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.
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 https://1drv.ms/f/s!AoewFKtAiPczkXLbIAKhc0z8uGaW. Great stuff from an Austin original!
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.
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.
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.