Saturday, November 28, 2015

On the Right Side of Christmas

   Yes, it's time for another Christmas compilation. I've also reupped all the previous Xmas compilations for the new visitors to the website.  

Christmas Day Detroit Junior
Christmas On Riverside Drive August Darnell
Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
I Love The Holidays Office Romance
Blue Christmas Tristen
Thank You For Christmas The Bee Gees
O Come, O Come Emmanuel Belle & Sebastian
Christmas In Jail - Ain't That A Pain Leroy Carr
White Christmas Makes Me Blue Randy Travis
Blue Christmas Lights Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson
The Sound of Christmas Ramsey Lewis Trio
Louisiana Christmas Day Aaron Neville
Mary Xmess Sun 60
White Christmas Allen Toussaint
Christmas Time and a Half Paul Burch
Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
Eggnog Luna
Purple Snowflakes Jessie Baylin
The Mistletoe And Me Isaac Hayes
Silent Night Odessa
I Believe in Father Christmas Mark Kozelek
Rebel Jesus The McGarrigle Family
Christmas Is For Mugs Graham Parker
Auld Lang Syne  Jimi Hendrix

Saturday, October 31, 2015

I Heart Heartland Rock

    I realize that when most Americans think of the American "heartland", they're likely to think of the midwest,  But when it comes to heartland rock, at least to my East Coast mind, it's more about a heart on the sleeve emotionalism associated with the Midwest and East Coast, most notably Bruce Springsteen.  Now I was going to write something else about the music' venerability, but it's late and my old brain just isn't up to the task so you'll just have to make up your own mind.

Bastards of Young The Replacements
Stay Lucky The Gaslight Anthem
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live? The Del-Lords
Big Tornado Hadacol
Mad Old Lady The Skeletons
Still Sober (After All These Beers) Banditos
Firecracker Marah
Indian Motorcycles Fred Eaglesmith
Rain On The Scarecrow John Mellencamp
St Claire Of Cedar Rapids The Hangdogs
Song for the Walls Eric Ambel & Roscoe's Gang
They Will Bury You Tim Easton
She's A Runaway BoDeans
Don't Run Wild The Del Fuegos
Teddy Got Rolled Go to Blazes
Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough) Steve Earle & the Dukes
I Wanna Come Home The Bottle Rockets
Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen

Thursday, September 24, 2015

50,000 Obsessive Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong (i.e. more Elvis Costello obscurities)

      I put together a compilation of Elvis Costello obscurities almost three years ago (you can download it here.)  At the time, I said there was a lot of other good stuff that wasn't on the compilation so there might be another volume in the future.  Well, I finally got my nondescript ass in gear and the future is here!  And because Elvis has put out a seemingly endless amount of worthwhile rarities, there's a second and third volume.   

Disc 2

A Drunken Man's Praise of Sobriety
That's How You Got Killed Before (w The Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
You Gotta Lose (Live at CBGB's)
Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo
I Don't Wanna Go Home
We Oughta Be Ashamed (w/Johnny Cash)
Wave A White Flag
World's Greatest Optimist (Demo)
Love That Burns (live)
Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) (with Madness)
Mischievous Ghost (with Mary Coughlan)
My Resistance is Low
Party Party
Night Time
Almost Ideal Eyes
Monsters of the Id (feat. Elvis Costello)
A Town Called Big Nothing
Baby It's You (with Nick Lowe)

Disc 3
Whole Wide World
The Great Unknown (Demo)
God Only Knows (Live)
Danger Zone (BBC Session)
Lonely Blue Boy
Poisoned Letter
Sticks And Stones
Really Mystified
The End Of The Rainbow
My Dark Life (With Brian Eno)
Everybody's Crying Mercy
Cheap Reward (Honky Tonk Demo)
Poor Borrowed Dress
The People's Limousine
Honky Tonk Girl
Out Of Time
She Loves The Jerk (Demo)
Medley - Alison/Living a Little, Laughing a Little/Tracks of My Tears/Tears of a Clown/No More Tear Stained Make-Up/Clowntime is Over

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Saluting 70's Singer Songwriters - Volume 2

  I know I promised that I wouldn't do any more Sucking in the 70's comps, but I never promised not do another 70s singer songwriter comp.  And it's just too hard to resist the many great singer songwriters from that wild decade.  I've also re-upped the first 70's singer songwriter comp I made
several years back.


