Yup, the fall release calendar is shaping up quite nicely, thank you. Here are just a few that we at Twangville are excited to hear.
You picked Swimmin’ Time by Shovels & Rope as your favorite for the week of August 26, 2014.
Readers’ Top Picks (last 4 weeks)
- Long in the Tooth by Billy Joe Shaver (13) [8/5]
- They Want My Soul by Spoon (12) [8/5]
- Swimmin’ Time by Shovels & Rope (11) [8/26]
- Too Blessed to Be Stressed by Paul Thorn (11) [8/19]
- No-Hit Wonder by Cory Branan (9) [8/19]
- Connecting Stars by Connecting Stars (7) [8/26]
- Live From Atlanta by Lucero (7) [8/12]
- Don’t Wait Up for George by Shooter Jennings (5) [8/5]
- Brill Bruisers by New Pornographers (3) [8/26]
- Rockabilly Riot! All Original by Brian Setzer (3) [8/12]
Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll to help us make this list.
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.
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones have added an entertaining gem to their long list of album releases with Living Tear to Tear. From the first notes blown through Sugar Ray Norcia’s harmonica on “Rat Trap,” the album is a pleasure to hear.
It’s not surprising that harpist Sugar Ray Norcia, a former member of Roomful of Blues, is a master at his craft. Roomful of Blues, a fine outfit in its own right, has become a stamp of quality for its alumni. The lexicon of blues masters who, along with Norcia, have been affiliated with Roomful of Blues include guitarists Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl, trumpeter/cornetist Al Basile, and pianists Al Copley and Ron Levy – all musical standouts.
Norcia, who founded the first version of the Bluetones in the late 1970s, formally became a member of Roomful of Blues in the early 1990s. But he had been playing with those guys for years. Ronnie Earl, who took over from Duke Robillard as lead guitar, had been one of the original Bluetones. Norcia’s decades of experience playing with great musicians ala Roomful of Blues shows on Living Tear to Tear. The album includes a collection of original tunes written not only by Norcia but also by Bluetones Monster Mike Welch, Michael “Mudcat” Ward, and Anthony Geraci, with a couple of standards added in. “Here We Go,” which you can stream below, was written by Welch.
On Living Tear to Tear, the Bluetones’ tight lineup includes Welch on guitar, Ward on bass, Geraci on piano, and Neil Garouvin on drums.
Audio Stream: Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, “Here We Go”
When the e-mail arrived confirming my press credentials for the Newport Folk Festival, I did a little dance around my living room. Not only is this the holy grail of music festivals (you may remember an incident with Bob Dylan and an electric guitar in 1965…), but I have been not-so- patiently waiting 12 years to photograph one of my favorite musicians: Mr. Ryan Adams. I’m sure that many other photographers during this set got a kick out of the huge smile that was plastered to my face like a small child. Going through these photos was especially exciting because even though I was crammed into the pit, the lighting was great, and I was able to shoot from many different angles. Here are some of my favorites!
All photos by Suzanne Davis Photography (www.facebook.com/suzannedavisphotography)