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Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 26, 2010
Scott Foley

Eagerly-anticipated debuts from a couple albums on this week's Episode. While I haven't had the chance to hear Jeff Finlin's Tao of Motor Oil in its entirety, I'm expecting to be impressed. Likewise Dale Watson, who has made a nice recovery from his brief lounge period.

Second listenings bear up well this week, too. Bobby Bare Jr's A Storm is a deeper album than he has ever issued. And Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams has already earned a likely space not just on my Colorado Best, but on my Best of the Year, Period.

This week's Best Thing Ever comes from Caleb Klauder, whose Western Country sounds refreshing and new, despite the fact that much of it also sounds like it was recorded 40 years ago.

* Dale Watson, "Carryin' On This Way" Carryin' On (E1, 10)
* Avett Brothers, "Spanish Pipedream" Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows (Oh Boy, 10)
* Laura Cantrell, "Way It Is" Not the Tremblin' Kind (Diesel Only, 00)
* Great American Taxi, "One Of These Days" Reckless Habits (Thirty Tigers, 10)
* Railroad Earth, "Long Walk Home" Railroad Earth (One Haven, 10)
^ Caleb Klauder, "My Baby Came Back" Western Country (Quicksilver, 10)
* Richmond Fontaine, "Winner's Casino" Winnemucca (El Cortez, 02)
* Frazey Ford, "Bird of Paradise" Obadiah (Nettwerk, 10)
* Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams, "The Ring" Sinners & Saints (Self, 10)j
* Bobby Bare Jr, "Sad Smile" A Storm A Tree My Mother's Head (Naked Albino, 10)
* David Wax Museum, "Jalopy Heart" Carpenter Bird (Self, 10)j
* Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, "So Good" Legacy (Compass, 10)
* Chatham County Line, "Ghost of Woody Guthrie" Wildwood (YepRoc, 10)
* Truth & Salvage Co, "Heart Like a Wheel" Truth & Salvage Co (Silver Arrow, 10)
* Jeff Finlin, "Hands Off the Wheel" Tao of Motor Oil (Bent Wheel, 10)
* Cotton Jones, "Sail of the Silver Morning" Tall Hours in the Glowstream (Suicide Squeeze, 10)
* Whiskeytown, "Angels Are Messengers From God" Rural Free Delivery (Mood Food, 97)
* Steve Earle, "Dixieland" Dear New Orleans (ATC Benefits, 10)
* Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore, "Lonely For Awhile" Saints & Sinners (Remington Rd, 10)
* Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band, "Everything's Raising" The Wages (Side One Dummy, 10)j
* Defibulators, "Ol' Winchester" Corn Money (City Salvage, 10)
* Gregory Alan Isakov, "Virginia May" This Empty Northern Hemisphere (Self, 09)
* Ray Lamontagne, "Old Before Your Time" God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise (RCA, 10)
* Starlings, "Flotsam & Jetsam" Bright Light (Self, 10)
* Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, "Break My Broken Heart" Please Stand By (Spark & Shine, 10)
* Bottle Rockets, "Blue Sky" Blue Sky (Sanctuary, 03)
* Eilen Jewell, "You're Lookin' At Country" Butcher Holler (Signature Sounds, 10)
* Blitzen Trapper, "Man Who Would Speak True" Destroyer of the Void (Sub Pop, 10)
* Son Volt, "Picture" The Search (Legacy, 07)
* Deer Tick, "Art Isn't Real" War Elephant (TBC, 07)

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