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Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 16, 2011
Scott Foley

Sometimes I listen to music with the impression that what I'm hearing has a "retro" sound that I can't quite put into intelligent words. Such is the case with the debut of Houston artist Robert Ellis. The questionably helpful paperwork accompanying my copy of Photographs quoted the New York Times thusly: "Equally inspired by Jackson Browne and George Jones." I respectfully disagree. What I do hear is an unusually talented young songwriter who knows where Texas music has been. Moreover, Ellis will play a part in where it is going.

This Episode also celebrates the new incarnation of Seattle's Tony Fulghum. Formerly the voice behind North Twin, his new trio, Jackrabbit, trades in a slightly less alt. but no less impressive version of country.

* Gourds, "Ragged Roses" Ghosts of Hallelujah (Sugar Hill, 99)
* Jim Lauderdale, "Jack Dempsey's Crown" Reason and Rhyme (Sugar Hill, 11)
* Foster & Lloyd, "Picasso's Mandolin" It's Already Tomorrow (Effin Ell, 11)
* Dead Rock West, "God Moves on the Water" Bright Morning Stars (Red River, 11)
* Mountain Standard Time, "Fork" Mountain Standard Time (Self, 11)
* Grayson Capps, "Jane's Alley Blues" Lost Cause Minstrels (Royal Potato Family, 11)
* Calexico, "Frank's Tavern" Man of Somebody's Dreams (Yep Roc, 09)
* David Wax Museum, "Yes Maria Yes" Everything Is Saved (Self, 11)
* Joe Ely, "You Can Bet I'm Gone" Satisfied At Last (Rack 'Em, 11)
* Matraca Berg, "Your Husband's Cheating On Us" Dreaming Fields (Dualtone, 11)
* Victoria Williams, "Train Song (Demise of the Caboose)" Musings of a Creekdipper (Atlantic, 98)
* Dawes, "Time Spent In Los Angeles" Nothing Is Wrong (ATO, 11)
* Surplus Cheaper Hands, "Restless Heart" It's Your Parade (Self, 11)
* Black Lillies, "Peach Pickin'" 100 Miles of Wreckage (Attack Monkey, 11)
* Star Anna, "Bird Without Wings" Alone In This Together (Local 638, 11)
* Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, "I'm Still Lovin' You" Kings and Queens (File Under: Music, 11)
* Tres Chicas, "Sweetwater" Sweetwater (Yep Roc, 04)
^ Robert Ellis, "Westbound Train" Photographs (New West, 11)
* Old 97s, "No Simple Machine" Grand Theatre Vol 2 (New West, 11)
* Jackrabbit, "Falling is Mine" Jackrabbit (Self, 11)
* Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams, "The Ring" Sinners & Saints (Self, 10)
* Rod Picott, "Still I Want You Bad" Welding Burns (Welding Rod, 11)
* Amanda Shires, "Ghostbird" Carrying Lightning (Self, 11)
* Dave Alvin, "Manzanita" Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc, 11)
* Joe Pug, "Hymn #101" Nation of Heat (Self, 08)
* Old Californio, "Cool Place In the Light" Sundrunk Angels (Californio, 11)

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