Inverted Valentine by Girls, Guns, and Glory

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Jun 302008
 


Known in the Boston area as an Americana Rock Act, the latest CD from Girls, Guns, and Glory, called Inverted Valentine, digs deeper into their country roots. Lead singer ward Hayden has put on a twangy vocal style that reminds me of Dwight Yoakam. These are well crafted songs that stay well away from cheesy honky tonk that plagues country music and instead keep a hint of that rock vibe. Highlights for me include “Six Sixty Seven,” “Temptation,” and “Unrequited Love.”

Taproot Radio News #161

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Rotation #161 – June 30, 2008
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Ry Cooder’s latest CD, I, Flathead is a sort of a sound track without the movie. But if you buy the deluxe edition you get a novella with it that reads like Tom Wait mixed with Ziggy Stardust. It’s about a bunch of guy who live for racing cars on salt flats out in the desert who are surprisingly cool with the idea of being joined by an extraterrestrial being. Like a good movie soundtrack the songs help tell the story, but they standalone too. All the elements you’d expect from a Ry Cooder CD are here, a ot of mariachi/border music, a fair amount of twang and slide guitar, rockabilly here and there and a big does of the blues. “Drive Like I’ve Never Been Hurt,” and “Ridin’ With The Blues” are my favorites.

Another cinematic CD came in the mail this week. If you asked a country music singer to write a sound track for the next David Lynch film, you might get something like Paul Evan’s latest CD, Aqua Noir. Equal parts angsty jazz and steel guitar, Evan’s slow paced crooning on this CD burns a deep dark groove that makes most honky tonk tear jerkers seem like this month’s pop music. At first this genre bending mix made my brain hurt but after acouple of tracks I was completely enthralled. Notable tracks include “It’s All Or Nothin’,” and “Her Lonely Forgotten.” But the stand out tracks are “The Screamin’ Hollar Inn,” and “As I Cry My Broekn Heart To Sleep.”

Rebecca Lynn Howard gives Reba McEntire a run for her money on her latest CD, No Rules. And Emmylou purs her heart out in a lush, beautiful CD, All I Intended To Be. I really like her “Broken Man’s Lament.” The refrain chokes me up every time.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

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Vigilante Man” by Ry Cooder

Recent Adds:

As I Cry My Broken Heart To Sleep / Paul Evans / Agua Noir / 3:21
The Screamin’ Hollar Inn / Paul Evans / Agua Noir / 5:13
It’s All Or Nothin’ / Paul Evans / Agua Noir / 3:40
Her Lonely Forgotten / Paul Evans / Agua Noir / 3:59

Broken Man’s Lament / Emmylou Harris / All I Intended To Be / 5:05
Gold / Emmylou Harris / All I Intended To Be / 3:32
Old Five And Dimers Like Me / Emmylou Harris / All I Intended To Be / 4:17
Beyond The Great Divide / Emmylou Harris / All I Intended To Be / 4:26

Shakey Ground / Rebecca Lynn Howard / No Rules / 3:42
New Twist On An Old Groove / Rebecca Lynn Howard / No Rules / 3:49
Do Right Woman – Do Right Man / Rebecca Lynn Howard / No Rules / 3:22
Soul Sisters / Rebecca Lynn Howard / No Rules / 3:36

Drive Like I Never Been Hurt / Ry Cooder / I, Flathead / 4:08
Waitin’ For Some Girl / Ry Cooder / I, Flathead / 3:49
Johnny Cash / Ry Cooder / I, Flathead / 3:09
Ridin’ With The Blues / Ry Cooder / I, Flathead / 3:01
Pink-O-Boogie / Ry Cooder / I, Flathead / 3:06
Filipino Dance Hall Girl / Ry Cooder / I, Flathead / 3:54
My Dwarf Is Getting Tired / Ry Cooder / I, Flathead / 4:00

This Week’s Focus Tracks:

Drive Like I Never Been Hurt / Ry Cooder / I, Flathead / 4:08
As I Cry My Broken Heart To Sleep / Paul Evans / Agua Noir / 3:21
Broken Man’s Lament / Emmylou Harris / All I Intended To Be / 5:05
Orphan Of The Storm / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 4:07
Come A Little Bit Closer / Jim Stringer & The AM Band / Triskaidekaphilia / 2:49
Narcocorrido Nuevo Laredo / R.G. Stark / Not Crazy Tonight / 3:02
Fire In The Hole / Swampdawamp / Swampdawamp 2.0 / 3:43
Shark Out Of Water / Blind Willies / Everybody’s Looking For A Meal / 4:04
Calico Girl / Guy Forsyth / Calico Girl / 4:20
Let It Fall / Birds And Arrows / Debut (Cages And Quivers?) / 4:03
The Contender / Yarn / Yarn / 2:45
Universe / Mike Zito / Today / 7:00
Emerald Street / Eliza Gilkyson / Beautiful World / 3:46
You Are The One / The Loose Acoustic Trio / Sorrow Be Gone / 3:02
Fever For The Bayou / Tab Benoit / Night Train To Nashville / 3:35
Highway Down / I See Hawks In L.A. / Hallowed Ground / 5:14
Sometimes / Langhorne Slim / Langhorne Slim / 3:07
Breakfast In Bed / Shelby Lynne / Just A Little Lovin’ / 3:23
Samurai / The Mountain Firework Company / Samurai / 4:14
Itty Bitty Everything / Flat Duo Jets / Two Headed Cow / 2:48
The Man I Love / Eden Brent / Mississippi Number One / 4:10
Drunken Poet’s Dream / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 3:29
Locust Street / The Black Crowes / Warpaint / 4:14
Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss / Raising Sand / 3:25
Honey Chile / Lucinda Williams / Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino (Disc 2) / 2:20
Baby Likes A Love Song / Malcolm Holcombe / Gamblin’ House / 3:11
I’m Gonna Sit On The Porch And Pick On My Old Guitar / Damon Bramblett / Dressed In Black: A Tribute To Johnny Cash / 2:44
How Will You Shine / The Gourds / KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 15 (Disc 2) / 5:23
Peroxide Blonde In A Hopped Model Ford / Brian Setzer And The Nashvillains / Red Hot & Live! / 3:16
Methamphetamine / Son Volt / The Search / 4:03

DJ/Promo Tracks:

Train’s A Coming / JD & The Straight Shot / Right On Time / 2:57
Blood To Blood / Tom Schafer / Cradle / 5:12
Shakey Ground / Rebecca Lynn Howard / No Rules / 3:42
No Time To Waste / Hacienda Brothers / Music For Ranch & Town / 4:40
Subterranean Homesick Blues / Bob Dylan / The Essential Bob Dylan / 2:20
Polecat / Ray Wylie Hubbard / Snake Farm / 4:23
Bee de la Manche / Canray Fontenot / Oxford American 2001 / 2:20
Billy And Me / Claire Holley / Claire Holley / 4:10
I Can Get Off On You / Willie Nelson / Willie & Family Live / 2:09
Stranger Blues / Elmore James / Shake Your Moneymaker – The Best of the Fire Sessions / 3:17

Singles:

Every Hungry Woman / The Allman Brothers Band / Beginnings / 4:17
Fire and the Flame / Anthony Neff / chase your burden / 3:33
On Revival Day / Bessie Smith / Oxford American 2005 / 2:56
Maggie’s Farm / Bob Dylan / The Essential Bob Dylan / 3:54
Bad Bad Girl / Brian Setzer / 13 [Bonus Track] / 4:29
Cities Need Help / Buddy Guy / Red Blooded Blues / 5:33
Prime Time / Don McLean / The Best Of Don McLean / 5:00
Late For Church / Drive-By Truckers / Gangstabilly / 5:27
Cranky Mullato / The Gourds / Best Of The Boots 2004 #1 / 3:01
LET’S ELOPE BABY / Janis Martin / EARLY FEMALE ROCKBILLY / 2:06
Down to the Well / Kevin Gordon / Oxford American 2001 / 4:08
Dog Star – Mercury Dime / Mercury Dime / Revival: Brunswick Stew & Pig Pickin’ / 4:09
My Toot Toot / Rockin’ Sidney / The Rough Guide To Zydeco / 3:50
Gonna’ Make you Love Me / Ryan Adams / Gold / 2:37
Engine Joe / Slobberbone / Barrel Chested / 2:27
Words / Solomon Burke / If You Need Me – Rock ‘n’ Soul / 2:28
Trouble Over Me / Tift Merritt / Bramble Rose / 5:09
Needle in a Haystack / The Velvelettes / Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found (One Kiss Can Lead to Another) / 2:33
Anytime You Wanna Fool Around / Wanda Jackson / Heart Trouble / 3:34
It Don’t Make Sense (You Can’t Make Peace) / Willie Dixon / Red Blooded Blues / 4:26

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:

Scare Easy / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 4:36
Love A Little More / Jim Stringer & The AM Band / Triskaidekaphilia / 2:23
Mineral Wells / R.G. Stark / Not Crazy Tonight / 3:35
Dance / Swampdawamp / Swampdawamp 2.0 / 3:22
Mom Says No / Blind Willies / Everybody’s Looking For A Meal / 3:55
New Monkey King / Guy Forsyth / Calico Girl / 5:02
Move Along / Birds And Arrows / Debut (Cages And Quivers?) / 3:20
No Future Together / Yarn / Yarn / 3:10
Super Man / Mike Zito / Today / 3:30
Somewhere / Meg Hutchinson / Come Up Full / 3:28
Rare Bird / Eliza Gilkyson / Beautiful World / 4:56
For A While / The Loose Acoustic Trio / Sorrow Be Gone / 2:43
Night Train / Tab Benoit / Night Train To Nashville / 4:58
Carbon Dated Love / I See Hawks In L.A. / Hallowed Ground / 3:51
Restless / Langhorne Slim / Langhorne Slim / 2:18
I Only Want To Be With You / Shelby Lynne / Just A Little Lovin’ / 3:52
Bayou Tortous / James McMurtry / Just Us Kids / 4:51
Lamp Down Low / The Mountain Firework Company / Samurai / 5:57
Rock House / Flat Duo Jets / Two Headed Cow / 2:53
Mississippi Number One / Eden Brent / Mississippi Number One / 3:56
Happy That Way / The Wilders / Someone’s Got To Pay / 3:20
Knockin’ Over Whiskeys / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 2:56
The Lightning Storm / Flogging Molly / Float / 3:30
Brown Eyed Woman / The U-Liners / The U-Liners / 4:08
The More That I’m Around You / Kelly Willis / Translated From Love / 3:35
Evergreen / The Black Crowes / Warpaint / 4:20
Killing The Blues / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss / Raising Sand / 4:17
Low Down Dog / Honeyboy Edwards / Roamin’ And Ramblin’ / 1:43
One Night (Of Sin) / Corinne Bailey Rae / Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino (Disc 1) / 3:43
Lisa’s Birthday / Drive-By Truckers / Brighter Than Creation’s Dark / 3:20

Archive:

