Album Feature – Ian Noe – Between The Country

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May 242019
 

By Joshua Wallace

I first became aware of Ian Noe when I saw him open for Colter Wall in Jacksonville, FL back in 2017.  I compared him to a young Bob Dylan then and was amazed at how his songwriting can draw you in. He crafts stories and writes about subjects with a hint of gritty realism that no one else is doing right now.  That still holds true on his debut LP Between The Country. Seriously people, this record gives me the same feels that records like Sturgill Simpson’s Hightop Mountain, Colter Wall’s self titled LP and Tyler Childer’s Purgatory have in the past. Let’s take a deeper look at some of my favorite tracks on this album.

“Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)” grabs you from the opening chords.  It’s a folksy number about the life a junkie and while it’s kind of sad in a way, the title character tries to keep a happy outlook on things.  It’s an example of the kind of songwriting you can expect throughout the record. “Junk Town” is a bittersweet tune about a man and his wife making it with what they have in a “junk town”.  They just seem to be passing time till they pass on to something better. It’s a story that is too common about people living in the same place and waiting for death to bring something different or something better.  “Letter To Madeline” is a great outlaw folk tune about a bank robber who is recounting his tale while longing for his Madeline. It’s an amazing tune that let’s Ian’s storytelling shine. This is probably my favorite track on the album.

“That Kind Of Life” celebrates the odd balls.  Whether it’s people ready to help at the drop of a dime or quiet people who get high and don’t have a care in the world, it celebrates people who live the kind of life that nobody lives anymore.  Another favorite, “If Today Doesn’t Do Me In” has been a favorite of mine ever since I heard it live. It’s a good slice of life story song about several characters such as a hitchhiker or a gas station clerk who are facing pivotal moments in their lives.  Finally, everyone who has heard Ian Noe has likely heard of “Meth Head”. It’s one of his more popular numbers that goes into darker folk territory about a meth addict. The song represents the realism that Ian brings to each of his songs and that hits very hard with anyone who listens to this track for the first or hundredth time.

Ian Noe is a once in a lifetime talent as a singer / songwriter.  While many are out there claiming to be outlaws or such, Ian’s music is real and gritty and deeper than most any outlaw country you can find.  His lyrics alone are enough to capture a room full of rowdy concert goers, but his sound is perfect for the 60’s psychedelic folk throwback that Dave Cobb has brought to Between The Country.  Think of this record as a modern take on a mix of 60’s Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young. You will hear elements of all three at different points throughout this album. I can’t wait to hear what is next for Ian Noe.  Between The Country is out everywhere on May 31st, 2019. You can catch him in Nashville at The Basement on June 1st and check out his website to see everywhere you can catch him live. I highly recommend it.

Favorite Tracks : Irene (Ravin’ Bomb), Junk Town, Letter To Madeline, That Kind Of Life, If Today Doesn’t Do Me In, Meth Head

Ian Noe – Between The Country (2019)

  1. Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)
  2. Barbara’s Song
  3. Junk Town
  4. Letter To Madeline
  5. Loving You
  6. That Kind Of Life
  7. Dead On The River (Rolling Down)
  8. If Today Doesn’t Do Me In
  9. Meth Head
  10. Between The Country

Album Feature – Justin Townes Earle – The Saint Of Lost Causes

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May 242019
 

By Joshua Wallace

Justin Townes Earle is back with his new LP The Saint Of Lost Causes.  It’s his first release since 2017’s Kid’s In The Street and eighth full length LP overall.  With his eighth record, Justin Townes Earle has honed in on his sound which is a mix of country, blues and folk.  There’s always a bit of that classic rock n roll sound present on his records as well.

The album kicks off with the title track and the first thing you notice is that bass line.  It’s smooth and serves as a backdrop to this track which sounds like it belongs in the smallest blues dive bar you can picture.  I love the guitar solo and how it plays with the atmospheric riffing done across the rest of the track. Another favorite is the more rockin’ blues number “Flint City Shake It”.  Flint, MI is used in songs a lot, but not quite like this. This rockabilly track references the cities troubles with GMC, but paints the people of the town as too tough to give up.

Another great track is the honky tonk number “Pacific Northwestern Blues”.  This is a traveling tune which features the great pedal steel work you can hear throughout this album.  The murder ballad “Appalachian Nightmare” is one of my favorite songs on this album. Justin writes good story songs and this one is one of his best.  Finally, another great testament to the song writing skills of Justin Townes Earle is the track “Ahi Esta Mi Nina”. This is a beautiful one sided conversation between a father and his daughter.  Both this and “Appalachian Nightmare” are new Justin Townes Earle favorites for me.

