Delbert & Glen – Blind, Crippled, & Crazy
Delbert McClinton & Glen Clark first recorded together over 40 years ago when they released two albums in the early 70′s under the “Delbert & Glen” name. This release falls in line with most of Delbert’s catalogue as a sort of country/blues/honky-tonk hybrid.
Statesboro Revue – Ramble on Privilege Creek
The southern swagger of Statesboro Revue is fueled by brothers Stuart (lead vocals) and Garrett (lead guitar). The fact that band has a brotherly backbone only deepens the already obvious comparisons to Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes. This is solid southern flavored country-rock.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Dark & Dirty Mile
Jason Boland has become synonymous with the Red Dirt music scene over the last decade. As such, they’ve always been a little “too Texas” for my tastes… even though the band formed in Oklahoma. This new release, however, owes more to Merle and Waylon than anything coming out of Texas today. The album was produced by Shooter Jennings.
Mando Saenz – Studebaker
This is Mando’s first record since 2008′s Bucket and the first album the Texas raised songwriter has recorded in Nashville. Being in Nashville gave him access to guest performers such as Kenny Vaughan, Bobby Bare Jr., and Kim Richey. Richey provides backing vocals throughout the set. I could see this one ending up on my yearly Top 10 list. Mando is scheduled for The Blue Plate Special August 13 with Mandolin Orange.
Carper Family – Old Fashioned Gal
The trio from Austin has made quite an impression in their short time together, with their previous record being named Country Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards. Their new album is appropriately named Old Fashioned Gal. It seems to fit the band and the sound. The Carper Family is on the Blue Plate Special this Thursday, 6/20.
Bonnie Whitmore – There I Go Again
When Bonnie visited the station last week for Tennessee Shines, she told me her new record drew inspiration from sources as diverse as The Dixie Chicks and early Shelby Lynne. The album heavily features Bonnie’s sister and brother in law Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson of The Mastersons (Chris produced the record), and contains many of the same hooks that made their 2012 album so memorable.