Maybe, if it weren’t for their unfortunate band name this group would be a bit more famous than they are. And they are not very famous, but they are whole lot of fun. Their latest record, Kick Out The Twang, features everything you would want in a honky tonk Rock and Roll band. Foot-stomping tunes about drinking, heartache, and failure just like Hank, Johnny Cash, Willie, and Joe Ely would sing about. The sound is a bit ramshackle at times in all the best of ways. Think Bottle Rockets and Commander Cody here.
In this short film, Prine spends a typical afternoon driving around Nashville while talking about his journey from midwestern mailman to career songwriter. He plays an emotional version of “Summer’s End,” from The Tree of Forgiveness, his first album in 13 years, while fans including Dan Auerbach, Rosanne Cash and Todd Snider share their favorite Prine lyrics.
For his latest record, The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine locked himself in a room at the Omni hotel in Nashville with dozens of notebooks, scraps of paper, and other bits and pieces of songs he had laying around the house and completed the tunes that ended up to be on the album. The result was a tremendous album with songwriting on par with his best work. The video shows John hanging out with some musician friends as he bounces around Nashville having fun just being John Prine.
Joshua Hedley is all about celebrating classic old school tear in your beer country music. From the vintage jackets he wears on stage to his Porter Wagner meets George Jones vibe this guy is the real deal. Having been inducted as a member of the Grand Ol’ Opry the day his record was released, Mr. Jukebox is a talent worth watching.
Hailing from Boone, North Carolina The Nude Party is a Psych/Garage Rock band that is what the replacements could have been if they hadn’t taken themselves so seriously. The new self-titled record is destined to be on many of the year-end best of lists.