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The Rain Ain’t Fussy About Where It Falls

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Yeah, the rain ain’t fussy about where it falls,
It rains on one like it rains on all.
But when it falls brother, it’s gonna rain hard,
When the blues comes calling with its calling card.

Rory GallagherCalling Card

Goodsongs: The Weight, Nowhere Now

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While browsing around for new music, I came across The Weight’s 2011 record, Nowhere Now. Here’s my quick review.

Artist: The Weight

Title: Nowhere Now

Genre: Alt. Country

Favorite Song:
Dixie – “Don’t say you’re sorry. It’s over. It’s cool.”

Interesting Fact:
One of the most promising groups on the new millennium’s alt-country scene, The Weight was founded by singer and composer Joseph Plunket, a veteran of the Atlanta, GA, punk rock scene who around the turn of the century began writing material that reflected his love of country music.

Review:
I’ve always liked The Weight’s vibe. Rock, with a country influence. Every song on this record isn’t excellent, but there’s plenty here to make it worth a listen.

Rating: ★★★★

Artist Website:
Artist Website

Links:
Spotify
Amazon
iTunes
Google

 

The Two Best Music Channels on YouTube

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Back in the day, internet time- which means just a few years ago, the best thing about YouTube was the funny cat videos.  Now, by far the best of the many great things about YouTube is the multitude of great, otherwise hard to find music.  When I’m looking for a particular old or obscure song, it’s the very first place I look, almost always with success.

I’ve talked about it at least once before, but if you only subscribe to one YouTube channel, it should be Soulhawk:

All I have ever wanted to do was keep this music out there, for I’m sure there [are] still a lot of people in this world who would stumble across these old 45’s and fall in love with some of them.

Soulhawk is single-handedly preserving and making available hundreds of great songs.  Each song comes with a photo of the original 45.  Very cool.

Back in college, I bartended and DJ’ed at the local college bar.  In many ways, the late 70’s and early 80’s is an overlooked treasure trove of good music, particularly funk music.  I used to spin those wonderful 12″ extended cut records, full of 6-7 minutes of righteous funk.

Happily, FunkNation did for funk what Soulhawk is doing for early soul.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they are adding additional songs to the FunkNation channel, but what’s there is pure vinyl gold.

 

Bloodshot Eyes

Here’s a new video for Bloodshot Eyes, a song I wrote with my friend and long-time writing partner Ronnie Jeffrey.

The song started with the bridge- the Visine line, and grew from there.

Listener’s Poker, Vol. 1

Since my days of fantasy football are just fading memories and old blog posts, maybe we can play a game involving live music.  Liar’s Poker, but with sound.  Somebody pick something good, and others try to top it.  We’re talking playing, and musicianship.  Not just some studio-created and network-marketed nonsense.  Music.  Reeeeeel music.

So, to my kids and their pals who think the music they listen to is so much better the ancient stuff that often comes out of my Sonos, I say simply…

this.

Your turn.

In the Sage and the Prickly Pear

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Money was no object
There was no money to be had
Back in Carolina
Johnny Law saw that
Up on the high plateau
Where the sage and the pinyon grow
When the stars and planets collide
The Tennessee mare she ain’t never shied
Never Shied

Jimbo Mathus  – Tennessee Walker Mare

I Seem to Forget What the Question Might Have Been

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To repair this broken situation
I’ve come to tie one on
And if I tie it tightly
It won’t come undone

Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer – Over and Over and Over Again