At the midway point, 2012 is looking like a better-than-average year for high-profile releases from Texas artists—we’ve already seen an array of nationally noted albums from both icons (Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson) and upstarts (Sarah Jaffe, Kat Edmonson). With the summer touring season about to hit full swing, the coming weeks are also looking robust and promising, with a line-up of records highlighted by a national debut, anticipated new sets from veterans, and a pair of subtle reinventions from restless bandleaders.
Lovers (in stores now)
THE STORY In six years together, the El Paso band has overcome its hometown’s geographic isolation the old fashioned way—by getting in the van and relentlessly touring. This move earned them the attention of the venerable Chicago-based independent label Victory Records, which released The group’s national debut on May 8. On the album, what initially sound like traditional three-minute pop songs reveal complex ’60s and ’70s R&B undertones. “We’re soulful, but not some kind of blast from the past,” said Nicole Boudreau, the band’s