If you’re in the market for a hometown soul band that carries the weight to hang with some of the classics, look no further than Austin natives The Nightowls. They’ve graced the stage at Austin City Limits multiple times, held a residency at The Highball and made the pilgrimage to historic and timeless FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Good As Gold
Released in 2014, Good As Gold was The Nightowls’ debut album and received an avalanche of accolades from publications such as The Austin Chronicle, named the “Top 10 Album of the Year” at the publication’s annual music awards. They toured the album, garnering widespread support from fans outside of their roots city, where they are loved by a momentous hometown crowd. Following the success of their debut and after releasing a much anticipated “B Sides” album, The Nightowls put in work to top their already established sound and made the decision to track their sophomore album at renowned FAME Studios, whose alumni include Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and The Allman Brothers, amongst others.
Three months of hard work and a road trip to Alabama later, The Nightowls got their opportunity to spend three days tracking for their follow up with some of the nation’s most legendary session producers and players. The result is a sophomore album that doesn’t deserve comparison to their debut, because it is a powerful work in its own right. It carries the sound so familiar to The Nightowls and takes it on a sleek trip to a higher tier of soul, one that is so lost and forgotten in today’s modern musical atmosphere.
You can catch The Nightowls on their last leg of their North American tour; their last show on Dec. 17 is at the Continental Club on South Congress. The event is being promoted as “Winter and Blues: a holiday dance party hosted by The Nightowls.” So don your favorite holiday garb, whether classy or frosty, and go support ten of Austin’s most soulful and talented musicians.
Their record FAME Sessions can be found on iTunes.