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Townes Van Zandt.
High, low, and in between.
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In 1972 Van Zandt cut two perfect albums, one of them being High, Low and in Between. Tomato Records’ owner Kevin Eggers, who was responsible for many of Van Zandt’s best records, produced this album with minimal backing that keeps the spotlight on Van Zandt’s vocals and his songwriting. The record includes “To Live Is to Fly,” the song Van Zandt considered his best, “No Deal,” an absurd hard luck blues, a couple of gospel songs, “Mr. Gold and Mr. Mud,” one of his most baffling poetic tunes, and the title track, an aching tale of heartache and confusion. — allmusic.com
Keywords: Folk, Country
The fudge sessions.
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This Jacksonville-based duo have gained a good deal of press on the national level for their fusion of contemporary and neo-traditional country with pop, jazz and rock influences. The Jacksonville Public Library is proud to feature their self-released EP “The Fudge Sessions” as part of the Local Music Collection.
Time (the revelator).
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Gillian Welch’s third album, Time (The Revelator), finds the folk vocalist and musician shifting her attention from achingly beautiful mountain ballads to achingly beautiful pop/rock ballads. Regarding this album, Welch states: “As opposed to being little tiny folk songs or traditional songs, they’re really tiny rock songs. They’re just performed in this acoustic setting. In our heads we went electric without changing instruments.” — allmusic.com
Keywords: Neo-Traditional Folk, Country
The big to-do.
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In his liner notes to the Drive-By Truckers’ eighth studio album, The Big To-Do, bandleader Patterson Hood uses running away to join the circus as a metaphor for a variety of hopes, dreams, and ambitions, adding “I never really was all that into the circus as a kid, but I sure was into the Rock Show, which was sort of The Circus for kids of my generation.” There’s plenty of truth to that line, but while running off to chase the Big Top usually means escaping the realities of adult responsibility, Hood and his bandmates have become all the more willing to deal with the home truths of just getting by as they’ve become more successful, and The Big To-Do may be their most intense look yet into the messy realities of life in post-millennial America. In The Big To-Do, the Truckers sing about people trying to make sense of a world that’s seemingly turned against them — a young boy whose father has abandoned the family (“Daddy Learned to Fly”), a man who has lost a bad job and is struggling to support his family (“This Fucking Job”), a wife confronting her unfaithful husband (“You Got Another”), an alcoholic who can barely remember the wreckage he’s left behind (“The Fourth Night of My Drinking”), and a father trying to figure out what lessons he can pass along to his children (“Eyes Like Glue”). – allmusic.com
Keywords: Country, Rock
An outlaw– a lady : the very best of Jessi Colter.
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An Outlaw…a Lady: The Very Best of Jessi Colter is a long-overdue full-length compilation of Colter’s most popular recordings of the 1970s and ’80s. Among its 18 tracks are nine of her ten Top 50 country hits, including two licensed from RCA Victor, “Suspicious Minds” and “Under Your Spell Again,” both duets with her husband, Waylon Jennings. — allmusic.com
Keywords: Outlaw Country
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Gloriana’s stylized synthesis of Fleetwood Mac and ’70s Californian country-rock is designed to elicit astonished gasps of “they sure don’t make them like this anymore” — which is more or less true, especially when the group’s composition is taken into the equation. Gloriana is an old-fashioned construction of a band, assembled mainly from old pros who haven’t quite hit the big time yet. — allmusic.com
Keywords: Contemporary Country
Lonesome, on’ry & mean.
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Lonesome, On’ry and Mean is the quintessential Waylon Jennings outlaw record. Waylon produced the set — the first unfettered by the bonds of RCA — with his own band, and the results are nothing less than electrifying. Steve Young, the perennial country and folk music outsider, may have penned the title cut, but Waylon’s delivery as an anthem bears in it all of his years of frustration at not being able to make the music he wanted to. Fury is a better word for what is heard in the grain of the song’s lyrics. Young’s own version is devastating, but this one is transcendent. — allmusic.com