The Back Country (Music)
With Jeff Corbin
Sat Dec 28th 2013 3.00pm–5.00pm
Time zone: central
Mike Zanger “Lonesome and Blue” from Vanity Press (self 2013) —Mike is co-host of Log House Concerts in Edwardsville. Lots of great musicians assist on this, including Brad Benge, Aaron Till and Richard Smith, recorded at Richard's Tunesmith studio in Nashville.Buy it!
The David Bromberg Band “Medley: Cattle in the Cane/Forked Deer/Monroe's Hornpipe” from Only Slightly Mad (Appleseed www.appleseedrec.com 2013) —It was a thrill and an honor to host an in-studio session on September 20th of this year. I've been an avid fan of his for forty years. This is the kind of album Bromberg produced in the Columbia and Fantasy years.Buy it!
Peter Rowan “That's All She Wrote” from The Old School (Compass Records 2013) —Peter's latest is bluegrass, lots of great artists playing along, and one of a number of great albums put out by Compass Records in 2013.Buy it!
Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott “Keep Your Dirty Lights On” from Memories and Moments (Full Skies 2013) —The fourth collaboration between these two great musicians, and the third in a row. A song that reminds us of the real cost of powering our world with fossil fuels.Buy it!
James King “Old Five and Dimers” from Three Chords and The Truth (Rounder Records www.rounder.com 2013) —The "Bluegrass Storyteller" has dipped into the country catalogue for his latest release and it's a fine one, including this Billy Joe Shaver cover.Buy it!
Willie Nelson and Rosanne Cash “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends” from To All the Girls... (Legacy 2013) —A very nice version of the Kristofferson song. Willie is the only one on my list who released two albums this year...and he's the only octogenarian.Buy it!
Mandy Heinemann “You Don't Love Me Anymore” from The Real Me (Right Side Up Records 2013) L —Mel Besher duets on this one. Recorded at Gary and Roberta Gordon's Inside Out studio in Sparta, IL.Buy it!
Son Volt “Tears of Change” from Honky Tonk (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) L —This is marked local because most of the musicians (we include Jay here) hail from St. Louis. Jay Farrar's songwriting sensibilities in a country music ensemble.Buy it!
Joel Savoy's Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round “You're Still On My Mind” from Joel Savoy's Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round (Valcour Records www.valcorrecords.com 2013) —Courtney Granger on the lead vocal. Lots of Cajun musicians on this one but not a whiff of gumbo. This is straight ahead honky tonk music.Buy it!
Duane Eddy and Dan Dugmore “Mansion On The Hill” from The Big E: A Salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons (Warner 2013) —A wonderful tribute to the most important figure in the history of the instrument. The balance of vocal and instrumental tracks on this album works very well. This instrumental version of one of Hank's best is compelling.Buy it!
Dale Watson and His Lone Stars “I Lie When I Drink” from El Rancho Azul (Red House www.redhouserecords.com 2013) —A new album and getting this Ameripolitan thing launched have kept Dale pretty busy this year.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell “Hanging Up My Heart” from Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch 2013) —This was at first in my top ten but not all of the songs are country--beautiful songs, but not country. James Burton on electric guitar on a hank DeVito Song.Buy it!
The Carper Family “I Gotta Have My Baby Back” from Old-Fashioned Gal (self 2013) —A terrific version of this Floyd Tillman classic. Quite a year for these great musicians--from Off Broadway in STL to Prairie Home Companion to Germany. Here's to more in 2014.Buy it!
Sturgill Simpson “Some Days” from High Top Mountain (High Top Mountain 2013) —Since they have us pick a "Song of the Year" too this is my entry. "Some days you kill and some days you just choke, Some days you blast off and some days you just smoke". Sturgill kills it on his debut album.Buy it!