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Kevn Kinney of Drivin n Cryin is the guest editor at Magnet magazine this week. In previous entries he's sung the praises of the likes of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. In this one, it's singer-songwriter extraordinaire Todd Snider.

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"While Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar were scampering around in Pampers and playing with wooden blocks, Charle Gearheart and the Goose were fusing country and rock sounds like nobody else, plumbing the depths of hillbilly, folk, bluegrass and rock music almost two decades before any of that 'No Depression' stuff became tres chic. Goose Creek's unique country-rock hybrid had an earthier, more organic sound than just about anything coming out of Nashville circa 1971-74."

- Rev. Keith Gordon, Blurt Magazine

The YouTube description for this concert:

Goose Creek Symphony has developed their own style of jam-band original Americana music since the mid-'60's. They perform at the Jammin at Hippie Jack's Americana Music Festival in Overton County, TN.

Goose Creek Symphony is considered by many to be one of the most original bands of their time. Major record labels (Capitol & Columbia) of the 60s/early 70s didn't know what to do with a band that played a mixture of rock and roll, folk, jazz and country with an undeniable hillbilly influence, a hippie attitude and a reckless sense of instrumental daring. They used horns and fiddles as well as effects and blended it with psychedelic rock and roll. The true definition of "Cosmic American Music".

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New interview from the Dallas Observer with Brent Best of Slobberbone where, once again, the question of what is and what isn't "alt.country" rears it's ugly head. As you'll see from the article, Slobberbone took a few years off where Brent did some solo shows and formed a new band called the Drams before reforming Slobberbone in 2009. They've toured fairly extensively since then but still no new record (or shows in North Carolina).

Brent Best Talks About Going Solo, The Legacy of Slobberbone and Having Rachel Maddow As a Fan

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Yesterday Elizabeth Cook and Jason Isbell contributed covers of two Townes Van Zandt songs ("Tecumsah Valley" and "Pancho and Lefty") to Live On Letterman, an exclusive web-only feature on the Late Show with David Letterman website. To watch the clip click here.

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Too Far To Care turned 15 back on June 17th. In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the album Old 97's are embarking on a tour starting in August in Dallas where they'll perform the album in it's entirety. Also on the way this Fall is a special anniversary edition of the album on vinyl, CD and digital. More info on that as well as the tour here.

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1. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss ~ Gone, Gone, Gone

2. Carolina Chocolate Drops ~ Trouble in your mind

3. Chatham County Line ~ The Carolinian

4. The Blind Boys of Alabama ~ Run On

5. Odetta ~ You Gotta Know Him

6. Lucinda Williams ~ Overtime

7. Hot Club of Cowtown ~ Diga Diga Do

8. Devon Sproule ~ Old Virginia Block

9. Alvin Youngblood Hart ~ Tallahatcha

10. Emmylou Harris ~ Wildwood Flower

11. Son of Dave ~ Hellhound

12. Norah Jones ~ Cold Cold Heart

13. Buddy Guy ~ Crawling King Snake

14. The Nightwatchman ~ One Man Revolution

15. Old Crow Medicine Show ~ Tell It To Me

16. Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band ~ Graveyard Shift

17. Amy LaVere ~ Killing Him

18. Johnny Cash ~ Get Rhythm

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This could just as easily go in the Country music thread since the Flying Burrito Brothers were more Country than "alt" even though they (as well as Gram Parsons) are often credited with being pioneers in the genre (or subgenre, as it were).

From DangerousMinds.net. I must admit, I never knew the thing about The Gilded Palace of Sin selling so poorly.


Here’s something quite tasty indeed. A really nice quality video of The Flying Burrito Brothers performing “Hot Burrito #1.” This is new to me and doesn’t seem to have appeared previously on Youtube.

With Gram Parsons, Chris Ethridge, Michael Clarke and Sneaky Pete Kleinow. Chris Hillman is seen briefly and only partially (a fleeting glimpse of a blue suit and shock of dirty blonde hair) at the edges of the frame. Why so shy? Was this when he and Gram were feuding? Or was the cameraman as stoned as the band? Also, Clarke and Ethridge have switched instruments. Strange.

“Hot Burrito #1” appears on The Gilded Palace of Sin, an album which has influenced country rock and Americana bands for the past several decades without ever having sold enough copies to achieve gold record status.


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