Now no matter what you think of rock and roll, I think you have to keep a nice open mind about what the young people go for, otherwise the youngsters won’t feel that you understand them. Now if we’re ready for our rock and roll specialist, we have Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
Someone recently pointed out to me that we have said nary a word about Tom Waits over the years. Sometimes the music speaks for itself.
I generally focus on live performance videos for our Monday Morning Video series however I’m going to make an exception this week. Longtime Twangville fave Matthew Ryan will be releasing a new album on October 14th. We’re beyond excited for it but, not surprisingly, the anticipation has sent us back into his archives.
“The World Is,” from 2009’s Dear Lover is a stunner.
‘Cause the world
Is held together
With lies and promises
And broken hearts
And brand new days
For you to start
All over again
Ryan has already previewed a couple of songs from the album, to be titled Boxers. These include the outstanding “An Anthem for the Broken,” which was released earlier this year to raise funds for Twangville friend John Anderson in his battle with ALS (learn more). If these are any indication, then the new album is quite the electric affair.
So while we wait for Boxers, enjoy this exquisite ballad. And get ready to be jarred awake by the guitar-driven fury of Ryan’s forthcoming release.
Austin’s The Greyhounds are gonna help us kick off the week with this bruising cover of the Nilsson classic “Jump Into the Fire.” Watch to the end to see what happens when the band thinks that the song is over but the audience does not.