Rolling Country 2011

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Yeah, I've been meaning to check out that JaneDear Girls album.

Wound up liking Blame Sally's album more than Zoe Muth & the High Rollers', a surprise since Blame Sally are clearly more folkies. Wouldn't swear by their lyrics, which sometimes make me cringe, but I like the multi-girl harmonies, and they have more interesting arrangements (from minor key to catchy almost-rock) in general.

Xgau on Carolina Chocolate Drops and Baseball Project (both sort of Americana, he says, though I categorized the Baseball Project under "powerpop" on Rhapsody):

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/expert-witness-blog.aspx

Me on the Baseball Project:

http://www.rhapsody.com/the-baseball-project/vol-2-high-and-inside#albumreview

Me on Left-Lane Cruiser (third straight album by them that I like more than Black Keys, and they are getting more country as they go on):

http://www.rhapsody.com/left-lane-cruiser/junkyard-speed-ball#albumreview

Singles Jukeboxers on Aaron Lewis from Staind's dumb tea-bag country crossover single:

http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/?p=3179

xhuxk, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 22:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Some thoughts on Jerry Reed's 1982 LP The Bird[, and especially the song "I Get Off On It":

(vintage) country-disco

xhuxk, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think we all agreed on last year's thread the Staind guy's thing was pretty contemptible. But I thought it had a chance on the charts if they gave him a pass on CMT for getting beaten with the ugly stick which is now in vogue. The video hit all the phonus-bonus pieties, had guns in it and shit. And sure enough it is high in the CMT 20 countdown now.

Thought 24 Hr by Left Lane Cruiser sounded a bit like stoner rock, only faster. Lotta pig fuck in the vocals, something you can't accuse the Black Keys of. I don't really get the appeal of the hayseed douchebag hollering from the shed out back vocal technique. No one, no matter how far out in redneckville sounds like that, not even in Deliverance, right? But it's not uncommon. Decent shuffles and boogies, though.

Gorge, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 01:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

BTW, did Worley ever come through with a record after his Tea Party single? My estimate is that genre's opportunity has peaked, come and is now mostly gone.

The not-so-invisible hands of the Koch brothers don't rock and after November the GOP overplayed its hand. White people who can actually spell holding signs in Wisconsin have taken the air right out of Tea Party protests.

I'd be real interested in knowing how many heartland peeps who deserted the Dems in a fit of misdirected anger in November are now having real buyer's remorse.

Having said that, count John Rich now among the ranks of the certifiably desperate, playing one of the assorted new toadies to the Trump in the new "Celebrity Apprentice."

Gorge, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 01:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

He is apparently willing and ready to be a lickspittle for the right sums, probably much less than you'd think.

Gorge, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 01:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

I probably like Thompson Square much more than xhuxk, thanks to his tip. It's an album that could have done without all the pedal steel and been better for it. Very poppy hard rock explaining the bad reviews I saw for it in various country web pubs. About half of it sounds influenced from the Big Kenny rock side of Big & Rich, more generally with Everly Bros. vox on classic rock with shining guitars.

Except it's a guy and a gal with voices in virtually the same register, perfect for the arrangements.

Besides "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," the cream of the crop, the next few -- My Kind Of Crazy, As Bad As It Gets, Who Loves Who More and Getaway Car, make it a keeper. Only underlines the hard reality that you can only sneak into classic rock/hard pop rock by laundering through CMT and such.

Read in the reviews that it was Jason Aldean's band furnishing the rock. The only lesson to be learned being that Aldean's tuneless party-hearty ersatz Bad Company with cowboy hats thing isn't the only thing they can play.

