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One World or Two '97

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Blue Grass, Blue Waters

Speaking of festivals, the weather did its best to dissuade people from attending the Old Settlers Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival last weekend, but while organizer John Aengus admits that the event lost "a substantial sum" due to downpours that forced Friday's shows into La Zona Rosa because the stage and sound system in Round Rock were under water, he deems the weekend an "artistic success." Some might quibble with that statement, in part due to resultant sound problems on both days (leading people to shout "Turn it up!" to Alison Krauss at La Zona on Friday and "Too loud!" to Iris DeMent on Saturday in Round Rock), along with last minute scheduling changes and Don Walser's conspicuous absence, but Aengus counters this with tales of visitors overwhelmed by the top-flight talent and offers an optimistic quote from attendee Jody Denberg, who declared, "You gotta do it next year -- a tradition has been born!" Aengus adds that "despite the rain, we tripled attendance from last year" and says La Zona was able to accommodate everyone who had bought advance tickets. He also notes that the fest made enough to pay its bills, but fundraiser concerts may be necessary to deal with flood-related expenses. Hey, that just means more music is on the way.

"G" Whizzes

This just in at the office: the advance of the G3 live album. The disc will hit stores on J3, er, I mean June 3, as will an accompanying video documenting highlights from four shows on the tour. The album is a 12-songer, featuring three cuts each from Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani -- plus their big group encore of Ten Years After, Frank Zappa, and Jimi Hendrix covers. A second G3 tour is set to start up in June. Meanwhile, Johnson has recorded some demos with his blues act Alien Love Child and embarks today on a tour of his own, which will include six to eight weeks on the road with the Steve Miller Band. Just make sure you're back by June, Eric or G3 will have to replace you with Slash, who by all accounts sucked big-time at the Back Room last Sunday.

Antone's Records Moves!

Well, the Antone's record label isn't going off to California or anything. And they're not planning to follow the Antone's nightclub around either. They're just looking for a better office, but you wouldn't have looked if the headline reflected that, now would you? Christie Warren, who now holds the position of operations manager at the label, says Antone's isn't looking to replace departed CEO Harry Friedman, and is instead concentrating on finding a good Marketing Director out in Los Angeles. On the way from Antone's are new albums from Candye Kane, Pete Mayes, and Angela Strehli, with negotiations in the works for material from Syl Johnson. Warren promises more "good things" from the label in 1997, but declines further comment until deals solidify. Just for extra confusion, their parent label, Discovery Records, has signed former Texan saxophonist Ron Brown (to Discovery, but not to Antone's), with his debut for the label coming out next week. Meanwhile, in the interest of providing some familiarity in a shifting Austin, the Antone's record store continues to boast the slogan "We're Not Movin'!" on their door.

Another Slice of Goudie

Whattaya know! Just like he said, Ron Goudie has managed to make a comeback following the collapse of his Sector 2 label. Needle Time is the name of his new, pared-down operation, and Mojo Nixon's Gadzooks! The Homemade Bootleg is label's first official release, with another Nixon album set to be recorded in September. Goudie says that Mumbleskinny's Hitch is the next disc due for pressing. Goudie also recently produced a new album for GWAR, who'll be in Austin on May 8 (as will that autograph party at Variety Comics I mistakenly said was this week), and says it looks like he may be directing the shock band's next long-form video. As to teaming Nixon and GWAR for a tour together, Goudie admits that would be "cool" but isn't likely to happen.

Mixed Notes

Randall Jamail at Justice Records confirms that the Cherokee Cowboys will indeed be backing Ray Price on his next album. That's Willie Nelson on acoustic guitar, Johnny Paycheck on bass, Jimmy Day on steel, and Johnny Bush behind the drums. (What? No Roy Head?) "We won't start working on it for six months or so," says Jamail, but all involved have made clear their interest and the project is just looking for a time when all are available...

Robbins Records, home to Meg Hentges, say that negotiations are under way to get Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne to produce Hentges' upcoming album. Schlesinger is currently touring with the Fountains and working with his other band Ivy, but hopefully, in a month he'll be working with Hentges on re-recording her local hit "This Kind of Love" for inclusion on the new disc. After that, it remains to be seen whether Schlesinger (who also wrote "That Thing You Do" for the Tom Hanks movie) will be available to produce the whole project...

The Phantom Creeps have a new video out for "Mad Beast Wiggle" directed by Bob Ray and featuring Buxf Parrot of Pretty Mouth and Toe of Pigpoke. That'll be running on CapZeyeZ and AMN...

Both the Adults and 7% Solution have tracks on the free CD that comes with the new issue of Pop Culture Press. Also on that are Redd Kross, Supersuckers, and of course Matthew Sweet...

Speaking of Sweet, there's no sign of Kris McKay on his new album (you know, the one that looks like a Yes record only the whole disc is shorter than an average Yes song; actually, the album sounds like Sweet got a Move box set for Christmas), but if you want a little taste of McKay (can I say that?), you need only wait until the end of May for the release of Inner Flame, a tribute album to former Giant Sand member Rainer Ptacek. The album, which will help pay for Ptacek's cancer treatments, is the brainchild of Sand-man Howe Gelb and features tracks by previous recipients of Sweet Relief Victoria Williams and Vic Chesnutt, along with Jonathan Richman, Evan Dando, the unlikely trio of Chris Whitley, Dave Pirner, and Warren Zevon, and the likely duo of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant...

Look for Charlie Sexton amid Speech, Clannad, Richie Havens, and Mickey Hart on the soundtrack to Warriors of Virtue, a film due to hit theatres in May. Sexton performs the John Hiatt-penned "Tennessee Plates"...

Look for local Ata-Glance Records to get a spotlight in U.S. News and World Report soon in a feature on businesses that were started via credit cards. The working title for the story is Generation Debt...

I ran across a report that Frente! lead singer Angie Hart and Jesse Tobias, formerly an Austinite and currently the guitarist for Alanis Morissette, got married recently at Barton Springs Gardens with a mariachi band playing. Now, don't go thinking that I'm opening the floodgate here for all your wedding and baby stories. The policy remains that you only get in here if both members of the couple are members of touring bands -- and you have to actually listen to the mariachi band and Alanis. Now there's a jagged little pill I don't expect anyone to swallow...

Glorium have a new CD, entitled Eclipse, coming out from Golden Hour on the April 15. The album is the local label's first CD release...

Look for Chris Duarte's Tailspin Headwhack the first week in July, assuming there's no delay in getting the samples cleared...

Here's a bit of an oddity that has turned up at Waterloo and Tower Records recently: a live recording of the Setters' (Alejandro Escovedo, Mike Hall, and Walter Salas-Humara) first show, Dark Ballad Trash, which was released on a German label. The performance came about only after convincing the folks behind the Berlin Independence Days that the Setters were indeed a band (the truth, of course, was that they had never performed together before)...

The Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Austin Fire Department are presenting an educational forum for club owners regarding Fire Safety and Load Cards on Monday at Town Lake Center, 1pm. Other interested parties are invited as well, but the occupancy limit of the Center will be strictly enforced...

Oops!: That release for the Pocket FishRmen's new Heroes of Modern Perversion CD (see "Texas Platters") is this Thursday -- as in tonight -- at Lovejoy's. So go already. The weather's nice.

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

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