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).