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Monday, December 31, 2007

The Best of 2007...Artist Discoveries

In 2007, I discovered a lot of great artists I previously had no idea they no particular order.

Damon Bramblett (singer/songwriter, sounds like an other-worldly Johnny Cash)
Onion Creek Crawdaddies (bluegrass/newgrass/alt-country)
Stillwater Pioneers (jamband country, great gettin' high music...if I did that sort of thing)
Rattlesnake Deer (depression country...think Chris Knight meets the Steve Earle & the Drive-By Truckers on downers)
Reid Wilson & His So-Called Friends (classic country)
The Gunhands (classic country/classic rock)
Ryan Bingham (roadhouse blues-n-country)
Hot Like Love (stripped down rock and roll 3-piece)
AJ Roach (singer/songwriter)
Dan Reeder (bluesy singer/songwriter)
La Tampiquena (mexicana death folk)
Jason Eady & The Wayward Apostles (Texas county/Americana)

The Best of 2007...Official Releases

Studio Records:
--Top 5, in no particular order:

Danny Schmidt Little Grey Sheep
Stillwater Pioneers Let's Go Pioneering

Josh Ritter The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter
The Victrolas Drop The Needle
Corb Lund Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!

--The Best of the Rest:
Jason Eady & The Wayward Apostles Wild Eyed Serenade
Max Stalling Topaz City
Rattlesnake Deer 637 Texas Rattlesnake Rattles
Walk Wilkins and the Mystiqueros Diamonds In The Sun
Mark Jungers Silos And Smokestacks
Onion Creek Crawdaddies
Irons In The Fire
Larry Hooper
Deadstring Brothers
Starving Winter Report
Old Crow Medicine Show
Big Iron World

Live Records:
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth Reconstruction(Live at the Down Home)
The Devil Makes Three A Little Bit Faster And A Little Bit Worse

Best Record Made Pre-2007 That I Got This Year:
Onion Creek Crawdaddies Barn Burners and Bathtub Bourbon (2003)
Bob Childers Ride For The Cimarron (2006)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Introducing La Tampiquena, Mexican Death Folk?

This is the first show ever for La Tampiquena. La Tampiquena consists of Will Dupuy and Willie Pipkin (former South Austin Juggies), Matt Lahr and assorted guests including Chris Hill on drums, Marshall Hood on guitar and Warren Hood of fiddle. Their sound is something that takes elements from Doug Sahm, Townes Van Zandt and some Tejano jam band. It's solid. And as Will would say, heady.

Enjoy. More great things to come from these guys.

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Stillwater Pioneers Go Pioneering For Christmas

...with a bunch of his friends at the legendary Horseshoe Lounge in ATX. This is the 4th Annual 'A Very Dango Christmas' show. The Pioneers' lineup on this day consisted of Dango, Dr. Lewis Card III, Andy 'Lunchbox' Hogdson, Scott 'The Sauce' Carlson and Kevin 'Buffalo' Hennessy. Special guests were Ace from the Freight Train Troubadors, Kevin Fox and Reid Wilson from Reid Wilson and His So-Called Friends and Reid's buddy Reid Dixon (aka 'Team Reid').

The list of covers was plentiful and included songs originally by Gary P. Nunn, David Allan Coe, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Joe Shaver, the Georgia Satellites, Steve Earle, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan and Todd Snider. The Pioneers also did a majority of ther original catalog from the debut disc Let's Go Pioneering.

This is a very fun show. Enjoy it with friends. And, as always, enjoy responsibly.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Danny Schmidt..CD Release Show @ The Cactus Cafe

If you haven't heard Danny Schmidt's music, there is no better time than the present to get introduced. Danny, as I have mentioned before, is flat out amazing. There's not enough adjuectives in any writer's vocabulary, let alone mine, to do his music justice.

This is from his CD release show last week at the legendary Cactus Cafe in Austin. Danny plays a pleothra of songs from his new record, Little Grey Sheep, and a bunch from his yet-to-be-started-record accompanied by Carrie Elkin.

Really, check out the new, unrecorded ones, "Southland Street" (incorrectly labeled as "Had It All" below), "Grandpa Built Bridges" and "Serpentine Cycle Of Money".

Monday, December 17, 2007

South Austin Jug Band @ The Continental Club

Ladies and gentlemen, your newly minted South Austin Jug Band. This is a recent show with their new lineup which includes several new members and special guest/former Juggie Warren Hood. Gone are all the tunes that Will Dupuy wrote and sang replaced with songs from their new record 'Strange Invitation' (which is damn fine if you ask me...I know you didn't but whatever).

The songs and the performance are both first rate but the most noticable difference here is the drums on most tunes and the electric guitar. It's different...not necessarily better or worse than the way things were when they were entirely a stringed-outfit.

Anyway, have a listen for yourself and make up your own mind.