On The Record: Carson McHone, Good Field

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OUT THIS WEEK

CarsonMcHoneAlbumCoverCarson McHone, “Goodluck Man” (Good Horse). The first full-length release from this 23-year-old Austin native is an auspicious coming-out for one of the city’s most promising young singer-songwriters. McHone’s grounded-in-twang vocals carry her confessional yet guarded lyrics on tunes ranging from steel-spiked rave-ups (“City Cry,” “Good Time Daddy Blues”) to contemplative ballads (“Bouquet,” “Dram Shop Gal”) to a classic waltz (“Gentle With My Mind”). On “Maybe They’re Just Really Good Friends,” she tries to convince herself of something she knows isn’t true; on “Ain’t You Lucky (I Love Being Lonely),” shifting rhythms suggest emotional ups-and-downs. In quieter moments, McHone’s singing strikes the same kind of balance between strength and vulnerability that has always been a hallmark of fellow Austin singer Kelly Willis’ work. Recorded at engineer Daniel McNeill’s home studio with Mrs. Glass bassist Ivan Evangelista producing. the album primarily features McHone’s backing band, which includes Matt Thomas on guitar, Mitchell Vandenburg on bass, Adam Nurris on drums and Simon Page on pedal steel. Release shows Aug. 1 at White Horse and Aug. 2 at Saxon Pub; in-store Aug. 3 at Waterloo Records. We’ll have more on McHone in Friday’s Austin360 section of the American-Statesman. Here’s a video for an early, pre-album version of the title track:

Good Field, “Future Me.” Follow-up to the local dream-pop group’s self-titled 2012 debut, recorded with assistance from White Denim/Bop English frontman James Petralli. Here’s a video for the single, “Business”:

COMING SOON

AUG. 4: Peterson Brothers, self-titled (Blue Point), playing Aug. 3 and most Mondays at the Continental Club.

AUG. 7: Statesboro Revue, “Junkhouse Revival” (Shalley/Thirty Tigers), release show July 29 at Guero’s Oak Garden.

AUG. 7: I Am the Albatross, “Lonesome Son” (Rail Rider), playing July 31 at Hole in the Wall.

AUG. 7: Craig Marshall, “After All” (Big Ticket).

AUG. 8: The Coordinates, self-titled, release show Aug. 8 at Strange Brew.

AUG. 14: Mother Falcon, “Good Luck Have Fun” (BitCandy), release shows Aug. 21 at North Door and Aug. 22 at Empire.

AUG. 21: Mike Flanigin, “The Drifter,” playing most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 p.m. at the Continental Gallery.

AUG. 21: Bellfuries, “Workingman’s Bellfuries” (Hi-Style).

AUG. 28: David Ramirez, “Fables” (Thirty Tigers), release show Aug. 27 at Cactus Cafe.

AUG. 29: David Pulkingham, “Little Pearl,” release show Aug. 29 at Strange Brew.

SEPT. 1: These Fine Moments, “Patience,” release show Sept. 6 at One-2-One Bar.

SEPT. 4: Nightowls, “Fame Sessions” (Super Sonic Sounds).

SEPT. 11: Gary Clark Jr., “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim” (Warner Bros.).

SEPT. 18: Charlie Belle, “I Don’t Want to Be Alone” EP.

SEPT. 25: Patty Griffin, “Servant of Love” (via Thirty Tigers), playing Sept. 23 at Paramount Theatre.

OCT. 2: Wild Child, “Fools” (Dualtone).

OCT. 2: Moving Panoramas, “One” (Modern Outsider).

Are you an Austin-area act with a new record coming out? Let us know at musicsource@statesman.com.


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