I still love "Independence Day."
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:07 (3 years ago) Permalink
Ned's been taking it nice and easy since Valentine's.
― getting good with gulags (beachville), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:27 (3 years ago) Permalink
As one should. Good show, it all slotted into my own memories of early 80s Pat Benatar and that-era country crossover hits revamped for a later time -- reinforced by the set-closing take on "Don't Stop Believin'" Clearly got a good band going for her as well, in great voice in general.
Opening dude Danny Nail and his band made me think they could just have easily opened for Wilco or Howlin Rain' just as easily. Not a complaint, they were pretty good in their own way too.
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:32 (3 years ago) Permalink
Think you mean David Nail, Ned? I liked his 2011 album a lot (linked upthread to a review I wrote); a lot more than Martina's (which was just okay, but which did have my favorite country single of the year), in fact.
― xhuxk, Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:00 (3 years ago) Permalink
Whoops, yes you're correct, David not Danny.
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:13 (3 years ago) Permalink
Glad it turned out well, Ned. I keep adding to my P&J and Scene comments posted on http://thefreelancementalists.blogspot.com and here's one I don't think is in the ones posted upthread, judging by Control + F, pretty fun album:Not quite country enough for these lists, butAlso: Snow Shadows, a recent studio album by Alana Amram. Her voice reminds me of very early Dylan, but without imitating him--also without his very early hillbilly thing, not that there's anything wrong with that. Spare, expressive, interested in beats, a tad cautious, but looking for the right place to jump, then doing it-- early Dylan in that sense. Songs by Vince Martin, whom I only knew from his collaboration with Fred Neil (on an LP I never heard, blanking on the title). He’s no genius, but provides good moody, vivid vehicles for Alana and the lads’ green rocky road flavor of folk-country-pop. I might be prejudiced, because I used to jam with her dad Dave (who wrote “Pull My Daisy” with Kerouac and Ginsberg, also plays classical and jazz french horn, piano, flute etc). He used to lead jams at Birmingham’s nascent civic arts fests in the 70s. But Alana’s def got her own thing--Van Dyke Parks' strings on a few cuts (sunlight violins forking the forest of dark red and green cellos etc), album produced by Mark Sebastian, who wrote gritty "Summer In The City" & whose brother John plays on here too-- yeah, and she wears it with just enough, casual enough flair
― dow, Friday, 17 February 2012 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink
Here's something I found interesting in the Thousand-Dollar Cut-Rate Quartet division of Nashville ghost stories and rockabilly casualties making their local-band statement--Million Sellers' new opus Music City USA and Other Ghost Stories.
― Edd Hurt, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 21:01 (3 years ago) Permalink
Good title, I'll check it out. This seems like it might be good too. Never heard of some, but Tracy Grammer, Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Malcolm Holcombe should be okay; Steve Dawson has some really intriguing tracks on the mega-space-time vessel Live From The Old Town SchoolListen to Folk Alley on folkalley.com, Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 24, to hear interviews and performances streaming live from the Magnolia Room at the 25th Folk Alliance in Memphis, Tennessee.
Hosts Jim Blum and Matt Watroba are in Memphis to introduce an exciting line-up of artists including (all times listed as Central Time GMT -6):
Thursday11 am-11:45 am CT: Nora Jane Struthers11:45 am-12:30 pm CT: The Dunwells12:30 pm-1:15 pm CT: Tracy Grammer1:15 pm-2 pm CT: Gretchen Peters
Friday11 am-11:45 am CT: Old Man Luedecke11:45 am-12:30 pm CT: Mary Gauthier12:30 pm-1:15 pm CT: Malcolm Holcombe1:15 pm-2 pm CT: Steve Dawson
(other musicians will be recorded for later broadcast)
― dow, Thursday, 23 February 2012 01:00 (3 years ago) Permalink
yeah, looks good. I only know Holcombe, who was quite good last Oct. at Americana here in town.
