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NYE show at The Opry House was great.  Got there before the Hatch prints arrived, so us Jersey folks got to mingle with the locals in the merch area (outside?) for a bit before the show. Opener w

If anyone isn't already listening to Lucero, you might be missing the best example of the overall genre..... 

Powerful and heartbreaking.  Ugh, at the risk of peppering this thread with shameless "look at me" posts, I recorded a live cover of this song alone in a room one evening four months after Chance

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On 8/22/2017 at 6:55 PM, dschuler said:

My grandfather passed away last week.  This song always reminded me of him, and has always been one of my favorites.  May he Rest In Peace.  

Poncho and Lefty

I am sorry for your loss. I love this song. I have always been partial to the original by Townes Van Zandt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zprRZ2wFQD4

 

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I got this book for Christmas

https://www.amazon.com/Ryan-Adams-Losering-Whiskeytown-American/dp/0292725841

and I’ve gone down somewhat of a Ryan Adams rabbit hole.  

I saw a few mentions of the Old 97’s in earlier posts.  There are several mentions of the 97’s in this book.  I am also a big fan of them as well.  

From reading this book it’s making me realize what an amazing album Strangers Almanac is.

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Happy birthday to the Red-Headed Stranger.  Unbelievable that he is still writing music and touring at 85.  My first concert with my dad almost 40 years ago. We sat right up front and he played all my favorite tunes, with Emmy Lou singing back up on many.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKPSf4reTeY

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2 hours ago, CletiusMaximus said:

Happy birthday to the Red-Headed Stranger.  Unbelievable that he is still writing music and touring at 85.  My first concert with my dad almost 40 years ago. We sat right up front and he played all my favorite tunes, with Emmy Lou singing back up on many.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKPSf4reTeY

Saw him a couple years ago in Savannah.  His voice isn't as strong as it once was but his guitar is still great.  His son, Lukas played with him that show and I'm pretty sure he will carry on the legacy.  His take on "Georgia" is inspired.

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I wish I liked WIllie's playing because I do like a lot of his songs. But I find his guitar playing unlistenable. It's nails on a chalkboard for me. It's always out of time to the point of sounding like he's doing some kind of abstract performance art thing.

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45 minutes ago, Apple Jack said:

I wish I liked WIllie's playing because I do like a lot of his songs. But I find his guitar playing unlistenable. It's nails on a chalkboard for me. It's always out of time to the point of sounding like he's doing some kind of abstract performance art thing.

Interesting.  That is exactly why I like it.  its even more out of time live...it is very odd...but somehow just right?

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5 hours ago, Apple Jack said:

I wish I liked WIllie's playing because I do like a lot of his songs. But I find his guitar playing unlistenable. It's nails on a chalkboard for me. It's always out of time to the point of sounding like he's doing some kind of abstract performance art thing.

I’ve never considered that, but can understand how his style might be annoying. I’m like Swanson though, I love the way he alters tempos with his guitar and singing. I absolutely love the sound of his guitar, although part of that is nostalgia due to my dad also playing a Martin and trying to copy Willies sound. 

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Cody Jinks dropped a new album at midnight.. already #1 on iTunes album chart. Hoping it beats the #4 Billboard debut of his last album. 
 

Best Part: ANOTHER new album dropping NEXT Friday, too! Back to Back #1 Billboard Debuts for Modern Day Merle? 
 

Have loved watching this guy grow from seeing him in Dallas Honky Tonks over half a decade ago, to now selling out 2 night stints at Red Rocks and the Ryman... and he’s doing it all 100% independent :thumbup: 

Go Cody Go. 

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On 12/9/2016 at 1:50 PM, El Floppo said:

Country is definitely not my world... but I went through a period where I kinda liked some cow-punky outfits like the mekons, but especially the SF band Dieselhed (mid 90s).

Snowblind in the Liquor Store

Hashbrowns

Cloud of Diesel

there were a fantastic band live- lots of lyric improv, great harmonies, bizarre multi-instrumentalists (drummer played trumpet)

Went on a deep YouTube rabbit hole dieselhed trip the other night. Their live videos are so poorly recorded, it hurts..but it brought me back to how fun they were live. One show, two guys are playing chess during the gig, incorporating it into the show. so stupid, but somehow worked.

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56 minutes ago, CletiusMaximus said:

I like, but Sturgill didn't put any country into this one.  Its good old American rock music.

I had no idea who he was until this album was talked about in the thread. Too country in the vocal stylings for my long term liking.

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I've listened to Sturgill's record four times and tried watching the movie.  I respect what he's trying to do, whatever that is, but I don't think this'll ever be my go-to Simpson album.

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6 hours ago, CletiusMaximus said:

I like, but Sturgill didn't put any country into this one.  Its good old American rock music.

Take out the synths and Mercury in Retrograde would fit right into Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.  That’s the one song that I can feel that influence in. Anyway, I’d have probably been happy for Sturgill to make 10 more outlaw country records, so it’s a minor miracle I still like what he’s done instead. 

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