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Saturday, 11 July 2020

50 Americana Albums You Should Hear Before You Die - Anodyne






It probably won't come as a surprise to anyone that an album by Uncle Tupelo is featuring in this series although I'm sure that some would have thought that it would be their 1990 debut No Depression that would appear here.
Rather I've gone for their 4th and final album Anodyne from 1993 and released on the Sire label.
Before anyone gets sniffy about me featuring their only one released on a major label I should point out it was recorded from May to June in 1993 at Cedar Creek studio in Austin. The album was recorded live in the studio and each song was recorded in one take.

It was the first Uncle Tupelo album I bought so therefore it is probably the one I have listened to most.It was only relatively recently that I got round to picking up No Depression having previously had a few on the songs from it on an anthology.
The New York Times states that the album is certainly derivative (citing Neil Young and Little Feat) but the band isn't seeking to reinvent its source ,merely to honour them.
As I said yesterday about The Cramps - that's good enough for me.

Jay Farrar wrote six of the songs and Jeff Tweedy five with Doug Sahm providing lead vocals to the only cover which is his song Give Back the Key to My Heart
Within 6 months of the ablum's release Uncle Tupelo were no more. Following an acrimonious break up Tweedy went on to form Wilco with Farrar forming Son Volt.
Who knows if one or  other or maybe both will feature later in this series.

Uncle Tupelo - Acuff-Rose

Uncle Tupelo - The Long Cut

Uncle Tupelo - Chickamauga




Friday, 10 July 2020

.... Off The Bone



I was struggling to think of something to post today so here is ... Off the Bone by The Cramps to keep you going until I come up with something.

From 1983 on the Illegal label it is a compilation of 16 previously released tracks by the band although my copy is a CD version from1987 on Zonophone which contains two extra tracks.
So sadly not the one with an anaglyth on the cover and a pair of paper red and blue 3D glasses inside  the sleeve for viewing it.

Described by Sounds as a hell-fire cocktail of gutter riffing and chattering Rockabilly voodoo strum into which is dropped an electric sugar cube of psychedelic power

That's good enough for me


The Cramps - The Way I Walk

The Cramps - Garbageman



The Cramps - I Can't Hardly Stand It


Thursday, 9 July 2020

3x4x2


For those that can remember as far back to last week which is no mean feat these days I can tell you Band A covered Band B who in turn covered Band C
Therefore this week then Band C will cover Band D who will then cover Band A. Simples

The identities of A,B and C were revealed last week with Band A being the 3 O'Clock and Band B the Bangles. Band C were The Dream Syndicate who I am blaming for all of this given that I am a big fan and it was through them that a found the album 3x4 where the 4 bands cover each other.I won't say swapsies again so as not to offend Spence.

So that leaves Band 4 who are Rain Parade. It is name that I recognise but I can't say that I am thst familiar with their music.
Just to clarify (for me as well as everyone else ) this week The Dream Syndicate cover You Are My Friend which is a Rain Parade song and Rain Parade cover As Real as Real a song from the 3 O'Clock . Easy peazy.

The good or bad news depending on your standpoint it I might get round to doing all this again - twice - at some stage

The Dream Syndicate - You Are My Friend

Rain Parade - Real As Real

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Second is better than first. Part 3.


George writes:

I bet some people think October is a better album than Boy. There will be others who rate Boy better than October. And there will be most who say “I can’t stand either, or the rest of the load of cobblers released by U2). So you can rest assured, dear reader(s), their second album will not be part of this series, that is dedicated to groups and singers whose second album is better than their first. Today’s choices were actually proposed by a friend of mine who I’d emailed to say I was writing this series. But dear readers you can’t blame Ian, I had already most of this a week before his message.


I’m playing This Was at the farm. It’s driving the sparrows crazy. OK, maybe it was Billy the cat who was doing that. And it has sent Parsley the goat (in the foreground below, in front of Barney McGrew) away from the gate nearby me over to our border with the neighbour.  I think it’s the drum solo on “Dharma for one” that was the final straw for Parsley (well, he might just have wanted to stretch his legs).
It’s a bit of a mish-mash of an album some straightforward blues tracks (“It’s breaking me up”) that would not be out of place on a Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac album, some jazz-flavoured songs (Serenade to a cuckoo), proto heavy metal (Cat’s squirrel), and, of course, plenty of folky-proggy-flautistry (My sunday feeling).  Maybe it was the latter that caused Mick Abrahams to leave “The Tull”.


