Country Music Roundup: Willie sings with a president, Dierks releases a new album and Garth announces new Texas tours

Welcome back to the Country Music Roundup, a weekly blog where we’ll give you the latest news in country music releases and local country shows. For a more in-depth analysis of the genre and where it’s headed, check back with our weekly Gone Country blog every Thursday.

New Music This Week:

Dierks Bentley: “Black”

Dierks Bentley performs at iHeartRadio Country Festival at Erwin Center, Saturday, May 1, 2015. / Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Dierks Bentley performs at iHeartRadio Country Festival at Erwin Center, Saturday, May 1, 2015. / Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Bentley’s eighth studio album already boasts a No. 1 hit in “Somewhere on a Beach,” but hopefully the rest of the tracks are a bit more substantive. A music video series was released for the remaining singles, and most of the songs are available on iTunes already. From what I’ve heard so far, it sounds more like mature adult contemporary music than traditional country, but Bentley is one of the few contemporary artists who still abides by his own rules (mostly). I’m excited to hear the rest of the album when it drops on Friday.

Vince Gill and Chris Young: “Sober Saturday Night”

Quickly finding out that collaborations may be the way to success following “Think of You,” Young teams up with Vince Gill in this traditional country ballad about love lost. Gill’s easily identifiable voice is wasted here, though; the heavy production and Young’s baritone on the chorus is louder than anything Gill could say.

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: “Amazing Grace”

Former president Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn are now part of the Willie Nelson family following a surprise performance in Atlanta last Friday. The presidential couple joined Nelson and Kris Kristofferson on stage for the final verse of “Amazing Grace” during the Chasten Park show. This isn’t a single, but it’s a fun moment of live music. Catch Nelson and Kristofferson in a new PBS documentary about The Highwaymen and in a new box set covering live concerts.

 Country Music Shows:

This is a brief program interruption to let you know that Garth Brooks is playing San Antonio for the first time in 18 years in July. The ’90s hit behemoth will be performing at the AT&T Center July 22 and 23. Tickets go on sale June 3 at $75 a pop with an eight-ticket limit per purchase. If you go, maybe you can save money by bringing your own food to eat while you’re in San Antonio. Might we suggest breakfast tacos?

Tuesday

Texas Guitar Women at Antone’s. This all-women, all-star revue loomed as a less-frequent prospect when steel guitar ace Cindy Cashdollar moved to upstate New York last year, but she still visits from time to time, and on this occasion she’s joining forces again with Carolyn Wonderland and Shelley King for the first Texas Guitar Women show at the newly revived Home of the Blues. Bassist Sarah Brown and drummer Lisa Pankratz give the frontwomen about as solid a rhythm section as you could find in Austin. $15. 9:30 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St.antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Wednesday

Warren Hood plays a 6:30 p.m. happy-hour gig at ABGB.

Thursday

The Texas country prides of San Marcos and New Braunfels, respectively, Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen teamed up on an album last year and are following it with a live record due in June. Catch them together at Nutty Brown Amphitheater. — D.S.S.

Friday

-American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham of North Carolina supports his debut solo album “Rockingham” at Strange Brew. If you haven’t heard of them, you’re missing out— “Wolves” was one of my favorite albums from last year. Barham’s solo album should be equally impressive.

-Shinyribs shines on at Threadgill’s South with Chubby Knuckle Choir.

-A fathers-and-sons bill at the Townsend features Kevin & Dustin Welch plus Jon Dee & William Harries Graham. 

Saturday

Touring Americana artists Chris Knight and Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos play Threadgill’s South.

Sunday

Asleep at the Wheel at Broken Spoke. Though Asleep at the Wheel and the Broken Spoke are two of Austin’s longest-running traditional-music institutions, it’s not often that the kings of western swing play the iconic country dance hall these days. This one’s a special occasion, though: All proceed will go to Sherry Miller, the wife of bassist Dave Miller, who’s been battling cancer for more than a year. Local ringers Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert open the show with a piano-and-guitar duo set. $30. 7 p.m. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. brokenspokeaustintx.net. — P.B.

The Sahara Lounge hosts a Guy Clark Hoot at 3 p.m. to honor the Texas songwriter and raise money for an orphanage in Niamey, Niger. Performers include Ben Ballinger, Graham Weber and Josh Buckley, followed by a 6 p.m. show of traditional African music with with Ibrahim Aminou. — D.S.S.

Questions, comments, suggestions? Let me know on Twitter @jakeharris4 or by email: jharris@statesman.com. 


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