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Lights! Camera! Gilmore!

Jimmie Dale Gilmore is in no rush to get into the studio or on the road right now. Manager Mike Crowley says Gilmore is "just letting the holidays pass" before thinking about touring in February, a stint that includes a Valentine's show at the Texas Union Ballroom. That doesn't mean the singer's keeping silent, however. Gilmore has just landed his second role on the silver screen with a part in the Coen Brothers' next flick, Big Lebowski. No information at this time about who his co-stars will be (although isn't John Turturro required to be in all their films?), but if you hear Gilmore mentioned in the same breath as Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman, that might just mean he's gotten another part, alongside those two thespians in a movie called Wag the Dog. Says Crowley of JDG's acting career; "The music business sucks so bad now, it's good to have these other options to fall back on."

Toni! Tiny! Tune!

Toni Price is also "moving very quietly" on her upcoming album for Antone's/Discovery Records, says Discovery's Cary Baker, though Price has no plans to break into the movie biz. The local diva will be recording a live album in January in the town of Alpine, Texas (trust me, it's a big college town -- well, at least they have a college). Baker describes the album-to-be as having "a bit of an acoustic touch, but not totally unplugged," and says tentative plans call for it to be issued in late spring or early summer. Actually, he admits that's just a guess, and that the producer and band selection have yet to be decided. Apparently, they're sure about wanting to do it in Alpine, though.

As long as we're on the subject, the next big day in the Discovery/Antone's pact is coming up in just a couple of weeks. January 14 marks the release of three new albums from the label(s) as well as the first wave of Discovery's reissues from the Antone's back catalog. In stores on that day will be Snooky Pryor's Mind Your Own Business, Miss Lavelle White's It Haven't Been Easy, and Boozoo Chavis' Hey Do Right! (all new), along with the reissues of Doyle Bramhall's Bird Nest on the Ground, Sue Foley's Without a Warning, Steve James' Two Track Mind, Teddy Morgan & the Sevilles' Ridin' in Style, Matt "Guitar" Watson's Way Down South, and Kim Wilson's That's Life. Further reissues will continue through April at the rate of six or seven a month.

Post-Christmas Candye Kane

The season is always merry with Candye Kane -- or at least this one is. Kane has just finished recording with her band in San Diego and is headed for Austin right after the New Year to finish the tracks for her third Antone's album. Along for the ride is the singer's right-hand woman and piano-pounder, Sue Palmer, and Toni Price, who'll be adding vocals to the mix of an album Kane hopes will compare more to her first for the label, Home Cookin'. Look for a few local appearances from the big, uh, big-hearted (yeah, that's it) beltin' beauty.

Train Comin' 'Round the Bend

Wayne "The Train" Hancock is chugging right along these days and will be around the homefront more the next couple of months after heavy touring. At a recent gig at Nashville's Exit Inn, Pete Anderson of Dwight Yoakam's band showed up and stayed not only the whole set, but for two hours after, talking to Hancock. On New Year's, Hancock and his band will be broadcast live on Garrison Keillor's NPR radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, in Dallas (last year, the nod went to John Prine). Meanwhile, as Thunderstorms and Neon Signs continues to sell, Hancock is talking to labels such as Rounder, Hightone, and Sugar Hill about making an album for one of them next year.

One Strings, the Other Doesn't

Ian Moore has been cutting demos with the Groove Line Horns, the four young brasses (Raul Vallejo, Carlos Sosa, Fernando Castillo, and Steve Ramos) who've been causing a stir backing up the Ugly Americans, Atlantic Soul Revue, and others. Between his work with the Horns and his String Thang (featuring the Will Taylor String Section), some have been wondering if he's tired of his old band. "He's still very much with them," says manager Jan Mirkin, adding that the regular band will be getting to work on new material for Capricorn. Don't look for the home video, Bootleg '96, to be coming from Moore's label, however; Mirkin says the only way you can currently get the 85-minute video -- featuring four otherwise unavailable songs (including Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry") -- is through her. Just call 472-1818.

