Nov 25, 2015
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Sep 30, 2015
Kenny Rogers recently announced his retirement from singing,
five years after the last time he moved his mouth.
A 2012 FCC ruling requires all FM stations that broadcast mostly traditional sounding
country music be placed on a frequency that ends in an even number.
Paparazzi recently caught Jason Aldean in a public restroom
with his jeans pulled down, attempting to unwad his panties.
In 2014 Gary Levox donated his belly button lint to Eskimos in upper
Alaska to make new clothes for the village's children.
When classmates at the 10-year high school reunion would ask hick-hop artist Lenny Cooper
what he does for a living, he'd tell them "foot fetish porn actor" to avoid embarrassment.
When classmates at the 10-year high school reunion asked Bucky Covington what he does for a living,
he said "I sing with my cover band at high school reunions like this; I didn't actually graduate."
Tyler Hubbard's favorite instrument is GarageBand on a MacBook Air.
Luke Bryan was late for his newest music video shoot consisting of pretty girls in lifted trucks
due to his Volkswagen having a flat tire on the way to pick up his skinny jeans from the tailor.
Ryan Adams made his choice of which album to cover by drawing a name from a hat.
Besides Taylor's 1989, the other options were Chad Brock's Yes!,
2 Live Crew's Back at Your Ass for the Nine-4, and Trixter 's self-titled debut.
Taylor Swift was so excited when someone told her Ryan Adams
was covering her album, she Googled his name immediately.
Sam Hunt is so tired of people asking why he considers himself country,
he's just had t-shirts with "$$$" printed on them to point at during interviews.
If Jason Isbell got a free beer for every time somebody asked about
his sobriety in an interview, he could… wait, that's just not appropriate.
Shooter Jennings' next release will be a folk album about hard times in the digital era
entitled Hey Brother, Can You Spare a Bitcoin?
If you stare into a mirror and yell "Yee Yee" three times,
a drunk skank with a 'Merica tube top will appear and give you a handy.
Thomas Rhett recently had keyless entry installed in his home because he can never find the key.
A Trailer & Jeremy Harris Collaborative Effort
Sep 21, 2015
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Apr 29, 2015
I'm finally seeing Ryan Adams live for the first time this Friday, so I thought I'd post some goodness from his recent Carnegie Hall shows. Not coincidentally, there's a new live set from those shows out for purchase... but it's friggin' expensive, so stream it on Spotify if you can.
Apr 11, 2015
Mar 6, 2015
I think I like this better than the studio version...
Dec 30, 2014
There will be commentary included with the top 20. These are all excellent. Trust me.
23. Jim Lauderdale - I'm a Song
24. Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
28. Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis - Our Year
29. Wade Bowen - s/t
30. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
31. Beck - Morning Phase
33. Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica
38. John Fullbright - Songs
39. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
40. Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits
41. Shakey Graves - And the War Came
42. Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy
43. Ryan Adams - s/t
46. Ty Segall - Manipulator
47. Jack White - Lazaretto
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If Dallas Davidson Had Written________
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road
Well my name's Brantley Gallimore
Standin' in the line at the grocery store
The only fake ID we've got is mine
So I'm buying' five jars of Kroger Moonshine
Lyle Lovett - If I Had a Boat
If I had a boat
I'd fill it up with hotties
And if I had a jet ski
I'd ride around my boat
And we could party all night
Shake it for me, hotties
Me upon my jet ski round my boat
Ryan Adams - Come Pick Me Up
I wish I could
Come pick you up
In my truck
Buzz you up
See all my friends
They're all full of beer
There's no lines in your tan
I wish you would
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Chillin' in a pasture outside of Macon
Jay-Z is rappin' on the radio
Smell of bonfire, dip and Jager
Truck wheels on a gravel road
Gram Parsons - Return of the Grievous Angel
Won't you rock my world little country girl
And ride with me out of town
Check out these sweet deer tracks I got at the tattoo parlor
And then pull your cut-off jeans on down
Mar 4, 2013
It's been a year since FTM did a full edition of doppelgangers, so it's about time. Thanks to Jeremy Harris for sending the first two and sparking this new post!
|Blake Shelton and Chaz Bono|
|Toby Keith and Leif Garrett.|
|Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers and Woody Harrelson|
|Kacey Musgraves and Lea Michele of Glee|
|Ryan Adams and Rick Moranis.|
|Tyler Hubbard of Florida-Georgia Line and|
Jason Mewes of the Jay and Silent Bob movies.
Jan 1, 2012
by Kelcy Salisbury
Well, it's that time of year. Time to look back at what happened, what we wish had happened, what didn't happen and most importantly, who released the best music. So here, just in time for your Christmas shopping, are the best albums that I heard amongst the many that were released this year. Keep in mind, that these will lean toward my favorite types of music (although my taste is fairly eclectic) and as a "real" person with a full time job and a life that doesn't involve occupying things, I didn't get to listen to every new album that came out, let alone all the ones I wanted to hear. So if your favorite new album isn't on here it doesn't mean I hate it (although I probably do, especially if you're a Deer Tick fan), I may just have been busy trying to keep my lights on.
