If you've watched the news in the US the past week, you know that the southeast has been in gridlock because we've had a little bit of snow. The airlines had world record numbers of flight cancellations. Every major city in the south is dealing with ice and snow in that uniquely southern way, which is to say you go out on the road and play demolition demo until the roads are so choked with disabled vehicles that no one can get anywhere. There were stories of kids not getting home from school. There were stories of people camping out stores because they couldn't get out of the parking lot. A woman by the name of Linda Webb posted a picture of Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. This is the major road between Raleigh and Durham. This picture pretty much captures it all and quickly became an internet meme.
But here's the thing. Here's what all the newspapers and TV news anchors fail to understand. Part of the reason folks get out on the road when snow hits the south is that it's such a rare thing. It's an adventure! A challenge! And yeah, you might wreck the family car, but you know, it's some level it's kinda fun to get out there and live by your wits.
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On episode 179 of the Americana Music Show, Ray Benson talks about his his friend JJ Cale, how he started the Texas Music Scene TV show, and playing in a band with over 100 members. He also sets up and plays three tracks from his latest solo album, A Little Piece. Also on this episode, I play alt.country from Uncle Tupelo, lo-fi blues from Scott H Biram, coutnry rock from Boo Ray, and more rock from the Sioux City Kid, Texican rock from Los Lonely Boys, retro roots from The Dublin City Rounders, backwoods swap blues from Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, and New Orleans street music from Hurray For The Riff Raff.
Y'all know I have a limited appetite for bluegrass. So when I tell you that I enjoyed I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands by Cahalen Morrison & Eli West that's saying something. These guys make the most _musical_ bluegrass I've ever heard.
The Fleshtones have a new album out called The Wheel Of Talent. Now these guys have been doing the punk/surf/garage rock thing since at least the early 80's and somehow on this record the make it sound like they just invented the sound yesterday. I'm adding, "It Is As It Was," "Remember The Ramones," "How To Say Goodbye," and "For A Smile," which features Mary Huff from Southern Culture On The Skids.
Boo Ray has a country/rock album out called Six Weeks In A Motel and he's got both the kick ass rock songs and the beautiful love ballads on this one. I'm adding "Boots And Blue Jeans," and "Partners In Crime"
Some singers you'd listen to if they sung the phone book, just because their voice is so pure and pretty. MaryLeigh Roohan is one of those singers. She's got an album out called Skin and Bone and I'm adding "Coward" and "Get Me Home"http://www.americanamusicshow.com/n714 #americana #coutnry
Suzy Bogguss Music has released an album of Merle Haggard covers called Lucky. How cool is that? I'm adding "Today I Started Loving You Again," "The Bottle Let Me Down," "Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room," and "The Running Kind."
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have a new album of worn-blue jeans music called South. I'm digging "I'm Still Loving You," "Try, Try, Again," and the title track
Levi Lowrey is a singer/songwriter and on his self-titled album he's got a pretty good ear for stories and hooks. I'm adding "Picket Fences" and "Barely Getting By"http://owl.li/tBYTF #americana #rock
Les Claypool & Bryan Kehoe of Duo de Twang perform Les Claypool’s “Booneville Stomp” and Stompin’ Tom Connor’s “Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down.” This video was shot at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA. I like this video because t’s so obvious these guys are not playing to the audience, but the crowd goes wild for it. They are playing this long extended jam for themselves. It’s also a good example of the style of backwoods blues on Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang debut album, Four Foot Shack.
Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression album has got to be one of the seminal albums of the alt.country / americana music scene of the 90′s. It had both Jeff Tweedy who later went on the found Wilco and Jay Farrar how later founded Sun Volt. What’s amazing about listening to this album 20+ years later is just how much of a rock and roll concept this album sounds like. It’s got all the highspeed guitar riffs you’d expect from a punk album combined with down home lyrics about the blue collar world. Throw in a few old-timey sounding cuts like the title track and you’ve to the perfect alt.country album.
Sony Legacy is releasing a 2 disc “Legacy Edition” of this famous album which contains lots of bonus tracks and demo versions of the tracks. I’ve into this bonus material and some of the demos are truly amazing. The demo version of “Graveyard Shift” is simply amazing.
Picket Fences / Levi Lowrey / Levi Lowrey / 4:20
Barely Getting By / Levi Lowrey / Levi Lowrey / 3:54
Dreams / Rod Picott / Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail / 3:23
65 Falcon / Rod Picott / Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail / 3:27
Where No One Knows My Name / Rod Picott / Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail /3:57
Today I Started Loving You Again / Suzy Bogguss / Lucky / 3:38
The Bottle Let Me Down / Suzy Bogguss / Lucky / 3:40
Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room / Suzy Bogguss / Lucky / 3:20
The Running Kind / Suzy Bogguss / Lucky / 3:47
South / Blackie & The Rodeo Kings / South / 4:24
I'm Still Loving You / Blackie & The Rodeo Kings / South / 3:33
Try Try Try Again / Blackie & The Rodeo Kings / South / 2:44
Coward / MaryLeigh Roohan / Skin and Bone / 3:14
Get Me Home / MaryLeigh Roohan / Skin and Bone / 3:30
Fiddlehead Fern / Cahalen Morrison & Eli West / I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands / 3:30
Pocket Full Of Dust / Cahalen Morrison & Eli West / I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands / 4:07
James Is Out / Cahalen Morrison & Eli West / I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands /3:28
Boots And Blue Jeans / Boo Ray / Six Weeks In A Motel / 3:38
Partners In Crime / Boo Ray / Six Weeks In A Motel / 4:27
$2000 Song / Kory Quinn / At the end of the bar / 2:50
You Don't Hold Me Down / Kory Quinn / At the end of the bar / 3:27
My Girl From Carolina / Kory Quinn / At the end of the bar / 2:30
Got The Milwaukee Blues / The Dublin City Rounders / On Track / 2:27
Good Old Rounder Casey Jones / The Dublin City Rounders / On Track / 3:00
Careless Love / The Dublin City Rounders / On Track / 3:24
A Good Man / Stacie Collins / Sometimes Ya Gotta mp3's / 3:19
Love Runner / Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore / Love Runner / 5:11
Hot Rod / Dos Ringos / Dos Ringos / 2:58
Sleepin' In My Boots / Dos Ringos / Dos Ringos / 3:01
That Jones Boy Is Gone / Bobby Mackey / Country Music Lives On / 2:27
Poor Man's Son / Noah Gundersen / Ledges / 5:14
Walking The World / Kate Lynne Logan / Awakening / 2:52
Second Last Resort / Nancarrow / Heart / 2:35
It Is As It Was / The Fleshtones / Wheel Of Talent / 2:24
Remember The Ramones / The Fleshtones / Wheel Of Talent / 1:59
How To Say Good Bye / The Fleshtones / Wheel Of Talent / 2:54
About Calvin Powers
Calvin Powers is the host and producer of the Americana Music Show.