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JASON ISBELL-Something More Than Free

“Now I know you’ll be fine on your own, and your families all need you at home…” Is “To a Band That I Loved” written for the Drive-By Truckers? Maybe. Probably. And I suppose that might make a lot of people sad. But I for one am overjoyed that Jason Isbell walked away from a band that was bigger than he’ll ever be as a solo artist because, goddamn, he has a lot to say. I’ve loved every one of his solo albums, and his latest is no exception. If this isn’t one of the best albums of 2015, then we’re in for a tremendous year.

He’s only offering one song as a sample, which is too bad because the entire album is essential listening. To make up for it, I’ve included a video of him covering one of my favorite artists of all time…Van Morrison. And just to make things even, I’ve added a cover of Jason’s own material—Coedine is an awesome song.


CALEXICO-Edge of the Sun

Yeah, they’re a major label band now….But they still sound independent of the massive production machine that makes everyone sound alike. These are real people playing real instruments and singing with their own voices.

(Except they use Ben Bridwell’s on the single!)

I’m really enjoying this album. Especially Cumbia de Donde, below. Calexico always feel so rootsy and earnest.

Highly recommended.



I’m really enjoying The Far West’s album “Any Day Now.” It’s good, honest Americana. Here’s a couple cuts from it, along with a Pete Seger cover they generously offer via Soundcloud…


GRIZZLEE TRAIN-Come Back Around (EP)

It’s January 2015, and we’ve already got a real good release for the year. Grizzlee Train’s rootsy, rockin’ debut sounds immediately classic and contemporary. Intro track “Morning Bell” could be a Meters song, but then the second cut “Soldier for You” sounds like indie rock and roll. Great percussion (really great), great rhythm, and terrific songwriting–this is a very good EP and I can’t wait to hear more from them.

Check out their Soundcloud page here.


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