― Edd Hurt, Friday, 24 February 2012 01:43 (3 years ago) Permalink
Dierks album still growing on me some (like that he references Ozzy in "5-1-5-0" and admire his almost risking pornography in "Breathe You In"); still didn't get through the McGraw but the first few songs sounded okay I guess; wish Bryan Clark & the New Lyceum Players were jazzier and jammier and less uh John Mayeristic (maybe also Zach Brownistic?) or whatever but still think their album has enough tasty bits to get by.
Favorite "country" album of 2012 is now Bhi Bhiman's Bhiman, first time I've ever been able to say that about a Sri Lankan-American singer songwriter who's been hyped on NPR. (Favorite songs, not necessarily in this order: "Kimchee Line," The Cookbook," "Atlatl," Ballerina," and the instrumental "Mexican Wine." My wife, who's spent way more time in Mexico than I have, explained to me what an atlatl is. My 3-year-old daughter likes the album so much she's been asking me to play for bedtime music.)
― xhuxk, Friday, 24 February 2012 16:34 (3 years ago) Permalink
Also, probably would've put this album in my 2011 country Top 10 if I'd heard it on time, even though it's way more biker-doom metal. (Scroll down in the middle for my mini review):
― xhuxk, Friday, 24 February 2012 16:45 (3 years ago) Permalink
PYeah, xgau really liked Bhiman, covered the album on NPR and Expert Witness, though noted some current limitations in his approach.Plumb forgot about the Thurday Folk Alley Folk Alliance live stream, heard only the end of Mary Guathier's set today, voice seemed a little faint (some weird raspy inhalations when talking) but pretty good tune.I see what you mean about Holcombe, Edd, kind of like Dave Van Ronk in "One Meat Bawwl" mode, the freewheeling side of Uncle Dave Macon, but most of all like a bulldog, growling and pulling images (esp like to check about "a hole in the ocean" some more), through funky undertow. Steve Dawson mostly did Mississippi Sheiks tunes, from a tribute years ago, when most of their stuff was unavailable beyond obscure bootlegs--he got me thinking about the Sheiks, since said a lot is ready on iTunes ect. and esp group recordings he so into (I only know OOP Stop + Listen and an even grabbaggier than nec thing on Sony), got me thinking and missing some of Dawson'svocals, which seemed bland not only compared to the Sheiks of course but also his originals I'd heard before. Good playing from him and his motel combo, suitcase and all, and voice better when they finished with a faster Sheiks, focusing on the beat focused his phrasing of the typically pungent Sheiks lyrics too. "Apple Doll", one of his tracks on Live From The Old Town School, brings seemingly fragmented lines into focus via music and more elusively accruing senses--in principle like some 60s Dylan, that version of the "The Cuckoo Song" on Harry Smith's Smithsonian Anthology, Fairport's early version of "Nottamun Town," and--not much else, some other ancient, maybe coded and/or stitched together folk songs, but not much I've heard. "Apple Doll" might be adapted from old sources, but seems entirely and disquietingly like testimony from the very recent past. Folk Alley's in the process of posting highlights of the streams herehttp://www.folkalley.com/festivals/folk-alliance-2012
― dow, Friday, 24 February 2012 20:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
"Apple Doll" deals more with shattered than "seemingly fragmented," actually--hence why impression of testimony from very recent past is disquieting, the musical mending spooky too, in sunlit way.
― dow, Friday, 24 February 2012 20:43 (3 years ago) Permalink
Finally made it through Emotional Traffic, which strikes me as a more or less average Tim McGraw album, which means I like it fine. Totally stumped about people who've said it's his best ever (that'd be A Place In The Sun from 13 years ago), but it has some good if probably not great songs on it -- "Right Back Atcha," "The One That Got Away," the purple-drink single left over from last year, Ne-Yo duet "Only Human", "Die By My Own Hand." (For his quiet storm/yacht-rock mode, I'd take "Suspicions" from 2007 waaay over "Right Back" or "Only Human" though.) And he's singing good, sure -- but when didn't he sing good?
Still need to try the Kellie Pickler. Tried the upcoming Marty Stuart yesterday, and he's as boring as he always is. What do people hear in him again? Respect for country history I guess, right? Some bluegrass wanking from the musicians, if you like that sort of thing. Though for what it's worth, I didn't hate the closing Hank III duet as much as I expected to.
