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Old 10-01-2009, 10:20 AM   #131 (permalink)
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Hey man, Really cool thread here. I only have come across it now, damn I missed out. I am downloading those mixtapes as we speak and about to listen to the first one now.

Just one question: Who is the artist/album for the track "Wishin Id Die" in the first comp?

Some really great stuff here, thanks. Gonna check some of it out.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:37 AM   #132 (permalink)
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That'd be .357 String Band with the album Ghost Town
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:11 PM   #133 (permalink)
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:41 AM   #134 (permalink)
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During the past week Daytrotter's posted some Willem Marker and Malcolm Holcomb, FYI.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:09 AM   #135 (permalink)
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Hello you guys! I stumbled across this blog and you made my last weeks really great! so much of new music... I know 16HP for about 2 years now and am a great fan of Eugene Edwards, seen Wovenhand live twice, but wasn`t really into the Denver Sound / Gothic Americana or what the hell to call it. Especially you Pete, you give a lot of effort and I really wanna thank you!
I wish I could offer some great artists of this genre but they are all already mentioned. But maybe you give Svarrogh a short listen, might find them by googeling, they are not quiet country, not quiet anything at all, but sometimes I like their dark style very much! (some of their albums are a bit Metal, thats for one to like or not, I don`t...). And does anybody know Jason Webley? He's kind of a Tom Waits figure, not as good as the good old guy but really ok! And another band I`d like to mention is DarkDarkDark - please guys, listen to it!
I hope you don't already know these three bands, so I could bring something new to you like you did to me...
And another thing: is anybody out there who's got Jay Munlys "Blurry" and "Galvanized Yankee" ? And something by the Denver Broncos ?
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:16 AM   #136 (permalink)
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Don't tempt me. Or, is this frightening, a class of music, Gothic+ Country? Mysterious, eerie, saga-rific! I think I am goin' to try some of it.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:18 AM   #137 (permalink)
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This is such a great collection of preview videos, that everyone has put here, as I would like to see what this is! Thank you for posting them, everyone that did.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:03 PM   #138 (permalink)
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OK time to give this thread a good ol' kick in the ass. I've pretty much exhausted most of my "Gothic" style country bands, however I've decided to branch out as to include more contemporary and alternative country groups. Now I'm currently engaged in a few other writing projects so I won't be making any entries tonight, however here's a list of artists I've been absorbing lately and to expect a write up in the near future:

Joe Buck
Guy Clark
Corb Lund
Luther Wright & The Wrongs
Haunted George
Drive-By Truckers
Scott H. Biram
Pine Box Boys
Woodbox Gang
American Graveyard
Corey Smith
Th`Legendary Shack Shakers
Unknown Hinson
Justin Townes Earle
Deer Tick
The Felice Brothers
Murry Hammond
hyacinth house
Langhorn Slim
Hank Williams III
Muleskinner Jones
Slobberbone
Lucero

and so on and so forth.
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:55 PM   #139 (permalink)
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Corb Lund - Losin' Lately Gambler



I really couldn't ask for a better album to come out this year. Truth be told, Mr. Corb Lund was really the first modern country artist I got into that wasn't of the "Gothic" variety. Even back then really the only Gothic Country band I was listening to was Elliott BROOD. I was pretty adamant that all modern country was crappy love songs about a dog, a truck, and possibly a girl. My friend Chris heard this and sat me down and put on Corb Lund's 2007 album Horse Solder! Horse Soldier! and my entire world was flipped upside down. The simplistic song writing coupled with humor, blue collar work, small towns, and history was more than enough to quell all negative thoughts on modern country and really delve into his music.

Just 21 months after releasing Horse Soldier! Hores Soldier! Corb is back with Losin' Lately Gambler a step back into familiar grounds. The album lacks the history concept that made Horse Soldier! stand out, however it includes everything that makes Corb an amazing likable musician. Each of the songs is a reflection of a previous one, which almost makes this album seem like a collection of B-Sides; however, like Drive-By Truckers have proved this year, it's not always a bad thing. Losin' Lately Gambler is far more reminiscent of Hair in my Eyes Like A Highland Steer, yet there are touches of Horse Soldier!in it.


Here's a small write up of each of the songs, I normally try and avoid this type of reviewing, but I'm at a bit of a loss in what to say.

