As if on cue for the holiday season, some of D-FW's best artists are offering us new music to unwrap. Check out these new albums worthy of sharing with your dearest music-loving friends and family.
Ronnie Fauss — Last of the True
After releasing some fine EPs a decade ago, Dallas Americana artist Ronnie Fauss is back with his third stellar full-length record, Last of the True. Recorded at the well-regarded Echo Lab outside of Denton, Fauss self-produced this record and included some genius covers from Uncle Tupelo, Okkervil River and Bob Dylan. LotT is yet another barn-burning, brown liquor-swigging collection of roots-rock from Fauss, whose excellence in this realm has become as reliable as any other in the always crowded, talented group of North Texas country-inflected troubadours.
Gaston Light — Newport Drive
Jason Corcoran, the man behind Gaston Light, isn't a serial record releaser, which is absolutely fine given the songs he does release pack an anthemic, emotional wallop. In 2011, he released Peel, one of the best local albums of that year, and has since offered only a couple of singles. New EP Newport Drive is only three songs deep, but given the resonance, it all adds up nicely. Corcoran began performing long ago as a teenager in Deep Ellum, but now as a family man with many miles and a collection of mailing addresses packed into his guitar case, Corcoran adds even more gravitas to his quality-over-quantity catalog.
Tyler Rogers Band — Who I Am
For its third record, the Tyler Rogers Band brings together disparate influences into a pleasingly cohesive package. Although Rogers performed in hard rock bands in his younger years, the D-FW artist picked up a thing or two about storytelling and songwriting from his days as a Texas Tech student. And the blending of styles and vibes works really well. Much in the same way Austin's Band of Heathens created its own stew of soul, folk, rock and roots, so, too, has Tyler Rogers.
Dead Flowers — Let Me Be
For sheer sweaty garage rock 'n' roll prowess in Dallas, it's tough to top Dead Flowers. Led by singer-songwriter Corey Howe, the band's third full-length album, Let Me Be, is a bold, brash follow up to the group's phenomenal 2014 His Blues. Hints from an array of punk gods ranging from Danzig to the Replacements can be detected, but Howe's raspy growls and the consistent, track-to-track greatness lend this LP its own identifiable grit.
As a bonus, here's Dead Flowers from 2013 with "A Lot Like Xmas," possibly the best Christmas rock song ever recorded by a Dallas band.