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Deluxe Vinyl Gatefold Package Includes Bonus Red Colored 7" Vinyl
Featuring The Platinum Single "Wagon Wheel" Plus Two Previously Unreleased Tracks
Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show release Best Of, which features
12 of the most memorable and beloved songs from O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006), Tennessee Pusher (2008) - as well
as two previously unreleased tracks: "Black Haired Quebecoise" and "Heart Up In The Sky." The album will be made
available on vinyl, a format on which none of these songs are currently available and many have never been.
Over the past 15 years, Old Crow Medicine Show has cultivated a diverse fan base that thrives on the band's energetic
performances. They have earned the respect of both their peers and influences while also influencing the new guard of
folk rock revivalists. While trends have come and gone, Old Crow Medicine Show continues to be a strong and steady
force in roots music. The Best Of is a nostalgic walk down memory lane for those who have been with the band since
the beginning, and a nice overview for those fans who have only discovered the band recently.
Old Crow Medicine Show got their start by busking on street corners up and down the east coast and Canada, eventually
catching the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy in Boone, North Carolina. He invited
them to play Merlefest and helped set the course of their successful career.
Similarly, just a few years later, Nettwerk discovered the band by crashing a house party in Nashville. The band was signed
shortly after, and in 2004, Nettwerk released O.C.M.S., which featured the now Platinum-selling anthem "Wagon Wheel," one
of the most covered recordings in recent history, most famously by Darius Rucker who got the track to #1 on the Hot Country
Songs chart in 2013.
Old Crow Medicine Show has won over audiences across the world with their boundless energy and spirit, playing renowned
festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Newport Folk Festival, and many more. They've also shared
the stage with such artists as Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, John Prine and The Avett Brothers and others.
The Best Of features "Wagon Wheel" along with other live show fan favorites like "Tell It To Me," "Down Home Girl," "CC Rider"
and "I Hear Them All." The two previously unreleased tracks, "Black Haired Quebecoise" and "Heart Up in the Sky" were
recorded in 2006 while the band was making Big Iron World.1. Wagon Wheel (from O.C.M.S. album)
2. Tell It To Me (from O.C.M.S. album)
3. Down Home Girl (from Big Iron World album)
4. Alabama High-Test (from Tennessee Pusher album)
5. Big Time In The Jungle (from O.C.M.S. album)
6. CC Rider (from O.C.M.S. album)
7. Take 'em Away (from O.C.M.S. album)
8. Humdinger (from Tennessee Pusher album)
9. Fall On My Knees (from Down Home Girl EP)
10. My Good Gal (from Big Iron World album)
11. I Hear Them All (from Big Iron World album)
12. Caroline (from Tennessee Pusher album)
1. Heart Up In The Sky (previously unreleased)
2. Black Haired QuÉbÉcoise (previously unreleased)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 7 Single - Sealed Buy Now
50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde (Live)The 14-track album, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, was recorded LIVE at the CMA Theater located inside the historic Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville, TN in May 2016. Mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning Ted Hutt and Ryan Mall.
Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River. But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats, says Ketch Secor, the primary vocalist of the Old Crow Medicine Show.
By deciding to record his newly found rock n roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of Country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak its banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger.LP 1
1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Live)
2. Pledging My Time (Live)
3. Visions of Johanna (Live)
4. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (Live)
5. I Want You (Live)
6. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (Live)
7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (Live)
8. Just Like a Woman (Live)
1. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine (Live)
2. Temporary Like Achilles (Live)
3. Absolutely Sweet Marie (Live)
4. 4th Time Around (Live)
5. Obviously 5 Believers (Live)
6. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (Live)$33.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John PrineJohn Prine covers by Justin Vernon, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show & more.1. Justin Vernon - "Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)"
2. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - "Wedding Day in Funeralville"
3. My Morning Jacket - "All the Best"
4. Josh Ritter - "Mexican Home"
5. Lambchop - "Six O'Clock News"
6. Justin Townes Earle - "Far From Me"
7. The Avett Brothers - "Spanish Pipedream"
8. Old Crow Medicine Show - "Angel from Montgomery"
9. Sara Watkins - "The Late John Garfield Blues"
10. Drive-By Truckers - "Daddy's Little Pumpkin"
11. Deer Tick (feat. Liz Isenberg) - "Unwed Fathers"
12. Those Darlins - "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian"$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
VolunteerOld Crow Medicine Show have announced the release of their new studio album, Volunteer, set for release on Columbia Records Nashville. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson).1. Flicker & Shine
2. A World Away
3. Child of the Mississippi
4. Dixie Avenue
5. Look Away
6. Shout Mountain Music
7. The Good Stuff
8. Old Hickory
9. Homecoming Party
10. Elzick's Farewell
11. Whirlwind$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love Rides A Dark Horse
Red & Black Swirl Colored Vinyl
Love Rides A Dark Horse breaks new ground for Gill Landry with contributions from fiddler Ross Holmes (Mumford
& Sons), keyboardist Skylar Wilson and drummer Logan Matheny. The songs spill over with gorgeous female
harmonies by Klara Soderberg (First Aid Kit), Karen Elson and Odessa. Landry's own vocals are front and center
with the arrangements built around his husky baritone, often calling to mind Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. Landry
has won two Grammys with Old Crow Medicine Show.1.Denver Girls
2.Bird In A Cage
4.Broken Hearts And Things We'll Never Know
5.The One Who Won The War
6.The Only Game In Town
8.The Women You Are
9.The Real Deal Died$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RemedyOn September 17th, 2013 Old Crow Medicine Show received the great honor of being inducted as the newest members of the historic Grand Ole Opry.
