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Thursday, September 13, 2012

ROUTES & BRANCHES
September 8, 2012
Scott Foley

Friday 9/14 starts KRFC's Fall Fundraiser, a time when we celebrate our radio community and raise operating funds for the next half year.  I will be sitting in with JoAnn Friday morning from 8 to 10am, then carrying R&B on Saturday afternoon.  Thurs 9/20 I'll be with Brother JB from Friday afternoon fame for my Thursday Morning Mix, and with Clayton from 1 to 3pm.  Your last opportunity to speak up for R&B and KRFC will be next Saturday.  Please tell a friend or twelve, and set aside some time to call whilst enjoying the music.  Look forward to hearing from you!

A number of my favorite blogs have already championed Raleigh's American Aquarium and their sixth album Burn Flicker Die.  Recorded in Muscle Shoals with Jason Isbell at the helm, the new songs boast the best of both of those influences, with the blues and soul inherent in Alabama's legendary studios and the grit and lyrical grace of Isbell's own work.  There's a definite working class toughness to BJ Barham's songs:  "You're just a two pack habit with a southern accent / I'm a pearl snap poet with bad tattoos".  But like the best writers, Barham is not ashamed to allow light shine through the cracks or to wear his tattered heart on his sleeve.  "Nights like these the drugs don't work / They just get in the way instead of picking me up / I wish my addictions didn't mean so much / But we all can't be born with that kind of luck."  In addition to Isbell's guitar and keys, Burn Flicker Die features help from Amanda Shires, Caitlin Cary, the great Spooner Oldham and more.  American Aquarium will grace the stage of FoCo's Surfside 7 on November 4. 

*  Brett Detar, "Empty House On a Famous Hill"  Bird in the Tangle  (Self, 11)
*  Parlor Pickers, "Country Girls"  Barn Burner  (Self, 11)
*  David Wax Museum, "Harder Before It Gets Easier"  Knock Knock Get Up  (Self, 12)  D
*  Ryan Bingham, "Keep It Together"  Tomorrowland  (Axster Bingham, 12)
*  Somebody's Darling, "Back To the Bottle"  Jank City Shakedown  (Self, 12)  D
*  Sallie Ford, "Not An Animal"  Dirty Radio (reissue)  (Partisan, 11)
*  Yawpers, "Savage Blue"  Capon Crusade  (Self, 12)
*  Larry & His Flask, "Beggars Will Ride"  All That We Know  (Self, 12)
*  Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, "Like a Stone"  Our Lady Of the Tall Trees  (Self, 12)  D
*  Todd Snider, "DB Cooper"  Happy To Be Here  (Oh Boy, 00)
*  Buddy Miller, "Hey Porter (live)"  We Walk the Line  (Legacy, 12)
*  Diana Krall, "Wide River To Cross"  Glad Rag Doll  (Verve, 12)  D
*  Jim Lauderdale, "Honky Tonk Mood Again"  Country Super Hits Vol 1  (Yep Roc, 06)
*  Patterson Hood, "Fifteen Days (Leaving Time Again)"  Heat Lightning Rumbles In the Distance  (ATO, 12)
^  American Aquarium, "Burn Flicker Die"  Burn Flicker Die  (Last Chance, 12)
*  Dan Craig, "Watching You Run"  In Dust Bowls  (Self, 12)
*  Holly Golightly, "Tank"  Sunday Run Me Over  (Transdreamer, 12)  D
*  Spirit Family Reunion, "I Am Following the Sound"  No Separation  (Self, 12)
*  Dwight Yoakam, "Dim Lights Thick Smoke Loud Music"  3 Pears  (Reprise, 12)
*  Ry Cooder, "Wall St Part of Town"  Election Special  (Nonesuch, 12)
*  Catherine Irwin, "Save Our Ship"  Little Heater  (Thrill Jockey, 12)
*  Johnny Hickman, "Resurrection Train"  Tilting  (Self, 12)
*  Railbenders, "Whiskey Rain"  Segundo  (Big Bender, 03)
*  Mindy Smith, "Pretending the Stars"  Mindy Smith  (Giant Leap, 12)
*  Rosanne Cash, "Biloxi"  Quiet About It: Tribute to Jesse Winchester  (Mailboat 12)
*  Bonnie Bishop, "Bad Seed"  Free  (Self, 12)  D
*  Uncle Lucius, "Rosalia"  And You Are Me  (eOne, 12)
*  Lizzie Huffman, "Tumblers & Tea"  Pretty Old Soul  (Suburban Home, 11)

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