Swingin' the blues

Big Al Dupree makes his recording debut after 72 years

Big Al Dupree performs September 10 at Borders Books & Music in Preston Royal.

Country roads lead to Warner Bros.
Though he may have moved to San Antonio, Jack Ingram still counts as a local boy: The young country-folkie started his career here playing clubs like Adair's and Club Dada, former Brave Combo drummer Mitch Marine and Sixty-Six frontman Bill Longhorse have spent time in his band, and he used to share a label with Jackopierce (Rhythmic Records). That is, he used to: Last week, Ingram signed to the mighty Warner Bros. Records, making him the latest in a long line of local (or once-local) artists to make the leap to a major label.

Kathy Whitley, Ingram's manager at the Nashville-based Vector Management (which also handles such clients as Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and Nanci Griffith), said last Wednesday she and Ingram found out about the deal only days ago.

"It's a pretty firm deal," she says. "We don't have any papers signed yet, but we do have a release date."

On November 17, Warner Bros. will release Ingram's third album, Live at Adair's, which was recorded earlier this year at the burgers-and-beer country hangout in Deep Ellum.

Scene, heard
Bedhead will makes its final appearance around these parts for a while, headlining a show September 8 at the Galaxy Club with My Dad is Dead and MK Ultra. Bedhead, which is readying the followup to WhatFunLifeWas for a late spring-early summer 1996 release, has a new single ("The Dark Ages," as haunting a sound as these boys can achieve without actually dying) on the Trance Syndicate compilation Cinco Aos, which also features contributions from Roky Erickson, the Butthole Surfers, Sixteen Deluxe, Ed Hall, and others. "The Dark Ages" will also be available on 10-inch vinyl sometime in January with two new songs not available on any other album...

Ugly Mustard, the industrial-metal-prog-rock band that includes bassist and all-around MVP Mike Daane, has inked a deal with new manager Bill Ham. (Ham, of course, is the man best known for making stars out of ZZ Top and Clint Black.) Thanks, in part, to airplay on KEGL-FM (97.1) (about 15-20 spins a week, according to management), the band has also begun attracting interest from various major labels...

Speaking of The Eagle, the high-rating rock station has begun a local-music radio show called, appropriately enough, "The Local Show," hosted by jock Chris Ryan. The hour-long program airs Sunday nights at 9, opposite KDGE-FM's "The Adventure Club," the terrific long-running new-music show that already features plenty of local music and Morrissey.

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