Dallas-based singer-songwriter Ronnie Fauss will make his national debut Oct. 9 with his new album, I Am the Man You Know I'm Not.
The 11-track effort, released on New West Records' Normaltown Records imprint, was produced in Nashville with help from producer Sigurdur Birkis and musicians Jason Mowery, Dave Labruyere and Chris Tuttle. The record also features a guest spot from labelmate Lilly Hiatt (on the Gram Parsons tune Sin City). The alt-country troubadour's debut full-length arrives after a trio of EPs in 2009 and 2010 (the last of which, Mulligan, I described as "an ideal soundtrack for last call").
I can't stop listening to the sounds of new Fort Worth duo Apollo Wild, better known individually as Ohio native Ethan Barton and Fort Worthian T. Reece Presson. The pair's debut album, Never Again, is due out in December, but for now, you can head over to apollowild.bandcamp.com to sample a bit of their alt-folk sound. (I'm partial to Cuban National Anthem.) The group's Facebook page says Apollo Wild is the "result of over four years of friendship between two aspiring artists who, until now, could never seem to find common musical ground."
Dallas troubadour Kirby Brown is making tracks for New York City next month, according to a recent note posted on Facebook. "This is not an eternal farewell, just the beginning of another chapter in the long story of my artistic journey," writes Brown. "I am called there to continue the work I began here: to write songs, to digest new experiences, and, in the words of Robert Frost, 'to be poor for awhile, nothing else.'" Brown's not leaving without sharing a little music, though; he'll join Larry Gee and the Quaker City Night Hawks on Sept. 22 at the Prophet Bar for a so-long-for-now gig.
Los Noviembres will celebrate the release of their new album, The Great Iridescent Glory, with a pair of sets (the first of which will feature the band performing Glory in its entirety) Sept. 18 at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge.... Local guitar god John Nitzinger and AC/DC founding vocalist Dave Evans (he was replaced by the late Bon Scott in 1974) have joined forces and are working on material in Fort Worth. The pair will perform live, along with Rusty Burns and tribute band Black Zappeth, at the Score sports bar (7709 Camp Bowie Blvd. W.) on Sept. 15.... Congrats to Fort Worth-born pop superstar Kelly Clarkson and Lindale native Miranda Lambert on their Country Music Association awards nominations, announced this week. Clarkson is competing (against Lambert) in the female vocalist of the year category, and Lambert also earned nods for album, song and music video of the year. The CMAs air live Nov. 1 on ABC.
Preston Jones is the Star-Telegram pop music critic, 817-390-7713