Fliping threads with a rising star of outlaw country
With a slippery slide guitar hook and chipper bass line backing lyrics about different ways to die, plus a video full of happy kids, Anthony D’Amato’s “Good and Ready” is a smiling marvel of mixed messaging.
“Some people hear this as a love song — as in, ‘I’d rather die than live without you,’” D’Amato tells CMT Edge. “And some people hear it as a dark breakup song — as in, ‘I don’t want to wake up anymore now that you’re not here.’
Pegi Young and the Survivors’ rendition of “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” is the kind of song that evokes images of worn down barrooms
that serve whiskey on the cheap. After a couple of rounds, a song like this would come on, either on a jukebox or played live by a band that frequents such establishments. It’s a classic image, one in this case evoked by the carefree piano playing and the bluesy guitars provided by the Survivors, as well as Young’s tried-and-true vocals.
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Best Instrumentation: Ben Miller Band It took more than a shared beard enthusiasm for a built-for-busking trio like the Ben Miller Band to go over as a tour opener for ZZ Top, though it probably didn’t hurt.
New West Records has announced the signing of New Orleans-based country-soul band, The Deslondes. The five-piece is currently on the road with Old Crow Medicine Show. Following the tour, they will put the finishing touches on their debut full-length album, which will be released in early 2015. The LP was recorded with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his Bomb Shelter studio in Nashville.
Just watching the Ben Miller Band set up for a show tells you you're in for something unique. The three bearded men have a guitar, drums, mandolin, and a couple of horns, which seems normal enough, but then you see the electric banjo, electric washboard, a microphone made out of an old-school telephone handset, and, best of all, a single-stringed washtub bass.
Today's free song comes from across the Pond. The English folk-rockers, Young Rebel Set, recently signed with New West Records and are gearing up to release their sophomore album, Crocodile, later this month. You can stream and download the record's single, "The Lash Of The Whip," above.
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