The Flat Baritone / The Gourds / Ghosts Of Hallelujah / 4:09
Orphan Girl / Emmylou Harris / Oxford American 2001 / 3:17
The Weight / The Band / Greatest Hits / 4:35
Laurel Lynn / Dave Alvin / Blackjack David / 3:36
Bye Bye Baby / Mary Wells / Girl Group Sounds Lost And Found (One Kiss Can Lead To Another) / 2:55
Lone Child / Frank Black / Honeycomb / 3:13
Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss / Raising Sand / 3:25
Texas / Po’ Girl / Home To You / 4:40
Election Day / Blaze Foley / Cold, Cold Wold / 2:13
Funnel of Love (with The Cramps) / Wanda Jackson / Heart Trouble / 2:33
Ain’t No Hidin’ Love / Deadstring Brothers / Silver Mountain / 4:10
Do The Boomerang / Junior Walker & The All Stars / Ultimate Collection / 2:22
Country Blues / Creech Holler / With Signs Following / 3:06
No Smoke Without Fire / James Hunter / People Gonna Talk / 3:05
This Town / Marah / Kids in Philly / 3:48
St. James Infirmary / Dr. John / N’awlinz: Dis, Dat Or D’Udda / 4:40
Texas Bound Train (3:04) / Cory Morrow / The Cory Morrow Band / 3:04
Your Memory, Me, And The Blues / Delbert McClinton / Cost Of Living / 4:05
New Day / Kenny Roby / The Mercy Filter / 2:42
Be My Love / Geraint Watkins / Dial ‘w’ For Watkins / 2:54
Society Of Fear / Hideaway / The Wiskey Tango Sessions / 3:47
The Old Holland / Rocky Votolato / The Brag & Cuss / 4:09
You Set Me Free / Hobex / Enlightened Soul / 4:34
New York, New York / Ryan Adams / Gold / 3:48
False Hearted Lover Blues / Levon Helm / Dirt Farmer / 3:30
School Days / No Fixed Abode / Clearwater / 4:01
In This House That I Call Home / Knitters / The Modern Sounds of … The Knitters / 2:23
She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died) / Robby Fulks / Hell-Bent: Insurgent Country Volume 2 / 2:42
I Know Him Too / Tift Merritt / Bramble Rose / 3:53
Whatever Way The Wind Blows / Kelly Willis / Oxford American 2000 / 3:21
Hoochie Coochie Man / The Allman Brothers Band / Beginnings / 4:57
Headman / Tony Borders / Sweet Sounds Of Muscle Shoa : Vol. 4-More Power To Ya! / 2:31
Shindig With The Lord / Kevn Kinney / Down Out Law / 2:34
Lord Have Mercy On Me / Outrageous Cherry / Sunday Nights / 3:06
Animal Farm / McHouston Baker / Mississippi Delta Dues / 3:34
Hard Luck Saint / Joe Ely / Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch (P) 2007 / 5:34
Austin Night / Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash / Mile Markers / 3:37
Time Wounds All Heels / Nick Lowe / Basher -The Best of Nick Lowe / 2:45
What Are We Waiting For / The Yayhoos / Fear Not The Obvious / 2:57
No Time To Waste / Hacienda Brothers / Music For Ranch & Town / 4:40
Rockin’ Chair / Death Cab For Cutie / Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band / 5:32
Always Tomorrow / Glenside Allstars / Ampliflower / 5:12
Don’t Do Me Like That / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Damn The Torpedoes / 2:45
Social Aid & Pleasure Club / The Subdudes / Behind The Levee / 3:26
Goodbye (I’ve Seen It All) / The Wilders / Someone’s Got To Pay / 2:53
Nothin’ In The World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ’bout That Girl / Mark Lemhouse / The Great American Yard Sale / 3:11
Sunny Moon / Dustin Sargent / King Mojo Allstars vol. 2 / 4:08
West Texas Highway / Lyle Lovett / Step Inside This House (Disc 1) / 3:33
You’d A’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die) / James McMurtry / Just Us Kids / 5:16
It’s Good To Be King / Tom Petty / Wildflowers / 5:11
If You Want To Be My Girls / The Cogburns / Pay Up Sucker / 2:44
A Lover Like You / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 4:23
Days Gone By / The Silos / Come On Like The Fast Lane / 3:26
Hallowed Ground / I See Hawks In L.A. / Hallowed Ground / 4:25
Alison / Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Best Of / 3:25
One More Time / Alejandro Escovedo / With These Hands (Expanded Edition) / 4:06
Kissy Baby / Heavy Trash / Going Way Out / 3:23
Loving You / Paolo Nutini / These Streets / 4:01
Gates Of Hell / David Childers / Known On The Underground / 4:03
The Fog / Sara Cox / Crowded Is The New Lonely / 4:34
Mercy Now / Mary Gauthier / Mercy Now / 5:51
I Got Jesus / Macavine Hayes / Drinkhouse / 2:41

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I, Flathead by Ry Cooder

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Jun 282008
 


Ry Cooder has done several soundtracks over the years, for film’s like Paris Texas and Last Man Standing. With his latest CD, “I, Flathead” Ry Cooder writes like he’s writing for a movie soundtrack. But this time he is writing both the story and the music. If you buy the Deluxe Edition of the CD, you get a novella with the same title that reads like a spaghetti western-60’s era surrealist movie cross over. It’s about a bunch of off-kilter guys who race cars on the Salt Flats and their surprisingly cool reaction when an extraterrestrial joins them in their racing. He pulls in all the elements you’d expect. Rockabilly, blues, norteno/mariachi all mixed up in an edgy Tom Wait-ish vibe. But the real strength is in the story telling. The songs loosely follow the narrative of the book and the songs paint vivid pictures from the book. Some of the more interesting tracks include “Johnny Cash,” “Waitin’ For Some Girl,” “My Dwarf Is Getting Tired,” and “Filipino Dancehall Girl.” But the highlights are “Drive Like I Never Been Hurt,” “Pink-O Boogie,” and “Ridin’ With The Blues.”

No Rule by Rebecca Lynn Howard

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Jun 282008
 


On her latest CD, No Rules, Rebecca Lynn Howard reminds me of Betty Harris in some respects. She has a strong, feminine voice that can belt out classic soul and blues with flair and depth. But that same voice can carry the lead on blues-rock songs with a brassy swagger that reminds me of Reba McEntire. The sould tunes include a cover of “Do Right Woman” and “Soul Sisters.” The rockl tunes include “Shakey Ground,” and “New Twist On An Old Groove.”

