Charlie Robison “New Year's Day” from Good Times (Dualtone 2004) —2012 at one time that seemed very far away, Happy New Year, we start with New Years on the boarder from the very talented Robison family.Buy it!
Perry Keyes “NYE” from Meter (Laughing Outlaw 2005) —Former Sydney cab driver does my favorite New Years Eve song from his dynamite debut, double cd, reminds of an Aussie Springsteen.Buy it!
Adam Carroll & Michael O'Connor “Billy Gibbon's Beard” from Hard Times (Adam Carroll 2009) —Well I've used up my one mistake for the year, meant to play New Years Eve from 2 of my favorite young Texas songwriters.Buy it!
Todd Snider “Waco Moon” from New Connection (Oh Boy www.ohboy.com 2003) —Todd got the news that his good friend Eddie Shaver died on New Years Eve 2000 at the age of 37, and wrote this song, Todd will be at the Sheldon on Friday the 13 this month. A side note, Eddie's dad Billy Joe will be at the Old Rock House January 17.Buy it!
Townes Van Zandt “Waitin' 'Round To Die” from Heartworn Highways (Hacktone 2006) —One of the greatest songwriters ever, Townes died 15 years ago, on New Years Day, 1997 at the age of 52, we hear here the first song he ever wrote.Buy it!
Guy Clark “Queenie's Song” from The Dark (SUGAR HILL 2002) —Guy was spending the Holidays with his good friend Terry Allen, when Terry's dog was shot, naturally the 2 wrote a song about it. Guy at the Old Rock House, Leap Day February 29.Buy it!
Terri Hendrix “The Dark” from This One's For Him, Tribute to Guy Clark (Icehouse 2011) —Guy's 70th birthday tribute was one of the great releases of 2011, 30 track's by some of our greatest songwriters and everyone is a gem, lovingly put together by Verlon Thompson & Shawn Camp.Buy it!
Bettysoo and Doug Cox “Dublin Blues” from Across The Borderline: Lie To Me (Bettysoo and Doug Cox 2011) —This song would have fit on Guy's tribute, a wonderful take on Guy's song by Bettysoo along with Canadian dobro wizard Doug Cox, all covers but Bettysoo makes great choices, including Butch Hancock, Blaze Foley, Doug Sahm, 'nuff said.Buy it!
Gretchen Peters W/Rodney Crowell “Dark Angel” from Hello Cruel World (Gretchen Peters 2012) —A Radio debut, from Gretchen's newest, due out in a couple of weeks, Rodney Crowell recently performed Gretchen and Barry Walsh's wedding ceremony, he sings with her here. The 2012 best of list begins.Buy it!
Michael Fracasso “Ada, OK (feat. Patty Griffin)” from Saint Monday (Michael Fracasso 2011) —From my 2011 top ten list, all new originals, first in over 5 years, from Michael including this amazing duet with Patty Griffith.Buy it!
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer “Heaven or Hell” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) —Continuing our duet set Steve is joined by his wife, Allison from his 2011 release, also released a book of the same name. Also catch Allison's talented sister Shelby Lynne at the Old Rock House Thur. 1/12.Buy it!
Hayes Carll W/Cary Ann Hearst “Another Like You” from Kmag Yoyo (& Other American Stories) (Lost Highway 2011) —Hayes finishes our all duet set with this raucous original joined by Cary Ann Hearst.Buy it!
Garth Hudson W/Peter Katz & The Curious “Acadian Driftwood” from Canadian Celebration of the Band (Curve 2010) —Never tire of music by The Band, loved original member, Garth Hudson's all Canadian Band tribute 18 handpicked selections by some of Canada's greatest performers, a must have cd, from the top of the best of 2011 list.Buy it!
Robbie Robertson “When the Night Was Young” from How to Become Clairvoyant (429 Records www.429records.com 2011) —Speaking of the Band, Robbie Robertson with his best material and performance since leaving the legendary group. Eric Clapton helps out, Angela McClusky contributes great vocals on this track.Buy it!
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings W/Amy Helm “I'm Still Lovin' You” from Kings and Queens (FU:M 2011) —Another 2011 album of the year canidate, 15 handpicked "Queens" join Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, & Tom Wilson on all original songs, Tom Wilson joins Amy Helm (Levon's daughter) on this one.Buy it!
The Levon Helm Band W/Sheryl Crowe “Evangeline” from Ramble at the Ryman (Vanguard 2011) —Finishing our Band set, Levon takes his amazing band on the road to the legendary Nashville venue and is joined by Missouri's Sheryl Crowe on this Robbie Robertson classic.Buy it!
Tom Russell “Mesabi” (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2011) —Tom ode to his roots and Bob Dylan on his top 10 2011 release featuring Calexico, Barry Walsh, Gretchen Peters, Lucinda, Fats Kaplin, Will kimbrough, Joel Guzman, Victor Krause. Van Dyke Parks, Augie Meyers, & Thad Beckman.Buy it!
Kasey Chambers “Leave The Lights On” from STORYBOOK (Liberation Music 2011) —Kasey paying tribute to her 15 biggest musical influences including John Prine on this track. another off my top ten list.Buy it!
Brock Zeman “Until It Bleeds” from Me Then You (Busted Flat Records/ Mud Records 2011) —Arrived too late, but would have recieved strong consideration for my top ten, if you like Steve Earl and Chris Knight you should check out Brock.Buy it!
The Refugees “7 DAYS” from Three (Wabuho 2011) —Great trio of female songwriters and instrumentalist with their release, Wendy Waldeman, Cindy Bullens, and Elizabeth Holland this tune is a Cindy Bullens original.Buy it!
Fred Eaglesmith “STARS” from 6 Volts (A Major Label 2011) —Fred goes back to his roots on his 2011 release, this autobiographical song pays tribute to the late Willie P. Bennett, check out Fred's Tin Can Caravan tour of Route 66 on rootsontherails.com.Buy it!
J.D. Souther “Faceless Love” from Natural History (EOM 2011) —The songwriter with a big list of hits, reschedules at the Old Rock House January 27, a fine retrospective release in 2011, still has great pipes.Buy it!
Lori McKenna “The Most” from Lorraine (self 2004) —An under the radar release by the wonderful Lori McKenna, just missed the cut on my top ten list.Buy it!
Bill Morrissey “Birches” from Bill Morrissey: The Essential Collection (Rounder Records www.rounder.com 2004) —We leave you with Bill Morrissey who we sadly lost this year, we'll miss him, this also goes out to Larry Weir (his favorite song) who we'll always miss. Happy New Year, Thanks Rich, we'll continue reviewing 2011 next week.Buy it!
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