On The Record: Matt Hubbard, Cory Williams


Matt Hubbard, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” Hubbard, a keyboardist whose trio plays most Wednesdays at South Congress nightclub C-Boy’s, recorded most of these songs in his home studio for a lovely purpose. “My dad was sick in the hospital earlier this year and asked me to record some songs that I play at my hometown church in Michigan,” Hubbard explains. Bassist Brad Houser (with whom Hubbard plays occasionally in Edie Brickell & New Bohemians) and ace Austin drummer Chris Searles accompany him on seven public-domain tunes, with additional contributions from guitarists Adam Ahrens and Josh Perdue. It’s as charming and unassuming a record as its motive might suggest; there’s no pretense here, as Hubbard’s understated vocal delivery and relatively minimal arrangements let the songs shine. At the end is a ringer of a bonus track: “Lift Me Up,” a Hubbard original that fits well within the record’s theme, was recorded in 2003 at Willie Nelson’s studio in Spicewood and features a chorus of backing vocalists that includes Willie himself. Playing every Wednesday in October at C-Boy’s. Here’s the title track:

Cory Williams, “What’s the Going Rate” EP. The follow-up to Williams’ 2015 sophomore album “Lean Against The Moon” features four well-produced songs that display his talent for emotionally charged folk-rock songcraft. Release show Oct. 28 at Saxon Pub. Here’s a live version of the opening track, “Lover”:


  • NOV. 1: Brian Pounds, “Southern Writer,” release show Nov. 16 at Cactus Cafe.
  • NOV. 3: Drew Kennedy, “At Home in the Big Lonesome,” playing Dec. 12 at Gruene Hall.
  • NOV. 9: Poly Action, “Baby’s First Rock N’ Roll,” release show Nov. 9 at Hotel Vegas.
  • NOV. 17: Reveleros, self-titled, release show Nov. 17 at Good Shepherd on the Hill.
  • NOV. 18: Texas K.G.B., “Welcome Home,” release show Nov. 18 at Mohawk indoor.
  • NOV. 22: Strahan & the Good Neighbors, “Twilight Drifter,” release show Nov. 22 at ABGB.
  • NOV. 24: Sour Notes, “Darkest Sour,” release show Nov. 24 at Hotel Vegas.

READ MORE: Check out recent Austin360 On The Record roundups

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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