Thursday, November 15, 2007

Top 20 Tracks From Last Week

Here they are based on listener purchases, wishlists & track ratings.

1. Gram Parsons & ISB - Just Can't Take It Anymore - Fallen Angels - Legendary Country Rock Artists
2. Robbie Fulks - Cold Statesville Ground - The Bloodshot Highlights
3. Peter Holsapple & Susan Cowsill With The Walkin' Tacos - A Song For You - A Tribute To Gram Parsons
4. The Atkinsons - Eileen - American Gothic
5. Marty Stuart - Cryin', Waitin', Hoping - with Steve Earle - Compadres
6. Levon Helm - Poor Old Dirt Farmer - Dirt Farmer
7. Carole King - Oh No Not My Baby - Love Makes The World
8. Steve Earle & The V-Roys - Johnny Too Bad (Sunshine Mix) - Johnny Too Bad
9. Scott Miller - Kick Me Around - Hill Country Mess Around
10. Amy LaVere - Tennessee Valentine - Anchors and Anvils
11. Demolition String Band - Thinkin' 'Bout Drinkin' - Different Kinds Of Love
12. Cash, Johnny - Wichita Lineman - Lost Highway: Lost & Found Volume 1
13. Steve Goodman - I Ain't Heard You Play No Blues - City of New Orleans
14. Steve Earle - Jerusalem - Just An American Boy (Disc 2)
15. Townes Van Zandt - Pancho & Lefty - Heartworn Hwys.
16. The Cox Family - The Cox Family / Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown - Lost Highway New Music Sampler Volume 3
17. The Atkinsons - Please Don't Come Back To Richmond - American Gothic
18. Steve Earle - Mercenary Song - Heartworn Highways
20. Sloan - A Long Time Coming - Between the Bridges

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles!

Take one hottie who also plays electric guitar & writes great songs. Add a good band and a great label (Sugar Hill) and you've got the possibilities of something worth listening to. Add a couple of covers from Exene, John Doe & Tom Waits and you've got "Diamonds In the Dark".

I gave this record a full listen over the last few days and am adding 8 tracks to the playlist this evening. Actually it will only be 7 new ones because I've had The Day We Met on the station already. I lifted that from a Paste Magazine sampler sometime back. The other tracks will be Stop & Think It Over, Around 9, False Eyelashes, Open Up Your Back Door, Lord Only Knows, Diablito & Blind Love (the Waits track and it is fantastic). And did I mention that she is some kind of cute!

Anyway - listen for the Sarah Borges tracks and check out her sites and the record.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Help Fats Get Back Home

Earlier today I added tracks from the Fats Domino Tribute Album (Goin' Home) to the CAR playlist. The tracks that I added are from John Lennon, Tom Petty, B.B. King, Elton John, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Cleary, Randy Newman, Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Lucinda, Ben Harper. Toots & The Maytals & Los Lobos.

Here's a bit from the Tipitina's Foundation on the record:

Icons from the world of rock, blues, reggae, pop and country music have joined together to salute the genius of legendary piano man FATS DOMINO for the upcoming double CD set, Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino.

Goin' Home is set for a September 25th release on Vanguard Records. This stellar tribute to one of the cornerstones of rock n' roll music will help raise desperately needed funds specifically earmarked for instruments to be donated to New Orleans' public school children.
Monies raised from the sales of Goin' Home will also go toward Domino's neighborhood by creating a community center in the Crescent City's still ravaged Lower 9th Ward. Proceeds of Goin' Home will fund additional community related programs.

The Tipitina's Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of New Orleans through music education for the youth and providing programs that support working musicians of New Orleans and the Gulf Region, conceived and executive produced Goin' Home.

Help Fats and other displaced New Orleanians get back home by buying the record. Enjoy

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Heartworn Highways

Regular CAR listeners have noticed quite a few tracks from the Heartworn Highways documentary. I have mixed in tracks from Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle and others.

The soundtrack on Hacktone is not really the soundtrack as I understand it. It contains tracks from the movie but not all of the tracks and some different ones. The promo ad for it states that it is "Distilled" from the legendary documentary. These performances were captured in the winter of 1975 & 1976. They are reputed to be the earliest known recordings from Steve Earle & Rodney Crowell.