Which Will Nick Drake
River Man Nick Drake
I'll Be Your Lover, Too Van Morrison
Into The Mystic  Van Morrison
Águas De Março Antonio Carlos Jobim
Children's Games Antonio Carlos Jobim
Lullaby Loudon Wainwright III
Dead Skunk Loudon Wainwright III
Any Old Wind Jim Ringer
Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go Jim Ringer
Simply Beautiful Al Green
Take Me to the River Al Green
I Still Can't Believe You're Gone Willie Nelson
You Left A Long, Long Time Ago Willie Nelson
Don't You Take it Too Bad Townes Van Zandt
To Live Is To Fly Townes Van Zandt
Like an Old Fashioned Waltz Sandy Denny
It'll Take a Long Time Sandy Denny

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Let's Flat Get On It: West Coast Roots Revivalists

      It's around that time of year when I seem to feel compelled to put together a West Coast themed compilation (or two).  This time, it's a mix of rockabilly and western swing acts from the last 20-25 years.  Deke Dickerson is the central act on the two comps and if you're looking for more Deke (as you should be), this greatest hits is a good start.  And if you live on the West Coast, I'm pretty sure he still holds a pretty big Guitar Geek concert every year.

Download Both Discs

Disc One

Let's Flat Get On It The Dave & Deke Combo
Red Rose Josie Kreuzer/Hot Rod Lincoln
Mercy The Paladins
Dancin' With Leela The Paladins
Don't Push Me Too Far Deke Dickerson & The Eccofonics
Chisel to My Heart The Lucky Stars
Delaware Drive Jeremy Wakefield
I've Got My Pride Susanna & The Golden West Playboys
The Swing Kim Lenz & the Jaguars
Asphalt Aisle Deke Dickerson
I'm a Wreck Deke Dickerson & The Eccofonics
(You've Got Me) Dreaming Again Jeff Bright & The Sunshine Boys
No More Nuthin' The Lucky Stars
Can't See the Forest for the Trees Deke Dickerson & The Eccofonics
Juiced Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

Disc Two

You Drive Me Wild Russell Scott & His Red Hots
Little Innocent Deke Dickerson
Girlie Jennifer Quinn
Stay Out Late Lucky Stars
Someone Used to Love Me Deke Dickerson
Laurie Ann Dave & Deke Combo
If You Don't Like My Peached (Don't Shake My Tree) Kim Lenz & Her Jaguars
He's All Mine Kim Lenz and the Jaguars
Torture Deke Dickerson and the Trashmen
Blue And Lonesome The Loved Ones
Lil' Irene The Paladins
Ball That Jack Josie Kreuzer
Hog Tied Over You Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs.
Whose Honey Are You? Dave Stuckey & The Rhythm Gang
Where Am I Goin'? Deke Dickerson & The Eccofonics

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Austin-tatious in the 90s: Damon Bramblett, The Hollisters and Travis County Pickin'


     I posted several Carol Pierce related cds around this time last year.  My choice of 1990s Austin-centric alt-country cds doesn't have a unifying theme this year, but they'r all out of print (and shouldn't be.)  I'd also add that it's really a shame that Damon Bramblett never made another record, though I'm pretty sure he still plays fairly regularly around Austin. (And he's a dynamite live act.)

