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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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