Jun 122011
 

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 Picotticon: 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 Rosenthalicon: Who Was That Man ( Rock & Socks)
6 The Sweetback Sisters: Looking For A Fight (Signature Sounds)
7 Mark Jungersicon: 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 Blastersicon: The Sun Session (Boquillas)

 Posted by at 1:42 pm
May 082011
 

1 Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers: Starlight Hotel (Signature Sounds)
2 Amanda Shires: Carrying Lightning (self)
3 Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue: Set Two (HTRP)
4 Steve Earle: I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (New West)
5 Mark Jungers: More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat (American Rural)
6 Owen Temple: Mountain Home (El Paisano)
7 Buddy Miller: The Majestic Silver Strings (New West)
8 Michael Fracasso: Saint Monday (Little Fugi)
9 Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) (Lost Highway)
10 Cornell Hurd Band: Big State, Long Road (Behemoth)

Great to see Zoe Muthicon finally getting her due! I know there’s lots of FAR reporters that are really into her, but her votes seemed to be spread across multiple months so I was afraid she’d never hit the top spot.

But the artist I’m happiest about in the Top 10 is Mark Jungers. His CD, More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat has a real bluesy-Texas-Rock feel too it full of country and western images but still sonding modern and right for the times.

Buddy Miller‘s Majestic Silver Strings CD is working its way up the charts. Excellent CD, full of great guitar work.

 Posted by at 1:54 pm
Mar 042011
 
1 Gurf Morlix: Blaze Foley’s 113th Wet Dream (Rootball)
2 Grant Peeples: Okra And Ecclesiastes (Gatorbone)
3 The Great Recession Orchestra: Have You Ever Even Heard Of Milton Brown? (New Tex Swing)
4 Buddy Miller: The Majestic Silver Strings (New West)
5 Johnny Cash: From Memphis To Hollywood (Columbia/Legacy)
6 Carrie Rodriguez & Ben Kyle: We Still Love Our Country (Ninth Street Opus)
7 Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO [& Other American Stories] (Lost Highway)
8 Marti Brom: Not For Nothin’ (Goofin’/Ripsaw)
9 JD McPherson: Signs And Signifiers (Hi Style)
Lucinda Williams: Blessed (Lost Highway)
10 Malcolm Holcombe: To Drink The Rain (Music Road)

Love it love it love it.

I heard Johnny Cash played on the local Album Rock station earlier this week and I was happy to hear that even after his death ol’ J.C. can still pull some airplay. And this month’s FAR chart also proves the point. Johnny Cash comes in at number 5 on the chart with his From Memphis To Hollywood.

Gurf Morlix won a well deserved top spot on the chart with his Blaze Foley tribute CD. He’ll be touring the US along with the Blaze Foley documentary film. It’s a great story and a great set of songs. You can hear Gurf talk about this project on episode 22 of the Taproot Radio Podcast.

Gurf Morlix also produced the number 2 CD from Grant Peeples. I love the name of his CD, Okra and Ecclesiastes. The CD has some great song writing on it and some fine guitar work.

I’m glad to see the Great Recession Orchestra’s Texas Swing music getting good airplay on the charts too.

Marti Brom’s CD, Not For Nothin’s is still going strong after several months on the chart. She’s featured on episode 23 of the podcast.

 Posted by at 12:53 am
Feb 012011
 

The January 2011 edition of the FAR chart is out and dang if there’s nothing but good music from top tp bottom. I can’s say that for lots of months, but January was definitely a good month: 

1 Gurf Morlix: Blaze Foley’s 113th Wet Dream (Rootball)
2 The Great Recession Orchestra: Have You Ever Even Heard of Milton Brown? (New Tex Swing)
3 Marti Brom: Not For Nothin’ (Goofin’/Ripsaw)
4 Carrie Rodriguez & Ben Kyle: We Still Love Our Country (Ninth Street Opus)
5 Grant Peeples: Okra And  Ecclesiastes (Gatorbone)
6 Malcolm Holcombe: To Drink The Rain (Music Road)
7 Carrie Elkin: Call It My Garden (Red House)
8 Hot Club Of Cowtown: What Makes Bob Holler (Proper)
9 JD McPherson: Signs And Signifiers (Hi Style)
10 Abilgail Washburn: City Of Refuge (Rounder)

I was very pleased to see Gurf Morlix at the top of the FAR Chart. He’s going to be touring later this year along with the Blaze Foley documentary. You can hear more about his connection to Blaze Foley on episode 22 of the Taproot Radio Podcast.

