Monday, November 12, 2012

Fab Four November- A Quartet of Things TNS Is Digging

The new Julie Roberts Patsy Cline cover of "Sweet Dreams" is dreamy.
This is the Thanksgiving version of our new 2012 monthly feature that is going to highlight four new, new to me, or recently rediscovered items that have made my own personal country-music-can't-remove-from-my-head over the last month. It follows up on lists from earlier in the year. Some will be singles, some might be albums and some just might be a live performance or two. It’ll be a little look inside the head of this mad-about-country-music-man.

1. Sara Syms – “Dance on My Grave”

Originally from Chicago, this New York transplant Sara Syms has been playing music for as long as she can remember. Exposed to music at a very young age, her studies included piano and violin. This new little gem of a song has a great little groove and great electric guitar harmony to go along with its slightly demented lyrics.

2. Carrie Newcomer – Kindred Spirits: A Collection

I’m a newcomer to Carrie Newcomer. While she’s released twelve albums on the Rounder Records label, (which I will be chasing down), this new greatest hits collection is the perfect segway into the artist. This project includes two previously unreleased songs and two songs from her special hunger benefit project Everything is Everywhere. For music and production stylings, the best comparison I can give is Mary Chapin Carpenter’s most recent half dozen albums. Carpenter herself appears on “Before and After” and Alison Krauss sings harmony on “The Gathering of Spirits.” The two standout pieces are when Indian classical sarod masters Amjad Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan lend their musical talents with the beautiful sounding instrument. The sarod might not sound like the perfect country/Americana compliment, but it is. The album comes out this week on 11/13.

3. Julie Roberts – “Sweet Dreams”

Julie Roberts loves Patsy Cline. No… I mean she REALLY loves Patsy Cline. It shows in this beautiful cover she just released last month on her Covered EP. Click HERE to play.

4. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Hope Is Just Ahead”

With all of the hoopla and chaos of last week’s election, and the ridiculous fall-out of certain high profile people not getting their way, this brand new song seems to fit the bill. Democrat. Republican. Independent. Hopefully we can all remember that we’re Americans first, and political parties second- and cooperate to make this new Cyrus tune a prophecy.


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