Welcome to Tune In Tuesday. Today’s installment of Tune in Tuesday features six random albums with Texas roots.
If We Ever Make It Home
If We Ever Make It Home is Bowen’s third studio This album reveals the trials and tribulations of any relationships. It speaks of love, loss, and the fallability of human spirit. He is a solid writer that is able to convey his story with passion. Daddy and the Devil is an amazing song that features Chris Knight and Bowen on vocals.
Key Tracks: Daddy and the Devil, If We Ever Make It Home, You Had Me At My Best
Fire, Honey, & Angels
This is Walt’s debut album and some of his finest songwriting. Walt’s music has a timeless feel to it with poignant lyrics about love, loss, and the varying stages of life. His voice is comfortable and familiar with a hint of wisdom. He has the ability to convey so many different thoughts and feelings through his lyrics and voice. His strongest material is the songs that paint a picture of everyday life. His eye for detail is uncanny as is his ability to take the mundane and make it memorable. Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters is possibly the best country song ever written.
Key Tracks: Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters, Our Lady of the Avenue, Lessons Never Learned
Like It Used To Be
Randy Rogers Band
This is the debut studio album for the band and is a solid first venture. Their sound is appealing in the fact that it does not stand out. It is good music that could be heard in any number of bars in a college town in the great state of Texas. Their music gives hope to all the other folks that are out on the road singing in dive bars and backyards. Their studio work is not overly produced and crafted for radio friendly hooks. Tommy Jackson is my favorite song from the band to date.
Key Tracks: Tommy Jackson, Lost and Found, Like It Used To Be
Erin Ivey is Austin’s Folk music darling. She was voted one of the city’s top 4 unsigned artists in 2007.
Her voice is amazing, both haunting and angelic with a touch of sensuality. Her single “Chocolate” is an infectious little number that has her voice dripping over her guitar.
Erin Ivey is a new artist for me as I just heard her for the first time when she opened for Joe Purdy in Austin a few months back.
Key Tracks: Chocolate, Separational, Beautiful World
Robert Earl Keen
Robert Earl Keen is a Texas born singer/songwriter who has built a cult following of both fans and musicians alike. Keen’s music is bathed in humor, the hills and landscape of Texas as well as the cast of characters he has met along the way. Picnic has several memorable (in pure Keen fashion) songs and the duet Then Came Lo Mein with Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins as well as his cover of James McMurtry’s Levelland.
Key Tracks: Undone, Levelland, Shades of Gray
True Love Cast Out All Evil
Roky Erikson and Okkervil River
Roky Erikson is the former leader of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators and one forefathers of the psychedelic music scene. This of course is before his well documented breakdown and battles that led him to a lengthy stint in Rusk Maximum Security Prison for the Criminally Insane.
Will Sheff is the leader of Okkervil River and is the reason this album came to fruition. Some of the songs were penned while Erikson was incarcerated. Sheff deftly produces the album without trying to replicate the sound of forty years ago when Erikson was blazing the music scene.
Key Tracks: Good Bye Sweet Dream, Be and Bring Me Home, Bring Back the Past
Great music awaits!