Last week your columnist had the pleasure of trekking to Dallas (bleh!) and dropping by Bass Propulsion Laboratories, home of exceptional producers Todd and Toby Pipes (John Price, Hi-Fi Drowning, Collin Herring), where Locke is putting the finishing touches on his band’s still-unnamed full-length, due out this spring. With adventurous washes of sound and beats that Locke calls “crisco” (as in “country” and “disco”), the new Calhoun sound had the singer-songwriter a little worried about whether he could easily reproduce the music in a live setting. The answer: Let’s just say there’s a whole lotta rehearsin’ goin’ on. For Calhoun’s show Saturday at the Aardvark (2905 W. Berry St., 817-926-7814), pray you get a sample of what may be the best guitar-based rock record to come out of the Metroplex, in, well, eons. (I shit you not.) With Johnny Goudie, Rebecca Creek, and JJ & The Rogues.
… Congratulations to former Fort Worth resident Delbert McClinton who picked up a Grammy last week for Contemporary Blues Album of the year, Cost of Living. In a genre that most musicians approach as a precious museum artifact that is beyond dusting up and polishing, McClinton proves that with a touch of country, a soupçon of rock, and a whole lot of indefinable and unique personality, the blues can still retain its sonic DNA and do what it’s supposed to – provide a serious catharsis for listeners (while maybe inspiring them to shake their booties).
… While we’re on the subject of home-grown heroes, allow HearSay to cut really close to the heart and tell y’all about a c.d. release show happening Friday at MacHenry’s (7618 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-377-0202). Country-ish singer-songwriter Jeff Prince – fellow Weekly employee, Cubicleland neighbor, and all-around nice guy – is celebrating his recent full-length, Hey, Love! (reviewed in this paper, Jan. 4, 2006). With a big, powerful voice and fleet fingers, Prince could easily, as they say, quit his day job. Note: Contrary to what the club has been saying, there is no cover charge. … Speaking of c.d. release shows this Friday, if your tastes run more toward groovy-glammy-and-punk-ish indie rock, do not miss the cut*off at the Wreck Room (3208 W. 7th St., 817-348-8303). Talk about kick-ass records: The band’s Rorschach e.p. is phenomenal. Visit www.myspace.com/thecutoff.
… Back on its old location on Throckmorton Street, the Black Dog Tavern made its name as the place to be on Sunday nights, when the club hosted a jazz jam. Now in its new location near the Cultural District (2933 Crockett St., 817-322-8190), the Dog will continue showcasing free-swingin’ jazz on the Lord’s Day, but the first Sunday of every month, from 4 to 7:30 p.m, will belong to the Jazz Monsters, a bona fide big-band jazz orchestra in the likeness of Duke Ellington’s and Benny Goodman’s. Where the hell they’re gonna set up is another question. The show is free. Check out www.jazzmonsters.com.
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