NEWS NOTES THOUGHTS & THAT OH TOO RARE REVIEW
Feeling helpless sucks. That’s about the whole summation of my personal experiences the past several days sitting here in reasonably dry, warm, safe conditions, cut off physically from so many of my closest friends and “families.” ***as I write just before publishing today, it’s pouring / Sunday 12:50PM***
Miss Pattie and I are heartbroken – all the more so me worrying, not knowing the condition of our “wedding chapel” – Oskar Blues Lyons – the place where every time I step foot in the door I am reminded of the most joyous day of the past 15 years of my life, and where I still feel and hear the scene taking place around me as if it were yesterday… and that is literally home for so many of our family of friends.
Over the next several days we’re going to have to make an assessment of the needs of our families in Lyons, Boulder, and Longmont, and begin the work of getting some of those needs met.
With so much rain ..it was a good chance to hang out and work on my music collection. I was introduced to three new releases – two via YouTube. On the bluegrass front I spent a lot of time listening to the upcoming new release from the Boulder/Lyons quartet the Railsplitters. Add it to the growing list of stellar bluegrass releases already out this season. I’m rarely driven to write reviews – less so when asked. I’ve started four in the past several days, rained in, listening to a lot of music… thinning out the collection …this one stuck.
“GOLDEN RING” – Dixie Leadfoot & Brent Loveday – There have been some raging country fried reinterpretations of rock and country classics over the years in Colorado. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, Drag the River, and the Railbenders are all known for twisting rock and country classics well out of the boxed-in staid remembrances of the songs’ original fans. Punk rock lead vocalist Brent Lovejoy (Reno Divorce) and local rockabilly bassist/vocalist Dixie Leadfoot (former Frank Zappa vocalist Suzannah Harris) pair up for an unexpectedly glorious reinterpretation of the original George Jones / Tammy Wynette duet Golden Ring, bringing far more vocal edge, a looser feel among the players, and a more wide open and sparsely produced recording. Highly recommended for fans of Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson and Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell (Begonias, 2005) .. it would be a great joy to hear more reinterpretations and self penned personal insights from this duo.
PLAYLIST S7 EP33 SEPT 2013
The Czars “Paint the Moon” from Goodbye (2004)
Jay Munly “Amen Corner” from Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots (2004)
(D) Kramies “The Wooden Heart” from The Wooden Heart (2013) String Cheese Incident “Sirens” from Untying the Not (2003)
Thom Chacon “American Dream” from Thom Chacon (2013)
Katey Laurel “Hurricane” from Periscope (2013)Fierce Bad Rabbit “Matter of Time” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Jeff Brinkman “Island” from Strange (2012)
(N) Elephant Revival “Grace of A Woman” from These Changing Skies (2013)
The Holler! “Yellow Moon” from Gratitude (2011)
Katya Chorover “Whiskey Clouds” from Big Big Love (2012)
Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore “Losers” from Saints & Sinners (2010)
Peter Sommer “The Sweeper” from Tremolo Canteen (2010)
Acoustic Junction “Every Heart” from Strange Days (2000)
Leftover Salmon “Baby Hold On” from Euphoria (1997)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” from The Weatherman (2013)
(N) Covenhoven “Young At Heart” from Covenhoven (2013)
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
GogoLab “Tumbleweeds” from Border Patrol (2013)
(N) Pretty Lights “Always All Ways” from A Color Map of the Sun (2013) P-Nuckle “The System” from The System (2013)
Beki Hemingway “Lay It Down” from I Have Big Plans for the World (2013)
Chris Daniels “Wildcat” from Better Days (2012)
Chie Imaizumi “The More the Merrier” from Unfailing Kindness (2006)