Can we talk about early-mid70s West Coast post-psych/pop/rock/folk-rock/country-rock?

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one of the funnest things about having a music addiction is getting bored with everything i've ever listened to before and forcing myself to open up and listen to music that i thought i'd never listen to (country, commercial hip hop & pop, disco, soft rock) or stuff that i've always known about but skimmed over. so now i'm in one of those later phases.

lately i've been totally addicted to stuff like the byrds, fleetwood mac, csn&y and related solo projects. i'd love to hear what everyone's favorite albums are in this genre, and don't skip over the obvious ones because i did in the past and now i'm regretting it. there's something so amazing about this stuff. it's sweet, but super dark (the drugs got harder?) and the record companies were putting in more money into these recordings, so they're so lush and beautiful

some things i've been listening to a lot lately:
Gene Clark - No Other & White Light
Fleetwood Mac - s/t, Rumours, Tusk
Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Notorious Byrd Brothers
Neil Young - Harvest
David Crosby - I Wish I could Remember My Name
Buffalo Springfield - Again
Beau Brummels - Triangle
obviously tons of Beach Boys & Dennis Wilson

i also got Stephen Stills first record but haven't heard it yet and i love the Band's "Music from Big Pink" & the Dillards "Wheatstra Suite" but I don't think they qualify as west coast even though they sound like it.

some things i want to buy:
John Phillips - John the Wolf King of LA
Dillard & Clark
Chris Hillman

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh, and i even bought an Eagles record (Desperado) and am able to listen to it without puking for the first time since highschool

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Have you heard the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, JaXoN? Cuz if you haven't you MUST!

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

they're on my list but i've never picked any up

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

well YO mama thinks you a jazz boy, jXn fyi.

Thea (Thea), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i was last time she asked

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

JaX0n is pop-curious.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Emmylou Harris' first albums through Quarter Moon in Ten-Cent Town
Linda Ronstadt -- Don't Cry Now, Heart Like a Wheel, and side two of Hasten Down the Wind
Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons

mottdeterre (mottdeterre), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the first Dillard and Clark record is as good as it comes...

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This strecthes the timeframe and genre a bit, but you should also check out Lindsey Buckingham's first two solo releases: Law & Order and Go Insane. Talk about the drugs getting harder....

mottdeterre (mottdeterre), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm on a roll -- sorry:

All of Randy Newman up to and including Good Old Boys.

mottdeterre (mottdeterre), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

she's not "west coast" per se, but i'd recommend linda perhacs.

paranoia is the hipster's disease (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think the first album I ever revered was Emmylou's Elite Hotel.

If you care about Xmas kitsch, Light in the Stable or whatever it's called is her covering some nice holiday tunes (Drummer Boy, a couple I never heard before, etc) and the album cover will break yr heart.

Thea (Thea), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh God, yes, Emmylou on the cover of Light is sublime. Perhaps the coolest thing about her is that unlike most celebrities, she's had the good sense to age gracefully. And boy has she!

Also, the critics did not "get" her at the time. I think they thought she was ersatz country, but her first records have help up so beautifully.

mottdeterre (mottdeterre), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

gygax, mentioned the band in the first post

subquestion: why is lindsay buckingham so revered. is it as a guitarist? songwriter? arranger? i'm not asking because i don't think he deserves it but because i don't know.

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

also, i love this period of music because either my parents have the records or because they are cheap!!

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, seconded. Thanks Dad.

But there must've been so many other, more obscure bands in LA etc. emulating this sound. Who was playing at the Whisky and the Troubadour while the Outlaws played the Coliseum, or whatever? I want to hear that stuff... maybe there're some compilations out there

Thea (Thea), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this might fit in too. it's the self-titled album by hoover, from 1969. mellow comedown folk stuff.

paranoia is the hipster's disease (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 00:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(the full album cover does say "hoover" on it -- but "hoove" was all i could scan)

paranoia is the hipster's disease (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 00:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

godamn jody, i have to show all details to tell who's talking to me anymore. thanks for the recommendations.

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 00:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

One of my favorite albums this year is The Homestead and Wolfe album just reissued on Anopheles Records. Sounds like the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, but more sincere, better songs on the whole, and with Wrecking Crew backing.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 00:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Buffalo Springfield's LAST TIME AROUND. HARVEST MOON is good folkie-Neil, also COMES A TIME. (DECADE's the best early collection). Eagles' ON THE BORDER is my fave of theirs.The Australian label Raven has good 2-LPs-on-1-CD, like Roseanne Cash, Rodney Crowell. Also, before the Byrds SWEETHEART got remixed so you could hear Gram, Raven had several of those tracks on what I guess is still the best overview of Gram's career, WARM EVENINGS, PALE MORNINGS, BOTTLED BLUES (the line in his song was actually "bottle of blues.")The first couple of Flying Burritos (a fairly recent collection too, I think).GP and GRIEVOUS ANGEL are still on a single disc, aren't theyANGEL's the *one*, so CD gets better as it goes along. And the live album's good too (tracks from GP sound better here). Moby Grape, but look for the LPs; the CDs I've heard are kinda messed up. Little Feat up through DIXIE CHICKEN or FEATS DON'T FAIL ME NOW.Ry Cooder's INTO THE PURPLE VALLEY. Van Dyke Parks' SONG CYCLE for the orchestra. Bonnie Raitt's 70s albums. Warren Zevon's GENIUS. Yeah Rodney and Roseanne aren't West Coast, but some of their albums and/or musos are, and they fit in various other ways.Semi-mellow beardos: Giant Sand's CHORE OF ENCHANTMENT, Dead's RECKONING and WORKINGMAN'S DEAD

Don, Wednesday, 20 October 2004 00:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Euphoria - s/t is rather swell

xian (xian), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 00:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i absolutely adore that Euphoria Record

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 00:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Check out the Skip Battin self titled release from 72 or 73, also Jackson Browne from that period.

jim wentworth (wench), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 01:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm just discovering I like Kris Kristoffersen. You might too. First album is great.

Hurting (Hurting), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 02:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is this sound kind of trendy in Brooklyn right now, or has it just been cool for a while.

Hurting (Hurting), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 02:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's trendy in my brooklyn apartment. but it has been for a while.

paranoia is the hipster's disease (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 02:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's a good sound. And it's not so surprising, as was pointed out above, because it's the stuff many of our parents listened to and is usually readily available in cheap vinyl form.

Hurting (Hurting), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 02:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hurting, are you from Brooklyn? Are you implying I'm from brooklyn and trendy?

I picked up that Kris Kristofferson record a few months ago and totally dig it.

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 03:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I live in Jersey City, but for about the last year I've been picking up a lot of this stuff from certain Brooklynite friends, including that Kristofferson (pardon my previous misspelling). Usually when these particular Brooklyn friends start pushing something it's no accident. Their other big thing in the last year or two has been Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention, etc.

