There's something about birthdays. Another marker of a year's plodding progress. And there's something about every birthday that makes me miss my dad. Can he see that Henry has a beard? Would he like it? Can he see that Katie has a shaved head? Was he watching while Mom painted the bedroom and the hallway? Would he like the person I am becoming? Can he see my brother and sister and I -- navigating as we can around early adulthood, sometimes fumbling, sometimes succeeding? I hope he can. I think he can. And the ways I commune with my Dad are in quiet moments like this -- in my truck, driving home, listening to Emmylou and the CD's I've made for myself that remind me of him.Read More
Sam writes original songs that seek to capture the spirit of the classic country music he learned from his favorite singers: George Jones, Willie Nelson, Gene Watson, Don Williams, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, etc.Read More
"With a Johnny Cash guitar-strum shuffle and breathy vocals that sound as though they could have been sung through a tunnel, Remsy's first single 'Lucky Two' is nothing if not entirely promising. Her dreamy, throwback melody gets some moody texture from exemplary sound mixing, accomplished here by Grammy-award winning sound engineer Jeff Lipton. There's the contemporary lyricism of love lost yet not forgotten. A lively, bright guitar riff at the bridge. And finally a staccato sort of hand clap or gun shot that punctuates throughout, like the slash of a cracked whip or a winding lasso as it cuts through the sky."Read More
We here at Western Daughter -- and by we of course I am referring to only myself -- are big fans of sir Robert Ellis.
This may have happened when we heard his first record back in 2011, or perhaps the flames of fiery fandom were vigorously fanned earlier this year, when we saw him decidedly trump everyone at El Cosmico in a rousing game of Stump. Or maybe it was upon finding this rad assemblage of deep cuts hand-picked by the Texas-born, Tennessee-livin' troubadour himself. Either way, Ellis' 'Baby's All Right Brunch' is an ever-updated playlist of curated tracks, hand-picked by one heartbreakin' hombre of the modern-day honky-tonk and it is always very, very good. Vibe on.Read More
In music as in design there is always a trend — either towards something or away from something. And these trends usually relate to the collective yearnings of the time. In the thirties and forties, country music was still very much tied to an agrarian way of life, not the mealy and over-processed cannon of backroads, girls, and tailgates that it is now. Perhaps this trend towards yodeling — seen in the vocal stylings of country music acts of the thirties such as Patsy Montana, the Dezuriks, and Roy Acuff — was really more of a sense of nostalgia, for farm families and a way of life in which any and all members of a family knew to play an instrument, a la Merle Haggard’s ballad of a big, poor, southern family, Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)Read More