Friday, August 7, 2009

"Take me to another place. Take me to another land..."

Arrested Development - Tennessee

That song steps a little out of my normal genre realm, but how can you not love it? As I searched my library for 'Tennessee,' it was the first result. Immediately, I was taken back to raiding my sister's CD collection when I tired of my own crappy, country cassettes.

"A game of HORSESHOES!"

Tomorrow (in spite of being warned that Tennessee sucks in the summer), I head east to catch two instances of the Big Surprise Tour. If you don't know, it's pretty much the best folk lineup in this young century. Old Crow Medicine Show headlines an August-long set of dates with help from The Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, and the spectacular duo of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Yeah.

The showcase is said to feature all acts "shar[ing] the stage, taking part in each other's songs, resurrecting old standards, and playing newly written collaborative material as they go." Ketch Secor says of the lineup: "If there is a ‘scene’ around the music we play, these artists make up the better part of it." I couldn't agree more.

We're making a road-trip out of it, taking our time getting there, and spending a few days in Nashville before catching the last two dates of the tour in Music City and Knoxville.

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings ft. OCMS - Odds n' Ends

Gillian Welch &David Rawlings - I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll (live)
buy Time (The Revelator) (2001)

Old Crow Medicine Show - Fall On My Knees (live)
buy OCMS Live (2003)

The Felice Brothers - Hey, Hey Revolver (live)

Justin Townes Earle - Chitlin' Cooking Time In Cheatham County (live)


  1. My wife says I'm crazy because I want to drive from Knoxville to Austin this fall. She's probably right, but I still want to do it. Let me know how the drive is from TX to TN.

  2. It's a crying shame I didn't see this in TFB's newsletter.