The revelry ran high and the grooves dug deep Friday night at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, where longtime local band the Greyhounds put the spotlight on songs from their upcoming Ardent Records album “Change of Pace.”
This was intended to be a record-release show, but the album got pushed back to an April 29 release date late in the game. That didn’t seem to matter to the crowd packed in to the small C-Boy’s space. And when we say space, we’re including the guy in the spaceman suit who attracted attention through the band’s set — sometimes onstage with band leaders Anthony Farrell and Andrew Trube, sometimes wandering amid the clubgoers with high-fives and lowdown moves.
Also in the audience was one conspicuously well-dressed soul sensation. Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges, who’d played a private show connected to the PGA tournament in town this week earlier in the evening at ACL Live, stopped in to see the Greyhounds at the club where he made his auspicious Austin debut 14 months ago. Bridges seemed to be enjoying the music as much as anyone, if not more so; he acknowledged later that he loved the band.
Opening the show was pianist and singer Emily Gimble, who announced earlier this week that she has left Asleep at the Wheel to pursue a solo career. The double bill was a brilliant pairing, not only because Farrell and Gimble are two of the city’s very best singers, but also because Gimble has been working on a debut solo record with Trube. It’s tentatively set for a May release.
The Greyhounds are back in action at C-Boy’s Saturday night, this time with blues standbys the Moeller Brothers opening.