You may know Tim Locke from such memorable bands as Blue Sky Black, the Grand Street Cryers, and Coma Rally. Yet other than by his aching, straight-to-the-heart voice and distinct sense of vocal melody, you probably wouldn’t recognize his new stuff with his other other band, Calhoun – think indie-pop-rock-retro-synth-dance-Americana (or something).

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).

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