01. "Horse Doctor, Come Quick" - 3:35

Great song to open the album up with, instantly sounds different, but then it just goes straight into ol' fashioned Corb style. Essentially the song is about a veterinarian in a farming community, what they do, how they go about their business, and how important they are to smaller communities that rely on animals to help them survive. Great little solo in it and just an overall fun song.

02. "Steer Rider's Blues" - 3:00

Here's a song that I can really relate to, but for different reasons. Essentially it's a story about a young teenager growing up within the rodeo community. They've won a good amount of buckles and the praise of the rodeo folk, yet in doing so they've ostracized themselves from their peers, who aren't interested in his rodeo skills. Really illustrates Corb's time in small Albertan towns with that disconnect between the adults and the youth, and himself feeling torn between which side to join.

03. "A Game In Town Like This" - 4:21

Best song on the album hands down, very similar to "All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards" off Hair In my Eyes. However this song is far deeper, about the sacrifices the main character has made to support their gambling habit. Probably the slowest song, but really showcases Corb's songwriting talent. It also really says something for the intimacy of living in a small town and playing with the same people, the lines "Who would go to Vegas with a game in town like this?" really does a good job at driving that point in hard.

04. "Alberta Says Hello" - 3:22

The slowest song on the album about the memories of someone moving away and the desire for them to come back. One of the more romantic and sad songs on the album, not much to say about it.

05. "Talkin' Veterinarian Blues" - 3:40

Well after the sob fest with "Alberta Says Hello" Corb knows how to cheer people up, and he does it so well with this number. Essentially it's about a father and son Veterinarian store and their way of... well kind of conning city folks out of their money. Some really good lines in this song, with some cunning wit that will really have you laughing out loud.

06. "It's Hard To Keep A White Shirt Clean" - 2:33

Very simple song for anyone who's ever worked outdoors. It's impossible to keep a white shirt clean if you're working in it outdoors. You can bleach it, that'll do it for awhile, but eventually the dust and dirt will just permanently make it a pale brown. Very reminiscent of songs like "Hard On Equipment" or "Always Keep an Edge on Your Knife", truthful songs about the little things in life.

07. "Long Gone to Saskatchewan" - 3:31

A song about moving to Saskatchewan to work because of the outrageous prices of Alberta for farmers. This is a song for Canadians, unless you're very familiar with places like Alberta or Saskatchewan you probably won't get some of the references; however, it's still just as enjoyable as any of the other songs. Corb really likes to include these songs for other people, so this is more of a tribute than anything else, but it's a good one.

08. "Devil's Best Dress" - 2:32

This song really reminded me of "Mora (Blackberry)" off Unforgiving Mistress. The structure and the lead guitar licks were very similar. Nice little song that breaks up the flow a bit, but some good lyrics about treating a woman like a woman because you never know if they're psychotic, also it's the right thing to do.

09. "The Only Long Rider I Know" - 3:58

This is a nice upbeat song with a more of a Country-Rock sound to it that does a great job at getting your foot tapping. It's probably one of the most unique songs off the album, but has a great rhythm and some pretty well written lyrics. A real tip of the hat to Canada's greatest Country-Rocker Steve Earle.

10. "Chinook Wind" - 3:30

Anyone who's ever been to Calgary or Edmonton or just about anywhere in Alberta during the winter will understand. For those of you who don't, it's REALLY cold. It's pretty much as simple as that.

11. "This Is My Prairie" - 3:48

A very simplistic slow song about the love many rural families have for the area they live. Not only the land, but the houses that they inhabit and the culture that they surround themselves in. Corb adds a touch of melon collie to the song that really helps it along.

12. "Rye Whiskey / Time To Switch To Whiskey (live in Australia)" - 4:38

A live version of "Time to Switch to Whiskey" from the album Five Dollar Bill but with some new verses and crowd interaction. It really showcases how much the audience is a part of the show, and not just there to sit and listen, but to interact and sing along. Great way to end the album and if it doesn't make you want to see Corb Lund live then it proves that you do not have a soul.



If anyone's interested in giving this a whirl let me know and I'll see what I can do.

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Old 10-17-2009, 08:10 PM   #140 (permalink)
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