The driving force behind so many classics from The Band was known for hosting great multiple act shows (and potlucks!) at his famous barn home in Woodstock, NY, called Midnight Rambles. We've enjoyed spinning you tunes from this new, eclectic volume, featuring Chris Robinson, Allen Toussaint, Amy Helm, and of course the humble host himself among others in the spotlight. Levon's spirit lives on here at WNCW.
Everyone by now probably knows the story of how OCMS wrote "Wagon Wheel" from an unfinished Bob Dylan sketch, and maybe the one about how Doc Watson "discovered" the band while they were playing outside the Boone Drug pharmacy, and invited them to Merlefest.
With five albums in the last two years, including three with Grateful Dead songwriter Robert Hunter and one with the great Buddy Miller, and over twenty altogether ranging from straight-ahead bluegrass to stripped down solo acoustic guitar work, it can be hard to keep up with Americana's most prolific songwriter. So here's the one album you need to focus on: I'm a Song. It's Lauderdale doing what he does best: channeling George Jones, collaborating with Al Perkins, Kenny Vaughn, Lee Ann Womack, and the aforementioned songwriters, for 20 gems, all of them great. It's straight up
Have you heard of Corb yet? We've enjoyed playing him for about eight years now, but his real success is in Canada: 2006′s Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer won the Canadian Country Music Association’s Album of the Year, after his 2002 gold record Five Dollar Bill. Their favorites from these have been rerecorded at Memphis' Sun Studios, with more of an electric rockabilly/rock sound. How does Corb like it? “It turned out really well.
Willie hasn't had an album hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart since 1986. But this great new release debuted at #1 this past month, and for good reason -- it's 14 songs, nine of which he wrote or co-wrote, that capture the sound Willie Nelson does best. So, maybe Willie can't get any higher, but we'll see how long the 81-year-old legend can keep those younger wannabe outlaw stars from achieving their pipe dreams with this great one. We have a feeling he'll be high on WNCW's Top 100 list at year's end with this one, too.
Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal, Widespread Panic, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, and more than a dozen others paid tribute to the songs and voice of Gregg and The Allman Brothers Band at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on January 10th. We'll feature this live CD (which accompanies a great DVD) Thursday night.
How is it that a band that has been pounding the pavement for 20 years, living the rock-n-roll lifestyle and all that that conjures up, can still sound as young and fired up as kids half their age? Singer Rhett Miller, guitarist Ken Betthea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples have one of their best albums yet, on this tenth Old 97's release. As critic Mark Deming writes, Most Messed Up "sounds like the band rolled in, hit record, and let it rip, and the final product is tight, raucous, and the hardest rockin' set of tunes these guys have offered up since 1999's
Ray LaMontagne's epiphany moment in which he knew what he wanted to do with his life came while working at a shoe factory in Maine one day, when Stephen Stills' "Treetop Flyer" came on the radio. If that's what it takes to inspire talents like him to become musicians, we'll keep playing tunes like that... LaMontagne picked up a Grammy for his last album, and this fifth full-length from him has Dan Auerbach on board for a fairly complex departure from his previous four.
Funk, Soul, & Jazz combine for this ninth studio release from The UK's New Mastersounds. This one features guest vocalist Kim Dawson (The Motet), and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce.) We still can't believe we had these guys in Studio B once!