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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!
Welcome to another installment of Mixed Tape Monday. As you may have noticed, I am on a bit of a Texas Music kick and today will continue down that path. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear some great live music at a little barbeque joint just west of Fort Worth. I am a huge Walt Wilkins fan and I saw that he had two shows in the Fort Worth area yesterday. So, off we go for some beer and barbeque and some great music. In addition to Walt, there were some up and coming musicians like Johnny Cooper, Bobby Duncan, and 6th Market Boulevard that played as well.
So, my topic for today is, you guessed it, Texas Artists.
Song: One of Those Moments
Artist: Walt Wilkins
Song: Texas On My Mind
Artist: Django Walker
Album: Down the Road
Song: Beautiful Thing
Artist: Slaid Cleaves
Album: Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
Artist: Pat Green
Album: Wave On Wave
Song: My Brother and Me
Artist: Bruce Robison
Artist: Eli Young Band
Album: Jet Black and Jealous
Song: Shades of Gray
Artist: Robert Earl Keen
Song: Daddy and the Devil
Artist: Wade Bowen & Chris Knight
Album: If We ever Make It Home
Song: Goodbye Sweet Dreams
Artist: Roky Erikson & Okervil River
Album: True Love Cast Out All Evil
Song: Simple Song
Artist: Lyle Lovett
Song: Too Many Ways To Fall
Artist: Arc Angels
Album: Arc Angels
Song: Sunday Morning Coming Down
Artist: Kris Kristofferson
Song: We Can’t Make It Here
Artist: James McMurtry
Album: Childish Things
Song: Sunday Clothes
Artist: Charlie Sexton
Album: Under the Wising Tree
Artist: Jack Ingram
Song: Life Without You
Artist: Stevie Ray Vaughan
Album: Soul To Soul
Song: Love Must Follow You Around
Artist: Randy Rogers Band
Artist: Charlie Robison
Album: Life of the Party
Song: I’m the One
Artist: Doyle Bramhall II
Song: Come with Me Tonight
Artist: Bob Schneider
Album: I’m Good Now
Welcome to another addition of Tune in Tuesday! Today’s musical choices are all from the great state of Texas. And now, the obligatory cheesy state bravado, that’s right folks, it is Tune In Tuesday Texas style! I’m sure that was not as painful to read as it was to write.
Step Inside This House
Lyle Lovett is a great songwriter and has had a tremendous impact on the Texas music scene. Step Inside This House is an album of covers written by fellow Texans. It is one of my favorite albums that Lyle has released. He covers songs from artist such as Robert Earl Keen, Townes Van Zandt, Steven Fromholz, and Guy Clark. This release is a two disc album and is great from start to finish. Lovett’s vocals add new life to the lyrics of others while staying true to their music and most importantly, himself.
Lungs, Rollin’ By, Texas Trilogy (All three songs, thus the word trilogy),
Walt Wilkins is one of the greatest songwriters that you have never heard of. His music has been covered by the likes of Pat Green and Ricky Skaggs. Rivertown is one of his earlier solo albums and is filled with musical gems. He has a really comforting vocal presentation and brings you into each of his songs.
Poetry, One of those Moments, Seven Hillsides, Some Men Fall
Waco born Bowen is a Texas singer/songwriter who happens to be the brother in law of Cody Canada (Cross Canadian Ragweed). He co-wrote Pat Green’s hit “Don’t Break My Heart Again” and has released four albums. Lost Hotel was my introduction to Wade and is one of my favorite albums of his. His whiskey soaked vocals add an emotional depth to his lyrics.
Resurrection, Perfect Silence, Lost Hotel, Broken Reflection (Troubadour’s Prayer)
Soul To Soul
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Not sure what I can say about this album other than it is pure greatness. Stevie was a genius and this was just one of many ways he displayed his musical prowess. Life Without You and Change it are in my Top 5 Greatest songs by Stevie.
Life Without You, Change It, Lookin’ Out the Window, Look At Little Sister
Carry On was Green’s third self released album and one of his finest. His cover of Walt Wilkin’s “Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters” is amazing and the rest of the tracks are just as good. I am a huge Pat Green fan but find myself listening to more of his earlier recordings. This album, in particular, just seems to be more authentic than some of his new releases.
Whiskey, Carry On, Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters, Crazy, Holdin’ On
I’m Good Now
A paragon of the Austin music scene, Bob Schneider has got the musical goods. This is his third solo album. His funky word play, feel good vibe, and his musical fearlessness make him fun to listen to and even more entertaining to see live. This album is one of my favorite as well as a favorite of my kids. And really, there is nothing better than hearing the following words sung from your children when they are all under the age of 5.
I can see god on a cloud in the sky
On top of the world watching the world roll by
With a great big grin and some good cocaine
Jesus by his side in the pouring rain
And then there is another great verse that every kindergarten child should know
I can see god In Italian shoes
With a beard and a gun and a case of the blues
Smoking a cigarette drinking coors light
With teeth so white they light up the night
It was shortly after this car ride sing along that I received my first of many Father of the Year nominations and subsequent awards.
Come With Me Tonight, God Is My Friend, Captain Kirk,
Great music awaits!
I’m always impressed when an artist writes his own material and has the ability to play an instrument. As I’ve gotten older, I have come to better appreciate all the subtleties of a song and the work that goes into its creation. To me, the key to great music is the lyrics. I appreciate the instrumentation and all the musical components, but the lyrics are what draw me in.
The beauty of a lyric is that it can be a simple, well placed line or it can be the entire composition of a song. It is the artist’s ability to convey a thought or emotion that connects personally to the listener. In my opinion, it is poetry set to music. Witty, quirky, rambling thoughts, scathing sociopolitical commentary, beautiful, fluid observations, or emotionally charged lyrics, in my opinion, are the cornerstone of music.
So, I’ve compiled a list of great lyrics. This will certainly be a reoccurring topic on the blog as there are so many areas to mine for genius lyrics.
Here is the first installment of great lyrics you should be listening to:
|So you’ve been broken and you’ve been hurt, show me somebody who ain’t. Yeah I know I’m nobody’s bargain but hell a little touch up and a little paint.||Human Touch||Bruce Springsteen|
|A candle throws its light into the darkness, in a nasty world so shines a good deed. Make sure the fortune you seek is the fortune that you need. Tell me why the first to ask is the last to give every time. What you say and do not mean follows you close behind.
|Diamonds On the Inside||Ben Harper|
|People walk a tightrope on a razor’s edge carryin’ their hurt and hatred and weapons. It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen or a thought or a word or a sentence.
|Ain’t No Reason||Brett Dennen|
|Soak me in the sunshine, rinse me in the rain, the smell of hate surrounds me and I want to love again. Wrap me in feathers lost from angel’s wings, they’ve broken my reflection and I am in need.
|Broken Reflection (Troubadour’s Prayer)||Wade Bowen|
|Those little demons ain’t the reasons for the bruises on your soul you’ve been neglecting. You’ll never lose your mind as long as your heart always reminds you where you left it. And don’t ever let them make you feel like saying what you want is unbecoming.
If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time I doubt your eyes would be above it
|Gravity’s Gone||Drive-By Truckers|
|Your words just a bloody fallacy a house of cards you painted white. You tried to recreate Normandy but you made up the reason to fight.
And now red oil is spillin’ down on the street and your eyes too big for the belly is weak.
Will you not refuse this currency or is blood money just money to you is blood money just money to you
|Well I looked my demons in the eyes lay bare my chest
Said do your best to destroy me. I’ve been to hell and back
So many times I must admit you kinda bore me. There’s a lot of things that can kill a man there’s a lot of ways
To die yes, and some already did and walk beside me.
There’s a lot of things I don’t understand so many people lie. It’s the hurt I hide that fuels the fire inside me.
Will I always feel this way so empty so estranged?
|I dreamed you, I saw your face. Caught my lifeline when drifting through space. I saw an angel, I saw my fate I can only thank God it was not too late.
Over mountains I floated away across an ocean I dreamed her name. I followed an angel down through the gates.
I can only thank God it was not too late
|Angel Dream(No. 2)||Tom Petty|
|Boy, don’t you worry, you’ll find yourself. Follow your heart and nothing else. And you can do this, oh baby, if you try. All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfiedand be a simple kind of man.
Oh, be something you love and understand.
|Simple Man||Lynyrd Skynyrd|
|There’s a red barn in the half light and a white frost on the shade. And in the bars down off the main drag they’re drinking down what they got paid and I wonder in all my leaving if I ever could have stayed. I’m coming home There’s a junked out car in the tall grass it ain’t ever gonna sell. And Jimmy’s raising daughters and Jack’s out raising hell.
And I always said I loved you, I never said I loved you well.
|Cross of Flowers||Jeffrey Foucault|
Great music awaits!
Wade Bowen is a Waco, Texas born singer/songwriter who has become a staple of the Texas music scene. He self released his debut album “Try Not To Listen” in 2002. Early on, he was tearing up the road playing over 250 shows per year. In 2006, he released “Live at the Blue Light” and his studio follow up “Lost Hotel” both of which helped him expand his audience outside of Texas. In 2008, Bowen released “If We Ever Make It Home” and in 2009 he recorded his 2nd live album at the famous Fort Worth, Texas honky tonk Billy Bob’s Texas. It is scheduled to be released in early 2010.
He has collaborated with Pat Green, Randy Rogers, Cody Canada (Cross Canadian Ragweed), Radney Foster, and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
What’s appealing about Bowen’s voice, is the emotive tenor that’s just smoke filled and raspy enough to convey the world-weariness and hard living of traditional country music. He approaches his songs with restraint and reflection. Bowen writes with zeal and passionate assurance about the issues that color life. He achieves this with depth of thought and plain emotion that connects with his fans.
Wade Bowen Discography
- Try Not To Listen
- Live At the Blue Light
- Lost Hotel
- If We Ever Make it Home
Top 5 Wade Bowen Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):
- Broken Reflection (Troubadour’s Prayer) (Lost Hotel)
- Man Out of Myself (Try Not To Listen)
- Daddy and the Devil (If We Ever Make It Home)
- Perfect Silence (Lost Hotel)
- From Bad To Good (If We Ever Make It Home)
Check out Wade Bowen at www.wadebowen.com and let me know what you think.
Wade Bowen’s music is available on iTunes and record stores.
Great music awaits!