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Released this week
Lukas Nelson & Promise of reality, “A few stars apart” (Fantasy). Now 32, Willie Nelson’s second youngest child (brother Micah is about a year behind him) has been recording for more than a decade with his band Promise of the Real. The 2017 self-titled album and 2019’s “Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)” were both creative and commercial breakthroughs, making forays into the country charts and winning the band. an appearance in 2018 on the TV show “Austin City Limits”. Much of the group’s draw has been its versatility; their music draws on rock & roll energy, jam band rhythms, old school soul and folk ballad as well as the deep country roots of the Nelson family tree.
As such, “A Few Stars Apart” largely finds Lukas digging into those roots. It’s the closest thing to a pure country record he has done to date, probably in part because he spent much of the pandemic with his family at his father’s ranch in the West Austin. Lukas spent much of his youth there and in Hawaii, before forming Promise of the Real in Los Angeles. A Texas hillside vibe permeates such tracks as the opening waltz “We’ll Be Alright”, the sweet soul “Giving You Away” and the love ballad “Hand Me a Light” (which features the co- author Rina Ford on duet vocals).
Working with ace producer Dave Cobb at historic RCA Studio A in Nashville, Lukas and his band mates – multi-instrumentalist Logan Metz, bassist Corey McCormick, drummer Anthony LoGerfo and percussionist Tato Melgar – opted for a sound richly organic that gives the impression of having been recorded in analog. tape, because it was. They push the limits less on “A Few Stars Apart” than to settle into a deeply comfortable groove.
The band picks up the pace on several tracks, including the debut single “Perennial Bloom (Back to You)” and the instantly catchy “Wildest Dreams”, which bills itself as a classic Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers track that culminates in a chorus in prey with internal rhymes: “Yes, I remember your dress, and I remember the sunset and all the other memories you gave me, trying to save me.” A striking counterpart is the exquisite title song centered on piano and organ, written for a deceased friend to whom the album is dedicated.
Like his father, Lukas has spent most of his life on the road (again) – but with “A Few Stars Apart” he seems to draw his strength from another of his father’s best songs, “Still is Still Moving to Me “. During the pandemic, “I was forced to watch all the turmoil I had created by being away and not sitting with myself for years and years,” Lukes writes in the accompanying press biography. ‘album. “I think I finally decided not to run away from who I am and who I am meant to be. He is above all a songwriter.
Signature of the album in store on June 11 at noon at Waterloo Records; play June 26 at Antone’s. Here is the video for “Perennial Bloom (Back to You)”:
Choctaw Wildfire, “Uh-Huh.” The latest news from singer-songwriter Charlie Pierce’s group often explores socio-political territory. The sweet piano hymn “Survive” takes politics from a personal point of view: “I’m just trying to find the light, to carry myself through these difficult times. Pierce specifies in the video of the “Dingleberry Pie” tinged with jazz by NOLA that it was a kiss to Donald Trump. On “Trouble”, threatening horns accentuate a plunge into the darkest depths of the human condition. Release show on June 11 at Sagebrush. Here is the video of the lyrics for “Trouble”:
Recently released EPs
Jade Bird, “RCA Studio A.“Released in April, this three-song teaser for a full album coming in August from the recent Austin transplant begins with a beautiful acoustic cover of Radiohead’s “Black Star” performed as a duet with guitarist Luke Prosser (nodding to the duet version Gillian Welch and David Rawlings made years ago). Bird also tackles the Bee Gees classic “To Love Somebody” before concluding with a solo-piano rendition of “Something American”, the title track from his 2017 debut EP. Recording of the TV show “Austin City Limits” on June 14 (will be broadcast live on the ACL-TV website). Here is the studio video for “Black Star”:
Timothy yells, “The rubble”. Released in May, the six-song set is the debut solo from Tim Lopez, a member of Grammy-nominated Chicago rockers The Plain White T’s who recently moved to Austin. Lopez mixes rockers such as the angular “Lightning From the Blue Sky” and the dynamic “We Love and Do It Well” with more contemplative tracks such as the title track on acoustic guitar and the piano ballad “Fire”, which features harmonies from the independent duo Lucius. Lopez worked with producers Adrian Quesada (of Black Pumas) and Sam Kearney on the EP, with mixes from Jim Eno of Spoon. Release show on June 13 at 3Ten. Here is the track “Lightning From the Blue Sky”:
Anastasia Hera, “It’s Anastasia.” Working with producer-songwriter Ty on da Track, Austin-born Hera mixes elements of hip-hop, soul, jazz, pop, R&B and more on this six-song set released in May. Here’s the opening track, “Ceiling”:
JUNE 15: Magna Carda, “To good people”
JUNE 18: Sam Pace and the Golden Grit, eponymous, released June 18 at Central Machine Works
JUNE 18: Leslie Beia, “Wallflower”, released on June 19 at the Far Out Lounge
JULY 2ND Mr. Linge, “Stay calm”
JULY 9TH : Flatlanders, “Treasure of love” (Thirty Tigers)
JULY 9TH : Pat Byrne, “Into the Light”, album launch show June 26 at the Saxon Pub
JULY 9TH : Giovanni Carnuccio III, “A Matter of Time”
JULY 16: Danilo, EP “All I Want”, released July 17th at Far Out Lounge
JULY 17: Tribute album to Roky Erickson, “May the circle remain intact” (Light in the attic)
JULY 17: Christine renner, EP “Coup de cœur”
JULY 23: Robert harrison, “Watch the child come back”
JULY 23: Molly burch, “Romantic images” (Captured tracks)
JULY 23: Dallas Terrier, eponym
JULY 30: Nobody’s daughter, eponymous (Lucky Hound)
AOT. 13: Jade bird, “Different types of light” (glass note)
AOT. 20: James mcmurtry, “Horses and Dogs” (New West)
AOT. 27: Shiny ribs, “Late Night TV Gold”
AOT. 27: Bob schneider, “In a bloody room with a sleeping tiger”
AOT. 27: Altin Sencalar, “Reconnected” (next level)
AOT. 27: Suzanne Santo, “Garage sale”
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