Today we review the best new roots rock music. We begin with the Canadian guitar virtuoso Matt Andersen. Then we check out Michael and Tanya Trotter, duet that makes The War And Treaty. Over in Australia, we have Silversound. From Vicenza in Italy, we have Elli de Mon, back with the new record. From Boston, we hear the live sounds of GA-20. Chicago entertainers Joe Nosek and Oscar Wilson lead The Cash Box King and their new record is truly entertaining. Veteran blues musician Leo Welch represents sounds from rural Mississippi. Legendary musicians Rickie Lee Jones, Taj Mahal and Van Morrison represent their own new takes of some classic traditional and standard tunes.
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Brian Owens – Man In Black
Matt Andersen – Let It Slide
The War and Treaty – Lover’s Game
The War and Treaty – Healing Tide
The Silversound – Rider
Elli de Mon – I Can See You
Elli de Mon – Vampire Blues
GA-20 – I Cry For You
The Cash Box Kings – Oscar’s Motel
Bob Corritore with Oscar Wilson- Tenessee Woman
Loe Welch – Praise His Name
Taj Mahal – Summer Time
Taj Mahal – Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day
Rickie Lee Jones – There Will Never Be Another You
Van Morrison – Green Rocky Road
Van Morrison – Gypsy Queen
Betty Soo, Rebecca Loebe, and Grace Pettis together form a new trio in Texas called Nobody’s Girl. We check them out today in our show. Texas also has another legendary trio, self proclaimed more a legend than a band, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely reformed their Flatlanders. Van Morrison is also here. Lots of people came he’s gone nuts, but we still love him. Jim Lauderdale has a new album and we introduce Jonathan Wilson from LA, Bloodkin from Athens GA, Pilgrim from Tulsa OK and Martha Fields. One of regular listeners in Arizona, Larry created a wooden plaque in honor of the 20th anniversary of The Little Lighthouse, so a very special shout out to Larry!
Chris Church – Smile;
Nobody’s Girl – Rescued;
Jonathan Wilson – Baby You’re A Star;
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Goodbye Baby;
Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade;
Butch Hancock – I Grew To Be a Stranger;
The Flatlanders – Tonight I’m Gonna Go Downtown;
The Flatlanders – Sittin’ On Top Of The World;
Jim Lauderdale – Breathe Real Slow;
Jesse Winchester – Biloxi.ogg’
Shaye Zadravec – Biloxi;
Martha Fields – Headed South;
Bloodkin – Cantina Fever;
Jenny Don’t & The Spurs – Johnny Vagabond;
Pilgrim – Darkness Of The Bar;
Van Morrison – Western Man;
Shannon McNally – Black Rose;
Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Southern Cross.
Last year a surprisingly uncharacteristic album came from Lydia Lunch. She and her collaborator, guitarist Cypress Grove recorded a mighty fine, moody, rock’n’roll album called appropriately A Fistful of Desert Blues. Rarely does a record title fit the sound so well. It’s a western desert blues record that can stand next to any Gun Club record and live up to it.
In fact there is a song by Jeffrey Lee Pierce on it called St. Mark’s Place. Cypress Grove had an earlier collaboration with Pierce on the Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee record in 1992. Although, Lydia’s and Cypress’ version of St. Mark’s Place is well known from the We Are Only Riders tribute to Pierce, it serves well on the Fistful of Desert Blues album to remind us where the whole thing originated from.
While We Are Only Riders is a wonderful album, it maybe lacks some focus with so many musicians trying to find their way to express their admiration for Jefferey Lee’s work, A Fistful of Blues overcomes that problem easily by delivering plenty of originals. And there’s a cool variety to keep your attention. From dark and moody ramble of the opener Sandpit to the rocking Jericho.
Another cool cover worth mentioning is Mark Lanegan’s Revolver which fits perfectly as one of the focal points of this album. Cool reinterpretation of Van Morrison’s TB Sheets with Walter Daniels on harp makes a wonderful closer and makes you moan for more.
Lots of new stuff this time. Let’s begin first with the familiar names. We have two new songs for the two main members of The dB’s. Chris Stamey has a new album and Peter Holsapple submitted a track to the Bobby Sutliff benefit. Two friends from the old UK rock’n’roll scene, Van Morrison and Georgie Fame each recently had new records, so we check that out. Mark Lanegan also appeared on a tribute, this one was for Tim Hardin. Legendary controversial music producer and musician from New York City, Kramer, covered a whole bunch of Brill Building era songs. Of the newbies, we have Brian Lisik from Canton OH, Hot Nun from San Francisco. Veronica Falls from England have a very aggressive advertising campaign for their new record Waiting For Something To Happen, but it’s still a very nice record and we get to hear a song from it.
Small Faces – Red Balloon;
Veronica Falls – Teenage;
Hot Nun – Queen Bitch;
David Bowie – Queen Bitch;
The Schills – Power and lies;
Brian Lisik – Five Other Rooms;
Chris Stamey – Astronomy;
Peter Holsapple – Ballygrand;
Neil Diamond – Cherry, Cherry;
Kramer – Cherry Cherry;
Del Fuegos – Don’t Run Wild (Live in Kent OH);
Van Morrison – Goin’ Down To Monte Carlo;
Georgie Fame – How Blue;
My Buddy Moose – Shine, Shine, Shine;
The Resonars – Expectations;
Mark Lanegan – Red Balloon.
In today’s edition of the vinyl Junkyard we have two great albums from 1967, which was probably one of the greatest years for rock’n’roll ever. Still, you won’t hear much today about either of them. We start with Jonathan and Leigh and their record Third and Main. The title and cover allude to New York City and Greenwich Village. While the young couple Jonathan and Leigh definitely lived and played music over there at the time, they are actually from Dayton OH. The record was made for a sizable advance and put out by Vanguard Records. Some of the musicians that played on it later on helped Van Morrison to make his legendary Astral Weeks and you may notice that. But Third and Main was a flop and Jonathan and Leigh went back to Dayton, never recording anything together again. The second record in today’s edition of the Vinyl Junkyard is The Magic Garden by the vocal group The Fifth Dimension. The record is arranged, produced and composed by none other than Jimmy Webb. The record deals with some of the concerns that young adults and a little older adults had at the time. There is a lot of light drug references and other stuff that may be unexpected. Unlike Third and Main, The Magic Garden was successful in terms of sales. I think that both albums are very interesting and we should definitely pay respect to them.
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Gene Clark – Changes;
Jonathan And Leigh – Constant Tuesday;
Jonathan And Leigh – Brownsville;
Jonathan And Leigh – Tapestry;
Jonathan And Leigh – Song For Shelley;
Jonathan And Leigh – Third And Main;
Jonathan And Leigh – Summer Sorrow;
Jonathan And Leigh – Winding River;
Jonathan And Leigh – Changes;
Phil Ochs – Changes;
The Fifth Dimension – The Magic Queen;
The Fifth Dimension – Summer’s Daughter;
The Fifth Dimension – Dreams/Pax/Nepenthe;
The Fifth Dimension – Carpet Man;
The Fifth Dimension – The Girl’s Song;
The Fifth Dimension – The Worst That Could Happen;
The Fifth Dimension – Orange Air;
The Fifth Dimension – Paper Cup.