I have enjoyed the entire record, even the spoken word stuff, and a loyal listener to this station would as well. So check it out and now you know where that odd Townes stuff has been coming from.

Carole King - Welcome To My Living Room

I spent the afternoon watching the latest DVD from Carole King titled "Welcome To My Living Room" with my tween-age daughter. I loved it and she loved it singing along with the Gilmore Girls version of Where You Lead.......

If you are a musician and/or songwriter and need to feel bad about yourself check this concert video out. She sings a bunch of tunes including the usual suspects like Smackwater Jack, I feel The Earth Move & You've Got A Friend. She embarks on a short trip down the Goffin-King line with snippets of The Right Girl, I'm Into Something Good, One Fine Day etc. Until you hear all of these songs in one place you might forget how much she has contributed to the soundtrack of american pop music.

I first found out how attractive Carole King was when we checked out the Tapestry album from the Norfolk, VA library. She is still hot in my opinion and when she opens her mouth to sing it sounds just like I remember.

The one draw back of the disc is the multi colored pork pie hats worn by one of her accompanists. Here's a tip for Mr. Guess - on Elvis Costello cool, on Van Morrison cool, on Rudy Guess kind of goofy. Hey that's only my opinion - now Carole come back to Atlanta but not to Chastain Park! Real fans won't go there. How about the Tabernacle? Please?

Levon - Dirt Farmer Adds 11/10

All fans of The Band, Levon Helm, Roots Music - run don't walk to the store to get this one!

I first became aware of Levon & The Band while watching "The Last Waltz" movie in the Springdale 6 Cinema in Mobile, AL. That was a Sunday afternoon. By Monday the movie was gone. From that moment forward I became a fan of The Band and of Levon Helm. I remember a group of us getting together to watch Levon and his band on SNL.

In any event the Dirt Farmer record contains covers of Steve Earle, A.P. Carter & Buddy Miller tracks. That should be enough to turn on most any good music lover. Add to that the traditional tracks and everything is done by Levon with the help of some others including his daughter (who appears to be easy on the eyes!) and you have a winner. I love every track without reservation. Enjoy the pride of Helena, Arkansas and apparently - The Barn Is Back!

We Lost Buck...................

But we still have Moot! I got around to the latest from Little Dog recording artist Moot Davis (Already Moved On) and added the full record to the playlist earlier today. As regular CAR listeners can attest I loved the first Moot record and with a little less accordion I would love this one just as much. Even with that caveat it is a great record for fans of real music. The bookend tracks of Toggle Switch & I'm The Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised) are a fantastic start and finish to this record.

Check out the man, the band and the record at their site. Enjoy and listen out for some Moot!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Top 20 Tracks From Last Week

After a brief they are for last week based on listener purchases, wishlists & track ratings.

1. Robbie Fulks - Roots Rock Weirdoes - The Very Best Of Robbie Fulks
2. The Allman Brothers Band - Don't Keep Me Wonderin' - Live At The Atlanta International Pop Festival 7.3.70
3. Robbie Fulks - Cold Statesville Ground - The Bloodshot Highlights
4. Allman Brothers Band - Ramblin' Man
5. Yo La Tengo - Oklahoma, U. S. A. - Fakebook
6. The Wreckers - Leave The Pieces - Stand Still Look Pretty
7. Willie Nelson - Bloody Mary Morning - Willie And Family Live - Disc 2
8. Willie Nelson - Time of the Preacher - Red Headed Stranger
9. Will Kimbrough - Act Like Nothing's Wrong - Americanitis
10. will Kimbrough - Interstate - (EP)
11. Waylon Jennings - Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand - Ultimate
12. Waylon Jennings - Old Five & Dimers Like Me - Fallen Angels - Legendary Country Rock Artists
13. Walter Clevenger The Dairy - Back To You
14. David Allan Coe - River - Heartworn Highways
15. Steve Young - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Heartworn Highways
16. Elijah's Church - Steve Earle - Heartworn Highways
17. Darlin' Commit Me - Steve Earle - Heartworn Highways
18. Bluebird Wine - Rodney Crowell - Heartworn Highways
19. Tommy Womack - If That's All There Is To See - There, I Said It!
20. Three Dog Night - Eli's Coming - The Complete Hit Singles

Friday, November 02, 2007

Grammy Committee Says Merle Haggard's "The Bluegrass Sessions" Is Not Bluegrass

November 1, 2007

Nashville, TN...McCoury Music, the artist-owned and operated label that released legendary singer/songwriter Merle Haggard's The Bluegrass Sessions on October 2nd, expressed its shock today at a National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences committee's decision to exclude the acclaimed album from consideration for nomination in its "Best Bluegrass Album" Grammy category. The label, created by legendary bluegrass artist Del McCoury in 2004, earned its first bluegrass Grammy in 2005 with the Del McCoury Band's The Company We Keep.

