Posts filed under: Roots/Americana

David Lindley “Mercury Blues” (1981)

A guy you’ve heard on records a thousand times but didn’t know it was him, this maxi-instrumentalist's song became the perfect opener for a particular Playlist request.... Read More

Bottle Rockets “Better Than Broken” (2006)

I lost one of my best friends of the last 20 years this week, the Bottle Rockets, when the band stunningly announced that they were calling it quits. The decision actually came solely from the group’s ornery but always inspirational..... Read More

Paul Thorn “Bull Mountain Bridge” (2012)

With 'Bull Mountain Bridge,' Gospel-rooted Paul Thorn has a positively jubilant, uplifting tune about a cold-blooded murder. Rejoice!... Read More

Lone Justice “I Found Love” (1986)

Fireball Maria McKee led Lone Justice to a meteoric arrival. Two years later they were down in flames. But some scorching tunes remain.... Read More

Alejandro Escovedo “Bottom Of The World” (2012) [performed 2016]

You never know where you might meet up with a famous musician at South by Southwest, maybe even the granddaddy of the festival.... Read More

The Band “I Shall Be Released” (1976)

Just my vibe on an historic day..... Read More

Bottle Rockets “I’ve Been Dying” (1998)

Aptly capturing the 2020 year, with lyrics written over two decades prior, the Bottle Rockets do as they reliably do: out of a boulder of misery they can still chisel a rock and roll jewel.... Read More

Charley Crockett “Run Horse Run” (2020)

Through a Texan drawl and a magnificent set of choppers, Charley Crockett sings of the old west in contemporary style.... Read More

Whitney Rose “In A Rut” (2020)

“Don’t ask me how I got this way / Oh, that’s asking too much” cries Whitney Rose amidst the whirlwind chorus as she rattles off the title line ‘I’m In A Rut’ an appropriately repetitive 28 total times. Only her delivery is so rapid-fire, gaps collapsed between the few words and syllables..... Read More

Rookie “I Can’t Have You But I Want You” (2020)

It’s just a moment, lasting but a second or two. The verse has come to a clipped end, the band pauses, as if taking a deep inhale on the precipice of something big, and then…the chorus blasts in! I really love that moment... Read More
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