Gorge, Saturday, 5 March 2011 08:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

That album's been growing on me, actually. So has Steel Magnolia's album, which I think will always be connected with Thompson Square in my head, since they're both harmonizing married couples who put out their big-label-distributed quasi-indie breakthrough debuts -- one more pop-rock-influenced, the other more pop-soul -- within just a couple weeks of each other. They sound like two sides of the same coin to me, and really, I'd have to flip a coin to figure out which I like more. They're both pretty darn good. (By the way, though everything you'll read will tell you the new hit one is their debut, Thompson Square actually self-released an earlier, also self-titled, album four years ago, on a local Tennessee label called Sixgun. Entitely different tracklist, and presumably without Aldean's band backing them up. I haven't heard it, though.)

xhuxk, Saturday, 5 March 2011 13:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

That makes me curious enough to scrounge for it on the net. Did it have any title?

Thompson Square's back end doesn't do much for me but the first two-thirds makes up for it.

Gorge, Saturday, 5 March 2011 18:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

I actually like the last cut, "One Of Those Days," and cut #10 "As Bad As It Gets" is one of my favorites on the album.

Rhapsody is carrying the first Thompson Square album, which confusingly like the new one is called Thompson Square. (That's how I found out about it.) Unfortunately, the shared title seems to have mixed up the site's electronic data tools, which mistakingly pasted my review of the new album to both records. I'll try to get that fixed; meanwhile, here's a link to the 2007 one:

http://www.rhapsody.com/thompson-square/thompson-square

xhuxk, Saturday, 5 March 2011 18:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hmmm, anyone who buys that thinking "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" is gonna be in for a big surprise.
I doubt if it's possible to stumble into a purchase anymore since digital makes taste and try before you buy almost automatic.

They took the bottle of Romilar away for the major label. Actually, that's too harsh. It's much much more country, almost all slow mood pieces and ballads. Except "Not Far Enough" which sounds Neil Young-ish, or moreso Tom Petty and Co. doing Neil Young. And "Kennesaw." The rest is OK if you're big on the singing but the songs aren't nearly as good. Not bad tunes per se, just pretty but meh.

Gorge, Saturday, 5 March 2011 23:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Heard "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" on the car radio for the first time today (either Austin country radio is lagging behind everybody else, or I just don't listen much anymore, or both), and wow -- what a great car song. Big clanging supermelodic Mike Campbell style jangle all through it, basically what George has been saying all along I guess, not just at the end, which I'd implied in my Singles Jukebox writeup. Definitely had been overrating that one. Guess I need to play the whole CD in the car.

xhuxk, Monday, 7 March 2011 02:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Curious what people think of Sierra Hull's new stuff (http://www.sierrahull.com/daybreak/) - ostensibly bluegrass, but clearly shooting for some cross-over appeal...?

augustgarage, Monday, 7 March 2011 16:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp "Definitely had been underrating that one," I meant.

Of no concern to anybody who doesn't live here, but I enjoyed reading this Austin Statesman article yesterday, grading local dive bars and dancehalls on their Texas-ness, even though it's annoying that the writer seems to dismiss just about any country music that isn't decades old (and especially isn't Willie, Waylon, or Cash) as "generic pop country." (He also doesn't mention that Texans have really bland taste in beer -- seriously, Lone Star and Shiner Bock are kinda gross -- but that's OK.) Anyway, I don't think I've been to any of these establishments, including the three on Burnett, which are very close to here.

http://www.austin360.com/music/in-search-of-the-real-texas-experience-in-1299546.html?printArticle=y

Got a CD by Pieces by an upstate NY Southern rock five-piece creatively calling themselves The Steven L. Smith Band in the mail; sounds decent so far -- recalls Kentucky Headhunters at points (though the KH's rocked "Big Boss Man," only cover song here, a lot harder, and these guys seem to have more piano and sax parts, which sound pretty good.) Backup vocals in one song each by Jimmy Van Zant (Ronnie/Donny/Johnny's cousin apparently -- can't keep all those guys straight) and Crystal Gayle.

http://music.slsmith.info/

xhuxk, Monday, 7 March 2011 17:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

"CD called Pieces," I meant.

xhuxk, Monday, 7 March 2011 17:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

A new 1550-word roundup/overview piece I wrote for the Voice on current Southern Soul (much of which is certainly lower-case, if not upper-case, country):

http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-03-09/music/southern-soul-guide-sweet-angel-mel-waiters-and-luther-lackey/

xhuxk, Wednesday, 9 March 2011 13:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hee, hee...

