Monday, February 19, 2018

Still Worth Doing





















Down here at FTSOTS headquarters we completely agree with Kris Kristofferson's maybe not very subtle but most definitely heartfelt motto: if you don't like Hank Williams, buddy, you can kiss my ass. Which is precisely why we present these heartfelt homages to the Hillbilly Shakespeare this fine Monday. "We never met I know and yet I know you well my friend, and if ever I get to heaven on high I hope you'll shake my hand..." Amen to that.
Kris Kristofferson - If You Don't Like Hank Williams
Moe Bandy - Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life
Jimmy Murphy - I Long To Hear Hank Sing The Blues
Stoney Edwards - Hank And Lefty Raised My Country Soul
Freddie Hart - Hank Williams' Guitar
Tim Hardin - Tribute To Hank Williams
Tom T. Hall & George Jones - Talking To Hank
Waylon Jennings - Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
Johnny Cash - The Night Hank Williams Came To Town
Ry Cooder - Hank Williams

Friday, February 16, 2018

Anything But





















Worshipping at the altar of electric Miles, Albert Ayler, and the Sun City Girls, the Sunwatchers take no prisoners on their dense second outing, cleverly called II. Easy listening is obviously not very high up their list, but don't let this drive you away. Give 'em some time and you might be rewarded for stamina. Oh, and one wouldn't want to miss these New Yorkers covering Dylan and the Meat Puppets on an inspired Lagniappe Session over at Aquarium Drunkard either. Stand in solidarity, folks!
Sunwatchers - Silent Boogie

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Angel Dust













Huelva province's finest flamenco singer just might be Francisco José Arcángel Ramos, the none-gypsy better known as just Arcángel. Here he digs deep por soleá. "Erase my name from your lips and don't call me..."
Arcángel - Llego La Hora

Monday, February 12, 2018

Play For Life





















Hey now, new Dave's Picks alert! Hot on the heels of late last year's wonderful Volume 24, which presented a truly cooking Berkeley show from '72, here's Binghamton '77. It was the last show of the year the two sevens clashed for Jerry and co, but there's lots of energy here, not to mention a setlist to die for. Maybe not up there with the famous Cornell gig from the spring, but definitely worth your precious time.
Grateful Dead - Jack Straw (Live Binghamton '77)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Place To Go





















All hopped up to see Colter Wall on stage in Barcelona's Sala Rocksound tonight. Here's hoping the young Canadian with the mighty voice plays this beauty.
Colter Wall - Thirteen Silver Dollars

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Always Woman





















Virgil, that famous Roman poet of old, is on record to have proclaimed that 'woman is ever a fickle and changeable thing'. Be that as it may, here's a pair of lovely recent tunes by two strong and talented women. Semper femina indeed. Let Laura Marling bowl you over first with the price track of her last album, and listen to Joan Shelley's mouthwatering take on an old chestnut next. I'm sure Nick Drake, and maybe even ole Virgil himself, would have been proud.
Laura Marling - The Valley
Joan Shelley - Time Has Told Me

Monday, February 5, 2018

Sahara Blues





















Worth it for the cover alone: Eghass Malan, the first studio outing by Les Filles De Illighadad. The music, an electric take on that stark and hypnotic desert blues called tende, ain't half bad either. From the heart of Niger, and straight from the heart. Find a copy on the hot Sahel Sounds label, and go see them on tour in France and Spain. I know I will.
Les Filles De Illighadad - Eghass Malan

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Where It's At















Just got the sad news that Dennis Edwards has passed away. The lead singer of the Temptations during their amazing psychedelic soul phase was 74. Miss him.
The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack

Friday, February 2, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Crossed My Mind














The holy triumvirate of Ely, Gilmore and Hancock proves that the oft-ridiculed singing saw can easily replace country's much more obvious pedal steel, which can indeed be heard on Willie's just-as-melancholic original. Steve Wesson's the player of the thing, and he's a master.
Flatlanders - One Day At A Time
Willie Nelson - One Day At A Time

Monday, January 29, 2018

Back To This Place





















Calexico just might be the most consistent band around. The lads from Tucson have yet to release a subpar record, and their new The Thread That Keeps Us is indeed another keeper. Their trademark desert rock is there, often Mexican-spiced of course, but there's plenty of pop sensibility to be found as well. And as the uplifting Another Space shows, Burns and Convertino can play da Remain In Light-like funk with ease, too. Class, pure class.
Calexico - Another Space