Chris Stapleton “Midnight Train To Memphis” (2017)

I got back to the garden. Not MSG, not that garden, but the one about which Joni Mitchell wrote and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young most famously sang: at the erstwhile home of Yasgur’s Farm, the mythical “garden” of Woodstock. This summer (this week, in fact) is exactly 50 years since “The Summer Of Love” … More Chris Stapleton “Midnight Train To Memphis” (2017)

Whitey Morgan & The 78’s “Waitin’ ‘Round To Die” (2015)

One of my favorite regular reads is “Saving Country Music” penned with an acerbic wit and what can only be described as righteous indignation by a dude named Kyle Coroneos, aka “Trigger”, with whom I agree on just about everything he writes in defending his self-imposed, virtuous cause. Some time ago, in regard to the … More Whitey Morgan & The 78’s “Waitin’ ‘Round To Die” (2015)

Rolling Stones “Dead Flowers” (1971)

There’s a lot of talk nowadays about what’s “real” country music. Personally, my views fall pretty much in line with a righteous fellow named Kyle “Trigger” Coroneos, whose website “Saving Country Music” has been around for over 10 years, and whose mission seems pretty self-explanatory (clue: It starts with something like Waylon & Willie, not … More Rolling Stones “Dead Flowers” (1971)

The Mavericks “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” (1995) [performed 2004]

I’d be hard pressed to come up with a song that has a greater disparity between its dreadfully dour lyrics and the unmitigated joy of its music than this one. While singer and bandleader Raul Malo is crooning the oft-repeated depressing title line, he’s also leading his band through one of the happiest … More The Mavericks “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” (1995) [performed 2004]

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers “Heal Me” (2017)

See if the following three sets of statements shake you. Sarah Shook is arguably one of Country/Americana music’s biggest current stars; she was born in the southern stronghold of Rochester, NY. Shook was homeschooled and grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family where, among other things, music was severely restricted; she is an atheist, identifies … More Sarah Shook & The Disarmers “Heal Me” (2017)

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real “Find Yourself” (2017)

I don’t get out to the movies much. That fact is not merely a matter of my laziness or the presence of Netflix. In truth, there are just very few occasions when a new movie comes out that excites or inspires me much, let alone motivates me to actually get to a theater. The release … More Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real “Find Yourself” (2017)