So a perfectly good album, and like many good albums, one or two tracks are not that good but overall, one that is certainly not in the “what the hell was I thinking” pile (Mary Black for example, LL Cool J, Muse….) 

The “difficult second album” is Stand Up. Now of course there will be some misguided souls who think Stand Up is almost unlistenable Pah! What do they know? It’s more focused than the first album, and the music is becoming that almost trademark Jethro Tull sound, a more acoustic tone, changes of musical direction in a song (Back to the family being a fine example), lots of flautistry. There’s something about songs such as “Look Into The Sun” that have a sort of understated feel, as if the singer is bottling up a feeling (Shaggy has just wandered over, to nod his seal of approval).


 And as I listened to “We Used To Know” I thought it sounded very familiar. What do you think?

Do you think The Eagles were early Tull fans?

And there’s not enough acoustic-prog on these pages:


I do like both albums, though, but Stand Up is one of those albums where……….. “Second is better than first

Thank you kindly

CC writes:
FFS - Jethro Tull. No wonder one of the goats peed on his foot.


Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The Celtic Soul Brothers


I was quite surprised to find that Dexys Midnight Runners have only ever graced these pages once before with a couple of tracks from their brilliant debut album Searching For The Young Soul Rebels.

I've dug out the follow up album Too-Rye - Ay from 1982  for you today. A reasonable album but not in the same league as its predecessor and one which hasn't really stood the tests of time. It did however contain  a couple of good pop songs though including the ubiquitous Come On Eileen.
It is now an album that I can never look at in the same light again after obtaining Apples & Oranges by the Blue Ox Babes and discovering that Kevin Rowland has effectively pinched the Celtic Soul sound from Kevin Archer and poached Helen O'Hara into the bargain.

Jackie Wilson Said of course obtained a certain noteriety when instead of putting up a picture of the great R&B singer Top of the Pops featured a picture of the darts player Jockie Wilson instead



Toodle langa langa Toodle langa lang indeed

Dexys Midnight Runners - The Celtic Soul Brothers

Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)

Monday, 6 July 2020

Heaven or Hell - 11


A victory of almost Curtiseque proportions by Tavares/ Heaven over Neil Diamond/Hell making the scores now Hell 7 Heaven 3.
A quick slap on the wrists for Swiss Adam for spoiling his ballot paper. Sometimes you just have to hold your nose and put an X in the spot.

To see whether Heaven can get two in a row for  what might be the first time in this series we have The Kane Gang with the super smooth Closest Thing to Heaven.
You don't get too many smooth songs abour Hell but Dutch band Bettie Serveert just about pull it off with Hell = Other People. In case you were wondering they are named after a book written by Dutch tennis player Bette Stove. You may remember her as the one who let Virginia Wade win Wimbledon in Jubilee year.

Who's it going to be
Heaven or Hell, the choice is yours.

The Kane Gang - Closest Thing To Heaven

Bettie Serveert - Hell =Other People

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Down and Out - The Sad Soul of the Black South


Some wonderful Southern Soul for you today courtesy of the great German label Trikont and their 1998 compilation Down & Out -The Sad Soul of the Black South.
As the review in AllMusic has it these songs believe in a love so pure, it can only be consummated by murder, suicide, or an act of divine intervention such is its emotional intensity.
They are not wrong there

You will not hear a better song today than the opening number  Crying in the Streets by George Perkins & the Silver Stars. Fact. It is a song based on observation of Martin Luther King's Funeral.
When I googled Dicky Williams the first entry was about a Welsh rugby player.
It is however more likely that The Same Motel was performed by North Carolinan Leonard Thomas Williams more commonly referred to as Dicky
Texas Blues man Juke Boy Bonner appears to be experiencing similar domestic problems to Dickie given that he has been Carried to the Cleaners and Hung Out to Dry

George Perkins & the Silver Stars - Crying in the Streets

Dickie Williams - In the Same Motel

Juke Boy Bonner - Carried to the Cleaners and Hung Out to Dry

Saturday, 4 July 2020

50 Americana Albums You Should Hear Before You Die - California Heart


California Heart by Jonny Kaplan was released independently in 1997 and earned the accolade of Mojo's Alternative Country Album of the month.
It was subsequently released in 1999 on Ripe Records in the States and Glitterhouse in Europe.
It was probably the inclusion of Ballad of a Lovesick Yankee (topical song for Independence Day) on the great Glitterhouse compilation Come Fly With Us which first brought him to my attention.
My copy of California Heart is on the US label suggesting that I maybe bought it at a concert. I've a vague recollection of perhaps having seen him at King Tuts as a support act to someone else but my ticket box is yielding no clues..

