Guitar slinger and songwriter Doyle Bramhall II just released Rich Man, his first album of original work in a while. Nice to see Doyle find some time for writing and recording. Most of the time his work time is soaked up with stuff like, say, trading licks with folks like Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks. Attaboy, Junior!

Austin’s Paul Cauthen has just released his first album My Gospel, chock full of hellfire and brimstone!

Leonard Cohen, the doctor of dark irony, piles it on with You Want It Darker, released October 21st. We might have hoped that a star this bright would have found a little more optimism by the age of eighty-two, but no such luck. More beautiful angst from Mr. Cohen.

Mr. Keen will release a sequel to his legendary live record of a couple decades back, No. 2 Live Dinner. Recorded at another legend, John T. Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas, just like the first one. This time he is accompanied by Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Bruce Robison and others.

On September 9th, Giulia Millanta will release Moonbeam Parade, her fifth solo album of original work. She is helped out by Austin friends David Pulkingham,  Michael Fracasso, Charlie Sexton, Howie Gelb, and Kimmie and Gabriel Rhodes.

This talented native of Florence, Italy moved to Austin in 2012, and her work is steady and real. We recently caught her performing with Fracasso and the great Noelle Hampton at the Saxon Pub.

On September 2nd, preeminent Austin bluesman Johnny Nicholas will release Fresh Air, a collection of new work and covers, recorded with fellow Saxon Pub regulars and Austin Songwriter favorites Scrappy Jud Newcomb and Bruce Hughes. Old pal Cindy Cashdollar helps out on dobro. For a taste, check out!AoewFKtAiPczkXLbIAKhc0z8uGaW. Great stuff from an Austin original!



Ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro just released Nashville Sessions, described by some as a fusion rock jazz trio jam, and a step forward for the young Hawaiian. A different approach and sound that Austin’s own ukulele virtuoso, ShinyRibs, but interesting and serious fun.




Kris Kristofferson has just released The Cedar Creek Sessions, a double album recorded in Austin, which provides a new look back at much of his timeless catalog. Gorgeous stuff from a real legend.

Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue has just released Poppy Toppy Gone, another rocking and bopping journey from a member of the Tailgators and one of the original LeRoi Brothers. Check it out!

One of our favorite minds belongs to Beaver Nelson, and we’ve been missing the places he used to take us. Beaver is back with a new record, Positive, out in August. Produced by renaissance man Scrappy Jud Newcomb, it will feature both new and old stuff. We can’t wait!

Jack Ingram will release Midnight Motel in late August. By all accounts, this may be his best work in years.

Bonnie Bishop just released Ain’t Who I Was, a soul-infused album produced by the very busy Dave Cobb. Great stuff!

Darrell Scott has just released “Couchville Sessions”, a collection of gems recorded in his living room in the early 2000’s. Vintage stuff from the Cumberland Plateau.

For all of us wishin’ for some more Miles Zuniga, he is working on The Help Machine, to be released before the end of 2016. In the meantime, catch him most Sunday evenings, with the rest of The Resentments, at the Saxon Pub.


Mary Chapin Carpenter has released The Things That We Are Made Of, her fourteenth album. Produced by the omniscient Dave Cobb, a stripped down and gorgeous take on Carpenter’s strong work.

We just caught the slidemaster outdoors at Guero’s Taco Bar on a beautiful spring evening. Heartening to see Jeff Plankenhorn singing mostly his own stuff off the recently released SoulSlide. Jeff has been a stellar guitarist and good citizen for a good long time. Now he is an accomplished songwriter as well.

Will T. Massey has recently released a new collection of original work, The Weathering. More fine wisdom from a delicate heart.

Michael Fracasso has just released Here Come the Savages, another lovely journey into a very full heart.

A new record by Sam Baker is a rare and fine event. On May 6th, Sam will release A Night at the Folly, a live performance recorded at the listening room of the gastropub and listening room in Greenwich Village. Strange Brew Lounge Side in south Austin will host a celebration that night at 8:00 p.m.

Slidemaster Jeff Plankenhorn just released SoulSlide, featuring Jeff, his guitar and voice, and his many talented friends, including Ruthie Foster and Malford Milligan. Buy it here.

On April 8, Hayes Carll will release “Lovers and Leavers“. Produced by Joe Henry, expect a stripped down approach to new songs from a quality Texas songwriter. Maybe a little less wit than usual, and a little more hard truth.