Friday, December 28, 2007
Listen: Lowstar - Last Chrismas
in other news - there's a new AMC album out in February apparently.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Catherine Howe - What a Beautiful Place
Easily the most listened to in the car, for the palpable surge of joy and pleasure whilst stuck in traffic I guess. The odd instrumentals that sound like the intro to the original Star Trek along with her slightly plummy, ever so English talk overs are a treat in themselves, but the strings are a true thing of beauty.
Listen: Catherine Howe - Up North
Patty Griffin - Railway Wings
Bloody marvellous, a firm favorite for both of us. Our first exposure to Patty's work, and on the basis of this album we're both looking forward to exploring her back catalogue.
Listen: Patty Griffin - Railroad Wings
The Acorn - Tin Fist
A mini album of mini masterpieces that also gave us the fantastically named Tin-Fisting tour. Classy chamber-pop.
Listen: The Acorn - Dents
Two Dollar Pistols - Here Tomorrow Gone Today
Quality, straight up country from a man blessed with a truly extraordinary set of pipes. No nonense, tear in your beer honky tonk and all the better for it.
Listen: Two Dollar Pistols - Nothing Left of Me at All
Leatherbag - Love Me Like the Devil
Probably 2007's most-played album in the northern lonesome outpost. We had a long debate about which song to post up here - really, all of the tracks are superb. Stripped down melancholia with a story to tell and strings and steel to bring you to your knees. Highly recommended.
Listen: Leatherbag - Jennie from Milwaukee
Soulsavers - It's Not How Far You Fall it's the Way You Land
Without doubt, Revival is the song of the year. Mark Lanegan sings country feedback, spiritualized style. Amazing. The rest of the album can't quite match it, but when a song is this good, that's not surprising.
Listen: Soulsavers - Revival
Riders in the sky - Public Cowboy Volume One - A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry
We're Rider Pals and so should you be, too. Proper big sky western music with a knowing smile but without any trace of cynicism.
Listen: Riders In The Sky - Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Sam Beam makes the leap from spartan to splendour look effortless.
Listen: Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth
James Blackshaw - O True Believers
Instrumental 12 string guitar music that is more about mood than flash. Somewhere between baroque & folk, Philip Glass on a harpsichord maybe?
Listen: James Blackshaw - Spiralling Skeleton Memorial
Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers
Much more going on than first impressions would suggest.
Listen: Laura Veirs - To The Country
Hayward Williams - Another Sailor's Dream
We stumbled upon this charmer when he supported No River City and his album is a very easy listen. It's everything the Ryan Adams album should have been - bittersweet, rootsy and full of heart. With extra harmonica.
Listen: Hayward Williams - Careful Please
The Roadside Graves - No-one Will Know Where You've Been
Relentlessly bleak and beautiful, this album is a woozy roadtrip of a record, full of gorgeous songs about ugly things. Imagine the Jayhawks singing Richmond Fontaine to a National backing track and you get the picture.
Listen: The Roadside Graves - Live Slow
There's more information and likely some more songs from each album above tucked away in this year's archives. Enjoy.
Wishing you all a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas,
Howard and Beth X
Friday, December 14, 2007
So then, I'm assuming that most of our (UK) readers had a local pub during their formative years. Well, we did and what a fine no-nonsense establishment it is too. No jukebox, but a bar stereo stocked with an impressive range of straight-up country and celtic delights. As it's nearly time for a trip home, let's have a warm up with some honky-tonk round here.
Austin's The Derailers have been putting out boot-stomping, hangdog honky-tonk for a decade now, and their tribute to Buck Owens is a pure delight. Every songs's a winner. It's full of good time rollicking stompers and enough steel guitar to keep all the family happy. Perfect for putting up the christmas decorations to. Enjoy.
Listen - The Derailers - Down on the Corner of Love
Listen - The Derailers - Cryin' Time
More info here.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Listen: Merle Haggard - Mama's hungry eyes
Listen: Merle Haggard - Wouldn't that be something
Buy it (on import still!)
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Lonesome Dad was a teacher and, one year, someone stole Baby Jesus from the school nativity scene.
Our family seems to find this hilarious and I can't help but wonder about the fate of the doll. Really, if you were a kid, and you'd stolen Jesus, what would you do with him? (Him?) And how guilty would you feel? And for how long?
Listen - Wayne Robbins and the Hellsayers - Jesus
(*warning - really very noisy bit*)
Listen - The Lonesome Sisters - Forgiveness.
Buy, buy, buy the glorious Lonesome Sisters, or Wayne Robbins and the Hellsayers.