ALT ROOT TOP TEN SONGS OF THE WEEK FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2017
The wolf is at the door on the album cover of the new JD McPherson release, Undivided Heart and Soul. Once inside, he set himself in the top spot for the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Wednesday, October 11, 2017 with “Crying’s Just a Thing That You Do” while Iron and Wine come off play equally ferocious with his album title, Beast Epic, on this week’s list. Matt Prater points out that “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That”, Great Willow explain “The New Normal”, Rusty Young sings a tender song to “My Friend”, Will Hoge wipes the grime off long-term love with “Little Bit of Rust”, and Dan Russell tells how to “Feel the Echo". Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lilly Hiatt perform a live tribute to Tom Petty with the benefit single “Walls” as The Original Blues Brothers haul out a new dance step with “Itch and Scratch”. Thomm Jutz steps out from behind the production board to helm his own album on Crazy If You Let It, and offers a train song with “Old Railroads” on the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
Listen to our Top Ten:
01 Crying’s Just a Thing You Do – JD McPherson (from the album Undivided Heart and Soul available on New West Records)
Vintage Rock’n’Roll is the go-to beat for JD McPherson on his latest release, Undivided Heart and Soul. He points a finger, admitting his head was down and eyes were averted, pretending things were all fine as JD MCPherson finally admits that “Crying’s Just a Thing That You Do”.
Listen and buy “Crying’s Just a Thing You Do” by JD McPherson from AMAZON
02 Ain’t Nobody Got the Time for That – Matt Prater (from the album Same Old Highway Blues)
Not a whole lot changes in the road life of Matt Prater as he points out with the title for his recent release, Same Old Highway Blues. In song, he suggests that we all have a lot going on, too much for each of us to be up too far up in to the decisions of others. Matt Prater takes the middle ground with the hopes that maybe we can all get along by simply letting each other live the lives we choose…..hopefully that idea will catch on.
Listen and buy “Ain’t Nobody Got the Time for That” by Matt Prater from AMAZON
03 The New Normal – Great Willow (from the album Find Yourself in Los Angeles)
It is a new dawn that greets Great Willow as they wake up to “The New Normal”. Things changed overnight from the life they lived, and now the California-based band have to acclimate on their recent release, Find Yourself in Los Angeles.
Listen and buy “The New Normal” by Great Willow from AMAZON
04 Old Railroads – Thomm Jutz featuring Tammy Rogers (from the album Crazy If You Let It)
Nashville producer Thomm Jutz has found himself behind the boards and as a sideman on many projects over the past few years as well as partnering in duos. He steps to center stage for his recent release, Crazy If You Let It, partnering with Tammy Rogers as Thomm Jutz sings of a favorite topic for many train track romantics on “Old Railroads”.
Listen and buy “Old Railroads” by Thomm Jutz featuring Tammy Rogers from AMAZON
05 Call It Dreaming – Iron and Wine (from the album Beast Epic)
Hushed guitar strums help Iron and Wine find some solace, a safe place where ‘we can lose and call it winning”. On a track from his recently released album, Beast Epic, Iron and Wine offers the same comfort to anyone listening to his song “Call It Dreaming”.
Listen and buy “Call It Dreaming” by Iron and Wine from AMAZON or iTunes
06 Walls – Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lilly Hiatt (from the benefit single)
A collaborative effort took place in John Little’s East Nashville studio (Magnetic Sound) when Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lilly Hiatt gathered around a microphone to record a live version of Tom Petty’s “Walls”. All proceeds from the single go to Music Health Alliance, an organization whose vision is to create a safe and confidential place for the music community to gain healthcare and health insurance solutions.
Listen and buy “Walls” by Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lilly Hiatt from AMAZON or iTunes
07 My Friend – Rusty Young (from the album Waitin’ for the Sun available on Blue Elan Records)
Rusty Young understands long-term friendship. He has been a part of the band Poco for close to fifty years since their beginnings in 1968. Rusty Young dedicates a tune to “My Friend”, advising to take things ‘day by day’. The cut can be found on the recent Rusty Young solo release, Waitin’ for the Sun, available from Blue Elan Records.
Listen and buy “My Friend” by Rusty Young from AMAZON
08 Itch and Scratch – The Original Blues Brothers (from the album The Last Shade of Blue Before Black)
Jake and Elwood Blues were backed by a sound force as the score for their films and live performances. While The Brothers made good use of the musical team, they were not the only singers who benefited as other players such as Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and the Saturday Night Live Band made good use of the musician’s talents. As Jake famously claimed, ‘it is time to put the band back together’. The Original Blues Brothers offer a new dance step, “Itch and Scratch”, and a new album with The Last Shade of Blue Before Black.
Listen and buy “Itch and Scratch” by The Original Blues Brothers from AMAZON
09 Little Bit of Rust – Will Hoge (from the album Anchors)
The world takes a little bit away from us each day. Will Hoge has a fix to the great divides spanning relationships, citing that ‘the heavy hand of time kinda wears away the shine’ as he looks down to the good to see the glimmer underneath in “A Little Bit of Rust”. Will Hoge sings a song to long-term lovers on a tune from his recent release, Anchors.
Listen and buy “Little Bit of Rust” by Will Hoge from AMAZON
10 Feel the Echo – Dan Russell (from the album Fell the Echoes)
Boston, Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter, Dan Russell, reminds of the first blush of love as he makes an effort to “Feel the Echoes” that courses down the years like the cascading guitar chords that surround him. The tune is the title track from the recent Dan Russell release, Feel the Echoes.
Listen and watch “Feel the Echoes” by Dan Russell from AMAZON