Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX
Greg Vanderpool’s music is often spacious, in sound, in content, in feeling. For the past few decades, the Austin singer-songwriter has steadily released solo albums and band efforts with Monahans and Milton Mapes, and these records all seem to sit somewhere on the horizon or the open road. Vanderpool’s folk and country-influenced core grounds the hazy sound, allowing him to do a lot more with increasingly less instruments.
Vanderpool’s new album, Sub Raton, turns further inward, but in a warm and inviting way. He explicitly wanted to make a record that sounds “like a whisper from start to finish,” using Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, and the Cowboy Junkies as his trail guides. Its spaciousness is a gift. Sub Raton asks for quiet attention, which maybe is the most subversive action in our frightening and frenzied times.
This week on My KUTX, Vanderpool returns as our guest DJ, offering a set of music that spreads out and travels somewhere distant, just like his own music. Hear Greg Vanderpool’s My KUTX on Saturday, September 5 at 6 p.m. or any time at the top of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. Greg Vanderpool – “To Violet”
2. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marie Knight & Sam Price Trio – “My Journey To The Sky
3. Alex Dupree – “Living The Dream”
4. Los Panchos – “Pense Que No”
5. Golden Aquarians – “Night Drive”
6. The Flying Burrito Brothers – “Sin City”
7. Jim James – “State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)”
8. Joe Tex – “The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)”
9. Water Liars – “I Want Blood”
10. Gabby Pahinui & the Sons of Hawai’i – “Pua Mohala”
11. Ramsay Midwood – “Rosco”
12. The War On Drugs – “Eyes To The Wind”
13. Greg Vanderpool – “Lay My Head Down, Kansas”