Whole Lotta New Music

On today’s Austin Music Minute, we have not only one but two new releases to recognize, and both bands behind the new music are sharing the bill for a spectacular double-release show Saturday night at Antone’s, 2015 E. Riverside Dr.

Talk about a party and a half. Brace yourself for the raucous energy of the high-spirited McMercy Family Band and songwriter Konrad Wert‘s one-man musical tornado Possessed By Paul James. The McMercy Family’s new release, Hallelujah Anyhow, is a grand mix of traditional and not-so-traditional gospel shakedowns with plenty of glorious vocal harmonies, while PBPJ’s album, There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely, shatters all expectation in a fierce and celebratory frenzy of powerful roots, folk and yes, even punk.

Make plans to do Saturday night at Antone’s, and catch Country Willie starting out the night at 9 p.m. Recommended.

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