This past Monday I ran across two signs of Spring in one day. After last week's snow, I was ready for 'em. First, at 7:30 in the morning I heard a woodpecker drilling on the drainpipe outside. I swear, I think they do it just for fun. I think they know good and well they aren't on a tree. I think they just like to see how loud a noise they can make. Can't say I blame them, but they always seem to do it in the early morning.
The second sign of spring came while my wife and I were on our lunch time walk, we saw this tree blooming with tiny yellow flowers. My wife said she thinks it's some sort of birch tree, judging by the bark. In any case, it was happy news after last week's snowpocalypse.
As most of you probably know, I an very thankful for the ratings and reviews you give the show on the show's iTunes page. And I always pledge to give you a shout out on a future podcast episode if you do. But two issues came to light this week I wasn't aware of. First, if you only leave a rating (i.e. click the number of stars you think the show is worth), it doesn't display your name anywhere. Your name is only recorded if you write a review. So to all those folks who have rated the show recently, let me say thanks even though I don't know who you are. Secondly, I only see the reviews left on the US version of the iTunes store. So if you are in another country and you leave a review, I'd be happy to give you a shout out, but I need you to let me know by sending me an email.
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On episode 180 of the Americana Music Show, Kristina Murray talks about the Allman brothers influence on her music, the “Eddie Vedder” line in her album and the importance of not compromising. She also sets up and plays three tracks from her debut album, Unravelin’. Also on this episode bluegrass from Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, country rock from MaryLeigh Roohan, alt-country from Uncle Tupelo, folk from Rod Picott, classic country from Suzy Bogguss, blues rock from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, lo-fi stomp blues from Scott H. Biram, and a classic jazz tune from Roosevelt Dime.
Will Kimbrough has a new solo album out called Sideshow Love. He's got some great guitar work on this collection not to mention some fun lyrics. The songs have that timeless feel too them. I'm adding the title track, "When You're Lovin' Comes Around," and "I Can Count On You."
Lydia Loveless has a new album out called Somewhere Else and you won't hear harder, tougher rock & roll from anyone else. I'm adding " "Verlaine Shot Rimbaud," "Really Wanna See You," "Somewhere Else" and "They Don't Know"
The Palominos have a retro 60's era Bakersfield sounding album out called Come On In. I really like those lead guitar licks. They aren't too flashy but have good rock/country crossover sound to them. I'm tapping my foot to "What's Her Name," "Macon, Georgia," and "You Provide The Heartbreak."
Steve Dawson has a fun country-rock album out called Rattlesnake Cage. This one's great for a road trip and I'm adding "Flophouse Oratory," "Blind Thomas At The Crime Scene," and "J.R. Lochley's Dilemma" to rotation. owl.li/tTe5B #americana #rock #country
I wish I could convey to you how difficult it is to make a song sound relaxed and easy-going without also being boring. It’s truly the mark of a good song-crafter to be able to do this. My new favorite example is the band called Hurray For The Riff Raff and this video of “End Of The Line” from their Small Town Heroes.
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 high speed 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.
What's Her Name? / The Palominos / Come On In / 3:03
Macon, Georgia / The Palominos / Come On In / 2:43
You Provide The Heartbreak (I'll Provide The Wine) / The Palominos / Come On In / 2:57