Archive for the 'folk' Category
A slight departure from the norm in that this is currently unreleased; heard it on the digital radio station that is BBC 6Music a few weeks ago. I was enjoying a racy Friday evening at home listening to Tom Robinson’s show as he was laying down an audio soundtrack for those of us not getting smashed out of our brains in pubs/bars the length and breadth of the country in the traditional British end-of-week ritual. Stations like this keep me informed of contemporary non-electronic music so I can give the illusion of being ‘down with the kids’ and for that I am grateful. On first hearing this song, I thought it was new material by José González; however this is an amazingly simple tune that has depths as deep as a Scottish loch. From his forthcoming album Home, which is available on vinyl in limited quantities to pre-order from the online retailer Boomkat, please buy them all but leave one for me. (**Update** Also available from the online store Juno as at 21st November)
Props must be sent in ck’s direction for introducing me to this compilation, a worthy charity shop score for him some years ago which I had to get myself. He was fond of the Marvin Rainwater track “Tennessee Houn’ Dog” which we would both attempt to yodel along to, badly, after drinking copious amounts of red wine into the wee hours, ending up slumped on the couch in a position not unlike the cowboy in the picture. Despite the bland title, this compilation has strength and depth that avoids the usual clichéd country selections with some lesser known songs. If you have ever had feeling that you simply can not be arsed… with doing anything, then the world weary delivery of Carson Robison should resonate. Although this compilation was released in 1965, the song itself was a worldwide hit in 1948.
If I ever get around to learning to play the acoustic guitar that I bought eight years ago, it will cease to be a fake accoutrement of my musical ability and instead be used to serenade a lady around a camp fire; this would be one song that I would learn to play. A simple acoustic song (well, apart from needing the ability to play the harmonica at the same time if performed) that I came across after watching the film Juno; short and sweet, maybe the lyrics are a little too saccharine for some but they tug at the incurable romantic in me. The whole soundtrack is well worth a listen and although this song originally appeared on Barry Louis Polisar‘s album, Old Dogs New Tricks, I prefer the stripped down version used in the opening credits in the film which you can view on YouTube.