Today was a very hard day out in the field lugging around the nuclear density gauge to test the density of the backfill being placed, above the pipe and below Tuckerton Road, during the emergency repair of the dam at Sioux Lake. And right now it hurts to even TYPE, and my mind well it’s gone to sleep well before the rest of my body!! But I’ll try to write something and any errors can be blamed on my tiredness!!
So on Sunday as I was doing some errands before the Eagles game I listened to a couple of new blues albums the first was Jeff Strahan‘s latest Monkey Around and Five Finger Discount from Soulstack. I enjoyed both albums! Let’s start with Jeff Strahan first. From his website……
Through my love of the Texas Music of Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen and the Texas Music Yahoo group, I discovered lots of other Texas Music artists like: Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Charlie and Bruce Robison, just to name a few. Well a few years ago Pat Green left Texas for Nashville and recently he decided to return to the Texas Music scene and I for one am glad he made that decision! His new album Songs We Wish We’d Written II has recently been released on the tenth anniversary of Volume I (has it been that long, time flies, ugh!) Here’s a performance of “Austin” from the album which is currently number 6 on the Texas Music Chart! ( Hey; look what”s number 1 – Gin, Smoke and Lies by the Turnpike Troubadors)
So over the last few weeks I’ve been using MOG and find that the site has a lot of great music almost as much stuff I like as Napster did! I really like the way they post albums for your taste based on what you’ve been listening to and tell you, that you’ll like this because you listened to that. In the last couple of days I’ve found two bands that I really like and had never heard of before. The first one was the Coen Wolters Band. The band hails from the Netherlands and is composed of Coen, Erwin van Gestel, Jeffrey van Duffelen and plays some great Texas type blues rock. I like both Coen’s vocals and his guitar wizardry! There’s a couple of good instrumentals on the album I listened to Broken Glass which was the bands first non-self released album in 2005 on Cryingtone Records has been followed up by the 2006 release of As the Crow Flies which I am now listening to as I write and the first track sounds pretty good! Here’s some quotes about the band:
Yeah, my wife is appalled by it and it may be inappropriate at times but here’s Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Family” and from me a Merry Christmas to all – wherever you may be think about your family!
So tonight as I sat down after a long day in the field I was scrolling through my iTunes library looking for some music that I’ve been listening to, but haven’t written about, and one of the bands that caught my eye was Micky and the Motorcars. I’ve been listening to their latest album Raise My Glass. Currently the song “Any Longer, Any More” from the album is number 25 on the Texas Music Chart.
So the other day when I was researching the music of Jeremy Steding I checked out The Texas Music Chart to see if any of his songs were still on the chart. They weren’t, but I did see an interesting song and artist at number 23 John David Kent “Back to the Country” . So I went to Napster found the album and gave a quick listen. Well the first track “Goodbye Gone” has a great dobro intro, good enough for me, it quickly went on the iPod and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. Yesterday, a big block of my day was taken up with a trip to Absecon, NJ, about an hour and twenty to thirty minute drive, so I got to listen to some tunes and John David Kent’s self-titled release kicked off the trip! (More about the others later)
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).
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”!
So listening to Brad Boyer’s Texas Country music last night got me thinking about and listening this morning to two of my favorite “younger” Texas Music artist Casey Donahew and Rich O’Toole so I kicked things off with Casey’s “Ramblin’ Kind” Here’s a little bit of that!