For far too long now I've not paid enough attention to new music. Or old music. Or any music for that matter. My internet has sucked keeping me from using any of the streaming sites. My newish car doesn't have an iPod plug-in and those old radio tuner devices that let you make a mini-station for your iPod are kind of terrible (at least where I live causing me to have to switch stations every five minutes to get a decent signal.) And frankly with my schedule and life of raising a toddler I've spent very little time sitting down with music to actually listen.
I've been meaning to remedy this for a long while. If you go back and read the history of this column you'll see that its true and you'll see how often I've failed. Now that we've moved and I've started a new job, I might actually get to be the music nerd I used to be. This column is still going to miss lots of interesting stuff, and I suspect I'll always be perpetually behind, but here's to new beginnings and lots of great music.
Willie Nelson is nothing short of a legend. He might make country music, but dude is a bon-a-fide rock star. He's 81 years of age but is not even close to stopping. He's written some of the greatest songs in American history, recorded a bajillion albums, sold more of them than God can count, he never stops touring, had made movies, written books, recorded with everyone who is anyone and smokes more dope than Cheech, Chong and Snoop combined. He's pretty much my hero in music and in life.
I won't say he's never made a bad record, but he's never boring and you never have long to wait until he puts another one out. Band of Brothers comes on the heels of To All the Girls... his record of duets that became his highest selling record in decades. This one contains his first major collection of songs he's written himself since the 90s.
Consider me excited and ready to see what this legend has still got in him.
Also out this week that looks interesting:
Favorite Waitress - Felice Brothers: I've heard lots of cool things about this five piece band from the Catskills. I've listened to their last album a number of times and always like it, but its one of those things where after I've spun it I tend to forget about it for awhile. I have no idea why that is, but I'm definitely gonna give this one a try.
Good News - Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters: Earl is another one of those guys I keep hearing good stuff about, especially from my friends who generally have great tastes (for example, our John Taylor has reviewed this latest effort). He also tends to show up on lists of the greatest living guitarists. Yet I've never given him a chance. I guess here's my chance.
Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey: I'm just guessing here, but I doubt that I'll actually like Ms. Del Rey. She's very popular and has been nominated for things like Grammy's (which is actually probably why I don't think I'll care for her, come to think of it) but she gets a mention here.
Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight - Jimi Hendrix: This has previously been released on CD and DVD, but here we get a Blu-ray upgrade. The music and video have all been newly mixed and upgraded. There is also newly discovered footage of "Hey Joe" a behind the scenes interview with the director, and various memorabilia.
Trouble At Your Door - Alastair Greene Band: As a special request from BBS cohort Josh Hathaway, I'm mentioning the fifth studio album from blues-rock guitarist Alastair Greene, issued by Eclecto Groove/Delta Groove Records. Greene produced the set that features 11 originals and a cover of a Michael Burks tune. Greene has released a video for the title track and has lined up a litany of tour dates in California to begin promoting the record.