Austin360 On The Record: Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Will Johnson

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OUT THIS WEEK

Patty Griffin, “Servant of Love” (PGM/Thirty Tigers). Griffin’s 10th album was recorded in Austin with an almost entirely local cast. Check out our feature story from Tuesday’s American-Statesman for more. Here’s the track “Rider of Days”:

ShawnColvinAlbumCoverShawn Colvin, “Uncovered” (Fantasy). It might also be called “Recovered,” as this collection of interpretations revisits the notion of Colvin’s 1994 disc “Cover Girl,” her second highest-charting album. Steuart Smith returns as producer on a remarkably spare and low-key set; when guest vocalist David Crosby chimes in on Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 pop smash “Baker Street,” it’s a very subtle touch, not a trumpeted cameo. Staying home to record at Arlyn Studios, Colvin brought in local musicians including keyboardist David Byle, bassist Glenn Fukunaga and percussionist Mike Meadows. They mostly stay back and let Colvin’s distinctive vocal presence and rhythmic guitar playing set the tone on songs ranging from Paul Simon’s 1970s classic “American Tune” to the early ’90s Crowded House hit “Private Universe.” Especially poignant is the six-minute “Acadian Driftwood,” a Robbie Robertson gem from the latter end of his days with The Band. Here’s her version of John Fogerty’s “Lodi” from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Green River” album:

WillJohnsonAlbumCoverWill Johnson, “Swan City Vampires” (Undertow). Known for his long tenure in the recently disbanded Centro-Matic, and more recently in the Monsters of Folk indie supercollective, Johnson also has released several records under his own name. This isn’t typical solo singer-songwriter stuff: Johnson makes it clear from the two-minute opening instrumental “Paradise, Basically” that he’s bent on overlaying beauty with damage. The common thread is emotionalism, whether he’s singing in hushed tones on “You Vs. Off the Cuff” or layering distorted electric guitar  over a steady bed of piano on “Nameless, But a Lover.” One might expect the instrumental titled “It’s a Pretty F—-d Skyline Now” (a hometown lament?) to be the most turbulent track, but in fact it’s two minutes of gentle acoustic meditation. In-store Sept. 25 at Waterloo Records. Here’s the track “(Made Us Feel Like) Kings”:

Ariel Abshire, “Unresolved” (Learning to Share). Follow-up to the pop singer-songwriter’s 2011 album “Exclamation Love.” Release show Oct. 3 at Threadgill’s South, in-store Oct. 21 at Waterloo Records. Here’s the title track:

 

  • Also check out our 360 Mixtape, with Deborah Sengupta Stith and Eric Webb looking at the latest non-local releases.

COMING SOON

OCT. 2: Wild Child, “Fools” (Dualtone), playing Nov. 28 at Stubb’s.

OCT. 2: Mike & the Moonpies, “Mockingbird” (Smith), release show Oct. 15 at White Horse, in-store Oct. 18 at Waterloo Records.

OCT. 2: Dawn & Hawkes, “Yours and Mine,” release show Oct. 2 at One World Theatre.

OCT. 2: Moving Panoramas, “One” (Modern Outsider), release show Sept. 26 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.

OCT. 2: Kinky Friedman, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met” (Avenue A/Thirty Tigers), in-store Nov. 12 at Waterloo Records.

OCT. 9: Israel Nash, “Silver Season” (Loose/Thirty Tigers), playing Nov. 12 at Stubb’s Jr.

OCT. 9: Mother Falcon, “Good Luck Have Fun” (Universal Music Classics), playing Aug. 21 at North Door.

OCT. 16: Sweet Spirit, “Cokomo” (Nine Mile), playing Oct. 2 at Sidewinder.

OCT. 16: Ashley Monical, “Facing the Shadow” (Firecat), release show Oct. 17 at Saxon Pub.

OCT. 16: Oh Hellos, “Dear Wormwood,” playing Nov. 21 at Stubb’s Jr.

OCT. 23: “Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins,” tribute album featuring tracks from many Austin artists including James McMurtry, Shinyribs, Sunny Sweeney, Jon Dee Graham and Gurf Morlix. Release show Oct. 19 at Waterloo Records.

OCT. 23: John Wesley Coleman III, “Greatest Hits” (Super Secret).

OCT. 23: Kyle Park, “The Blue Roof Sessions” (Thirty Tigers).

OCT. 25: Van Wilks, “21st Century Blues,” in-store Oct. 25 at Waterloo Records.

OCT. 30: Grupo Fantasma, “Problemas” (Blue Corn), release show Oct. 30 at Mohawk.

LATE OCTOBER: Big Cat, self-titled (Mark One), new local supergroup featuring Malford Milligan, Roscoe Beck, Dave Sebree, Les Fisher and Stefano Intelisano. Playing Oct. 2 at Continental Club.

JANUARY 2016: Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages.”

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


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