I highly recommend giving this record a listen.  It’s his strongest effort since 2012’s Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.  It doesn’t quite hit the highs of Harlem River Blues, but there are plenty of highs here and no real lows.  Justin’s incredible knack for storytelling through song comes through here with a couple of his best. The Saint Of Lost Causes is out everywhere you can find good music on New West Records.  Check out Justin’s website for a full list of touring dates and go to a show.

Favorite Tracks : The Saint Of Lost Causes, Flint City Shake It, Pacific Northwestern Blues, Appalachian Nightmare, Ahi Esta Mi Nina

Justin Townes Earle – The Saint Of Lost Causes (2019)

  1. The Saint Of Lost Causes
  2. Ain’t Got No Money
  3. Mornings In Memphis
  4. Don’t Drink The Water
  5. Frightened By The Sound
  6. Flint City Shake It
  7. Over Alameda
  8. Pacific Northwestern Blues
  9. Appalachian Nightmare
  10. Say Baby
  11. Ahi Esta Mi Nina
  12. Talking To Myself

The Outlaws And Renegades Tour Is In Full Swing.

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May 242019
 

This tour is already under way and I have been so behind on everything that it is truly hard to feature everything I know about promptly. This is indeed a massive tour going on by two of Country musics’s favorite people. It launched on March 8th in St. Augustine Florida, and rolls on into August.

Mr. Charlie Daniels recently released A new album from a side band called “Beau Weevils Songs In The Key Of E” last year and this is a collaboration album with Mr. James Stroud, Mr. Billy Crain and Mr Charlie Hayward. This is not a solo album, nor is it a CDB album.

In 2016 he joined Mr. Fred Foster and Mr. Randy Travis as the inductees to the Hall Of Fame, as well as being invited to join the Opry in 2008. He has published many books through the years, including his own memoirs in 2017 Never Look At The Empty Seats.

In 1974 he organized the yearly concert juggernaut based out of Nashville called “Volunteer Jam” which ran up until 1996 except for a three year gap in the late 80s. Collecting the Volunteer Jam albums has been a long time task for vinyl lovers like myself that enjoy collections of live albums.

Despite him only having one number one single and only 30 albums, Mr. Charlie Daniels is revered by many to be not only a Country Music Legend, but a Southern Rock Legend as well having influenced many bands like The Marshall Tucker Band. He charted 54 singles and held 44 of them in the top 100.

Mr. Travis Tritt has recorded 12 albums and secured 5 number one singles in his tenure as an artist. Seven of his album have been certified platinum in sales, and he has charted more than 40 times. He too has been a member of the Grand Ol Opry since 1992

  • May 24 – Viaero Event Center | Kearney, NE*
  • May 25 | Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence, MO*
  • May 30 | Koka Booth Amphitheatre | Cary, NC*
  • May 31 | Stage AE – Outdoors | Pittsburgh, PA*
  • June 1 | Rose Music Center at The Heights | Huber Heights, OH*
  • June 2 |Riverbend Music Center | Cincinnati, OH*
  • June 7 | Ozarks Amphitheater | Camdenton, MO*
  • June 8 | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie | Grand Prairie, TX*
  • June 9 | HEB Center Cedar Park | Cedar Park, TX*
  • June 13 | UMBC Event Center | Baltimore, MD*
  • June 14 | Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre | Columbus, OH*
  • June 15 | Sangamon County Fair | New Berlin, IL*
  • June 22 | Weedsport Speedway | Weedsport, NY *
  • June 28 | BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove | Southaven, MS*
  • June 29 | Oil Palace | Tyler, TX*
  • June 30 | Raising Canes River Center | Baton Rouge*
  • Aug. 9 | Las Colonias Amp | Grand Junction, CO>
  • Aug. 10 | Sky Ute Casino | Ignacio, CO>
  • Aug. 13 | Northern Quest Resort Casino | Airway Heights, WA>
  • Aug. 15 | Tulalip Casino/Orca Ballroom | Marysville, WA>
  • Aug. 17 | Ford Idaho Center Amp | Nampa, ID>
  • Aug. 18 | Fort Hall Casino | Fort Hall, ID>
  • Aug. 20 – Antelope Valley Fair | Lancaster, CA
  • Aug. 22 | Green Music Center | Rohert Park, CA>
  • Aug. 23 | Thunder Valley Casino | Lincoln, CA>
  • Aug. 24 | Star of The Dessert | Primm, NV>
  • Aug. 25 | Anselmo Valencia Tori Amp | Tucson, AZ>

*Features The Cadillac Three

<Features Marshall Tucker Band

>Features Love & Theft

^Features Copper Chief