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Fox On The Run

And now for something completely different…

The best thing about doing this is that not only do I get to share awesome music with a bunch of wonderful people (you’re all wonderful!), but sometimes I get to find out new music myself! I started out with the intention of writing about a totally different song also called “Fox On The Run”, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, I stumbled upon this catchy gem! Manfred Mann recorded this in 1968, but the over time his version has been forgotten and “Fox On The Run” has become a bluegrass staple. I think they’re both great, (seriously, I’ve been listening to both of them one after another, over and over again, for about forty minutes now) that’s why I’ve included the Manfred Mann version as well as a bluegrass cover (Tom T. Hall, in this case).

The video for the Tom T. Hall version is…kind of amazing. Somewhere, someone heard this song and said “You know what? I kind of see this being sung by a overweight duck named Yu Yo who wears a sort of pirate outfit. Yeah, that’s the stuff!” The song is great on its own, but the video takes it to an entirely different level.

“Take a glass of wine, and fortify your soul.”

Enjoy!

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on November 18th, 2010 by eddielehwald –

Little Feat-Rock ‘n Roll Doctor

If you were one of those lucky few in Atlantic City for Phish this past weekend, you got to hear Little Feat’s ‘Waiting For Columbus’-one of my all-time favorite albums-performed by one of my favorite bands. Alas, I wasn’t there (I had a ticket but the aforementioned move to Texas prevented me from attending). I sold my ticket, and I like to think that even though I missed the show, maybe whoever took my place was more deserving.
After all, I already know and love Little Feat, but maybe the person who took my ticket didn’t. And maybe, just maybe, they loved it. And maybe they went out when they got back from the show and they bought their own copy of “Waiting For Columbus”, and they sat at home and soaked in the laid-back, swampy funky soulful slinky groove that is Little Feat. Maybe they found that Lowell George wasn’t just singing to anyone, he was singing RIGHT TO THEM. Maybe they felt they had discovered something amazing, something they couldn’t believe they’d lived without for so long, something that filled every little empty musical niche in their lives, and they went out and bought even more Little Feat albums, and soon they’ll have so many that they lend them to their friends, and the process starts all over, and before you know it, everyone in America is finally listening to Little Feat.

Wouldn’t that be great?

Here’s Rock ‘n Roll Doctor, a very deceptive song in that it grooves and is very danceable, but upon closer inspection is very rhythmically dense, changing time signatures almost every measure and never ever settling on a consistent meter. It’s part of Little Feat’s genius that they make something so very very difficult sound so easy and smooth.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music on November 4th, 2010 by eddielehwald –

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles-Seven Spanish Angels

Here’s a little bit of country love to start your day. Ray Charles completely owns this performance, and Willie Nelson’s reedy country tenor is the perfect counterpoint to Charles’ molasses growl. Check out how the verses have no drums under them, the full band only plays on the chorus-because the song is basically the same three chords over and over, it keeps it from becoming repetitive and provides that forward movement that a good tune needs.

Another good trick to keep a performance from getting boring is to decorate your hat with about 475 pieces of flare, the way the drummer here has done.

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Posted in Message on September 29th, 2010 by eddielehwald –

John Prine with Bonnie Raitt – Angel From Montgomery

Aloha, this is Taylor here. Angel From Montgomery has been in my head for the past week or so, although the song maybe well known it is honest and touches the soul. It feels somewhere in the middle of the spectrum set by the recent amazing posts from Marcus and Danny, expressive female vocals with lots of range and strong roots in folk and country music.

Covered by many artist including Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Carly Simon and Dave Mathews Band, the song was originally written by John Prine a key artist in the Chicago Folk Revival of the late 60’s and early 70’s. The song first appeared on Prine’s self titled debut album that was released in 1971. The version here is a duet with Bonnie Raitt from John Prine Live, also released on a Tribute to Steve Goodman.

Serving in the Army and working for the United States Postal Service for five years, Prine developed a fan base and gained positive reviews once he began playing open mic nights in the Chicago area. At one of his early appearances in New York City, Bob Dylan showed up unannounced and anonymously provided backing harmonica. Prine has released 19 albums over his career; the latest Standard Songs for Average People was released in 2007. He is touring in 2010.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on June 21st, 2010 by rocktaylor –

South Memphis String Band – The Carrier Line

South Memphis String Band are an acoustic blues-folk-country supergroup comprised of Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Luther Dickinson of The North Mississippi Allstars, and Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers (yes, those Squirrel Nut Zippers). Their debut album, Home Sweet Home, is an old-fashioned, foot-stompin’, moonshinin’ good time that feels like it was recorded on a hot July night on someone’s front porch well below the Mason-Dixon line. Check out “The Carrier Line,” their rendition of a railroad ballad by old-time Mississippi multi-instrumentalist Sid Hemphill.


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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on June 14th, 2010 by danny –

M. Ward – Chinese Translation

Matthew Ward is a singer-songwriter from Portland, Oregon. His music is mostly mellow with folk and country influences. “Chinese Translation” is the sixth song off his 2006 album, Post-War. The album has some cool songs if you are into the mellow folk sound. Besides great songs, great appearances are made by Jim James, Neko Case, and Mike Mogis.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on August 14th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun

The Felice Brothers are a relatively new folk rock band. They have done quite a bit of touring since their formation in 2006. “Frankie’s Gun” is off of the album Adventures of The Felice Brothers Vol. 1 which has 12 other great tracks to check out. I really like the lyrics so I am posting them below the player.

My car goes
Chicago
Every weekend to pick up some cargo
I think I know the bloody way by now, Frankie
And turn the god damn radio down, thank you
Pull over
Count the money
But don’t count the thirty in the glove box buddy
That’s for to buy Lucille some clothes

Bang bang bang went Frankie’s gun
He shot me down Lucille (x2)
He shot me down (x3)

Work zones double fines
Don’t pass the double lines
Trailer McDonald’s rest stop trailer double wide
I saw a man hit my mom one time, really
I hurt him so damn bad I had to hide in Jersey
Called my mama told her
In the dresser
There’s ten or twenty dollars but there ain’t no lesser
That’s for to take my sister to the picture show

Bang bang bang went Frankie’s gun
He shot me down Lucille (x2)
He shot me down (x3)

Sha nay na sha nay na na na …

(Mumbling)

Slip make a fender shine
Frankie you’re a friend of mine
Got me off a bender after long legged Brenda died
I thought we might be on a roll this time Frankie
I could have swore the box said Hollywood blanks but
You see my mama
Please tell her
I left a little rock in a box in the cellar
That’s for to wear till kingdom come

Bang bang bang went Frankie’s gun
He shot me down Lucille (x2)
He shot me down (x3)

Sha nay na sha nay na na na …

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on August 4th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

John Hartford – Holding

Holding is a great John Hartford song off his epic album Aereo-Plain.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on July 20th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –