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Country Feedback Playlist for May 22, 2022

Country Feedback Playlist for                           5/22/2022

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Jefferson Ross – Southern Currency – Two Kentucky Brothers – 2022

The Pine Hearts – Lost Love Songs – Burn That Bridge – 2022

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Corb Lund – Pasa-Get-Down-Dena – Blue Wing – 2022

Christina Vane – Nowhere Sounds Lovely – Heaven Bound Station – 2021

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time – We’re Not Happy – 2022

Jessi Colter – A Country Star Is Born – Why You Been Gone So Long – 1970

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Fred Eaglesmith – Falling Stars and Broken Hearts – Dancin’ On The Bar – 2002

Commander Cody – Hot Licks, Cold Steel and Truckers Favorites – Semi Truck – 1972

Various – Touch My Heart: A Tribute To Johnny Paycheck – Shakin’ The Blues <Gail Davies and

Robbie Fulks> – 2004

Cornell Hurd Band – Beyond the Purple Hills – It’s Just The Whiskey Talkin’ – 2007

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Erika Lewis – A Walk Around the Sun – Wild Thing – 2022

Joshua Hedley – Country & Western – Wonder If You Wonder – 2022

Del McCoury – Almost Proud – Other Shore – 2022

Cody Jinks – Mercy – How It Works – 2022

Little Feat – Feats Don’t Fail Me Now – Skin It Back – 1974

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Linda Ronstadt – Simple Dreams – Tumblin Dice – 1977

Chet Atkins – <Single> – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles – 1959

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2022-05-15T07:52:40-04:00May 22nd, 2022|

Country Feedback Playlist for May 22, 2022

Country Feedback Playlist for                           5/22/2022

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Jefferson Ross – Southern Currency – Two Kentucky Brothers – 2022

The Pine Hearts – Lost Love Songs – Burn That Bridge – 2022

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Corb Lund – Pasa-Get-Down-Dena – Blue Wing – 2022

Christina Vane – Nowhere Sounds Lovely – Heaven Bound Station – 2021

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time – We’re Not Happy – 2022

Jessi Colter – A Country Star Is Born – Why You Been Gone So Long – 1970

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Fred Eaglesmith – Falling Stars and Broken Hearts – Dancin’ On The Bar – 2002

Commander Cody – Hot Licks, Cold Steel and Truckers Favorites – Semi Truck – 1972

Various – Touch My Heart: A Tribute To Johnny Paycheck – Shakin’ The Blues <Gail Davies and

Robbie Fulks> – 2004

Cornell Hurd Band – Beyond the Purple Hills – It’s Just The Whiskey Talkin’ – 2007

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Erika Lewis – A Walk Around the Sun – Wild Thing – 2022

Joshua Hedley – Country & Western – Wonder If You Wonder – 2022

Del McCoury – Almost Proud – Other Shore – 2022

Cody Jinks – Mercy – How It Works – 2022

Little Feat – Feats Don’t Fail Me Now – Skin It Back – 1974

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Linda Ronstadt – Simple Dreams – Tumblin Dice – 1977

Chet Atkins – <Single> – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles – 1959

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2022-05-22T10:00:40-04:00May 22nd, 2022|

Country Feedback Playlist for May 15, 2022

Country Feedback Playlist for                           5/15/2022

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks – Last Train To Hicksville – Cowboys Dream No. 19 – 1973

Tumbledown – Empty Bottle – Empty Bottle – 2010

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Tim O.Brien – Red on Blonde – Senor – 1996

Kaitlin Butts – What Else Can She Do – It Won’t Always Be This Way – 2022

The Eagles – On The Border – Already Gone – 1974

Buck Owens – Buck Sings  Eagles – Take It Easy – 2012

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Todd Grebe & Cold Country – Citizen – Box of Wine – 2015

The Malpass Brothers – The Malpass Brothers – I Just Don’t Like The Way I’m Livin’ – 2015

Amy Ray – Holler – Sure Feels Good Anyway – 2018

Jamie Wyatt – Neon Cross – Goodbye Queen – 2020

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Joshua Hedley – Country & Western – Bury Me With My Boots On – 2022

Lyle Lovett – Anthology Vol. 1: Cowboy Man – Cowboy Man – 2001

The Cordovas – That Santa Fe Channel – Standin’ On The Porch – 2018

6 String Drag – High Hat – Gasoline Maybelline – 1998

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The Marshall Tucker Band – Searchin’ for a Rainbow – Searchin’ For A Rainbow – 1972

Paul Cauthen – Country Coming Down – Country as F*** – 2022

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2022-05-15T07:51:04-04:00May 15th, 2022|

Decade of Difference: Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder’s incredible career began when he signed his first recording contract as an eleven year old. Wonder has been blind essentially from birth, making his musical accomplishments even more challenging. After his family moved to Detroit, Wonder sang in the church choir and learned piano, drums and harmonica by the age of nine. Motown’s Berry Gordy signed him after an audition and his first hit came when he was 12.  The 12 Year Old Genius was a live recording and the instrumental Fingertips Pt. 2 topped the Pop and R&B charts propelling the album to become Motown’s first number 1.