I don't mean anything pejorative by the word trendy in this case. This is all good music. It's not like they started listening to electroclash or something.

Hurting (Hurting), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 03:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i was just teasing. i had a long post before but cut it just to make you feel funny. anyways, if this stuff was gonna get all big, it would have because of Beachwood Sparks. are they big? i don't know too much of the indie anymore. i heard a few tracks and it was just like listening to byrds covers. i'm just trying to listen to shit i've never listened to before.

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 03:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah Beachwood Sparks seemed like they were blowin' up for a minute but now it seems like they kinda fell off. I'm not sure what explains the phenomenon. I think everything old that's any good is bound to experience this kind of comeback at some point, but I don't know why it's now for outlaw country, 70s singer/songwriter and lighter psych stuff.

Hurting (Hurting), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 03:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh my, no-one's mentioned SPIRIT's 12 Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus yet. I reckon that's a must have... so many great moments, but I keep coming back to 'Nature's Way'. I think you'll definitely love that song given the other stuff on your list.

If we're going to be a bit free and easy with the 70s part of the question, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE's Volunteers came out on the very cusp of the new decade (November '69) and barring the hippy rhetoric, it sounds a lot like a 70s record. SKIP SPENCE'S Oar from a bit earlier definitely does not, but then again it doesn't really sound like a record from any specific era.

Maybe try and pick up the BYRDS (Untitled), just about their last really decent record. I guess it might be a bit of a sloppy package in sum total, and it's absolutely nowhere near as good as the *great* albums, but it's still got some of my favourite Byrds moments on it, mostly courtesy of Clarence White.

Given the general thrust of this thing, you'd probably like IAN MATTHEWS' Journeys From Gospel Oak too. Covers of Gene Clark and Tim Hardin in a very West Coast style. He was originally in Fairport Convention, then Matthews Southern Comfort before doing his solo thing of which Gospel Oak is the most solid effort. Think he moved out to California round about the time of that album too.

Anyone want to recommend me any specific HOT TUNA album?

NickB (NickB), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 08:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Michael Nesmith's early '70s records with the First National Band deserve a mention. Very consistent body of work, though nothing's as catchy as his Monkees work.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 13:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

mom has Spirit and Hot Tuna records at home. to be stolen in a few weeks when i go down there.

i've been meaning to figure out which Jefferson Airplane record i wanted to get next (only have a really dirty copy of Surrealistic Pillow that my mom wrote boyfriends' names in pen on).

i've had that Skip Spence album for years and never thought it was all that amazing. i don't know if it's a "oh, he's crazy, so this makes the album more amazing" type thing [i've always felt the same way about Syd], but i'll pull out my copy and listen to it again.

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 15:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Try the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first album. JaX0n, all the DJs at KXLU were totally into this stuff! That's why they're all in likeminded bands these days (aside from The Postal Service).

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 15:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is a good thread idea. I've wanted to start one on a similar theme but could never think of the right question.

Personally, my interest is in the west coast stuff 1974-77, when session musicians began to rule the studio and production values got super slick, rather than the early 70s Byrds/CSNY/Grateful Dead axis. Stuff like Joni Mitchell, Buckingham-Nicks, Jackson Browne and ... Al Stewart maybe? Steely Dan? The Eagles definitely.

But it's kind of difficult to pin down the sound/genre any more definitely than that. And I'm a bit loathe to try for fear of unfairly pigeonholing certain albums.

Jeff W (zebedee), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 16:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh yes, and I have the Manassas album, JaXoN, which is partly country or country-rock but is quite diverse, with latin inflections and even some moog.

Jeff W (zebedee), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 16:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Lindsay Buckingham has great technique and has a very minimalist touch with regard to rhythm and melody.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 16:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Jeff, I've started a bunch of other threads like this in the past few months. check these out.

Soft Rock Hits of the 70s - search
I found $41 on the ground today, so let's talk about Psychedelic Country!
Ricki Lee Jones c/d s/d
I luvs me some Lee Hazelwood. What else should I be listening to? (aka, the 60s & 70s country thread) (maybe a little less so...)

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 17:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Check out this group Relatively Clean Rivers. Radioactive reissued a record a few months back. It is great mild psych that you'll dig if you dig the first C,S & N.

How about Spirit, The Family, and Kaleidescope?

However, I must voice my disagreement with the original post about the Band's Music From Big Pink sounding like the West Coast. Yes, they filmed The Last Waltz in SF, but they sound more like Virginia to Memphis, to me.

Justin Farrar (Justin Farrar), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 17:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This may be a good place to mention Starry Eyed and Laughing, an early 70's band from London (granted, east coast ;-), heavily influenced by the Byrds. Rickenbacker, harmonies, the works. Their two albums have been compiled on a 2-cd set that was released last year, That was now and this is then, at long last. I don't have this one (actually, I found out about this compilation two minutes ago) but I downloaded a vinyl rip of the first album off soulseek on impulse. Great find!

willem (willem), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 18:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

apparently Beachwood Sparks are trying to get (it) back together for another album...some were in All Night Radio I think and that fizzled and they need something to do to keep their minds off substance abuse. Stay tuned

Thea (Thea), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 19:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

harry nilsson, nilsson sings newman and nilsson schmillson. the former is breathtakingly gorgeous pop, the latter a sweet smorgasbord of perfectly sung and produced popness and rockness.

colin blunstone, one year and ennismore. ok, he's not exactly from the west coast, but his first two solo albums could've been. zombines fans consider one year his peak, but ennismore features "i don't believe in miracles," one of my fave pop songs of the era.

and i'll second don's nomination of west-coast-in-spirit rosanne cash, especially for seven year ache and its amazing title track, even if it did come out a bit later (1981) than most of the stuff being talked about here.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 20:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

zombines = zombies.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 20:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

How is that book about LA? i forget the name but i wanna say it's taken from a doors song? i haven't read more than a magazine in a long, long time. is it a page turner?

