The summer music season is upon us so most of today's show featured some of the artists who will be playing in Oregon this next month along with a couple of new releases which I had to play.
The first new release featured this week was David Bromberg's new album called "Use Me" in which he not only asked other artists to write him a song to play but then to also produce the track. With artists from John Hiatt, Tim O'Brien and Keb' Mo' to Los Lobos, Vince Gill and Widespread Panic "Use Me" shows off Bromberg's versatility and adaptability to other people's music.
My second featured new release was Neil Young's latest "A Treasure" which is an archive release of his time playing with the International Harvesters in the 1980's. I think this was one of the best bands that Young ever played with. I was fortunate enough to see them perform live in Atlanta, GA. before I moved to Oregon. If you want to find out more information about this album go to neilyoung.com and he will tell you all about it in a video on his opening page.
My final featured release this week is Dave Alvin's latest "Eleven Eleven". Some of the tunes take me back to his "Ashgrove" album like "Harlan County Line" and "Black Rose Of Texas", while his duets with his brother and former band mates Chris Gaffney and Christy McWilson reflect more of the sound that they contributed to Dave's songs and the band.
All three albums are sure to make it onto this year's favorites list which is already getting a fair number of albums and we're only half way through the year. You gotta love good music.
7 Walkers - 7 Walkers - 7 Walkers
David Jacobs Strain - Hurricane Railroad - Terraplane Angel
Mark Growden - `Killing Time - Lose Me In The Sand
Elephant Revival - Jet Lag Blues - Elephant Revival
Brown Chicken Brown Cow Stringband - She's Sexy When She Comes - It's A Deep Subject
Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit - Thoughts On Fabric #2 / Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat - So, Where Ya Headed?
Widespread Panic - Blue Indian - Till The Medicine Takes
David Bromberg W/ Widespread Panic - Old Neighborhood - Use Me
David Bromberg W/ Keb' Mo' - Diggin' In The Deep Blue Sea - Use Me
Philip Gibbs - The Petroleum Age - The Petroleum Age
Neil Young International Harvesters - Motor City - A Treasure
Neil Young International Harvesters - Southern Pacific - A Treasure
Pert' Near Sandstone - Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss - Needle & Thread
Keller & The Keels - Don't Cuss The Fiddle - Thief
Emmitt Nershi Band - I Come From The Country - New Country Blues
Railroad Earth - Lone Craft Farewell - Railroad Earth
Great American Taxi - One Of These Days - Reckless Habits
Steve Earle - Heaven Or Hell - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Dave Alvin - Johnny Ace Is Dead - Eleven Eleven
Dave Alvin - What's Up With Your Brother - Eleven Eleven
Paul Thorn - I Don't Like Half The Folks I Love - Pimps And Preachers