#226 – Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs by Charley Pride

Charlie Pride passed away on December 12th of complications from covid and, as I so often am compelled to do when I learn of the death of a prominent artist that I’ve never heard of, I decided to check out his work.  He was the first black country star, having started a music career inContinue reading “#226 – Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs by Charley Pride”

#215 – Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris

I know I say it every time I pick a country album, but they are far too rare in my genre mixture.  I am, however, familiar with a decent amount of Ms. Harris’ body of work, not least of which was her stint as a backup singer for the great Gram Parsons, who is probablyContinue reading “#215 – Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris”

#182 – Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval

This is a really beautiful album.  At various times heavy, ethereal, epic, cinematic and delicate.  It really is a masterpiece of versatility, and exactly the kind of discovery I needed on this bizarre day in history.  As the entire world watches a few random areas in America, nothing is quite as helpful as the temporaryContinue reading “#182 – Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval”

#119 – Truly Fine Citizen by Moby Grape

It’s hard sometimes to unplug enough from the steady stream of upsetting news long enough to write about the daily album selection.  Every day there’s a new outrage to process on so many different fronts that you have to find some distance from it for a little while.  Whatever your chosen escape is – mineContinue reading “#119 – Truly Fine Citizen by Moby Grape”

#106 – Mermaid Avenue, Volume III by Billy Bragg & Wilco

Our Kevin Bacon game, so far: The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced – and is the husband of – Michelle Branch, who was featured on Santana’s “The Game of Love.”  On a later album, Santana collaborated with Metallica, who backed up Lou Reed, who was in The Velvet Underground with John Cale, who wrote anContinue reading “#106 – Mermaid Avenue, Volume III by Billy Bragg & Wilco”

#9 – Turmoil & Tinfoil by Billy Strings

Billy Strings is a maniac on acoustic guitar.  He apparently played in some hard rock and metal bands when he was younger and you can definitely hear those influences in both his playing and even some of his lyrics.  The juxtaposition of violent, metal lyrics with bluegrass shredding is extremely entertaining and surprising at theContinue reading “#9 – Turmoil & Tinfoil by Billy Strings”

#2 – World As a Waiting Room by White Denim

These guys are a lot of fun. Their fast-paced country guitar licks are what pulled me in when I saw White Denim on an episode of Austin City Limits, an unexpected highlight of American Airlines’ in flight entertainment. World As a Waiting Room, their latest release, also features some moments that feel like they wouldContinue reading “#2 – World As a Waiting Room by White Denim”