Rodney Crowell “'Til I Gain Control Again” from Acoustic Trio Live (self 2011) N —w/accompaniment of Will Kimbrough and Jenny Scheinman in memory of Larry Weir, hard to believe it's been 2 years. This new cd can be downloaded from Rodney's website.Buy it!
Terry Allen “OLD FRIENDS” from This One's For Him, A Tribute to Guy Clark (Icehouse 2011) N —This song from the amazing Guy Clark tribute also goes out to Larry and Kathy, this year will mark the 25th year of Songwriter Showcase. Guy at the Old Rock House 2/29.Buy it!
Amanda Shires “Detroit or Buffalo” from Carrying Lightning (Amanda Shires 2011) —Overlooked 2011 release from Amanda who performs often with Rod Picott, She covers a Barbara Keith (Stone Coyotes) song here.Buy it!
Jerry Jeff Walker “Stoney” from Night After Night (C&P 1995) —I'd forgotten about this song, until Todd Snider closed his wonderful show at the Seldon on Friday with a great version.Buy it!
Old Lights “Wilder Honey” from Like Strangers (Old Lights 2011) N L —Opening for Samantha Crain at Off Broadway on Wednesday, January 25.Buy it!
Samantha Crain “Santa Fe” from You (Understood) (Ramseur 2010) —New to me, but what I sampled deserves a longer listen, at Off Broadway 1/25 congrats to our ticket winnerBuy it!
Rod Picott “Rust Belt Fields” from Welding Burns (welding rod music rodpicott.com 2011) N —Rod put out his strongest material yet this past year, he wrote this one with his Maine high school buddy, Slaid Cleaves.Buy it!
Eliza Gilkyson “Roses at the End of Time” from Roses At The End of Time (Red House 2011) N —Eliza will be in town as part of Red Horse on Friday, April 20 at the Sheldon. Red Horse also includes John Gorka and Lucy Kaplanski, don't miss it !!Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Up the Mountain (feat. Patty Griffin)” from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) R —Was trying to think of a song for Martin Luther King Day, when a listener requested this one by Patty Griffin and the late Soloman Burke, Perfect !!!Buy it!
The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore “I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes” from Heirloom Music (Neanderthal Records 2011) N —RIP Warren Hellman, the San Francisco billionaire who started San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and played banjo in the Wronglers.Buy it!
Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters, Suzy Bogguss “Farther Along” from The Sewanee Sessions (15 Bottles 2009) —Suzy Bogguss will be at the Sheldon Friday, January 27, she sings here with her Wine, Women, and Song buddies, thanks for all the calls for our ticket giveaway, enjoy the show.Buy it!
Michael O'Connor “Rough Side” from Devil Stole The Moon (Bare Knuckle Records 2011) N —Sometimes Slaid Cleaves sideman, steps out on his own with a terrific solo release.Buy it!
Jude Johnstone “Quiet Girl” (Bojak Records 2011) N —Another 2011 discovery that I really enjoyed, looking forward to hearing more from this Southern California songwriter who has had hits for Trisha Yearwood, Johnny Cash Bonnie Raitt and others.Buy it!
Beyond Reach “Younger Years” from Waiting On the Sun - EP (Beyond Reach Music 2011) N —Original members of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Larry Lee (Jackie Blue) and Randle Chowning are joined by David Wilson and Ned Wilkinson with a great set of new originals straight from the Ozarks.Buy it!
Bonnie Ste-Croix “Front Porch Girl” from Canadian Girl (Bonnie Ste-Croix 2011) N —Bonnie decided to travel across Canada and record a song in each Province & Territory with special guests from each, this one's from Ontario with Stephen Fearing, Kate Reid, & Lynne Hanson as guests, great stuff !!Buy it!
Billy Joe Shaver “Georgia On A Fast Train” from Billy Joe Shaver: Greatest Hits (Compadre 2007) —Billie Joe Shaver will be at the Old Rockhouse this Tuesday, January 17, the country outlaw legend comes to town for the amazing listening room series, congrats to our ticket winner, appreciate all the calls.Buy it!
Ladies Gun Club “Loaded Gun” from Ladies Gun Club - EP (Ladies Gun Club 2010) —Sarah Roberts and Sally Jays join forces with stunning results, their 2011 ep with a 1/2 dozen originals served as a real tease and left me wanting more.Buy it!
Donal Hinely “The Famous Rocket Cage” (Atom 2011) —Veteran songwriter Donal Hinely with another great set of originals besides this fine title cut, he does a baseball song, so he's an instant hit on this show.Buy it!
John Hiatt “adios to california” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West 2011) N —Always look forward to each and every release by John, one of our truly great songwriters and performers, now let's hope 2012 brings his live show to town.Buy it!
Mustard's Retreat “The First Flower” from Living In the Dream (Yellow Room Records 2011) N —@ Eliot Chapel's Soulstice Cafe on Sunday, February 19, longtime fan of Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, can't believe it's taken them this long to get to St.Louis from Michigan, I intend to be there, you should mark your calender too !!!Buy it!
Mustard's Retreat “Find a Way to Love” from Living In the Dream (Yellow Room Records 2011) N —Accidently played 2, not a bad thing, David wrote this one specifically for his dulcimer, again highly recommended 2/19, wonderful new songwriter series taking place at Kirkwood's Eliot Chapel, Soulstice Cafe.Buy it!
Marshall Chapman “Falling Through the Trees” from Big Lonesome (TallGirl 2010) —Marshall made this whole album a tribute to her friend Tim Krekel who died June 24, 2009 at 58 from cancer, they were planning a cd together, Tim recorded 8 solo albums and was a logtime guitarist for Jimmy Buffett and others.Buy it!
The Breakmen “What You'll Find” from HEARTWOOD (The Breakmen 2010) —New discoveries are always a treat, one of those in 2011 for me was this great Canadian bluegrass band, Matthew Lawson, Archie Pateman, Ben Rogalsky, & Lee Watson, this song was written by Archie, stay tuned for more.Buy it!
Eric Taylor W/Nanci Griffith “Mission Door” from Live at the Red Shack (Blue Ruby 2011) N —April 25 @ Log House Concerts, we're outta here with this breaking news that Eric will be back this spring, thanks for listening, thanks Allen & Rich, support live music, see you next week.,Buy it!
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