Emmylou Harris “When Halley Came to Jackson” from Mark Twain: Words and Music (Mark Twain Home Foundation 2011) N —Welcome, new from Emmylou, a Mary Chapin Carpenter cover from a wonderful story of Mark Twain that features Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Buffett, Garrison Keillor, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and others.Buy it!
Jonny Burke “Into the Autumn” from Distance and Fortune (Dreamcar 2011) N —A listener turned me on to this former James McMurtry opening act, you can help support his new cd at his website by joining his kickstarter program.Buy it!
Gretchen Peters “Camille” from Hello Cruel World (Proper 2012) N —The 1st great release of 2012 Gretchen wrote this one with her Buddies Matraca Berg & Suzzy Bogguss, Gretchen produced with Doug Lancio and her husband Barry Walsh, Rodney Crowell, Will Kimbrough, Victor Krauss also join in.Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “One Good Year (Live)” from Sorrow & Smoke - Live at the Horseshoe Lounge (Music Road 2011) N R —At a listener request we wish you all One Good Year, from Slaid's 2011 double live cd that immortalizes this Houston dive bar.Buy it!
Guy Clark “The Cape” from Songs and Stories (Dualtone 2011) N —Guy will be at the Old Rockhouse on February 29. Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, Bryn Davis, & Kenny Malone join Guy on this 2011 live recording from Nashville's Historic Belcourt Theatre.Buy it!
The Trishas “She Ain't Goin' Nowhere” from This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark (Music Road Records 2011) N —Kelly Mickwee, Liz Foster, Jamie Wilson, & Savannah Welch (Kevn's Daughter) with a stunning take on Guy's great song from the 30 song 70th Birthday present put together by Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp.Buy it!
Verlon Thompson “The Get To You Waltz” from "Works" (Victor Tango Records 2011) N —Verlon will be alongside Guy at the Old Rock House 2/29, Verlon put out a great release of his own in 2011, alone Verlon's worth the price od admission.Buy it!
Whitehorse “I'M ON FIRE” from Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records 2011) N —Whitehorse will be at the Duck Room on March 8. Luke Doucett and his wife Catherine McClelland with the only cover on their fine 2011 release, Luke produces the wonderful Canadian rockers NQ Arbuckle.Buy it!
Shackleton 3 “The Ghost of Tom Joad” from Just Turning Pages (Croxton 2011) N —Another late in the year discovery from Australia, Mick Thomas is joined by Liz Stringer and Anna Burley (The Killjoys) on another Springsteen cover, early contender for my best of 2012 list.Buy it!
Liz Stringer “The Road's Inglorious End” from Tides Of Time (One Little Indian 2010) —Thought I'd give you another sampling of Liz on her tail of rejected love and revenge in the true folk tradition.Buy it!
Fred Eaglesmith “Katie” from 6 Volts (A Major Label 2011) N —Speaking of true folk tradition, Fred pitches in complete with a body count, Fred's touring Route 66 in September, including stops and shows in St. Louis and Mt. Olive, Fredheads are welcome to join him on the trip.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Hole In My Pocket” from Runaway Soul (Blue Corn Music 2001) R —Ruthie will be at the Old Rockhouse with Paul Thorn on March 29.Lots of great acts are showing up at the Old Rock House, a listener turned me on to this show. Ruthie does a Terri Hendrix cover here.Buy it!
Daniel Johnston “True Love Will Find You In The End” from Welcome to My World (Eternal Yip Eye Music 2006) R —From a listener to her husband Chris for their 1st anniversary, here's to many, many more wonderful years.Buy it!
JD Souther “Sad Cafe” from Natural History (Entertainment One 2011) N —JD will be at the Old Rockhouse on Friday, January 27. The music veteran reschedules his show, he wrote this song with Eagles, Don Henley, Glenn Fry, and Joe Walsh, still at the top of his game.Buy it!
Jim Cuddy “Banks of the 49” from Skyscraper Soul (Warner Music Canada 2011) N —A Canadian superstar, Blue Rodeo frontman (with Greg Keelor) with his sideproject band and a wonderful new release.Buy it!
Oh Susanna “By Rope” from Soon the Birds (Continental Song City 2011) N —Another Canadian that you should be aware of Suzie Ungerleider puts out one exceptional album after another, her new one adds to her great catalogue.Buy it!
Bonnie Ste-Croix “The Letter (Yukon)” from Canadian Girl (Bonnie Ste-Croix 2011) N —My Canadian discovery of this year, Bonnie records a song in each of the Canadian Provinces, including guests from each stop, Kim Beggs joins her in the Yukon.Buy it!
Todd Snider “Alright Guy” from songs from the daily planet (MCA 1994) —Todd will be at the Sheldon this Friday, January 13. be prepared for 2 hours of stories and songs that will leave you wanting more.Buy it!
The Refugees “Chain Stores, Malls and Restaurants” from Three (Wabuho 2011) N —Love female harmonies, and you get lots from the amazing trio of Wendy Waldeman. Cindy Bullens, and Elizabeth Holland, who wrote and sang lead on this one.Buy it!
Owen Temple “Mountain Home” (El Paisano 2011) N —Gabe Rhoads produces this underlooked 2011 gem from this Texas songwriter, Bukka Allen, Charlie Sexton, Rick Richards, Brian Standefer, Tommy Spurlock, Gordy Quist, Jamie Wilson, & Adam Carroll provide all-star support.Buy it!
The Civil Wars “Barton Hollow” (Sensibility 2011) N —As always we like to do a little slice of Bittersweet Melody (Wednesdays 5 t0 7 AM) with Allen. The Civil Wars will be at the Pageant for a sold out show next Sunday, January 15.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Revelation Road” (Everso 2011) N —Shelby will be at the Old Rockhouse this Thursday, January 12. Thanks Allen for the set and the help.Buy it!
Amy Black “Whiskey And Wine” from One Time (Reuben 2011) N —We're outta here, time flies, sorry Vance Gilbert didn't call (Friday night, Eliott Chapel, Solstice Cafe Kirkwood). Overlooked 2011 cd by this wonderful Boston Singer/songwriter takes us home.Buy it!
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