Still listening to the new ones from Bruce and Chuck but also...
Israel Nash Gripka-Barn Doors and Concrete Floors
Cary Hudson-Mississippi Moon
Green On Red-BBC Sessions
Two sneak peaks: The Shins, which I wanted to love, but am still in the courting stage with. We'll have to see about this one. And Justin Townes Earle, who casts aside the blues-folk thing for a phenomenal set of blue eyed white boy soul ala Stax 1966, with some Sam Cooke thrown in. I'm very impressed with the kid, as I've been since the beginning.
Spent a bit of time the last couple of days listening to the new Rachel Harrington - Rachel Harrington & The Knock Outs who I'll be going to see on Sunday at Zeigfried von Underbellys in Hoxton in London. This is a really good record and one with more bounce than a Nashville hairdo.
Another of the kickstarter projects sent out an early download, this time Hurray For The Riff Raff whose new record Look Out Mama slipped on to the hard drive a couple of nights ago. A little smoother than It Don't Mean I Don't Love You and Young Blood Blues, but still right there with the edgy vocal and the raw playing.
I've seen the odd comment how the quality of new music isn't there this year; not my experience.
My Darling Clementine - How Do You Plead
Sublime collection of country style duets from husband and wife duo Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish backed by a select crack band of musicians.
Getting a lot of airplay on radio two hard to believe it was recorded in Chalk Farm not Nashville.
I just finished reading "I'll Be Here In The Morning: The Songwriting Legacy Of Townes Van Zandt". While I have not heard Michael Weston King, I am interested in his work after reading about him in this book.
The new Aimee Mann CD ("Charmer") is due out in the Spring so I've been catching up on old Til Tuesday and Aimee Mann solo records. This week I'm enjoying "Welcome Home" ... "Anything I could have said I felt somehow that you already knew."
I've been listening to Danny O'Keefe's "O'Keefe" for a few days now. "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" is such an amazing song, but there are plenty of other great gems in here, too. Well worth it if you don't have it already.
Funnily enough , i heard that track for the first time this week. It's on an excellent compilation called The Memphis Boys which features 24 tracks recorded at the famous American Studios in Memphis , back in the 60's and 70's. Really good CD. I'd only heard Waylon's version before and , i think, Elvis'.
I'll check out some more of Danny's stuff now, since you recommend it !
"Margo's Corner - Ty Tyrfu Sessions, Volume 1" - a collection of classic songs from Margo Timmins, probably be favorite next week too
I've found a great 4cd box containing Townes van Zandt's first seven albums and some extra stuff today (Texas Troubadour). I'll be busy with it for some days. Great stuff.
Jef Lee Johnson's 'The Zimmerman Shadow'.