If you thought their song “Tin Man” was achingly beautiful, they’ve got a few more from their time in Marfa that just might make your eyes a little misty. I couldn’t decide between these two so I’m including them both.
The raw emotion in Earle’s vocals get me every time…
Part reflection on simpler times, part indictment of contemporary life.
I’ve long enjoyed a good kiss off song, and Nashville’s Mando Saenz adds another to the list.
Now you say you wanna talk it over
You’re only talking when the talk is cheap
I ain’t buying your crying on my shoulder
Only when the talk is cheap
A quiet anthem for arduous times from Matthew Ryan, aka The Pines at Night.
Another great Covid-era anthem, this time of the more rocking variety, courtesy of Dallas combo Vandoliers.
I took for granted every Saturday night with my rowdy friends and the love of my life,
We should have danced when they turned out the lights,
I took for granted every Saturday night
A simple yet powerful gospel-based folk song.
Walls will be built, walls will be torn down;
hope will be lost, faith will be found…
All shall be well, all shall be well, In the end, all shall be well
Although it starts as a restrained piano ballad it builds to a euphoric conclusion.
While most of their latest album is dark and brooding, this is just the kind of fist-pumping anthem that we’ve come to know – and love – from Lucero.
‘Cause if not now, then when?
Shut up, jump in
Both feet, deep end
If not now, then when?
I think you drink too much
I think you dance too much
And you’re not serious enough
And that much is true
A sublime pop song that finds Tasjan grappling with self-doubt. “Tried to be a poet, couldn’t find the words, Maybe someday they’ll flow?” he signs, “That’s all I can say, and now you know.”
Angry and acoustic, Harris reimagines this fiery song originally recorded full band style on her debut record Red Rescue.
It’s great to have Franz Nicolay back in the band. His keyboard and vocals on this song hearken back to the band’s early days. Add another glorious, fist-pumping rock anthem to the band’s collection.
Kirkeng’s ambling verses lead to a great beer hall-style sing-along chorus.
A proverb and a prayer gets you by
‘Til one day you see another sky
Willing and a wondering
And one more ‘nother try
Lo behold and blessed to be fine
Charlie Marie brilliantly channels Dusty Springfield with this intoxicating touch of Memphis soul.
Emerson stakes his claim as an heir apparent to Townes Van Zandt with this haunting tale of a life hard lived.
Schmidt, backed by Jason Isbell’s the 400 Unit, serves up an insistent rocker about focusing on love as a means of getting through hard times.
About the author: Mild-mannered corporate executive by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night.