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WALL-EYED, Grace Under Fire

Why do I like this EP?

Reason one: The first song I listened to was the second song, “Pint of Blood,” which reminded me of when Cold War Kids were awesome. If you only take the time to check out one of their songs, make sure it’s that one. The guitar work may seem simple, but it whips right through me.

Reason two: Variety. After I heard the second song, I decided to listen to the whole thing in order. And I heard a lyric: “I’ll think about brushing my teeth. And they’ll be clean.” WTF? Who writes like that? Answer: These guys. And Wilson Getchell sells the line with so much passion, it sounds like his mother is dying.

Reason three: I love Patterson Hood, Steve Earle, old Ryan Adams, and muscular alt-country. And I don’t hear near enough of it anymore. Used to be the only thing in my inbox.

Reason four: Ambivalence. “Sometimes when you fly alone, you got to drink the entire way. And sometimes when you fly alone, you got all kinds of things to say.”

This band is smart, tight, and full of surprises. They’re currently on tour and have another EP, “Exile,” coming out on May 9, 2014.



caitlin roser the stand-inI admit, I read too quickly when I put this submission into my playlist and thought it was the new Caitlin Cary–you know, the chick from Whiskeytown.  And truth to tell, there’s a similar sound: Smart country, with little-to-no twang (and where there is some, it’s subtle, tasteful, and charming).  But Ms. Rose is more traditional–and I mean that in a good way.

In fact, with every listen I’m loving this more and more. Especially the track titled “Waitin’.” It shoulda been the single! But I Was Cruel is good, too.

Check it out.

RIYL: Patsy Cline, Jack White’s album with Loretta Lynn, and, yes, Caitlin Cary.

I Was Cruel (direct link mpfree)



Apparently, The Wrinkle Neck Mules already have quite a little following. They’ve even been featured in a Geico ad. But they’re still on an indie label (Lower 40), making fantastic country music–Athens style. They’ve struggled lately, with some lineup changes due to tragedies, but they’ve come back strong.

Here’s a live recording of the new single, “When the Wheels Touch Down.”


If you like WNMs, you might also dig these dudes. They’re a little more “traditional” country. From their latest album, “Two Step Silhouette,” here’s the single as an mpfree.

“Love You Can’t Shake”



Apparently, Dead Confederate made a small splash at SXSW this year, and it was a blog about the band’s performance there that got me interested. I went to eMusic and downloaded the EP, expecting little more than Drive-By Trucker rehash, but willing to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did.

Yeah, the band is similar to DBTs in both subject-matter and genre (as well as geographic origin), but they are younger and fresher. Where Patterson Hood sounds like he’s got a foot in the grave, Dead Confederate have spring in their step, even when the content is dark. For example, “Memorial Day Night” is a painful ballad of a man who doesn’t have his girl’s heart, “now that the truth is all out,” and therefore, he is a man who “has no heart” at all. Touching lyrics and brevity mark this brilliant tune, and the simple melody is crisp and pure, where other Southern rockers tend to prefer mud and grit. The juxtaposition works well here, as it does in the ‘70s style Skynyrd piece, “Tortured-Artist Saint,” which looms then swells then comes back down into a jam and then crashes out. The signature tune is “The Rat,” a barnburner that should be posted on every blog in the universe but for some reason, isn’t.

You need to hear this band’s stunning debut.

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