Rolling Country 2012

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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 (five 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 here

dow, Friday, 24 February 2012 20:37 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 MAN
Recording 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 Listings
1. The Real Me
2. The Long Road Ahead (feat. Tom Morello and Eleanor Whitmore)
3. The Deed and The Dollar
4. Manifesto No. 4
5. Summer Dreams (Al's Song)
6. Southern Family Anthem
7. Daddy's Hands
8. The Black Dog
9. The Family Tree
10. Born Again (feat. Eleanor Whitmore)

dow, Thursday, 1 March 2012 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Squinting at those titles some more, mebbe not so promising...

dow, Thursday, 1 March 2012 19:19 (five 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

“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 Down
2. Jolene
3. Coat of Many Colors
4. Only Dreaming
5. Little Sparrow
6. The Grass is Blue
7. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
8. Here You Come Again
9. Islands in the Stream
10. 9 to 5
11. I Will Always Love You
12. Shattered Image* - previously unreleased live bonus track
13. My Tennessee Mountain Home* - previously unreleased live bonus track

An Evening With... Dolly DVD Track Listing:
1. Two Doors Down
2. Jolene
3. Backwoods Barbie
4. Coat of Many Colors
5. Only Dreamin’
6. Better Get to Livin’
7. Shinola
8. Little Sparrow
9. The Grass is Blue
10. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
11. Here You Come Again
12. Islandsin the Stream
13. 9 to 5
14. I Will Always Love You
15. Jesus and Gravity

dow, Monday, 5 March 2012 17:29 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

Those are some thoughtful comments!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:09 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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:


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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:51 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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
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 (five 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 at 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 (five 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:

dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

"linked *from* his wife's posts"--think that's how it works.

dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 18:48 (five 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:

dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

"live Kinks in *69*," that is! An audience tape, but still.

dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 19:02 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

Indeed. Been wondering about this, haven't gotten promo yet

dow, Friday, 30 March 2012 20:26 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Friday, 30 March 2012 21:24 (five years ago) Permalink

You remember this right?

Well here it is again. Shameless.

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 30 March 2012 21:55 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

Anybody heard this?

The Lacs 190 Proof Available In Stores Today
Collaborations with Big & Rich, Bubba Sparxxx and Crucifix Included on the Anticipated Sophomore Album

The Lacs gear up to open for Colt Ford on his
2012 “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:

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

I do like their ride

dow, Thursday, 5 April 2012 21:14 (five 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 (five 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:

dow, Friday, 6 April 2012 19:37 (five 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 (five 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 nown

dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 05:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Player's in the right rail, despite blank in the middle of page.

dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 05:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Might be good. See link below for some of the tracks. Support record stores yall, wherever you find 'em.

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limited Edition Sampler Available Free With Purchase

At Participating Record Store Day Stores
Los Angeles, CA - April 12, 2012 - New West Records and WXPN-FM's acclaimed music program World Cafe® have joined together to produce a special, limited edition Record Store Day sampler available for free with purchase at participating stores worldwide on April 21st. New West Records On Air At World Cafe® features 14 special performances that have aired on World Cafe® but have never been made available on CD.
New West Records On Air At World Cafe® spans New West's 14 years as a label with performances from early signings Shaver and Tim Easton recorded in 2001 to shows recorded in 2011 with Buddy Miller and Steve Earle. Other artists featured on this exclusive release include Delbert McClinton, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, Drive-By Truckers and Mark Olson & Gary Louris.
"World Cafe® has been integral in building the careers of many of our artists. We were thrilled to work with WXPN to curate this special release," says Michael Ruthig, General Manager of New West Records. "We hope to spread awareness for the show and celebrate the terrific performances on World Cafe® by making this stellar collection available to fans supporting Record Store Day.
"Looking through our archives for sessions with these amazing New West artists took us back over our 20 year World Cafe history as well," adds World Cafe® host David Dye. "I was struck with the artistic integrity of the artists and the consistent quality of the work. Kudos to New West. Now even more people will be able to hear them."
Track Listing:
1 Buddy Miller - Don't Wait
2 Steve Earle - This City
3 Old 97's - Dance With Me
4 Tim Easton - Lexington Jail
5 Mark Olson & Gary Louris - Turn Your Pretty Name Around
6 Drive-By Truckers - 3 Dimes Down
7 The Flatlanders - South Wind Of Summer
8 Jason Isbell - Dress Blues
9 Billy Joe Shaver - Restless Wind
10 Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - Midnight In The City Of Destruction
11 The Majestic Silver Strings (Buddy Miller, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot & Greg Leisz) - Freight Train
12 Randall Bramblett - Playing Card
13 Ben Lee - We're All In This Together
14 Delbert McClinton - Going Back To Louisiana
Click here to listen to a selection of tracks from the sampler:

dow, Thursday, 12 April 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I condensed that a lot, should've done more, sorry.

dow, Thursday, 12 April 2012 19:54 (five years ago) Permalink

He can be peppery live, wish there were more new songs though.

