First up is Larry Hooper with “Daydreams” a rural anthem, swinging wide as a screen door. This has that perfect summer moving into fall sound, featuring equal parts of sweetness and grit. Next is Kathryn Legendre with a smoldering waltz called “Have You Forgotten Me?” With an impressive amount of fire and ache, this song conjures up neon, the soft clink of billiard balls and the sadness just under the surface of every happy hour. Both folks have new albums dropping soon, which are available for purchase at their respective sites, on iTunes, or you know, at a show, if you live close enough.
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An oral history of the Palomino, the cradle of West Coast country. Really, I don’t know what to say other than to read it.
I have my hunches as to why country has never been as popular in England as other American roots music like R&B, Soul, and Blues. Apparently though, that might be changing.
What I’m Listening To
Kathryn Legendre-Old Soul Kathryn Legendre has a double barreled voice to match her old soul. Whether on a folksy ode to Guy Clark or threatening to love her man, you never feel less than certain that she means every word coming out of her mouth. The words she writes are really good too. Aggressively, unabashedly traditional without sounding dated or winkingly retro, “Old Soul” is packed with honest, no fooling emotion and top notch playing that makes me look forward to her upcoming album. I get most of my leads on what’s new and good by following her recommendations on twitter and she’s never steered me wrong. She’s made it easier to find good music via her new blog, here.
What I’m Drinking
Summer in the desert means that water comes out of the tap hot. So I ain’t even gonna lie. Still on that Lone Star kick because it comes out of the fridge ICE COLD.