What an amazing year for my underground favorites! Hank 3 became free, Muddy Roots was the festival of all festivals, the podcasting world became my CNN, and record labels turned out greatness like it’s their job.
As for hip-hop, I don’t have anything that gives off fireworks. ‘Lil Kim’s single “Black Friday” was an awesome dis war against Nicki Minaj but then face-planted with the ill planned release of her mixtape. The uber spectacle of Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Watch the Throne” just didn’t do it for me (though I kinda love the fun factor of the Otis video). There’s a new mixtape out by Lupe Fiasco called “Friend of the People” that’s been floating around. The final product is supposedly cancelled and what I’ve heard is very political and just what I’ve missed about hip-hop, but I’ll wait until the release to review it because I’m unsure if my copy’s legit.
A L B U M S :
Bob Wayne: Outlaw Carnie – As much as I think Bob Wayne walks on songwriting water, this cd is just too clean and polished for me. I’m too loyal to the previous releases of most of the songs. That said, I’m on the edge of my seat for his next release which will have the song I saw him write at Muddy Roots!
Caitlin Rose: Own Side Now – Thanks to Triggerman’s review, I bought this cd and it’s always somewhere in my rotation. The songs are well done and I look forward to listening to her future projects. (see video below)
Caleb Klauder’s Foghorn Trio: Sud De La Louisiane – I went to a house party where they played and was instantly captivated by their talent. I got a bit on YouTube and recommend this to anyone whose interested in the country French sounds of the Louisiana bayou. (see video below)
The Goddamn Gallows: Seven Devils – How I love this band! They are so talented and just about nothing beats their live shows. They reminds us why we love punk and what punk should be.
Hank 3: Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town, Cattle Callin’, Attention Deficit Domination – FINALLY FREE from Curb Records, Hank 3 exploded out of the gate with a ton of new music. I have to say I’ve yet to find a song that is my soul like his previous releases. But I have the greatest respect for him flexing his artistic wings and still putting on the greatest live show I’ve ever seen. Again.
Husky Burnette: Facedown in the Dirt – Dirty blues to get you moving and grooving. This is the cd I clean my apartment to because it’s impossible not to dance around and get things done to this one.
Little Lisa Dixie: Little Lisa Dixie – Such a great cd! She’s such a talented songwriter and her voice perfectly tells her story.
Lone Wolf: Lone Wolf One Man Band – Part of me thinks this man is possessed. How cool is that?! Here’s the review that sold me.
Olds Sleeper: Plainspoken – My God, this man can write. Here’s a great review.
Rachel Brooke: Down in the Barnyard – Sometimes I feel like I gush too much about Rachel Brooke. I don’t care. She’s the best thing since sliced bread as far as music is concerned to me. This album is a good example of that.
Slackeye Slim: El Santo Grial: La Pistola Piadosa – If you like old westerns and storytelling, this cd will the the best thing you’ve discovered since John Wayne.
Soda and Willie Tea Taylor: The South Congress Sessions – are FREE separate bootlegs offered up by Hillgrass Bluebilly and are must haves by Soda and Willie Tea Taylor.
S I N G L E S / V I D E O S :
Best. Song. Ever.
Leroy Virgil at his finest:
I’m So Happy for this song:
Another gem from Jayke Orvis:
‘Cause Newww Yooork’s a good town to let go…
JB Beverley brilliance:
I Love Kazoos!
Best. Voice. Ever:
Best Video of 2011 that features robots:
Best Video of 2011 for prettiness:
My Best Musical Memory of 2011:
A very special thanks goes out to all the people who brought this music to me and all of us:
* The 2 Jasons of Muddy Roots (see ya next year!)
* Rev. Nix who brings us the Blues every Wednesday night on Saving Country Music Live aaaaand for his new label, Cracker Swamp Productions
* Tim Pop who brings us a hodgepodge of Country awesome in his Wednesday night podcast on Saving Country Music Live
* B.J. Christy, his lovely wife, and adorable children for their phenomenal taste in music during their Friday Night Happy Hour podcast on Saving Country Music Live
* Blake Clayton for hilarity that is just so wrong on his It Burns When I Pee podcast and his Sunday Night Roundup podcast on Saving Country Music Live
* Jashie P. for his interviews, live jams, and frontmanness of punk on Outlaw Radio Chicago.
* Chris Miller for being… well… himself on his podcast
* The labels: Farmageddon, Hillgrass Bluebilly, Cracker Swamp, Rusty Knuckles, Bloodshot, thank you for renewing my love, trust, and faith in labels
* And last, but certainly not least, the man who brings it to us on a daily basis with articles, news, reviews, live sessions, radio shows, podcasts, and tweets, the Benevolent Dictator of Saving Country Music dot com, The Triggerman. Thank you sir, for everything