Without further ado: The list, first the honorable mentions, followed by my personal top ten.
This album will top many lists, and while I liked it and found it compelling in places it just didn't grab my attention and hold it throughout the way some of his earlier work (Sirens Of The Ditch) did. Still a worthy effort. Don't miss these tracks: Codeine, Passing Through, Alabama Pines and Go It Alone.
Could have easily made the top ten, but something had to get cut, and unfortunately for Mike, this album was one of the cuts. It's a solid country album with some incredibly clever songwriting. Don't miss Oldsmobile, Fools of Us All, Walking Into Walls and Nothing Left To Lose.
Much like Isbell's offering, I loved parts of this album but it didn't grab me as a body of work the way some of his earlier albums did. Can't miss songs are I Gotta Go, The Road Goes On and On, and Play A Train Song.
If I'd found this album a little earlier in the year it probably would have made the top ten. I find something more to like on every listen. The thing that makes this album stand out from the rest of the "honorable mentions" is that I felt like it needed and deserved to be heard as a whole. Perfectly laid out and beautifully arranged.
And now the top ten. The order of these (especially the top 5) could change depending on the day and my mood but each and every one of these albums can stand on it's own merits and would be a worthy addition to any collection.
This one may come as a surprise to some, but as I said before, my taste is fairly eclectic. I never expected to like this album and didn't even give it a thought until it was suggested to me by a friend whose taste I trust (you know who you are, I hope you're not upset it didn't get a higher position). James brings a ton of vocal ability to the table, pair that with solid songwriting and great instrumental work and you have one fine album.
I already reviewed this album in an earlier piece and I won't rehash that. I'll simply say that this album does a great job of combining working class concerns and social consciousness with hip hop beats with blues and country elements.
8. Adele: 21
Anyone that has the kind of pipes this girl possesses stands a decent chance of making a good song or two. This young lady has made an entire album of great songs. Her vocals are clearly the highlight, but the instrumentation is solid throughout. The only reason this offering didn't land higher on my list is that the songs are (thematically anyway) somewhat interchangable. As someone (I don't recall who) stated on Twitter, Adele's ex-boyfriend deserves a Grammy for inspiring this album.
The album that Cody had always wanted to make finally got made, and what an all star cast of musicians made it! Every song is a cover of a song by an Oklahoma born or based songwriter but The Departed make these songs their own. If I hadn't known better I'd have been easily convinced that these songs were originals. From the opening snippet of a voicemail from the legendary Randy Crouch to the rollicking take on Stand Up, this album is a pure slice of heavenly heartland rock n roll.
The lesser known half of the Braun Brothers have been steadily working towards this album and it's been well worth the work and the wait. The whole thing hangs together thematically from the heartbreaking story of the title track to the rocking Saint Lucy's Eyes. There is a story here and it takes all 11 tracks to tell.
Adams finally returns with an album worthy of his prodigous talent and reputation. Sobriety and a stable personal life have been good to the former Whiskeytown frontman and it shows. His songwriting is better than ever. His vocals are a perfect fit for the music and the music is pretty excellent. I had pretty well written off Adams as a waste of talent over the past few years but he proved me wrong in a big way and I'm glad for it.
The "Red Dirt Chinese Democracy" is here and it was worth the long wait. Stoney's sound has evolved over the years. Layers of lush instrumentation wash over his pitch-perfect vocals. Much credit is due to the influence of Mando Saenz who co-wrote the majority of the album but at the end of the day it is Stoney's name on the finished product and what a finished product it is.
Perhaps best known as Jason Isbell's girlfriend, Ms Shires deserves to be known as one of the finest musicians and songwriters on the planet. Elements of folk and bluegrass permeate this outstanding album. One listen to When You Need A Train It Never Comes and you'll be hooked.
The only criticism I heard of this album was that it was traditional country that didn't break new ground. In today's world, truly traditional country music is ground breaking in itself, so I don't see the problem. What I heard was the best country songwriter on the planet today providing socially conscious, thought provoking lyrics over the best traditional country sounding band you're ever likely to hear. Roger Ray's steel guitar work has only improved over the years, Brad Rice adds a new dimension to his drumming with heavy use of brushes instead of sticks, while Noah Jefferies and Jeremy Watkins provide outstanding fiddle work and Grant Tracy keeps the whole thing moving along with his bass work. This is simply the best offering yet from a band that never fails to deliver great country music for people who like country music.
It comes as no surprise to anyone who's read my prior writings that this album tops the list. There isn't much I can say about it I haven't already, so I'll just say that even after taking the time to seriously think about it and listen to tons of new music there was nothing I heard all year that grabbed and held my attention any more than this album. If you already own it, congratulations, and if you don't, do yourself a favor and buy it for yourself for a Christmas present.
Well, that's all for this year folks. I hope you enjoy the article and most of all I hope you enjoy the music.