I am on a streak! I have now written a Weekly Rotation for two consecutive weeks. Please, hold the applause till after the last song.
These last seven days have been a week of discovery. Not only have I decided to listen to every record in my collection, but I branched out to a few artists that I’ve been “meaning too” give a spin.
I’m not sure how any of these go together, but it works in my mind. There are some old favorites, new tunes, and a kick a** music video. As always, I want to know what you have been listening too, so comment, comment, comment.
1. Justin Townes Earle, The Saint of Lost Causes
Newly released, Justin Townes Earle returns with an album true to his roots, yet different from his previous projects. I was first introduced to Earle when he produced Wanda Jackson’s 2012 album, Unfinished Business. I’ve been a steady listener since.
Highlight Tracks: “The Saint of Lost Causes,” “Mornings in Memphis,” “Ahi Esta Mi Nina”
2. Joni Mitchell, Clouds
When I was younger, I would get fixated on one artist and collect as many albums I could find. The problem was, sometimes I would forget to listen to all of them. While I loved Court and Spark and Blue, Clouds fell through the cracks. This album, like Joni Mitchell‘s others, is just astounding. I get something new with each listen. Clouds is the prologue to Mitchell’s vast artistry.
Highlight Tracks: “I Don’t Know Where I Stand,” “That Song About the Midway,” “Both Sides Now”
3. The Great Wide Divide, Machines and Magnets
I discovered The Great Wide Divide around a month ago. They have released one full-length album, Reset, with this as their first music video. Their style is U2 meets Radiohead meets 2019. Give them a listen and check out my interview with Daniel Scott and Tony Bernardo (The Great Wide Divide’s leaders) here.
4. Boys Called Susan, Pennsyltucky
Pennsyltucky came to me in November of last year. Boys Called Susan are cousins Bryan Russo and Christopher Shearer. Their story is earnest and fervent, while their music is foretelling. I could write for days on this album, but instead, check out my extensive interview with the boys from Nashville Noise.
Highlight Tracks: “Pretty Pantomime,” “The Home Team,” “The Ballad of Little Cherie”
5. Merle Haggard, My Farewell to Elvis
Being a child of the nineties and from Oklahoma, I was largely raised on the likes of The Judds, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, and Brooks and Dunn. As I got older, I started to dig deeper into country music’s rich arsenal and have discovered many more favorites. Lately, I have been hooked on Merle Haggard and I found the above album quite interesting.
Highlight Tracks: “From Graceland To The Promised Land,” “Love Me Tender,” “Blue Suede Shoes”
So with the exception of The Great Wide Divide, it seems I’ve been on a folk/Americana/country kick for the last week. This will probably continue for this week as well, but you never know…I did go crate digging last weekend and discovered a few new favorites.
Till next week, harmonious spinnin’ ya’ll!
Spiritual. Thinker. Music fanatic. Vinyl enthusiast.