Aug 042010

Freeform Americana Roots Chart:
1 Eilen Jewell: Butcher Holler, A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Signature Sounds)
2 Les Sampou: Lonesomeville (self)
3 Asleep At The Wheel w/Leon Rausch: It’s a Good Day! (Bismeaux)
4 Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust (Proper) 
5 Bill Kirchen: Word To The Wise (Proper American)
6 Blaze Foley: Sittin’ By The Road (Lost Art)
7 The Blue Shadows: On The Floor Of Heaven (Bumstead)
8 Peter Case: Wig! (Yeproc) 
  Paul Thorn: Pimps And Preachers (Perpetual Obscurity) 
9 Terri Hendrix: Cry Till You Laugh (Willory) 
10 Cornell Hurd Band: A Bad Year For Love (Behemoth) 
11 Shinyribs: Well After Awhile (Nine Mile) 
12 Alejandro Escovedo: Street Songs Of Love (Concord)
   Mary Gauthier: The Foundling (Razor & Tie) 
   John Mellencamp: No Better Than This (Rounder) 
   Stone River Boys: Love On the Dial (Cow Island)
13 Amber Digby & Justin Trevino: Keeping Up Appearances (Heart Of Texas) 
   Tim O’Brien: Chicken & Egg (Howdy Skies)
14 Jimmy LaFave: Favorites (Music Road)
   Ray Stevens: We The People (clyde)
   Jimmy Webb: Just Across The River (E1Ent) 
15 Annita & The Starbombers: It’d Surprise You (Barn)
16 Tara Linda: Tortilla Western Serenade (Physalia)
   Red Horse (Red House)
17 Elizabeth Cook: Welder (31 Tigers)
   Fred Eaglesmith: Cha Cha Cha (Lonesome Day) 
   Miss Leslie: Wrong Is What I Do Best (Zero Label)
18 Ruth Moody: The Garden (Red House) 
   Kevin Welch: A Patch Of Blue Sky (Music Road) 
19 Sherry Austin: Love Still Remains (Barking Topiary) 
20 Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am (Vanguard)
   VA: Twistable Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs Of Shel Silverstein (Sugar Hill)
21 Susan Cowsill: Lighthouse (Threadhead)
   Sally Spring: Made Of Stars (Sniffinpup) 
   Yarn: Come On In (Yarn Music) 
22 Audie Blaylock & Redline: Cryin Heart Blues (Rural Rhythm) 
   Eric Brace & Last Train Home: Six Songs (Red Beet) 
   Steve Connelly & The Lesser Gods: Every Monster (Sunshine Drenchy) 
   Nick Curran & The Lowlifes: Reform School Girl (Eclecto Groove)
   Jeff Daniels: Live At The Purple Rose (Boombadeeboom) 
   Gwyneth & Monko: Good Old Horse (self ) 
   Tom Jones: Praise & Blame (Lost Highway) 
   Caleb Klauder: Dangerous Mes & Poisonous Yous (self) *
   Caleb Klauder: Western Country (Quicksilver) 

There’s so much good news on the FAR chart, I hardly know where to begin.

For the first time in my recollection an artists has two CDs on the FAR chart simultaneously. Caleb Klauder‘s Dangerous Mes and Poisonous You’s and Western Country find a place on the chart. Each of these was named an “album of the month” pick by at least one of the reporting DJs. I’ve been enjoying both of these CDs and will be playing the hell out of Western Country on Taproot Radio over the next couple of months.

I’m happy to see Eilen Jewell‘s tribute to Loretta Lynn at the top of the of the charts because she’s such a great performer and has a fantastic voice. But John Conquest, the publisher of the FAR chart, made the comment that he would have preferred to see Les Sampou at the number one spot because her material is all original songs instead of covers. I have to agree. I’ve been enjoying Les Sampou’s CD Lonesomeville and she’s featured on Episode 13 of the Taproot Radio podcast so if you want to hear her discussing her music and some of the tracks on Lonesomeville, go listen to the podcast.

Gourds co-front man Kevin Russell has a solo project out using the stage name shinyribs. The blandly titled CD, Well After Awhile, is chock full of country funk goodness, happy string band music and even a musical hymn of sorts. It’s not exactly Gourds music, but it’s darn close and that’s a Good Thing.

I’m also glad to see the Stone River Boys are still on the FAR chart with their Love On The Dial CD. I’ve been playing this one for several months now and it never gets old. Great country soul crossover songs.

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