All I Intended To Be by Emmylou Harris

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Jun 282008
 


Over the years Emmylou Harris has perfected a style of music that’s deeply lush and emotive and beautiful. It’s the sort of music that runs the risk of sounding cliche’ and saccharine and overproduced, but her choice of material and her lyrics have a deep emotional gravity that sustains the layers and layers of music. I really enjoyed her cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s “Old Five And Dimers Like Me.” I also enjoyed “Gold.” But the standout tracks for me are the gospel tune “Beyond The Great Divide” and “Broken Man’s Lament.”

Aqua Noir by Paul Evans

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Jun 282008
 


If asked a country music artist to write a sound track for the next David Lynch film, you might get something like Paul Evan’s latest CD, Aqua Noir. Equal parts angsty jazz and steel guitar, Evan’s slow paced crooning on this CD burns a deep dark groove that makes most honky tonk tear jerkers seem like this month’s pop music. At first this genre bending mix made my brain hurt but after acouple of tracks I was completely enthralled. Notable tracks include “It’s All Or Nothin’,” and “Her Lonely Forgotten.” But the stand out tracks are “The Screamin’ Hollar Inn,” and “As I Cry My Broekn Heart To Sleep.”

Jun 222008
 

Rotation #160
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This past week I’ve been getting into the Mudcrutch CD. This is the revival of the ill-fated band Tom Petty had before the Heartbreakers. Now many years later the original lineup gets back together and makes a collection of songs the old fashioned way, making it up as they went along in the studio. The result is some easy going relaxed southern rock that’s very likely to make it my best of the year list. Highlights include “Lover of the Bayou” which I believe is aByrds song. The song that seems to be destined for radio play is “Scare Easy,” but my favorites are the extended hippie jam, “Crystal River,” and the twangy “Wrong Thing To Do.”

In new music, there have been some gems showing up in my mailbox, including Austin singer/songwriter R.G. Stark and classic country artist Jim Stringer. And just to prove that kick ass southern rock isn’t dead yet, I’ve addedSwampadamp to play list so you can get your biker bar music fix.

Dig Deep,
Calvin

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Scare Easy” by Mudcrutch

Recent Adds:

Orphan Of The Storm / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 4:07
Six Days On The Road / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 3:28
Crystal River / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 9:29
This Is A Good Street / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 1:54
The Wrong Thing To Do / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 4:10
Lover Of The Bayou / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 4:33
Bootleg Flyer / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 3:49

Long White Cadillac / JD & The Straight Shot / Right On Time / 3:25
Slow Motion In Reverse / JD & The Straight Shot / Right On Time / 4:21
Lie No Better / JD & The Straight Shot / Right On Time / 3:36
Train’s A Coming / JD & The Straight Shot / Right On Time / 2:57

Mom Says No / Blind Willies / Everybody’s Looking For A Meal / 3:55
Trampin’ / Blind Willies / Everybody’s Looking For A Meal / 3:10
Everybody’s Looking For A Meal / Blind Willies / Everybody’s Looking For A Meal / 4:59
Shark Out Of Water / Blind Willies / Everybody’s Looking For A Meal / 4:04

Beneath The Gate / Stormy Mondays / On The Run / 3:22

Cradle / Tom Schafer / Cradle / 4:10
Blood To Blood / Tom Schafer / Cradle / 5:12
Sweet Dreams For Brigitte / Tom Schafer / Cradle / 7:52

Dance / Swampdawamp / Swampdawamp 2.0 / 3:22
Fire In The Hole / Swampdawamp / Swampdawamp 2.0 / 3:43

Mineral Wells / R.G. Stark / Not Crazy Tonight / 3:35
Narcocorrido Nuevo Laredo / R.G. Stark / Not Crazy Tonight / 3:02
Lorena / R.G. Stark / Not Crazy Tonight / 3:19
Monterrey / R.G. Stark / Not Crazy Tonight / 2:42
Too Proud / R.G. Stark / Not Crazy Tonight / 3:56

Rebel Rouser / Jim Stringer & The AM Band / Triskaidekaphilia / 3:53
Love A Little More / Jim Stringer & The AM Band / Triskaidekaphilia / 2:23
Come A Little Bit Closer / Jim Stringer & The AM Band / Triskaidekaphilia / 2:49
Sugarfootin’ / Jim Stringer & The AM Band / Triskaidekaphilia / 1:54

This Week’s Focus Tracks:

Scare Easy / Mudcrutch / Mudcrutch / 4:36
Love A Little More / Jim Stringer & The AM Band / Triskaidekaphilia / 2:23
Mineral Wells / R.G. Stark / Not Crazy Tonight / 3:35
Dance / Swampdawamp / Swampdawamp 2.0 / 3:22
Mom Says No / Blind Willies / Everybody’s Looking For A Meal / 3:55
New Monkey King / Guy Forsyth / Calico Girl / 5:02
Move Along / Birds And Arrows / Debut (Cages And Quivers?) / 3:20
No Future Together / Yarn / Yarn / 3:10
Super Man / Mike Zito / Today / 3:30
Somewhere / Meg Hutchinson / Come Up Full / 3:28
Rare Bird / Eliza Gilkyson / Beautiful World / 4:56
For A While / The Loose Acoustic Trio / Sorrow Be Gone / 2:43
Night Train / Tab Benoit / Night Train To Nashville / 4:58
Carbon Dated Love / I See Hawks In L.A. / Hallowed Ground / 3:51
Restless / Langhorne Slim / Langhorne Slim / 2:18
I Only Want To Be With You / Shelby Lynne / Just A Little Lovin’ / 3:52
Bayou Tortous / James McMurtry / Just Us Kids / 4:51
Lamp Down Low / The Mountain Firework Company / Samurai / 5:57
Rock House / Flat Duo Jets / Two Headed Cow / 2:53
Mississippi Number One / Eden Brent / Mississippi Number One / 3:56
Happy That Way / The Wilders / Someone’s Got To Pay / 3:20
Knockin’ Over Whiskeys / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 2:56
The Lightning Storm / Flogging Molly / Float / 3:30
Brown Eyed Woman / The U-Liners / The U-Liners / 4:08
The More That I’m Around You / Kelly Willis / Translated From Love / 3:35
Evergreen / The Black Crowes / Warpaint / 4:20
Killing The Blues / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss / Raising Sand / 4:17
Low Down Dog / Honeyboy Edwards / Roamin’ And Ramblin’ / 1:43
One Night (Of Sin) / Corinne Bailey Rae / Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino (Disc 1) / 3:43
Lisa’s Birthday / Drive-By Truckers / Brighter Than Creation’s Dark / 3:20

DJ/Promo Tracks:

Long White Cadillac / JD & The Straight Shot / Right On Time / 3:25
Beneath The Gate / Stormy Mondays / On The Run / 3:22
Cradle / Tom Schafer / Cradle / 4:10
Don’t Make Me Wait / James Mathus & His Knockdown Society / Songs For Rosetta / 3:19
Get It When You Want It / Candi Staton / The Ultimate Fame Years Collection / 2:22
It Ain’t The Wind, It’s The Rain / Mary Gauthier / Mercy Now / 4:03
This Room Is For Rent / Sammi Smith / Oxford American 2005 / 2:55
Watch & Chain / James Hunter / People Gonna Talk / 3:19
Kokomo / Greg Brown / The Evening Call / 4:54
One / Johnny Cash / American III: Solitary Man / 3:53

Singles:

Barstool Boys / Marah / Kids in Philly / 2:57
Coneville Slough / Greg Brown / The Evening Call / 4:28
One More Time / Alejandro Escovedo / With These Hands (Expanded Edition) / 4:06
Forever Young / Chris Isaak / Heart Shaped World / 3:23
The Whole Night Through / Geraint Watkins / Dial ‘w’ For Watkins / 3:58
One Day When The Weather Is Warm / Joe Henry / Kindness Of The World / 5:06
Down In Muddy Water / Aaron Neville / Red Blooded Blues / 3:40
I Don’t Love Nobody / Elizabeth Cotten / Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes / 1:14
Sal-A-Faster / Swamp Dogg / The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 1 / 2:38
Hwy 5 / John Doe / Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet / 2:53
Makes Me Roll / The Gourds / Dem’s Good Beeble / 3:50
Down On The Corner / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Chronicle, Vol. 1 / 2:45
Ya Ya Ya (Looking for My Baby) / The Detroit Cobras / Baby / 2:28
Someday / Steve Earle / Guitar Town [Bonus Track] / 3:48
I’ll Tell The Bottle / Two Dollar Pistols / On Down The Track / 4:50
Under My Wheels / Red Star Belgrade / Revival: Brunswick Stew & Pig Pickin’ / 3:46
If I ever Needed Someone / Choosy Beggars / Bring It Back Alive / 3:56
Feb 14 / Drive-By Truckers / A Blessing And A Curse / 3:41
Beauty And Pride / Mudcat / I’ll Be Young Once Too / 3:23
County Of Graves / Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers / Believe / 3:45

