Welcome to RootsnBlues.com, the musical playground of Troy Mumm. I've been exploring roots music for over 20 years, through my years at college (KVSC), community (KRCL) and now Internet (UtahFM.org) radio. This is place for me and friends to collect music, photos, videos and thoughts that celebrate the roots of American music - blues, country, gospel, cajun, zydeco, rhythm and blues, and more - in all its forms and across generations. Explore, connect and enjoy.
This week on the Down Home Shakedown on UtahFM.org, we played a whole stack of new music. The Black Lillies got a few spins, I've been enjoying that new CD. I continue to love the new release from Those Darlin's - that one makes me feel like summer, despite the long cold spring.
The CD that was on my iTunes most however, was the new CD from Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. This group out of Seatle does fine, authenic country music. Zoe is a fantastic songwriter, and has one of those singular country voices. I particulary got a kick out the song "If I Can't Trust you with a Quarter, How Can I Trust You With My Heart," a song that laments that sunken feeling you'd get when you'd realize your date just has bad taste in music.
The full playlist for April 27, 2011:
|Peach Pickin'||The Black Lillies||100 Miles of Wreckage|
|The Road||G. Love||Fixin' to Die|
|Good Corn Liquor||The SteelDrivers||Reckless|
|Junky Star||Ryan Bingham||Junky Star|
|When the Night Was Young||Robbie Robertson||How I Became Clairvoyant|
|If I Can't Trust You with a Quarter...||Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers||Starlight Hotel|
|East Jefferson||Ben Weaver||New West Sampler|
|Little Stream of Whiskey||Shannon McNally||Western Ballard|
|Daily Life||Tim Easton & the Freeland Barons||Beat the Band|
|Screws Get Loose||Those Darlins||Screws Get Loose|
|Waitin' on the Sky||Steve Earle||I'll Never Get Outta This World Alive|
|Saint Behind the Glass||Raul Malo||Sinners and Saints|
|Please Speak Well of Me||The Weepies||Be My Thrill|
|Rolling Stone||Gregg Allman||Low Country Blues|
|Easter Eve||John Mellencamp||No Better Then This|
|Rewrite||Paul Simon||So Beautiful or So What|
|Problem Solver||Ha Ha Tonka||Death of a Decade|
|Booty City||Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears||Scandalous|
|I Belong to the Band||Mavis Staples||You Are Not Alone|
|Repo Man||Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs||God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise|
|Same Mistakes||The Black Lillies||100 Miles of Wreckage|
|Used to be a Cop||Drive-By Truckers||Go Go Boots|
|Bulletproof Heart||Greg Trooper||Upside Down Town|
This week on the Down Home Shakedown, I checked out a bunch of new releases, with a number of classics thrown in as usual. I continue to enjoy the latest from Wanda Jackson. The Party Ain't Over" is nice cross between her classic rockailly sound and the contemporary influence of producer Jack White.
Shaun Horton's Del Rio Ramblers is an interesting release from the UK, playing authentic honky tonk and rockabilly that sounds a lot like classic Hank Williams.
Carrie Rodriquez and Ben Kyle released "We Still Love Our Country," and I look forward to exploring that some more soon.
Another new release worth checking out is the latest from Daptone Records - Charles Bradley. This is great classic soul sounding record.
|Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues||North Mississippi All Stars||Keys to the Kingdom|
|On the Road||Buddy Guy||Living Proof|
|One Monkey Don't Stop no Show||Big Maybelle|
|The Telephone Song||Charles Bradley||No Time For Dreaming|
|Shakin' All Over||Wanda Jackson||The Party Ain't Over|
|Rock Me All Night Long||Ella Mae Morse||Barrelhouse Boogie|
|Deep as Your Pocket||Eilen Jewell||Butcher Hollar|
|Your Gonna Change or I'm Gonna Leave||Shaun Horton's Del Rio Ramblers||Go Away Hound Dog|
|Tell Everyone||Faces||Long Player|
|Fire Alarm||Carrie Rodriguez & Ben Kyle||We Still Love Our Country|
|Thin Skinned||Dolorean||The Unfazed|
|Just Another Rider||Gregg Allman||Low Country Blues|
|Two Trains||Little Feat||Dixie Chicken|
|Soul Chicken||Michelle Malone||Sugarfoot|
|Red Dress||T-Model Ford||Taledragger|
|Picture Cards||Gurl Morlix||Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream|
|Sheena's Back||Nick Curran and the Lowlifes||Reform School Girl|
|Good time to Holler||Bow Thayer & The Perfect Trainwreck||Bottom of the Sky|
|Mama's Little Baby||Delbert McClinton|
|Wrote a Song for Everyone||Mavis Staples||You Are Not Alone|
|I Ain't Got Nobody||Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ Buddy Miller||Benefit|
|I Believe I'll Dust My Broom||Lucky Peterson||You Can Always Turn Around|
|Boe Money||Galactic||Ya Ka May|
|Howlin' For You||Black Keys||Brothers|
|I'm Broke||Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears||Tell Em What Your Name is|
The Down Home Shakedown is live on www.utahfm.org, Wednesday from 9am to 11am MST. You can listen to past episodes online here:
Lots of new music this week on The Down Home Shakedown. The new CD from Gregg Allman is nice, acoustic blues treat, from one of real legends of rock. Glad to see him returning to his roots.
However, the album that really stuck out for me this week is the new one from Bow Thayer & The Perfect Trainwreck called "Bottom of the Sky." The songs are catchy, clever and soulful. The CD was recorded with Levon Helm, and you can feel that "Band" vibe. I look forward to spending more time with this CD, and exploring their back catalog.
The Down Home Shakedown in on internet radio, UtahFM.org, live Wednesday morning 9am - 11am MST.
|Devil Got My Woman||Gregg Allman||Low Country Blues|
|Hey Little Mama||Frazey Ford||Obadiah|
|A State of Texas||Old 97s||The Grand Theater, Vol 1|
|Good Time to Holler||Bow Thayer & The Perfect Trainwreck||Bottom of the Sky|
|Rocket 88||Jackie Brenston|
|Baby Can I Crawl Back to You||Gurl Morlix||Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream|
|To Live is To Fly||Steve Earle||Townes|
|Ramblin' Man||Shaun Horton's Del Rio Ramblers||Go Away Hound Dog|
|Sheena's Back||Nick Curran and the Lowlifes||Reform School Girl|
|If I Had My Way||Patty Griffin||Downtown Church|
|Roll Away Your Stone||Mumford & Sons||Sigh No More|
|Home||Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes||self titled|
|Evangeline||7 Walkers||self titled|
|Statesboro Blues||Lucky Peterson||You Can Always Turn Around|
|Let's Boogie Woogie||Eden Brent||Ain't Got No Troubles|
|Twang Town Blues||Jason & The Scorchers||Halcyon Times|
|Coming Down the Road||John Mellencamp||No Better Then This|
|Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday||Robert Plant||Band of Joy|
|Letter in the Mail||Tim O'Brien||Chicken and Egg|
|Checkin' on My Baby||Gregg Allman||Low Country Blues|
|Thank Me Someday||Buddy Guy||Living Proof|
|Dark Light||Bow Thayer & The Perfect Trainwreck||Bottom of the Sky|
|Better Off in Texas||Raul Malo||Sinners and Saints|
|Old Piano||Truth & Salvage Company||self titled|
|You Can't Go Home||Will Kimbrough||Wings|
|Plank Road Drag||Mat d.||Plank Road Drag|
|Sinister Kid||The Black Keys||Brothers|
2010 was a very good year in Americana music - there were quite a few very strong releases. So many in fact, I've given up trying to pick a top top, or rank them.
Looking at the list, however, so a glaring lack of good blues releases - did I just miss them all or has that genre been lacking in the last few years? It seems to me to be harder and harder to find strong new releases in blues.
Here, in no particular order, are some notable roots and Americana releases of 2010. Let me know your thoughts and favorites in the comments!