Gonna try to be short and sweet this week. My wife and I welcomed our second child on Wednesday, and I kind of have matters other than this playlist that require my attention. So, that’s it. Not a lot of time for words, but I did still have a couple of late nights awake with the baby to listen to some new tunes, and pull a few old favorites into the mix.
Let’s get to it.
1. Tennessee Ernie Ford – “Feed ‘Em In the Morning Blues
When we brought our daughter home from the hospital nine years ago, Nita at WDVX played this song for us and dedicated it to her on our drive home. It’s been running through my head for the last few months.
2. Anne McCue – “Nobody’s Sleeping”
I know this song isn’t necessarily about that, but the title is wholly appropriate to the situation in our house this week. Portions of this playlist were assembled at around 5:00 AM Saturday morning before I ever closed my eyes for the first time. Families are fun.
3. Lydia Luce – “Azalea”
4. Hush Kids – “Color of Sadness”
The Hush Kids and Lydia Luce are playing together at The Open Chord in West Knoxville on Thursday (8/1). The Hush Kids is the current project from WDVX favorite and former everybodyfields member Jill Andrews.
5. The Highwomen – “Crowded Table”
The second track from the upcoming self titled release from this all-woman super group hit the world just in time for their appearance at The Newport Folk Festival over the weekend. Look for some of the videos of their performances if you can. Including the ones that feature Dolly Parton.
6. Andrew Combs – “Save Somebody Else”
Another new track from Andew’s new album that is due September 20.
7. The Steel Wheels – “Rains Come”
I got an email from Trent Wagler last week thanking us for playing The Steel Wheels’ new album at WDVX. He didn’t have to do that, though. We’ve been big fans of this band for a while now.
8. Wild Ponies – “Love is Not a Sin”
Doug and Telisha Williams of the Wild Ponies are two of my favorite people in music. If I weren’t out on paternity leave, I’d probably have asked to host their appearance on WDVX’s Tennessee Shines on Wednesday (7/31).
9. Jim Cuddy – “Countrywide Soul”
Jim Cuddy recorded his new album in his barn with his friends. The record mostly features re-recorded versions of songs from his solo catalog and his work with Blue Rodeo.
10. Sam Outlaw & Sarah Darling – “Forever and Always”
Sam Outlaw already released a new EP back in May, and he just followed it up last week with this new single. He’s also been invited back to the Grand Ole Opry in August to perform this song live with his duet partner Sarah Darling.
11. Dori Freeman – “That’s How I Feel”
I got a link to listen to Dori Freeman’s new album in my email a few weeks ago. Trust me when I say you’ll want to hear it for yourself when it comes out September 27.
12. Yola – “Faraway Look”
I mentioned last week that I had been watching the new season of Veronica Mars on Hulu with my wife while I was working on that week’s playlist. The final scene of the final episode was scored by this soaring track from Yola’s latest album.
13. Sturgill Simpson – “All Around You”
Sturgill Simpson surprisingly took the stage at the San Diego Comic Con last week to announce that he will release a new album this fall that will also double as the soundtrack for an anime movie for Netflix. Simpson calls his new album a, “sleazy, steamy rock & roll record.”
14. Charley Crockett – “How Low Can You Go”
Charley Crockett released two new records in 2018, and now looks to keep his creative spurt going with another release here in 2019. The Valley & Other Biographical Tunes comes out September 20.
15. Amy Winehouse – “You Know I’m No Good”
Last week marked the anniversary of the passing of Amy Winehouse. One of my favorite things about walking around London a couple of years ago was wandering through Winehouse’s old haunts in Camden and finding the many many tributes to her on the streets, in the shops, and along the canals.
16. Alison Krauss – “Forget About it”
On a lighter note, Alison Krauss celebrated a birthday last week. Here’s hoping one of the all-time greats had a happy one.
17. Andrew Bird – “Fitz and the Dizzyspells”
The first time I actually left the hospital after our son was born in the wee hours of Wednesday morning was for a dinner run later that evening. This song was playing in the Jersey Mike’s just off of the University of Tennessee campus. I may have been singing along while I was waiting for my Philly steak.
18. Eilen Jewell – “79 Cents (The Meow Song)”
19. Margo Price – “Pay Gap”
Eilen Jewell’s new album is out in August, and “79 Cents” is the second song to be released from the project. It is certainly the one song on the record that is most tied into current events. Thematically, it slots in quite nicely next to this Margo Price song from 2017.
20. Catherine MacLellan – “Roll With the Wind”
Canadian song writer Catherine MacLellan focused on the music of her father (Gene MacLellan) on her last record. This time around, she’s back with Coyote, her sixth album of original material and seventh overall.
21. Paul Cauthen – “Holy Ghost Father”
This is the second track to be released thus far from Paul Cauthen’s upcoming album. Bonus points to Cauthen for having the first song be about cocaine and the second be about the Holy Ghost. Extra bonus points for referencing Cadillacs in each.
22. Bobbie Gentry – “Mississippi Delta”
The reclusive Bobbie Gentry shares a birthday with my first born child. Both celebrated on Saturday.
23. R.E.M. – “So. Central Rain”
Speaking of my first born… She recently started making her own playlist for us to listen to when I drive her to school in the mornings next month. It’s mostly full of her favorites from Jade Bird to Kelly Clarkson, but she also put a few R.E.M. songs in the mix because she said I should have some of my favorites too. This one is on it.
24. Kacy & Clayton – “The Forty-Ninth Parallel”
25. Marc Cohn & Blind Boys of Alabama – “Work to Do”
26. Pieta Brown – “Morning Fire”
More new releases on the way.
Kacey & Clayton’s Carrying On hits October 4.
Marc Cohn & the Blind Boys of Alabama have a new album combining studio and live material shipping on August 9.
Pieta Brown’s Freeway is due September 20.
27. Aaron Lee Tasjan – “Heart Slows Down”
28. Lori McKenna – “Stealing Kisses”
29. Robbie Fulks – “Every Kind of Music but Country”
Time for some re-issues now.
First up is Aaron Lee Tasjan who has re-recorded his 2018 album Karma for Cheap in a more stripped down acoustic fashion and dubbed the new project Karma for Cheap Reincarnated. It’ll come our way on August 30.
Lori McKenna’s classic Bittertown album is also getting an update for its 15th anniversary with the Return to Bittertown edition. “Stealing Kisses” is one of two songs that McKenna re-recorded for the anniversary project… and probably one of top five favorite McKenna tunes.
Robbie Fulks’ debut Country Love Songs just got a fancy vinyl pressing from Bloodshot. It’s the first time the album has been available in this format.
30. Loretta Lynn – “One’s on the Way”
Nope. Not happening.