Matt Harlan and the Sentimentals: Bow and Be Simple. Sometimes I get to the point of thinking, "Oh, no ... not another Texas singer/songwriter!" Then, I'm introduced to a Texas singer/songwriter who blows me away, like Matt Harlan. This quiet, ruminative album packs a real punch.
Took a listen to Matt....good stuff
Carl Belew, "Country Songs". This LP has two of my favorite songs by Carl, "Stop The World And Let Me Off", the same one that Waylon sang so well is done wonderfully here by the songwriter himself as well as Carl's own hit of his song, "Another Lonely Night". This is an actual Album or, LP as we called them back then. I play then and put them onto CD's so I can hear REAL Country music in my car.
I like this thread or blog or whatever the hell its called, its a living document and its now a new week so I would say that this week my fav is the Dave Alvin release of Eleven Eleven Expanded Edition which includes the original studio CD , a CD of the live show from the Ark in Ann Arbor, a bonus CD and a DVD of the show at the Ark from July 02 2011. I was in attendance at this show and can tell you that Dave and the Guilty Ones TORE IT UP that night! The DVD also includes interviews both interspersed occasionally between songs and separately....its well worth owning if you are a fan of Mr. Alvin and that beat up Fender Stratocastor he makes talk.
Harkening back to the old days of the sixties, I actually picked up...dare I admit it...a bootleg. Recorded at the 2011 John Hartford Memorial Festival it's the Chris Hillman and Herb Perdersen set, straight off the soundboard. When these two sing together, as they've been doing now for decades, it just takes me back to all of those old brother duos....Louvin, Delmore, Everly.
Two other things that are making my ears smile....a London band called Galley Beggar and the new one by Sun Kil Moon.
I just listened to Restless Sinners by Galley Beggars ( great name btw ) and I LIKED ! thanks for the heads up on this one!
Been revisiting an old fave this week "Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. What an absolutely CLASSIC album it is , truly amazing !
love those early NGDB albums!
"The Distance" by Carrie Hassler
Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game: Mark Ronson's production and the use of background vocals and harmonizing makes this album better and more accessible than his recent stuff. Great songwriting, too. A top candidate for my favorite album of 2012.
Sara Watkins - Sun Midnight Sun: She expands her musical horizons further from bluegrass into pop and the CD includes guest spots from Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne and Benmont Tench. Sara writes or co-writes most of the songs, which are memorable and catchy. Her brother, Sean, plays guitar on all of the cuts. But I think what I like most about this release is her voice - it seems fragile at times but on other cuts, like the first duet with Fiona Apple, shows surprising strength.
JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers: Great rockabilly and Americana. The songs would fit seamlessly with classic rock n' roll from the 1950s, except the sound and production are up to modern standards.
This week's listens include...
Ana Egge-Bad Blood
Good Luck Mountain and also Tandy-Lichtenstein's Oriole...a Mike Ferrio double
Still listening to the superb Young Man In America by Anais Mitchell
and an oldie fron 73...The Wild,The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle
this week is Big Harp "White Hat" ..... just can NOT get enough of this cd ,,,, SO well done!