Last Week’s Focus Tracks:

Children Of Jack / Guy Forsyth / Calico Girl / 4:53
Ghost Of A Bad Idea / Birds And Arrows / Debut (Cages And Quivers?) / 2:38
Bad Bad Man / Yarn / Yarn / 2:36
Dirty Things / Mike Zito / Today / 4:06
Runaway Train / Eliza Gilkyson / Beautiful World / 4:21
You Are The One / The Loose Acoustic Trio / Sorrow Be Gone / 3:02
Rendezvous For The Bayou / Tab Benoit / Night Train To Nashville / 6:47
Good And Foolish Times / I See Hawks In L.A. / Hallowed Ground / 3:34
Tipping Point / Langhorne Slim / Langhorne Slim / 2:07
Just A Little Lovin’ / Shelby Lynne / Just A Little Lovin’ / 5:21
You’d A’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die) / James McMurtry / Just Us Kids / 5:16
Rolling River / The Mountain Firework Company / Samurai / 2:58
Everybody’s Movin / Flat Duo Jets / Two Headed Cow / 5:40
Love Me ‘Til Dawn / Eden Brent / Mississippi Number One / 3:26
Wild Old Nory / The Wilders / Someone’s Got To Pay / 3:31
A Lover Like You / Hayes Carll / Trouble In Mind / 4:23
Between A Man And A Woman / Flogging Molly / Float / 3:21
Out In California / The U-Liners / The U-Liners / 4:38
Longway / Dan Janisch / Medicine Man / 4:49
Losing You / Kelly Willis / Translated From Love / 3:34
Walk Believer Walk / The Black Crowes / Warpaint / 4:39
Rich Woman / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss / Raising Sand / 4:05
8 Dollar Thrills / Austin Collins / Roses Are Black / 3:21
I Was In New Orleans Last Night / Honeyboy Edwards / Roamin’ And Ramblin’ / 3:05
Ready / Meg Hutchinson / Our Side Of Town: A Red House Records 25th Year Collection / 3:32
Blue Monday / Randy Newman / Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino (Disc 1) / 2:23
Trouble In Mind / The Border Blasters / Blast From The Past / 2:36
Goode’s Field Road / Drive-By Truckers / Brighter Than Creation’s Dark / 5:28
Goin’ Downtown / Malcolm Holcombe / Gamblin’ House / 2:51
Two / Ryan Adams & The Cardinals / KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 15 (Disc 2) / 2:34

Archive:

Crawling Kingsnake / Honeyboy Edwards / Roamin’ And Ramblin’ / 3:06
Wild Side / Michael Powers / Prodigal Son / 3:59
Bol Weevil Blues / John-Alex Mason / Town & Country / 4:07
High Sheriff Blues / McHouston Baker / Mississippi Delta Dues / 3:41
Funnel Of Love / Southern Culture On The Skids / Countrypolitan Favorites / 2:38
If The Sea Was Whiskey / Willie Dixon / From Clarksdale to Cleveland Vol.1 The Roadhouse / 3:02
Nobody Else Will Do / Thomas Henry / Bullet/Sur-Speed Soul:Music City Blues & Soul 1960’s / 3:53
Roller Derby Queen / Jim Croce / Greatest Hits / 3:29
Long Way Home / The Youngers / Output / 4:36
Seeds / Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers / Caution: Falling Boogie / 4:26
Long Way to Hollywood / Steve Young / Oxford American 2001 / 3:59
Total Eclipse Of The Moon / Graham Parker / Don’t Tell Columbus / 4:18
Why Don’t We Try Anymore / The Knitters / Poor Little Knitter On The Road / 3:53
In My Mind I Was Talkin’ To Loretta / Pieta Brown / Remember The Sun / 3:55
Star Witness / Neko Case / Fox Confessor Brings The Flood / 5:17
Dreams Are Not My Home / Rosanne Cash / Black Cadillac / 3:41
Wait A Minute / The Notorious Cherry Bombs / This Is Americana / 2:50
Better Than Broken / The Bottle Rockets / Zoysia / 4:05
Manifesto No. 2 / Shooter Jennings / Electric Rodeo / 2:10
Loretta Lee Jones / Langhorne Slim / When The Sun’s Gone Down / 2:23
I Am The Big Easy / Ray Bonneville / Our Side Of Town: A Red House Records 25th Year Collection / 4:38
3rd Person / Annie Gallup / Half Of My Crime / 2:54
Come On In / The Dynamites / / 4:05
Fever For The Bayou / Tab Benoit / Night Train To Nashville / 3:35
Mermaid / Grayson Capps / Wail & Ride / 3:57
Mexican Candy / The Iguanas / Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart / 4:39
Mama Don’t / John Doe / Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet / 2:48
One Horse Town / The Thrills / KGSR Broadcasts Volume 12 / 3:13
Jesus Will Help Me / Gospel Comforters / Eccentric Soul: Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal / 3:01
ReddingsbaaDJie / Seth Kaufman / Ting / 3:16
To Find A Friend / Tom Petty / Wildflowers / 3:24
No Depression in Heaven / The Carter Family / No Depression: What It Sounds Like, Vol. 1 / 2:54
Writing On The Wall / Glenside Allstars / Ampliflower / 3:40
Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson / Robert Plant & Alison Krauss / Raising Sand / 4:02
Out of Breath / Ronnie Whitehead / Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg / 2:54
Curtain Calls / Old 97’s / Too Far To Care / 4:19
Cadillac Jack’s #1 Son / Kevin Gordon / Cadillac Jack’s #1 Son / 3:24
Well Alright / Choosy Beggars / See The Lovers Right On Time / 2:27
WIth These Hands / Alejandro Escovedo / With These Hands (Deluxe Edition) / 3:30
Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further? / Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint / The River In Reverse / 5:04
Walk On / Mudcat / I’ll Be Young Once Too / 3:21
I Feel Lucky / Mary Chapin Carpenter / The Best Of Austin City Limits: Country Music’s Finest Hour / 4:18
Midnight Dream / Hacienda Brothers / What’s Wrong With Right / 4:09
Night Comes Down / Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash / Mile Markers / 3:58
Ninty-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do) / Wilson Pickett / Greatest Hits / 2:43
Sweet Li’l / The Gourds / Best Of The Boots 2004 #2 / 3:30
Nettie Moore / Bob Dylan / Modern Times / 6:53
Bible Song / Lori McKenna / This Is Americana / 3:50
Still People Are Moving / Scott Miller / Citation / 4:53
Kitten Next Door / A Brokeheart Pro / The Kitten Next Door / 3:26
Rollin’ Blues / Deadstring Brothers / Silver Mountain / 3:43
Since I Laid My Burden Down / Calvin Cooke / 1st Annual Sacred Steel Convention / 3:55
Magnificent Seven / Jon Rauhouse / For A Decade Of Sin: 11 Years Of Bloodshot Records / 2:45
Blessed With Happiness / Geraint Watkins / Dial ‘w’ For Watkins / 4:05
You Hurt My Pride / Lou Ford / Poor Man’s Soul / 2:19
Don’t Let It Go To Waste / Greg Trooper / Make It Through This World / 3:05
Summer Is Over / Fred Eaglesmith / Milly’s Cafe / 2:36
When The Saints Go Marching In / Dr. John / N’awlinz: Dis, Dat Or D’Udda / 4:52
Long Gone Lonesome Blues / Hank Williams / Original Singles Collection / 2:39
Believe Me / Jake Brennan And The Confidence Men / Love And Bombs / 3:22

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Mudcrutch

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Jun 222008
 


Mudcrutch is Tom Petty’s original band, from before the Heartbreakers. For various reasons, the band broke up before they really had a chance to get any traction. But now, many, many years later, the’ve gotten together for their “debut” CD. What’s notable about the project is that they decided to make the this collection songs the old fashioned way. To quote from the CD cover:

Drums, wires, old friends, etc.
Recorded live, vocals, harmony, everything
Arrangements done on the studio floor
Made in 10 days, no headphones
Los Angeles in ’07
A lot of love

Enjoy

Indeed, some purists have notes the looseness of the music, especially from Petty who plays bass in this effort. But of course that’s the point. The music can be wonderful and still be loose and the debut from Mudcrutch proves it. This is not the looseness of incompetent musicians, but the looseness of seasoned experts, Benmont Tench, Randall Marsh, Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon, and Tom Petty who are relaxed and having fun.

Just to make sure there’s not doubt that this is going to be a rootsy country infuenced album, they open with the classic bluegrass tune, “Shady Grove,” then they slide into an easy southern rock groove. While there’s a couple of heavier tunes like “Bootleg Flyer” and “Scare Easy,” for the most part these are easy going songs that are reminiscent of the Byrds (they cover “Lover of the Bayou”) or Gram Parsons. I especially love the long psychadelic jam on “Crystal River” and the twangy “Wrong Thing To Do”.