Today, I am shuffling up a playlist of music which has been added to my MP3 over the past couple of months or so. This includes some music I specifically wanted to highlight in March.
- "Those Devils Don't Scare Me" by The Bailey Hounds from CXCW2012
The Bailey Hounds are a Philadelphia band who play what they describe as Gothic Americana. "Those Devils Don't Scare Me" is off the bands 2011 album called Along the Gallows. The performance today is from last years Couch by Couchwest festival. The 2013 CXCW begins in just a few days. If you make music, you really need to submit a video to these guys - here: CXCW2013
- "There More Pretty Girls Than One" by Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice from Skaggs and Rice (1980)
Guitarist Rice and Multi-Instrumentalist Skaggs put out this collaboration of some old time Country music duets in 1980. The album was reissued last year. This is a performance of the Traditional song "There's More Pretty Girls Than One"
- "House of Love" by Susan James from Driving Toward the Sun (2013)
Susan James is a talented singer-songwriter from California. Driving Toward the Sun his her fifth album. We connected recently through Facebook and I had the opportunity to check out her brand new album (released in the US 2/19/2013). I am going to highlighting this album as much as possible in the coming weeks. This record sounds amazing with great a California psychedelic folksy vibe and James' vocals have a classic sound which just kind of eases the listener into the song.
- "Thirteen" (Big Star Cover) by Northbrook Garage from CXCW12
It's been a few months since we've heard anything from the teens from the Chicago area, a quick check shows that their social media outlets have been quiet. We can hope that they are just holed up working on their music, but if the band is over they left us with some great music including this selection from CXCW 2012. Inspired by their opportunity to visit Ardent Studios in Memphis, the band recorded this cover of the classic Big Star song.
- "Lonely Avenue" by Mark Robinson from Have Axe - Will Groove (2013)
Mark Robinson is a virtuoso blues guitar player from the Nashville area. He recently released Have Axe - Will Groove which is his second album. The album features an all-star cast of talented folks for the Nashville Blues scene. "Lonely Avenue", one of three covers on the album was written by the legendary Doc Pomus.
- "Unlocthed" by The Danbury Lie from a bandcamp single (2013)
One of featured bands from 2012, Connecticut based The Danbury Lie have busy so far in 2013. In February they released a couple of new recordings of songs written many years ago, including this one which includes music from 2002 and lyrics from 2004. Just this week they unveiled a new 7 song set. We'll be taking a look at that one soon. In the meantime, here is the link to the newest music.
- "Love is All Around" by The Troggs from Troggology (2009?)
Reg Presley lead singer of The Troggs passed away in February. Today we have a re-recording from the Troggology album. A cover of "Love is All Around" was the b-side to the "Radio Song" single by R.E.M. who collaborated with The Troggs on 1992s Athens Andover album.
- "Hey Ma" by Family of the Year from Loma Vista (2012)
Family of the Year seem to be tearing up the AAA charts with their song "Hero" also from Loma Vista. I kind of dig that song so I jumped on the chance to pick this album up on the cheap from Amazon. I'm glad I did. This is a nifty sentimental indie-pop track.
- "I Still Write Your Name in the Snow" by Chet Atkins from Almost Alone (1996)
Legendary? Oh yes... Chet Atkins was a true Nashville Cat. A picture of a statue of him which sits at the corner of 5th and Union in Nashville is at the top of this blog. This song is about exactly what you think it is about. It's a funny, silly song with some of the best damn guitar picking you are likely to ever hear.
- "Mississippi Girl" by Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three from Middle of Everywhere (2011)
We shall close out this shuffle with some awesome new old-fashioned music from St. Louis based Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three.