February 3, 2014
It's the morning after the Super Bowl. All I can say is, I've had plenty of days like the Denver Broncos had last night. You start out with a one big screw up and you're off your game the rest of the day. I feel your pain guys. I really do. On the other hand, kudos to the Seattle Seahawks who showed up ready to play and methodically, in a non-flashy way, wiped the Broncos off the map. My wife and I watched most of the pregame hoopla all day and don't think the Seahawks quarterback, Russel Wilson was mentioned once all day. But he led the team well in a very calm quiet way. I like that about him.
I was initially pissed off by the Bob Dylan Chrysler ad and I even used the term "sell out." But after I've had a while to think about it, by attitude is more relaxed. After all, it's not the first time he's gone commercial. I remember he did a Victoria's Secret as a few years ago. So the precedent has been set already. And honestly, Bob Dylan is 100% Bob Dylan in the ad. He kinda wanders in and out of the frame like the Ghost Of America. Enigmatic as always. And cool, very cool, in the Marshall McLuhan sense of the word. And honestly, here's the thing. Everyone has their price. Wave a big enough check at a star like Dylan and he'll do what you want. There's lots of good music he can produce with all the money he got from that Chrysler ad. So I'm neither going to condemn him nor excuse him for doing the ad. But I will point out that every time you do something like that, the aura dims just a little but. So Dylan, be warned.
Speaking of Super Bowl ads, my clear favorite was the Chevy Silverado "Romance" ad. No glitzy special effects. Just well timed voiceover, a classic soul tune, heartland american imagery, and a little but of humorous misdirection.
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On episode 177 of the Americana Music Show, D.B. Rielly talks about why he writes feel good music, his love of the accordion, his Chris Isaak/Roy Orbison song, how to appeal to NYC hipsters. He also sets up and plays three tracks from his album Cross My Heart + Hope To Die. Also on this episode, southern rock from the Iron Bridge Band, gospel from the Mercy Brothers, beautful country from Rosanne Cash, rock & roll from the Hard Working Americans, honkytonk from Wylie and the Wild West, some Tulsa blues from Ray Benson, country rock from Brandy Clark, and some hard edged blues rock from the Sioux City Kid.
Los Lonely Boys have released their latest album, Revelation, and it's their best album yet. You have several tunes that are classic Los Lonely Boys. but they've got a couple of Top 40 bound tracks on this one and a couple of rock and roll cuts too. I'm adding "Blame It On Love," "There's Always Tomorrow," and "Rule The World" to rotation.
Scott H. Biram has a new album out called Nothing But Blood and let me tell you he's just as bad ass as he ever was. This album is rude, crude, and socially unacceptable just like you like his blues. I'm adding "Slow & Easy," and "Jack Of Diamonds" to rotation
A friend recently pointed me to this video from Archie Bell and the Drells performing their hit single, “The Tighten Up”. I don’t even know where to begin with this video. Maybe it’s the conga drum. Maybe it’s the guitar players in Hawaiian shirts doing the white man’s shuffle. Maybe it’s the children cheering. Maybe it’s that hip tunic thing the trumpet player is wearing. (what IS the name for that kind of clothing?) But no, despite all that, it’s that DANCE. Note this is well before the era of Aerobics. Hell, it’s probably well before the Jazzercise craze. The Drells are the back up singers to end all backup singers. They are the backup singers that take center stage.
I’m proud to announce in February, I’m giving away five copies of the Uncle Tupelo album No Depression Legacy Edition, courtesy of Sony Legacy Music.
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 been listening to this bonus material and some of the demos are truly amazing. The demo version of “Graveyard Shift” is simply amazing.
- Blame It on Love / Los Lonely Boys / Revelation / 3:26
- There's Always Tomorrow / Los Lonely Boys / Revelation / 4:04
- Rule the World / Los Lonely Boys / Revelation / 3:16
- Slow & Easy / Scott H Biram / Nothin' But Blood / 4:20
- Gotta Get to Heaven / Scott H Biram / Nothin' But Blood / 3:46
- Jack of Diamonds / Scott H Biram / Nothin' But Blood / 4:13
- Backdoor Man / Scott H Biram / Nothin' But Blood / 3:43