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more stuff I dug in 2011: Jason Isbell, Hayes Carll, Todd Snider

This is the post where I talk about a few of the big/well known albums from last year that most of yall likely already know and love (2011 sure was a great year for our kind of music).

First up is Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s excellent album album Here We Rest.

What more is there to say about this album that hasn’t been said better by others? Just know it’s a damn good album and Isbell continues to grow by leaps and bounds with each album. I actually caught Jason and band twice last year, once that I already wrote about, and more recently in Roanoke, VA. Both shows were excellent but the band was certainly at the top of their game for the October show in Roanoke. Playing a double headliner bill with James McMurtry I must say that as good of a show as McMurtry puts on (and he puts on a hell of a show) Isbell and co. topped him. Enjoy the video below of Codeine from Here We Rest from said show, and also be sure to watch this blistering version of Try in which the band breaks into Led Zep’s No Quarter mid song also from said show. Dig that awesome cover art from former 400 Unit member Browan Lollar too.

Next let’s talk about Hayes Carll’s equally impressive album KMAG YOYO (and other american stories).

Again what is there to say about this album that hasn’t been said better elsewhere? It’s a great album and one you likely already own. My favorites off this include the subterranean homesick blues on meth sylings of the title track, the rousing Bottle In My Hand (featuring Todd Snider and Corb Lund), Stomp and Holler, Another Like You (featuring the lovely Cary Ann Hearst), Hard Out Here…hell every song is great. I’m especially fond of the video for Another Like You as seen below.

I actually caught Hayes last year in Nelsonville, OH and it was a damn fine show. The show was shortly after Bill Morrissey died and he did a touching tribute (Bill Morrissey wrote the song Live Free Or Die off Hayes’ first album). Sorry no video from that show, but enjoy this bonus video of KMAG YOYO acoustic

Now let’s talk about Todd Snider’s live Storyteller album/DVD from last year

I am particularly fond of the DVD, as it’s the only full Todd Snider performance DVD there is. However…as good as it is, I am going to be a little critical of it. Critical because the thing I love most about Todd Snider is his frantic energy, and it seems to be tamed down somewhat with this Storyteller set. As a fan it is essential, but I still prefer the massive Moondawg’s Tavern bootleg. That said, it’s not bad, it’s really cool to see/hear him with a backing band, especially one as skilled as Great American Taxi, I just don’t feel it captures his live energy as well as say Near Truths. Check out an example from the DVD below

Now listen to this version of Is This Thing Working (where he is damn near channeling Chuck D) from his March 5th show at the wonderful V-Club in Huntington, WV.

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Todd Snider – Is This Thing Working (Huntington, WV 3/5/11)

Talk about energy…the V-Club is a place where I’ve never seen a bad show, and Todd was feeding off the crowd and the crowd was feeding off him in a perfect performer-fan symbiotic relationship. I will actually be seeing Todd again next friday and I’ll let yall know how his new songs off “Agnostic Hymns” sound

Hayes Carll vid for Another Like You

Surely all y’all have KMAG YOYO? Surely….

Free Music Alert: Lost Highway Records Sampler

The folks over at Lost Highway Records have decided to make a sampler of some of their artists free through Sampler included tracks from the latest releases of Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Ryan Bingham, and one of my favorite artists to emerge this year, soul man Black Joe Lewis (he’s damn good folks). Did I miss anyone…..oh yeah, this sampler also includes an unreleased Hayes Carll track!

Get it while it’s free

Hayes Carll & Ray Wylie Hubbard – Chickens (Live from Stingaree) (Video Clip)

Two of my absolute favorites together

Hayes Carll – Live in Texas

Well I saw you on the TV
Man is that some kind of joke
You been makin a killin’
off shoes I’m fillin’
While I’m sittin’ here gone broke

I said it in the last post, and I’ll say it again….Hayes Carll is the best young singer songwriter in Texas. Hell, he may even be the best singer songwriter since Steve Earle……he’s that good.

This is a 2 Disc live set that I culled from The first disc and part of the second are from a Feb. 3rd, 2007 show at The Continental Club in Austin TX. This is his first ever headlining show there and he makes sure it’s a good one. Highlights include, well all of it….it’s a good show. Some of my favorites though are the new one “Drunken Poet’s Dream”, Naked Checker’s”, “Sit In With The Band”, Tom Wait’s “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up”, “Little Rock”, “Highway 87″ (is a dangerous place to be, when you pissed off all the locals and your backs agains the sea :P ), his version of “I’ve Been Everywhere” (houston, houston, houston, houston….), “Wish I Hadn’t Stayed So Long” which segues into the rousing “Down the Road Tonight”, “Rivertown”, the prison license plate maker’s lament “Live Free or Die”, and he finishes the set out with Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece”.

The Rest of Disc 2 is culled from some other good shows in Texas. There is some good stuff here too, like the new one “Magnolia Wind”, Eliza Gilkyson’s “Midnight Runner”, “Long Way Home”, Bar Room Lament” and “Leave Here Standing” which turns into another rousing version of “Down The Road Tonight” to finish off the disc.

Don’t miss this one folks, it is a great introduction to Hayes Carll…..who I can’t say enough good things about.

Stingaree Music Festival
Stingaree Music Festival is a this weekend, if you are in the gulf coast area of Texas DO NOT MISS THIS. I would love to be there myself, so many good acts…Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Corb Lund, Old Crow Medicine Show….

Hayes Carll – Live In Texas

Hayes Carll – Live in The Netherlands (Video Clip)

A taste of what’s next. This is a laid back acoustic mini-set from the best young singer/songwriter in Texas today (that’s a bold statement….but true).
Songs are:

Hey Baby Where You Been
Willing To Love Again
Arkansas Blues
Wish I Hadn’t Stayed So Long
Take Me Away
Good Friends
Little Rock

Hayes Carll – It’s A Shame (Live at the Saxon Pub)

This guy is my new favorite singer, so I can’t get enough of him.