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 22:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh, it's called Waiting For the Sun by Barney Hoskyns

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 21 October 2004 01:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Come to think of it, Roseanne is *from* California. She told an interviewer that she and her mother and sisters lived on the side of a mountain and Johnny would helicopter in between tours. Later they moved to town and lived in a house Johnny bought from Johnny Carson. Oh yeah, the Byrds: YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY, don't think anybody's mentioened that yet. Kaleidescope (not the British one though, the cali one had David Lindley, who played on a lotta big country-rock albums) were really good, kind of folk-rock, but also blues and Middle Eastern (like Turkish elements, for inst.) Speaking of Limdley he and Ry Cooder have a track on that new Zevon trib; so does Dylan, Springsteen, Billy Bob Thornton (?), Adam Sandler ("Werewolves of London"!). See

Don, Thursday, 21 October 2004 04:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i love that chris darrow record.
it is almost as good as his s/t record.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Friday, 2 November 2012 21:10 (six years ago) Permalink

S[eaking of New Riders, here's a show preview I wrote last summer ("swamp grooveologists" 'cause the rhythm section and one of the geezers are also in a "swamp groove" band, blanking on the name)
New Riders of the Purple Sage
Jerry Garcia and singer/picker David Nelson’s pre-Dead cosmic country reveries evolved into New Riders Of The Purple Sage. Nelson, with Garcia’s steel guitar successor, Buddy Cage, reformed New Riders in 2005, recruiting Hot Tuna guitarist Michael Falzarano, plus two swamp grooveologists, bassist Ronnie Penque and drummer Johnny Markowski. NRPS roll deft jams and tight tunes, many recently written with Garcia collaborator Robert Hunter, who keeps Riders swirling around a “Barracuda Moon,” and curtly invokes the “difference between a bad loan/And a debt.” Naturally, expect NRPS classics, including their aromatic outlaw hit, “Panama Red.”

dow, Friday, 2 November 2012 22:27 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Kinda long-ass, and no Rusty, I never thot you might be Neil's bro, but this doesn't happen every day:

All Fired Up Displays Evolution of Band While Staying True to Classic Sound

Nashville, TN—For 45 years, Poco has been making music in the realm of the classic country rock sound that they helped found in the late ‘60’s, one that inspired other acts to follow suit – bands such as The Eagles, Firefall, The Little River Band and Pure Prairie League. But to persist across six decades, you need to have a rabid fan base that considers your music to be a soundtrack to their lives, or continue to evolve and refine your sound while staying true to your roots. Poco does both and it’s why their new studio album -- their first in eleven years -- All Fired Up (official release date March 5), is a celebration of longevity and unparalleled songwriting.

Still led by singer and songwriter Rusty Young, the addition of two more excellent songwriters in bassist Jack Sundrud and keyboardist Michael Webb as well as drummer George Lawrence over the past decade, helped to re-shape Poco for another generation.

“The music has evolved over the years,” said Young. “Different band members bring different voices to the sound and in many ways keep the music fresh. History shows that Poco has always had great musicians in the band and it's no different today. We're growing musically, challenging ourselves and moving ahead to create the best music we've ever made.”

All Fired Up, which was self-produced and recorded at several studios including Sixteen Tons in Nashville, the home studios of Sundrud and Webb, Wildwood Lodge in Missouri and Sound Emporium in Nashville, shows a band that has no problem celebrating its storied past while enjoying every minute of the present. And Young explains the diversity of the material that also manages to stay cohesive.

“Most of the songs were written in the last year or so,” he says. “It took me two years to get 'Regret' to the point I was happy with it and ’A Little Rain' is a song we've been doing in concert for the last three years. Jack's 'Hard Country' is a concert favorite we've been playing for a number of years too. The title track was a song that was written just for the CD. We wanted to give a nod to the classic Poco sound that everyone loves from the early days and we think 'All Fired Up' nails it. Michael (Webb) has Bobby Keys playing sax on one of his songs, 'That's What Rock 'n Roll Will Do,’ which is very cool. Jack's 'Hard Country' is destined to be a Poco classic. I'm especially excited about a song called 'Rockin' Horse' for a couple of reasons. I think it's unlike anything I've written before, and Poco IS a Rockin' horse!”

There is also the tongue-in-cheek “Neil Young,” which talks about Rusty not being Neil’s brother. “I don't think Neil has heard it yet,” Young joked. “I would hope he'd get a kick out of it and I wonder how many times people have asked him about his brother Rusty.”

Young is also celebrating his induction into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in St. Louis alongside other steel players that helped influence him. In addition, Young is in Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of Greats” along with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. In addition Poco boasts a Grammy nomination for ‘Instrumental of the Year’ and fans can find the band’s memorabilia on display at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Poco, which has never stopped touring over the years despite lineup changes, will tour a bit more vigorously in support of All Fired Up. “We're anxious to show everyone that we're excited about the future for Poco and we're fired up and ready to go,” said Young. “We're hoping to reintroduce Poco to the fans that may have drifted away over the years, and to remind them of why they were fans in the first place. And it would of course be great if the CD captures new fans. We're always trying to attract new Poconuts.”

Of course, it’s inevitable that the longer a band stays together, the more it often has to change in order to adapt and stick around—and also has to love what they do. That’s the takeaway from a poignant narrative written by Lawrence for the album. “There is no manual for a 45 year old rock band,” he said.

“Long time Poco fans will find plenty of nods to the earlier sound, while new-found fans will hear the new energy and direction,” said Sundrud. “All Fired Up is aptly titled, relevant to the band's musical roots and blazing a new trail into the future. The songs are rocking, thought-provoking, fun and most of all, pure Poco.”

To sample the tracks from All Fired Up, please visit

About Poco

Pioneers of the country-rock sound that soared out of California in the late sixties and early seventies, Poco was founded by Richie Furay, Jim Messina, and Rusty Young, a trio whose lifetime musical journey began while working on the Buffalo Springfield’s final album, The Last Time Around. With the addition of George Grantham and Randy Meisner, the initial Poco lineup was set. Renowned music critic Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times proclaimed the band as “the next big thing”, and Rolling Stone went so far as to call them “a country-tuned Derek and The Dominos,” giving the band’s 1969 debut, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, a perfect rating. After that, the band went through several personnel changes including the departure of Jim Messina and Richie Furay, as well as when bassist Randy Meisner left to join The Eagles.

Poco went on to chart several times with hits like “Crazy Love” and “Heart of the Night” (both from the critically acclaimed Legend album), as well as “Rose of Cimarron,” “Good Feeling To Know” and “You’d Better Think Twice.” In 1989, the band brought back Messina, Furay and Meisner to record Legacy, which spawned a few more of the band’s Top 40 hits, “Call It Love” and “Nothing To Hide.” Poco’s new milennium releases – 2002’s Running Horse, 2005’s Bareback At Big Sky. the 2004 live CD/DVD Keeping The Legend Alive and now 2013’s All Fired Up – are among the best of their career. With 45 years, more than 25 albums and thousands of fans behind them, Poco was, is and forever will be the defining voice of country/rock.

For more information, please visit

dow, Monday, 4 February 2013 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

West Coast post-psych/pop/rock/folk-rock/country-rock buzza is my fav buzza

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 4 February 2013 17:24 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

"Solo" coz mostly poat-Monkees; he will have a band, though no new material, apperently(maybe a live album after this?)


