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Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14, 2012
Scott Foley

Some prime debuts this week from a couple Big Names.  The first peek at Justin Townes Earle's forthcoming album.  A look at Darrell Scott's fine Long Ride Home.  Even a stellar single from Virginia's Sons of Bill.  So what do I focus on this week?  Chris Castle.

Who?  While he's apparently been a Nashville writer since his teen years, and has self-released a couple lo-fi albums, Last Bird Home marks Castle's first widely-available CD.  I could focus on the fact that it was recorded at Levon Helm's Woodstock, NY farm, or that his unreal band includes Larry Campbell, Garth Hudson and Tommy Ramone (?!).  But Chris Castle's quiet songs speak eloquently for themselves.  His words bring to mind Slaid Cleaves, Mando Saenz or Rod Picott;  smart and original with a sure way with a turn of phrase.  All this, and he looks like an awkward 15 year old (he's actually 35). 

Incidentally, those rumors about me are true.  I'll be carrying a couple new hours in addition to my usual R&B.  From 10am-12 noon on Thursdays I'll be doing a Morning Mix of roots and indie musics.  Stream me live online at

*  Jim White, "Infinite Mind"  Where It Hits You  (Yep Roc, 12)
*  David Eugene Edwards, "Wayfaring Stranger"  Searching For the Wrong Eyed Jesus  (Luaka, 05)
*  Delicate Cutters, "Be Sweet"  Some Creatures  (Skybucket, 11)
*  James Low Western Front, "Whiskey Farmer"  Whiskey Farmer  (Union Made, 12)
*  Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams, "ABC (live)"  Live At Hodi's  (Self, 12)
*  Joe Pug, "Nation Of Heat (live)"  Live At Lincoln Hall  (Self, 11)
*  Wood Brothers, "When I Was Young"  Smoke Ring Halo  (Self, 11)
*  Townes Van Zandt, "For the Sake Of a Song (live)"  Live At the Old Quarter  (Tomato, 04)
*  Longest Day Of the Year, "Radio Low"  Turn Into the Ground  (Mulewax, 12)
*  Blitzen Trapper, "Taking It Easy"  American Goldwing  (Sub Pop, 11)
*  Sons Of Bill, "Santa Ana Winds"  Sirens  (Self, 12)
*  Amelia White, "Skeleton Key"  Beautiful & Wild  (Self, 12)
*  Flatlanders, "Now It's Now Again"  Now Again  (New West, 02)
*  Slim Cessna's Auto Club, "United Longmont"  Rare Recordings Vol 2  (AltTentacles, 11)
*  Pines, "Rise Up and Be Lonely"  Dark So Gold  (Red House, 12)
*  Gretchen Peters, "Paradise Found"  Hello Cruel World  (Self, 12)
*  Snake Wagon, "You Had To Be There Talkin' Blues"  Have Fun With ...  (Self, 11)
*  Low Anthem w/Emmylou Harris, "To Ohio"  Smart Flesh  (Nonesuch, 11)
*  Jay Bennett, "Junior"  Replace You + 5  (Ryko, 06)
*  Oakhurst, "Hallelu"  Barrel  (Self, 12)
^  Chris Castle, "Both Ends Of a Gun"  Last Bird Home  (Dirtsandwich, 12)
*  Justin Townes Earle, "Nothings Gonna Change"  Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now  (Bloodshot, 12)
*  Fred Eaglesmith, "Cemetery Road"  6 Volts  (Self, 11)
*  Mary Gauthier, "Camelot Motel"  Filth & Fire  (Signature Sounds, 02)
*  Darrell Scott, "Hopkinsville"  Long Ride Home  (Full Light, 12)
*  Kevin Gordon, "Gloryland"  Gloryland  (Self, 12)

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