Other highlights from the year included winning the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video for the film Big Easy Express, and having their
classic single, Wagon Wheel, receive the RIAA's Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.
The band got its' start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy
and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a
pharmacy. He immediately invited the band to play at his MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band relocated to Nashville for a
residency at the Grand Ole Opry, where they entertained the crowd between shows.
It's been nearly fifteen years since these humble beginnings, and the band has gone on to tour the world, sell over 800,000 albums, become frequent
guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival.
In 2011 Old Crow found themselves embarking on the historic Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic
Zeros. This tour had the bands riding a vintage train from California to New Orleans, playing shows along the way. The magic of this musical excursion
across America's vast landscape is captured in the Emmet Malloy directed documentary, Big Easy Express.
Old Crow Medicine Show now have four studio albums to their name, three of which were released by Nettwerk Records - O.C.M.S and Big Iron World
produced by David Rawlings, and Tennessee Pusher produced by Don Was. On their newest album, Carry Me Back, Old Crow continue to craft classic
American roots music while pushing themselves in new directions. Carry Me Back, released by ATO Records and produced by Ted Hutt, represents a
new stretch of road in the timeless journey of a rambling string band.1. Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer
2. 8 Dogs 8 Banjos
3. Sweet Amarillo
4. Mean Enough World
5. Dearly Departed Friend
7. Brave Boys
8. Doc's Day
9. O Cumberland River
10. Tennessee Bound
11. Shit Creek
12. Sweet Home
13. The Warden$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Carry Me BackATO Records and Old Crow Medicine Show are excited to announce the release of Carry Me Back. Carry Me Back is the band's fourth studio album and features 12 brand new tracks that sonically span the band's career while still pushing them forward in new directions as musicians and songwriters. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium studios in Nashville (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; REM's Document; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand).
Carry Me Back was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly). Hutt pushed the band in a whole new way that they hadn't been pushed before. "Ted Hutt asked us to really dig deep as artists, as songwriters, to get to the heart of the matter of these songs and, especially, not to settle for anything less than their greatness," recalls Ketch Secor. Secor is also very proud of the result of the band's songwriting efforts on the album, saying "For me, Carry Me Back is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners, and promenade home. Each of these songs was an accident waiting to happen."1. Carry Me Back to Viriginia
2. We Don't Grow Tobacco
4. Bootlegger's Boy
5. Ain't It Enough
7. Steppin' Out
9. Country Gal
10. Half Mile Down
11. Sewanee Mountain Catfight
12. Ways of Man$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WishboneWishbone is the sophomore album from the British-born artist who calls New York City home. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Old Crow Medicine Show), the well crafted songs on Wishbone live up to the expectations put upon a young man the Wall Street Journal touted as a "promising talent" with "much more to say," after the release of his Liam Watson-produced debut album, A Winter Tale.
On Wishbone Long taps into a broader pallete of emotions than he has on past releases, eschewing melancholy and eloquently channeling anger and frustration into gritty, hard driving guitar parts (the majority of which are played by Long) that compliment his rough-hewn vocals. Steel guitar provides an apt counter balance, adding a hint of twang and drawn out expanse to the urgency put forth in the lyrics. Throughout the album Long displays his deft control of melody and tone, well practiced over many years of prolific songwriting.1. Devil Moon
2. She Won't Leave
3. In Your Way
4. Blood in the Orchard
5. Help You Mend
6. Making You Talk
7. All My Brothers
8. My Parade
9. Yesterday Yesterday
10. Waiting for Dawn
11. Not Tonight, Not Today
12. To the Light$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pokey LaFargePokey Lafarge and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.
Summertime is the right time for Pokey's sun-blessed riverboat style, and this June will mark our release of his next full length LP / CD titled simply Pokey LaFarge (produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor). Look out for a single from the album, Central Time, which will be released ahead of the full length in May.1. Central Time
2. The Devil Ain't Lazy
3. What the Rain Will Bring
4. Won'tcha Please Don't Do It
5. One Town at a Time
6. Kentucky Mae
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. City Summer Blues
9. Day After Day
10. Let's Get Lost
11. Close the Door
12. Home Away From Home$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"Upstate New York rockers the Felice Brothers are among the most compelling
young bands leading the resurgence of Americana music,
and they prove it each night, onstage."
Catskill Mountains-based five piece The Felice Brothers have released 4 official albums and toured the world several
times over with artists such as Mumford and Sons, Conor Oberst, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Killers since their
2006 inception. They've played such renowned festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Newport Folk and
received accolades from Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Times, The Guardian and countless others.
The Felice Brothers' new album, Favorite Waitress, was recorded with the band's longtime producer Jeremy Backofen
and marks their return to a more organic, full band approach following 2011's beats and
samples-heavy effort Celebration, Florida.1. Bird On Broken Wing
2. Cherry Licorice
3. Meadow Of A Dream
5. Saturday Night
8. Katie Cruel
9. No Trouble
12. Woman Next Door
13. Silver In The Shadow$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
All A Man Should DoFollowing the release of 2012's Women and Work, Lucero's new album All A Man Should Do contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written. They read like chapters from his life: the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world and more.
Working with producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly) for a third time at Memphis's Ardent Studios, the band felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.
This is a Memphis record in the greatest sense and a perfect finish to the three-part love letter to a city that brought them up and made Lucero what they are today.1. Baby Don't You Want Me
2. Went Looking for Warren Zevon's Los Angeles
3. The Man I Was
4. Can't You Hear Them Howl
5. I Woke Up In New Orleans
6. Throwback No. 2
7. They Called Her Killer
8. Young Outlaws
9. I'm in Love with a Girl
10. My Girl & Me in '93$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gill LandryGill's self titled third album is his first on the ATO label, but he is not new to the family. He's played guitar, banjo, pedal steal, and been a contributing songwriter in Old Crow Medicine Show since 2004. Although Gill's music is influenced by some of the same sources as Old Crow, from Dylan to old delta blues songsters, his music is very much his own. As one reviewer put it, Landry's too sharp a storyteller, too tuned-in a craftsman, too real, to find himself on the wrong side of suspicion. Like Tom Waits, John Prine, Steve Earle... Landry is down-to-business believable. His songs carry their own persona, and though they may be creepy and otherworldly at times and nasty and grubby at others, they're familiar while remaining at arm's length.
Gill produced and recorded the album, mostly from a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville, but was aided by a constellation of talents gathered on his nonstop travels. From Laura Marling, who duets on Take This Body, an urgent plea that images the desperate love that courses through our impermanence, to trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford and Sons, who plays with tasteful power on a handful of songs. From Odessa Jorgensen, who lends harmonies and violin to a number of tunes, including the waltz-time love letter Emily, to Robert Ellis who's eloquent and understated guitar work on Fenario and Bad Love is mellifluous.1. Funeral in my Heart
2. Just Like You
3. Waiting for your Love
5. Take this Body
7. Lost Love
8. Lately Right Now
9. Long Road
10. Bad Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
City Of RefugeIn her relatively short musical career, Abigail Washburn has covered a lot of ground; both physically and metaphorically. Bouncing between China and Appalachia has informed much of her musical output and influenced a body of work that goes far beyond the usual claw hammer banjo repertoire.
Her Rounder debut, City of Refuge is a sublime marriage of old-time and indie-pop. On the album Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before. The album features My Morning Jacket's Car Broemel, The Decemberists' Chris Funk, Turtle Island Quartet's Jeremy Kittell, atmospheric jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, veteran Nashville studio percussionist Kenny Malone, Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor and Morgan Jahnig, Wu Fei, master of the guzheng, and the Mongolian stringband Hanggai, who managed to contribute ambient throat-singing from halfway around the world.
