Birthday Notes

***My first several posts here don’t have time and date stamps on them for some reason… but I’m pretty sure that today (or possibly yesterday… sometime this week for sure) is the one year anniversary of A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz. Now that we’re 150+ posts and nearly 55,000 visitors into this thing, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has stopped by, commented, and (most importantly) enjoyed the music over the past year. Hopefully, a lot of you have found something new here that you have then gone out and purchased for your own collection.

If you have discovered a new favorite here and would like to leave a comment about it on this post, that would be great. Thanks again.

***YouTube Time!!!

As I mentioned last week, my wife and I made a road trip to Asheville to see Jenny Lewis at The Orange Peel on Thursday night. The Heartless Bastards got things rocking to start the night and really set the tone for Jenny and her crew. Jenny kept the entire room in a trance with a presence that filled the whole stage and a killer band that kept up with her at every turn.

The set was primarilly filled with music from her two solo albums Acid Tongue and Rabbit Fur Coat, with the only Rilo Kiley tune being a solo acoustic version of “Silver Lining” at the beginning of the encore. Although she played a relatively short set, it was packed with almost all of my solo favorites and made for quite an enjoyable show. Jenny also worked two brand new songs into the set which I will now share with you via YouTube. These two videos were shot in St. Louis during an earlier stop on the tour.

“Big Wave”

“Just Like Zues”

…And here’s one video from the Asheville show. It’s the solo/crowd sing along version of “Silver Lining.” Thanks to the original tapers for these videos.

***Finally, for those of you in and around Knoxville… there’s a great chance to take in a free live show later this week.

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers will be playing as part of Old City Live Thursday night in Knoxville’s Old City. Clyne first came to prominence as the front man for The Refreshments, a pop-rock outfit from Arizona that came out of the same scene as The Gin Blossoms. The Refreshments had a few minor radio hits with “Banditos” and “Down Together” in 1996. You might also know them as the band that performs the instrumental theme for Fox’s cartoon hit King of the Hill.

Since 1999, Clyne has been fronting The Peacemakers, and band that covers a lot of the same musical ground as The Refreshments with a slightly twangier edge. That edge will be on display Thursday night in Knoxville, and you can get a taste of it here on the song “Counterclockwise” from the 2004 release Americano.

“The kids are lighting firecrackers… Boom, boom, boom!”

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers: Counterclockwise (Buy Album)

6 Responses to “Birthday Notes”

  1. Happy Anniversary Nelson.
    Keep up the good work.
    Thanks for the JL's videos.
    Cheers,
    Simon

  2. Happy Birthday. I still remember the first time I saw your blog name and I was like SWEET!, another Scott Miller fanatic šŸ˜›

    Always enjoy reading your posts, keep it up.

  3. Hey, Nelson ~

    Happy Blogiversary! – thanks for sharing such great music and stories with us… šŸ™‚

  4. Thanks to all for the kind words.

    Susan… I've always tried to focus on my personal connection to the music (the stories). I don't have any formal music teaching… so I don't focus much on the technical aspects of the music. The stories are how I try to keep a unique perspective.

    Glad you like them.

    Truersound… Of course I am a Miller fanatic, and that's why the blog is named what it is. That… and the fact that “Truer Sound” was already taken. “Searching for a Truer Sound” was my first choice. “Country blues Wailings” was a close third.

  5. Lynchie from Aberdeen Says:

    Happy Birthday – here's to another year…

  6. Congrats on making it a year Nelson. The list of stuff you suggested or gave a different perspective on is pretty long, but Kasey Chambers was definitely one you led me to (along with Payton). You are also the reason I gave into She & Him (thank you). More than that though, you have been someone who made me want to join the blogger ranks and brought me back after a short hiatus. Thanks and keep up the great work!

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