Smokin’ with Kacey
Major GIRL CRUSH ALERT!Watch via the brand new www.KaceyMusgraves.com — it’ll be here once released to Vevo on Monday.
Fullbright EN FUEGO
I love the music, I really do. Hopefully my borderline-mad tweets raving about this man have convinced you of that, but you wouldn’t know it if you had seen the look on my face when I first saw video of John Fullbright performing the music I had already become completed enraptured with..
Every interview I’ve read over the past year gave me more depth into the mind behind the music, leading me to easily conclude that he is one of the most brilliant of our generation. From The Ground Up topped my favorite albums of 2012 for this reason alone. In addition to soaring onto everyone’s radars as one of the Americana music scene’s (and beyond. Can any one genre really ‘claim’ an artist like this? No.) hottest new talents, John was already emitting a powerful sex appeal simply with the nature of his raw lyrics, seemingly understated personality, breadth of knowledge, super-human musical skill, edgy performance style, and apparent unawareness of his draw (translation: chicks dig guys that are confident but oblivious to how hot they are), but this new video for “Gawd Above,” and its’ blatant sexual overtones?
This is on another level.
Filmed in black & white and red hot, it brings together fantasy, religion, and passion in the most divine way possible. If I know a shred of anything about the music business, I know that there were many a discussion about the way to film this video. To the Idea (Wo)man responsible: well done. Sex sells.
John Fullbright, live at First Avenue Minneapolis — Friday, May 31st 2013
The fine folks at Extra either have a brain or a padded wallet, and did a little (30 second) feature on our guy Corb Lund! Yes, I freaked out and video-d my TV. Not sure what I love more — his beaver hockey jersey, his random playing in the middle of the street in New York City or this girl’s face who has absolutely no idea what he’s saying. What I dislike: having to describe his music as “old fashioned” so the general public understands that he does not mean ‘country’ that sounds like this. His music is clever, intelligent, poetic, honest, meaningful and hand-crafted, but modern. I hate that it has to be this way, Corb. I’m working on it.
In other Corb news, he spent the weekend opening the Locked and Re-loaded tour with Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert in Missouri and Oklahoma. Other than touring Texas and gigging with Hayes Carll, I couldn’t pick a better bunch of artists for him to saddle up with. A good bit of exposure came about, I’m sure. I’m very interested to see what those fans’ reactions were like. Here they are playing “Whiskey” at Friday’s show.
Speaking of tour dates, CorbLund.com/tour states that he will be at WEFest on August 1st! Shocked, we are. Although most of my friends have sworn off WEFest and it’s associated over-priced, over-hyped, over-sold under-age debauchery (I’m still taking rounds of shots from my last visit there to see Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies two summers ago), it would kill me to miss a Minnesota gig.
For the poor people that don’t yet know Corb, here’s the video teased in the Extra clip, “September.” A song that will enrapture your every fiber.
Wade Bowen — The Woodshed 4.5.13
This is Wade Bowen, tearin’ up The Woodshed in Leon, Iowa with a favorite from his latest record, The Given. As one of country music’s best vocalists and songwriters, backed by an incredible band, it was an excellent show! It was cool to see one of Texas’ best live acts at this venue. The last time I saw Wade Bowen he was closing down MusicFest at Steamboat, so this was a contrast by every definition. The Woodshed is about 5 hours south of the Twin Cities in a tiny (like, no Super America, tiny) town and has been a road trip destination for many Midwest music fans that want to see some great music. This has been my third visit, the previous shows being Turnpike Troubadours last Halloween and last May for Jason Boland and the Stragglers. Straight shot down 35 (two left turns, literally), cheap beer, great live music, up-close and personal show, friendly local lodging.. you can’t really go wrong.
Worth the road trip? Absolutely. Every mile.
Go home EYB, you’re drunk
This is terrible.
