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When I was introduced to Tylor and the Train Robbers a couple of years ago on their album The Best of the Worst Kind, I fell in love with the band's particular brand of country music. The way Tylor Ketchum's voice has particular inflections that almost sound like a countrified Bob Dylan was unique. And the band was tight. They felt like they had a connection and of course they did and do- the band is made up of brothers (Tylor Ketchum, Jason Bushman, and Tommy Bushman) as well as Ketchum's father-in-law (Johnny Pisano). That unique connection makes the music feel connected and loose all at the same time. Everyone is on the same page making for a tight listen.
On the Trainrobbers' newest album, Non-Typical Find, we find the boys a bit more introspective than on their previous album. Considering this album was written and recorded during the nation-wide shutdown of 2020, that's no surprise. Partnering with Cody Braun (of Reckless Kelly fame), this album also has a really great production with a loose, familiar feel. The music let's Ketchum's words take center-stage with flairs along the way to add emphasis to the song.
The album kicks off with three really great songs that are going to be in heavy rotation for me over the next year. The standout here is "Worth The While." A song about feeling a little lost or out of touch and taking a different approach and/or point of view to try to gain new perspective, this feels like an almost anthem for where the country is at the moment. Yeah, sometimes we aren't going to get along, but if we can just try to see it from the other side's point of view, maybe we can learn to live for each other instead of ourselves.
The title track chronicles the discovery of bones by one of Ketchum's friends. Ketchum supposes what events may have transpired that may have led to this woman's remains ending up in this particular spot. The music almost belies the true nature of the song. At the base, this is a song about a death and the terribly sad discovery of the remains long after the death. But, the song is an uptempo, almost hopeful tune. It's the best song on the album, especially musically. The fiddle, the telecaster, and the pedal steel thread and weave together so perfectly.
The second half of the album is anchored by the song "Staring Down The North." With a crunchy slide guitar and menacing chords, this one tended to get under my skin and stay there a while after each listen. This one jams and showcases the Train Robbers' diverse, yet connected styles. The remainder of the album finishes with songs about trying to figure out your path and facing fears and depression ("Back The Other Way") and trying to always look for positive spins on current situations ("Silver Line").
Tylor and the Train Robbers are a band to keep watching. With their previous album and Non-Typical Find they are building the kind of catalog that is sure to keep people interested and I believe will continue to grow their fanbase. They are a tight family band with a hell of a songwriter at the helm. This album is worth your time. It's everything you want and need at this moment in time. I'm on the Train Robbers bandwagon. I think you should join me. Their magnum opus is still to come and I'll be here with open ears eagerly awaiting.
Non-Typical Find is available today everywhere you buy and stream fine music.
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Fear not, this picks on everybody.
Watch the NFL My Ass (I Won't Watch the NFL)
A Can of Soup’s Gonna Fall
All She Wants to Do is Tik Tok
The Cancellation Will Not Be Televised
Agent Orange Man Bad
Influencer Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
The Lonesome Death of Mr. Peanut
If You Tolerate Masks, Your Children Will Be Next
Walking on the Offended Side of Me
Defund Tha Police
Not Ready to Make Rice (Uncle Ben’s)
Meme is Murder
Working Class MAGA
Free Joe Exotic
Get Up Stand Up (is Ableist)
Mercy Mercy Me (The Quarantine)
Another Pylon in the Wall
We Shall Be Socialist
Trump Boat Parade (Bulls on Parade)
Biden in the Wind
Murder Hornet Most Foul
The Night They Drove Hobby Lobby Down
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Sep 19, 2019
Cracker From Muskogee
The Tide Pod and the Damage Done
Chick-fil-a Took My Baby Away
(Okay, not a protest song, but it had to be here)
Hurt Me SoulCycle
Evviva Il Papa John’s
Talkin’ Colin Kaepernick Blues
I Was a Teenage Incel
Give Hashtags a Chance
Your Punisher Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven
This Meme is Your Meme
Big Yellow Uber
Doxxing in the Name
Outrage of a Small Circle of Friends
De Keurig Man
Yasss Save the Queen!
White Claws for Peace
Would Jesus Wear a TAG Heuer?
Nike Punks F*** Off
Let’s Retweet the President
Hobby Lobby… the Punishment Due
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by Robert Dean
If there’s any tradition in American roots music that’s steeped in darkness and just utterly crushing thanks to it’s macabre tonality, it’s the murder ballad. The murder ballad is defined by Wikipedia as:
“Murder ballads are a subgenre of the traditional ballad form dealing with a crime. Their lyrics form a narrative describing the events of a murder, often including the lead-up and/or aftermath. The term refers to the content, and may be applied to traditional ballads, part of oral culture. Broadsheet printed ballads do not use the same formulas or structures, and are rooted in a literate society.”
Some grim shit, but oh so delicious when you’ve had a few drinks and are angry at humankind. If you’re a fan of country, the blues, or just dark rock and roll, there’s a long tradition of the murder ballad anchoring more than one classic record.
In an attempt to keep topics nice and spooky for Halloween, I wanted to rate my top 10 favorite murder ballads. If you’re looking to bum everyone out at your Halloween party, make a playlist. You’ll be in bed by 9:15. Enjoy. *now with an expanded accompanying Spotify Playlist*
8. The Ballad of Hollis Brown – Bob Dylan
7. Delia’s Gone – Johnny Cash
6. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix/Bob Dylan
5. Kate McCannon – Colter Wall
4. Ohio – Neil Young
3. Stagger Lee – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds