Sam's Burger Joint Presents:
Sat, September 22, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmSam's Burger Joint
$10.00 - $45.00
This event is 18 and over
NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $10 Advance/ $13 Day of Show/ $45 Reserved Booth
A San Antonio native who has also called Amarillo, Lubbock, Fort Worth, and now Austin his home at some point or another in his young life, Baumann tinkered with the mechanics of songwriting in between college and day jobs for several years before making the leap of faith to record a debut EP West Texas Vernacular in 2012. Released with little fanfare, it still emboldened him to piece together a band and hit whatever stages would give him the chance. The personable young musician honed his craft on the way up, making connections within the business (not to mention with thousands of fans) en route to releasing his full-length 2014 album High Plains Alchemy and landing coveted opening slots at some of the state’s most revered venues. At Gruene Hall, Floore’s Country Store, and the Nutty Brown Amphitheater, among many others, he has shared the stage with red-hot headliners like the Turnpike Troubadours and the Randy Rogers Band.
As Baumann’s music came into its own – a follow-up 2015 EP, Departures, garnered him some radio play for new signature songs like “Bay City Blues” and “Vices” – a clearer picture of what he is going for has emerged. Like his heroes including Texas songwriters Robert Earl Keen, James McMurtry, and Adam Carroll, he has cultivated a gift for near-journalistic lyrical detail, leavened with humor and spiked with heartache. His songwriting talents have garnered co-writes with artists including Pat Green, Cory Morrow and Wade Bowen that he was once content to just enjoy on a fan level: not insignificantly, Morrow included three co-writes with Baumann on his recent album The Good Fight. Even the country music mainstream took notice: Baumann’s poetic “Gulf Moon” was on hold for a platinum-selling country artist for several years before a last-minute change of direction handed him a rare disappointment in a still-new career that has otherwise been steadily on the rise.
Still, 2016 was overall a solid year, including a run of shows opening for Texas music’s ultimate hero Willie Nelson and laying the groundwork for what should be a much-anticipated 2017 full-length album. With his growing crowd of fans, peers, and even a few musical forefathers rooting for him, John Baumann has become one of the newest worthy links in the long chain of ambitious, progressive, and relatable artists that plays the singer-songwriter-performer game by their own rules.
Hisaw along with bassist/harmony vocalist Neal Walker and drummer Jimmy Milner hit the studio well prepared after several months of steady gigging. “It was perfect timing,” says Hisaw. “Neal and Shawn go way back and Shawn was looking for some projects to record in his studio. We had been playing a lot, traveling, listening to records together in the van and performing these songs for all kinds of people on all kinds of stages”.
The gritty opener “Hurry it Up” is a cynical look at young romance with Chuck Berry guitar licks and a cowbell driven beat. The title track, “Street Lamp”, recasts the romanticism of a Drifters or Dion style ballad in a desert southwest landscape. “Clouds” is a swaggering tribute to a fallen friend on the rock’n’roll highway, while “Desert Sun” crosses Keith Richards balladry with characters straight out of the Last Picture Show. The tempo kicks back up with “Little Piece of You” a T-Rex style rocker with some Nuggets worthy vox organ. “So Close” quiets down with a meditative bolero beat and some tasty accordion fills supporting a plaintive lyric of social anxiety and romantic uncertainty. Merle Haggard gets a tip of the hat in the two stepping tale of generational divide “Rez Radio”. The disc closes out with Doug Sahm’s “Revolutionary Ways” taken one step further in to the garage with some Attractions by way of Augie organ pounding and a teenage Dave Davies inspired guitar solo.
It’s been several years since Hisaw’s last album, Ghost Stories, but the songwriter/guitarist was far from musically idle. His fretwork has appeared on tracks by Ron Flynt (20/20), Rich Hopkins (Sidewinders), The Footnotes and Javier Escovedo (Zeros). Hisaw spent a few years touring consistently with Seattle country folk rockers Zoe Muth and the Lost Highrollers as well as filling the guitar slot for a host of hard working Austin songwriters.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215