In truth no other songs on the album come close to matching BoaLY  and there are probably albums on the shelves which never made the cut when I drew up this list on a November night in 2019 that are better.. But the rules is the rules and it is staying in. I may have a dilema in a few weeks  though about another album on the lst.
The title song and the opener Big 'Ol Bob are probably the best of the rest.

He has  only ever released four albums , three of which are as Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars. Very lazy stars some might argue. George pushed 2013's Sparkle & Shine in my direction . I haven't played it for a while but my recollection was that it was pretty good.


Jonny Kaplan -Ballad of a Lovesick Yankee

Jonny Kaplan - Big 'Ol Bob

Jonny Kaplin - California Heart

Friday, 3 July 2020

The Return of Rockabilly Clash


The long awaited return of This is Rockabilly Clash a compilation put together by Raucous Records in 2002 or 2003 depending on which source  you read.
An album that was well received last time it was featured. Why even George liked it. It was certainly far better than the Ramones one I also subjected you to around then.
It was a couple of covers on songs from London Calling last time around so let's go back to the debut album for today's offerings.

First up are The Farrell Brothers from Selkirk. That's Selkirk in Manitoba, Canada as opposed to the Scottish Borders. There are probably few Career Opportunities in either place.
Where were XX Cortez when my Double Initials series was on the go?
I can't find any information on them sorry although they have a couple of songs on You Tube but not I'm So Bored with the USA as far as I can see
We are dipping into the 1979 US version of the album for the final track Jail Guitar Doors which is taken on by Southsea The Caravans 

The Farrell Brothers - Career Opportunities

XX Cortex - I'm So Bored with the USA

The Caravans - Jail Guitar Doors


Thursday, 2 July 2020

3x4


I was deep down a Dream Syndicate rabbit hole the other week when I discovered something interesting .
3x4 is an album from 2018 on Yep Roc where four of the most notorios  bands from the L.A. Paisley Underground scene of the 80's cover the songs of the others or as Americana UK has it four bands play swappsies with each others songs amd make a Paisley Underground dream of a record.

As you can see from the above the four bands are The Bangles, The Three O'Clock, The Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade. Two of whom I am familiar with and two of whom I'm not.

I was tempted to feature all twelve tracks over a four week period but given the album is only from 2018 that would be a bit unfair. So one from each band.

Band A will play a cover of a song from Band B  who will play a cover of a song from Band C who will play a cover from Band D who will play a cover from Band A. I hope your paying attention at the back.
Bands A&B this week then Bands C&D next week.

Band A are one of the new to me acts The Three O'Clock who were on the go from 1981 to 1988 and then from 2013 onwards.
They cover Getting Out of Hand by Band B who are The Bangles who hardly need any introduction.

The Bangles then cover That's What You Always Say which is a song by The Dream Syndicate (Band C) and then we do it all again next week

The Three O'Clock - Getting Out of Hand

The Bangles - That's What You Always Say

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Second is better than first. Part 2.


George writes:
It looks like I’ve been invited back again, to write/blether nonsense about albums. Specifically, second albums that are better than the debut, in my opinion. And there will be no spurious selections such as claiming that Tribute To The Martyrs is a better album than Handsworth Revolution, that would be an utterly preposterous claim. Just as absurd would be to claim that Ready Brek is better than porridge..We’ll have none of that nonsense here. Here’s a thing that I share with one half of today’s act: we are both Dundonians who did NOT sport a moustache in the 1980s. (Although in a video for Party Fears Two Billy MacKenzie does sport an alarming amount of upper lip stubble)


Sulk  versus The Affectionate Punch is a total no-brainer really. Maybe if I had heard the debut first I might have a better opinion of it, but when I did get around to buying it, which would be about 15 years ago (my cd case says it’s the 25th anniversary edition), I was unimpressed, even with the FOUR bonus tracks. It’s been out of its case twice. Sulk, on the other hand, suffers from “DNS” in a couple of places. (Dropped Needle Syndrome, resulting in a rather loud click on the vinyl surface) Somehow, I was totally unaware of The Associates until 1985, and I was  living in England (again) by then. All those trips  to Chalmers and Joy,  I&N, Bruce’s (record shops in Dundee) in the 1970s and early 1980s and somehow I was totally ignorant of the band. 


