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Weekend YouTube: Old 97’s

Posted in Old 97's, Rhett Miller on October 23, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

The Old 97’s new record came out a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve had my ears on it for a couple of months now and have been working on getting something posted here about it.  Hopefully, that will happen this week.

In the meantime… you can read a review of the album that I wrote for Country Standard Time and check out these YouTube vids of some of the songs from the album.

Today’s Notes Brought to You by Rhett Miller

Posted in Rhett Miller, Those Darlins on May 21, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

**Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know how I feel about the Old 97’s. They are one of my favorite acts around, and a lot of that has to do with their charismatic frontman Rhett Miller. Should I, then, find it odd that I never seem to enjoy Rhett’s solo material as much as I do his work with the band?

Probably not, since he seems to go out of his way to ensure that a Rhett Miller solo album has a totally different feel from an Old 97’s record. The solo albums generally tread a more pop-laden path. The excursions always produce a couple of gems, but ultimately leave me wanting to revisit my 97’s collection.

With that, I bring you the news that Rhett Miller is releasing his new, self-titled, album in June. There’s a review posted at Twangville that has me eagerly anticipating the release and willing to give Rhett’s solo career another chance. You can hear “I Need to Know Where I Stand” from the self-titled album over at Twangville.

**I know I’m not the first person to post this next tidbit either… but Paste Magazine is in a bit of financial trouble. So much trouble, in fact, that the magazine is asking readers for donations just to help keep them afloat. I’ll admit to not reading Paste as much lately as I used to. I even let my subscription lapse in the new year… so I guess I’m partly responsible for their current situation. Even so, I still don’t want to see them go away.

I’ve been reading Paste since the very first issue, and the magazine has introduced me to so many new artists over the years that it’s impossible to count. We’ve already seen No Depression and Harp cease publication along with countless others. I don’t want to lose Paste too.

**This weekend is shaping up to be another solid couple of days for live music here in Knoxville, and I hope to tell you about a few artists who will be making their way through town in a separate post a little later. For now, though, just let me make brief mention of a group that I hope to catch Saturday night at Barley’s.

Those Darlins are from Murfreesboro, TN just outside of Nashville and first came to my attention during the SXSW festival in Austin when they were featured on USA Today’s Pop Candy blog. They were described as “honky-tonk punk (with a) sassy attitude and sweet harmonies.” I had to know more. Saturday night, they’re coming to town with their music that reminds me a bit of a slightly unhinged Loretta Lynn circa “Fist City.”

Here’s a track from their upcoming album that’s due out next month.

Those Darlins: Wild One (Buy Album)

Friday Top 5: Charlie Louvin & The Old 97’s do Knoxville

Posted in Charlie Louvin, Old 97's, Rhett Miller on October 3, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

The Old 97’s rocked Knoxville’s Bijou Theatre last night… and they brought Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin along for the ride. Here are a few highlights…

My Top 5 moments from spending Thursday with Charlie Louvin and The Old 97’s…

5.) Getting a free CD from Charlie Louvin: I stopped by the merch table to speak with Mr. Louvin before the 97’s came onstage. I told him that I work for WDVX and that we still play a lot of the old Louvin Brothers catalogue on our station. He thanked me, gave me a copy of his new gospel CD, and asked me to play it a little. Who am I to say no to Charlie Louvin? Here’s a track from the gospel album and one from Charlie’s 2007 solo album as well.

Charlie Louvin: There’s a Higher Power (Buy Album)
Charlie Louvin: Knoxville Girl (Buy Album)

4.) “Barrier Reef”: This is my favorite Old 97’s song and hearing it live always gives me a thrill.

The Old 97’s: Barrier Reef (Buy Album)

3) “Smokers”: This is a song from the 97’s album, Drag it Up. Admittedly, that album has never been my favorite… and I seem to have completely missed this song. It caught my ear this summer when I saw the band play in Asheville, but last night I was totally blown away by it. Bass player Murray Hammond takes lead vocals with frontman Rhett Miller providing the “Oohs” and “Ahhs.” Ken Bethea provides the face-melting guitars, and Phillip Peeples pounds the drums. Great song, and for some reason… a relatively new one to my ears. Here’s a live version.

The Old 97’s: Smokers (Buy Album)

2) Hearing Charlie Louvin sing “Cash on the Barrellhead,” “The Christian Life,” and “Knoxville Girl.”: These are absolute classic songs from one of the all-time greats. The real highlight for me was probably “The Christian Life” as it’s one of my favorite tracks from The Byrds’ classic Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. I had goosebumps as Charlie sang. Charlie actually thanked Gram Parsons for helping to expose new audiences to his music. The track I’m offering here an alternate from the Sweetheart sessions featuring Gram Parsons on lead vocal.

The Byrds: The Christian Life (Buy Album)

1) Hanging out with Rhett Miller in the studios of WDVX: Rhett stopped by the station before the show and went on the air with me for a few minutes. Here are the results…

Rhett Miller: Live at the WDVX Studios