A great little 14 song sampler from recordings made for American Songwriter Magazine. Some great songs, including tracks from Justin Townes Earle, Elizabeth Cook, Vetiver, The White Buffalo, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Ron Sexsmith.
Here is something new I’m going to try, frequent Spotify playlists of artists I’ve been talking about, just discovered, or maybe I’m just digging at the moment, etc. I know some artists don’t particularly like spotify because it doesn’t pay but neither does radio, and essentially they both are there to serve the same ends…to get your music heard, and into the ears of potential fans, and corporate radio has failed us all long ago in that aspect. So in that spirit, enjoy the following 20 songs, and if you hear an artist you like, I urge you to explore, check their schedule, go to their shows, buy some merch, tell your friends…as the sign says, whatever you gotta do.
Someday Sometime – Scott Miller & Rayna Gellert
California Bars – Tim Easton
Chicken Wire – Jonathan Byrd
Homegrown Tomatoes – Ray Wylie Hubbard
Hello Cruel World – Gretchen Peters
Poor House – Great American Taxi
410 – Rod Picott
Blue Truck – Larry Hooper
Muddy Waters – If Birds Could Fly
Levi – Old Crow Medicine Show
Hobo Lullaby – Tim Barry
Slither – Mandolin Orange
West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown – Todd Snider
Pour ‘Em Kinda Strong – Corb Lund
Jack of Diamonds – Jon Dee Graham
Danville Girl – Old Sledge
1922 Blues – Charlie Parr
Rain And Snow – The Lonesome Sisters
I’ve Endured – Ola Belle Reed
Policeman – Foghorn Stringband
Here is a great little sampler of Kasey Anderson, who recently released the EP Heavy Heart (which can be found here along with other Kasey Anderson music)
This sampler is worth downloading if for no other reason than the song I Was A Photograph. One of the best songs dealing with the Iraq War, and of the last 10 years.
Kasey just wrapped up a tour with Counting Crows, and is about to embark on a west coast tour with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Definitely check them out if they are coming nearby.
If you are going to be in or around the New River or Roanoke Valleys this weekend you might want to check out the Catawba Farm Fest. The inaugural Catawba Farm Fest, the festival grounds are conveniently located in the middle of nowhere but still very easily accessed from Roanoke and Blacksburg.
Here I’m going to highlight some of the artists who will be playing this weekend
Malcolm Holcombe: Longtime readers of this site will know this name, definitely THE must see artist of the weekend. Watch the video below to understand why. Playing Friday evening.
Hans Chew Band: Funky piano honky tonk and rock, Leon Russell with a sledghammer. check out the video below. Playing Saturday afternoon.
JP Harris and The Tough Choices: Wife cheatin’ bar fightin’ honky tonk. JP and the boys will be playing 2 sets in the dance tent, Saturday night and Sunday night.
Another Roadside Attraction: I’ve tried to explain this band before but I always have difficulty. Gypsy jazz folk punk? Whatever it is, it’s a good time. Check them out in the dance tent on Saturday.
D. Charles Speer and The Helix: This band is pretty intertwined with Hans Chew so I expect he will likely be performing with them as well. The guys put on a great show, lots of rock, lots of country, lots of soul. Appearing Saturday night on the main stage.
Black Twig Pickers: simultaneously the finest purveyors tradition laden mountain music, and masters of experimental extended improvisational jams, you never know what you’re going to get with the Black Twigs, but you can bet it will be good. Appearing sunday afternoon on the main stage.
Wayne Henderson: Well known in bluegrass circles as the finest guitar builder on the east coast, he also picks one pretty good. Appearing sunday right after the Black Twigs.
Billy Coteau Cajun Band: The dance tent seems to be where the action is Sunday evening, starting with Billy Coteau Cajun band it’s gonna be hard NOT to dance to these guys
The Jugbusters: Well known around Blacksburg, parties just seem to break out whenever these guys play. Appearing Sunday evening.
Old Sledge were a band I discovered last year after they had already split up. Now that may not seem so bad, but the cruel irony is that for a time they were based just over the ridge from me and played many frequent shows at local fine dining and fine music establishment The Palisades in Eggleston, VA.
I first heard of them from Ben Townsend of The Fox Hunt who played on their 2011 album “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down”, which is pictured to your left there. That album blew me away right off the bat with the rousing opening track Danville Girl (stream/buy here).
The nucleus of Old Sledge was Chance McCoy (as featured in the previous post), Anna Roberts-Gevalt (also from a previous post) and Sabra Guzman. As stated in the last post, Chance is now the newest member of Old Crow Medicine Show, and Anna, who had left the band prior to the recording of Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down, is currently involved with many projects including the wonderful Anna and Elizabeth, co-hosting the delightful Floyd Radio Show (also with Elizabeth, new season begins Sept. 8th and I urge everyone to stream it or better yet see it live if you can) and helping put together the recently released compilation New Young Fogies highlighting the best young talent in traditional music (which I have yet to hear, but have heard rave reviews). Sabra is currently DJing on WTJU in Charlottesville, VA and is currently in the band The Long Branch Ramblers with Ben Townsend and fiddler Aaron Lewis (no not the douche from staind), which I plan on catching next week.
Now, the point of this post, to show some awesome Old Sledge videos, so without further delay, here they are performing the title track, Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down with Chance doing the lead vocals:
Here they are performing Danville Girl along with Ben Townsend on banjo:
and finally here they are doing St. James Infirmary with Sabra on vocals:
Bonus vid: Here they are doing one of my favorite Ola Belle Reed songs “Undone In Sorrow”
Chance McCoy, newest member of Old Crow Medicine Show, former member of Old Sledge is offering up his debut album, a mighty mighty fine slice of old-time fiddle and dance tunes. If fiddle tunes might not be your thing, check out the killer version of Gospel Plow.
Thanks to John for the heads up on this one.
For those lucky enough to have nabbed the deluxe vinyl version of Here We Rest, this song came as a bonus 7″ with the song “Everywhere With Helicopter” on the flipside (which can also be found on the recent Guided By Voices tribute). For the rest of us, we can thank Noisetrade and Jason for making it available for free.
A fine track indeed, download/stream here
Also for those who may not have heard this album, first off: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOUR!, second off: Noisetrade also offers a tour sampler of Isbell and McMurtry from their recent tour (which was a mighty fine show I might add)
This one is damn fine, a sampler of songs from South Carolina’s Shovels and Rope. If you recognize the lady singing, that’s Cary Ann Hearst, who you may know from the Hayes Carll song “Another Like You” off his latest KMAG YOYO.
Shovels and Rope are putting out some of my favorite music right now, just listen to this sampler to see why. Great songwriting, songcrafting, and some mighty fine singing and musicianship too. I really urge you at least stream it.
If you like what you hear, Shovels and Rope have a new album out called O’ Be Joyful, which is available here.
Gonna post a slew of free music alerts from Noisetrade because they have a lot of really good stuff on there. Like this live Rhett Miller set which doesn’t have a date, but it’s a show in support of his latest solo album The Dreamer (available here).
Now, I’ve never been much on Rhett’s solo stuff, but this acoustic set is a fine recording that I think fans of Old 97’s and Rhett will all enjoy.
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