In first U.S solo tour since 1992, Monkees and First National Band veteran
to perform songs from 50 years of writing and recording.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA — Michael Nesmith will launch the month-long Nez Solo Spring 2013 Tour on March 21 outside of Nashville as Nez’s Solo Spring 2013 Tour prepares to take him to the metro areas of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Nesmith’s kick-off show at the Franklin Theater sold out an hour after tickets were available.

Nez’s Solo Spring 2013 Tour followed an invitation from a British promoter/agent to play the British Isles last year. The solo tour sold out immediately after it was announced, causing American concert promoters to take notice and make offers for the Nez Solo Spring Tour.

“The songs I’ll play are a touch chronological and a touch thematic. I picked my favorites to play, the ones I have come to love over the years, and the ones that are most requested by fans of my solo work,” Nesmith says.

The focus of the show will be on his latter-day song writing and recordings, but Nesmith did select one song he wrote for the Monkees’ — “Papa Gene’s Blues” — as the opening of the concert. “I hope Monkees fans are not disappointed but my solo recorded music is extensive and the songs that were part of the Monkees era comprise only a tiny part of it.”

Fans of Nesmith’s ground-breaking First National Band and later work will find much to look forward to, including “Joanne,” “Silver Moon,” “Propinquity,” “Grand Ennui” and “Thanx for the Ride.” This last song will include specially programmed software so the original pedal steel solo by Red Rhodes plays along with Nesmith and the band as they play the song live. Also look for songs from the albums And the Hits Just Keep On Coming, Photon Wing and Infinite Rider, as well as Elephant Parts, Tropical Campfires, The Prison and Rays — approximately 90 to 100 minutes of live Nez music in all.

In the Nez Solo Spring Tour the songs will be presented with short introductions that include a cinematic setting. According to Nesmith, “The songs live in my mind like mini-movies— vignettes — that associate themselves with the emotions of the song. I want the audience to share that.”

Michael Nesmith tours may be few and far between, but he greatly enjoys the onstage connection. “I have found nothing like a live performance in any other expression of the arts,” he says. “When it is done right, it is a most joyful and happy event — like a good meal, a fine conversation or a lover’s kiss.”

“A word sung is worth a thousand pictures,” he concludes.

Nesmith is a musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman and philanthropist, well known for his start as the singing, wool-capped, Gretsch guitar-slinging co-star of the Monkees television series (1966-68).

His songs were recorded not only by the Monkees (“Papa Gene’s Blues,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Mary, Mary,” and “Listen to the Band” among others) but also by Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Poneys (“Different Drum”), the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (“Some of Shelley’s Blues”) the Butterfield Blues Band and Run-DMC (“Mary Mary”).

He executive-produced the movies Repo Man (1984), Timerider, and Tapeheads and founded Pacific Arts, a record, film and video production house and book publisher. He was the first and only winner of the Grammy Award for Video of the Year for his 1981 long-form video Elephant Parts. He is also the inventor and founder of Videoranch3D, for which he holds a patent.

In addition to the regular concert tickets there will be a very limited number of tickets sold for after show receptions where Nesmith will sign autographs, talk with fans, and pose for pictures with them.

Thurs., March 21 FRANKLIN, TN Franklin Theater – SOLD OUT
Sun., March 24 AGOURA HILLS, CA Canyon Club
Tues., March 26 SANTA CRUZ, CA Rio Theater
Wed., March 27 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Palace of Fine Arts
Fri., March 29 PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theater
Sat., March 30 SEATTLE, WA Neptune Theater
Wed., April 3 BOULDER, CO Boulder Theater
Fri., April 5 ST. PAUL, MN Fitzgerald Theater (Sue McLean & Assoc.?)
Sat., April 6 CHICAGO, IL Old Town School of Folk Music – SOLD OUT
Sun., April 7 FERNDALE, MI The Magic Bag - SOLD OUT
Tues., April 9 MUNHALL, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Holmstead
Thurs., April 11 NORTHAMPTON, MA Iron Horse - SOLD OUT
Fri., April 12 RAHWAY, NJ Union County Performing Arts Center
Sat., April 13 SOMERVILLE, MA Somerville Theater
Mon., April 15 PHILADELPHIA, PA World Café Live - SOLD OUT
Tues., April 16 NEW YORK, NY Town Hall
Wed., April 17 WASHINGTON, DC Birchmere

dow, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:07 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man i wanna go

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:59 (five years ago) Permalink

rad, going

bear, bear, bear, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 04:21 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
eleven months pass...

Sid Selvidge (father of the Hold Steady guitarist) did an album in the 70's that's now being re-issued by Omnivore. Worth it?

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 11:06 (four years ago) Permalink

Maybe. This latest ep of Beale Street Caravan has some excerpts, and backstory re the album---Selvedge was a co-founder and producer of longruning BST, which usually has a bluesier headliner than, er, Jake Bugg (who starts strong, anyway). Selvedge turns out to have a graceful, fluid folk-blues vocal style, a bit like prime time Jesse Winchester to my ears:

dow, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 14:13 (four years ago) Permalink

On the other hand (come to think of it, one of the later tracks he likes, "Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt," was also covered by Winchester--not saying they sound just alike; JW is closer to Lyle Loveless)

dow, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 14:25 (four years ago) Permalink

None of which has anything to do with the subjects of this thread, but worth mentioning somewhere.

dow, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 14:27 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I've been on a serious buzz with this stuff lately, as the weather has suited it - I've been cycling up nearby small mountains late in the evening and looking west and over the water as the sun sets, and also watching early 70's downer desert films like Vanishing Point and reading about some of the cult/dropout/back to the land stuff like The Farm (whose founder just died) and The Source Family.

I've been looking for more recent stuff that fits too - after being slightly indifferent to it for a while I fell hard for The Ornament by Gold Leaves (the album, not the song - this is an album genre), it has that wistful but zonked feel and there aren't really any harmonies but the man can sing.