AARON LEWIS’ DEBUT SOLO CD ‘TOWN LINE’ DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART AND #7 ON THE TOP 200 ALBUMS CHART

AARON LEWIS has been resoundingly welcomed into the Nashville community as his debut solo CD TOWN LINE enters the Billboard Country Albums Chart at #1.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 9 March 2011 22:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

For all the atrocities on display in "Country Boy" - the auto-tuning of George Jones bothered me the most...

augustgarage, Friday, 11 March 2011 06:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://new.music.yahoo.com/programs/the-new-now/19407/justin-biebers-girlfriend-lands-viral-hit-for-14-year-old-michaela-wallace

The latest atrocity, placed here because of the pro Nashville-songwriter product giveaway buried in the story. Which was delivered on my Yahoo news landing page as some kind of amateur effort that just happened to go 'viral' on Yahoo.

What was that record I reviewed made around the concept of the dolls that were in competition with Barbie a few years ago, xhuxk? Oh yeah, Bratz. Sounds just like that.

Gorge, Friday, 11 March 2011 20:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm patently sick of the Taylor Swift cadence. Which is the same for every semi-ballad she does, climaxing in "Back to December" which ties it to a tremolo guitar line. Dub it the home girl West Lawn/Wyommissing/Governor Mifflin Pennsy rhythm. Which means nothing to you if you weren't living there. But I was.

Gorge, Saturday, 12 March 2011 08:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Crystal Bowersox makes me ill. It's the tattoo on her back that looks like someone sicked up their lunchmeat on her shoulders while she's singing about "God" and "mentioning you."

Gorge, Saturday, 12 March 2011 08:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh god, she just sang, "Mommy dear" and "bourbon breath."

Gorge, Saturday, 12 March 2011 08:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

And why aren't we talking about the Band Perry more? I'm beginning to thing that out of two tunes I there's the possibility they're as good pop rock through-Nashville-launderers that Thompson Square.

Take out the fiddle applique which just traces the vocal, turn up the guitar, or add a Hammond or a piano.

Gorge, Saturday, 12 March 2011 08:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is another one blown in the singles column because it was white, rock, and the lyrics weren't up to literary snuff again, right?

Gorge, Saturday, 12 March 2011 08:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

The thing that bugs the shit out of me, and I know it's just because it's a Kentucky thing, about the Bowersox line ("And you'd come home with bourbon breath/Jack in the air") is that Jack isn't bourbon. It's whiskey. So not only does the line scan poorly on its own merits, it's also *wrong*.

That said, for all the gross tats and white-girl dreds, I do think she has a better voice than some of the women currently on country radio.

jon_oh, Saturday, 12 March 2011 15:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

I honestly don't think I've ever heard a Crystal Bowersox song.

Have liked both Band Perry singles (though the first one didn't hit me until I finally heard it on the radio -- somehow, listening over shitty laptop speakers doesn't bring out the rock sound in country-pop songs for me like car radios do); haven't heard the whole album yet, but one is supposedly being sent to me. Will opine here once I get it.

Listened to the JaneDear Girls album this week, albeit over shitty laptop speakers (via Rhapsody.) Hit me as lightweight, consistently catchy, not really all that memorable, but maybe it just needs more listens, which I may or may not get around to. And yeah, John Rich's presence (as producer) is insescapable in the sometimes slightly dancey rockpop. One song uses AutoTune T-Pain-style. They seem to do the Taylor Swift cadence thing a couple times, too. Seemed okay, overall (I'd definitely pay a buck for the CD if I see one 10 years from now), but not probably nearly as good as Thompson Square (or Steel Magnolia or Stealing Angels.)