The debut album, according to a well-known online source, was described by music writer Paul Morley as “a kind of masterpiece” anda passionate cabaret soul music, a fulfillment of the European white dance music Bowie was flirting with back then.” MAN ALIVE Paul, you’re wrong there. It’s downbeat, musically uninspired,  no standout lyric, which may be because the vocal is totally unsuited to the music. After that fanfare, here’s a track:


The follow up is of course a gloriously over the top pop masterpiece, that great soaring vocal belting out great lines (“I’ll have a shower, then phone my brother up”, so mundane yet totally memorable), and like all great pop albums, some fabulous tunes. How can anyone not feel the urge to “dance along” to Love Hangover? This is not to say that every track is worth a repeated listen, but as an album, who amongst us does not lovingly, carefully, slip it out on occasion and give it an adoring airing? 


Listening again, I can hear a progression from The Affectionate Punch to Sulk, quite noticeable in “Skipping”, but the tone of that track is brighter and MacKenzie’s vocal matches the music. And I think there’s still a Low-era Bowie feel,  in ”Gloomy Sunday”  and to a lesser extent in “White car in Germany


Looking at my copy of the album right now I seem to have what wikipedia calls the “original US and Europe release”. It differs from the “original UK release” by losing tracks Bap De La Bap, Nude Spoons and Nothinginsomethingparticular, and including a remix of Party Fears Two, and the tracks 18 Carat Love Affair, Love Hangover, White Car in Germany and The  Associate. And even though some of the common tracks in the two versions are not standout, it’s still a far superior album to the debut. And thus Second Is Better Than First.

Thank you kindly.

CC writes :
I don't have The Affectionate Punch but I do have the original UK version of Sulk an album that I agree is almost impossible to beat.
Pedant alert I also have Fourth Drawer Down which is technically their second album as it was released in-between the two mentioned above. It is a compilation of the A and B sides of the six singles they released on the Situation Two label so I will let you off George. It includes White Car in Germany and The Associate.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Interpreter

From 1996 on the Echo label Interpreter is the 13th solo studio album by Julian Cope and his last before he started distributing his music independently. It is also the last of the 7 albums by him that grace  the shelves at CCHQ.
It is an album that was inspired by Cope's involvement in the Newbury bypass protests and other environmental concerns.Being Julien the prospect of extra-terrestrial travel also pops up from time to time.
It was reasonably well received by the critics but was not particuarly commercially successful reaching only number 39 in the UK album chart his lowest since 1988. None of his independantly released records have troubled the charts.
None of which would have bothered Cope in the slightest as he has always followed his own path.

The album cover depicts the standing stones of Cairnholy in south west Scotland

He does indeed come from another planet baby.

Julian Cope - I Come From Another Planet Baby

Julian Cope - Re-Directed Male




Monday, 29 June 2020

Heaven or Hell 10


A much closer contest that the week before  last week with Waxahatchee's Hell trumping Steve Earle and the Dukes' Heaven Ain't Going Nowhere by 6 votes to 3 or 7-3 if you count Rol's voting twice as jiggery pokery .

That makes it now Hell 7 Heaven 2 which may well be a commentary on this blog's demography.
Can Heaven redeem itself this week?
It is maybe time that we called in a Heavenly  big hitter. So here are Tavares with Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel.
But wait, let's put it up against another big hitter in the form of Neil Diamond with Hell Yeah and see what happens.

Heaven or Hell, the choice is yours.


Tavares - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel


Neil Diamond - Hell Yeah

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Testifying


 London's Casual Records who had previously delivered the two great compilations Country Got Soul volumes 1 and 2  pitched up at the studio in Dan Penn's house in Nashville  between 31st January and 11th February 2004 and recorded Testifying by The Country Soul Revue.
This features the likes of Dan Penn, Tony Joe White , Larry Jon Wilson, Billy Swann, Bonnie Bramlett, Reggie Young, David Hood, Spooner Oldham, etc a veritable who's who of the great and the good of Southern Country and Soul

Most of not all of these artists have graced these pages before either from this album or from elsewhere.It's about time that some of them features here again
George Soule is probaby better know as a songwriter writing songs for the likes of Roy Orbison and Bobby "Blue" Bland but also has a wonderful voice.
Larry Jon Wilson popped up in my Friday Three Names series and does great story telling songs. David Hood on bass and Spooner Oldham spreading hisWurlitzer over the top of the song with  his trademark jelly
Donnie Fritts who adly passed away in August 2019 was a Muscle Shoals keyboard and singer.His main claim to fame was probably co-writing Breakfast in Bed a song made famous by Dusty Sprjngfied along with the late Eddie HInton. Accoring to the sleevenotes he has a voice like acup of sausage gravy-warm and lumpy

