Bonnie Whitmore & Her Band
Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: $8 at the door
Over the years Austin has been a hub of the nation’s most innovative music. Amid an avant-garde avalanche, several bands are still focused on the Americana sounds that turned this quiet Texas town into a booming musical mecca.
One is Bonnie Whitmore & Her Band, who have harnessed a style combining a warm, old-school vibe with a dash of alt. country and a shot of cheap whiskey for good measure.
With a career that began at age 8 with her family’s band, Whitmore is proof female-fronted country doesn’t have to be pop-centric to appeal to a diverse audience. The title of Whitmore’s latest release can elaborate on the musical philosophy that makes this band so great.
Whitmore will introduce Callaghan’s patrons to songs from “F*@k With Sad Girls,” which the group recorded in Austin’s Ramble Creek Studio. While the album begins with the seductively haunting jazz number “Wash It Away,” “F*@k With Sad Girls” quickly shifts back to the group’s trademark sound for the remainder of the album.
With the variety of country styles woven into this release, true fans of the genre should have no problem falling in love with this music.