B-Boy Bualadh Bos (ecuador_with_a_c), Monday, 7 July 2014 23:44 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

i just came to post

and the abridged version of the thread cut out the unicorns mentions, so i thought i had something new to add. oh well, it's still pretty sweet in this vein.

chemical aioli (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:02 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

thank u

example (crüt), Thursday, 5 March 2015 21:37 (three years ago) Permalink

John York -> disappeared


the geographibebebe (unregistered), Thursday, 5 March 2015 21:47 (three years ago) Permalink

idgi where are Poco's 1, 2, 3, and 4

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 March 2015 21:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Because no connection to anyone else on the chart? Poco #5 provides Tim Schmit to the Eagles, which seems to be the only connection.

nickn, Thursday, 5 March 2015 22:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Richie Furay was in Buffalo Springfield

Brad C., Thursday, 5 March 2015 22:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, pretty sad to go to all that trouble, and then leave out Poco (Homer: "D'oh!") Oh well, we can make our own edit(s).
Posted this on Rolling Country last night:
Charles EstenVerified account ‏@CharlesEsten
So honored to sing the beautiful "The Rivers Between Us Are Deep" by our friend, Hall of Fame songwriter @JDSouther & Erik Kaz. #ThanksWatty

Watty, Souther's character, was Rayna's mom's secret musical lover, may have gotten her killed by jealous dad or "dad," since on
Nashville the immortal series, musical biologicals are not uncommon. Blah-blah, but note the co-write with Eric Kaz, once known as Eric Justin Kaz. Never as well-known as Souther, I guess, but he's written or co-written a bunch of hits, ones most relevant to this thread are "Love Has No Pride," and several others recorded by Raitt and Ronstadt, maybe especially the former. He released several solo LPs before and after teaming up with Pure Prairie League's Craig Fuller in American Flyer, they also did a duo album. Think he was not considered such a good singer, but he can write good melodramatic vehicles, especially for denim divas. Anybody heard him on records?

dow, Thursday, 5 March 2015 23:03 (three years ago) Permalink

That's so crazy. I've been trying to construct a chronological playlist of those interconnecting acts and I'm clearly falling waaaaay short.

Lipsmacking Sardine Pierogies (Old Lunch), Sunday, 8 March 2015 21:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Meissner and messina also in poco fwiw

Οὖτις, Sunday, 8 March 2015 22:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Altho i guess messina isnt on there, i dont see him

Οὖτις, Sunday, 8 March 2015 22:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Pete Frame's pre-internet family trees were heroic. I don't see Longbranch Pennywhistle or Shiloh on there--Henley's and Frey's pre-Eagles bands--but then I'd never heard of either till a year ago.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 March 2015 23:04 (three years ago) Permalink

the longbranch pennywhistle album is actually more cohesive than most eagles albums. it feels fairly organic. it doesn't have memorable songs though. neither did the shiloh album.

scott seward, Sunday, 8 March 2015 23:49 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm always amused that there's a Longbranch song in Vanishing Point.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 9 March 2015 00:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Altho i guess messina isnt on there, i dont see him

― Οὖτις, Sunday, March 8, 2015 6:55 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

he's in Buffalo Springfield #2. (and was a session player and/or producer in Buffalo Springfield #1 as well)

"Re-Fried Burritos" lol

Lee626, Monday, 9 March 2015 02:28 (three years ago) Permalink

That last reminds me: as long as we're digging that deep, I got an album by Burrito Deluxe back in '07. Walter Egan of F.Mac etc. ("Magnet and Steel") involvement played lead, sang and contributed some songs; also I think their Richard Bell played keyboards for Janis Joplin; guests incl. Sneaky Pete, the only first-generation Burrito here, but also a lot of A-list Nashville session cats, like Cindy Cashdollar, Dan Dugmore, and singer Joy Lynn White (who made some good records of her own). Seemed like it was pretty decent, but was also a promo; dunno if I'd rec. buying it, esp. not having heard it since '07.
This tells about previous line-ups of Burrito Deluxe (somebody else owned the original name), involving for inst. Garth Hudson, but haven't heard any of that: This site tries to track the whole torturous Burrito sagga er saga, though I stopped listening between the departure of Parsons and the arrival of Egan---oh, except for when they hired Byron Berline and some other members of Country Gazette, then everybody else left, and Byron's guys *were* the Burritos, for a while, cool enough.

dow, Monday, 9 March 2015 04:34 (three years ago) Permalink

The first link(from Walternative, a Walter Egan fan site) has more info about the album they sent me, Disciples of Truth; the second has info about previous Burrito Deluxe line-ups.

dow, Monday, 9 March 2015 04:38 (three years ago) Permalink

That's before Walter Egan & The Burritos, who have toured, but don't know of any albums.

dow, Monday, 9 March 2015 04:39 (three years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

As I said upthread, first heard JD Souther a few years ago, when he toured behind a cool li'l Nashville cats album with jazzy tendencies---even moreso live, with some of his Eagles contributions revealing latent Steelyness I hadn't noticed before, maybe because I tried to avoid the Eagles whenever possible, for most of the 70s. But given this belated revelation, and that Scott Seward heartily endorsed Souther Hillman Furay (also upthread, probly), think I'll check these:

John David Souther out on January 8,
while Black Rose and Home by Dawn hit streets on February 12.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John David Souther, better known as JD Souther, is a singer-songwriter and actor best known as writer of hit songs by the likes of the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt. While his own albums failed to gain the commercial traction of those of his songwriting clients, they’ve long been viewed as cult classics, prototypes of the Americana movement. Omnivore Recordings will launch a JD Souther expanded reissue initiative after the first of the year, with the debut album — John David Souther — set for January 8, 2016 release while Black Rose and Souther’s sole ’80s album, Home by Dawn, will return to stores on February 12, 2016.
Before he was co-writing #1 Eagles hits like “Best of My Love,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Heartache Tonight” with Glenn Frey and Don Henley, Souther formed Longbranch/Pennywhistle with Frey when they were roommates. Their downstairs neighbor was a fellow by the name of Jackson Browne, who took Souther to audition for his boss, David Geffen, who had recently formed the Asylum Records label. After hearing two songs, Geffen told Souther to “go make a record.” And that’s exactly what he did.
John David Souther arrived in 1971, and was immediately a critical success and established Souther as a, if not the songwriter to watch. (He would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame 42 years later.)
Co-produced by Souther and Fred Catero (who had recently finished Santana’s Abraxas), John David Souther featured 10 originals — all stunning, and many of which would be covered by artists like Bonnie Raitt (“Run Like a Thief”) and his old friends the Eagles, who released “How Long” as the first single from their 2007 comeback and multi-platinum smash, Long Road Out of Eden.
For its January 8, 2016 expanded re-release of Souther’s debut, Omnivore has added seven previously unissued bonus tracks. John David Souther was, and is, the perfect introduction to the singer and performer behind the songs.
After his impressive debut, Souther worked with Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) in the short-lived Souther/Hillman/Furay Band, which yielded two more Asylum LPs, The SHF Band and Trouble in Paradise. During that time, his songwriting reputation grew, as friends and colleagues took his material to commercial heights. To date his writing has been recorded by other artists as diverse as Hugh Masekela, Tricia Yearwood, Raul Malo, Bernadette Peters, Brooks and Dunn, Glen Campbell, Taiwanese girl group S.H.E., Michael Bublé, India Irie, and his longtime friend and collaborator Don Henley.
Five years after John David Souther, Black Rose appeared. Beautifully helmed by Peter Asher, the album was not only full of incredible songs, but a who’s who of musicians including Lowell George (Little Feat), Joe Walsh, Waddy Wachtel, Jim Keltner, Andrew Gold, Russ Kunkel, Donald Byrd, and Stanley Clarke — with David Crosby, Art Garfunkel, Don Henley and Glenn Frey adding their voices. In addition to the lush production and instrumentation, Souther’s ten songs were again exceptional. Linda Ronstadt had previously recorded “Faithless Love” on her breakthrough Heart Like a Wheel album, and would tackle “Simple Man, Simple Dream” in 1977 — even basing that year’s album title and her 2014 memoir Simple Dreams on the song. (For the record, Ronstadt has recorded 10 Souther tracks, a relationship that began with his production on her 1973 album Don’t Cry Now, also named for a Souther composition. That album includes “I Can Almost See It” — presented as a bonus track here in Souther’s demo version.)
This expanded edition of Black Rose, due out February 12, 2016, is made even more impressive by the addition of seven bonus tracks including six previously unissued live performances and demos — the other taken from the only solo album from the Little Feat leader, Thanks I’ll Eat It Here.
“Black Rose was an ambitious undertaking, and it took a long time,” Souther states in the new liner notes. “I wanted to use more of my musical influences, and I had to dig a bit deeper. But when we were finished, I was almost as pleased with it as if it had sold a million copies. Almost.”
Now is the time for those million copies to bloom.
After hitting the Top 10 twice with “You’re Only Lonely” and his duet with James Taylor, “Her Town Too,” Souther released his only album of the 1980s — Home by Dawn, produced by David Malloy (Eddie Rabbitt, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire).
As Souther took distinctive creative turns with each release, Home by Dawn emerged at the beginning of the new wave of country music. In fact, legendary producer/engineer, and David’s father, Jim Malloy (Townes Van Zandt, Eddy Arnold, Sammi Smith) told Souther, “You were about 15 minutes ahead of your time!” That timing was confirmed when Dixie Chicks covered “I’ll Take Care of You” on their 12x platinum-awarded Wide Open Spaces in 1998.
Home by Dawn has steadily earned a reputation as the groundbreaking and important statement it was, and continues to be. From rock to roots-rock to rockabilly, that release took Souther in a direction reflecting his Texas upbringing.
For its Omnivore reissue, the album’s original nine songs are joined by four bonus tracks — a demo of “I’ll Take Care of You,” two outtakes from the original sessions and his Urban Cowboy duet with Linda Ronstadt, “Hearts Against the Wind.”
Home by Dawn has proven to be an important and influential album released before its time. Now is the perfect time to discover, or rediscover it.
All three reissues feature expanded artwork, and new liner notes by Scott Schinder, based on recent interviews with Souther.
John David Souther track listing:
The Fast One 

Run Like a Thief 

Jesus in 3/4 Time 

Kite Woman 

Some People Call It Music 

White Wing 

It’s the Same 

How Long 

Out to Sea 


Bonus Tracks: 

Kite Woman (Alternate Version) 

Jesus in 3/4 Time (Demo) 

The Fast One (Demo) 

Run Like a Thief (Demo) 

How Long (Demo) 

One in the Middle (Demo) 

Silver Blue (Demo)

Black Rose Track Listing:
Banging My Head Against the Moon 

If You Have Crying Eyes 

Your Turn Now 

Faithless Love 

Baby Come Home 

Simple Man, Simple Dream 

Silver Blue 

Midnight Prowl 

Doors Swing Open 

Black Rose 

Bonus Tracks: 

Faithless Love (Live) 

Songs of Love (Band Demo) 

Can Almost See It (Demo) 

Cheek to Cheek – Lowell George 

Border Town (Solo Demo) 

Texas Nights and Mexican Moons (instrumental piano demo) 

Songs of Love (Solo Demo)

Home by Dawn Track Listing:
Home by Dawn 

Go Ahead and Rain
Say You Will
I’ll Take Care of You
All for You
Don’t Know What I’m Gonna Do
Bad News
All I Want
Bonus Tracks:
Hearts Against the Wind –
Linda Ronstadt/JD Souther
I’ll Take Care of You (Demo)
Little Girl Blue
Girls All Over the World 

# # #
Watch (and feel free to post) the JD Souther trailer:

dow, Thursday, 10 December 2015 00:17 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

(Oh yeah, and speaking of Eagles-related news, Henley's Cass County not only actually doesn't suck, it's pretty good!)

The acclaimed archival record label Numero Group unearths nineteen fascinating twangy obscurities from 1968-1980.

CHICAGO, Ill. — Spurred by superstars like the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, country-rock became, in the words of music historian Peter Doggett, “the dominant American rock style of the 1970s.” But for every Eagles mega-success, there was a big-label bust like American Flyer. And for every one-hit wonder like the Amazing Rhythm Aces, there were one-shot never-weres such as Angel Oak and Deerfield. These acts, whose albums are hard to find for even the most dedicated thrift-store bin hunters, now get their belated time in the spotlight on Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music compilation, due out on Numero Group on March 18, 2016.

Cosmic American Music was the name Gram Parsons coined to describe the blend of rock, country and soul that he played in the Byrds, the Flying Burritos Brothers and on his own solo albums. Although widely acknowledged as the “Father of country-rock,” Parsons hated the term “country-rock.” As he once said, “We are playing roots music . . . It’s a form of love music, a binding type of music between people.” Cosmic American Music’s eclectic lineup of unknown performers might not have strictly followed Parsons’ musical path but they did share the heartfelt spirit behind his Cosmic American Music.
The nineteen songs on this collection, recorded between 1968-1980, come from albums that were privately pressed, released on tiny labels like Sugarbush and Hobbit or, worse, entrusted to scam artists. It was a world away from today, when CDs can be created in a bedroom, uploaded it to the Internet and discovered by like-minded fans. The indie acts on Cosmic American Music had to sell their albums at bar gigs, street corners, college bookstores and, in the case of one Dan Pavlides, on the road while hitchhiking.

Every act here has its own fascinating story. There are bands like Jimmy Carter and the Dallas Country Green and the Black Canyon Gang, composed of farm and ranch hands who just liked making music. Others, such as Mistress Mary and Mike & Pam Martin, harbored dreams of record deals only to see them dashed when their demo albums were ignored. Sandy Harless’s tale is particularly heartbreaking. After financing his album through his fish breeding business, he got duped by a sham record label. Then there is a case of the mysterious Kathy Heideman, a San Jose session vocalist who recorded an album of songs written by one Dia Joyce; however, not even the experts at Numero Group could dig up info on her.
One thing that all of this acts unfortunately have in common is that their albums flopped. Many wound up never recording again. The disappointment hit Kenny Knight so hard that he tossed his master tapes in a dumpster. As the one-time Southern California singer-songwriter F.J. McMahon reflects: “My concept of record albums and musicians was, you came out with an album and went on T.V. and you had some money and you lived off it and you made another album. I had no concept of you make an album and it goes nowhere, which it did. It was a harpoon to the heart for a long time.”