I’m also happy as punch that Marti Brom his carrying the Rockabilly banner for us and that the Recession Orchestra String Band is doing the same with Texas Swing. 

Grant Peeples wins kudos for his Ray Wylie Hubbard-esque CD and also for having one of the most original CDs names I’ve heard in a long time.

I’ve been enjoying the new Carrie Elkin CD, excellent new folk sound from the good folks are Red House records.

And lastly, I’m glad to see Malcolm Holcombe getting the respect he deserves among the FARsters.

 Posted by at 3:00 pm
Jan 072011
 

The FAR Chart #137 covers December 2010. It’ kinda falls under the shadow of the FAR &Away 2010 list that came out a few days ago. But it’s still interesting to take a look at it. Not surprising to see Marti Brom and Yvette Landry doing so well on the charts considering how the did so well on the FAR and Away list. But it warms my heart to see Mavis Staples still getting respect after several months on the chart. 

The two rising acts that have caught my ear recently are The Coal Porters and Paul Thorn.

The The Coal Porters first of all get props for having a cool band name that’s a pun. But they also play very nice bluegrass/string band music. And Paul Thorn‘s “Pimps and Preachers,” is destined to become a Bar Band  classic.

1       Martí Brom: Not For Nothin’ (Goofin’/Rips
2      The Great Recession Orchestra: Have You Ever Even Heard Of Milton Brown? (New Texas Swing)
3       Yvette Landry: Should Have Known (Soko)
4       JD McPherson: Signs And Signifiers (Hi Style)
5       Kimmie Rhodes: Miracles On Christmas Day (Sunbird)
6       Matt Urmy: Sweet Lonesome (Acklen)
7       Ted Russell Kamp, Get Back To The Land (Dualtone)
8       Dan Baker: Sad Song Junkie (self)
9=      Elvis Costello: National Ransom (Concord)
          The Secret Sisters (Beladroit)
10      DB Rielly: Love Potions And Snake Oil (Shut Up & Play!)
11=     Johanna Divine’s Mile High Rodeo (Taureau)
       Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone (Anti-)
12=     VA: Garth Hudson Presents A Canadian Celebration Of The Band (Curve)
       Rusty Willoughby: Cobirds Unite (Spark & Shine)
13      Leyla Fences: Liars, Cheats & Fools (self)
14=     The Coal Porters: Durango (Prima)
       Tommy Corbett: Tonight I Ride (Roundhole) *
       Alicia McGovern: Words Through The Seasons (self) *
       VA: Coalminer’s Daughter; A Tribute To Loretta Lynn (Sony)
       Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole, Creole Moon: Live From The Blue Moon (Valcour)
15=     Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez: The New Bye & Bye (Train Wreck)
       Paul Thorn: Pimps And Preachers (Perpetual Obscurity)
       Dale Watson; Carryin’ On (E1)

 Posted by at 9:00 pm
Jan 042011
 

The Freeform American Roots chart taps the pulse of roots/americana music among independent DJ,s (i.e., DJs who actually pick the music they play) and the “FAR & Away Chart” is the Best Of chart for the year. Here are the winners for 2010

FAR and Away 2010 Winners.

VARIOUS ARTISTS/TRIBUTE ALBUM
#1 Eilen Jewell: Butcher Holler; Tribute To Loretta Lynn
2 The Great Recession Orchestra: Have You Ever Even Heard of Milton Brown?
3 VA: Twistable Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs Of Shel Silverstein
4 VA: Crazy Heart
5 VA: Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows; Tribute To John Prine

Calvin’s Comments: Eilen Jewel brings a sultry modern spin to these classic tunes from Loretta Lynn. Eilen could sing the phone book and I’d listen.

DEBUT ALBUM
#1 Yvette Landry: Should Have Known
2 Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers
3 Leyla Fences: Liars, Cheats & Fools
4 The Secret Sisters
5 Stone River Boys: Love On The Dial
6 Tara Linda: Tortilla Western Serenade
7 Whitey Morgan & The 78s
8 JD McPherson: Signs And Signifiers
9 Ruth Moody: The Garden

I think Zoe Muth is great, but Yvette Landry blew me away with a great set of honky tonk tunes with a Lousianna vibe. You can hear her interviewed on episode 15 of the Taproot Podcast. Am also glad to see Whitey Morgan’s revival of Outlaw Country got a nod at #7. He was interviewed on episode 19 of the Taproot Podcast.

