Today is Tune In Tuesday. As you might have guessed, I listen to a lot of music. I listen at work, while I drive, while I drive to work, in the house, driving home, doing yard work, just about anywhere and anything I’m doing involves music.
Driving is where most of my listening happens during the day and sometimes night. My vehicle of choice and necessity, I have a brood of kids and 3 dogs, is a Chevy Tahoe, affectionately referred to as the “Ho”. Aside from the ample space needed for carting afore mentioned brood and dogs, the Ho has a great Bose stereo with a six disc changers. Six slots of pure musical pleasure.
Each week starts out with me selecting six random discs from my imposing musical collection. Once selected, they are inserted into the musical pleasure slots and then I hit the random button.
The thought behind Tune In Tuesday is that I will tell you what is in the changer for the week and give you a little background on the album, artist and key tracks.
This week, here is what is in the changer:
1. Drive-By Truckers: The Fine Print (a collection of oddities and rarities 2003-2008)
This album is a collection of covers, alternate versions of songs from already released albums, and a few odds and ends. The cover to Tom Petty’s “Rebels” is pretty cool as is their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”. Patterson Hood handles the majority of the vocals on the album. For me, the stand out cover is Warren Zevon’s “Play it all Night Long”.
2. Steve Earle: Townes
This album is a complete cover of Townes Van Zandt. “Lungs” is the standout track for me. Tom Morello (the Nightwatchman, Rage Against the Machine, Street Sweeper Social Club) plays on the album as does Steve’s son Justin.
3. Amos Lee: Last Days at the Lodge
This is the third album by the Philadelphia singer/songwriter. He has got a voice that just captivates you. “What’s Been Going On”, “Street Corner Preacher”, and “Baby I Want You” are three really solid songs.
4. Slaid Cleaves: Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away…
This Austin based singer/songwriter has a way with the words. Lyrically superior to the vast majority of artist out there, his voice is calm and inviting in a way that brings it all together. “Beautiful Thing: is by far the best track while “Hard To Believe” and “Dreams” are right up there. This is an album that can easily be listened to start to finish several times.
5. Bob Schneider: Lovely Creatures
Another Austin icon, Bob really runs the musical gamut on this one. “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)” is a great song and the most Bob like song on the album. He gets pretty musically diverse as the album progresses. “Tarantula” is just pure fun that will have you moving wherever you are.
6. State Radio: Let It Go
This is the third full length album for the Boston based sociopolitical trio. I’m a huge fan and love all of the music that they have done to date. Their music is a bond between my oldest son and I can’t ever here it without thinking about him and the trips we have taken to see them live. “Calling All Crows”,” Knights of Bostonia”, and “Blood Escaping Man” are great but then again, so is the whole album.
So, check them out and let me know what you think.
Great music awaits!