Wonder stepped away from recording to briefly study classical piano at the Michigan School for the Blind. His return was initially uneven leading Motown to question the  staying power of Wonder. By the mid 60s Wonder was back on track with several R&B and Pop hits while also joining the songwriting team at Motown co-writing the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles hit Tears of a Clown. At this point, Stevie Wonders’ interest in socially conscious music was emerging but Motown maintained control over what Wonder could and could not release.

The 1970s were Wonders’ greatest years. Starting with 1973s’ Innervisions Stevie Wonder won Album of the Year Grammys for three consecutive releases.  In 1979 he was one of the first artists to use the Melodian – an early  music sampler on an album. Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants was also his first digital recording and his use of digital recording technology influenced many following musicians.

The 1980s brought even greater sales success. Wonder collaborated on a number 1 hit with Paul McCartney while having multiple number ones on his own. He was in a featured duet with Bruce Springsteen on the 1986 benefit single We Are the World and contributed his signature harmonica work to hits from Elton John and the Eurythmics.

Over his long career Stevie Wonder has sold more than 100 million records while collecting 22 Grammys and gaining induction into the R&B, Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

2022-05-09T13:49:18-04:00May 13th, 2022|

Decade of Difference: Vampire Weekend

Bonding over a shared love of punk and African music, Vampire Weekend formed in 2006 while the bandmates were students at Columbia University. The band continued after graduation with their first album coming when the two primary members were working full time, one as a middle school English teacher.

Leveraging the early power of promotion through blogs and the internet, Vampire Weekend soon were able to quit their day jobs. Their fourth single release came in 2008 and Rolling Stone placed it on their Top 100 list for the year. From that start Vampire Weekend proceeded to do something no other indie rock band had done – see consecutive release debut at #1 with 2012’s Contra and 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City.

Vampire Weekend released their third album Modern Vampires of the City in 2013 and began a long tour in support of the new record. The fourth record took much longer than their previous work – about six years. During that time, one band member left the group while still continuing to collaborate on songwriting and the group took a two year hiatus from performances. The fourth album debuted at number 1 and won a second Grammy for the group.

Now three years after the release, Vampire Weekends says they are almost ready to release a new record, having spent much of their COVID downtime writing and recording. No specific release date or details have been mentioned.

2022-05-09T13:54:16-04:00May 12th, 2022|

Decade of Difference: Deer Tick

John McCauley started Deer Tick as a solo project while still in high school. Growing up in Rhode Island, McCauley taught himself drums, guitar, piano and pedal steel. He began writing and performing in high school, and continued after graduation, touring the country.

While primarily a solo performer, he would on occasion add a drummer or use a small group to support his songs. Recording was strictly a homegrown affair on self released CD-Rs. Through 2007, McCauley was the only official member of Deer Tick. Finally interested in having a permanent band, McCauley turned the project into a group in 2007.

Deer Tick quickly released five albums over the next six years.

Deer Tick continued their quirky album release cycle by pausing for four years with no new material. The band toured during that time, but apparently saved up their material for one big release – delivering two albums in 2017.

Two years later Deer Tick released Mayonnaise, a record they describe as a companion to the two 2017 releases. It included some reworked material from those albums, covers that they often played live and some original content.

2022-05-09T14:00:36-04:00May 9th, 2022|

Decade of Difference: Calexico

Calexico traces their musical roots to the friendship between Joey Burns and John Convertino, who met at the University of California, Irvine. Moving to Arizona, the pair worked as a rhythm section on several independent recordings before forming the band. Named after a town near the US-Mexico border, the music of Calexico connects the folk and alt country music of America with Latin musical styles from cumbia to mariachi.

Burns and Convertino spent years working as session musicians prior to Calexico, a practice they continued during the early years of the band. Calexico also established a connection with fans by marketing their early records exclusively through merchandise sales at performances. Their reputation as a live band grew through tours with Pavement and Lambchop plus a full schedule of festival appearances.

Calexico has always been known for their atmospheric records that seek to establish a mood or a sense of place. The pattern was established on 1997’s The Black Light which was a turning point in Calexico’s career. It introduced new elements – mariachi trumpets, Latin rhythms and pedal steel guitar – to their dusty desert sound, creating the hybrid that would become their signature.

