The Latest Shows We've Recorded
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Here's the audio from Corb Lund's cd release show (for his new Losin' Lately Gambler record on New West Records) at Threadgill's South in Austin, Texas on Tuesday September 29, 2009. I don't know if it was because of ACL week or New West Records or the internets or the twitter or what, but there were a whole lot more people at this Corb show than I have seen in his Austin crowds (school night or weekend notwithstanding) ever. I was glad to see Corb getting the Austin recognition that talent such as his and the Hurtin' Albertans' deserves.
The boys were joined by Doug Moreland on fiddle for the last few songs and Hayes Carll on vocals for a cover of Carll's "Highway 87".
Between the crowd and the setlist, this was one of the most enjoyable shows of the year for me and a great survey of Corb's songwriting career. A bit from almost every record (except the first two) shows up here.
-Seven songs from Five Dollar Bill
-Nine songs from Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer
-Four songs from Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
-Seven songs from Losin' Lately Gambler
-Zero songs from Modern Pain or Unforgiving Mistress
Stream the audio below or head over to the Live Music Archive and download the FLAC or MP3 files.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
If you, in any way, shape or form, like real Americana, roots or country music and are near Austin, Texas this weekend, you need to be Manchaca tomorrow for Doug Moreland's 7th Annual Cattlelacs Calf Fry at his Chainsaw Carving Shop. The lineup is, dare I say (DARE! DARE!), colossal. Tickets are 18$ today (1$ fee) and 25$ tomorrow and available now through frontgatetickets.com. I dare you to be there.
Check out this lineup:
4 pm -- The Rustlanders
5 pm -- Jesse Dayton
6 pm -- Corb Lund
7 pm -- Glenn Moreland & Washtub Jerry
8 pm -- Eleven Hundred Springs
9 pm -- Doug Moreland
10 pm -- Ryan Bingham
Thursday, September 24, 2009
[Full disclosure: I love Corb Lund's music. I love Guy Clark's music. I'd consider myself more of a casual fan of Tom Russell but there are hotspots where my love of his music burns bright.]
"I been drivin' grater, I'm a smooth operator, I wonder where all the gravel roads are"
-Corb Lund, "Long Gone To Saskatchewan"
Corb Lund's Losin' Lately Gambler is a really good record and worthy of place with the best of the rest of his catalog. Unfortunately for artists like Corb Lund, the bar is set high with brilliant records like Five Dollar Bill (his opus, imo) and Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! under his belt. "Chinook Wind" (a little Waylon-y at the onset), "Long Gone To Saskatchewan", "Talkin' Veterinarian Blues" and "Alberta Says Hello" are my early favorites. The two others that have a sentimental place for me are "It's Hard To Keep A White Shirt Clean" (written for Willie P. Bennett) and "Devil's Best Dress" which would fit fine on Marty Robbins' Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. As with all Corb Lund records, I give them multiple listens and they end up very high on the list when it's all said and done.
"It's a one-legged race to the liquor store"
-Tom Russell, "Mississippi River Runnin' Backwards"
Tom Russell's new record Blood and Candle Smoke starts off with "East Of Woodstock, West Of Vietnam". That song, coupled with the likes of "Nina Simone" and "Crosses Of San Carlos" yield a record that feels like some of Russell's previous work both due to the arrangement (especially with the horns) and some of the material covered. I don't mean that as a strike against this record. Blood And Candle Smoke just feels like well-worn, familiar territory that is at once new, unique and familiar. I find "Criminology" particularly intriguing because of the misdirection of the title, the history lesson contained within and the atypical arrangement (for TR). Bravo, Mr. Russell. "The Most Dangerous Woman In America" and "American Rivers" are also fascinating tunes. I like this record. It will garner a few more listens. Say what you will about Tom Russell, it's always interesting.
"'What do you want for that piece of junk' I asked the old man?"
-Guy Clark, "The Guitar"
The first two tracks of Guy Clarks "Somedays The Song Writes You" run deep with a feeling of being at the mercy of music whether you want to be or not. "The Coat", like some of the Russell tracks, sounds like familiar territory in a very good way. I found myself really enjoying this tune. For requisite Townes Van Zandt cover, Clark does a brisk version of "If I Needed You" which has long been my favorite TVZ song (so much so that we had Graham Weber play it during our wedding ceremony). Sailors and otherwise nautical fans will dig "Eamon" for sure. I enjoyed this record. Not quite as much his epics Cold Dog Soup, Dublin Blues, Guy Clark or Texas Cookin'. The first three songs on here are absolutely stunning and there's plenty of highlights on the rest of the record.
If you can spare the cash, buy these records. If you can't, pick one and you'll be pleased.
As good as these records are, they aren't quite as good as my current favorites for record of the year - Bingham's Roadhouse Sun and The Devil Makes Three's Do Wrong Right.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Attended a really excellent semi-impromptu (if nothing else, sparsely rehearsed) jam at the Mean Eyed Cat last night for happy hour. Peewee Moore (formerly of the Tennessee Rounders) was joined by Austin musicians Lew Card (mandolin), Jason Daly (acoustic guitar) & Pete Langhans (snare & high hat) for ninety minutes of acoustic honky tonk. One of the most enjoyable shows I've seen in a while. Be sure to check out the fifteen minute jam on the "G For Jesus Fun Time Hour" covering all the traditional gospel covers and "Army Plane".
Monday, September 14, 2009
We had the pleasure of having Corb Lund at our house almost two years ago. In advance of his new record, "Losing Lately Gambler", here's Corb, from that house concert, doing a cover of The Strawberry Roan, written by Curley Fletcher and popularized by Marty Robbins on his classic Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs record.
Artist: Corb Lund
Track: The Strawberry Roan
Enjoy. And support your local music scene.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Continuing in this week's theme of more-recently formed bands, here's (part one of) the Happen-Ins consisting of former Dedringer Sean Faires, Ricky Ray Jackson, John Michael Schoepf and Paul Falcon Valdez.
Artist: The Happen-Ins
Track: Whenever I Get Down
Enjoy. And support your local music scene.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Gonna spend this week focused on a couple of newer / more recently-formed acts around Austin. First up is the Memphis Strange.
Artist: The Memphis Strange