Twenty-two track package features CD and DVD;
includes two new previously unreleased songs

WACO, Texas — Country songwriting icon and honky tonk hero Billy Joe Shaver and his Heart of Texas Band offer the best from his catalog of legendary songs in concert from the stage of the world’s largest honky tonk. Shaver’s Live at Billy Bob’s Texas, slated to be released July 17, 2012 on Smith Music Group is his first album in five years. The fully loaded special package includes 20 live renditions of some of his most notable compositions on an audio CD and DVD as well as two bonus tracks, and is the first set of new concert recordings since 1995 to be issued to the public. Included among Shaver classics and favorites are two new songs: “Wacko From Waco” (co-written with his longtime friend Willie Nelson) and “The Git Go,” proving that his muse remains as fertile as ever.

Born, raised and still living in the rolling plains of Central Texas, Shaver is not just the epitome of a songwriter’s songwriter, but a singer, recording artist and performer as well as actor and published author. A genuine salt of the earth natural talent whose acclaimed work is free of any artifice. The esteem he has accrued since 1973 — when he issued his first album, Old Five and Dimers Like Me, and Waylon Jennings recorded nine of Shaver’s songs on his landmark Honky Tonk Heroes LP that heralded the arrival of country music’s outlaw movement — is best measured by the fellow writers and talents who admire, perform and have recorded his compositions. Revered American novelist John Steinbeck’s favorite song was “Old Five and Dimers,” which has also been played at live shows by Bob Dylan, who mentions Shaver in his recent song “I Feel a Change Comin’ On.” Just some of the distinguished artists who have recorded Shaver’s works are Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristofferson, The Allman Brothers, Bobby Bare, John Anderson, George Jones, Tex Ritter, Patty Loveless and Willie Nelson, who says that “Billy Joe Shaver may be the best songwriter alive today.”

At the same time, there’s nothing else like Shaver himself performing his songs. Live at Billy Bob’s Texas delivers all the dynamism, musical variety, emotion and personality of a Shaver show in both audio and video. The set opens with his paean to his home place, “Heart of Texas,” a Lone Star dancehall two-step with a rock kick from his band: guitarist Jeremy Woodall, drummer Jason Lynn McKenzie and bassist Matt Davis. Included are vibrant renditions of such signature Shaver numbers as “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Old Chunk of Coal,” “Live Forever” and “Old Five and Dimers,” along with gems from across the range of his career. Shaver rocks numbers like “That’s What She Said Last Night,” “Black Rose,” “Hottest Thing in Town” and others. He hits an electric Western groove on “Thunderbird,” harks back to ragtime on “Good Old USA,” country-waltzes Texas style on “I Couldn’t Be Me Without You,” tenderly renders “Star in My Heart” a cappella, and wraps it all up with a rousing “You Can’t Beat Jesus Christ.” His recent legal troubles are wittily recounted on “Wacko From Waco” while the hauntingly bluesy “The Git Go” deftly summarizes the facts of life since the dawn of history. The double-disc set is the ultimate Shaver live experience as well as a de facto greatest hits collection, and finds Shaver as potent as ever in front of an enthusiastic audience.

dow, Friday, 13 April 2012 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

H'm-m, maybe, got some of his more reliable associates aboard anyway:

The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings

Nashville, TN (April 16, 2012) --- A new album from outlaw country legend Waylon Jennings will be released this September, filled with recordings the icon made during the last few years before his death in 2002. Jennings spent hours in a recording studio with his longtime accompanist, Robby Turner and together they laid down twelve tracks using just Waylon’s guitar and vocals and Turner’s bass. All songs were personally selected by the country star, ones that resonated in a deeply personal way and reflected his state of mind, his passions, and important statements he wanted to make about his life. The duo planned out the future instrumentation that would be added to the tracks, but Jennings was never able to complete them. 10 years after his passing, Turner returned to the recordings, finishing each song to honor Waylon’s vision of what would turn out to be his very last album. Bringing in musicians who had long worked with Waylon, such as Reggie Young, Richie Albright and tour mate Tony Joe White, Turner painstakingly created the album that Waylon set out to make. "Waylon knows he's surrounded by friends and all that hear this will feel as if they know Waylon in all his authenticity," explains his widow, country singer Jessi Colter. With his family’s blessing, Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings will be available on September 11 (Saguaro Road Records).

Jennings wrote 11 of the 12 songs that appear on the new album, a testament to the personal nature of the recordings, and they reveal an artist in the midst of a final creative peak. In addition to his own songs, the album includes Tony Joe White’s “Goin’ Down Rockin’” (on which White himself is a guest). In all, the album will feature eleven songs that have never been released before.

Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings Tracklisting:

1. Goin’ Down Rockin'
2. Belle of The Ball
3. If My Harley Was Runnin'
4. I Do Believe
5. Friends In California
6. The Ways of the World
7. Shakin' The Blues
8. Never Say Die
9. Wasting Time
10. Sad Songs & Waltzes
11. She Was no Good for Me
12. Wrong Road To Nashville

dow, Monday, 16 April 2012 18:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Isn't there still a Waylon Jennings with Tupac unreleased album?

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 April 2012 21:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah that's the hologram for BamaJam.

dow, Monday, 16 April 2012 21:47 (five years ago) Permalink


boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Anybody heard the new Don Williams? I'm intrigued...

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah

He's still got it

Spotify, I love you

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Luke Bryan's "Drunk On You" is getting a lotta play around here (I see it's #9 on the charts this week, no wonder) & I like how the vocal's cadence is like a rapper's: like I can almost believe you could straight cover it as a rap song. good song!

Euler, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 19:42 (five years ago) Permalink

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