From the thread National Folk Festival--Streaming Live Labor Day Weekend:
Awright, twentysomethings doing vitamins and Granpa's Western swing proud--Marshall Ford Swing Band is fronted by Johnny Gimble's granddaughter, Emily Ann. "Lulu's Back In Town", "My Window Faces The South", "A Shanty in Old Shanty Town" (where"The writing on the wall wouldn't mean a thing"). "We got it from the Slim and Slam version", as well they might; Bob Wills is sailing by a on a falsetto breeze too. "When you see the rosin fly/Sit up straight, don't bat an eye." That's called "Draggin' the Bow"--no drag son, perkier than ever. "Pluck my hearstrings with delight/Away we'll go/That's called draggin' the bow." Down for the ol' man/ ol' lady blues: "When will you ever leave me?"
― dow, Sunday, September 4, 2011 4:25 PM
oops, more rain. Not to say, judging by this set, the Marshall Ford Wing Band necessarily have the older Hot Club of Cowtown's instrumental chops, but they've got the spirit (and the voices). Book one band if you can't get t'other.
― dow, Sunday, September 4, 2011 4:59 PM
― dow, Sunday, 4 September 2011 22:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
Listen here, for one place http://www.marshallfordswingband.com
― dow, Sunday, 4 September 2011 22:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
Gibson's troubles with the government, raided in Nashville, among other things.
― Gorge, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 01:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
I've never really listened to Keith Urban, but the more I hear that "Long Hot Summer" song the more fascinated I am that it is such a perfectly crafted radio song it could have likely been a hit for almost any singer. Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Eddie Money, Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, Lady Gaga ...
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, September 4, 2011
Richard Marx co-wrote this with Urban.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 10 September 2011 02:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, Keith Urban's "Put You In A Song" made my Top Ten near the beginning of this thread, but wish he'd ease up on the dutiful-sounding positivity and sanitized melancholy. Either way, def needs to play more of that ace showtime guitar on his albums, hell even an all-instrumental set, like Paisley. Also: an exemplary feature, re well-chosen quotes from an uncharacteristically forthcoming interview, in fair ratio with pungent musical excepts--warning to some: it's blue-gr-a-s-s http://www.npr.org/2011/09/12/140366232/bill-monroe-celebrating-the-father-of-bluegrass-at-100
― dow, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
Also for Monroe's 100th Birthday, a mix, which I thought at first glance incl Alvin and the Chipmunks, but it's another Alvin, dang it. Oh well, the Million Dollar Quartet are in here:http://www.npr.org/2011/09/07/140247673/the-mix-happy-100th-bill-monroe From several years back, Big Mon is an unusually good tribute album--also unusual for spotlighting Monroe's pop-wise elements, especially considering producer Ricky Skaggs' latter-day schoolmaster (and sermonizing) tendencies. But he was Entertainer of the Year back in the day.
― dow, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
Johnny Horton's version of "Battle of New Orleans" was the first song to pull me into the radio--an awesome epic cartoon, and git that musket ready boy. It was written by Jimmy Driftwood, a schoolteacher who, like many of that calling then and now, had to use lot of his own resources in the classroom. Horton had a big kiddie following, with vivid, sing-along songs, several from movies. This girl I knew had his Greatest Hits, her first LP, and she used to play it with a lipstick rubberbanded to the stylus, to keep it from skipping. Oh, she's long gone...This Ed Sullivan Show version of "Battle", the first link, seems a bit speedy and tinny, but dig the Arctic ballet--maybe cause of his Alaska songs? Links to them after "Battle", also "Whispering Pines":
― dow, Saturday, 17 September 2011 17:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
We are so happy to announce that Justin Townes Earle came home with the Song of the Year award for "Harlem River Blues" at last night's Americana Music Associations 10th Annual Honors and Awards!
There is an American Music Association?
