The Trailer Song, is another great song from Kacey Musgraves’ debut album that I have talked about in earlier posts. I absolutely love the sense of humor that is reflected in Kacey’s songs. I think you will like this one…..
FYI – this was her first performance at the Grand Ole Opry!
This is the fourth in my series of posts about Tribute Songs. Today’s song, JM, by Strand Of Oaks (Timothy Showalter) hit me like a punch in the gut when I first heard it last week. Let’s listen and then I will provide you with more details about the song and who it’s a tribute for…..
JM will be featured on the Strand of Oaks album Heal that is scheduled to be released on June 24. The JM in the song is Jason Molina and I have to confess that he was not on music radar when he died last year. When I heard Timothy Showalter’s awesome tribute to his hero I knew that I had to learn more about Jason and his music.
I’ve spent the last week or so listening to the the catalog of music that Jason left behind when he died and I’m blown away. Be looking for a post about Jason in the near future. In the meantime, you won’t go wrong checking out Jason’s music for yourself. FYI – Jason recorded under his own name, under Magnolia Electric Company, and under Songs: Ohia.
Did anyone else notice the similarity of JM to Cortez the Killer by Neil Young? Here’s a great live performance of Cortez so you can see what I mean.
So I’ve had a nice Holiday break…..I hope you have as well. My New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is to Follow My Arrow. Confused? Listen to the following song by newest musical obsessions, Kacey Musgraves, and it will make a lot more sense…..
Kacey is one a great set of talented country songwriters that that emerged in 2013 and I absolutely love her song Follow Your Arrow. You could do a lot worse than adopting the following lyrics from the song as your own resolution for this year.
Say what you think
Love who you love
‘Cause you just get
So many trips ’round the sun
Yeah, you only
Only live once
So make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that’s what you’re into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don’t
And follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points
Here’s an acoustic live performance of the song that I though you might like as well…..
I’m a little behind in my “Forty Years Ago Today” posts so later today I plan to do a final post to catch you up on the album releases in the later part of 1973. Later this week you should be looking for my Best of 2013 (End Of The Year Music Review) post.
Here’a a great performance from Scripted Failures, a local band from here in North Alabama. Let me know what you think….
My son turned me onto Ballet School, a Berlin based trio that is on the verge of hitting it big. When I listen to their latest song, Heartbeat Overdrive, I ‘m transported back to the 80’s. Some people might look at that as a backhanded compliment but that isn’t how I meant it at all. The band captures the best elements of the 80’s and to be honest I miss that sound in today’s music. Take a listen and let me know what you think…….
As I mentioned yesterday’s The Head and the Heart post, the band has a new album (Let’s Be Still) that will be released tomorrow. As a lead in for that release, I thought you would enjoy hearing their great single, Shake, from the new album.
While you are waiting to pick up your copy of Let’s Be Still tomorrow you might enjoy this 4 part video of the band visiting Lawrence High School. It’s part interview and part live session. I think you will like it.
Bruce Springsteen and his band just wrapped up their Wrecking Ball tour and he distributed this letter to his fans.
As a special treat for his fans Bruce has also released the following video that includes some amazing tour footage. Bruce has amazed and inspired me for over 40 years and this video is no different. Gerard – I’m sending this one out to you……