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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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Spending that gift card…

Being a vinyl lover, one thing I’m guaranteed to get every Christmas is a gift card or voucher for the local record store and this year was no exception, so I had my usual early January dilemma last Saturday, what do I get?

My step-son got me a $50 gift card for Plaid Room Records, my favorite record store in the Cincinnati store, and after a fair amount of deliberation, here’s what I came back with:

Robert JohnsonKing of the Delta Blues Singers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking through my collection, I’ve only got one track by the person Eric Clapton called “the most important blues singer that ever lived”. And that is Terraplane Blues on a 10″ single that New West Records released for Record Store Day in 2015, which had the original Robert Johnson version on one side and a Steve Earle version on the other. So when I saw this collection, I had to have it. I’ve just been reading the sleeve notes and it mentions that a lot of what is known about Robert Johnson came from either Muddy Waters or Will Shade of the Memphis Jug Band, both of whom I bought albums by in 2017.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman released on Daptone Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d meant to get a copy of this on it’s release in November 2017, but forgot all about it in all the Christmas and New Year activities. Again, other than a few Christmas singles and a track on the Oxford American Southern Music CD Issue No.17, featuring Georgia, I had no Sharon Jones in my collection, so this was a must buy too.

Porcupine Tree – On the Sunday of Life…released by Kscope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t usually buy much proggy stuff on vinyl these days, with the notable exception of Big Big Train, so I thought I’d indulge myself with this, the debut album from Porcupine Tree. I’ve got one Porcupine Tree album in my collection, In Absentia, and a couple of Steven Wilson albums, The Raven that Refused to Sing and a Sampler released in 2015. The debut album, although released as Porcupine Tree, is to all intents a Steven Wilson album, consisting of tracks from two previously released cassettes called Tarquins Seaweed Farm and The Nostalgia Factory. I’ve listened to the album a few times now, admittedly in installments, as it’s a double album. It’s a well weird album, spacey and trippy are the first words that spring to mind, with Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Genesis influences readily apparent, to me anyway! The standout track to me is Nine Cats, so I’m adding Nine Cats by Porcupine Tree as today’s addition to Track of the Day playlist

And here’s an acoustic version from their Insignificance compilation

 

 

 

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Lost Horizons – Ojala

Ojalá, is the debut album by Lost Horizons released on the Bella Union label. Up until three days ago I’d never heard of them! I came across them by a recommendation on Facebook by Lanterns on the Lake. Ojalá was mixed by Paul Gregory of Lanterns on the Lake and band member Hazel Wilde appears on one of the tracks on the album, Stampede.

Lost Horizons is a collaboration between Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas, no I’d never heard of them either! I found out from the Bella Union website that Simon Raymonde actually runs the Bella Union record label and was the bassist in Scottish band, the Cocteau Twins. Now I have heard of them, but can’t recall any of their music. According to the website, Richie Thomas used to be drummer for an instrumental quartet called Dif Juz, no me neither. There are some serious gaps in my music history!

I do know a little about Bella Union, I’ve just looked at their artist roster and I’ve got albums by ten of their artists in my collection, including the aforementioned Lanterns on the Lake.

Have I ever told you.., I saw Lanterns on the Lake live, back in January 2012, at The Duchess in York. Apart from being an excellent gig, it was a memorable night in another way, as this was the first gig I took my wife too! She must have been impressed because we included a Lanterns on the Lake track on our wedding CD we gifted to our guests. Hopefully Bella Union’s lawyers aren’t reading this, otherwise I see a copyright case forthcoming. Just in case they are reading, I do know that at least two of the guests bought a Lanterns on the Lake album after the wedding!

By the way, I bought the Lanterns on the Lake with Royal Northern Sinfonia album in December and it’s brilliant!

Meanwhile back to Ojalá by Lost Horizons, while Messrs Raymonde and Thomas perform all the instrumentation, the vocal duties are undertaken by a stellar cast including Sharon Van Etten and  Tim Smith of Midlake, as well as Hazel Wilde from Lanterns on the Lake.

I gave the album a listen on Spotify and was instantly blown away by it, to such an extent that I ordered the album on vinyl that same evening, via my local record store, Plaid Room Records. So it should be making it’s way across the Atlantic in the next few days.