Damon Bramblett: Damon Bramblett:

Tear Him Down
Heaven Bound
Falling Apart
Nobody Wants To Go To The Moon Anymore
Waiting For The Mail
1000 Hearts
Today I Started Drinking Again
When I Was Blind
Champaign, IL.
Devil On Your Side
Wouldn´t Have It Any Other Way

The Hollisters: The Land of Rhythm and Pleasure 

East Texas Pines
Good For The Blues
Better Slow Down
Sun Will Shine
Goldbrick Wheeler
Pike County Blues
Deacon Brown
Without Love
I Don't Need No Woman
Pink Adobe Hacienda

Various Artists: Travis County Pickin'

Austin-Tatious Dave Biller
April In Paris, Texas Jim Stringer
White Corn Rick "Casper" Rawls
The Creeper Brian Hofeldt
House of Cards Sean Mencher
Oreo Swing Joel Hamilton
Travis County Pickin' Jim Stringer
Stranger Pickin' Dave Biller
Danny's Boogie Joel Hamilton
Liar's Poker Jim Stringer
Your New Flame (Is Burnin' Me) Sean Mencher
Ellen Brian Hofeldt
Special K Dave Biller
Buckaroo 2002 Rick "Casper" Rawls
The Fifth Set Scott Wall

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I Never Go Out Without My Morning Jacket

     I don't know why, but it took me an overly long time to discover My Morning Jacket.  And I doubt I'll ever see them live - where they really shine - as I don't really go to arena shows any more.  But, as they say, better late than never. And you don't need to see Jim James live to appreciate what a great singer he is.  With that in mind, here's two comps featuring the usual mix of obscurities, live tracks, as well as several cuts from Jim James' various side projects.  

Volume One

You're A Big Girl Now My Morning Jacket
Across 110th Street My Morning Jacket
Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) Monsters Of Folk
The Day Is Coming My Morning Jacket
Thank You Too! My Morning Jacket
Chills (demo) My Morning Jacket
Hot Burrito #1 (Flying Burrito Brothers Cover) My Morning Jacket
Wear Your Love Like Heaven My Morning Jacket
True Love Ways My Morning Jacket
Dream A Lil Dream O' Me My Morning Jacket
Carnival Time (feat. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band) My Morning Jacket
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) Jim James
Evelyn Is Not Real My Morning Jacket
Down On the Bottom Jim James
Volume Two
My Sweet Lord Yim Yames
Lowdown My Morning Jacket
It Makes No Difference My Morning Jacket 
Golden My Morning Jacket
Almost Was Good Enough Jim James, Bro Stephen
My Revolutionary Mind New Multitudes
Lullabys, Legends & Lies My Morning Jacket
Leaving on a Jet Plane My Morning Jacket
Like a River My Morning Jacket
Knot Comes Loose My Morning Jacket
Come Closer My Morning Jacket
Sooner My Morning Jacket
Behind That Locked Door My Morning Jacket
Oh! Sweet Nuthin' [6.14.08] My Morning Jacket

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It's Time for Monkeyshines

  As I've mentioned previously, I'm not big on themed mixtapes.   And yet I just couldn't resist
putting together a compilation of songs about monkeys even if some of them really aren't about monkeys.  Nor do I think I have to explain this predilection as all humans (save the villains in Planet of the Apes movies) seem to love apes, gorillas, chimps, etc.  Plus, the theme of monkeys does seem to inspire a lot of songwriters.


One Monkey Don't Stop No Show Honey Cone
Can Your Monkey Do The Dog Rufus Thomas
Monkey To Man Elvis Costello
Monkey Man Amy Winehouse
Monkey See, Monkey Do The New Swing Sextet
Monkey Murders The English Beat
Ape Woman Jimmy Smith
What Makes the Monkey Dance Chuck Prophet
Monkeys Echo & The Bunnymen
Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head Gorillaz
Monkey See, Monkey Do Cliff Crofford
New Monkey Elliott Smith
Space Monkey John Prine
Monkey & Cork The Sadies
Shock The Monkey Peter Gabriel
Monkey Rag Asylum Street Spankers
You're Bound To Look Like A Monkey Hank Penny
Mickey's Monkey Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Green Monkeys Graham Parker
Monkey Time Shine L. Hollis & the Mackadoos
Apeman The Kinks
Don't Monkey With Another Monkey's Monkey Johnny Paycheck

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Covered in Beatles

        I fully realize that a compilation of Beatles covers is more than a bit obvious, but I just happened to listen to two truly inspired covers within days of each others a couple of months back: Wendell Stuart and the Downbeaters' "Hey Jude" and Bill Withers "Let it Be".   Hence, I just had to do Brazilian/Reggae and Soul Beatles covers compilations.  There's not quite as many obscurities - especially with respect to the soul covers- as I usually like to include in my cover comps (and I do know that Let 'Em In was not a Beatles song), but, hopefully, folks will like them.

