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Thursday, December 08, 2011

December 3, 2011
Scott Foley

Just a week ago, I highlighted a stellar, star-full 2004 compilation tribute to Alejandro Escovedo.   For this week's Episode, I can't help but focus on another 2-disc musical cornucopia, This One's For Him, featuring another absurdly generous collection of artists paying homage to the songs of Guy Clark.  In addition to Emmylou and Prine and Patty Griffin, represented here, you'll find Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Hayes Carll, Steve Earle, etc etc etc, each with a reverent take on one great Guy Clark tune after another.  Played two cuts here, and I'll likely do the same for next week's Episode (and the week after that, and ... ). 

Also pleased to have an early copy of what might just be Amelia White's breakthrough album, featuring some great writing and fine Eliza-esque vocals.  And, because Thanksgiving is the Gateway to Christmas, it's just fine that I'm playing a new holiday benefit album assembled by Colorado band Opie Gone Bad.  Like a CO-centric "We Are the World", Opie Gone Christmas brags contributions from more than a dozen square-state musical luminaries (plus, a TV personality singing Joni Mitchell ... and the mayor's wife ... ).  

*  Justin Townes Earle, "Can't Hardly Wait"  Midnight At the Movies  (Bloodshot, 09)
*  Amy Black, "Meet Me On the Dance Floor"  One Time  (Reuben, 11)
*  Jesse Manley, "Devil's Red"  Devil's Red  (Self, 11)
^  Emmylou Harris & John Prine, "Magnolia Wind"  This One's For Him  (Icehouse, 12)
*  Mike McClure, "Old Crow"  Fifty Billion  (598 Records, 11)
*  She & Him, "Christmas Day"  Very She & Him Christmas  (Merge, 11)
*  Hacienda Brothers, "Lot Of Days Are Gone"  Arizona Motel  (Proper, 08)
*  Joe Pug, "Lock the Door Christina (live)"  Live At Lincoln Hall  (Self, 11)
*  Ken Will Morton, "Powder Keg"  Contenders  (Ghostmeat, 11)
*  Longest Day Of the Year, "Eloise"  Turn Into the Ground  (Self, 12)
*  Honey Honey, "Old School Friends"  Billy Jack  (Lost Hwy, 11)
*  Samantha Crain, "River"  Confiscation  (Ramseur, 08)
*  Glossary, "Some Eternal Spark"  Long Live All Of Us  (Last Chance, 11)
*  Opie Gone Bad et al., "Put a Little Love In Your Heart"  Opie Gone Christmas  (Self, 11)
*  Mando Saenz, "Engine Roll"  Watertown  (Carnival, 05)
*  Kenny Vaughan, "Lillie Mae"  V  (Sugar Hill, 11)
*  Greensky Bluegrass, "Cold Feet"  Handguns  (Big Blue Zoo, 11)
*  Black Keys, "Little Black Submarines"  El Camino  (Nonesuch, 11)
*  Hickman Dalton Gang, "Construction Man"  Vol 2  (Self, 11)
*  David Wax Museum, "La Rama"  My Favorite Gifts  (Ramseur, 11)
^  Patty Griffin, "The Cape"  This One's For Him  (Icehouse, 12)
*  Deep Dark Woods, "Place I Left Behind"  Place I Left Behind  (Sugar Hill, 11)
*  Amelia White, "Mercy"  Beautiful & Wild  (Self, 12)
*  Joe Ely, "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown"  Best Of Joe Ely  (MCA, 00)
*  Hoots & Hellmouth, "City Lights On a Country Ceiling"  Salt  (Self, 11)
*  Scott Biram, "Just Another River"  Bad Ingredients  (Bloodshot, 11)
*  Bob Schneider, "Honeypot"  Perfect Day  (CO5, 11)
*  Mike Stinson, "Jukebox In Your Heart"  Jukebox In Your Heart  (Stag, 10)
*  Heartless Bastards, "Parted Ways"  Arrow  (Partisan, 12)

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