The Turnpike Troubadours make songs about love cool to listen to again. This is also their ace-in-the-hole, what makes them a band that could break out. They were also very patient with this release, waiting well over 2 years since their last album to let the songs come to them and the groove to materialize before heading into the studio.
Robert Earl Keen
The first thing you need to appreciate about Outlaw Carnie is that it is country. Forget that it’s on a metal label, and that Hank III’s name is being put out there for context. There’s no fusing of metal and country here. There’s no sludgy BC Rich or Flying V guitars, no screamo, cookie monster lyrics. There’s banjo, fiddle, dobro, upright bass, brushes on snare, if there’s any drums at all.
Indie doesn’t really have its own traditions, its own infrastructure like country, blues, or even Texas music. And in this music climate of massive contraction, this is not the time to be creating new infrastructure that may not be sustainable moving forward. So the solution appears to be to incorporate existing infrastructure that was built years ago for roots and country artists, ostensibly squeezing the support for these types of artists out of the picture.
Sure, the attrition is slow and calculated.But over time, as you look at the yearly schedules for things like Austin City Limits, or ACL Fest, or Pickathon…
ACL Fest, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Budweiser, Cheap Trick, Dave Matthews Band, Dr. Dogg, Fat Possum, Hayes Carll, Jan Reed, Junior Kimbrough, Matthew Johnson, Pearl Jam, Pickathon, RL Burnside, Robert Earl Keen, Saturday Night Live, The Black Keys, The Improbably Rise of Redneck Rock, Vegoose
Shooter Jennings’ talk of forming a new genre of music called XXX has been all the talk of this website and others, and a few days ago he offered up an exclusive an extensive interview with Jashie P of Outlaw Radio Chicago about the XXX idea, about his latest and controversial album (to some) Black Ribbons, his feelings on country music and if he has “turned his back on it,” and about his long-standing, one-sided feud with Hank Williams III.
“Every great artist has had a place where their music could be birthed.” That quote from the new documentary Anderson Fair – For The Sake of The Song about a small, long-lived acoustic room in Houston puts into perspective how important the venue is to music more than any other I could procure. We talk […]
Some criticize that there’s not enough talk around here about the Texas music scene, and I couldn’t agree more. There’s some great music going on down there, and unfortunately I just don’t have the time to sink my teeth into it all. That was one reason I set up the Saving Country Music message board, […]
Album, Black Joe Lewis, Free Download, Hank Williams, Hayes Carll, Johnny Cash, Lost Highway Records, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Rayn Bingham, Robert Earl Keen, Ryan Adams, T For Texas T From Tennessee, Whiskeytown, Willie Nelson
Lately so much music has been coming out from oldtime artists I follow, I can hardly keep up. Hopefully in the future I will have features or reviews on all of these projects, but in the meantime here they all are to bring you up to speed. If there’s one album you like to see […]
Can't You Hear the Mountains Calling, Closer to the Bone, Guy Clark, Hank Williams, IBWIP, Kris Kristofferson, new vinyl, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ralph Stanley, re-release, release, Revealed, Robert Earl Keen, Somedays The Song Writes You, Speed of Life, The Rose Hotel, Waylon Jennings