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Sunday, April 01, 2012

ROUTES & BRANCHES
March 31, 2012
Scott Foley

While I've given the album a couple spins by now, Cary Hudson's Mississippi Moon CD has been somewhat of a victim of Thin Case Syndrome, disappearing in my box of musical wonder because of its lack of a spine.  This means that when I'm scanning the discs I've brought with me it's been largely overlooked.  This is a travesty, since it's Cary Hudson's strongest effort outside of his Blue Mountain material.  His fourth solo project, Mississippi Moon was recorded solely during full moons at Jimbo Mathus' magical Delta Studios in Como, MS.  Like much of Hudson's work, it's largely inspired by the landscape, people and music of his home state.  Like much of the independently released music played on R&B, it's deserving of a much wider audience, and would surely garner that if were on a larger label.  Incidentally, a couple years ago, Gibson assembled a list of their "Top 10 alt.country Guitarists":


  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Gary Louris
  • Jay Farrar
  • Dave Boquist (original Son Volt)
  • Cary Hudson
  • David Rawlings
  • Steve Earle
  • Dale Watson
  • Wilco
  • Luther Perkins
I'm hardly a guitar wonk, but that's quite a gathering of talent.  I'd argue to consider the Sadies, Old 97s' Ken Bethea, and ... ?

Also crawling onto this week's Episode are promising early tracks from forthcoming releases by Mindy Smith and Sara Watkins.   After exploring a more pop territory, Smith seems to be settling somewhere closer to her americana roots, while Watkins' sound seems much less acoustic than her powerfully quiet solo debut.

Don't forget to tune into my Thursday Morning Mix shows, from 10am to noon every week.  While it strays from the vision of R&B, music lovers should enjoy good music wherever they discover it.  Playlists are on the station's website http://www.krfcfm.org


*  Mount Moriah, "Only Way Out"  Mount Moriah  (Holidays for Quince, 11)
*  Marvin Etzioni w/John Doe, "Grapes of Wrath"  Marvin Country!  (Nine Mile, 12)
*  Greensky Bluegrass, "Handguns"  Handguns  (Big Blue Zoo, 11)
*  Arliss Nancy, "Front Seat"  Simple Machines  (Suburban Home, 12)
*  Lucero, "Sometimes"  Women and Work  (ATO, 12)
*  I See Hawks In LA, "New Kind of Lonely"  New Kind of Lonely  (Western Seeds, 12)
*  Mindy Smith, "Closer"  Mindy Smith  (Giant Leap, 12)
*  Marah, "City of Dreams"  If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry  (Yep Roc, 05)
*  Musketeer Gripweed, "Mama Knows"  Straight Razor Revival  (Self, 12)
*  Atomic Duo, "Chuck of the Honky Tonk Life"  Broadsides  (Self, 12)
*  Parlor Soldiers, "Don't Let Your Dreams Get You Down"  When the Dust Settles  (Self, 12)
*  Waco Bros w/Paul Burch, "Great Chicago Fire"  Great Chicago Fire  (Bloodshot, 12)
^  Cary Hudson, "Mississippi Country Girl"  Mississippi Moon  (Self, 12)
*  Lee Bains III & Glory Fires, "Righteous Ragged Songs"  There Is a Bomb In Gilead  (Alive NS, 12)
*  Micah Schnabel, "Choir Boys"  I'm Dead Serious  (Self, 12)
*  Jekylls, "Your Walking Papers"  Sweet Factory  (Self, 12)
*  Leftover Salmon, "Little Liza"  Aquatic Hitchhiker  (Self, 12)
*  Lukas Nelson, "Ain't No Answer"  Wasted  (Self, 12)
*  Mark Olson, "How Can I Send Tonight"  December's Child  (Dualtone, 02)
*  Sara Watkins, "When It Pleases You"  Sun Midnight Sun  (Nonesuch, 12)
*  Mastersons, "One Word More"  Birds Fly South  (New West, 12)
*  Yarn, "Tired of Everything"  Almost Home  (Self, 12)
*  Ray Wylie Hubbard, "South of the River"  Grifter's Hymnal  (Bordello, 12)
*  White Buffalo, "Pilot"  Once Upon a Time In the West  (Unison, 12)
*  Two Gallants, "Steady Rollin"  What the Toll Tells  (Saddle Creek, 06)
*  Sons of Bill, "This Losing Fight"  Sirens  (Thirty Tigers, 12)
*  Turn 4, "Tennessee Rain"  What You do About It  (Fuck All Y'all, 11)

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