I'm not sure how much Berks County I actually hear in Swift's phrasing, by the way. But George has spent more time there than I have, I'm sure.

xhuxk, Saturday, 12 March 2011 20:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

So far I'm pleasantly surprised by Teddy Thompson's new Bella. Kid's got his own unpretentiously 50s-based vocal approach (and richness), somewhat like less daring but enjoyable Orbisonic, plus Del Shannononian, Everlysesque, Billy Swannese etc phrasing, with deft, not specifically retro arrangements (do include singing strings, but not too often).

dow, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Exciting new box from Bear Family...

augustgarage, Monday, 14 March 2011 01:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Details, please!

dow, Monday, 14 March 2011 03:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Heard the new solo album by Tara Nevins from Donna the Buffalo this week; probably too folksy and reverent (and it’s not like I go back and listen to whatever Donna the Buffalo CDs I still own much anymore), but I got through it painlessly, which doesn't happen with folk-country albums often, and it could conceivably grow on me.

Favorite country song I heard this week that I'd never heard before was "Country Mohammed," by immigration-obsessed Seattle-based Bosnian-Bulgarian-Japanese-American world-prog-metal band Kultur Shock, who Frank wrote about for me once at the Voice but who I'd basically forgotten about. Said Middle-Eastern hoedown was on their 2009 Integration; new album, Ministry Of Kultur is even better. (For a brief unsavory description, see the Rolling Past Expiry Hard Rock thread.)

xhuxk, Monday, 14 March 2011 14:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Haven't listened to the new Tara yet, but solo debut Mule To Ride had some pretty fiery wiry dizzy comin' round the mountain outbursts, far beyond any Donna The B I've heard. Meanwhile, I'm smitten by Miss Willie Brown, a duo jumping into the Dixie Chicks gap, re bringing hearts and minds under stress through popwise whirlwinds of observation and expression--four songs of concise expansion and uncommon range for such a brief set can be found here http://www.misswilliebrown.com and another is linked in the following press release, which also heralds a four-song EP containing none of the ones on their site's jukebox, far as I can tell--so haven't heard those yet--but the ones I have heard are also rec to fans of (for instance) the cable series Army Wives, Little Big Town and um Van Zant I think (thinking of those last two while "The Bible" surges from verse to chorus again). Here's an excerpt of the press release:

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A&M/OCTONE’S MISS WILLIE BROWN RELEASES FIRST MAJOR LABEL EP

Spring Tour With Country Music Star Dierks Bentley Begins March 17

2011 Tour Kick-Off Show Planned For
Tues. In Nashville


Nashville, TN - March 14, 2011 - A&M/Octone Records’ first country act Miss Willie Brown is set to release their first major label EP digitally tomorrow. Kasey Buckley and Amanda Watkins—usually found finishing each other’s sentences, talking over each other, making each other laugh and cry—are the two singers and songwriters who make up Miss Willie Brown, and the release of their self titled EP marks the arrival of a dynamic new duo in country music.

Produced by award winning producer Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, George Strait), the four track EP includes the up-tempo and funked-up tracks “Sick of Me,” “Good Fight” and Couyan Crazy.” It also covers tender emotional territory with “Freeland,” the story of two women waiting for their men to return from fighting overseas. Kasey and Amanda wrote and both sing lead vocals on all four tracks.

“Keith really jumped into our heads in terms of knowing what we like,” says Amanda, while Kasey adds that, “Amanda and I made a promise to each other a long time ago that we would do whatever was best for the song. It’s hard to do a lot of the time, because interests conflict and collide...but the song is everything to us. And now we’ve put some of those songs we love to play live on this EP, so we could get out on the road and hopefully start building a fanbase show by show. We want to tour hard...like the guys do!”