― curmudgeon, Friday, 14 October 2011 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yep. Here are the nominees, with winners in double asteriks. Folk Alley has posted this with a stream of the 4/10 ceremony, which I haven't heard yet, so dunno how much actual music can be heard there:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
**Band of Joy, Robert Plant**
Welder, Elizabeth Cook
Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle
Blessed, Lucinda Williams
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW/EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Civil Wars
**Mumford And Sons**
The Secret Sisters
Jessica Lea Mayfield
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
**The Avett Brothers**
Mumford And Sons
Robert Plant and the Band Of Joy
SONG OF THE YEAR
Decemberists with Gillian Welch- "Down By The Water"
Elizabeth Cook - "El Camino"
Hayes Carll - "Kmag Yoyo"
**Justin Townes Earle - "Harlem River Blues"**
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
― dow, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
Merle's Working In Tennessee is a lot of fun, mostly barroom/boxcar/daydream sing-alongs, with a natcherly blooming windowbox of the fatalist, affirmative and absurd, especially on "Laugh It Off." Flexes some mellow heart muscle too (some, not a shitload).
― dow, Thursday, 20 October 2011 21:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
Favorite song is the homelessness one about Saginaw that shares its name with a much worse Red Hot Chili Peppers hit; "Laugh It Off" second place probably. Solid record, but there's a lot I could quibble about, if I had time to quibble these days.
― xhuxk, Friday, 21 October 2011 03:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
love listening to "if i die young" lately
― surm, Friday, 21 October 2011 05:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, they (the Band Perry) did that on Dancing With The Stars last week, hot stuff (funny given the title, cos song is not country goth or gothic, except in a hot Dancing With The Stars-appropriate way, "die"/"little death"/nice-sized O/musical sublimation way of country wisdom)
― dow, Saturday, 22 October 2011 19:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
Xxhux's aforementioned quibbles with Working In Tennessee might well incl use of sureshot themes, re aforementioned barroom/boxcar/daydream sing-alongs, but his whiff-of-bs-bearing paper airplanes are bullseye or close enough, often enough for lazier me to be impressed--he really is Working it, somewhut. Top Ten? We'll see.
― dow, Saturday, 22 October 2011 19:11 (1 year ago) Permalink
Neil Young's A Treasure turns out to be closer to Working In Tenn than I would have thought to expect, in terms of drollery, fecund foraging with Nashville cats (here touring as International Harvesters) and use of familiar elements. Only five prev unreleased titles, but the known ones haven't been redone on disc too often and everything's pretty sparky, except the first one, Amber Jean (and mebbe a couple others are too long). Several def (incl initial snoozes) def get better as they go along, which is not so common these days, much gracias. Fave: "Southern Pacific", where a forcibly retired railroad worker complains as the Harvesters klang and steam, way out on the redeye express. Kinda spooky--are they part of why he was retired? Note to self: This would have to be in Reissues, wouldn't it? Since Himes' Nashville Scene ballots have so far defined those as music rec. five or more years ago, and A Treasure's tracks are from mid-80s shows.
― dow, Saturday, 22 October 2011 19:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
Hi guys. I'm guessing that 50-100% of you are working country music critics, so maybe you're the best folks to help me out. Where do you turn for the best new country album reviews?
I've noticed that most of the links on this thread aren't to country-specific websites. The only ones I found were for Taste of Country and The Boot, the latter of which doesn't seem to do albums. Do you find them to be reasonable? Are there better country-dedicated sources? Or do more broad-spectrum sites like Village Voice and NYTimes just have higher-quality music criticism?
I've really been getting into country music this year and want to do my best to keep up with the new shit. Thank you, and high fives to infinity.
― rustic italian flatbread, Thursday, 10 November 2011 12:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
The 9513 is 100% country and they cover nearly everything. ymmv on their quality.
― Bruce K. Tedesco (zachlyon), Thursday, 10 November 2011 12:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
I just checked it out. Apparently it hasn't been updated since May.
― rustic italian flatbread, Thursday, 10 November 2011 12:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
whoa really? apparently that was the last time i checked it. weird.
― Bruce K. Tedesco (zachlyon), Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
I mised the CMA Awards on tv last night as I was out seeing Mexican pop singer Julieta Venegas. Will have to check youtube or elsewhere to see if there are any good performance clips
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
The9513 officially folded back in May. Juli Thanki, who is a terrific writer and an occasional contributor to the former site, started engine145 a couple of months ago, though it focuses more heavily on "roots" music than contemporary country.
