Salim Nourallah is totally aware of the fact that the phrase “Texas music” carries with it a certain connotation, and he’s been defying the stereotype since he figured out how to make a living as a musician. An award-winning producer, studio owner, record label co-founder and solo artist, Salim is a lot of things.
At his core, though, he’s a songwriter; just check out the volume of music he’s released on Bandcamp. Aptly titled “Let’s Be Miserable Together,” his latest EP was released in May of this year and we’re sharing a catchy tune from it in this week’s episode.
Salim also tells me about Pleasantry Lane, a modern recording studio with a mid-century modern feel that you wouldn’t know existed (and you wouldn’t be able to find) unless someone told you. It’s also the headquarters of the label Palo Santo Records, whose niche is discovering up-and-coming artists not necessarily from Texas.
We talk about how his friendship with Dallas musician Rhett Miller developed, and he gives me the back story on a few songs on which he’s worked with Rhett and the Old 97’s. (Also, if you are a fan of the Old 97’s, Salim has some scoop about their new album “Twelfth.”)
Finally, the National Independent Venue Association needs our help, and the Houston Arts Alliance would love your participation at its Arts Town Hall. (NIVA recently endorsed the #SaveOurStages Act to offer relief to music venues affected by the pandemic. Read more about that here.)
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