Here's the adds to rotation for this week
Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives - Saturday Night / Sunday Morning
After forty years in the music business and five Grammys or so, you'd think Marty Stuart would start thinking about cashing in is chips. But no. You'd be wrong. On his latest album, Saturday Night / Sunday Morning, Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives double down on that spot where R&B, Soul, and Country music meet. Every song on this 23 song, double CD collection speaks to the weekends we wish we'd had and the weekends we wished we regretted. Disc 1 of the set "Saturday Night" is the twangier dancing CD while Disc 2 is a gospel oriented set. And both discs have they soul music undercurrent in them that let's you know those are real human beings singing and playing for you.
There's hardly a weak track on this album, and I had to make hard choices, but I finally settled on these, in no particular order: "Uncloudy Day," "Mercy #1," "Angels Rock Me to Sleep," "Jailhouse," "Geraldine," "I'm Blue I'm Lonesome," "Rough Around The Edges," and "Life Has It's Little Ups And Downs."
Preview Saturday Night / Sunday Morning by Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives on Amazon.
The Dirty River Boys - s/t
A lot of folks like to compare the Dirty River Boys to Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, but The Dirty River Boys' self-titled album is tougher, grittier, and edgier than anything those other bands could muster on their best days. Maybe it's because they are based out of El Paso, where they are separated from the world by hours and hours of driving, where the land is mean and rugged, and where many varied cultures rub shoulders everyday. Or maybe it's just because the guys know how to rock & roll. I dunno but I like it.
I'm adding "Down by the River," "Thought I'd Let You Know," "Highway Love," "Teenage Renegade" to rotation.
Preview the Dirty River Boys self-titled album on Amazon.
Cracker - Berkeley To Bakersfield
Cracker's tenth studio album, Berkeley to Bakersfield, explicitly captures the schizophrenic tug of war going on in the band's psyche. Disc 1 is full of hard hitting urban metal rock and roll sound reminiscent of the 60s and 70s. Disc 2 has an americana/country feel to it. While I wouldn't go so far as to call it a "Bakersfield" sound in the vein of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, I'd say that there is enough homage to the sound that the name check in the title is warranted. What's interesting about this album is that they don't do much in the way of creating a crossover sound. The two discs are distinct and could probably have been released separately instead of as a double disc. But even if there's not an integration of the two sounds, I think there are folks in the world, like me, that appreciate both worlds of the music and who appreciate that David Lowery and Johnny Hickman can create both kinds of music without their heads exploding.
From the "Berkeley" disc, I'm adding "Life In The Big City" and "Waited My Whole Life." From the Bakersfield disc, I'm adding "Almond Grove" and "Get On Down The Road."
More adds to rotation this week
Rolling Log Blues / Lottoe Kimbrough / Paramount No 2 / 3:20
The New Stop And Listen / Mississippi Sheiks / Paramount No 2 / 3:48
On The Wall / Louise Johnson / Paramount No 2 / 3:03
Drive / Shelly Waters / Drive / 5:41
Poison Oleander / Mark Olson / Good-bye Lizelle / 3:54
I'm Not Part Of A Scene / Craig Kinsey / Craig Kinsey/American Roots And Machines / 3:44