Black Canyon Gang
It’s not that the musicians found on Cosmic American Music lacked talent. The tunes by Plain Jane’s “You Can’t Make It Alone” and Doug Firebaugh’s “Alabama Railroad Town” wouldn’t sound out of place on a record by Firefall or some other major label ’70s country-rock group. Ethel-Ann Powell’s politically tinged “Gentle One” impresses as a beguiling folk-rocker. Mistress Mary’s “And I Didn’t Want You” projects a raw Lucinda Williams-like quality and the Houston outlaw country outfit Deerfield achieves a Flying Burritos Brothers feel on “Me Lovin’ You.” Strands of Nick Lowe’s twangy pub rock sound surface in Jeff Cowell’s rollicking “Not Down This Low,” while White Cloud’s “All Cried Out” suggests a laidback Buffalo Springfield track.
White Cloud also is one of the few groups with a band-member of some small renown. Frontman Thomas Jefferson Kaye was a music biz vet who had success as a Brill Building songwriter and also helmed albums by Loudon Wainwright III, Gene Clark and Dr. John. The North Carolina band Arrogance, represented here with the revved-up twang rocker “To See Her Smile,” was co-founded by Don Dixon, who later co-produced R.E.M. and made several critically acclaimed solo albums.
Cosmic American Music contains some unexpected guest appearances as well. Pure Prairie League’s John David Call contributed his pedal steel prowess to Sandy Harless’ “I Knew Her Well,” and White Cloud’s 1972 cut “All Cried Out” features the picking of Eric Weissberg, who did the breakout Deliverance soundtrack the same year. And that distinctive guitar playing that weaves through Mistress Mary’s “And I Didn’t Want You” is the handiwork of then-Byrd Clarence White.
Cosmic American Music marks the fifth compilation in the Numero Group’s Wayfaring Strangers series, following the critically praised titles Ladies From the Canyon, Guitar Soli, Lonesome Heroes and Darkscorch Canticles. Since starting in 2003, the Chicago-based archival record label has quickly achieved acclaim for their extraordinary reissue releases. They received a 2009 Grammy nomination for their Light: On the South Side compilation, while Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology garnered two Grammy nominations: Best Album Notes and Best Historical Album.
Track Listing:
1. Jimmy Carter and Dallas County Green: Travelin’
2. Mistress Mary: And I Didn’t Want You
3. Plain Jane: You Can’t Make It Alone
4. Dan Pavlides: Lily of the Valley
5. Angel Oak: I Saw Her Cry
6. Kathy Heideman: Sleep a Million Years
7. Deerfield: Me Lovin’ You
8. Arrogance: To See Her Smile
9. Jeff Cowell: Not Down This Low
10. Kenny Knight: Baby’s Back
11. The Black Canyon Gang: Lonesome City
12. Allan Wachs: Mountain Roads
13. Mike And Pam Martin: Lonely Entertainer
14. Bill Madison: Buffalo Skinners
15. White Cloud: All Cried Out
16. Ethel-Ann Powell: Gentle One
17. Sandy Harless: I Knew Her Well
18. F.J. McMahon: The Spirit of the Golden Juice
19. Doug Firebaugh: Alabama Railroad Town

dow, Thursday, 14 January 2016 02:24 (two years ago) Permalink

dynamicinterface, Thursday, 14 January 2016 03:17 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

that new wayfaring strangers comp is fannnntastic. you'd think the bottom of the barrel would be scraped by this point, but it is pretty much all killer no filler.

tylerw, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I will check that Cosmic American Music out, thanks for the encouragement. Haven't heard the most recent prev. releases in the Wayfaring Strangers series, but the first two, Ladies From The Canyon and Guitar Soli are certainly worth hearing.
As for the John David Souther expanded reissues mentioned above, the self-titled debut has at least a couple decent tracks as is, and maybe some still-promising raw material, but funny that he says he consciously avoided making records like those of his friends, cos it certainly keeps coming back to the scrawny early Eagles-y template, especially vocally, and the hired help don't get much to do. Though the bonus solo demos are actually kind of better, minus the flimsy filigree, and he digs at his close-mic acoustic guitar (got mab hands).
Black Rose sounds better from the get-go, with some supple, percussive rhythm guitar on "Banging My Head Against The Moon," where he's even got a certain wryness in the warning of the latest shift from self-pity to prowliness. And the overall flower-shirted imagery gets a break from terser phrasing, like the opening of track 2 "If you've got crying eyes/Bring 'em along." That one makes good use of Linda Ronstadt, who starts firing up the chorus, and gets a heated response from JDS--no way is he gonna let his ol' lady steal this---one of several songs he def outsings Don, Glenn, and his imitative debut self. He opens the live solo performance of "Faithless Love" by admitting he can't top her version, but this 'un turns out pretty well. The studio version's okay too, brings its own breathing room, compared to the production of some other tracks.

Speaking of the production, it can seem too subdued, but, although "Silver Blue" goes on a bit, does have some of the same breathing room/ spare clarity as "Faithless Love, " at least in the way it spotlights Souther's voice and Stanley Clarke's double bass.

Joe Walsh and Waddy Wachtel are back in there somewhere, and yes I hear you, Croz and Garfunkel, Don and Glenn, not too terribly much though, and did I mention prowlienss yes, reminding me that "Midnight Prowl" is the car tape bait, bringing Lowell George and Donald Byrd into one for the fans of Little Feat and Steely Dan. "Doors Swing Open" starts like it's going to be a relatively wimpy follow-up, but, although it doesn't ever swing, it does build its own kind of momentum. Then the title track has plenty yachty verve, the bonus "Border Town" gossips and tsk-tsks naughty events, with a pre-Mellen hippity strum.
Overall it's not that great, but several keepers even for non-specialists.

dow, Monday, 22 February 2016 18:40 (two years ago) Permalink

not mab hands, MAN HANDS.

