Archive for August, 2009

Kieran Kane – “Somewhere Beyond The Roses” (RIYL Chuck Prophet, Jim White)

Monday, August 31st, 2009

{Editor’s note: Forgive me for not being on my “A Game”. Usually I’m months ahead of the release schedule, but here’s one from way back in June that I wanted to write about but never did. Hope you enjoy it.)

Kieran Kane releases records that are vaguely americana in nature. He has a tendency to skew a little into the eurotrash swampy blues-folk reverb drenched sound of say Chuck Prophet and/or Jim White. It’s the sound of the thick black sentiment layered on the river bottom meeting the clear water of the river. It’s a sound I quite like.

His new record Somewhere Beyond the Roses came out on July 28 on Compass Records. Buy it here.

Why Can’t You [Download]

Walt Wilkins – “Vigil” plus more lullabyes (from Tina Wilkins, Tish Hinojosa and Terri Hendrix)

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Walt Wilkins has a new record out called Vigil that unfortunately is flying a bit under the radar. The project came together as a benefit for the Longevity Foundation – an Austin-based charity supporting research into a cure for ataxia-telangiectasia, a degenrative disorder causing premature aging of the nervous and immune systems. Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros is a band of Austin based musicians who straddle the line between raunchy Texas bar room country rock and more sensitive singer songwriter fare. As a longtime fan of the southern group Drivin’ and Cryin’ (they of the drivin’ rockers and crytin’ ballads) I have no problem with that duality. In Texas you’ve gotta please the roughnecks and frat boys if you’re going to make it out of the roadhouse alive.

This new project has a bit more of the acoustic material since it deals with and is a benefit for a somber topic. “Gypsy Line” is a song about singing and being a bit of gypsy. It’s about the power of music and the camaraderie among troubadours. It name drops Walt’s great friend Sam Baker (I think), Buck Jones, Walter Hyatt, and Garrison White. Buy Vigil from Lone Star Music here.

Gypsy Line [Download]

Dear God [Download]


Walt’s wife Tina Wilkins has a song that has turned up on a benefit record supporting the benefits of breast feeding (man, that’s going to increase my hits from random people doing breast searches). Also on there are songs by Kelly Willis and The Dixie Chicks. I’ve linked to a couple I like by Tina Wilkins, Tish Hinojosa and Teri Hendrix, but there are many more here and info on how to download the whole disc here.

World Enough And Time [Download]
– Tina Wilkins
Eagles [Download]
– Terri Hendrix
Mountain Lullabye [Download]
– Tish Hinojosa

“Country Music Disco”

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The new record Strange Faith and Practice by Jeb Loy Nichols is out in the US on September 8th. Usually I would get an mp3 from the new record to share, but this one is even more under the radar than usual.

So I don’t have a song from the new one but you should really acquaint yourself with his music below. I like the Boz Scaggs shuffle and prominent bass line in the song “Country Music Disco”. In fact this song could serve as the new theme song for S:I with lines like “Hey Mr. DJ let the country music play, play some Charlie Rich, Bill Monroe, play some Merle Haggard and some old George Jones.”

Country Music Disco [Download]


Lelah Mae [Download]

Painted Dream House [Download]

Lost demo from The Shaky Hands

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

My favorite indie rock band of the moment (in fact for the last two years) has a new record called Let It Die coming out on Kill Rock Stars. I’m not cool enough to have any pre-release music off the new one although Rcrd Lbl has a track here. But after a little sleuthing I did find a Shaky Hands demo from 2004 that was never released of a song called “Little Word”. Even with (or because of) the distorted vocals and bad production this song easily rivals the new material from the band.

Little Word [Download]

The Band Of Heathens – “One Foot In The Ether” (September release)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

I couldn’t quite decide what to write about today. I’ve got a couple nice things in the queue but finally decided you can’t go wrong with a new song by one of Austin’s best kept secrets. The Band of Heathens is an Austin supergroup that consists of some of Austins best players and songwriters. They play a Band/Dead inspired blues rock that goes down pretty smooth.

The new record One Foot In The Ether is out in September but can be pre-ordered here.

LA County Blues [Download]

Caroline Herring – “Golden Apples of the Sun” (Signature Sounds, Oct. 21)

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Totally jazzed (as jazzed as a 41 year old folk fan can get) about the new record from Caroline Herring. Along with Diana Jones, Rachel Ries and Anais Mitchell I put her at the top of the female singer-songwriter ladder.

Golden Apples of the Sun
is out Oct 21 on Signature Sounds. Here’s a sneak peak:

Tales of the Islander [Download]


Paper Gown [Download]

Kesang Marstrand’s new record “Hello Night”

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I’ve been on vacation, lethargic and then uninspired for the last few weeks. The Sam Baker post and subsequent CD sales of his new record “cotton” were encouraging though, as were the number of emails that supported the site and the rather odd stunt we pulled.

A tweet by a fellow blogger on news of a new record by Kesang Marstand got my pulse racing again. I wrote about and was enchanted by her last record (here).

Hello Night is a record that is full of lullabies that Kesang says is perfect for children and adults. Buy the pre release of Hello Night here via Kesang’s website.

Cocooned In My Blanket [Download]

Rest [Download]


Friday, August 7th, 2009


I’ll be on vacation for about 10 days. I’ll be back refreshed and ready to go in a couple of weeks.


Sam Baker Update and new music from Dayna Kurtz/Mamie Minch

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Alright I may or may not be back from my temporary hiatus. However I did want to thank everyone for retweeting, blogging about, emailing friends about, and generally supporting my campaign to get more attention for Sam Baker’s new CD cotton. We’re doing pretty well so far, but I still need your help in spreading the word. Please send this link out into the world and let’s see what more we can do.

I forgot to give readers the iTunes link for cotton so here’s that as well: Sam Baker’s cotton.


In the meantime listen to this song off of the new limited edition 10″ lp by Dayna Kurtz and Mamie Minch. The lp is called For The Love Of Hazel and features songs popularized by Hazel Dickens. These women lay their hearts out on the line with versions stripped of any and all adornments. The power of the songs come through loud and clear. I can’t help thinking this is what secular gospel music would sound like.

It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad) [Download]