Brazilian and Reggae Covers

Help Caetano Veloso
Minha Vida (In My Life) Rita Lee
And I Love Her Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
Here Comes The Sun Peter Tosh
With A Little Help From My Friends Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Ob La Di Ob La Da Ken Lazarus
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (feat. Junior Jazz) Easy Star All-Stars
Lady Madonna Rogrio Duprat
You Won't See Me Ernie Smith
The Fool On The Hill Gal Costa
Come Together The Israelites
Isn't It A Pity Nicky Thomas
Blackbird Singing Rosalyn Sweat & The Paragons
Norwegian wood Milton Nascimento
Don't Let Me Down Charlotte Dada
Jude Wendell Stuart & The Downbeaters

I Want To Hold Your HandAl Green
We Can Work It OutStevie Wonder
Let 'Em InBilly Paul
Good Day SunshineRoy Redmond
Eleanor RigbyAretha Franklin
Why Don't We Do It In The Road?Lowell Fulsom
A Hard Day's NightThe Bar-Kays
I Want YouEddie Hazel
Drive My CarBlack Heat
Got To Get You Into My LifeChris Clark
Day TripperOtis Redding
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My MonkeyFats Domino
SomethingIsaac Hayes
My Sweet LordEdwin Starr
YesterdaySmokey Robinson & The Miracles
Let It BeBill Withers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Let's Fall in Love All Over Again With Johnny Hartman and Billy Paul

      I was listening to Billy Paul's great album Ebony Woman and thinking how overlooked he is today (save, of course, Me and Mrs. Jones).  He's 79 and may even still perform once in a while so I'd much rather give him an homage while he's still around.  Naturally, I decided to pair him up with another overlooked balladeer, albeit of the jazz variety, Johnny Hartman.


I See The Light Billy Paul
These Foolish Things Johnny Hartman
Let's Stay Together Billy Paul
When Your Lover Has Gone Johnny Hartman
Sleepin' Bee Johnny Hartman
Love Buddies Billy Paul
Funny World Johnny Hartman
Let's Fall In Love All Over Again Billy Paul
If I'm Lucky Johnny Hartman
Without You Billy Paul
How Sweet It Is To Be In Love Johnny Hartman
Missing You Billy Paul
Everybody's Breakin' Up Billy Paul
Lush Life Johnny Hartman

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Still a Patsy for Patsy

      I've never read anything on the phenomenon, but I've always believed that the release of the Patsy Cline biopic Sweet Dreams in 1985 was the driving force behind her late 80's posthumous revival that lasted at least until the mid to late 1990's.  And as with Johnny Cash, legions of folks were heard to say "I don't like country music, but I like Patsy Cline".  I don't hear nearly as much about Patsy these days, so I thought I'd put together a 1) mix of her rarities and also a 2) tribute album of sorts - i.e. artists who would definitely be classified as Patsy followers on

Still a Patsy for Patsy

Stop The World (And Let Me Off)
Hidin' Out
That's A How Heartache Begins
Love Letters In The Sand
A Church, A Courtroom, And Then Goodbye
There He Goes
Side By Side
Crazy Dreams
You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love)
I Don't Wanta
He Called Me Baby
You Belong to Me
I Can't Forget
Life's Railway To Heaven

If You're So Inclined

I've Got A Right To Cry Mandy Barnett
Once a Day Connie Smith
I'm Beginning To Forget Elizabeth Cook
Blue LeAnn Rimes
Three Chords And The Truth Sara Evans
You Got Another Drive-By Truckers
I Wish I Didn't Love You So k.d. lang
My Second Hand Heart Lay Low
Sad Girl Amy Allison
Lead Me On Lindi Ortega
In Time Kelly Hogan
We Met By The Love Lies Bleeding Paula Frazer
I Wonder Brenda Lee
Look for Me (I'll Be Around) Neko Case
Cry Tammy Wynette

Monday, December 29, 2014

On the Right Side of 2014

   As I was putting the finishing touches on my year end, I couldn't help but notice how many veteran acts are on the last half of Disc Two (save Benjamin Booker, Mr. Little Jeans, and even, by comparison, Andrew Bird).  All I'll say is that the old cats still had it this year.  To encourage folks to go out and buy a new artist they're interested in, all the mp3s are tagged with the album they came from.  I've also re-upped all the best of compilations from years past.  Hope everyone has a very happy New Year.

Disc One

Morning Beck
Life of Doubt Withered Hand
Long Legged Blonde Memphis Margot & The Nuclear So & So's
Now Hear In Cloud Nothings
Cruel City Augustines
Hard Wired Shakey Graves
The New SF Bay Blues Hurray for the Riff Raff
Dogs Sun Kil Moon
When He's Gone Drive-By Truckers
Next Time Curtis Harding
Can You Do This Aloe Blacc
Alafia Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics
The Silent Orchestra Hamilton Leithauser
I Never Learn Lykke Li
Holding On for Life Broken Bells
Close My Eyes Redding Hunter
This Old Heartache Lucinda Williams
Lights Out Angel Olsen

Disc Two

Title Of This Song Moses Sumney
What Love Looks Like Mirel Wagner
Love Song Dawn Landes
Lift Me Up Michaela Anne
Life of Sin Sturgill Simpson
I Can't Keep The Tears From Falling Nude Beach
Cult Of Love Dum Dum Girls
African Man Tony Allen
Stranger to My Happiness Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Blue Surf Dex Romweber Duo
How You Want It Done? Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Dirt Chuck Prophet
The Killing Season Mark Lanegan Band
Rescue Song Mr. Little Jeans
You Got Me Singing Leonard Cohen
Slow Coming Benjamin Booker
Recalling the Truth Robyn Hitchcock
Cathedral in the Dell Andrew Bird

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On the Right Side of Christmas 2014

  It's that time of year again for my annual Christmas mix.  I've also re-upped all the previous ones (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) for the newcomers to the blog.


I'll Be Walkin' The Floor This Christmas Ernest Tubb
Have Yourself A Merry Christmas Freedy Johnston
Merry Christmas Baby Ike & Tina Turner
Go Where I Send Thee Joan Osborne
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Los Straitjackets
Father Christmas The Kinks
Stay In Army Navy
Christmas Eve Teenage Fanclub
The Little Drummer Boy Johnny Cash
Christmas In Vietnam Soul Searchers
Christmas Time Blues Roy Milton
The Christmas Song Jimmy Smith
I Know What You Want For Christmas Kay Martin & Her Body Guards
Christmas Is Going To The Dogs Eels
Holiday Spirit The dB's
Christmas Night Dwight Twilley
Hang A String Of Lights Great Lake Swimmers
I'll Be Home for Christmas Merle Haggard
Let Me Be Your Christmas Toy Chocolate Snow
Christmas Thyme The Olms
So Much Wine The Handsome Family
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear The Louvin Brothers
Merry Christmas Sister Lucille Pope
Auld Lang Syne The Drifters

Friday, October 31, 2014

I Was on My Way to Nowhere

   I'm fairly cognizant of the belief that songs about being on the road are kinda hackneyed.   But, well, you know...I still like them - especially on my morning ride on the commuter train.  I'm also in the process of re-upping the ones from previous years if you're new to the blog.


