Back to a normal-sized shuffle.... we have some cool tunes - let's go!
"Flinty Kind of Woman" by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room
One of my favorite artists of all time... from her 1995 album.
"Blue Skies" by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Ol' Songs
Ms. Williams part II. Doing a heart-shattering version of the Irving Berlin classic.
"Amsterdam Moon" by The Mavericks from In Time
From their reunion album - Raul Malo and company sounding better than ever.
"Punk Rockin' Honky Tonk Girl" by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/If I Could
Two things to share about this song - 1. At the end of this song on Opening Up, Tim Carroll gives a brief account of his musical journey and mentions one of my favorite bands, Rank and File. 2. Every time I hear this song, a particular memory of mine comes back to me. This was sometime in the 80s, at a benefit show for a local club called Elliston Square (now The End). There was an awesome lineup of some of the cool indie bands of the day, and opening the show was Marty Stuart joined by at least one of the Dillards. As a young punk beginning to hear Country music influence in my favorite music and still trying to reconcile that to my still strong belief that Country music was for old folks - this was culture shock, and it was also pretty darn awesome. The deal was sealed for me when I saw this tall, beautiful girl in country meets punk attire dosey-doeing to Marty Stuart.
"Do You Want My Job" by Little Village from Little Village
One of the stand out tracks on the Little Village album.
"Can't Stay Young" by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/All Kinds of Pain
No you can't... but sometimes you can fake it for a while...
"Kiss and Tell" by Lael Summer from Burden to Bear
Another sultry number from Ms. Lael Summer and another video from a True Groove All-Stars show in New York. If you're in New York, check out The True Groove All-Stars as they continue their residency at Milk River this Thursday.
"Drifter's Compass" by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean Into The Wind
And this my friends, is why I love Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray so much. This and the fact that they are such wonderful people.
"1st Assumptions vs. 2nd Doubts (remix)" by aCr from ghost note manifest
We close with some experimental progressive hard rock from Texas. aCr from the band Liquid Casing from his recent solo project.