The Country Soul Review ft George Soule - It's Over

The Country Soul Review ft Larry Jon White - Sapelo

The Country Soul Review ft Donnie Fritts - Adios Amigo



Saturday, 27 June 2020

50 Americana Albums You Should Hear Before You Die - Not The Tremblin' Kind


Laura Cantrell's first two album Not the Tremblin' Kind (2000) and When The Roses Bloom Again (2002) both on the Spit & Polish/Shoeshine label are both absolute must haves.
However one of the rules of this series is that only one album per artist can feature and after a fair bit of soul searching and mind changing I have come down in favour of the debut album as you can see from the picture above
Indeed it is hard to argue with an album which none other that John Peel declared was his favourite album of the last ten years and possibly my life
Three songs from the album made Peel's Festive Fifty for 2020
There are some terrific songs on that list and  another couple of artists on there may feature in this series in due course.


There isn't a duff track on the album and any of them could have featured.
Having said that you will not often come across three songs in a row as good as 5 - Two Seconds (written by Robert McCready) 6 - Churches Off the Interstate (written by Laura) and 7 - The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter (written by Amy Allison).
As an added bonus my copy is signed by her from the time I saw her play in Glasgow's Ramshorn Theatre which is a lovely old church
Did I saw it's a must have? If you don't have this album in your life you really need to catch yourself on.


Laura Cantrell - Two Seconds

Laura Cantrell - Churches Off The Interstate

Laura Cantrell - The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter

Friday, 26 June 2020

The Sun is Shining


There is a strange orange thing in the sky which they tell me is called the Sun.
So if you are not crammed in cheek by jowl on Bournemouth beach it is surely an opportunity to bop your blues away with some wonderful songs fron the wonderful Sun Records.

We start with the Killer who has surely met some mean women in his time. Then we are off to the jungle for a bit of Ubangi Stomping prior to Bopping the Blues with the great Carl Perkins.

Let's rock

Jerry Lee Lewis - Mean Woman Blues

Carl Mann - Ubangi Stomp

Carl Perkins - Boppin' The Blues




Thursday, 25 June 2020

Rosalie


The live version of the Bob Seeger song Rosalie by Thin Lizzy popped up on the i-pod the other day and I felt a great desire to share it with you.
It's worth it for Crumlin's finest Phil Lynott's introduction alone and his pronunciation of Rosalie.
I don't have the Bob Seeger version or anything else by him for that matter.

And while I'm in this kind of a mood, which isn't very often I must admit, let's continue the rock anthem theme with The Boys Are Back in Town from the Jailbreak album.(2011 Deluxe edition no less)

Normal service will be resumed tomorrow - probably

Thin Lizzy - Rosalie (Live)

Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back in Town




Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Second is better than first, Part 1.


He's back with a new series!

George writes:


I’m sure many of us have read about “second album syndrome”, or something about “the difficult follow-up album”. Or might have thought such a thing when playing The Beauty Stab. Some bands never recover from this, not just ABC. The Flying Burrito Brothers are another example, but it is quite possible that Gram Parsons’ antics did not help in that case. The Gang Of Four also spring to mind. That’s not to say that these bands never released a decent song or decent-ish album. Oh No. Although ABC never did.  And The Smiths recovered their form, quite majestically with the release of their third album (The Queen is Dead). 



But some acts make a second album that is better than their first. You, dear reader, are free to disagree with my choices, and can argue your case below (or possibly in a piece for these pages). And that’s not to say that the first album is necessarily bad. It can even be a fine album. But the follow-up is better. This is the case with today’s selection, the majestic “Celebrate The Bullet” album by The Selecter.
The debut, Too Much Pressure, was a fine debut, very much a ska album, some great pop songs and clever lyrics, and featuring only one duff track. Absolutely not this one:

But musically, it’s a bit one-dimensional. The follow-up was a slight change or adaptation of musical direction, still some outright ska songs (“Bristol and Miami”), some with ska influences (“Bomb scare”) and some with a post-punk/new wave feel (“Their dream goes on”). It’s, well, just more sophisticated.  And man alive it is a dark album, with not a cheery song on it. 