Return of the Grievous Angel Gram Parsons
Trip To Hyden Tom T. Hall
Driving Along Nilsson
Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone Charley Pride
Side Of The Road Foster And Lloyd
Lucky Moon True Believers
I'm Movin On Clyde McPhatter
Lonesome Road Blues Bill Monroe
Milwaukee Here I Come Jimmy Martin
I Just Wanted To See You So Bad Joy Lynn White
Travelin' On Simon Bonney
Coming Home Roy Orbison
Lonesome Roads Carla Bozulich
Green, Green Rocky Road Oscar Isaac
Eight More Miles Kieran Kane
Yesterday Clyde Virginia Terry Anderson
Ramblin Man Jimmie Dale Gilmore
87 Southbound Wayne Hancock
Stranger In The Mirror Tarnation
Water In the Fuel Paul Kelly & Kasey Chambers

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sing a Sad Song with Buck, Merle, and Wynn

    I haven't done any Los Angeles music scene - past or present - mixes this year, so I thought it
was high time for a 1960s Bakersfield Sound comp.  And while there were a bunch of good acts during this time, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Wynn Stewart were in a league of their own.  I tried hard not to use too many of their standards, but sometimes a boy just can't help himself.  

Download Both Discs

Volume 1

Sing A Sad Song Merle Haggard
Don't Let Her Know Buck Owens
Unfaithful Arms Wynn Stewart
Judy Wynn Stewart
Old Fashioned Love Merle Haggard
All of a Sudden Wynn Stewart
Honky Tonk Man Buck Owens
I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can Merle Haggard
(I Want) No One But You Buck Owens
Buck's Polka Buck Owens
I Done Done It Wynn Stewart
California Cottonfields Merle Haggard
He Don't Deserve You Anymore Buck Owens
You Took Her Off My Hand Wynn Stewart
Gambling Polka Dot Blues Merle Haggard
Travelin' Blues Merle Haggard
You Can Always Give Her Back to Me Wynn Stewart
Down To The River Buck Owens
Volume 2
Let the Whole World Sing it With Me Wynn Stewart
If I Had Left It Up To You Merle Haggard
Where Does The Good Times Go Buck Owens
I'll Take a Chance on Loving You Buck Owens
Little Ole Wine Drinker Me  Merle Haggard And The Strangers
Slightly Used Wynn Stewart
My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You Buck Owens
The Girl Turned Ripe Merle Haggard
I Keep Forgettin' That I Forgot About You Wynn Stewart
Something To Remember You By Buck Owens
I'll Break Out Again Tonight Merle Haggard
Angels Don't Lie Wynn Stewart
Three Cheers For The Losers Wynn Stewart
Keys In The Mailbox Buck Owens
Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart  Merle Haggard & The Strangers
The Girl On Sugar Pie Lane Buck Owens
Don't Spook Me Wynn Stewart
Long Black Limousine  Merle Haggard & The Strangers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Soul in the Post-Soul Era

   It's probably best not to spend too much time comparing the soul music of the last 35 years to classic soul (I'd call it the period from the early 60s to the mid 70s, but that's just me) mostly because you just sound like an old crank.  Since I probably sound like an old crank a lot more than I think, I think it's best, then, to just groove (as we used to say in the 70s) to all the good soul since the early 80's.   As for the comps below, I tried to stay from those artists who were classic soul stars and still recording in the 80s, 90s, or 00s, but I couldn't help myself and had to include a track from Al Green. (I defend its inclusion on the grounds that it's a duet with Corinne Bailey Rae.)

Side A

Why Didn't You Call Me Macy Gray
Comin' From A Higher Place Baby Charles
Do The 45 Ryan Shaw
Baby Angie Stone with Betty Wright
Paradise Lost Kings Go Forth
Desert Song Alice Smith
White Noise Willis Earl Beal
I Need A Friend Curtis Harding
Do You Love Me (Like You Say You Do) Lee Fields & The Expressions
Who's Gonna Save My Soul Gnarls Barkley
Soul Suckers Amos Lee
Rocketship Donnie
Too Late MED
100 Yard Dash Raphael Saadiq
Sign Your Name Terence Trent D'arby
When You Love Somebody Leela James
Promises india.arie
Untitled (How Does It Feel) D'Angelo

