From ‘Mr. M’, the new album by Nashville TN’s psych-country heroes Lambchop. Out 20 February 2012 on City Slang. Lambchop will be on tour in March.
Legendary instrumental trio Dirty Three boldly break cover in February 2012 with a remarkable new album, “Toward The Low Sun”, on Bella Union records. Toward The Low Sun is the product of the most ceaselessly creative period in the band’s career, in which Jim White, Mick Turner and Warren Ellis have relentlessly made music in different permutations and locations around the globe. No other Australian band has ever impacted on international music in such a subversive fashion. This is a band that exists within itself and outside of itself, generating a massive (and massively influential) body of work.
Ford scored an unexpected hit on the pop charts in 1955 with his rendition of Merle Travis’ “Sixteen Tons”, a sparsely arranged coal-miner’s lament that Travis wrote in 1946, based on his own family’s experience in the mines of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Its fatalistic tone contrasted vividly with the sugary pop ballads and rock & roll just starting to dominate the charts at the time:
You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter, don’t you call me, ’cause I can’t go;
I owe my soul to the company store…
With a unique clarinet-driven pop arrangement by Ford’s musical director, Jack Fascinato, “Sixteen Tons” spent ten weeks at number one on the country charts and eight weeks at number one on the pop charts, and made Ford a crossover star. It became Ford’s ‘signature song.’
[via Harriet Amster in Arlington, Texas]
Marshall Crenshaw is the debut album by Detroiter Marshall Crenshaw. It featured his breakthrough classic hit, “Someday, Someway”, which reached #36 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the summer of 1982, as well as #31 on the Cash Box singles chart. The album spent over six months on the chart, peaking at #50, and eventually sold close to 400,000 copies in the United States. It has never been out of print.
[via Mats Drougge in Stockholm, Sweden]
Tomorrow’s Sounds Today is the twelfth album by country music artist Dwight Yoakam. It rose to No. 7 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. There were two charting singles among its tracks: “What Do You Know About Love” at No. 26 and “I Want You to Want Me” (a cover of the Cheap Trick song) at No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
[Dedicated to Mats Drougge in Stockholm and Mogens Toudahl in East Berlin]
For the first six months I was in hospital I could only say the words “yes” or “no” – that was it. I couldn’t listen to music at all and I cried constantly. After nine or 10 weeks my wife, Grace, found an old compilation CD that I’d made and put my headphones on for me. This track was on it and I was so overwhelmed by emotion that I burst into tears. I care so passionately about music and rediscovering it was like falling in love with it all over again.
[via Edwyn Collins]
[via Mogens Toudahl]
[via Mogens Toudahl]