― jon_oh, Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
winners from the 45th Country Music Association Awards:
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor SwiftFemale Vocalist of the Year: Miranda LambertMale Vocalist of the Year: Blake SheltonVocal Group of the Year: Lady AntebellumVocal Duo of the Year: SugarlandNew Artist of the Year: The Band PerryAlbum of the Year: My Kinda Party, Jason AldeanSingle of the Year: "If I Die Young", The Band PerrySong of the Year: "If I Die Young", The Band PerryVideo of the Year: "The House That Built Me," Miranda LambertMusical Event of the Year: "Don't You Wanna Stay," Jason Aldean featuring Kelly ClarksonMusician of the Year: Mac McAnally, guitarMusic Video of the Year: "You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:37 (1 year ago) Permalink
I didn't actually bother with the show, but Lady Antebellum over Zac Brown Band for Vocal Group and Aldean over Swift or Zac Brown Band are the only indefensible winners. A pretty accurate reflection of one of the poorest years for mainstream country I can remember overall.
― jon_oh, Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
band perry made out!
― surm, Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
would kick it with: luke bryan
― /\/K/\/\, Thursday, 10 November 2011 17:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
I drunk-tweeted this last night. I love country music awards shows because no other genre wholly embraces its gaudy bullshit and even gives a platform to its more mediocre talent (Chris Young! Thompson Square! That icky kid who won American Idol!).
Aldean beating Swift for Album of the Year was so shockingly wrong it was laughable; Lady A over ZBB is predictable bullshit, although Zac Brown holding a red Solo cup in the audience during this category showed exactly how much he doesn't give a fuck. Although the reaction shots of the night go to Swift: not even bothering to be fake-happy when Lambert won Female Vocalist, clapping politely and talking after The Band Perry sang (I really hope she was saying "Oh so that's what I'd be like if my voice was thinner and less charismatic, and I had a problem with words!"), and then going PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE while all the other EOY noms were like "haha I'm gonna lose to the girl." #taylorswiftsurprisedface!
Actually I think ZBB got jobbed most when "Colder Weather" lost out to "If I Die Young" (which is about 16 months old at this point! But I guess if Luke Bryan and Eric Church are still considered "new artists"...), but I can see why people think that's a good song.
At one point Carrie Underwood had on a Maria Bello Prime Suspect hat and some reject dress from the musical Chicago while introducing Luke Bryan and his strippers singing "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" and afterwards Nicole Kidman shot this look at Keith Urban that was like "Haha can you believe this bullshit?! Oh you can, whoops!" Blake Shelton sang "Footloose." Sara Evans did that big hit and had an aerialist, maybe so people wouldn't fall asleep.
― all the other twinks with their fucked up dicks (billy), Thursday, 10 November 2011 17:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
I kinda like Aldean's title cut but haven't heard the whole album so I won't debate you folks (yet) on its merits versus Swift's.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
Some of these don't appear too memorable
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 November 2011 22:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
Good job, internet: People on pretty well every country-specific message board I've checked are up in arms that Swift didn't look happy enough in her reaction shot when Lambert won Female Vocalist. Because awards shows need a villain.
To my ears, Speak Now is Swift's most unabashedly pop album ("Mean" notwithstanding) but whatever; Aldean isn't even remotely in league with her, and his album was far and away the weakest of the five nominees, including the Blake Shelton EP that inexplicably pulled a nomination.
Not a Faith Hill fan at all, but launching a comeback with a OneRepublic cover seems like an especially poor choice. Can't see country radio going for that single, but adult contemporary will likely be all over it.
― jon_oh, Friday, 11 November 2011 16:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
I think Taylor will survive the message board comments.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 November 2011 18:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
She may even write a song about them.
― i couldn't adjust the food knobs (Phil D.), Friday, 11 November 2011 18:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
Well yeah, obviously. I just think it's indicative of how such a sizable and vocal part of the country audience actively looks for reasons to villify her.
― jon_oh, Friday, 11 November 2011 18:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
Taylor just looks bummed that she lost
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 November 2011 19:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
haha blake shelton at the end
― Bruce K. Tedesco (zachlyon), Saturday, 12 November 2011 00:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
i'm back and forth on the nikki lane album on iamsound. productionwise definitely feels "indie country" for the most part but she has chops and i like that she isn't afraid to divest herself of most of the pop/rock trappings and go for a full on woe is me honky tonk weeper either
― saturdaynight (jk), Thursday, 17 November 2011 02:49 (1 year ago) Permalink