The album was produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Tift Merritt, Mudhoney) and features the talents of multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, Kai Welch (Tommy and the Whale). City of Refuge offers an expansive palette of supple and modern textures resulting in a remarkably harmonious piece of art.1. Prelude
2. City of Refuge
3. Bring Me My Queen
5. Ballad of Treason
6. Last Train
7. Burn Thru
8. Corner Girl
9. Dreams of Nectar
10. Devine Bell
11. Bright Morning Stars$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Back At The Quonset HutChuck Mead's album Back At The Quonset Hut was recorded at the legendary Quonset Hut (currently known as Bradley Film & Recording Studios) in Nashville, Tenn., with some of Nashville's most well-known, veteran session players Harold Bradley, Hargus Pig Robbins, Bob Moore and Buddy Spicher and special guests Jamey Johnson, Elizabeth Cook, Bobby Bare, and Old Crow Medicine Show. The album features Chuck's take on 12 classic country songs.
I wanted to make the record the old way, with all the musicians playing together in one room so it's a musical performance instead of piecemeal recording, Mead explains. We decided it would be perfect to record my classic country record at the Hut-the quintessential Nashville studio-with Belmont students helping. I liked the idea because I could record the way I wanted, and at the same time, expose young engineers to a way of recording that maybe they're not used to. The main thing, though, was to make sure that the record didn't become a museum piece. A good song is eternal and I wanted to take the eternal spirit of the songs and show how they were still vital today.1. Wabash Cannonball (featuring Old Crow Medicine Show)
2. Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor
3. Hey Joe (featuring Bobby Bare)
4. Settin' the Woods on Fire
5. Apartment #9
6. You Better Treat Your Man Right (featuring Jamey Johnson)
7. Girl on the Billboard
8. Cat Clothes
9. Be Bop A Lula
10. Tennessee Border
11. Sittin' and Thinkin'
12. Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries (featuring Elizabeth Cook)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The DeslondesHailed by NPR as "deft assemblers of a sound that traverses decades and styles with humble grace," New Orleans band The Deslondes mine from the rich history of American music to craft their compelling and wholly unique eponymous debut album, released on New West Records.
Co-produced by the band and in-demand producer Andrija Tokic (Benjamin Booker, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter, the 12 tracks are influenced by classic soul, rock 'n' roll, R&B, folk, roots country, swamp-boogie, honky-tonk and pre-war music and introduce a collective of gifted singer-songwriters with a deep love for the past and a palpable passion for the present. "They manage to resurrect a lost sound, exclaimed Rolling Stone in their "20 Reasons To Love This Year" preview, adding, "Stax and Sun records are distinct touch points, as are upright-bass-driven melodies - while giving it a modern, vibrant swing, building on the foundations of old-time traditions without sounding like they're stepping out of a time machine."
Comprised of five distinct songwriting voices, The Deslondes endeavor to carry on the traveling troubadour tradition of their heroes Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt. The Deslondes have also toured the country extensively and have supported the Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Lumineers, John Fullbright, Michael Kiwanuka, Spirit Family Reunion and performed at last summer's Newport Folk Festival.1. Fought The Blues And Won
2. Those Were (Could've Been) The Days
3. Heavenly Home
4. Less Honkin' More Tonkin'
5. Low Down Soul
6. The Real Deal
7. Still Someone
8. Time To Believe In
10. Simple And True
11. Same Blood As Mine
12. Out On The Rise$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-ANT-3812xThe Milk Carton Kids
The Ash & ClayThe Ash & Clay culminates a whirlwind first year of the Milk Carton Kids' existence. In that short time the duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have built a vibrant following with the simple purity of their music: touring with the Lumineers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Punch Brothers, and KD Lang; appearing on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series; charming audiences with their deadpan on-stage humor (riffing on the Smothers Brothers for young fans who have never heard of the Smothers Brothers); offering their debut album for free to willing fans - over 110,000 downloaded - from their website; and grabbing press acclaim usually reserved for veteran artists. A sweetly dazzling variation on closeharmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers, with occasional acoustic prestidigitation," proclaimed The New York Times. With three new Milk Carton Kids songs - "Snake Eyes," "The Ash & Clay" and "The Jewel of June" - featured in the new Gus Van Sant film Promised Land starring Matt Damon, 2013 looks to be a big year for these Kids.
