I get a little excited whenever I hear something new from Alex Dezen/The Damnwells, what can I say? The debut of the new single from their upcoming self-titled record was a little extra exciting. In between Damnwells tracks, we heard some other great new music, talked about some upcoming shows, and played some other great stuff.
A couple of eagerly awaited new releases kick things off. Then, one newly discovered release from last year got me to thinking about Ry Cooder, and a tribute ensued. We also heard some classics from days gone by, and looked forward to some shows to come.
New music, upcoming shows, and a pile of classics. Good stuff.
Artist – Title – Album
Scott Nolan – Lay Down – North/South
Scott Nolan – Swing Low – unreleased
Scott Nolan – Golden – No Bourbon & Bad Radio
Christina Martin – Reaching Out – It’ll Be Alright
Christina Martin – Things You Can’t Tell by Looking her Way – It’ll Be Alright
Catherine MacLellan – Jack’s Song – The Raven’s Sun
James McMurtry – Valley Road – Saint Mary Of The Woods
James McMurtry – Levelland – Where’d You Hide the Body
Robert Earl Keen – Hot Corn, Cold Corn (w/Danny Barnes) – Happy Prisoner (The Bluegrass Sessions)
Paul Kelly & Uncle Bill – You Can’t Take It With You – Smoke
Chatham County Line – Birmingham Jail – IV
The Duhks – Four Blue Walls – The Duhks
Jonathan Byrd – Poor Johnny – You Can’t Outrun the Radio
Ted Hawkins – Long as I can See the Light – The Next Hundred Years
Willie P Bennett – White Line – Tryin’ to Start out Clean
Fred Eaglesmith & The Flying Squirrels – White Ash & Black Ash – Things Is Changin’
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – Sometimes It Comes Easy – Let’s Frolic Again
Lydia Loveless – Boy Crazy – Boy Crazy
January 9th would have been Billy Cowsill’s 67th birthday, and there are few singers that we love more than old Billy “Bud,” so I felt like listening to a bunch of his work, which somehow led into a solid set of 70s am radio classics. Strange things happen on Tell the Band to Go Home. We also have a stellar new record from Paul Kelly to share, as well as new songs from Shannon Lyon and other favourites!
The new year has brought some great new music, some brand new and some new to me. One of the more interesting finds is a song about ME that’s been on iTunes for 3 years, and I had no idea! We’ve also got a great list of some of the greatest cover versions of 2014.
We’re ringing in the new year with a 5 hour marathon, including a look back at 2014, with more of the best of the year, plus lengthy tributes to two of the most important and amazing songwriters of all time, Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams, who share an anniversary of their deaths. The men may be gone, but the music will last forever. Even with 5 hours, there was still plenty of great music left over for weeks to come!