Our Ears Are Burning

Here's some comments about Austin acts culled from the pages of various newsweeklies around the country: "Take a New Orleans brass band, stir in a little Miles Davis and maybe a little Prince Buster, add vocals that refer to Cab Calloway and Tom Waits alike, and you get something like the King Valentine Octet" (Tuscon Weekly)...

"[Eric] Johnson is quite the perfectionist when it comes to recordings, but live, he takes on a less tense persona. Which lends to the fact that he didn't really play tons of his recorded material on the evening, rather preferring new material to cut his chops on, or some covers that would prove to be some of his finest moments... Johnson is one of the most important guitarists that will take us into the next century" (Northeast Ohio Scene)...

"The finest young honky-tonk prospect to come down the highway since Dwight Yoakam, trucker's friend Dale Watson knocks out rousing roadhouse rockers and glass-emptying weepers with the swaggering soul of a tattooed Johnny Horton" (Toronto Now).

Mixed Notes

Merry Christmas and a flappy blue ear, as Jimmy Raycroft of the Dishes used to say. Here's your mixed notes for the holidays: Been wondering what Dale Watson was up to? Well, as of January 18, he's about to get started on his next album. Watson's manager Mike Crowley says that "Dale's got a bunch of new songs, and now he's ready to start recording 'em"...

I'm probably not the only one who thought that the Motards going to Japan was nothing more than an elaborate hoax. It's something that everybody's heard about, but no one can really prove exists -- you know, like the space program, crop circles, and adult diapers. Brent Comiskey at Thora-Zine was kind enough to provide photographic evidence, however. Yep, there's the Motards, and there's the Japanese kids. Case closed...

South By Southwest has just handed me the first of many press releases to come, this one with the names of the "First Batch of Confirmed Panelists," and with names like Bill Bentley, manager Tim Collins (remember that whole Aerosmith thang -- are they/aren't they clean?), Sub Pop producing legend Jack Endino, remaining Heads: Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison, as well as Robin Holcomb, they may actually get some of those smokers and cell-phone users in off the balconies. And remember the mantra about all SXSW info: Everything is "subject to change"...

First you got your Shoulders back, and now you can't get away from these guys; look for Run Devil Run, a new outfit featuring Chris Black and Todd Kassens from the aforementioned Shoulders, plus a couple of other familiar faces...

This one comes from Wammo after seeing the printed version of a piece he wrote for Billboard: "So, what do you writers do to keep from getting edited?" The answer, Grasshopper (as Hunter Darby also recently learned), is that there is no answer...

Swing Night moves to the Continental Club on Thursdays starting January 2. The dance classes, formerly held at the Split Rail, will be led by "Best of Austin" winner Matt "The Cat" Jones, who has also announced classes for the Lindy Hop at the Black Cat on Mondays, starting December 30...

Is another Go-Gos reunion around the corner? Former Austinite Kathy Valentine's current band the Delphines now includes another ex-Go-Go, Gina Schock. That act has added several songs to a previously released EP and now has a (half) new album out...

Reprise Records' Bill Bentley sent along a tape of the new dance remix of "A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada," wherein the Texas Tornados end up in territory somewhere between "Jellybean" Benitez and Giorgio Moroder. The mix even includes singer Doug Sahm shamelessly exhorting the listener to "Git-git-git, Git Daown!" Appropriately enough, Bentley's note accompanying the tape read simply "I wasn't shitting y'all"...

Daddy Longhead "has a new drummer -- or at least we don't have our old one," says Longhead daddy Jeff Pinkus. The current (and possibly permanent) drummer with the group now is Pain Teens veteran Frank Garymartin...

Another Quote of the Week: Jim Ellinger, describing the change from ACTV (Austin Community Television) to ACAC (Austin Community Access Center): "You know the sound the Martians make in Mars Attacks? That's our new name!"

-- Contributors: Raoul Hernandez, Andy Langer, Margaret Moser

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