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Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010
Scott Foley

I loved the Hacienda Brothers. Loved their unexpectedly soulful take on dusty southwestern americana. On Arizona Motel, "A Lot of Days Are Gone" never ceases to give me a dose of the melancholy chills. Nothing will ever be as good as Hacienda Brothers, but it's great to see Dave Gonzalez move on after the passing of Chris Gaffney. With Stone River Boys, Gonzalez and new musical partner Mike Barfield don't mess much with the equation that made Hacienda Brothers so fun. Barfield is a soulful singer, but the new band is quick to admit that they had no intention to replace Gaffney.

Also on today's Episode, is there another singer-songwriter that can walk the line between grit and grace as eloquently as Jon Dee Graham? From 2004, JDG's "World So Full" is one of my favorites, a perfect acknowledgment of the beauty to be found in the world's brokenness:

"I know it's hard / But I know it's sweet / Complicated / and incomplete / But I am in love / Still in love / With the world so full / Don't turn away / Don't turn away / From the world so full"

* Shannon McNally, "Tennessee Blues" Geronimo (Back Porch, 05)
* Mystiqueros, "Finding My Way To You" Agave (Blue Boot, 10)
* Bill Kirchen, "Open Range" Word To the Wise (Proper, 10)
* Pieta Brown, "El Guero" One and All (Red House, 10)
* Kevin Welch, "Marysville" patch of blue sky (Music Road, 10)
* Crooked Jades, "Kingdom Calling" Shining Darkness (Self, 08)
* Sadies, "Idle Tomorrows" Darker Circles (Yep Roc, 10)
* Stone River Boys, "Love on the Dial" Love on the Dial (Cow Island, 10)
* Carrie Rodriguez, "I Made a Lover's Prayer" Love & Circumstance (9th St Opus, 10)
* Jayhawks, "Let the Critics Wonder" Jayhawks (Bunkhouse Album) (Lost Hwy, 10)
* Claire Small, "Angels Over Texas" How Do You Like Love (Freedom, 10)
* Old 97s, "I'd Be Lonesome" For a Decade of Sin (Bloodshot, 05)
* Ken Will Morton, "Gamblin' Man's Blues" True Grit (Sojourn, 10)
* Darrell Scott, "Crooked Road" Crooked Road (Full Light, 10)
* Court Yard Hounds, "It Didn't Make a Sound" Court Yard Hounds (Sony, 10)
* Alejandro Escovedo, "Anchor" Street Songs of Love (Fantasy, 10)
* Chuck Prophet, "Sonny Liston's Blues" Let Freedom Ring (Yep Roc, 09)
* Terri Hendrix, "Slow Down" Cry Till You Laugh (Wilory, 10)
* Alela Diane, "Dry Grass & Shadows" To Be Still (Rough Trade, 09)
* Yarn, "Yodelay" Come On In (UFO, 10)
* 30Db, "Susannah" One Man Show (SCI Fi, 10)
* Rosanne Cash, "What We Really Want" Interiors (Columbia, 90)
* Samantha Crain, "Religious Wind" You (Understood) (Ramseur, 10)
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Jim James, "Louisiana Fairytale" Preservation (PH, 10)
* Adam Carroll & Michael O'Connor, "Billy Gibbons' Beard" Hard Times (Self, 09)
* Shelby Lynne, "Old Dog" Tears Lies & Alibis (Everso, 10)
* Over Mountainmen, "All I Ever Knew" Glorious Day (Ramseur, 09)
* Steve Dawson, "Worry Worry Worry" I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums (Undertow, 10)
* Jon Dee Graham, "World So Full" Great Battle (New West, 04)

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