Charlie Pierce & Choctaw Wildfire, “Nowhere” (Young Cubs). The foundation here is mostly traditional country music, but Choctaw Wildfire’s sound centers on Pierce’s lyrical piano runs rather than the more typical twanging guitars. The opening “Daggers” is a highlight, with Pierce’s clear baritone vocals bringing to life the desperation and regret in the lyrics. Release show May 30 at Stay Gold. Check out the album’s title track here.
Guy Forsyth Blues Band, “The Pleaser.” For this album at least, the Guy Forsyth Band has tweaked its name to reflect a collection drawing upon the down-home blues music Forsyth explored in the early ’90s. Subsequent forays into old-timey Americana forms with the Asylum Street Spankers and most recently the Hot Nut Riveters have provided Forsth with multiple outlets for his versatile musicianship; here, he returns to a form that’s well-suited to his guitar and harmonica workouts. Playing June 6 at Saxon Pub. Here’s the leadoff track “Good Stuff”:
Christy Hays & Caliche, self-titled (EP). The Americana singer-songwriter has teamed up with a band for her latest EP. Release show May 29 at Stay Gold. Here’s the track “How It Feels”:
JUNE 2: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie” (Legacy), playing July 4 at Austin360 Amphitheater.
JUNE 4: Velo, “Spring” EP, release show June 4 at the Mohawk.
JUNE 9: Dale Watson, “Call Me Insane” (Red House/Ameripolitan), in-store June 11 at Waterloo Records.
JUNE 9: Uncle Lucius, “The Light” (Boo Clap/Thirty Tigers), in-store June 10 at Waterloo Records, release show June 11 at the Parish.
JUNE 9: Jonny Gray, “Promises Broke,” release show June 6 at Scoot Inn.
JUNE 9: Brandon Callies Band, “(Live) Be Quiet! We’re Recording!”, release show June 9 at Mohawk.
JUNE 16: Heartless Bastards, “Gates of Dawn” (Partisan).
JUNE 18: The Good Earth, “Rock & Tree,” release show June 18 at One-2-One Bar.
JUNE 18: Octopus Rex, “Total Destruction,” release show June 18 at Red 7.
JUNE 23: Patricia Vonne, “Viva Bandolera,” release show June 27 at Continental Club.
JUNE 23: Lee Barber, “The Missing Pages,” release show June 27 at Strange Brew.
JUNE 25: Manco, “The Great Wall,” release show June 25 at Rattle Inn.
JUNE 30: Suzanne Monroe, “Face to the Mirror,” release show June 30 at Ground Floor Theatre.
JULY 10: Crooks, “Wildfire,” release show July 11 at Scoot Inn.
AUG. 28: David Ramirez, “Fables” (Thirty Tigers), early album listening party July 1 at Cactus Cafe.
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