― xhuxk, Friday, 24 February 2012 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink
One time through the Kellie Pickler album, I'd say it's all real purty in the background, and I get the idea the songwriting's on point for a lot of it, but almost none of it is connecting with me so far regardless -- If anything, I'd say the self-conscious countrypolitan classicism of the sound obscures the songs; I'm just kind of not buying it. It will probably grow on me with more listens, but I'd actually be surprised if I wind up preferring it to her debut. (It's not like '70s pop-country is inherently better than '00s pop-country, after all. And I think Lee Ann Womack's More Where That Came From is a pretty good album, but I never liked anything on it anywhere near as much as "I'll Think Of A Reason Later.")
― xhuxk, Friday, 24 February 2012 23:26 (3 years ago) Permalink
haven't heard Marty's new one, but he and his band are usually pretty sparky (vs. earned/traditional/received fatalism, never far away). He did push the bloodthirsty Old Testament aspect of Soul Chapel too far for fun (would have to go metal for that)But Badlands, his brooding white-man contemplation of Native Americans getting screwed over, sure worked better than most such.
― dow, Friday, 24 February 2012 23:27 (3 years ago) Permalink
What I said about Pickler's debut on here, over half a decade ago:
Rolling Country 2006 Thread
― xhuxk, Friday, 24 February 2012 23:33 (3 years ago) Permalink
Good pickers on here at least, and hopefully not too many more Tea Party-and-beyondo rants, anybody heard it yet? Shooter Jennings--FAMILY MANRecording in his recently adopted hometown of New York, producing himself for the first time, and playing with a group of extremely talented musicians he has dubbed The Triple Crown; Shooter is more relaxed and confident on this album than ever before. Featuring renowned jazz pianist Erik Deutsch, guitarist Chris Masterson, drummer Tony Leone, bassist Jeff Hill, pedal steel player John Graboff, and rising roots music star Eleanor Whitmore, who contributes harmony vocals as well as playing mandolin and fiddle, the Triple Crown brings to mind such ensembles as Merle Haggard's Strangers, Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, and Buck Owens' Buckaroos, becoming an integral part of the music and adding their unique stamp to each and every note. It is his ... Read more blah-blah, songs below:Track Listings1. The Real Me2. The Long Road Ahead (feat. Tom Morello and Eleanor Whitmore)3. The Deed and The Dollar4. Manifesto No. 45. Summer Dreams (Al's Song) 6. Southern Family Anthem7. Daddy's Hands8. The Black Dog9. The Family Tree10. Born Again (feat. Eleanor Whitmore)
― dow, Thursday, 1 March 2012 19:16 (3 years ago) Permalink
Squinting at those titles some more, mebbe not so promising...
― dow, Thursday, 1 March 2012 19:19 (3 years ago) Permalink
Some these titles are def intriguing--would like to check "Shattered Image," "Shinola," "Jesus and Gravity."
