben brown, “Sayonara Chagrin”, and Jefferson Brown, “The French King Was Decapitated” (Shire), double released on December 18th at Sam’s Town Point
JAN. 14: Jamestown Renaissance, “Young Man” (Trente Tigres), released January 14 at Gruene Hall
JAN. 21: Whitmore sisters, “Ghost stories” (Red House)
JAN. 21: Bruce Hugues, “Late night Polaroids”
FEB. 11: Spoon, “Lucifer on the couch” (Matador)
MAY: Lyle lovett, title to be determined
More Austin360 on disk:
NOV. 19:Willie Nelson Family, Wade Bowen, Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band
NOV. 12:Buffalo Nichols, David Beck’s Tejano Weekend, Jenn Hartmann’s Luck
NOV. 5: Matt the Electrician, Lance Keltner, Colin Clark, Buenos Diaz