Bobby Bare – Darker Than Light (2012)

Returning to the legendary RCA Studio B — the same place he cut many of his earliest sides — with producer Don Cusic in tow, Bare tackles folk chestnuts with the support of a band of pros anchored by guitarists Buddy Miller and Randy Scruggs, musicians who match Bare’s well-weathered but hardly worn-out growl. Strictly speaking, not every song here is a folk tune — he revives U2′s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” which is now close to a standard, and he covers Alejandro Escovedo’s “I Was Drunk,” plus he sets the Shel Silverstein poem “The Devil and Billy Markham” to music, thereby making an important connection to his classic ’70s albums, which were heavy on Silverstein tunes. Still, the core of the album lies in these imaginatively reworked folk tunes, with Bare digging into such sturdy standards as “John Hardy” and “Shenandoah,” finding new wrinkles within these overly familiar tunes. Bare doesn’t turn the songs inside out so much as expand them, so “Boll Weevil” winds up grooving on a back-porch stomp and “House of the Rising Sun” rolls out on a floating sense of sorrow. Through it all, Bare’s voice retains its casual power and grace, and he’s clearly invigorated by the ace musicians who surround him. He may be pushing 80, but Bobby Bare never seems old; he sounds like a man in full, happy to be where he is, singing songs he’s always loved.

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Bobby Bare – As Is / Ain’t Got Nothin’ to Lose (2012)

Tracks:

01. Dollar pool fool
02. Learning to live again
03. Call me the breeze
04. Take me as i am (or let me go)
05. Let him roll
06. New cut road
07. She is gone
08. Dropping out of sight
09. Summer wages
10. White freight liner blues
11. If you ain’t got nothin’ (you ain’t got nothin’ to lose)
12. (i’m not) a candle in the wind
13. (they covered up) the old swimmin’ hole
14. Isn’t that just like love?
15. Goodnight irene
16. Golden memories
17. I’ve been rained on too
18. Cold day in hell
19. So good to so bad
20. Praise the lord and send me the money
21. Three legged man
22. Drinkin’ from the bottle (singin’ from the heart)
23. Stacy brown got two
24. Time

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Becky Lee And Drunkfoot – Hello Black Halo (2012)

Hello Black Halo rolls in with  dark clouds of betrayal, death, and lust, as. Becky Lee abuses the hell out of her guitar using the drums only to drive the song into the open country of your speakers and her voice strikes with the power of lightning.  In “Killer Mouse”, she breaks from the beating drum into a small lead that proves Lee understands how a song needs to break down for the words or music to have the desired power.The tracks that follow are all great and enjoyable, but the track that stands out is “Hip Kids”, a suburban summer lament. In this track, Lee channels the Shondells in a 1950′s dirge about being finished with the posturing multitudes who are too cool to do anything loose or reckless (or even treat a woman right). “Hip Kids” is a song  never knew could be written. It manages to be sad, rebellious, and angry, in the same four minutes.

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The Steel Drivers – Hammer Down (2012)

The SteelDrivers are back! The three time Grammy® nominated bluegrass-meets-soul band has threaded the roots of bluegrass music with the distinctive threads of their own design, bringing together country and soul to create their own unapologetic hybrid of new music with the old feeling. Hammer Down, their third release on Rounder Records.

“They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant.” ~ Adele

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