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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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Mary Chapin Carpenter – Heroes and Heroines

Heroes and Heroines by Mary Chapin Carpenter is today’s Track of the Day.

It’s the lead track from her forthcoming album, Sometimes Just The Sky. It originally appeared on her debut album, Hometown Girl and is one of twelve reworked versions of her songs from previous albums to appear on the album. The title track and new composition, Sometimes Just The Sky, completes the album. Being a big Peter Gabriel fan, the fact that it was recorded at Real World Studios adds to it’s appeal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a bit of a latecomer to Mary Chapin Carpenter, until a couple of years ago, I’d heard the odd track on Bob Harris’s show on BBC Radio 2, but other than that she had not really come upon my radar.

That changed on 10th May 2016, I saw her with the Cincinnati Pops at Cincinnati Music Hall and had one of the most enjoyable evening’s entertainment I’d had in a log time. It still ranks as one of my all time favorite concerts. Most of the tracks she sang were from her Songs From The Movie album, which I purchased on the night and which I have played umpteen times since.

Last year, I was fortunate to see her twice last year, firstly with Joan Baez and The Indigo Girls, as part of The Four Voices tour, who I saw at Fraze Pavillion, Kettering, and then at the Ryman Auditorium, aka The Mother Church, in Nashville, where she was supported by John Paul White.

 

 

 

 

 

Pick the highlights out of that lot!

Listening to the Four Voices sing The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down was a highlight, along with a great, and a still just as relevant, version of Woody Guthrie’s Deportee. Her set at the Ryman was superb and since then I’ve purchased a couple more of her albums, her most recent album, prior to this release, The Things That We Are Made Of and her Christmas album, Come Darkness, Come Light.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m still delving into the rest of her back catalogue, but am looking forward to hearing her new release Sometimes Just The Sky, and am really loving this taster track, which is why Heroes and Heroines is the latest addition to my Track of the Day 2018 playlist.

 

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Breakfast in Bed/Simple Song

Breakfast in Bed/Simple Song

The first of my Record Store Day 2017 selections is a single released by Single Lock Records, John Paul White sings Donnie Fritts, Donnie Fritts sings John Paul White. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first came across John Paul White, as part of The Civil Wars, with Joy Williams. Have I ever told you I saw them live? Yes, we saw them at Leeds Metropolitan University on March 18th 2012.

After they disbanded I didn’t hear much about John Paul White until last year. He contributed Simple Song to the Southern Family album, which I have as a download, then he released his own album Beulah, which I bought on vinyl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also noticed that one of my favorite albums of last year, Cautionary Tale by Dylan LaBlanc, had been produced by John Paul White and Ben Tanner, co-founders of Single Lock Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I came across a tweet by John Paul White saying that he was appearing on a Pig and Vine Radio podcast. The podcast was hosted by a lady called Amy Collins, and is primarily about wine, but with “life insights and humor”.

So I checked out said podcast and it was most entertaining, and sure enough contained some “life insights and humor”.

Now I can’t remember whether he mentioned the Record Store Day release in the podcast, or whether I found out about it by checking out his website, but I had no idea who Donnie Fritts was!

Well it turns out he co-wrote Breakfast in Bed, the UB40 hit from 1988, featuring Chrissie Hynde on vocals. But this wasn’t the original version, the original was by Dusty Springfield, released twenty years earlier as the B-side to Son of a Preacher Man. This was recorded as part of the Dusty in Memphis album, which is near the top of my wish list of albums I need to add to my collection.

His co-writer on Breakfast in Bed was Eddie Hinton. Now I do know who Eddie Hinton is! I have four record collection called Dangerous Highway – A Tribute to the Songs of Eddie Hinton, which was released by Shake It Records, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So on this single, we have John Paul White singing Breakfast in Bed and Donnie Fritts performing Simple Song. To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed it, I’ve just bought Oh My Goodness the latest album by Donnie Fritts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a playlist based on this post, enjoy…

 

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