To preview “Sick of Me,” click here:http://www.thegreenroompr.com/misswilliebrown.html

Miss Willie Brown will celebrate the EP’s release and the start of their first major tour with a special show Tues. at the Rutledge in Nashville at 6 P.M. Immediately following the show, the duo will head out for a 30 date run on the JAGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR FEATURING DIERKS BENTLEY.

For a full list of tour dates and more information, visithttp://www.misswilliebrown.com

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dow, Monday, 14 March 2011 18:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Since I've mentioned it here a bunch of times, I should now mention that I've decided Steel Magnolia's album is in fact definitely not as good as Thompson Square's album. Still like most of it okay, especially "Bulletproof." But though their voices sound richer in general to me than, say, Lady Antebellum's, they also partake in a certain kind of commercial-post-jam-band ickiness (a la Dave Matthews? John Mayer? Maroon 5? somebody like that) that can really make me wince, especially in their way beyond embarrassing faux-reggae tune "Rainbow." Haven't yet decided whether the line "I'm not Jamaican/but Jamaican me lazy" (in a different song!) is racist.

xhuxk, Monday, 14 March 2011 21:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

My recent favorite country singles so far

Someone Else Calling You Baby Luke Bryan
I Can't Love You Back Easton Corbin
Colder Weather Zac Brown Band

And Jamey Johnson's record from last year is nice, esp the song Front Porch Swing Afternoon

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 04:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

(oh sorry - that Bonnie Owens 4CD box came out in '07 - I guess it's back in print is all)

augustgarage, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 02:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Goldy Locks takes on Ted Nugent on CMT

After some production stops and starts, Running Wild with Ted Nugent is set to air on CMT on March 23rd. Four consecutive episodes will air beginning at 1 a.m. central time. (Lady pro wrestling personality) Rock singer/songwriter Goldy Locks appears as one of the contestants in the raucous series which features Nugent as a survivalist trainer who then hunts his own students. “I eat maggots on the show!” – Goldy

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Gorge, Monday, 21 March 2011 22:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

So, I finally got around to hearing the Band Perry album from late last year this week, and I think I like it a lot. Haven't been able to give it totally undivided attention yet, but for several plays in the background (at home, and in the car on the way to and from SXSW), the cuts that regularly jump out at me are tracks five and six, "Miss You Being Gone" and "Double Heart," which also seem to be the two real rockers on the record -- might well have missed a couple others so far, though.

Tara Nevins' new album has been growing on me too. Agree with what Don seemed to suggest about a previous solo record, that this is more sonically and emotionally intense than what she generally does with Donna The Buffalo. Cuts grabbing me most are probably "Tennessee River" and the fast reeling instrumental "Nothing Really."

xhuxk, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 13:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Band Perry -- deserving of some points for being a lot more pulled back that usual. Dependent on Kimberly Perry, who steals the entire show in the way of a vocal phenom like Noddy Holder. Of which none exist in Nashville.

She's right in the range of Slade's Noddy re "Play It Loud" which isn't that loud an album. But which the vocal rips through all the tunes based on country themes. With Slade it was cruel treatment of horses and the poor. The Band Perry makes it more self-obsessed American. The signature tune being about having to die to get people to notice you.

"Miss You Being Gone" is train beat country, which was most of Don Powell's beats on the hit Slade tunes in England.

I call The Band Perry glam country. With production pulled back, the emphasis being on the singer all the time. There are people doing hoo-hoo-hoo's and Kimberly Perry doing rock n roll emphases. So when the beats are legitimately country like on "fortune teller" the country instruments added aren't phony appliques, as usual. They're only gratuitous (the mandolins, accordion wheezes, fiddles and banjo strokes.)

Gorge, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 09:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Which is to say The Band Perry is one of my fave records this year. Probably a bit more than Thompson
Square although I can't tell you why precisely right now. It's not because there are more jangle classic rock guitars. It's the personality of Kimberly Perry.

