It began with the Trapdoor Band, on a cassette tape of tracks released in 2005. Over the next few years, the band’s line-up shifted, as did the very evolution of the music’s styling, textures, patterns…the overall feel. It’s the creative flow of Alex Dupree winding its way through, a type of slow burn for the Los Angeles-based songwriter, naturally DIY, organically-shaped poetry in life observations, experiences that are soaked into his very skin and his mind.
The 2009 album Crown & Anchor was borne of Dupree’s writings while on tour with Seth Wood‘s band The Whiskey Priest and Balmorhea, and was followed by time spent living in New Mexico and Texas, as he wrote, recorded and remixed songs. Los Angeles remains Dupree’s home, but he often spends time in Texas to work on music, and for performances (including shows with his band Mister Paradise).
Last year, Dupree released You Winsome, You Lonesome on the Austin-based Keeled Scales label (“The Long Weekend” is featured on today’s Austin Music Minute). And Dupree is in town for his musical residency at Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River. Tomorrow night’s early show includes Zookeeper‘s Chris Simpson‘s project Mountain Time on the bill. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show begins at 6 p.m. Very recommended.