This LP contains a CD of the full album.1. Hope Of A Lifetime
2. Snake Eyes
3. Honey, Honey
4. Years Gone By
5. The Ash & Clay
6. Promised Land
7. The Jewel Of June
8. Whisper In Her Ear
9. On The Mend
11. Hear Them Loud
12. Memphis$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pressed On 150g Wax, The Vinyl Release Features A Color Insert With Lyrics
"Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion wrought by Felice's careful approach." - BBC
"The most unique person i know in the world, incredible charisma. He sees things in a way that nobody else sees them, which is why his music is beautiful." - Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons
"There is a boldness to Simone's writing, the fierceness and fearlessness of complete honesty that pushes into places that simply take the breath away some of his songs are so perfectly formed they sound like they might have been around forever..." - The Telegraph
Simone Felice is a founding member (lyricist, vocalist, drummer and guitarist) of internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain-based
artists The Felice Brothers and The Duke & The King. He has toured and worked with the likes of The Band's Levon Helm, Conor
Oberst & Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Rick Rubin, The Avett Brothers and
Old Crow Medicine Show.
His new full-length album, Strangers, is a ten song collection recorded in the Catskills with co-producer David Baron and includes
guest artists The Felice Brothers, Leah Siegel and Wesley Schultz & Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers. Here is a body of work that
truly captures Simone's rare gift as a poet, song-crafter and unique visionary1. Molly-O!
2. If You Go To LA
3. Running Through My Head
4. Our Lady of the Gun
5. Bye Bye Palenville
7. The Best That Money Can Buy
9. Bastille Day
10. The Galows$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Spite Of OurselvesPressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
Gatefold Matte Inner Sleeve
Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like, 'Angel from Montgomery', 'Sam Stone,' 'Paradise,' and 'Hello in There' speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.
Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," John Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers. Performers who have recorded from his extensive catalog, include Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, George Strait, Old Crow Medicine Show, Norah Jones, Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert and many others.
With his career spanning more than 40 years Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.1. (We're Not) The Jet Set - (ft. Iris DeMent)
2. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - (ft. Connie Smith)
3. Wedding Bells / Let's Turn Back The Years - (ft. Lucinda Williams)
4. When Two Worlds Collide - (ft. Trisha Yearwood)
5. Milwaukee Here I Come - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
6. I Know One - (ft. Emmylou Harris)
7. It's A Cheating Situation - (ft. Dolores Keane)
8. Back Street Affair - (ft. Patty Loveless)
9. Loose Talk - (ft. Connie Smith)
10. Let's Invite Them Over - (ft. Iris DeMent)
11. 'Til A Tear Becomes A Rose - (ft. Fiona Prine)
12. In A Town This Size - (ft. Dolores Keane)
13. We Could - (ft. Iris DeMent)
14. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
15. In Spite of Ourselves - (ft. Iris DeMent)
16. Dear John (I Sent Your Saddle Home)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Parker MillsapYou can't get much more small-town America than growing up in an Oklahoma burg with a population of less than 6,000. But it's to singer/songwriter Parker Millsap's credit that he doesn't let that, or his upbringing in a Pentecostal household, get in the way of writing detailed, personality-driven story songs; ones that tell larger truths of the human condition without coming off as preachy or disparaging. That, combined with the 20 year old's weathered vocals and knack for combining folk, blues and country into melodies that feel lived in yet not familiar, makes this an early contender for one of the most notable debuts from a new artist this year.
It's that diversity which lets him appeal to a variety of audiences, opening concerts for acts as varied as Jimmy Lafave, Jimmie Vaughan and the Old Crow Medicine Show. His approach is sometimes brooding yet never sterile. Tales of a twisted religious killer ("Old Time Religion"), the loser looking for his future in a lottery ticket ("Yosemite") and the man ready to take his wife and leave his small town for good ("Disappear") are relatable since the personalities are probably not far removed from ones we have encountered, or at least read about.
Everything is written in a first person narrative as if we are living their thoughts and providing a window into these protagonist's souls. It's particularly effective with the Okie leaving for a better political and physical environment on the Delta blues slide guitar and harmonica driven "Land of the Red Man." The slow blues of "Forgive Me" inserts us inside the mind of a self-confessed sinner who understands his darkest impulses prevent him from interacting with normal people. Horns provide mournful accompaniment making the song a cousin to Randy Newman's "Guilty," impressive company, especially for someone just in his twenties.
Like the best of his peers, Millsap lets his music and lyrics do the talking, keeping the production sparse, not stark, and creating a terrific, even audacious first effort. Millsap's subtle style allows the listener to discover the emotional vortex of his often confused characters, helping us identify with their motives without casting judgment.
- Hal Horowitz (American Songwriter)1. Old Time Religion
2. Truck Stop Gospel
3. Forgive Me
4. The Villian
6. Quite Contrary
7. At The Bar
8. When I Leave
10. Land of the Red Man$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now