FAR Chart #142 is out, John Conquest, the chart compiler professed surprise that Rod Picott came out on top, but not me. My co-host on the WCOM show, Rick Cornell gave me the heads up on this CD so when it came in the mail I immediately threw it in the car CD player. Rod Picott manages to write songs that simultaneously feel deeply authentic and personal while speaking to something that’s universal. And his take on our current hard economic times is cliche’ free. So I’m glad to see him taking the top spot.
Two of my recent favorites tied for number 5. Tokyo Rosenthal’s Who Was That Man applies sees the modern world through the lens of a Western movie, and it works. Amazingly well. Toke’s got an eye for the dramatic. Bettysoo and Doug Cox turn in a set of singer-songwriter tunes which cover both the new and the traditional sounds of folk. But what makes them standout is how well the guitar work intertwines with and complements Bettysoo’s vocals. I’d love to see them perform live sometime.
Mark Junger’s CD, More Like A God Dog Than A Bad Cat, is still going strong on the chart and still getting heavy rotation play from me. good blues/country crossover fare.
And finally, I have to give props to The Border Blasters’ new CD, The Sun Sessions. I believe it is a studio produced CD, but this collection of songs are so easy-going and relaxed it has a back porch music vibe which I really really like.
#1 Rod Picott: Welding Burns (Welding Rod)
2 Eliza Gilkyson: Roses At The End Of Time (Red House)
3 Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue: Set Two (HTRP)
4 Amanda Shires: Carrying Lightning (self)
5= BettySoo & Doug Cox: Across The Borderline; Lie To Me (Borderline Talent)
Tokyo Rosenthal: Who Was That Man ( Rock & Socks)
6 The Sweetback Sisters: Looking For A Fight (Signature Sounds)
7 Mark Jungers: More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat (American Rural)
8 Steve Earle: I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (New West)
9= Michael Fracasso: Saint Monday (Little Fugi)
Owen Temple: Mountain Home (El Paisano)
10 Border Blasters: The Sun Session (Boquillas)