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Friday, September 06, 2013

ROUTES & BRANCHES 
August 31, 2013
Scott Foley

My first exposure to Washington State's Star Anna came with her 2008 full length debut, Crooked Path.  One of my favorite albums of that year, it painted her as a young and uncompromising artist. 2009's Only Thing That Matters and 2011's Alone In This Together found Star Anna and her Laughing Dogs toughening up their sound, adding a dose of Joan Jett to the Loretta Lynn (as well as supportive blurbs from rockers Duff McKagan and Mike McCready).   Reportedly written during a time of great personal upheaval, the anguished vocals and slashing guitars on Star Anna's new Go To Hell certainly speak to that catharsis.  For every alt.country track like "Mean Kind of Love", there's another dark and stormy testament like the garage-y stomp "Power of My Love" that finds the singer exploring a new edge to her vocal.  While they're obviously very different artists, I could make a strong argument for Star Anna being the gritty yin to Brandi Carlile's more pristine yang

I've been playing Loveland, CO resident Hezekiah Goode's Two Billion Acres of Salt for several weeks now.  He offers a refreshingly skewed take on the ofttimes dry and sentimental western/cowboy tradition. Next Episode, Mr Goode will be tying his horse to the KRFC hitching post and joining me for some live music and chat around the radio campfire, possibly with friends in tow. 

*  Sons of Bill, "Broken Bottles"  One Town Away  (Gray Fox, 09)
*  Rusty Truck, "All Good"  Kicker Town  (Crosseyed, 13)
*  Emily Barker & Red Clay Halo, "Everywhen"  Dear River  (Linn, 13)
*  Have Gun Will Travel, "Standing At the End of the World"  Fiction Fact or Folktale  (This is American Music, 13)
*  Deer Tick, "Trash"  Negativity  (Partisan, 13)  D
*  Freakwater, "Dog Gone Wrong"  End Time  (Thrill Jockey, 99)
*  Lindi Ortega, "Tin Star"  Tin Star  (Last Gang, 13)  D
*  Hezekiah Goode, "Church Bells"  Two Billion Acres of Salt  (Self, 13)  C
*  Willie Sugarcapps, "Up To the Sky"  Willie Sugarcapps  (Royal Potato Family, 13)
^  Star Anna, "Come On Up To the House"  Go To Hell  (Self, 13)  D
*  Steve Earle & Del McCoury Band, "I'm Still In Love With You"  Mountain  (New West, 99)
*  Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, "Keep Your Dirty Lights On"  Memories & Moments  (Full Skies, 13)  D
*  Patti Fiasco, "Elvis"  Small Town Lights  (Self, 13)  C
*  Tony Joe White, "the Gift"  Who You Gonna Hoodoo Now  (Yep Roc, 13)  D
*  Over the Rhine, "Highland County"  Meet Me At the Edge of the World  (Self, 13)
*  Ronstadt, Parton & Harris, "High Sierra"  Trio II  (Rhino, 98)
*  Truth & Salvage Co, "Appalachian Hilltop"  Pick Me Up  (Megaforce, 13)
*  Band of Heathens, "Records In Bed"  Sunday Morning Record  (BoH, 13)
*  Left Lane Cruiser, "Juice To Get Lose"  Rock Them Back to Hell  (Alive Naturalsound, 13) D
*  Lee Bains III & Glory Fires, "Ain't No Stranger"  Bomb In Gilead  (Alive Naturalsound, 12)
*  Diana Jones, "O Sinner"  Museum of Appalachia Recordings  (Goldmine, 13)  D
*  Sadies, "Another Tomorrow Again"  Internal Sounds  (Yep Roc, 13)  D
*  Belle Jar, "Against Us Two"  Union Station  (Self, 13)  C
*  Mark Olson, "Rosalee"  My Own Jo Ellen  (Hightone, 00)
*  Lucero, "Closer You Get"  High Cotton: Tribute to Alabama  (Lightning Rod, 13)  D
*  I See Hawks In LA, "Yesterday's Coffee"  Mystery Drug  (Self, 13)
*  Ryan Adams, "When Pigs Fly"  Sandra Boynton's Frog Trouble  (Workman, 13)  D
*  Robbie Fulks, "When You Get To the Bottom"  Gone Away Backward  (Bloodshot, 13)

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