I’ve just discovered that many people’s least favourite DJ, that cretinous, odious buffoon Mike Read would not play the single Celebrate The Bullet, once again showing his remarkable ignorance and stupidity. Quite clearly the lyric “Do you really have to prove it, 'cause you know it won't bring them back to you, back to you” has a different meaning to the clown than the rest of us. Such is the man’s idiocy I’m surprised he’s not a minister for Culture in the Cummings/Johnson UK government.


Some of the tracks reflect the political atmosphere in the time, such as Bombscare, the title track, Bristol and Miami, and there’s some less-than-cheery sentiments in Selling Out Your Future and Red Reflections. Overall, I think it’s a remarkably powerful album, and far far superior to Too Much Pressure. It’s an album that I still play often, much more so than the debut.

The making of Celebrate The Bullet caused two original band members to leave, and shortly after its release the group disbanded. Maybe its relative failure and (idiotically) critical reviews played their part.

Thank you kindly.

CC writes:
Feel free to agree or disagree
Celebrate the Bullet is an album I'm not familiar with at all. I don't even recognise the cover. So I have found this educational.
George advises that he has a few more up his sleeve. I'll also offer up one or two but it's harder than you think. If anyone else wants to join the party you are more than welcome - one song from the first album and two from the second.



Tuesday, 23 June 2020

King of Madrid


More Americana for you today - apologies if this is not your kind of thing.
Americana from England courtesy of Peter Bruntnell or perhaps technically from New Zealand given he was born there prior to moving to Kingston upon Thames when he was a year old. Apropos of nothing he is exactly 6 months younger than me.
George kindly pointed his 2019 album King of Madrid on the Domestico label in my direction and very good it is too.
Seeing as how it is relatively new you are only getting the one track namely the opener Broken Wing which is the story of a young person trying to escape from a fundamentalist cult.

It is his tenth album but the first of his I've heard since around the turn of the century when I saw him live on a few occasions. Here are a couple from his songs which I have on Loose Records compilations from that period.

Peter Bruntnell - Broken Wing

Peter Bruntnell - Darling I Suppose

Peter Bruntnell - Here Come The Swells

Monday, 22 June 2020

Heaven or Hell 9


Well that was rhe most one-sided contest since the last North Korean presidential election.
Sincere apologies to the Elgins only Alyson saved them from a 12-0 drubbing.
In retrospect it was grossly unfair to put them (or anyone else for that matter) up against Curtis Mayfield.
The scores on the doors are now Hell 6 Heaven 2 . I think that I have just about enough material to make it first to 10 the winner.

Today we have two songs from recent albums for you to choose from. Hopefully it will be a wee bit closer that last week.
In the heavenly corner we have Heaven Ain't Going Nowhere the opening track of Ghosts of West Virginia  the latest album by Steve Earle and the Dukes which examines the role of coal mining in Appalachia and which features songs from the play Coal Country in which Earle stars.(Rolling Stone)

In the hellish corner we have  the equally powerful St Cloud by Waxahatchee where Katie Crutchfield creates a vivid modern classic of folk and Americana .(Pitchfork)

Heaven or Hell, the choice is yours.

Steve Earle & the Dukes - Heaven Ain't Going Nowhere

Waxahatchee - Hell

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Tex Mex Sunday


It's Tex Mex Sunday here on CCM courtesy of Los Texmaniacs and their album Americana Groove from 2015 on the Line in the Sand label.
A conjunto band set up by Max Baca in Alburquerque in 1997 and a band very much influenced by The Texas Tornados.
Americano Groove is their 6th album and enjoys guest appearances from the likes of Alejandro Escovedo, Kevin Fowler,Joe Ely and Rick Trevino.

From the tax dodgers:
Star-studded 2015 studio recording from multi-Grammy winner Max Baca y Los Texmaniacs. Max is known to be the premier bajo sexto player today - he is to the bajo sexto what Flaco Jimenez is to accordion in the roots music scene. This album is evenly shared with English-language/country and rock and Spanish-language/Tex Mex tinged repertoire. It also features guest appearances by some very special artists - Alejandro Escovedo, Kevin Fowler, Joe Ely, Rick Trevino, Augie Meyers, and David Hidalgo. The album was produced by Steve Berlin.

I obviously missed a couple of the guests

Los Texmaniacs feat. Alejandro Escovedo - Dow in the Barrio

Los Texmaniacs feat Kevin Fowler - Adios Mamacita

Los Texmaniacs - Muchasos Alegres