Lebanon, Tenn. (March 5, 2012) – Mark April 2 on your calendar for An Evening With… Dolly, then be sure to stop by your nearest Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location to pick up your copy of this first-ever Cracker Barrel exclusive two-disc DVD and CD set. The DVD and CD (w somewhat dif tracks)transport you to a front row seat in London as Dolly performs some of her most popular songs “Coat of Many Colors,” “9 to 5,” and “Jolene,” live in front of her sold-out O2 arena concert. Classics like Dolly’s very first million seller, “Here You Come Again” and “I Will Always Love You,” along with previously unreleased live bonus tracks “Shattered Image” and “My Tennessee Mountain Home,” combine in a memorable collection. The DVD captures Dolly interacting with the audience, sharing stories about growing up in Tennessee, and in the “Soundcheck” feature, fans get to take a peek backstage and see the inner workings of the show. An Evening With…Dolly will be available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at crackerbarrel.com/music. “In 2008, we released Dolly’s Backwoods Barbie - Collector’s Edition CD and we are delighted to work with her on a second project,” said Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager. "(yadda-yadda)"
An Evening With... Dolly CD Track Listing:1. Two Doors Down2. Jolene3. Coat of Many Colors4. Only Dreaming5. Little Sparrow6. The Grass is Blue7. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind8. Here You Come Again9. Islands in the Stream10. 9 to 511. I Will Always Love You12. Shattered Image* - previously unreleased live bonus track13. My Tennessee Mountain Home* - previously unreleased live bonus track An Evening With... Dolly DVD Track Listing:1. Two Doors Down2. Jolene3. Backwoods Barbie4. Coat of Many Colors5. Only Dreamin’6. Better Get to Livin’7. Shinola8. Little Sparrow9. The Grass is Blue10. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind11. Here You Come Again12. Islandsin the Stream13. 9 to 514. I Will Always Love You15. Jesus and Gravity
― dow, Monday, 5 March 2012 17:29 (3 years ago) Permalink
More country criticism perhaps but I encourage folks here to check out these two threads over at Rod Dreher's blog at _The American Conservative_, both the various linked articles, his own thoughts and especially the many comments. (You're also going to figure out who I am on there pretty easily, I admit, given I mention a certain xhuxk at one point.) An interesting amount of stuff to chew on.
I'd especially recommend this comment, which I suspect few here will find surprising but which is nonetheless expressed very well and concisely:
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 March 2012 18:28 (3 years ago) Permalink
skipping over the posters like a stone, I agree with the libertarian-to-liberal insofar as he hears the conservative-traditional older person confronted with differences in younger generations of own family, but also, country does adapt, necessarily. Even in acting, working, playing the same way, eventually it gets heard differently, even hears itself differently as time change and memories accumulate, adapting as they pile in together. It always adapts in someway, even in reacting against changes in other forms of pop music. Pop and art and/or folk processes.
― dow, Friday, 9 March 2012 18:54 (3 years ago) Permalink
So tension of adaptation (grappling with marriage sharing rocks w whiskey, for inst) a great country sobject
― dow, Friday, 9 March 2012 20:10 (3 years ago) Permalink
Those are some thoughtful comments!
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:09 (3 years ago) Permalink
A new one from Marley's Ghost, whom xhuxx and I were discussing on RC 2006--good stuff on there, but vocals didn't hold up w repeated listenings. Lots of good guests on here, although Prine and Kristofferson are not the kind of vocal support I'd want. Oh well, there's Emmylou, Old Crow etc (and production by Cowboy Jack Clement), so here's hoping:
NEW ALBUM BY MARLEY’S GHOST, JUBILEE,FEATURES LEDENDARY PRODUCER/SONGWRITERCOWBOY JACK CLEMENT AT THE HELM Stellar list of guest performers include Emmylou Harris, John Prine,Old Crow Medicine Show, Marty Stuart, Larry Campbell, Byron House and Don Heffington. Along with six band originals, songs include covers of Kris Kristofferson,Levon Helm, Bobby & Shirley Womack and others. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marley’s Ghost — a virtuoso aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr. and Jerry Fletcher — celebrates its 25th anniversary with the scintillating roots-music tour de force Jubilee (Sage Arts, street date: June 5, 2012). The album, produced by legendary Nashville cat Cowboy Jack Clement and recorded at the city’s venerable Sound Emporium, which Clement built, features guest performances from Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Marty Stuart, Larry Campbell, Byron House and Don Heffington. “One of the things that we were really clear on with this record was that we wanted it to be a Marley’s Ghost album with friends sitting in, not guest stars with us as the backing band,” Wheetman explains. “And it worked.” Like its nine predecessors, Jubilee is wildly eclectic, its 13 tracks drawn, with unerring taste, from the songbooks of Kris Kristofferson (“This Old Road”), Levon Helm (“Growin’ Trade”), Bobby and Shirley Womack (“It’s All Over Now”), Katy Moffatt and Tom Russell (“Hank and Audrey”), John Prine (“Unwed Fathers”), Butch Hancock (“If You Were a Bluebird”) and Paul Siebel (the closing “She Made Me Lose My Blues”), along with the traditional “Diamond Joe.” These deftly interpreted tunes blend seamlessly with the six originals on the album. Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band. As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly, and frequently daffily, dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.” These guys can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from reggae (hence the double-entendre moniker) to blues to stone country, which is what they’ve been doing — to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians — throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. “The band has always been eclectic, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve stayed together for this long,” Wheetman explains. “I’ve said this before, but instead of having to be in a Delta blues band, an a cappella singing group, a country band, a reggae band, and being a singer/songwriter, I’m in one band and we just do all that. It’s very convenient.” When they started thinking about this album project more than a year ago, the band members agreed to each bring songs to the table that they wanted Marley’s Ghost to record. “That’s the way the band has generally operated,” says Wheetman, “and then some things naturally stick. I brought ‘The Blues Are Callin’’ for Mike because I thought it would be a good duet song, although he wound up singing it by himself — and he sang the shit out of it, by the way. And when I heard Kris Kristofferson’s last album a couple of years ago, I thought the title song would be great for Jon, so I brought that one along as well. Jon brought ‘Growin’ Trade,’ which Eddie ended up singing.” Phelan describes “Growin’ Trade,” written by Larry Campbell and Levon Helm, as “an emblematic Band song that was never recorded by The Band. Loving The Band and being able to make something that sounds like The Band without imitating The Band is kinda tricky, and I think we pulled it off with this one, so we’re really proud of that.” Wheetman’s “South for a Change” has a Bob Wills feel, while Phelan was thinking of Buck Owens when “Lonely Night” came to him. The new record is the band’s second straight project with Clement, who turned 80 last year. Clement first heard Marley’s Ghost in 2009, when a mutual friend brought him to a performance at Nashville’s Douglas Corner. “Afterwards, Cowboy came up to tell us how much he liked the band,” Phelan recalls. “He said, ‘You got a lot of bang,’ whatever that means. It was love at first sight all around. He liked that we were a real band and not a bunch of session musicians who get together for one project. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but he knows a lot of those guys; he doesn’t know a lot of real bands who play and sing together and have a sound. About a month later, he sent us a letter — not an email — saying that if we wanted to come down to his place, he’d really like to make a record with us. We thought about that for two or three seconds — ‘Let’s see, do we want to make a record with a living legend, the guy who produced Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins? Okay.’ So this was a unique opportunity for us to do something with him while he’s still at the height of his powers.” They first worked with Clement on 2010’s Ghost Town, which in turn followed 2006’s Van Dyke Parks-produced Spooked. “Working with Van Dyke was like grad school in producing, says Phelan, “whereas Cowboy is a much more subtle guy. He’d be sitting there in the control room with these gigantic speakers cranked up listening to us do a take, and we’d hear him like the voice of God over the talkback, ‘Liked that one.’ Or he’d go, ‘That kinda sucked. You got a better one in ya.’ He guided the process, but not in any way similar to what Van Dyke had done. So it was a wildly different experience. But when you ride out the whole process, you can see why he’s got so many gold records on his walls.” “Jack brings a state of mind, a perspective about why you’re there in the first place,” Wheetman says of Clement’s production approach. “Then he lets things happen. When he started working at Sun, everything was cut live, and it was all about feel, not precision, and that’s how he still approaches it. And as you get basic tracks done, he’s got ideas about what to add. Jack really wanted Jerry on piano for the basic tracks because he’s such a great piano player, and up to this point, he’d been playing drums and piano at the same time, believe it or not. So we asked our old friend Don Heffington, who played on Spooked, to play the drums on the album. And I generally play bass in the band, but we asked Byron House come in and play bass on the sessions.” According to Phelan, they brought in House and Heffington to serve as the rhythm section on the album “because we wanted that feel you get when the whole band plays together. We wanted to get as much in the live session as possible and change as little as possible to the record — it just feels better that way.” Marley’s Ghost had brought in guests on several of their previous records — “friends who happened to be in the neighborhood,” according to Wheetman — but nothing approaching the all-star cast that graces Jubilee. “That was all Jack,” says Wheetman. “As we were doing ‘Unwed Fathers,’ he said, ‘That one needs a girl’s voice —it needs an angel on there.’ So he called Emmylou. Marty Stuart used to live at Jack’s house back when he was still playing mandolin with Johnny Cash. And Jack produced a couple of records for John Prine. We had sent Prine a CD of ‘This Old Road,’ and he really did his homework — he came in ready to go. They were all incredibly wonderful to work with — really giving and friendly. With every one of them, it was, ‘Is that what you want?’ “Emmy was in the studio trying to work out the harmony part for ‘Unwed Fathers,’ and because I’ve got a low voice, she was figuring out where to put it in her range to make it work. She said, ‘I’ll be out here ’til the cows come home,’ and I got on the talkback and asked her, ‘What time do the cows come home?’ She said, ‘As soon as I get this part!’” The lone non-Nashville guest was Woodstock-based guitarist and fiddle player Larry Campbell, a former key member of Bob Dylan’s band, Levon Helm’s producer and musical director, and the co-writer, with Levon, of “Growin’ Trade,” one of the highlights of Helm’s Grammy-winning 2009 LP Electric Dirt. “We wanted some fiddle and some electric guitar on a couple of things, so we invited Larry down,” says Dan. “He came into the studio and cranked for two day and just killed it. He played hellacious guitar on ‘Hank and Audrey,’ and he was great fun to work with.” With each album, the band’s mastery of all manner of roots forms becomes more captivating, and more seamless in its variety. “When you’ve been together for 25 years, there’s an approach, and that just automatically puts a certain spin on everything you do,” Wheetman points out. “One thing that’s always been important in the band is that you do what you can to serve the song, and that creates a cohesiveness from song to song.” “We’re five singers who don’t think genres mean much,” says Phelan. “If you connect with the song and the song connects with you, that’s what’s important, and that’s a real core belief of the band. When I go to a performance, I want to hear passion; I want to hear somebody up there doing it because they can’t not do it. That’s what we’re going for with everything we tackle. We have so many diverse feels, and we can pull them off in an authentic way — and after all this time, we’re playing the best we ever have.” One listen to Jubilee will confirm that assertion. In every note, and every measured silence, you can hear the miles they’ve traveled together, the jaw-dropping closeness they’ve attained, and the magical place where the men of Marley’s Ghost now reside.
― dow, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:29 (3 years ago) Permalink
Oh wait, Kristofferson isn't actually on there, they just do one of his songs. Here's the cover, from a painting by Thomas Hart Benson, who also invented a system of harmonica notation I believe.
― dow, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:35 (3 years ago) Permalink
― dow, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:46 (3 years ago) Permalink
― dow, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:51 (3 years ago) Permalink
Here's the one we were discussing, might be RC 2007, since that's when it was released, unless advances were '06.
― dow, Thursday, 29 March 2012 16:00 (3 years ago) Permalink
i need to give the hunger games soundtrack a spin
― 1 week to "Charles Dingus" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 29 March 2012 18:32 (3 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, interesting about Appalachoid District 12, but just read Joe Levy's Rolling Stone review: says it's verrry uneven, w credit and blame mainly going to producer/co-writer T-Bone Burnette. Pretty blunt review for Stone.
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 01:14 (2 years ago) Permalink
from the Takoma rarities thread: we got into a discussion of Norman Blake, and the following also has some links useful re other Nashville etc cats:Back in the 70s, we were having a plastic suburban house party, playing the first three Aerosmith albums over and over and over, 'til I finally freaked out and flipped on the TV. There was Norman, just picking away: not speedy and flashy, but cutting across, unstoppable. We were the ones who stopped, looked, and even listened. My first Norman Blake experience, unless you count my already having had whiskey before breakfast. You can also find a number of situations involving Norman (and sometimes Nancy) on The Steam-Powered Preservation Society's download/stream site http://thespps.org However! They don't have a search function, so you gotta scroll down and read the descriptions of the sets, and even so, let your finger linger on the download link, while you write it down, cos when you get into the archive you'll see a whole dizzying tower of links, not nec near yr target. Or you can just do a control + F search for a name you're looking for in there, and hit info under a promising label, sometimes get a pretty thorough commentary that way. Being of the jazzier-grass tendency, I also searched for and found clements & friends (Vassar w Grisman etc), Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan (w a line-up incl Trischka & Statman), Country Gazette etc. Blake plays w Tut Taylor alot, so check their Tut stash.