dow, Monday, 22 February 2016 18:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Well alright! Souther describes Home By Dawn as an 80s rockabilly album, which it really isn't---past the opening title track, which is a coked-up married-guy-rompabilly scenario, not too far from Glen's "Party Town," "The Heat Is On" lyrically, music more like Kenny's "Footloose"---but the 80s-salute-the-50s bit usually works out in more or differently appealing ways: lyrics are mostly reassuring--- representing a truly steady boyfriend, who has largely outgrown elaborately sentimental/horndawg self-involvement tendencies of the 70s reissues--and musically, the rompabilly is quickly followed by the Everlys-esque soulful jangle-glide "Go Ahead and Rain," the urgently calling-Buddy-Holly (with dang near motorik or anyway speedy rhythm guitar)"Say You Will", which is also a real good duet with Ronstadt. Then the released version of more like a standard 80s-soundtrack piano ballad, "I'll Take Care of You," unpretentious but seems like it really needs Ronstadt--'til the demo, just him and the piano, works out fine. "Night" and another one (blanking on the title) could still be good for the Bangles and vice-versa (ditto "Go Ahead and Rain"), "Bad News Travels Fast" is propelled by his thin, tuneful voice at its strongest, also Mellenchords at their sternest.
Best bonus tracks are "Little Girl Blue, " which here seems like Souther-as-Holly at apex, but is actually Rodgers & Hart (Joplin did it her way; JDS might've learned something from that), and the original"Pretty Girls All Over The World," which is droll and prowly, also with the jazzy tinge of his more recent albums, and brings us back to the 50s just enough, as it grows a slight Elvoid quiver in the vocals, and a doo-wop shuffle in the backing.
The sound is def Big 80s (especially re the drums, always played by JDS) but dialed back just a bit in discreet remastering, and there are no synths, no sax, no shoulderpads (well maybe a couple).
This reissue demanded and rewarded my attention much more consistently than the first two.

dow, Tuesday, 23 February 2016 17:33 (two years ago) Permalink

"Mellenchords at their sternest": like the durr, durr in "Jack and Diane, " epitome-wise.

dow, Tuesday, 23 February 2016 17:44 (two years ago) Permalink

that new wayfaring strangers comp is fannnntastic. you'd think the bottom of the barrel would be scraped by this point, but it is pretty much all killer no filler.

― tylerw, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 7:56 AM (2 weeks ago)


the late great, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 07:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Anybody know any current stuff that mines this vein successfully? I was listening to the album The Ornament by Gold Leaves and a lot of it nails the weary grandeur, the sense of looking west past the canyon over the ocean as the sun sets.

the_ecuador_three, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 14:56 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Does anyone have a digital version of Sandy Harless - Songs they could share with me?

Evan, Monday, 15 August 2016 20:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh wow I actually didn't realize Numero Group was selling the entire record... dammit google. Maybe it was there and I missed it on the first search attempt.

Evan, Monday, 15 August 2016 20:52 (two years ago) Permalink

This album is so good. On a certain level it's like the Cass McCombs album I always wanted.

Evan, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:37 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

scott briefly mentioned Heads Hands & Feet way upthread, but their earlier incarnation as Poet and the One Man Band fits this thread better and is my most enjoyable discovery of the year, thank you WFMU.
Plus the American pressing has cool hot dog themed artwork

mizzell, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 13:20 (two years ago) Permalink

the song about how the singer's feelings have been hurt (it's called Now You've Hurt My Feelings) is pretty lame though.

mizzell, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 13:24 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Think we mentioned some relatively recent(this century) Michael Nesmith tours, somewhere upthread---anyway he's reportedly now reforming the or a National Band (after The First and Second), so Aquarium Drunkard is celebrating with this mixtape:
Have not yet made it through Hillman's The Asylum Years, but will give it another shot. Some nice tracks on the new one, especially "Walk Right Back," one of the many under-covered Every Bros seeds of WCCR at its best (he credits inclusion of this to producer Tom Petty, who did what he could all over--Hillman's not the strongest solo artist among his peers, but has his moments, when the setting's just right, or just about).

dow, Sunday, 21 January 2018 00:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Everly Brothers, I meant duh.

dow, Sunday, 21 January 2018 00:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Earp---missed this Rhino press release, from a year ago:

Artist Name
Michael Nesmith
Release Date
Fri, 04/14/2017


Rhino Serves Up The Audio Companion To Nesmith's Autobiography With
14 Of His Best Songs With The Monkees, The First National Band, And Solo

CD And Digital Versions Available On April 14

LOS ANGELES - Michael Nesmith tells the story of his eclectic life in his upcoming book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff (Crown Archetype). In it, the artist retraces his journey from his childhood in Dallas - where his single mother Bette invented Liquid Paper - to the set of "The Monkees" in Los Angeles, as well as his pioneering work in music video and virtual reality.

Before the book arrives on April 18, Rhino will release an audio companion that showcases 14 of Nez's best from his days with The Monkees, The First National Band, and solo. INFINITE TUESDAY: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RIFFS will be available April 14 on CD ($14.98) and digitally.

The set flows in mostly chronological order, beginning in 1965 when Nesmith recorded "The New Recruit" using the pseudonym Michael Blessing. Monkee-mania took over a year later and he spent the next four years making history and music with the quartet. Two songs by the Monkees included here neatly bookend Nesmith's tenure in the group, with "Papa Gene's Blues" from the band's 1966 self-titled debut, and "Listen To The Band" from The Monkees Present (1970), Nesmith's last album with group for more than 20 years.

The collection focuses mainly on the numerous solo albums that Nesmith recorded during the Seventies. He started in 1970 with Magnetic South and Loose Salute, country-rock albums that featured Nesmith and The First National Band, a group he collaborated with for several years. INFINITE TUESDAY features a song from each album: "Silver Moon" from Loose Salute and "Joanne" from Magnetic South, Nesmith's first Top 40 hit as a solo artist.

Nesmith embraced a multimedia approach to making music in 1975 to create The Prison, an album that was to be played as the "soundtrack" to a novella that came with the music. Represented on this set by "Opening Theme - Life, The Unsuspecting Captive," that album was also the first released on Nesmith's record label, Pacific Arts.

Then in 1979 Nesmith created "PopClips," the first-ever music-video program, which aired years before the dawn of MTV. That same year, Nesmith also recorded Infinite Rider On The Big Dogma, which featured "Cruisin'" and "Light," which also appear on this set. Nesmith made videos for those songs and others and released them in 1981 as Elephant Parts. A mix of comedy sketches and music videos, this "video album" won the very first Grammy Award for Music Video.

INFINITE TUESDAY ends with a pair of tracks from albums released after Nesmith returned from an extended recording hiatus: "Laugh Kills Lonesome" from ...Tropical Campfires... (1992), and "Rays," the title song from his 2005 album.

Track Listing

1. "The New Recruit" - Michael Blessing
2. "Papa Gene's Blues" - The Monkees
3. "Different Drum"
4. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" - First Recorded Version/Stereo Remix
5. "Listen To The Band" - Single Version
6. "Joanne"
7. "Silver Moon"
8. "Some Of Shelly's Blues"
9. "Opening Theme - Life, The Unsuspecting Captive"
10. "Rio"
11. "Cruisin'"
12. "Light"
13. "Laugh Kills Lonesome"
14. "Rays"

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