For the better part of two and a half decades, singer/songwriter Dave Insley has been a fixture in Tempe clubs playing his self-styled Country and Southwestern music to audiences ranging from punk rockers to hard-core country aficionados, but now Insley is calling Austin, Texas, home.

“Over the last several years I've been coming over here (to Austin) and spending more and more time because of various (music business) opportunities, and it got to a point where I was over here six times a year for 10 days or two weeks at a time,” says Insley, whose touring band has always consisted of a few Texans. “I realized that, for as much as I'm spending on hotels, I can get someplace where I can stay when I'm here.”

After the success of Insley's 2005 debut disc, “Call Me Lonesome,” which spent several weeks in the Top 10 on the Americana charts, the singer/songwriter is back with a brand-new disc, “Here With You Tonight,” which, when listened to closely, becomes a metaphor for the changes in Insley's life — particularly on the honky-tonk cut “I Cashed in My Old Life.”

“This record really took on a life of its own,” Insley says. “This record is a personal snapshot of where I am right now, because whatever you're working on becomes a prism for your personal life — it can get intense, and this record for me is a very emotional, more intimate record than (‘Call Me Lonesome’).”

Although he now calls Austin home, Insley finds the Texas town known for country music similar in feel to that of his old hometown.

“Austin is the only town that feels as Southwestern as home,” Insley says. “There's great Mexican food here, and the lifestyle — people go inner-tubing here. Austin is like a slightly wetter, more humid Phoenix with a national music scene.”

With a new album and a national tour booked, Insley is looking forward to returning to his old stomping grounds this weekend.”

“It's gonna be fantastic,” Insley says of his CD release show at Tempe's Yucca Tap Room. “That place — what can you say? It's home. That's where some of our fondest memories are, where we got stuff going over the years. It's a godsend for the Phoenix market — everybody associated with the place is always so supportive.

“It always feels like a homecoming playing there.”

>> Dave Insley, with Plowed Under, performs 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5,

>> at Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. Free. (480) 967-4777

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