Austin360 On The Record: Johnny Nicholas, White Label Analog

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Johnny Nicholas, “Fresh Air.” A classic country bluesman originally from the Northeast who’s lived in the Hill Country for decades, Nicholas is a fixture at the Saxon Pub with his long-running Wednesday residency. On “Fresh Air,” he digs deep into the sweltering sounds of the South on 11 original tunes plus two covers from blues legends Willie Dixon and Sleepy John Estes. Working with producer and bassist Bruce Hughes at Austin’s Arlyn Studios, Nicholas puts his rich tenor vocal stamp atop the soulful grooves of an ace local cast that includes guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb, drummer John Chipman and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar. Release show Sept. 10 at Saxon Pub, in-store Sept. 13 at Waterloo Records. Here’s a live version of the title track, from the Saxon:

White Label Analog, “In Case You Just Tuned In.” The full-length debut from this indie-rock fivesome, following a 2015 EP, is full of smart, sharp and danceable pop-rock, cleanly captured by renowned engineer Mark Needham. Release show Sept. 2 at Stubb’s. Here’s the track “Echoes”:

COMING SOON

SEPT. 9: Adam Torres, “Pearls to Swine” (Fat Possum), release show Sept. 10 at Cactus Cafe.
SEPT. 9: Giulia Millanta, “Moonbeam Parade” (Ugly Cat), playing Oct. 21 at Strange Brew.
SEPT. 9: Blue Healer, self-titled, playing Oct. 8 at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
SEPT. 9: Texas Never Whispers, “The Further I Go West” EP, release show Sept. 10 at Hotel Vegas.
SEPT. 12: Flyin’ A’s, “You Drive Me Crazy,” release show Sept. 18 at Strange Brew.
SEPT. 13: Keeper, “Corners” EP, playing Oct. 7 at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
SEPT. 16: Willie Nelson, “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price” (Legacy), playing Oct. 9 at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
SEPT. 16: Meat Loaf, “Braver Than We Are” (429).
SEPT. 16: Jesse Dayton, “The Revealer” (Blue Elan), playing Nov. 4 at Antone’s.
SEPT. 16: East Cameron Folkcore, “Better Off,” release show Sept. 24 at Empire.
SEPT. 16: Elijah Ford & the Bloom, “As You Were” (Nine Mile).
SEPT. 16: Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, “Scumbags of the Rodeo,” release show Sept. 16 at ABGB.
SEPT. 16: Golden Bear, “Dimensional Place” (C-Side).
SEPT. 16: Jackie Venson, “Live,” release show Sept. 18 at Antone’s.
SEPT. 17: Henry & the Invisibles, title TBA, release show Sept. 17 at Empire.
SEPT. 23: Katie Shore, “Fall Away,” release show Sept. 22 at Continental Club.
SEPT. 23: Reckless Kelly, “Sunset Motel” (Thirty Tigers).
SEPT. 23: Ruby & the Reckless, “In My Head.”
SEPT. 23: Tele Novella, “House of Souls” (Yellow Year).
SEPT. 23: The Sword, “Low Country” (Razor & Tie), acoustic counterpart to last year’s “High Country”; playing Emo’s Oct. 14.
SEPT. 23: Tameca Jones, self-titled EP.
SEPT. 23: Gary Clark Jr., “Take Me Back” single, from soundtrack to “Deepwater Horizon” film.
SEPT. 30: Survive, “RR7349” (Relapse), release show Sept. 30 at Barracuda.
OCT. 1: Jon Dee Graham, “Knoxville Skyline.”
OCT. 3: Sophia Johnson, “One Year.”
OCT. 7: Eric Johnson, “EJ” (Provogue).
OCT. 7: Terri Hendrix, “The Slaughterhouse Sessions” (Wilory).
OCT. 7: Jamestown Revival, “The Education of a Wandering Man” (Republic), playing Nov. 4 at Emo’s.
OCT. 7: Thor & Friends, self-titled (LM Duplication), playing Sept. 10 at Cactus Cafe.
OCT. 14: Tinnarose, “My Pleasure Has Returned” (Nine Mile), release show Oct. 14 at Barracuda.
OCT. 21: “Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll” (Eight 30), with Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, Slaid Cleaves, Band of Heathens, Jamie Wilson and more.
OCT. 28: Bonnie Whitmore, “F— With Sad Girls,” pre-release show Sept. 29 at Continental Club.
FALL: Croy & the Boys, title TBA.


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