"Anyone who knows the bluegrass community knows that its members like to debate definitions," McCoury Music's General Manager Chris Harris said. "But this is an album that Merle and Del decided to call The Bluegrass Sessions, produced by a bluegrass musician with bluegrass musicians, recorded at a bluegrass studio, released on a bluegrass label, racked under bluegrass in record stores, aired on bluegrass radio, covered by the bluegrass press, and it's currently in it's fourth consecutive week at # 1 on Billboard's Bluegrass chart. If that's not enough, even The Washington Post wondered why 'no one had thought to pair Merle and Bluegrass together before.' "

McCoury, who holds nine International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year awards, expressed his disappointment personally. "Merle did everything in his power to make this record authentic except remove that unique Haggard sound--and that's something he's brought to every genre of music he's ever visited," McCoury said. "Merle Haggard could make a polka record, and there'd be no mistaking it's Merle Haggard."

Album producer Ronnie Reno, a bluegrass veteran who earned his spurs performing with two Bluegrass Hall of Fame artists--father Don Reno's Reno & Smiley and the legendary Osborne Brothers--before spending some eight years in Haggard's band, reacted in a more down to earth fashion: "that's pure b******t."

Recorded at Ricky Skaggs' Hendersonville, TN studio, The Bluegrass Sessions features Haggard backed by an all-star--and all-bluegrass--cast of musicians that includes such IBMA award winners as fiddler Aubrey Haynie, dobro player Rob Ickes, guitarist and harmony singer Carl Jackson and Alison Krauss.

As veteran mandolin player Marty Stuart, who got his own youthful career start with Hall of Famer Lester Flatt (Flatt & Scruggs) in the 1970s, wrote following the recording sessions, "Merle Haggard has put the blues back into bluegrass. I was honored to be there alongside of him when he did it."

On its release, The Bluegrass Sessions rocketed to the top of Billboard's bluegrass album chart, racking up the legend's highest first-week sales for a new release since 2000, and Merle's first #1 on any of Billboard's charts since 1984. Bluegrass Sessions is currently enjoying it's 4th consecutive week at the top of the chart. There has been solid support from the Bluegrass media, from the monthly magazines to the increasingly popular Bluegrass Blog, the winner of this year's IBMA Media Award, in addition to features in mainstream media such as TIME Magazine and major newspapers across the country,

"When I contacted NARAS, they would not identify the committee, their qualifications, or why they don't classify this album as bluegrass. Their stance just doesn't make sense. With that said, of course, we're grateful that members can at least vote for The Bluegrass Sessions in other country categories, including Country Album of the Year," Harris said. "But by every reasonable definition, this is a bluegrass album, and we--Merle, Ronnie, Del and everyone involved in the project--think that Academy voters ought to be able to consider it for Best Bluegrass Album."

Emily Long - McCoury Music1018 17th Ave South #12 - Nashville, TN - 615/340-9919

Led Zeppelin Reunion Postponed

LONDON (AP) — Led Zeppelin fans awaiting the rockers' reunion will have to wait a little longer.
The band's first concert in two decades, scheduled for Nov. 26, has been postponed until Dec. 10 after guitarist Jimmy Page fractured a finger, organizers said Friday.
"I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone the concert by two weeks," Page said in a statement.
"However, Led Zeppelin have always set very high standards for ourselves, and we feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to."
Led Zeppelin, who split up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, announced in September they were reuniting for a one-off show. The lineup includes Page, singer Robert Plant and bass player John Paul Jones, along with Bonham's son Jason.
More than 1 million fans entered a draw for a chance to buy one of the 10,000 tickets to the concert at London's O2 Arena, a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year. The lineup also includes former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Foreigner and young Scottish singer Paolo Nutini.
Organizers said tickets for the Nov. 26 gig will be honored at the rescheduled show