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
Oh yeah, Taylor and Blake worked as a duo at the Marin County Bluegrass Festival of 1974, which also involved Garcia and Grisman in various line-ups, plus Doc & Merle, Jim & Jesse, Frank Wakefield, and a monster Nitty Gritty Dirt Band set folding in several of the above and more. Can find that w no trouble athttp://smadacounty.blogspot.com He's also got lots of Garcia, w Dead and others, Townes (Lou Reed, Bird, Trane), etc etc. See the reposts link in left rail for complete list.
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
Nongrass-wise, A Truer Sound has for instance some Ray Wylie Hubbard tracks linked to his wife's posts, a live RWH set, even, if you go back far enough a mega-disc set involving Hubbard's Three Faces West, which A Truer Sound ecstatically describes as a Texas Crosby Stills & Nash (h'mmm), plus Steve Fromholz, Michael Martin Murphy, Bill & Bonnie Hearne (only ones here I've heard much, later work anyway, which is nice). Dunno if I'll try all that or not. Also an OOP print Johnny Paycheck collection, haven't checked the link yet though, ditto the live Merle radio set. We must lobby for re-post of the Mike Cooley live solo set. You'll see a re-direct to new site, but check this older one first:http://atruersound.blogspot.com
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 18:45 (2 years ago) Permalink
"linked *from* his wife's posts"--think that's how it works.
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 18:48 (2 years ago) Permalink
As long as I'm doing this, might as well mention a lover of West Coast buckskin--my main interest is the Gram & Emmylou & Fallen Angels show, not the same as on the officially released LP, CD. Also a Byrds x Flying Burrito Brothers live interface--no Gram on there, alas, but Clarence White, Sneaky Pete etc. Lots of other Byrds-related, a ton of Young, the Complete Last Waltz (w tracks not in the official box, and none of it fixed in Robertson's official mix), live Kinks in '89, lately live The Band. Here's the link:http://bbchron.blogspot.com
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink
"live Kinks in *69*," that is! An audience tape, but still.
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
Sunday night April 1 is the Academy of Country Music Awards. How many different country music award shows are there? It seems like a lot.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 30 March 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
Indeed. Been wondering about this, haven't gotten promo yet
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
Joe Henry produced that and I think he sometimes turns stuff into just ok middlebrow NBR music. Guitarist Steuart Smith is on it, so maybe he livens it up. I haven't heard it yet either.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 30 March 2012 21:24 (2 years ago) Permalink
You remember this right?
Well here it is again. Shameless.
― Jamie_ATP, Friday, 30 March 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
Ah yeah, I need to dig deeper into YouTube country, thanks. xpost curmudgeon: Crowell, Karr and Smith will tour. Dunno if Karr reads, sings, or both. Hope Crowell does both; excerpts of his memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks were pretty pungent, if sometimes overwritten (pot to kettle, yeah).
― dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 22:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
Anybody heard this?
