January 19, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: January 19, 2013

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Sleepy Vikings had previously and unsuccessfully described it’s sound as “southern shoegaze”, but this tag is really just window dressing for hick towns and beer plus Pavement and Sonic Youth. This is a band that accepted an invitation to play its first show before it even had a set of music to play, so fitting into a genre is not a top priority.

“This album is absolutely fantastic, and highly recommended.” – PopWreckoning

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DALEEl Rancho Azul is the honkiest tonkiest album of Dale Watson’s long career. Filled with 14 original tunes that are filled with all the insight, warmth, and humor that have made him a favorite around the world.Recorded at good friend Willie Nelson’s Pedernales studio, El Rancho Azul features the first studio recording of the fan favorite “I Lie When I Drink” as well as a father’s touching sentiments reflected in “Daughter’s Wedding Song.” Boasting rollicking songs of drinking, barrooms, and dance floor romance, El Rancho Azul is as real as country music gets and is sure to get you on the dance floor!

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WILLIEOne for the Road, Willie Nelson’s duet record with fellow American music maverick Leon Russell, followed months after his freewheeling, jam-heavy double album Willie and Family Live. This record (once a double LP, now a single CD) wasn’t recorded live and the songs run a little shorter, but it shares the same sort of loose spirit and easy-rolling eclecticism as the two, essentially backed by the Family, run through a mess of country and pop standards. The latter makes up for the second half and its appropriately a little more subdued feel, but it’s earthier than Stardust and it makes a good companion for the irresistible first half, which is often cheerfully rowdy (particularly on the dynamite opening triptych of “Detour,” “I Saw the Light,” and “Heartbreak Hotel”) and convincingly bluesy on the ballads and mid-tempo groovers like the excellent “Trouble in Mind.” Both Nelson and Russell are known as sharp interpreters of other people’s material, and teamed together, they might not reinvent these songs (though they come close on “Heartbreak Hotel”), but they infuse a lot of sound and spirit into these songs. It’s a little bit too laid-back and easy to qualify as a no-holds-barred classic (particularly on the second half), but that mellow charm is precisely why it’s a small, priceless gem for any serious fan of either singer.

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maxThough only 25, Gomez has been performing for a decade around his hometown of Taos, drawing on his early influences of traditional blues and alt-country legends like Townes Van Zant, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Recently signed to Americana specialists New West records, Gomez has been completing tracks for his debut album Rule The World due January 22 via New West. “I try to be more of a disguised lyricist,” says Gomez of his writing process. “The songs I write are not real straightforward. You have to decode them. I like when the listener has to create their own story, rather than be told what’s happening.” For a couple of samples, check out the extra-fine new focus track “Run From You” along with an early version of the album’s title track below, a song we think you’ll be hearing a lot more of soon.

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