Gorge, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 09:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Might have to walk The Band Perry record back a bit. There's a universal solvent character to KP's voice that wears me out a bit depending on the mood.

And if you get cable maybe you've seen the ubiquitous General Electric commercial with the line dancing set to Alan Jackson's "Good Time." Good time for GE, indeed, until the frontpage New York Times on the company's tax dodging.

That was the last affront. ;)

So I did a song on it, "GE & Jeffrey" country-style, borrowing Jackson for a couple seconds.

http://dickdestiny.com/blog1/2011/03/29/ge-jeffrey-the-tax-cheat-boogie/

Gorge, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 03:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

frontpage New York Times on the company's tax dodging.

This was a great, if absolutely depressing piece; was actually thinking of linking it here a few days ago, because of that Alan Jackson commercial (which is now inescapable during Sunday morning political talk shows). Anybody who hasn't read it, really should:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/business/economy/25tax.html

xhuxk, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 03:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

I want someone to glue "GE & Jeffrey" to the line-dancing video. Windows Movie Maker on my pc won't do it because of some software glitch having to do with memory size.

Shockingly, 60 Minutes took the opposite tack than the Times, giving a lot of time to some flack from Cisco explaining that the alleged 35 percent tax rate was what was causing the exodus. So he offered a bit of blackmail in the form of give us a 5 percent tax rate on the money and jobs we've already taken overseas and we'll come back. Stahl meekly added that the US government had already tried that bribe in 2004 and been rooked. No jobs were brought back.

Gorge, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 04:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Before the corporate police drag it away for being truth in advertising.

Gorge, Thursday, 31 March 2011 16:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Had a complete listen to the JaneDear Girls album. It's been <strike>pirated</strike> distributed for free by YouTube and been there undisturbed for almost a month so the label must have already given up on it.

It features a good dose shiny poppy hard rock. "Wildflower," the hardest -- "Free Ride," "Lucky You," "Shotgun Girl," "Merry Go Round." The latter is an almost direct rip of Big & Rich style. "Free Ride" sounds like the Donnas with a totally pointless fiddle glued on when the guitars are chugging and chomping. Why even add it? I never get that.

The album's not bad, adequate as hard pop rock, but a little too heavy in spots on the hack work for even me.

If Pauley Perrette's Lo-Ball had ever got out of major label hell demo-land ten years ago this is what they might have sounded like. But they wouldn't have had fiddle or the ticky-ticky novelty banjo that Big & Rich are so fond of.

I liked what I saw of them live on late night.

God, if I had a recording budget like this. Come to think of it, I don't need a recording budget like that.

Gorge, Saturday, 2 April 2011 02:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

ARE YOU GONNA KISS ME OR NOT

teledyldonix, Saturday, 2 April 2011 07:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hey George, curious what you'd think of the new Foster and Lloyd album. They've never really been on my radar, though I remember them being plugged by say Rockpile/Replacements/Bodeans fans at Creem years ago; had some country chart success in the late '80s (including four top 10 hits), but haven't charted since 1990, when they apparently split up. It's Already Tomorrow seems to be their first album since then; Tom Petterson from Cheap Trick is playing bass, and there's lots of jangle (Foster and Lloyd are both guitarist/vocalists), Everly Brothers harmonies, and some chugging semi-hard rock (at least "Hold That Thought," maybe more.) That said, most of it is making me shrug so far, and I'm trying to figure out why. Sometimes you're more open to this kind of thing than I am.

Elsewise, are Nashville releases just on hold, or what? Have any albums at all come out in the past couple months? Weird.

