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Thursday, June 03, 2010

June 3, 2010
Scott Foley

Back from New York City and the Book Expo, after a week away. For god knows what reason, today's Episode featured a good amount of cover songs. No fewer than three (3) new albums find sometimes unlikely artists paying tribute to John Prine, Shel Silverstein and Graham Nash, respectively. Crooked Fingers' second Reservoir Songs disc features a reverent take on a John Hartford classic. And a nice pairing of folkers Mark Erelli and Jeffrey Foucault offer an uncharacteristically electric run through a Springsteen (Bruce) murder song.

This Episode's Best Thing Ever comes from Audra Mae's "Lightning In a Bottle." I made lightning in a bottle / But I forgot the recipe ... I could listen to this on rotation (and I am).

* Sean Hayes, "When We Fall In" Run Wolves Run (Self, 10)
* Steve Earle, "City of Immigrants" Washington Square Serenade (New West, 07)
* David Jacobs-Strain, "Hurricane Railroad" Terraplane Angel (Self, 10)
* Mars Arizona, "Jesus Aint Coming Back (That Way) High Desert (Big Barn, 10)
* Paul Thorn, "I Don't Like Half the Folks I Love" Pimps and Preachers (Perpetual Obscurity, 10)
* Audra Mae, "Lightning In a Bottle" Happiest Lamb (Side One Dummy, 10)
* Bobby Bare Jr, "Flat Chested Girl From Maynardville" Young Criminals Starvation League (Bloodshot, 02)
* My Morning Jacket, "Lullabye Legends and Lies" Twistable Turnable Man: Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein (Sugar Hill, 10)
* Elizabeth Cook, "Rock n Roll Man" Welder (31 Tigers, 10)
* John Prine, "Glory of True Love (live)" In Person & On Stage (Oh Boy, 10)
* Old Crow Medicine Show, "Angel From Montgomery" Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows (Oh Boy, 10)
* Kevin Welch, "Great Emancipation" Patch of Blue Sky (Music Road, 10)
* Sons of Bill, "Roll on Jordan" Far Cry From Freedom (Self, 06)
* Hank Williams III, "Lost in Oklahoma" Rebel Within (Sidewalk, 10)
* Alela Diane, "There's Only One" Be Yourself: Tribute to Songs For Beginners (Grassroots, 10)
* The Sadies, "Postcards" Darker Circles (Yep Roc, 10)
* Bill Kirchen, "I Don't Work That Cheap" Word To the Wise (Proper, 10)
* Shinyribs, "Who Built the Moon" Well After Awhile (Nine Mile, 10)
* Patty Griffin, "Mad Mission" Living With Ghosts (A&M, 96)
* Samantha Crain, "Santa Fe" You (Understood) (Ramseur, 10)
* Crooked Fingers, "Gentle On My Mind" Reservoir Songs Vol 2 (Foreign Leisure, 10)
* Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band, "Just Getting By" The Wages (Side One Dummy, 10)
* Mark Erelli & Jeffrey Foucault, "Johnny 99" Seven Curses (Self, 10)
* Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, "Sweetest Waste of Time" Rattlin Bones (Sugar Hill, 08)
* Fred Eaglesmith, "Shallow" Cha Cha Cha (Lonesome Day, 10)
* Tift Merritt, "Live Till You Die" See You On the Moon (Fantasy, 10)
* Willie Nelson, "My Baby's Gone" Country Music (Rounder, 10)

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