FEMALE ARTIST
#1 Marti Brom
2 Yvette Landry
3 Elizabeth Cook
4 Carrie Rodriguez
5 Eilen Jewell
6 Mavis Staples
7= Elizabeth McQueen, Lynne Hanson, Zoe Muth
8= Miss Leslie, Sally Spring

Calvin’s Comments: This is the year of female artists among the FAR crowd and it shows from the strength of these artists. I’m completely on board with 1-6. I might quibble with the ordering but they are all great.

BEST IN THE INDUSTRY
#1 Bill Hunt (Cow Island)
2 Jenni Finlay (Jenni Finlay Productions)
3 Joe Swank (Bloodshot)
4 Ellen Stanley (Red House)
5 Gurf Morlix (Rootball)
6 Bill Wence (Bill Wence Promotions)

Calvin’s Comments: Congrats to all of these folks, they are true evangelists, not just “promoters”.

REISSUE/HISTORIC
#1 Blaze Foley: Sittin’ By The Road
2 Blue Shadows: On The Floor Of Heaven
3 Jimmy LaFave: Favorites 1992-2001
4 Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez: The New Bye And Bye
Calvin’s Comments: The Blaze Foley CD is the only one I’ve heard of this set and it is very raw but worth a listen.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
#1 Marti Brom: Not For Nothin’
2 Yvette Landry: Should Have Known
3 Caleb Klauder: Western Country
4 Eric Brace & Peter Cooper: Master Sessions
5 Stone River Boys: Love On the Dial
7 Les Sampou: Lonesomeville
7 Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig
8 Miss Leslie: Wrong Is What I Do Best
9 Justin Townes Earle: Harlem River Blues
10 Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers
11 Sally Spring: Made Of Stars

Calvin’s Comments: I’m happy to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who hail from just up the road in Durham, doing so well on the charts. Lots of great bands on this. My vote for album of the year was Janiva Magness’ The Devil Is An Angel Too. But I can’t argue with these results. Les Sampou is featured on episode 13 of the Taproot Podcast. And Mike Barfield, of the Stone River Boys was featured on episode 16 of the Taproot Podcast.

MALE ARTIST
#1 Caleb Klauder
2 Peter Case
3 Justin Townes Earle
4 Paul Thorn
5 Marty Stuart
6 Cornell Hurd
7 Eric Brace
8 David Olney

Calvin’s Comments:
I’m a huge fan of Caleb Klauder. He has brought the vintage country into the 21st century, staying true to the sound while writing original tunes. He’s featured on episode 14 of the Taproot Podcast. I’m also glad to see Paul Thorn getting lots of credit. I’ve posted several of his videos to the site and am hoping to get him lined up for an interview.

INSTRUMENTALIST
#1 Bill Kirchen
2 Jerry Miller
3 Sergio Webb
Calvin’s Comments: Bill Kirchen is a hnky tonk god of course, so no surprise there. Jerry Miller, if I remember right, is Eilen Jewel’s guitarist and very talented. 

DUO/GROUP
#1 Amber Digby & Justin Trevino
2 Los Lobos
3 Stone River Boys
4 Cornell Hurd Band
5 The Sadies
6 Peter Cooper & Eric Brace

SONGWRITER
#1 Josh Ritter
2 Dan Baker
3 Paul Thorn
4 Adam Carroll
5 Zoe Muth
6= Justin Townes Earle, Lynn Hanson, DB Rielly

