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Sunday, September 04, 2011


ROUTES & BRANCHES
September 3, 2011
Scott Foley

A satisfying assortment of new gems on this Episode of R&B. Colonel JD Wilkes hails originally from the Legendary Shack Shakers. With his bassist and with his wife, Wilkes has formed the Dirt Daubers, applying their own brand of grease to gospel standards and originals.

Nick Lowe seems one of the classiest, smoothest guys around, taking it easy on a perfect collection of ballads and pop/country pieces.

And Colorado's own Bare Bones reminds me of Over the Rhine or Hem with more of an edge (and a male vocalist).

This week's Best Thing Ever comes in the form of a long-awaited fifth release from Nashville transplant Brigitte DeMeyer. With equal parts New Orleans and Nashville, gospel and grit, she belongs on the shelf next to Patty Griffin and Kathleen Edwards as a singer and a songwriter.

* Bottle Rockets, "Kit Kat Clock (live)" Not So Loud (Bloodshot, 11)
* Truth & Salvage Co, "Heart Like a Wheel" Truth & Salvage Co (Silver Arrow, 10)
* Angela Easterling, "Fish & the Bird" Beguiler (De l'Est, 11)
* Old 97s, "Perfume" Grand Theatre Vol 2 (New West, 11)
* Bare Bones, "Come In/Stay Out" Bare Bones (Self, 11)
* Drive-by Truckers, "Easy On Yourself" Blessing & a Curse (New West, 06)
* Girls Guns & Glory, "1,000 Times" Sweet Nothings (Lonesome Day, 11)
* Ry Cooder, "If There's a God" Pull Up Some Dust (Nonesuch, 11)
* Jakob Dylan, "Nothing But the Whole Wide World" Women + Country (Columbia, 10)
* Robert Earl Keen, "Lay Down My Brother" Ready for Confetti (New West, 11)
* You Me & Apollo, "Oh Brother" Cards With Cheats (Self, 11)
* John Doe, "Giant Step Backward" Keeper (Yep Roc, 11)
* Justin Townes Earle, "What Do You Do When You're Lonesome" Good Life (Bloodshot, 08)
^ Brigitte DeMeyer, "This Fix I'm In" Rose of Jericho (Self, 11)
* Rod Picott, "Welding Burns" Welding Burns (Welding Rod, 11)
* Eric Hanke, "Factory Man" Factory Man (Ten Foot Texan, 10)
* Laura Cantrell, "Kitty Wells Dresses" Kitty Wells Dresses (Diesel Only, 11)
* Nick Lowe, "Checkout Time" Old Magic (Yep Roc, 11)
* Lyle Lovett, "Well All Right" Listen To Me: Buddy Holly (Verve, 11)
* Eric Lindell, "Cazadero" West County Drifter (MC, 11)
* Billy Bragg & Wilco, " Hoodoo Voodoo" Mermaid Avenue (Elektra, 98)
* Milk Carton Kids, "No Hammer To Hold" Prologue (Self, 11)
* Mindy Smith, "Taking You With Me" Our Idiot Brother Sndtk (ABKCO, 11)
* Jeff Bridges, "Maybe I Missed the Point" Jeff Bridges (Blue Note, 11)
* Lumineers, "Flowers In Your Hair" Lumineers (6cheek, 09)
* Dirt Daubers, "Angel Along the Tracks" Wake Up Sinners (Colonel Knowledge, 11)
* AA Bondy, "American Hearts" American Hearts (Superphonic, 07)
* Dead Man Winter, "Nicotine" Bright Lights (Banjodad, 11)
* Casey James Prestwood, "When the Grass Grows Over Me" Jukebox is Broken (Self, 11)

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