Texas Music

Life’s Soundtrack – The Essential Guy Clark

So it didn’t seem too, too hot when I got home from work tonight so I decided to run I picked a course that would give me some shade throughout most of the run, but that also meant that I be going up hill twice! So I put on an album that I
put on the iPod yesterday The Essential Guy Clark and took off.  The run was slow, but that gave me more time to listen to some great songs! According to Wikipedia the album was released in 1997.  RCA first released  the album, Guy Clark – Greatest Hits in 1983. The album included nearly all the songs from Clark’s first two albums. The missing tracks are included on this release In addition, it contains the previously unreleased “Don’t Let the Sunshine Fool You” (composed by Clark, but first released by Townes Van Zandt on The Late Great Townes Van Zandt in 1972).

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Life’s Soundtrack: Jack Ingram to Townes Van Zant

So this morning I had to drive to Ocean County College in Toms River,which is  a little over an hour drive. I had the iPod on shuffle for the start of the trip then  I decided to use the time to listen to some older favorites! I listen to so much new music that old friends get set aside! The first artist that popped into my mind was Jack Williams so keeping the shuffle setting I listened to about 20 minutes of  Jack’s music. The mix included some old favorites like “You’re the One” and “Waterbug”  then came “Me and My Automobile” which includes a reference to Jack’s call into to NPR’s Car Talk! Great song! There was also a great song about New Orleans “Atlantic Goin’ Down” with a great feel for the town and it’s music! When Jack’s twenty minutes was up I went to switch to something else and right there next to Jack was another old friend Jack Ingram. So I went with a mix of Jack’s music. I have five of his albums from his 1995 debut album through 2002’s  Electric and a few tracks from This is It.Anyway several favorites came on including “Make My Heart Flutter” and the mix ended with “Rita Ballou” and since “Rita Ballou” led me to another Texan Guy Clark I decided to make the mix Texas Country music! I’ve been a fan of Guy’s music for a long time, but mostly I must confess from covers by others like Jerry Jeff and Tom Rush who both covered “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train” Anyway The Dark and Workbench Songs are on the iPod and songs from those albums finished out the trip. Songs included “Queenie”s Song” about his dog being shot and a favorite “Tornado Time in Texas”!

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Twang Tuesday – Turnpike Troubadours

So today when my downloads on emusic refreshed I downloaded the sophomore  album Diamonds and Gasoline from The Turnpike Troubadours. The Turnpike Troubadors take their name from the bumpy toll roads in their native state of Oklahoma. I had listened to clips from the album the other night and  the band sounded pretty good and after listening to the full songs I’d say they sound damn good! From their website:

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Stonehoney – Cedar Creek Sessions

The second album that caught my attention yesterday was the debut album by an Austin Texas based band Stonehoney. The album is titled The Cedar Creek Sessions and in my opinion it’s a strong debut! From their website

Stonehoney is comprised of four smart, seasoned singer/songwriter/instrumentalists who possess distinctive yet complementary songwriting approaches, and who trade vocals with instinctive ease. The group (accompanied on stage by a variety of drummers and keyboardists) is already a local favorite in its adopted hometown of Austin, and has built a large and enthusiastic fan base thanks to their soulful, high-energy live shows. Equally at home in honky-tonks and rock clubs, in raucous dancehalls and intimate house concerts, Stonehoney has also won acclaim with successful appearances at such prestigious festivals as the International Folk Alliance Conference, the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Falcon Ridge Festival

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Jerry Jeff – Reunion


So the last album that I listened to tonight was Jerry Jeff’s album Reunion. The album includes re-recordings of several of his early songs including the opening track “Maybe Mexico”, “Some Go Home (The Train Song)”, one of my favorites “Morning Song to Sally”. But it did have two new songs that became favorites of mine. “For Little Jessie (She Knows Here Daddy Sings)” which I’m listening to now and still love! Like I said before I’ve traveled down the musical road with Jerry Jeff from this song and the album cover picture of him holding Jessie to “The Wedding” the song he wrote for her wedding that’s on his latest album Moon Child. The other song is one that if I listen to this album again will be stuck in my head i”Got Lucky Last Night”

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No Forgotten Vinyl – Forgotten Tapes

So tonight I didn’t go to the basement and look through the vinyl for something to listen to rather I stayed upstairs and looked through the cassette tapes for some music that I haven’t listened to in a while. The first album that caught my attention was Alison Krauss’ 1990 release I’ve Got That Old Feeling . The album was released when she was a only 19 years old. The album was her second solo release for Rounder Records and her third overall release her second was with Union Station. This is what it says in Wikipedia about the album:

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Jerry Jeff Walker – Moon Child

So I’ve said it many times that I’ve been a Jerry Jeff fan since the first time I heard “Mr Bojangles” and “Ramblin’ Scramblin'” in the late 60’s. Except for the greatest hits type albums and a couple albums I have all of his albums and his music has been rolling around in my head forever! So a when I discovered a while ago that he had released a new collection of songs that he had been singing at concerts I had to order it! The album is Moon Child and it’s collection of really nice JJW music. The highlights for me include a nice cover of Chris Walls’ “The Poet is Not in Today” , a song he wrote for his daughter Jesse’s wedding ” The Wedding Day” and as I listened to the song I thought about my son’s coming wedding and thought they may like it! yeah right! anyway it’s not often that you can stay with an artist through his life from writing about his little girl’s knowing that “She knows her Daddy Sings” through her wedding! After “The Wedding Song” comes two songs about Belize the second one the really nice “Carribean Moon” and then two more love songs “What True Love’s All About” and “The Vows” written for his parent’s anniversary. The album ends with a cover of John Denver’s “Back Home Again”

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Twang Tuesday – Uh – I guess?

Today for Twang Tuesday I was going to listen to Texas Country rather than Bluegrass. So I started the day reviewing the Texas Music Chart and making a list of albums that looked good. I went to work and started by listening to a couple of the tracks off of Micky and the MotorcarsLive at Billy Bob’s and then a couple of tracks off of the Tommy Gallagher Band album Always Something (I am listening now to the band and “I Got I Made” featuring Mike McClure formerly of The Great Divide on their Myspace page as I write this). and I liked what I heard from both bands unfortunately I was doing some writing, so I needed some background music without lyrics so I switched genres completely and listened to Steve Hobbs a vibes player that I found a couple of weeks ago. I listened to his album Second Encounter a nice album and it let me finish the writing that I was doing.

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Thursday’s Music – Quick Notes

So today was a long day, it’s the first time in a long time that I had some work to do outside! Thankfully, it was a beautiful day but my butt was dragging when I got home! So some quick notes on what was playing on the trip down and back to Carneys Point! On the way down I listened to a little Texas Country – two younger artists that I discovered a while back who I really like Rich O’Toole and Casey Donahew. I listened to O’Toole’s album In a Minute or Two and tracks from The Casey Donahew Band’s two albums Live-Raw-Real in the Ville and Moving On.

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