Laughingstock, “Like Texas”

Cinematic, spacious, and poetic, the songs of Laughingstock pull you in with layered textures while celebrating the victories, defeats, and spirituality of everyday life. “Like Texas” is a quiet little epic metaphor for America’s largest contradiction.

Like Texas (play/download mp3)

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Ray Campi Skins The Jimmie Skinner Songbook

As much biographical info as there is in this song, I don’t think I need to tell you the story of Ray Campi, or what he cares or doesn’t care about.  It’s all here, in a four minute testimony over some fine gitfiddle steel pickin’. Rockabilly legend Ray Campi, ladies and gents, paying tribute to bluegrass hitmaker Jimmie Skinner. Buckets of GR8.

Ray Campi
“Jimmie Skins The Blues” (download mp3)
from “The Ultimate Jimmie Skinner Songbook”
“Jimmie Skins The Blues” (play)
(Real Music Productions)
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Brady Harris Wants To Get Drunk With You

Gosh, grant me the sherenidy, to ‘cept the drinks I cannot have, the courage to drink the onesh I haves, and the wishdom to know the differensh HiC! BUURRRRRPP. Ahem. Now then. Here is Brady Harris with an ode to drunken lovin’, “Drunk With You.” It’s actually a sweet, strangely sober lament, about love and what to do with it.

Brady Harris
“Drunk with You” (download mp3)
from “Acoustic Rewind”
(Golden State Music)
“Drunk With You” (play)
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Raiding Le Water Tower 4 Buckets o’ Fine Fromage

From the mossy woods of Oregon, descending on Portland with guitars, fiddles and banjos, I present for your enjoyment the Water Tower Bucket Boys. Comical yet foreboding lyrics dance like a care free fool atop a careening locomotive of acoustic roots Americana, with French love interest. Yes. Have a taste of folky “Fromage.”

Water Tower Bucket Boys
“Fromage” (download mp3)
from “Sole Kitchen”
(Cohouse Music)
“Fromage” (play)
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Izzy Cox, “Bad Bad Woman”

Genius, genius. Pure shiny steel gitfiddle glee, plus purty danger babe total naughty winning. I am changing my status to “In a relationship” with this song, and taking it to bed. Izzy Cox, my dears. This is NOT your crusty uncle’s country music.

Izzy Cox
“Bad Bad Woman” (download mp3)
from “Killing My Kind”
(Dead Art Records)
“Bad Bad Woman” (play)
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Modern Don Juans Turn Out A Winning Fool

Veterans of the ever thriving Austin, TX music scene, The Modern Don Juans churn up twang-a-licious rockabilly of the highest order. “Turned Out a Fool” is the opening cut from their new brand spanking album, and it is badass. One of songs that makes you do a double take and go wait, is this a cover? Who did the original? In fact, this is one of twelve originals recorded in twelve hours, and put away hot. No gimmicks or production trickery here – this is raw and real, and a whole lot of fun for a fool.

The Modern Don Juans
“Turned Out A Fool” (download mp3)
from “The Modern Don Juans”
(Spinout Records)
“Turned Out A Fool” (play)
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Hearin’ What’s “Just Around The Bend” with James “Earache” Shouse

This swift-kickin’ lil’ bluegrass number has got my feet a stompin’ and head a bobbin’. James “Earache” Shouse is a lead singer/arranger who has jammed with many players including greats Bill & James Monroe, Dr. Wayne Kirby, Wayne Newton, Willie Nelson. This is a great back-porch ditty. Inspirational, joyous, and full of effortless virtuoso pluckin’ & fiddlin’. Check it!

“Just Around the Bend” (download mp3)
from “Ain’t No Part O’ Nothin'”
“Just Around The Bend” (play)
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Jude Johnstone’s “Quiet Girl” Makes Some Noise

Here’s a gr8 new original song from Jude Johnstone. In popular music these days, quality songcraft is often missing, replaced by hype or simple laziness. In most classic songs, every line supports the title, making the thought come across crystal clear in one listen, only to grow and gain depth over time. Reminiscent of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris (Harris actually sings backup on this track) Johnstone is a real-deal songwriter, as evidenced by the many songs she’s had covered by major artists. This track is warm, expressive, and effortless. Old school top shelf work, hot off the presses.

Jude Johnstone
“Quiet Girl” (download mp3)
from “Quiet Girl”
(Bojak Records)
“Quiet Girl” (play)
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I Love Love Love Kelley Hunt’s “Gravity Loves You”

Kelley Hunt delivers the goods with her passionate, bluesy and scorchingly soulful vocals.  I was hooked from the very first line, and she just gets hotter as the song progresses. This track is full of groove, gospel and goodies. The lyrics are uplifting and profound. With a voice like this and a band as top shelf as hers, they’ve got all they need to bring it home. And they do. Hell yeah.

Kelley Hunt
“Gravity Loves You” (download mp3)
from “Gravity Loves You”
(88 Records)
“Gravity Loves You” (play)
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Strolling Back Down Robin Bacior’s “Familiar Road”

With a choir chiming in behind her like ghost of a bygone era, Robin Bacior sings a song of love, loss and change. The musicians backing her are top notch, and extra props must be given to the drummer for playing the spaces with such excellent tension. Bacior’s voice is effortlessly beautiful on this single from her “Aimed for Night” EP. Check it out.

Robin Bacior
“Familiar Road” (download mp3)
from “Aimed for Night – EP”
(Hosenfish Records)
“Familiar Road” (play)
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