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Leave It Alone – Amanda Shires

Leave It Alone by Amanda Shires is my Track of the Day.

Leave It Alone is the first release from Amanda Shires’s forthcoming album, To The Sunset.

I’m a fairly new fan of Amanda Shires, I knew she was married to Jason Isbell and had seen her perform with him and his band a couple of times, but it was only last year that I started listening to her own work. One of the favorite albums I purchased last year was her 2016 release, My Piece of Land.

 

 

 

 

 

And one of my favorite live performances last year was Amanda Shires and her band at the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, Tennessee. It was a brilliant set, and for me, the highlight of the day. Even managed to get a half decent photo with my iphone!

 

To The Sunset was produced by Dave Cobb and is due for release on August 3rd.

Leave It Alone sounds totally different to anything on My Piece of Land, but that’s not a criticism. There are far too many artists who rest on their laurels, churning out variations on whatever theme got them some kind of attention. I’m sure there will be some naysayers who will slate this release as not being “country” enough, well as the T-shirt being sold on the Amanda Shires website so eloquently puts it “Mama wants to change that Nashville Sound

Anyway, check out Leave It Alone by Amanda Shires

Pretty damned good or what!

Before I sign off, a quick mention for Jerry Pentecost, the drummer in Amanda Shires’s band, who has been nominated for an Instrumentalist of the Year award by the Americana Music Association.

Back to the song, I love it, and that’s why I’m adding Leave It Alone to my 2018 Track of the Day playlist

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I Wanna Cry by Charley Crockett

Today’s Track of the Day is I Wanna Cry by Charley Crockett.

I’m a big fan of Chris Shiflett’s Walking the Floor podcast and as mentioned in my previous post, his guest this week was Charley Crockett. And again, this is where this Brit shows his ignorance of the American music scene, I’d never heard of Charley Crockett prior to listening to this podcast.

Listening to the podcast, it’s well apparent that Charley Crockett works his ass off! His latest album, Lonesome as a Shadow is his fourth album in as many years. More on that later, but reading his story on his website I was interest to see that his third album was a collection of his favorite honky tonk songs, featuring amongst others “Hank Williams, Ernest TubbLoretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Roy AcuffWebb Pierce”. Now, apart from Webb Pierce, I’ve heard of all of them, so maybe it’s just the current music scene I’m ignorant of!  Since moving to Cincinnati, nearly four years ago, I’ve got to know a lot about Hank Williams and his recordings for King Records.

I think I need to get hold of that third album, Charley Crockett presents Lil G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee, but for now I’d decided to buy his most recent album, Lonesome as a Shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

Being a bit of a vinyl buff, I’d order the LP from my local record store, Plaid Room Records, but in the meantime, I’ve been checking it out on Spotify & Youtube, which is where I came across this great video for for I Wanna Cry

How good was that video?

And how good was “I Wanna Cry” by Charley Crockett, definitely good enough to be my Track of the Day, which is why it’s the latest addition to my 2018 Track of the Day playlist.

In the meantime, I can’t wait to hear the whole album on vinyl!

 

 

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Baby Please – Garrett T Capps

Baby Please by Garrett T Capps is my Track of the Day for today.

It’s my first in a while, but trust me, it’s a good one!

Until yesterday morning, I’d never heard of Garrett T Capps. I was listening to the latest episode of Walking the Floor with Chris Shiflett (just to be clear, the podcast is called Walking the Floor with Chris Shiflett, I wasn’t actually listening to Walking the Floor sat next to Chris Shiflett!) and before he kicked off his interview with Charley Crockett, he mentioned that he’d received an album from Garrett T Capps. So I thought I’d check said Mr Capps out, and I’m so glad I did.

I visited his website and apparently one of his songs, Born in San Antone featured in the opening episode of Billions. That was taken off his 2016 album Y Los Lonely Hipsters, now that’s an album title!

But Baby Please is off his most recent release LP, In The Shadows (Again). I found this on YouTube, and there’s a great video to accompany the track, check this out:

How good is that?

As well as sending his most recent album to Chris Shiflett, Garrett T Capps also sent him an album by Jerry Jeff Walker. Now, you’ll have to excuse my ignorance, but I had no idea who Jerry Jeff Walker is! So I had to find out. Well turns out, that amongst other things, he wrote Mr Bojangles! That’s a song I’ve heard quite a few times in my lifetime, mainly by Sammy Davies Junior or Sir Bruce Forsyth! In fact I’m pretty sure I saw Bruce Forsyth perform it live at the 2012 Hop Farm Festival

I have to say, by the way, this episode of Walking the Floor was excellent. Charley Crockett was a great interviewee and needless to say I checked him out too, and yes, my bank balance took a hit, as I ordered his latest album, Lonesome as a Shadow. And I can tell you now, my next Track of the Day is going to be by Charley Crockett!

