i have, however, picked up a couple new discs - some in the mail and some digitally.
Here's some of the best new additions:
mp3: The Dedringers - Sideman Blues
pick up Sweetheart of the Neighborhood FREE!!
The lead-off and stand-out track from The Dedringers first full-length disc.
"i used to have a job as a sideman/playin' with a blues band/down on the coast/
i played Mr. Cale/rockin' the blues scale/bendin' out the notes"
more Dedringers here.
mp3: Reckless Kelly - God Forsaken Town
buy Bulletproof (2008)
Known for their in-your-face, roots-rock, Reckless Kelly has long since set the standard for bands that fall somewhere between Rock and Country. Somehow, though, i end up diggin' the more mid-tempo, lyrically driven songs Willie Braun and band deliver so effortlessly. This one is from the band's latest (7th) release.
buy Learning to Bend (2008)
By now, everyone has heard Ben's cover of Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come. The other songs from this acoustic cello specialist's debut album are just as moving. Ben got his start in The Sparrow Quartet - Abigail Washburn's band.
These next two songs are from bands who have been raved about all over the music blog community - and i hate to jump on the bandwagon, but they really are good. i don't own either album, but from the small sampling of tunes i have from each, i'm definitely thinkin' about it.
mp3: Fleet Foxes - He Doesn't Know Why
buy Fleet Foxes (2008)
Sub Pop has once again turned out an amazing band. Along the lines of Band of Horses, The Shins, and Iron & Wine, the cosmic vocals from Fleet Foxes will take you to another world.
mp3: Mason Jennings - Fighter Girl
buy In The Ever (2008)
The dry deliver and literal songwriting of Mason Jennings is actually his appeal.