Springtime means new music, and it's officially spring, so here's a round up of upcoming new local releases:
• A lot of local acts get described as "long-running," but in the case of jazz trio Boling, Brown, and Holloway it's really true; the group of University of Tennessee jazz faculty members—guitarist Mark Boling, drummer Keith Brown, and bassist Rusty Holloway—has been performing since 1982. The trio's new disc, Trio Life, featuring original compositions by Boling and select standards, will be released on April 20, when the band performs at the Knoxville Museum of Art's Alive After Five series.
• Blue-collar country-rockers Mic Harrison and the High Score are finishing up work on their new album, Still Wanna Fight. It might be ready in time for the band's free show at the Shed in Maryville on Friday, April 13, but nobody's promising anything. A rough version of the song "Colonel Is Dead" is streaming at micharrison.com. The High Score have also reportedly started recording their own new album.
• Americana rock band the Hotshot Freight Train will release their third album, Get Low, in April. A CD release show is set for Saturday, April 14, at the Well in Bearden with Matt Woods.
• Scruffy City Roots host and erstwhile Knoxvillian Scott Miller has just released a five-song EP with North Carolina old-time fiddler Rayna Gilbert called Codependents on his own F.A.Y. Recordings. The disc is a bit of a teaser for Miller's next album, the follow-up to 2009's For Crying Out Loud, due out this fall.
• The jazzy/funky/jammy hip-hop group the Theorizt is celebrating the release of its first full-length album, Samurai Love Songs, with a performance at Pilot Light in the Old City on Saturday, March 31, with Midnight Moon and Christina Horn of Hudson K. You can download a sampler at thetheorizt.bandcamp.com.