ALT ROOT TOP TEN SONGS OF THE WEEK FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18, 2017
The Top Ten Songs of the Week for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 starts off with a wish list from Travis Meadows as the Nashville, Tennessee songman parks “Pontiac” in the #1 spot. Jackie Greene has a new E.P., The Modern Lives, Volume 1, and he takes his Soul down South for “Alabama Queen” while Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards answer a cry from the west coast with “California Calling”. Lydia Loveless is Boy Crazy and Single (s) on her latest release and on this week’s list with “All I Know”. Brooklyn, New York finds one of its musicians “Restless” in a new single from Common Jack” while The Railsplitters use western mountain music to tell the tale of a “Boy Of Five”. Gary Kyle get the “Last Night Runaround”, Cameron Blake sings of life “After Sally”, and Fanny and the Atta Boys rustle up some SoCal Ragtime with “Entertain Me”. Music has taken three Nashville men in many directions, generally all at once. Beyond the magic the trio make in their tune, “Angels’ Share”, it is a true feat the Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz found themselves in one place together long enough to record their latest release, Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort, and out it in the chart for the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
Listen to our Top Ten:
01 Pontiac – Travis Meadows (from the album First Cigarette available on Blaster Records)
The tough times in the message of Travis Meadows are in place so that the wins will feel a lot better having spent time in the loses with “Pontiac”. The tracks is on his recent release, First Cigarette, and is a co-write with Lori McKenna and Jerry Spillman. The personal struggles that fueled the stories are important to Travis Meadows, and he includes the lyrics for the album on his website.
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02 Alabama Queen – Jackie Greene (from the album The Modern Lives, Volume 1)
Jackie Greene is telling tales of “Alabama Queen” as he shares the whispers he has been hearing and the scenes he has personally witnessed. Jackie Greene has nothing but love for the New Orleans boogie-woogie machine that takes the lead in the song from his recent release, The Modern Lives, Volume 1.
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03 Restless – Common Jack (single)
Common Jack, the band, is the alter ego of Jack Gardner, multi-instrumentalist, The Brooklyn, New York-based musician traces the early life of his songs back to growing up in rural Virginia the child of an opera-singer and a folk music lover. Common Jack offer a new single, “Restless”, for the Top Ten list.
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04 Angels’ Share – Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz (from the album Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort available on Red Beet Records)
While their names have appeared on album sleeves, marquees, book shelves, and guest lists together all around town, Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort is a debut for the three men making the music. Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz join guitars, voices, and songs on the album, and on “Angels’ Share” for this week’s list.
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05 California Calling – Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards (from the album California Calling on Compass Records)
The Golden State is sleeping peacefully with it ‘knees tucked in behind Nevada’ in “California Calling”, the title track from the recent Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards release. The sound of California Country gets a little more Cosmic in the song as strings swell and community vocals are grounded by a fat bass line.
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06 All I Know – Lydia Loveless (from the album Boy Crazy and Single(s))
Lydia Loveless gathers together her E.P., Boy Crazy, as well as six non-album singles and ‘B’ sides along with covers of Prince, Elvis Costello, and Kesha for her recent release, Boy Crazy and Single(s). The guitars crunch as Lydia Loveless snarls missing ‘someone to fight with’ in “All I Know”, as she holds out hope for love that is just out of reach.
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07 Boy of Five – The Railsplitters (from the album Jump In)
Mountains are mountains, yet the Bluegrass music of Appalachia is the perfect soundtrack for a barn dance while the string band sound from the Rockies and other western ranges is made for dancing around a fire in an open field. The Railsplitters escort the sound of Bluegrass into the future with “Boy of Five” from their upcoming (November 20, 2017) Boulder, Colorado-based band’s release, Jump In.
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08 After Sally – Cameron Blake (from the album Fear Not)
A mist of Jazzy Blues chords drift across the opening of “After Sally” before the fog in the melody and the story line and lift the track up. Cameron Blake guides a tune from his upcoming (November 17, 2017) release, Fear Not, with the musical delivery of a true leader.
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09 Late Night Runaround – Gary Kyle (from the album Anchors)
Trying to lasso a lover in the fast track of night life, Gary Kyle wonders and offers some advice on a powerful rhythm of Country Rock that keeps on the trail in “Late Night Runaround”. The tune is from the recent release, Rewind, from Gary Kyle.
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10 Entertain Me – Fanny and the Atta Boys (from the album First Time Out)
Innocence can be found in the opening tease of “Entertain Me” from Fanny and the Atta Boys. The track is from the upcoming (October 20, 2017) debut for the San Diego, California-based band, First Time Out. Lyrical sing-a-long lines from Harlem’s Cotton Club days wake up in west coast sand with the Indie Folk and Ragtime of Fanny and the Atta Boys.
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