The Answer - Beautiful World
First track released from The Answer’s new album ‘Solas” and it’s not only a complete departure from their regular sound, but it’s bloody brilliant too. Commas Neeson’s vocals seem, just a touch more broody, Paul Mahon’s guitar builds as the track progresses but neither, you feel, let go themselves go to their fullest extent. But the track doesn’t suffer as a result, so maybe less is more and that is The Answer!
Jonathan Terrell - Color Me Lucky
Man walks into a bar, man sits down and orders a beer. Man gets up on stage, one guitar, one harmonica and starts his set. Man at bar stops talking and realises that whilst this may be a regular bar on a regular Austin night, the man on stage is far from your regular bar-room singer. It was a terrific set, and Jonathan Terrell is a very talented man. So here’s his new single for those that aren’t lucky enough to have caught him in a bar in Austin
Brent Cobb - Black Crow
Love this track, a song about taking the long way home to right a wrong. I’ve seen it described as having a ‘swampy swagger’ and I like that description. It’s perfect for me, for quiet moments, late night moments, moments where it’s just you and the music. Produced by Dave Cobb, responsible for Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and pretty much theAmericana A-List when it comes to production. Black Crow also features Isbell on the slide guitar.
Doyle Bramhall II - November
Like Brent Cobb, Doyle Bramhall is another who has written and collaborated with, some of the biggest names in American music, but is now deserving of some time in the spotlight himself. From Sheryl Crow (who he produced and composed her album 100 Miles From Memphis) to Eric Clapton who he’s worked with closely for some ten years now, to the likes of Rogers Waters, Gary Clark Jnr, Gregg Allman, T-Bone Burnett and Tedeschi Trucks Band, Doyle has been a busy man. This track comes from his new album Rich Man, his first release since 2001 and an absolute belter of an album. A big thank you to Bob Harris for exposing my ears to this, but I’ve said that once or twice before in the past and will no doubt say again in the future
Something of a departure from my usual selections but that’s what happens when you take a trip to Austin’s Waterloo Records - Best record store on the Planet, bar none!!!! Taken from her new album, The Altar, It’s a decidedly simple tune and probably her most vulnerable track lyrically, in an album of series anger and raw honesty.