I was surprised and pleased this week when I took a look at the Americana Chart.
Pleased by seeing Ray Wylie Hubbard sitting at the top with his CD A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C). I have been listening to Hubbard's music for so many years that I can't remember when I started. His new CD has some great song writing and deserves to be at the top of the charts.
I was surprised to see Allison Moorer's new CD Crows sitting at number nine on the chart. When I first listened to it, nothing really jumped out at me saying "I'm Americana music". Instead it felt more main stream to pop type songs. Now that it is getting so much air play on "Americana Stations" I think that I will have to give it a closer listen.
A number of good concerts are on our concert calendar in the next few weeks. I featured several up coming performers on this week's show.
Richard Thompson - Needle & Thread - Sweet Warrior
JJ Cale - Roll On - Roll On
Blue Rodeo - One More Night - The Things We Left Behind
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Down Home Country Blues - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
Joe Pug - Messenger - Messenger
Jeff Bridges - Somebody Else - Crazy Heart
James McMurtry - Freeway View - Live In Europe
Carrie Rodriguez - She Ain't Me - She Ain't Me
Los Lonely Boys - Loving You Always - Forgiven
Patty Griffin - Wade In The Water - Down Town Church
Allison Moorer - The Broken Girl - Crows
Maria Muldar & Her Garden Of Joy - Bank Failure Blues - Good Time Music For Hard Times
South Memphis String Band - Jesse James - Home Sweet Home
Phoebe Blume - Hot And Sweet - The Homing Beasts
Eric Bibb - Booker's Guitar - Booker's Guitar
Head For The Hills - Nooks And Crannies - Head For The Hills
Pert' Near Sandstone - No Rest - Needle & Thread
Asylum Street Spankers - My Baby In The CIA - God's Favorite Sampler
Swamp Cabbage - Dixieland - Squeal
Joy Kills Sorrow - New Shoes - Darkness Sure Becomes This City
Buddy & Julie Miller - You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast - Love Snuck Up
Slimfit - More Than Wrong - The Path
Robert Earl Keen - On And On - The Rose Hotel
The Wailin' Jennys - Deeper Well - Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House