 Posted by at 9:00 pm
Nov 062010
 

1 Yvette Landry: Should Have Known (self)
2 Marti Brom: Not For Nothin’ (Goofin’/Ripsaw)
3 Caleb Klauder: Western Country (Quicksilver)
4 Eric Brace & Peter Cooper: Master Sessions (Red Beet)
5 DB Rielly: Love Potions And Snake Oil (Shut Up & Play!)
6 Marty Stuart: Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions (Sugar Hill)
7 Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen: At Edward’s Barn (Rounder)
8 Whitey Morgan: self-titled (Bloodshot)
9 Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams: Sinners & Saints (self)
10 The Honey Dewdrops: These Old Roots (self)
11 Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone (Anti-)
12 Lucky Tomblin Band: Honky Tonk Merry Go Round (Texas World)
Elizabeth McQueen: The Laziest Girl In Town (Freedom)
13 Justin Townes Earle: Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot)
Leyla Fences: Liars, Cheats & Fools (self)
14 Peter Cooper: The Lloyd Green Album (Red Beet)
15 Amber Digby & Justin Trevino: Keeping Up Appearances (Heart Of Texas)
Dale Watson; Carryin’ On (E1)
16 Southern Culture On The Skids: The Kudzu Ranch (Kudzu)
17 Leroy Stagger & The Wildflowers: Little Victories (Rebeltone)
18 The Chymical Wedding Of Joe Cassady And The West End Sound (Avenue A)
19 Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs: God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise (RCA)
Raul Malo: Sinners & Saints (Fantasy)
20 Jimmy Bryson & The Weakerthans: The Falcon Lake Incident (Kelp)
Old 97′s: The Grand Theatre Volume 1 (New West)
Shinyribs: Well After Awhile (Nine Mile)
21 The Fabulous Ginn Sisters: You Can’t Take A Bad Girl Home (Lonesome Day
Max Stalling: Home To You (Blind Nello)
22 Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust (Proper)
Peter Rowan: Legacy (Compass)
23 Donna Beasley: Under The Rushes ( Bless Her Heart)
Tom Corbett: Tonight I Ride (Roundhole)
Bob Dylan: Whitmark Demos (Columbia/Legacy)
Brennen Leigh: The Box (self)
Boris McCutcheon & The Saltlicks: Wheel Of Life (Frog)
Red Horse (Red House)
Paul Thorn: Pimps And Preachers (Perpetual Obscurity)

I’m very happy to see Yvette Landry topping the FAR Chart #135. I’m stil enjoying her debut honky tonk CD and am playing it on the live show almost every week. Shes’ the featured artist on the Taproot Radio Podcast #15.

My top pick for the week was Paul Thorn‘s Pimps and Preachers. I can’t figure why it didn’t get any higher in the chart than 23. Hes a great songwriter and killer backup band. Maybenext month he’ll get some more apreciation. I posted his video “I Don’t Like Half the Folks I Love” to my site and it’s gotten more hits than just about any other video I’ve ever postes. So he’s got a fan base out there.

Caleb Klauder is still getting lots of love from the FAR reporters, coming in at number three. I interviewed him on episode 14 of the Taproot Radio Podcast. I’ glad to see his old school style of songwriting getting so much airplay. Almost makes radio feel civilized again. Almost.

I’m also excited to see Mavis Staples‘ coming in at 11 on the FAR chart. Don’t let the gospel based CD scare you away. It’s great music for anyone, bno matter your beliefs.

Lastly but definitely not leastly, Whitey Morgan‘s outlaw-country-revival is getting lots of airplay. I interviewed him on the most recent episode of the Taproot Radio Podcast and played several tracks from his self-titled CD.

 Posted by at 1:45 am
Sep 292010
 

The latest Freeform American Roots chart is out and I’m loving the latest results.
Check it out:

1 Yvette Landry: Should Have Known (self)
2 Caleb Klauder: Western Country (Quicksilver)
3 Justin Townes Earle: Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot)
4 Eric Brace & Peter Cooper: Master Sessions (Red Beet)
5 Lucky Tomblin Band: Honky Tonk Merry Go Round (Texas World)
6 Marty Stuart Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions (Sugar Hill)
7 Lynne Hanson: Once the Sun Goes Down (self)
8 Elizabeth McQueen: The Laziest Girl in Town (Freedom)
9 Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams: Sinners & Saints (self)
10 Robert Plant: Band Of Joy (Decca)

I can’t help but point out that Yvette  Landry was featured on episode 15 of the Taproot Radio podcast and Caleb Klauder was featured on episode 14 of the Taproot Radio podcast.

I’m just sayin’………

But seriously, I’m happy to see these two independent artists gaining the recognition they deserve. Congrats to both!

 Posted by at 1:05 am
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.

 Posted by at 2:17 am
Jun 132010
 

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.

 Posted by at 8:53 pm