The Lacs 190 Proof Available In Stores TodayCollaborations with Big & Rich, Bubba Sparxxx and Crucifix Included on the Anticipated Sophomore Album The Lacs gear up to open for Colt Ford on his2012 “Declaration of Independence” tour Nashville, TN (April 5, 2012) — Backroad Records’ high-powered duo The Lacs are now serving up their intoxicating blend of southern rap and rock on their sophomore album, 190 Proof. Available now in stores and online everywhere, the highly anticipated release includes collaborations with country music stars Big & Rich, as well as platinum selling rapper Bubba Sparxxx, and new artist Crucifix. Taking the partying, country mud truckin’ lifestyle to the next level, 190 Proof is creating quite a buzz with songs like “Drinks Up” “Shake It (featuring Big & Rich)” and “4 Wheel Drive.” Produced by Phive Starr Productions and Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins, 190 Proof is filled with 14 tracks of their unique inebriating mix of slinky southern guitar riffs with booming beats and rhymes about life in the dirtiest parts of the Dirty South. The album is available on iTunes and can be downloaded here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/190-proof/id513376545 Hailing from the sandy dirt roads of Baxley, GA, hip-hop artist Clay "Uncle Snap" Sharpe and lead vocalist/guitarist Brian "Rooster" King make up The Lacs (short for Loud Ass Crackers). Their unique brand of hick-hop/southern rock captured a national audience when their song, "Shindig" (featuring Colt Ford), appeared on the Mud Digger album series, selling over 100,000 albums and 150,000 digital downloads. Their Backroad Records album debut, Country Boys Paradise, released in 2010, went on to sell over 50,000 albums and over 150,000 downloads. The Lacs will join label mate Colt Ford on the road as one of the opening acts on the 2012 “Declaration of Independence” tour. For a complete list of tour dates visit www.thelacsmusic.com 190 Proof Track Listing:
190 Proof Drinks Up Po Dunk University (Skit) Shake It featuring Big & Rich Old River Road Wylin featuring Bubba Sparxxx Great Moments in Redneck History #2 (Skit) Country Biy Fresh Island Time Just Another Thing featuring Crucifix 4 Wheel Drive Drink Too Much Ease Along What I Need
― dow, Thursday, 5 April 2012 21:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
I do like their ride
― dow, Thursday, 5 April 2012 21:14 (2 years ago) Permalink
Was not wowed by some of those youngin' who were up for best new artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards, but maybe I need to give 'em more of a chance. XChuckx probably knows their rock influences and can 'splain which ones are worth following. Scotty McCreery won as best new artist--he looks like he is 14 but he has a pretty deep voice
― curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink
That live stream upthread has now been archived, or at least "highlights" have, w more Folk Alliance performers unveiled: we get the aforementioned Mary Gauthier, Steve D. and Malcolm Holcombe, plus Jimmy LaFave, the Dunwells, some you may even give a shit about:http://www.folkalley.com/festivals/folk-alliance-2012
― dow, Friday, 6 April 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
Heard the Lacs album today. Or skimmed it anyway. As country rock rap goes, maybe better than the most recent and worst Colt Ford one (maybe), but that's not saying much. Opener, which is the title track, rocks and crunks hardest -- had me going there the first time through, I admit it. Big & Rich and Bubba Sparxxx collabs both seem to be country strip-pole rock, and both seem negligible. Skits are as dumb as all rap skits, maybe dumber -- for Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy fans I guess. They get kinda smooth in a not awful way toward the end, but by then it's kinda too late. "Kickin Up Mud," mentioned upthread as a big country linedance or whatever song last year (and which I've still yet to hear), isn't on the album. Though "4 Wheel Drive" (no relation to BTO, unfortunately) does probably refer to mud being kicked up.
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 03:04 (2 years ago) Permalink
Oh well word to the Lacs: Necs! I mean Next! True that xpost Joe Henry can stuff some boredom into tracks, but he does great w with the ones he produces and writes and co-writes on Bonnia Raitt's new Slipstream. The co-write's with Loudon Wainwright, melds with the real good Dylan-written track before it, which he also produced, so Raitt's playing with Bill Frisell and Greg Leiz, no ambient 'llowed, not in the usual elevator sense anyway, just some eloquent picking. She and ex NRBQ/long-time Nashville cat Al Anderson play great elsewhere (she produced most of the set, sounds like she and Al may have co-written some too)They even squeeze and slap some juice out of "On Down The Line," basically a boring-ass yacht rock barnacle. The only other song choice I'd quarrel with so far is one about a Hollywood marriage as run through the evil media blah blah, but some musical diversion there too. So far seems like if you jumped from her 70s peaks to this, you'd be on the same level, or close enough to keep your balance--streaming here for nownhttp://www.bonnieraitt.com/slipstream
― dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 05:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
Player's in the right rail, despite blank in the middle of page.
― dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 05:35 (2 years ago) Permalink