Christgau seems to be going somewhat alt-country crazy lately, in his msn.com Consumer Guide-style blurbs. A few links:

Those Darlins

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/expert-witness-blogpost.aspx?post=11d05e82-72da-4256-8e5f-c76c029b0f37

Drive By Truckers (he also did a long essay about them last month, fwiw)

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/expert-witness-blogpost.aspx?post=11d05e82-72da-4256-8e5f-c76c029b0f37

Loretta Lynn tribute/Lucinda Williams

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/expert-witness-blogpost.aspx?post=de166b12-0e0a-4266-ad98-92f821f15cfe

xhuxk, Saturday, 2 April 2011 20:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oops, actually this is the correct Drive By Truckers CG link:

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/expert-witness-blogpost.aspx?post=e1147bdb-abac-451a-a668-623dd45790bd

And his longer essay about them:

http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Rock-Roll/The-Righteous-Path/ba-p/4507

As I said, I couldn't even bring myself to bother checking out their new album, since everybody seemed to be saying it was even mellower than their previous few, and I've definitely passed the mellowness-tolerance threshold with those guys.

xhuxk, Saturday, 2 April 2011 20:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, Foster and Lloyd "It's Already Tomorrow"... Hasn't yet been <strike>pirated</strike> freely distributed on YouTube and there's no obvious blogspot steal of it. Don't have a review copy but I did give a listen to the promotional they put on YouTube. Title cut has the jangle, sounded good but maybe more on the Byrds side of things because of the 12-string. B. Too stodgy swamp blues thing with some hard guitars was next, singing about a mandolin and learning to sing from a bird or something, my attention started skipping off it. Third sample tune was the lachrymose country lullaby mode and I couldn't take more than ten or twenty seconds of it. Maybe the rest of the album sounds better. By itself, wouldn't have made me curious to hear the rest.

Christgau does kind of a disservice to the Donnas in comparison with Those Darlins, I thin'. Coulda seen that coming.

"Be Your Bro'" is irritating. Liked "Red Light Lover" a lot more but I still wouldn't pop for an album. The determinedly thrift store rock genre has really never done much for me. Much better live, right? If more of the record is sacrificed upon the altar of YouTube perhaps I'll revise my opinion.

Gorge, Saturday, 2 April 2011 23:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

You folks watching the Academy of Country Music awards?

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 April 2011 02:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, in the background. The Brokeback Mountain gay joke in reference to Gyllenhall/Swift at the beginning was offputting. Blake playing the clumsy stupid guy to Reba was not exactly Tommy and Dick Smothers. Then there was the Brady guy skit. Carrie Underwood did hard rock bordering on metal.
I think she's performed that tune about 1,000 times on TV. It gets louder and more thrusting but not better everytime.

Steve Tyler made weird noises during her song and "Walk this Way." Rihanna looks great, did another hard rock tune with Jennifer Nettles in which a guy who looked like the lead guitarist for Extreme in 1991 played a senseless solo. Ronnie Dunn was sub-mediocre. Brad Paisley won another award, it's pro forma, He's so famous he always gets a percentage of the spoil whether he's earned it or not. Toby Keith outright blew, pretty much mumbling his way through or phoning in whatever it was he was doing. xhuxk'd now, probably.

I foolishly expected it to be more tuneful than it was so some of the time was spent in reading "YOU Never Give Me Your Money," a new Beatles book I got for my birthday.

Now Alan Jackson is introducing some people: stocking cap Zach and James Taylor. Stocking cap, in Las Vegas, yet. Is he totally without pity?

Gorge, Monday, 4 April 2011 05:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

James Taylor looks like he's missing his false teeth. Which actually may be the case since he's playing sitting down.

Gorge, Monday, 4 April 2011 05:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

I didn't watch; was proof-reading galley proofs for my Greatest Hits book. Have since watched the Underwood/Tyler and Rihanna/Nettles duets on youtube. Okay, I guess, but not okay enough to want to hear them again. Thought Nettles outsung Rihanna.

Otherwise, am really liking Martina McBride's "Teenage Daughters" and Eric Church's "Homeboy." Both rock music as much as country, but different kinds. Bet George will like the McBride more; I probably do too, but haven't decided definitively yet.

xhuxk, Monday, 4 April 2011 13:44 (3 years ago) Permalink


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