FAR Chart #130 is out and as usual I can’t help but make a few comments.
1 Stone River Boys: Love On The Dial (Cow Island)2 Sally Spring: Made Of Stars (Sniffinpup)3 Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am (Vanguard)4 Kevin Welch: A Patch Of Blue Sky (Music Road)5 Bill Kirchen: Word To The Wise (Proper American)6 Cornell Hurd Band: A Bad Year For Love (Behemoth)7 Terri Hendrix: Cry Till You Laugh (Willory)8 Peter Wolf: Midnight Souvenirs (Verve)9 Elizabeth Cook: Welder (31 Tigers)Miss Leslie: Wrong Is What I Do Best (Zero Label)The Sadies: Darker Circles (Yep Roc)10 Mary Gauthier: The Foundling (Razor & Tie)11 Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers (Sonicboom)12 Jim Lauderdale: Patchwork River (Emergent)13 Susan Cowsill: Lighthouse (Threadhead)14 Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three: Riverboat Soul (Free Dirt)15 Anders Osborne: American Patchwork (Alligator)J Shogren: Bird Bones And Muscle (Jaha!)16 Darrell Scott: A Crooked Road (Full Light)17 Tim Eriksen: Soul Of The January Hills (Appleseed)Guthrie Kennard: Matchbox (Rango)Andre Williams: That’s All I Need (Bloodshot)18 Mars Arizona: High Desert (Big Barn)Hank Williams III: Rebel Within (Sidewalk)19 Johnny Gimble: Celebrating With Friends (CMH)David Olney: Dutchman’s Curve (Deadbeet)20 Kathy Kallick Band: Between The Hollow And The High-Rise (Live Oak)John Prine: In Person & On Stage (Oh Boy)
First and foremost, I’m very happy to see Stone River Boys hitting the top of the charts with their “country funk” crossover.
Was a little sad to see that Peter Wolf comes in at number 8. I think he deserves to be higher on the chart. His Midnight Souvenirs CD is getting a lot of play across a wide variety of radio shows. But in any case, getting into the top 10 is good. Maybe he’ll score higher next month.
Lastly J. Shogren broke into the top 20 list too with his latest CD, Bird Bone and Muscle. His lyrics are quirky and engaging and downright addictive. Check him out when you get chance.