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Today’s installment of Tune in Tuesday features six random albums.
Whiskeytown is the springboard band for the genius of Ryan Adams. A short lived group that only released three, albeit stellar, albums Whiskeytown helped herald the Alt/country scene.
Pneumonia is a phenomenal album that can be listened to from start to finish.
Key tracks: Jacksonville Skyline, Sit & Listen to the Rain, Don’t Wanna Know Why
Until When We Are All Ghosts
William Fitzsimmons is the whispering hirsute folk singer that channels demons into lush, ethereal songs about love, loss, life, etc… His music is mostly guitar and vocals with the occasional piano. Soft, sparse, and not quite radio friendly) no poppy hooks or bombastic bass beats) his music is well worth checking out.
Key Tracks: Passion Play, Find It In Me, Forsake All Others
This is the last album by the late, great Warren Zevon and was released two weeks prior to his death. There is also a great documentary regarding the creation of this album and last days of Warren. Keep Me in Your Heart is the closing song and it is amazing as is the eerie cover of Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. There is a Who’s Who of rock and roll royalty that appear on this album: Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, T-Bone Burnett, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Walsh, John Waite, Timothy B Schmidt, and Ry Cooder.
Key Tracks: Keep Me In Your Heart, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Disorder in the House,
Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog
This is the early grunge version of a super group and was spawned by the death of Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone). Members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden collaborate in this tribute to friend and fellow musician. Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder have never sounded better than on Hunger Strike. Such a contrast in vocal styles but a rocking duet none the less.
Key Tracks: Hunger Strike, Wooden Jesus, Four Walled World, say Hello 2 Heaven
Us Against the Crown
This is the debut for the Boston based trio that is fronted by former Dispatch member Chad Urmston. State Radio is steeped in sociopolitical rhetoric and reggae vibrations. I’m a huge fan of the band and have seen them live several times. This is my favorite album that they have released.
Key Tracks: Camilo, Riddle In London Town, People To People, Mr. Larkin, Right Me Up
This is Bingham’s second album on Lost Highway and has not been hurt by his sudden popularity due to the release of the movie Crazy Heart. He has a raspy, whiskey soaked voice that seems road weary despite his relative young age. The fact that he does not follow the current crop of pop country is refreshing.
Key Tracks: Day Is Done, Country Roads, Wishing Well, Snake Eyes
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Ever have one of those days where good music followed you everywhere you went? Yesterday was one of those days. Got up early, courtesy of 4 dogs, and went to the Cowtown Diner in downtown Fort Worth. This was a first time experience and well worth the trip both musically and culinarally (not really sure if that is a word but I’m going with it). As we are walking to the table, I notice the siren song of the Cowboy Junkies emanating from the speakers then, James Taylor, Ray LaMontange, Josh Ritter, Shawn Colvin, Whiskeytown, Patti Griffin, Grant Lee Phillips and a litany of other great artists and songs for the duration of breakfast. In case you are wondering, the breakfast tacos (1 bacon, 1 sausage) were my choice of the morning and more than I could eat in one sitting. The biscuits and sausage gravy looked pretty good and I was told that the cheese grits were the highlight of the meal.
The next unexpected musical nirvana was Lowes, yes the home improvement store. Williams Fitzsimmons was the first song I heard and it was followed up by Josh Rouse and then Brendan James. After that, I was out in the garden center and out of the musical range.
The day culminated with watching a few episodes of House M.D. If you are not a fan, you need to check it out. Not only is it great television, there is some fine music wrapped in each episode. Yesterday was Lucinda Williams and Brett Dennen.
Unexpected great music is always one of those things that make the daily grind seem more tolerable or make the fun times that much better.
So, the questions of the day are:
Where have you found unexpected musical greatness?
What store or restaurant has consistently good music reverberating between their walls?
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William Fitzsimmons seemed destined to be a musician from his early days. He was born to two blind parents who were musically inclined and had an array of instruments in the house. One of which, was a pipe organ that his father built into the house with his own hands. He was taught piano and trombone in elementary school and taught himself the guitar in Jr. High.
While it is obvious he became a musician (check out his cool, long musician beard), it was not always a clear path for William. He pursued his education in the field of mental health and became a practicing therapist. While in graduate school, he purchased some recording equipment and tinkered around a bit.
He self-produced and released his debut album “Until When We are Ghost” in 2005. Shortly after the release, his songs started showing up in television shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” “One Tree Hill”, and “Army Wives”. In 2006 he engineered and produced his second album “Goodnight”. His first official studio album “The Sparrow and the Crow” was released in 2008.
His lyrics are often dark and autobiographical and sung/whispered with a quiet yet emotional power. On occasion, he has a tendency to mix electronica with folk style music which does not sound as weird as you might expect.
William Fitzsimmons Discography
- Until When We Are Ghosts
- The Sparrow and the Crow
- Live from the Downtown Studios
Top 5 William Fitzsimmons Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):
- Passion Play (Until When We are Ghosts)
- Even Now (The Sparrow and the Crow)
- Forsake All Others (Until When We are Ghosts)
- Afterall (Goodnight)
- Maybe Be Alright (The Sparrow and the Crow)
Give William Fitzsimmons a chance and let me know what you think. http://www.last.fm/music/William+Fitzsimmons/+videos/+1-8SVH3UxFcCc
William Fitzsimmons music is available on iTunes, some record stores and www.williamfitzsimmons.com.
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