Dallas native Deborah Vial calls Maui home these days — she moved to Hawaii, along with her partner, Caron Barrett, a decade ago — but her expressive voice sounds like it hails from somewhere far more grim than paradise. It’s that grit and texture helping elevate the seven rock songs on Vial’s most recent LP (and third solo effort overall), 2011’s Stages and Stones.
According to a statement, the record will be expanded with previously unreleased tracks later this year.
“ Stages and Stones was a revelation for me,” Vial said in a statement. “The quality of the musicianship was unreal. Kenny Aronoff on drums, Chris Chaney from Jane’s Addiction on bass, Kevin Savigar on keys … huge industry names. We didn’t want to present unfinished songs to them, so we held some back. Those are the songs we are working on today.”
Indeed, there’s a professional polish to cuts like the brooding Lose Again, Simple Girl and the title track, each showcasing Vial’s ability to move from a purr to a roar in an instant. Vial will perform a homecoming show, with support from Jane Doe, on Saturday at Dallas’ House of Blues.
Goodnight Ned, self-titled
Rollicking and a little rough around the edges, Dallas quintet Goodnight Ned captivates throughout its self-titled sophomore record. The songs are breezy and folk-tinged (the irresistible I’m Sorry) but don’t shy away from the shadows (the surprisingly intense Wolves & Crows). Renowned for its freewheeling concert performances, Goodnight Ned successfully captures some of its live intensity in the studio, resulting in a satisfying appetizer for its next show near you. Goodnight Ned celebrates the new LP’s release with an “Unsound Circus” on Thursday at Trees, with support from Sam Lao and the Rich Girls.
Bobby Patterson, ‘I Got More Soul!’
Dallas soul legend Bobby Patterson is rescued from semi-obscurity with this terrific comeback LP, produced in Austin by Zach Ernst (who oversaw the Relatives’ equally overdue resuscitation last year). A collection of songs showcasing Patterson’s inimitable charms — anyone who has ever seen the man in concert knows he’s one of DFW’s most charismatic performers — I Got More Soul! sizzles from the opening moments of the title track (“Like the finest wine/I’m here to stroke your mind,” croons the one-time KKDA DJ). While the uptempo tunes allow Patterson his finest moments, the 70-year-old is no slouch with a ballad, either: The tender Let Me Heal It is a slow-burn stunner.