Your New Music Monday picks for February 22 feature loud and rowdy locals, a youthful singer-songwriter and the man affectionately known as The Screaming Eagle of Soul:
While the title of Charles Bradley’s April 1 release Changes takes its name from the Black Sabbath cover Mr. Bradley dropped on an unsuspecting public last month, it also addresses the tumultuous past couple of years of Bradley’s life – most touchingly, the passing of his beloved mother, whom the album is dedicated to. With his third album, get ready for the unstoppable Screaming Eagle of Soul to swoop in and take you on another journey that’ll leave an indelible mark on your heart.
What Red River rivalry? Some of the best music coming down the pike these days is being made by our neighbors to the north, and Purcell, Oklahoma’s Parker Millsap has us convinced there’s definitely something in the water up there. The Very Last Day, the much-anticipated follow up to his acclaimed eponymous release from 2014, lands March 25, via Okrahoma Records/Thirty Tigers. Millsap also makes his mighty return to The Kessler on April 9.
Cowtown’s beloved Quaker City Night Hawks dish up distorted, down ‘n’ dirty blues riffs like nobody’s business. And if you’re looking for further evidence that they’re movin’ on up in the world, they just signed on with Nashville-based Lightning Rod Records and they’re opening up for the Grammy-winning Chris Stapleton in Lubbock this Friday. Meanwhile, Lola’s in Fort Worth hosts them tomorrow night and you can dig on “Good Evening,” the teaser track from El Astronauta. Official lift-off/release date: May 20.
2015 was a year weighty with loss for Dallas’ very own gospel-garage kings The Relatives, what with the passing of both the Rev. Gean West and Tony Corbitt. “Can’t Feel Nothin’” is one of the last recordings to showcase the heart-stopping one-two punch of Rev. West’s vocals, and the April 15 release of Goodbye World keeps the band’s glory and spirit intact. The surviving band members play Fred’s Texas Café in Fort Worth on March 4, along with Bobby Patterson and Wanda King.