But for today, it’s Baby Please by Garrett T Capps that’s being added to my Track of the Day 2018 playlist.

 

 

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Belle Adair – Long Fade Out

Long Fade Out by Belle Adair is today’s Track of the Day.

One of the few Facebook groups I belong to is the Big Big Train group, the forum for “listeners of progressive band Big Big Train“. Whilst a lot of the discussions on the group revolve around prog, sprouts & chocolate,the main reason I enjoy this group so much is the amount and variety of new music I’m introduced to by fellow group members, or “passengers”.

Long Fade Out by Belle Adair is one such track. I had heard of Belle Adair prior to today. I’m a big fan of John Paul White (have I ever told you, I’ve seen him live?) and Belle Adair are one of the artists on his Single Lock Records label, so I’d come across them whilst browsing the Single Lock Records website, but hadn’t checked out their music. I am doing now!

The Facebook post that shared the link to the song suggested that fans of The Byrds, Jayhawks and Teenage Fanclub would enjoy the track. I’m big Teenage Fanclub  (have I ever told you…) fan, I like a lot of what The Jayhawks have released and who doesn’t like The Byrds? So I had to give this track a listen!

Long Fade Out is the second track on Belle Adair’s 2017 album, Tuscumbia and is a song that hooked me straight away on my first listen. I can definitely see the Teenage Fanclub reference and having listened to the whole album on Spotify I can see why the blurb on the Single Lock Records website mentions that Tuscumbia offers “hints at times of southern California country and even vintage Britpop”. Mind you, I’m not sure I’d class Teenage Fanclub as Britpop!

 

 

 

 

 

Tuscumbia was recorded at Muscle Shoals’ legendary FAME Studios. Now that is a place that is on my bucket list! Talking of Muscle Shoals, having read a bit more about Belle Adair, I found out that they recently backed fellow Single Lock Records artist and Muscle Shoal legend, Donnie Fritts, whose album, Oh My Goodness I bought last year. They also toured as John Paul White’s band. Frontman Matthew Green also went on tour with Dylan LeBlanc, another Single Lock Records artist. I bought Dylan LeBlanc’s album, Cautionary Tale, last year as well, and that album’s just brilliant!

Listening to the album, you can tell this is a band that are used to playing often with each other, which probably explains how they managed to record the album in just a week. I’ve given the album a couple of listens now on Spotify and it’s one I’m adding to my ever increasing list of albums to buy, but in the meantime..

I’m adding Long Fade Out by Belle Adair to my 2018 Track of the Day playlist

 

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Calexico – The Town and Miss Lorraine

The Town and Miss Lorraine by Calexico is today’s Track of the Day.

It comes from Calexico’s latest album, The Thread That Keeps Us. I bought the album, on vinyl, a couple of weeks ago. And with the download came seven bonus tracks.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve only really got into Calexico over the past couple of years, I loved their 2015 album, Edge of the Sun, particularly Falling from the Sky, which is still regularly on my playlist. And I’ve got their 2012 Algiers album in my collection, but nothing earlier than that.

 

 

 

 

There isn’t a duff track amongst the album’s 15 songs and seven bonus tracks, but the one that stands out for me is The Town and Miss Lorraine. I have to confess I’m not sure what The Town and Miss Lorraine is all about, but it evokes such imagery from the opening line “I found a book in a washed up ship” through to the “bad accident on the interstate”  to the closing line “Watching Miss Lorraine
Smoking alone with the moon”.

It’s sung with a well mournful, longing voice and a simple backing, it reminds a little of a Jimmy Webb type composition, which is no bad thing!

And for some strange reason, it reminds me of Tell Laura I Love Her by Ricky Valance

Here’s a video of the band performing The Town and Miss Lorraine

Brilliant or what?

And that’s why The Town and Miss Lorraine by Calexico is my Track of the Day, I love it!

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The Tillers – Revolution Row

Revolution Row by The Tillers is my Track of the Day.

It’s a track taken from their forthcoming self-titled album being released on March 23rd.

The Tillers were the first band I saw live when I moved to Cincinnati three and a half years ago, to say they blew me away was a bit of an understatement. I’ve seen them numerous times since at venues around the area, including my local record store, Plaid Room Records, at their Sayler Park Sustains Festival and on Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time tour. Each time I’ve seen them, they’ve played an excellent set and have had a great rapport with the crowd.

Being a Brit, I’m not always sure about some of the places and people The Tillers sing about, but I’ve probably found out more about real Cincinnati/Ohio River history from their lyrics than any history textbook.

I’ve always been a fan of what I call “peoples’ bands”, bands that have a devoted loyal following with their feet well and truly on the ground that sing songs about real people and real situations, and bands that toured and played live relentlessly to hone their craft Back in the UK, I was a big fan of Lindisfarne, then the Saw Doctors, from Ireland, and more locally from my home county, The Band From County Hell.

