ALT ROOT TOP TEN SONGS OF THE WEEK FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4, 2017
The Top Ten Songs of the Week for Wednesday, October 4, 2017 finds Turnpike Troubadours once again on the musical road and A Long Way from Your Heart on their upcoming (October 20, 2017) album release. The Tahlequah, Oklahoma band spread the flames of “The Housefire” into the number one spot on this week’s chart. Toronto, Canada’s Rural Alberta Advantage has an upcoming (October 13, 2017) release with The Wild and are on the list with “Toughen Up” while Fifteen from The Wailin’ Jennys will arrive on October 27, 2017, and their sneak preview their harmonies on this week’s Top Ten with a cover of Dolly Parton’s song “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”. Nashville, Tennessee’s Neon Moon smell “Smoke”, Casey James is joined in a duet with Delbert McClinton, both songmen feeling “Bulletproof”, The Sunpunchers admit they are fond of “Turpentine”, Lynn Drury marks time at “11:11”, and Linda Perhacs locks arms and voices with Julie Holler and Devendra Barhart to vow “We Will Live”. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers help get us through the tribulations of the week with some good advice as the Blues band shares that “Fear is the Enemy” from their recent release, Stompin’ Ground. A mighty trio of musicians form Actions Skulls as Vicky Peterson (The Bangles), John Cowsill (The Cowsills), and Bill Mumy (Barnes and Barnes) come together on album (Angels Hear) and in song (“Map of the World”) on the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
Listen to our Top Ten:
01 The Housefire – Turnpike Troubadours (from the album A Long Way from Your Heart)
An upcoming (10-20-17) release, A Long Way from Your Heart, brings new music from Turnpike Troubadours. The Oklahoma band finds themselves in the cold snow of December after grabbing family heirlooms and precious memories from the blaze of “The Housefire”. The lights of emergency vehicles paint an eerie glow onto a what once was a home.
Listen and buy “The Housefire” by Turnpike Troubadours from AMAZON
02 Toughen Up – Rural Alberta Advantage (from the album The Wild on Saddle Creek Records)
A hum of sound lays a foundation for Rural Alberta Advantage before the beat kicks in to support the advice of “Toughen Up”. The Canadian band dole out encouragement to a younger generation in the song from their upcoming (10-13-17) recording, The Wild, their fourth album release.
Listen and buy “Toughen Up” by Rural Alberta Advantage from AMAZON
03 Smoke – Neon Moon (from the album 6:53))
The scent of love clings like “Smoke” to the clothes of Neon Moon. The Nashville, Tennessee-based duo offers a song from a recent challenge they gave themselves…to create a song a week for one year. The selected tunes from the 52 tracks they crafted became 6:53, their recent album release.
Listen and buy “Smoke” – Neon Moon from AMAZON
04 Light of a Clear Blue Morning – The Wailin’ Jennys (from the album Fifteen)
Three-part a cappella harmony surrounds the Dolly Parton tune, “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” from The Wailin’ Jennys. It is the first album the Folk trio has produced in over six years, and the warmth of their voices comes as the chill of fall starts to talk of a coming winter. The track is from the upcoming (10-27-17) release, Fifteen.
Listen and buy “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by The Wailin’ Jennys from AMAZON
05 Map of the World - Action Skulls (from the album Angels Hear)
Three musicians walk into a band… Vicky Petersen (The Bangles), John Cowsill (formerly of The Cowsills, currently The Beach Boys) and Bill Mumy (music – Barnes and Barnes, film composition), acting (Lost in Space, The Twilight Zone, Babylon 5) are Action Skulls. “Map of the World” has a unique ability, the music is reflective, allowing the sound to be familiar to diverse tastes as its chorus tags the album title.
Listen and buy “Map of the World” by Action Skulls from AMAZON or iTunes
06 Fear is the Enemy – Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (from the album Stompin’ Ground available on Alligator Records)
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers pound a grand funk into the powerhouse Blues Rock of “Fear is the Enemy”. The song is a needed remonder in a time when the terror comes from what you can’t see, only feel. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers take it to school for life lessons on a cut from their recent release, Stompin’ Ground.
Listen and buy “Fear is the Enemy’ by Tommy Castro and the Painkillers from AMAZON or iTunes
07 Bulletproof featuring Delbert McClinton – Casey James (from the album Strip It Down)
Casey James and Delbert McClinton take a seat in the bar at the local roadhouse and lay their game on anyone within ear shot. The boys are boasting and bragging on a rhythm of Texas Boogie Blues with “Bulletproof”.
Listen and buy “Bulletproof” featuring Delbert McClinton by Casey James from AMAZON
08 11:11 – Lynn Drury (from the album Rise of the Fall)
The New Orleans groove changes with the times yet strikes the same chords as the music of Lynn Drury slinks as she checks the time to 11:11, singing about it on a track from her recent release, Rise of the Fall.
Listen and buy “11:11” by Lynn Drury from AMAZON
09 Turpentine – The SunPunchers (from the album Levity)
The SunPunchers acknowledge habits, accepting the danger of demons listed on the warning label glued to love with “Turpentine”. The Phoenix, Arizona-based band sees through the haze of desire and decisions to read the writing on the wall “I know what will kill me is you’ on the tune from the recent release, Levity.
Listen and buy “Turpentine” by The SunPunchers from Bandcamp
10 We Will Live (featuring Julie Holler and Devendra Barhart) – Linda Perhacs (from the album I’m a Harmony available on Omnivore Records)
The debut album of Linda Perhacs came out in 1970. It was her only album and gained her a cult following. Omnivore Recordings is releasing a new album from Linda Perhacs, I’m a Harmony. She is joined by Devendra Banhart and Julie Holler on “We Will Live” on a cut from the album.
Listen and watch “We Will Live (featuring Julie Holler and Devendra Barhart)” by Linda Perhacs from AMAZON