I have always thought of empathy as the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes; Joe Vickers seems to have an incredible ability to do just that, while simultaneously telling a tale that seems a little too familiar to be a fabrication. I stumbled on Joe Vickers a little over a week ago, and really enjoyed the stripped down feel of his ‘Notes for the Wood Burning Stove’ album, so much so that I have listened to very few other things in the last week, and I keep coming back.
With her silver tongue a little less in-cheek, Sunny Sweeney sauntered her way into 2017 with a new album under her foam-dome. She called it Trophy, which is fitting because it landed on many a top-ten list in December, including my own. Sunny then proceeded to spend the year relentlessly touring with a group of bearded boys throughout the country, showing everyone that girls like to have fun too, and you don’t have to have facial hair to be an outlaw. One Year Later we look at the aptly named album, and why it was one of the best albums of 2017, and perhaps the top dog.
The first time I heard a vehicle described as “Slightly Stolen” by the driver, it was reported VERY stolen the next day by the owner, and it didn’t end well. The term lends itself to the outlaw country vibe of Dusty Rust, leaving the listener with the classic “Will he or won’t he be caught” feeling. A couple songs into Stolen Horse I had a pretty good idea the whole record was going to be a something I’d enjoy, but when I got to the harmonica and keys of “Arizona” I knew I was sold. As I continued, the suspense never ended and Dusty Rust locked himself into the top spot on my Best of 2018 list so-far.
3 years ago I was in Boston to see Aaron Watson at a small rock club. My wife and I got there early, so we were playing pool in the back sipping on something chilly, when I see this bearded Bostonian and his boy playing ski-ball. At some point the vending machine guy asked him who was playing tonight, and he kind of sheepishly said, “Aaron Watson…And me”. All of a sudden, the boy in the rock club seemed a lot less odd, he was there to watch his dad rock out, and that’s exactly what he did.
Mark my words: 2018 will be the year of the Independent Outlaw and Craig Gerdes just stepped up and hit it out of the park batting lead-off.
New Album - New Heart Valve: Brandon Jenkins to chart first week album sales of ‘Tail Lights In A Boomtown’ from bed rest
Edit: It's with great sadness that I report that Brandon Jenkins has passed-away from complications from his heart surgery.
***I will update with more information on how to help the family as soon as things settle a bit***
Brandon Jenkins is back with a new album this Friday, unfortunately he spent the last several days in a hospital bed. Last week Brandon was taken to the ER, and after some testing, it looks like the Red Dirt Legend is going to be getting a new heart valve in the very near future. Good news is this: He is now back at home as he awaits the expensive surgery.