When I came to Cincinnati I wondered whether I would find a similar such band, and in The Tillers I did. I’ve bought three of their albums so far, By The Signs, Live at the Southgate House Revival and most recently Hand on the Plow.

There’s a neat piece in No Depression about The Tillers and I can’t wait to hear their new album, but in the meantime, take a listen to this:

How good was that?

Pretty damned good if you ask, and that’s why  Revolution Row by The Tillers is being added to my Track of the Day 2018 playlist

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Blue Rose Code – Ebb and Flow

My Track of the Day for today is Ebb and Flow by Blue Rose Code.

Ebb and Flow is taken from Blue Rose Code’s latest album, The Water of Leith.

Have I ever told you.. Yes, I’ve seen Blue Rose Code live. It was at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, as part of a BBC Introducing showcase, during the 2013 Americana Music Festival. and very good they were too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from the odd track on the radio, I’ve not heard much of Blue Rose Code since then, until they were mentioned on the Big Big Train Facebook group. I checked them out again and came across the video for Ebb and Flow. Check this out, and see what a great positive upbeat tune this is!

Told you! And that’s why Ebb and Flow by Blue Rose Code is my Track of the Day!

 

 

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Tomorrow We Sail – The Harbour

The Harbour by Tomorrow We Sail is my Track of the Day for today.

After posting on twitter a couple of days ago about the Lost Horizons track, Stampede, featuring Hazel Wilde, I got a number of likes and retweets, including a like from Hazel Wilde herself. On the twitter feed, she had a link to the new album by Tomorrow We Sail, called The Shadows which had originally been tweeted by Angela Chan, a member of both Lanterns on the Lake and Tomorrow We Sail.

Well I spent just all about all yesterday afternoon and evening listening to both Tomorrow We Sail and Angela Chan. There’s some great stuff on Angela Chan’s website. She’s got three sample Soundcloud playlists, I particularly enjoyed her “recent” selection, which you can check out below:

How good is that?

As for Tomorrow We Sail, I’m loving what I’ve heard so far, I think there could be another piece of vinyl winging it’s way across the Atlantic when The Shadows is released in February. In the meantime, I bought their House Music Vol.1, which is pretty damned amazing, especially the second track White Rose

 

 

 

 

 

I also downloaded a couple of free tracks, Saturn and The Harbour , which were released just before Christmas. Both of these are great as well, but The Harbour just nudges it as my favorite

 

So today’s addition to my Track of the Day 2018 playlist is The Harbour by Tomorrow We Sail

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Eyelids – Tell Me You Know

Tell Me You Know by Eyelids off their album Or is today’s Track of the Day.

 

 

 

 

 

I came across Eyelids this morning when going through The Decemberists‘ Twitter Feed. Up until then I’d never heard of them! I’ve got most of The Decemberists albums in some form or other, mainly CDs and downloads, but I did get the Offa Rex album, Queen of Hearts, on vinyl. This is an album that The Decemberists did with my fellow Brit, Olivia Chaney, and has been nominated for Best Folk album at thus year’s Grammys.

 

 

 

 

 

As for Or, Eyelids second album, which was produced by a certain Peter Buck, it’s an album that hooked me straight away. A number of reviews mention the band’s Big Star influences, which is why I see a similarity between Eyelids and Teenage Fanclub, one of my favorite British bands, who were also heavily influenced by Big Star.

This is an album with no filler tracks at all, so choosing a favorite was hard but in the end I opted for Tell Me You Know. It’s got a wicked intro, which had me thinking of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World. To me it’s the perfect Guitar Pop record, I love it!

So I’m adding Tell Me You Know by Eyelids to my Track of the Day 2018 playlist.

 

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Frontier Folk Nebraska – Ghost on the Tap

Ghost on the Tap by Frontier Folk Nebraska is today’s Track of the Day.

I heard this for the first time earlier this afternoon, it was the last track played on this week’s edition of the  Cincy Music Spotlight podcast, hosed by Venomous Valdez.

Prior to this I’d never heard anything by Frontier Folk Nebraska, but have to say I was blown away by this track. Having looked at their website, it looks like this track was released as part of a Record Store Day split single with The Tillers, one of my favorite local bands. The vinyl is sold out, so I’ve just downloaded the track from their Bandcamp page.

As I type this I’m listening to their Live at the Southgate House Revival album and it’s a corker. This is one band I’ll be checking out later this year for sure.

One thing is for sure, they ain’t a folk band! And they’re from just over the river in Covington, Kentucky.

So check this out, my Track of the Day is Ghost on the Tap by Frontier Folk Nebraska

 

 

 

 

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