Side B

I Need A Dollar Aloe Blacc
Feeling Free Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators
Hi Roller The Bo-Keys
Everything Is Everything Lauryn Hill
Back To Black Amy Winehouse
Super Rich Kids Frank Ocean
Honey Molasses Jill Scott
Comin' From Where I'm From Anthony Hamilton
Pink Cashmere Prince
T.O.N.Y. Solange
Answer Me Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Idlewild Blues (Clean) Outkast
Kick The Blanket The Mighty Imperials
I Let You Go Ricky Fanté
Take Your Time Al Green featuring Corinne Bailey Rae
Tell Me What Fine Young Cannibals
Always Waiting Michael Kiwanuka
Crying in the Chapel (feat. Menahan Street Band) Charles Bradley

Sunday, July 27, 2014

An Homage to Jo Carol Pierce: Across the Great Divide, Bad Girls Upset by the Truth, and Songs from Chippy

   It's another bright sunny afternoon here in the Northeast (even though I am currently inside), so I thought some Texas alternative country music was in store.   Specifically a trio of out of print albums from the 1990s all featuring Jo Carol Pierce: Across the Great Divide, an album of Austinites covering Jo Carol Pierce songs; Pierce's own release Bad Girls Upset by the Truth; and Songs from Chippy which features (among others) Pierce, Wayne Hancock, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Butch Hancock, and Robert Earl Keen.  I know it's a little blasphemous, but I like the covers album best -  a few missteps and perhaps a little dated twenty years after its release, but most of the performances and songwriting still hold up well.

Across the Great Divide

Sacrifical Island Tombstone Psycomotor
Queen Of Heaven Joe Ely
Across The Great Divide Kris McKay
My Boyfriend Pork with Alejandro Escovedo
Ruby Loose Diamonds
Scratch Upon Her Windowpane Darden Smith
Something More Lords Of Love
Jim Henry Henley Spot Removal
Reunion Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Heaven And Hell (Their Exact Location) Michael Hall
Does God Have Us By Twat Or What ? Girls In The Nose
You Bother Me The Wannabes
Buttons Of Your Skin Lisa Mednick
Loose Diamond David Halley & Rich & Katy Brotherton
Borderline Tango Shoulders
Secret Dan The Namedroppers
Blue Norther Gretchen Phillips & Kathy McCarty
I Blame God Terry Allen
Apocalyptic Horses Robert Jacks & Kim Longacre

Bad Girls Upset by the Truth

You Bother Me
Blue Norther
Secret Dan
Across the Great Divide
Scratch upon Her Windowpane
Borderline Tango
I Blame God
Does God Have Us by the Twat or What?
Loose Diamonds
Daddy's Song
Apocalyptic Horses
Vaginal Angel

Songs From Chippy

Goodnight Dear Diary Joe Ely
Across The Great Divide Jo Carol Pierce
Chippy Narration Jo Harvey Allen
Buildin' More Fires Joe Ely
Wind's Gonna Blow You Away Butch Hancock
Gonna California Terry Allen
Thunderstorms & Neon Signs Wayne Hancock
Fate With A Capital F Joe Ely & Terry Allen
The Way I Was Raised Jo Harvey Allen
Cup Of Tea Jo Harvey Allen & Joe Ely
Tongues Jo Carol Pierce
Low Lights Of Town Butch Hancock
I Blame God Jo Carol Pierce
Oil Wells Jo Harvey Allen & Joe Ely
Cold Black Hammer Joe Ely
Boomtown Boogie Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jo Carol Pierce, & Joe Ely
Back To Black Wayne Hancock
Just Dancin' Jo Harvey Allen & Barry Tubb
Whiskey And Women And Money To Burn Joe Ely
Morning Goodness Robert Earl Keen & Butch Hancock
Angels Of The Wind Terry Allen
Roll Around Butch Hancock
Goodnight Joe Ely