The group’s tenth record El Mirador continues this tradition. Named after a border town, the album channels the bands love of the southwest to produce their most danceable record by continuing on their fusion of traditional southwestern musical styles with an alt-country influence. Joey Burns says “El Mirador is dedicated to family, friends and community. The pandemic highlighted all the ways we need each other, and music happens to be my way of building bridges and encouraging inclusiveness and positivity. That comes along with sadness and melancholy, but music sparks change and movement.”.

2022-05-09T13:55:46-04:00May 9th, 2022|

Country Feedback Playlist for May 8, 2022

Country Feedback Playlist for                           5/8/2022

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Jason & the Scorchers – Clear Impetuous Morning – Everything Has a Cost – 1996

JJ Cale – Guitar Man – Perfect Woman – 1996

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Mark Stuart and The Bastard Sons – Bend In The Road – Ole Chunk of Coal – 2009

Daryle Singletary – Daryle Singletary’s Last Recordings – She’s Cheatin’ On Us – 2022

Ernest Tubb – (Single 1964) – Pass the Booze – 1964

Heather Myles – Sweet Talk & Good Lies – Sweet Little Dangerous – 2002

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Missy Raines and The New Hip – New Frontier – Whats The Calling For? – 2013

Emory Joseph – Fennario(Songs by Jerry Garcia) – Brown Eyed Women – 2008

Willy Deville – Willy Deville – Hey Joe – 2003

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Matt North – Bullies in the Backyard – The Last Angry Man – 2022

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Co Starring Too – Even if My Wheels Fall Off – 2022

The Vaughan Brothers – Family Style – Tick Tock – 1990

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time – I Don’t Go To Funerals – 2022

The Hawkmen – When It’s Gone – The Hawkmen Stomp – 2022

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Billy Joe Shaver – Electric Shaver – Thunderbird – 1999

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2022-05-06T20:48:40-04:00May 8th, 2022|

Decade of Difference: Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols released one studio album. 1977’s Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols reached number 1 in the UK and set a standard for punk rock. The origins of the group go back to a London band called The Stand, which claimed to be playing with instruments they had stolen.

John Lydon, or Johnny Rotten was added to the group after he was spotted in a Pink Floyd t-shirt that he had modified to add ‘I Hate’. Lydon describes the formation of the band like this “Early Seventies Britain was a very depressing place. It was completely run-down, there was trash on the streets, total unemployment—just about everybody was on strike. Everybody was brought up with an education system that told you point blank that if you came from the wrong side of the tracks…then you had no hope in hell and no career prospects at all. Out of that came pretentious moi and the Sex Pistols and then a whole bunch of copycat wankers after us”.

The Sex Pistols behavior and music brought them attention. Anarchy in the UK was one of the first punk singles, and presented a strong political opinion in the music. A last minute live TV interview, in place of Queen resulted in a profane exchange between host Bill Grundy and Steve Jones after Grundy made inappropriate comments to Siouxsie Sue.

Their following Anarchy Tour brought protests throughout the UK resulting in only seven of the twenty shows scheduled to actually occur.. The self described ‘ultimate Sex Pistols fan’ Sid Vicious joined the group in 1977. Already a notorious UK punk drummer, Vicious quickly spiraled out of control while with the group.

Meeting new girlfriend Nancy Spungen introduced Vicious to heroin, an addiction that killed him in 1979 after his arrest for allegedly murdering Spungen.

2022-05-09T13:59:37-04:00May 8th, 2022|

Decade of Difference: Django Django

Django Django traces their origins back several years  before the band was formed in 2008 to when most of the band members met one another at the Edinburgh School of Art. Playing their first shows in East London, the band quickly drew comparisons to folktronica pioneers The Beta band. Prior to their first full length record in 2012, the band released several singles that fused electronica with a seemingly random mix of sounds including sirens, bells and clapping.

When the first self titled album appeared in 2012 it captured a Mercury Prize nomination and reached the top 40 on the UK album charts. Both New Music Express and Rolling Stone included the record on their best of the year lists. Multiple songs found their way into video games, leading to a much more successful record than the band expected. Drummer and producer David MacLean says they really only thought they would sell a few hundred copies.

Django Django’s fourth album came last year with Glowing in the Dark. Recorded entirely pre-pandemic, the record’s sci-fi escapism theme turned out to be totally appropriate, offering listeners who were cooped up at home a chance to be somewhere else for 45 minutes.

This year the group announced a re-issue of their debut album on its tenth anniversary. Guitarist Vincent Neff says that “it will  always be a special one to us. It reminds us of recording in Dave’s bedroom, playing at small club nights up and down the UK and taking in all the new music that was being made in East London at that time. When we released it, we had no idea what would happen, but it ended up being the start of a crazy journey for us.”

The new version will release on May 27th.

2022-05-03T11:10:56-04:00May 6th, 2022|