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October 12, 2020

Searching Westward

By: Laurie Gallardo

It took Jonathan Terrell nearly three years to make Westward. It wasn’t easy going to the studio to record his third LP. Only weeks before, Terrell lost his brother Emmanuel to PTSD.

Terrell will be the first to tell you his brother was his biggest fan, and deep down, the Austin songwriter knew his album really had to speak. All the emotional narratives emerging from the darkest corners of the heart had to come through without pretension, no holding back.

After various changes, rearrangements, rerecording, fine-tuning tracks while on the road, and indispensable contributions from friends in the local music community, Westward was ready to go. Noted by reviewers as some of Terrell’s strongest work to date, the album takes its cues from the rawest heartbreak in country to the most seductive fire in rock – with room for folk, pop, and extra heat from pedal steel.

Terrell continues his weekly musical residency this month at Trace at The W Hotel, Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m. The next performance is this Wednesday night, October 14. This is a socially-distanced show. Please don’t forget your mask.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.