ALT ROOT TOP TEN SONGS OF THE WEEK FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
A pulp fiction style tale tops the chart this week with a tune from Blitzen Trapper, “Rebel”, found on their upcoming (November 3, 2017) release, Wild and Reckless. Sitting on the edge of October brings out signs of the soon-to-be-here Halloween holiday season with stories of spells in Eilen Jewell’s “It’s Your Voodoo Working” and midnight cries to the sky with “Howling for My Baby” from Sunday Wilde and Reno Jack while the cemetery gates swing with back alley jazz from This Way to Egress on their track “Whiskey on my Grave”. Creepy crawlies adorn the cover of Fantastic Plastic, the first studio recording from Flamin’ Groovies in thirty-eight years as skeletons and spirits haunt the album art from Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls. Christian Lopez titles his track “1972”, singing a love song to four wheels and Hiss Golden Messenger tells of a “Harder Rain” from his new release, Hallelujah Anyhow. Cultural themes rise up in the songs of Chris Hillman, as the former member of The Byrds digs into his band’s catalog with “The Bells of Rhymney” and Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra make a plea for peace with “Hate Take a Holiday” on the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
01 Rebel – Blitzen Trapper (from the album Wild and Reckless)
On their break-through album, Furr, Portland, Oregon Folk/Rock collective, Blitzen Trapper, gave a dark view for the future of the American dream. Ten years on, the theme returns using images of rural and urban life teetering on the edge of west coast U.S.A in Wild and Reckless, the upcoming (11-2-17) release. Offering an advance listen with “Rebel”, Blitzen Trapper tell a pulp fiction-style story of drug running and dead-end days.
02 1972 – Christian Lopez (from the album Red Arrow)
Not much works like it should for the ride of Christian Lopez as the Country Soul singer checks off vehicle issues as no heat and no radio. Car problems are left on the highway behind Christian Lopez as he shows his love for four wheels and the person in the passenger seat with “1972”, a tune from his recent release. Red Arrow.
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03 It’s Your Voodoo Working – Eilen Jewell (from the album Down Hearted Blues)
A rubbery rhythm snakes into the room as Eilen Jewell makes magic with “It’s Your Voodoo Working”. Slinky bass lines slither around the drumbeat as guitar riffs wrap around her vocals with Eilen Jewell slowly spinning a story from her recent album release, Down Hearted Blues.
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04 What the Hell’s Goin’ On – Flamin’ Groovies (from the album Fantastic Plastic available on Severn Records)
On their first album release in thirty-eight years, Flamin’ Groovies pose a question that has been on their minds….”What the Hell is Goin’ On”. On a jangly rock’n’roll riffs the band blasts back from the past as they strut out on a tune from the recent album release from Flamin’ Groovies, Fantastic Plastic.
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05 Natchez Trace – Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls (from the album Four Lost Souls available on Bloodshot Records)
Jon Langford burned a brand for Alt Country onto the late 1980’s British Punk scene with his band The Mekons. Over the course of years, Jon has continued to make a place for literary lyrics in the world of fractured Country chords with bands such as The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts as well as doing a fine job with his artwork. He returns with Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls as he drives the 444-mile long “Natchez Trace” from its beginnings in Nashville, Tennessee down into Mississippi.
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06 Bells of Rhymney – Chris Hillman (from the album Bidin’ My Time available on Rounder Records)
Country rock core figure Chris Hillman was a founding member of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and Desert Rose Band. Over the past few decades, Chris has steered the course of Roots music along, shepherding while quietly driving the sound forward. He offers a new solo album, produced by Tom Petty along with Herb Pedersen, with the release of Bidin’ My Time. He first rang the “Bells of Rhymney” on the debut Byrds’ album Mr. Tambourine Man, and offers new version of the Bob Dylan tune on the Top Ten.
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07 Harder Rain – Hiss Golden Messenger (from the album Hallelujah Anyway available on Merge Records)
A determined beat guides Hiss Golden Messenger along as the melody for “Harder Rain” rises up around him. Horns and harmonies come on board as Hiss Golden Messenger warns of coming weather on a track from his recent album release, Hallelujah Anyway.
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08 Howling for My Baby – Sunday Wilde and Reno Jack (from the album Two)
Our favorite Arctic Circle Blues Mama, Sunday Wilde, returns with a new album, partnering with Canadian guitar man, Reno Jack, taking the title from the paring with Two. Sunday Wilde and Reno Jack offer “Howling for My Baby” from the recent release.
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09 Hate Take a Holiday – Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra (from the album After a While available on Blue Dot Records)
Love is the answer for Wee Willie Walker as he envisions a world where people of all colors and creed can walk without fear. On a track from After a While, Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra make a request that “Hate Take a Holiday”….and no need to book a return ticket.
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10 Whiskey on My Grave – This Way to Egress (from the album Onward, Up a Frightening Creek)
Gypsy Jazz echoes through the cemetery, curling like midnight mist wrapping around the headstones. This Way to Egress raise the spirits with a rousing back alley Jazz as they ask for a little comfort for their departing souls with “Whiskey on My Grave”. The track is from the recently released album from This Way to Egress, Onward, Up a Frightening Creek.
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