Paul Cauthen

Have Mercy EP (Lightning Rod Records)

Texas Platters

Paul Cauthen's 2016 solo debut, My Gospel, introduced the towering Texan's booming baritone, cutting between Waylon Jennings' rollicking power and Elvis Presley's trembling croon. New extended-play Have Mercy arrives as a necessary holdover, but not without evolution. First of seven new songs, "Everybody Walkin' This Land" summons Johnny Cash in a God-fearing anthem, yet with Texas Gentleman Beau Bedford producing, the mini album dives deep into country funk grooves more akin to Tony Joe White or Jim Ford. "Resignation" rolls as playfully as Bob Dorough's Schoolhouse Rock!, complete with whistling and rhyming vertigo, whereas "Lil Son" and "Tumbleweed" flash My Gospel's galloping Southwestern flair. The title track sears low and defiant, but closer "In Love With a Fool" offers an unexpected highlight. The Dan Dyer co-write swoons as smooth as a cosmic cowboy love ballad, wanting only for soaring strings to match Cauthen's deep well of want. Have Mercy picks up where My Gospel left off: just getting warmed up.

***.5

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Paul Cauthen
Texas Platters
Paul Cauthen
Room 41 (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Sept. 20, 2019

Paul Cauthen’s Deep Country Gospel
Paul Cauthen’s Deep Country Gospel
Former Sons of Fathers frontman’s solo debut deals out one of the best country albums of the year

Doug Freeman, Nov. 25, 2016

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Kinky Friedman
Resurrection (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Jan. 3, 2020

Texas Platters
The Beaumonts / Hickoids
This Is Austin, All the World's a Dressing Room (Record Review)

Kevin Curtin, Jan. 3, 2020

More by Doug Freeman
Daniel Fears, Sydney Wright, AB6IX, and More Crucial Concerts
Daniel Fears, Sydney Wright, AB6IX, and More Crucial Concerts
Get out and get live

July 12, 2024

Caleb de Casper, Money Chicha, and More Crucial Concerts for the Week
Caleb de Casper, Money Chicha, and More Crucial Concerts for the Week
Classical, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and much more

July 5, 2024

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Paul Cauthen

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle