Leading off the charge of music on the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Saturday, June 17, 2017 is The Nashville Sound. The title is the new release from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and the band is on the chart with a tale about life in the “Cumberland Gap”. The Dustbowl Revival from Venice, California shout out “Call My Name” from their recent self-titled release, Gina Sicilia claims “I Don’t Want to Be in Love” from her Tug of War album, and Glen Campbell bids Adios with his new release, offering a take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice (It’s All Right)”. Greta Gaines sits on the board of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and is donating all the proceeds for downloads of “Light It Up”, on this week’s list, to the organization as well as Patients Out of Time. Lo Tom has “Overboard” on the list, an advance of their upcoming (July 14, 2017) self-titled release, Tar Dente sings of “The Moon” from her recent release The Gleaner, Peter Himmelman wonder if you ever feel “Sacrificial”, and Afterlife Revival is “Rich In Love”. Andy T Band with Alabama Mike have a new album release, Double Strike, as they look for “Somebody Like You” on the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Saturday, June 17, 2017.
01 Cumberland Gap – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (from the album The Nashville Sound)
A darkness falls over the narrow strip that leads through the Appalachian Mountains and into Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit offer stark realities for the path that was first used by Indian tribes and then settlers to the region. Rowdy guitars chime around the story found on the recent release The Nashville Sound.
Pounding percussion and wobbly horn runs announce the arrival of The Dustbowl Revival as the opening track for the recent self-titled release shouts out “Call My Name”. Dual male/female lead vocals make their way through the tune as the Venice, California collective sing a chorus of “row, row your boat”.
Gina Sicilia is feeling tugs at her heart on her recent release Tug of War. The Blues maven claims “I Don’t Want to Be in Love” to open the album, her seventh release. Gina repeats the title as a mantra as guitar riffs lick at the flames rising up from love.
04 Light It Up – Greta Gaines (from the E.P. Tumbleweed)
Greta Gaines is donating proceeds from “Light It Up” to Patients Out of Time and NORML, and organization that has her on its board. She sings of the freedom in the seeds as she spots that the weed is taking root across the United States. Greta Gaines is an activist for legalization and draws the lines with the words ‘don’t tell us we can’t “Light It Up”’ on her new E.P., Tumbleweed.
05 Don’t Think Twice (It’s All Right) – Glen Campbell (from the album Adios)
Glen Campbell delivers his sixty-fourth album with Adios, making the recording his final studio release. He plays fast and loose with the words of Bob Dylan on “Don’t Think Twice (It’s All Right)” as the story acts as a matter-of-fact farewell from a man who has given so much to popular music.
The Roots of Lo Tom are in Indie Rock as the band brings together members of Pedro the Lion, Starflyer 59, and His Name is Alive. David Bazan lends his vocals to the band as he shouts out “Overboard” on the first single from the upcoming (7-14-17) self-titled release from the Indie supergroup.
07 Somebody Like You – Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike (from the album Double Strike)
The sound of Soul music welcomes in “Somebody Like You” from the Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike. The tune is from the duo’s new release, Double Strike, and find the boys looking in the eyes of new love and hoping to find what they have left in their past.
Tara Dente is waiting for night to fall, believing “The Moon” will shine a non-judgmental light on her. The story is sure that the sunshine is going to reveal secrets that the darkness holds safe. The tune is from the recently released album The Gleaner from Tara Dente.
09 Rich in Love – Afterlife Revival (single)
Illustrator Evan B. Harris began Afterlife Revival when he suffered a near death experience that nearly left him blind and unable to pursue his visual art. Evan has made a full recovery and currently now pairs his songs with original folk art, like the single art and track, “Rich in Love”, on the Top Ten. Both forms of Evan’s art are available for fans on a monthly subscription basis.
10 Sacrificial – Peter Himmelman (from the album There is No Calamity)
The words of Peter Himmelman are political given the current world government induced climate as we shift through unending breaking news bombs. Fake and real become one, and Peter wonders if we feel a little “Sacrificial”. The track can be found on the recent Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) produced album, There is No Calamity.