Sunday Music: West Virginia (With The Front Bottoms)

the front bottoms back on top album cover

Maybe it was Richmond, Indianapolis that made me think of Richmond, Virginia that made me think of “West Virginia” by The Front Bottoms. Maybe it was the nearly 12 hours of highway time I had already clocked that day. Maybe it was the last gasp of coffee on my breath before I pulled into the … Continue reading Sunday Music: West Virginia (With The Front Bottoms)

Sunday Music: Learning To Fly (But I Ain’t Got Wings)

tom petty learning to fly single cover

I had it on cassette and played it to death in my Walkman. I'd play it on the swings, daydreaming about performing songs like these on a stage to cheering, adoring, and equally passionate fans. And here, all these years later, it sneaks up on me because a friend quotes it in an email. The … Continue reading Sunday Music: Learning To Fly (But I Ain’t Got Wings)

Sunday Music: The Marfa Tapes Are (Camp)Fire(y)

This is the ultimate around the campfire recording. Seriously. It sounds like they recorded it on an iPhone around a campfire (or outside at least on some creaky chairs, sipping something strong, bleeding their hearts all over a dusty floor). It sounds that way because it’s what they did. Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon … Continue reading Sunday Music: The Marfa Tapes Are (Camp)Fire(y)

Sunday Music: Playlist for April 2021

I’ve had this one cooking for months and I am (finally) ready to call it done. As usual, we’re all over the place stylistically, but the connections are there if you look for them. From the poppy start to the folksy balladeer finish, I think these songs are as ready for springtime as I am. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Playlist for April 2021

Sunday Music: “Call Me A Fool” By Valerie June

There’s a sensitivity in the drawl of Valerie June’s voice that’s mesmerizing to me. Lots of people have unique voices, but few of them have the mastery over their instrument that she does. June’s got an ability to pull tones, sounds, and emotions out of songs that are unique to her. She’s got a new … Continue reading Sunday Music: “Call Me A Fool” By Valerie June

Sunday Music: Fire That Keeps Me, Keeps Me Running

Esther Rose described her single, “Keeps Me Running” as follows, “Keeps Me Running” is my most recklessly optimistic loner anthem to date. It’s about not being ready for a new relationship, chasing that wild lonely feeling, and being energized by it. Yeah. I’m going to say she nailed it. Vocally it’s conversational while hesitantly flipping … Continue reading Sunday Music: Fire That Keeps Me, Keeps Me Running

Sunday Music: Yes Miranda, We Can Be Friends

So an old friend texts me asking how much time I’ve spent with a certain Miranda Lambert record. I let him know, “I mean, I know who she is and kind of know some of her stuff, but I never really paid that close attention to her. Why?” He says, “Trust me, this record is … Continue reading Sunday Music: Yes Miranda, We Can Be Friends

Sunday Music: Lord I’m Going Uptown To The Harlem River To Drown

Steve Earle lost his son and fellow musician Justin Townes Earle last year. As if that’s not tough enough, Steve just released a tribute album of him performing his son’s music. The whole record is as emotional in concept as it is in performance. J.T.’s songwriting always had a way of hitting a nerve with … Continue reading Sunday Music: Lord I’m Going Uptown To The Harlem River To Drown