Normally I reserve my criticism for bands I just don’t like, no matter what, and give a pass to bands I like when I hear something I dislike. Not to mention, when they’re some of the nicest people in music. Not here. I can’t withhold how I feel about this new song from Eli Young Band.
This new, unrecorded song “Drunk Last Night” surfaced on YouTube from a recent live performance on the Kenny Chesney tour. This Puddle of Mudd-esque, overworked rock sound is something I absolutely cannot and will not support. We want new, fresh, unique. This is tired, recycled, boring, and not all all captivating. Let me take a wild guess: Will Hoge didn’t write this one? If this is the direction they’re moving sonically, count me out.
It’s really disheartening to watch the changes unfold as a band rises in popularity. I consider Eli Young Band one of the first bands to introduce me to the ways of the Texas scene, prior to their huge mainstream breakout with “Crazy Girl,” and they are always a band I root for, considering the alternatives in mainstream music are far, far worse. They’ve always leaned on the rock side of ‘country’ and, as any Texas music fan will tell you, they’ve become sort of outcasts since they’ve “gone Nashville.” Considering their oldest fans would never support music that sounds like this, why would the national ‘country’ scene? Maybe they ought to head back to Texas and rediscover their roots.
Maybe it’s me. It comes down to personal preference, after all. Maybe I’ve just grown out of this kind of music, which I can admit, I absolutely have. What once was the best of what I knew has been topped ever since I tapped into a whole new vibrant, richly talented musical world, and that’s an amazing thing. It’s just difficult to grow apart from a band you used to love.
Blowin’ Smoke on Ellen
Country music’s most buzzed about new artist Kacey Musgraves performed her latest single “Blowin’ Smoke” on today’s Ellen show.
This song is one of my favorites from her recently released Same Trailer, Different Park record, and was one of my picks for a single. Her pretty voice and nonchalant attitude is unique, and this is just a fun song to sing along to. She’s a great storyteller, and I love listening to her music for that reason!
This is the first time I’ve seen her perform this song and check out her touring band, and I’m impressed. They have a great sound, and must be a fantastic opener on Kenny Chesney’s current ‘No Shoes Nation’ tour, which will be coming to Target Field in Minneapolis on July 12th.
Get it, girl!
#ACMs 2013, Like Jesus Does
Although I primarily watched last night’s ACM Awards broadcast to mock the stereotypes and remind myself of just how far mainstream country music has fallen, there were portions of the show I absolutely loved. One of my favorite live performances of the show was one that re-ignited an old burnt-out flame. Many that only know Eric Church due to his recent rise in popularity may find this hard to believe, but he’s not always been the self-ordained patron saint of “outlaws” like he’s become now. Fans have embraced that image, and he’s just been riding the wave. His beautiful acoustic performance of “Like Jesus Does” brought back to mind the humble songwriter from Carolina whose music I first loved what feels like many years ago. This current radio single of his could not be hitting the airwaves at a better time, as it stands drastically apart from the other rancid rock/pop/rap releases that are a dime-a-dozen at the moment. Blake Shelton red-red-red-neck…, anyone? Pass. I didn’t have anything to be embarrassed about with this performance.. and that was a great feeling to have.
Eric Church is talented, real, and fine as hell. No lie. A little off track, but honest. I believe that. #ACMs— Independent Sky (@IndySkyMusic) April 8, 2013
Staged in black and white with gorgeous harmony vocals by well-known roots music singer/songwriter Valerie June, this performance was a beautiful moment in the show. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Eric Church later went on to accept the ACM Album of the Year for Chief.
Uncle Lucius, “Keep The Wolves Away”
Proud. That’s how I feel after watching the video for Uncle Lucius’ “Keep The Wolves Away.” No band sets the soundtrack to real life quite like Lucius.
This song has been with me since I first heard it via Texas2Minnesota’s Kitchen Table Sessions a while ago, and it’s about to impact many, many more people’s lives thanks to the power of song and their partnership with the Texan Food Bank Network.
Thank god for good music and good people.