Here’s a video of Score the Sky from Ojalá 

I may be biased, okay I’m probably biased, but Stampede by Lost Horizons featuring Hazel Wilde is my favorite track, so I’m adding that to my 2018 Track of the Day playlist, which you can checkout below:

 

 

 

 

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Mississippi Fred McDowell

A few weeks ago I purchased a Seasick Steve single from Third Man Records, on which he covers two tracks by Mississippi Fred McDowell. I’m no expert by the way, I only knew that after reading the Third Man Records blurb about the single. Anyway the other night I was flicking through my Instagram account and saw a video from my local record store, Plaid Room Records, showing their most recent restocks and lo and behold there was a Mississippi Fred McDowell album.

So I called in Plaid Room Records the next day and snagged this beauty,Mississippi Fred McDowell, a self titled album released by Everest Records, Archive of Folk & Jazz Music.

Fred McDowell

 

 

 

 

 

And get this, it only has one of the tracks that Seasick Steve covered on his Third Man Records single, that track being Levee Camp Blues, how neat is that?

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Side1

Mississippi Fred McDowell Side2

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a great piece about Mississippi Fred McDowell on the Mississippi Blues Trail website. Apparently You Got To Move, which is also on this album, was covered by the Rolling Stones on their Sticky Fingers album.

One of the best pieces in the article refers to his friend and neighbor, a certain Eli Green, who, and I quote “was said to possess magical powers”! Eli Green wrote a song called Write Me A Few Lines, which became one of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s signature tunes and was also covered by none other than Bonnie Raitt! Have I ever told you…

Just reading the sleeve notes and he was discovered by folklorist Alan Lomax, who described him as  “a bluesman quite the equal of Son House and Muddy Waters, but, musically speaking, their granddaddy.”

Check this out…

 

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S Carey – Supermoon

Supermoon by S Carey is the latest addition to my collection. I noticed this EP a few weeks ago when I was on the Jagjaguwar site ordering the latest releases by The Besnard Lakes. Then earlier this week I came across the album at my local record store, Plaid Room Records, and decided to take the plunge.

S Carey - Supermoon

 

 

 

 

 

And I’m so glad I did, it’s simply beautiful.

I shouldn’t be surprised, I’ve already got the first release by S Carey, All We Grow, which I love. In fact, Supermoon, features stripped down version of three of the songs from All We Grow. There’s also a great version of Radiohead’s Bullet Proof..I Wish I Was.

But my favorite track is Neverending Fountain, just check this out….

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Long Live the Record Store!

Yes, I know it’s been ages since my last post, but that means there’s loads to catch up on, so I won’t waste my time on excuses I’ll get straight into my post. Since moving to our near home, in Morrow, near Cincinnati, last September, I’ve bought more vinyl in the last six months than the last six years. I seemed to have moved to a vinyl mecca!

I’ve already mentioned Black Plastic Records, who are based in downtown Cincinnati, in a couple of previous posts. Just down the road from Black Plastic Records is Shake it Records. I paid my first visit there on Record Store Day last month.

This was my first Record Store Day in America, I missed last year’s, as due to some bad planning on my part, we held our wedding celebration on the same day as Record Store Day 2014. I didn’t think it would be wise to abandon the preparations in order to queue up at a record store! I was in France for Record Store Day 2013, but that’s for another post!

So for Record Store Day 2015, I woke up at 5:30am, left the house at 6:00am, arrived at the store at 7:00am, for a 9:00am opening, and found in excess of 100 people queuing already!  Two hours later, when the store opened, there was no mad chaotic rush like I’d experienced at Record Store Days in the UK. It was very orderly and, more to the point, very well organized. People were only allowed to buy one copy of any album or single and they seemed to have quite a few copies of each release. I’ll do a separate post on my Record Store Day purchases, suffice to say I spent a fortune, but came away a very happy man!

My most recent find, and my favorite store to date, is somewhat nearer to where I live. Twenty minutes drive away from Morrow is a small town called Loveland, and that’s where Plaid Room Records are based. I found out about Plaid Room Records when I visited Cappys Wines & Spirits. They suggested I pay the local Record Store a visit and I’m glad I followed up on their recommendation. It’s a great store, with a great selection of both new and used vinyl. Their service has been excellent and their staff friendly and knowledgeable.

I’ve been three times now and each time have come away with some classics I’ve been after for a while, together with some more recent releases.

When I was a teenager I used to spend my Saturday afternoons at the only record store in town, if I remember rightly it was called Hardys. I loved going there, I found out about loads of new bands there and was never pressured to buy anything. The owners and their staff were genuine music lovers and it showed. Plaid Room Records gives off a similar type of vibe and I’m sure its a place I’ll be frequenting on a regular basis in the future.

 

 

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