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Weekend YouTube: Inbox Videos

Posted in Boca Chica, Mic Harrison, Sons of Bill on December 19, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Let’s take a short break from the Top 21 list to look over a few videos that have popped up in my inbox over the last couple of weeks…

First up is a vid from local roots rockers Mic Harrison & The High Score.  “Talk to You Tonight” is on Harrison’s new album that I reviewed a few months ago.  Harrison will also play a New Year’s Eve concert with Scott Miller & The Commonwealth just down the road in Maryville at The Shed.

Charlottesville’s Sons of Bill are working on a new album that’s set for a Spring 2011 release. Here’s a new song from it.

Our friend Hallie Pritts sent over two holiday videos from her band Boca Chica.  Watch the videos and then download the songs from Boca Chica’s bandcamp page.

Echo Chamber: Boca Chica / Not on Christmas Eve from Draw Us Lines on Vimeo.

Echo Chamber : Boca Chica / Snow Angels from Draw Us Lines on Vimeo.

Top 20 of 2009: 15-13

Posted in Boca Chica, Jill Andrews, Todd Snider, Top 20 of 2009 on December 21, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

#15 – Jill Andrews EP by Jill Andrews

2009 was really a big year for Knoxville’s Jill Andrews. Her long time band the everybodyfields split up, she became a mother for the first time, and she released her first ever solo project. Jill’s self titled EP was released in October and reads as a deeply personal record that stands up to any of her previous work with the everybodyfields. When I asked her in November how it felt to have a record that bore her name after spending so long as part of a group, she described the feeling as, “pretty much the best thing ever.”

She’s not too far off in her assessment. In my initial review of the album, I mentioned the raw emotions that are on display throughout the album as Jill deals with the dissolution of her previous band. It must have been quite cathartic to get those feelings out of her head and on to a record. She has every right to be proud and excited about this release… it’s certainly “Worth Keeping.”

Jill Andrews: Worth Keeping (Buy Album)

#14 – The Excitement Plan by Todd Snider

I didn’t review Todd Snider’s The Excitement Plan when it came out, but I did give everyone a chance to listen to the album early with a handy widget from Todd’s website (you can still listen to clips of four songs from the album there). I also celebrated Todd Snider day (a holiday of my own invention) back in May when he visited for a couple of shows at WDVX. Todd played brief solo sets on the Blue Plate Special and Tennessee Shines. I left both sets in awe of his easy sense of humor and, of course, his music.

Both of Todd’s assets are in fine form here. He will make you smile with his rant against the music industry in “Money, Compliments, Publicity (Song Number Ten) and with “Don’t Tempt Me,” a classic country cheating song he cowrote with Loretta Lynn. Todd takes an introspective turn on “Greencastle Blues” when he examines his own troubled past with a mix of helplessness and ownership of his mistakes. Todd sings, “Some of this trouble just finds me/Most of this trouble I earn.” It’s an honest assessment of his career, and it serves as a window into Todd’s past and his present.

Todd Snider: Greencastle Blues (Buy Album)

#13 – Lace Up Your Workboots by Boca Chica

Although I bear a slight grudge against the city of Pittsburgh right now after the Steelers late win over the Packers yesterday, I would be remiss if I didn’t give praise here to the Pittsburgh based collective Boca Chica. I was very happy to find this one in my inbox this fall. On Lace Up Your Workboots, songwriter and vocalist Hallie Pritts leads her expansive ensemble cast through ten finely crafted folk flavored tunes that draw influences from all over the musical spectrum.

“Shake Your Party Dress” owes a heavy debt to Fleetwood Mac while other tracks draw from Neil Young, Gillian Welch… even Andrew Bird. It’s folk music with a bit of an experimental edge that also somehow stays true to the core of the original form. Here’s a track called “Valentine” that builds nicely from a quiet acoustic strum into a fully fleshed out symphony of strings, snares, synths, keys, and vocal harmonies. It’s quite captivating.

Boca Chica: Valentine (Buy Album)

Special bonus Boca Chica Holiday track from Indiecater Records Christmas sampler…

Boca Chica: Snow Angels (Buy Album)

Cleaning Out the Old INbox: Chuck Prophet, Boca Chica

Posted in Boca Chica, Chuck Prophet on October 12, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

Don’t forget the Kristofferson Kontest… I’ll draw the winner tonight after work.

Now… a couple of quick hitters to clear a few tracks out of my “to blog” file.

First up is the upcoming release from rocker Chuck Prophet. Let Freedom Ring! is set for release October 27th from Yep Roc records, and promises to deliver the same style of genre-bending rock that made me such a big fan of his 2007 release Soap & Water. It’s the same blending of roots, pop, and punk that Prophet brought to the table as a co-writer and guitarist for all thirteen songs on Alejandro Escovedo’s Real Animalmy favorite album of 2008.

I should mention that I haven’t heard the entire record yet, but the four tracks I have heard leave me very excited for the full product. I’m sharing the title track with you here as well as a YouTube video where Prophet explains the process behind recording the album he calls, “A love and sex comedy in twelve parts.”

Chuck Prophet: Let Freedom Ring! (Buy Album)

Next we have Lace Up Your Workboots from Boca Chica, an indie-folk outfit fronted by Pittsburgh songwriter Hallie Pritts. Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I have a distinct weakness for femme-folk artists such as Crooked Still, The Be Good Tanyas, Madison Violet, etc… You can now add Boca Chica to that list, as the group shares some common ground with all of those artists.

Of course, they probably wouldn’t have caught my ear as much as they did if didn’t delineate a bit from the standard folk fare. Influences here come from all over the musical map and include artists as diverse as Gillian Welch, Andrew Bird, and Fleetwood Mac. Just try listening to “Shake Your Party Dress” without hearing echoes of Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham.
There are other surprises here as well. A lonesome steel guitar drives the album’s title track and creates a tune that would fit nicely alongside Neil Young on any playlist. A vibraphone comes along for the ride on the banjo and cello driven album opener “Lake Erie.” The unusual instrumentation gives the track, which is a meditation on mortality, an etherial quality that takes it just a notch beyond your standard folk song. And that’s what makes the album as a whole such a compelling listen. It is folk presented in an unfamiliar form… and well worth checking out.
Boca Chica: Lake Erie (Buy Album)
Boca Chica: Shake Your Party Dress (Buy Album)