Month / August 2014

/ August 31, 2014 / Comments Off on Labor Day Weekend Driving Playlist: Destination Songs

Labor Day Weekend Driving Playlist: Destination Songs

Sailcat – 1972 Looks like I’ve made it. This is what the August theme, “End of Summer Driving Songs”, was building to…an actual playlist I’ve made with all the tracks I’ve built up starting on the 1st. This two parter, starts first with songs that are great for when you want to go somewhere. It […]

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/ August 30, 2014 / Comments Off on The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Ripplin’ Waters, (All I Have to Do Is) Dream, and Mother of Love (1975)

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Ripplin’ Waters, (All I Have to Do Is) Dream, and Mother of Love (1975)

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Linda Ronstadt There’s something special about this three song stretch from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Symphonion Dream. The first song, “Ripplin’ Waters”, is quite possibly, in this author’s humble opinion, the prettiest song ever made. It’s a song I’d pitch to replace “This Land is Your Land” by […]

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/ August 29, 2014 / Comments Off on Heartsfield: Music Eyes (1973) Racin’ the Sun (1974) Magic Mood (1975) and Southern Girl (1976)

Heartsfield: Music Eyes (1973) Racin’ the Sun (1974) Magic Mood (1975) and Southern Girl (1976)

Heartsfield rockin’ the Burbs Heartsfield, Oh, Heartsfield, you are the type of southern rock I was searching for all of my life. What if I told you that you could see performing live at your local bar one of the greatest southern rock bands ever? or that this same band hails from our very own […]

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/ August 28, 2014 / Comments Off on The Outlaws: Heavenly Blues (1977) and Girl From Ohio (1976)

The Outlaws: Heavenly Blues (1977) and Girl From Ohio (1976)

The Outlaws Now, ain’t this somethin’. I already had a driving song outlined to highlight from the Outlaws, their “Green Grass and High Tides” track. Since I’m a grown ass man, and I don’t play video games I didn’t realize that track was hell as popular as it is and well known among “gamers” for being […]

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Poco in the 70s Have any of y’all ever heard that final three song stretch from Poco’s Crazy Eyes? If, you haven’t, do yourself a favor and play those three songs “Crazy Eyes”, “Magnolia” (a JJ Cale cover), and “Let’s Dance Tonight” first (they’re found at the bottom of this post), then come back and read […]

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/ August 26, 2014 / Comments Off on The Marshall Tucker Band:

The Marshall Tucker Band:

The Marshall Tucker Band Now here’s a band that ran with the sound Dickey Betts hinted at with the Allman Brothers. True Southern rockers in all its glory, Spartanburg, South Carolina compadres in music The Marshall Tucker Band exemplified the gamut of sound that could be created within the Southern Rock genre. Led by the […]

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/ August 25, 2014 / Comments Off on Dickey Betts: In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (1970) and Bougainvillea (1977)

Dickey Betts: In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (1970) and Bougainvillea (1977)

Dickey Betts 1971  Now we’re getting somewhere. Way down south, in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dickey Betts was born and raised. By far one of my favorite guitarists, he exemplified how you can take country and bluegrass roots into directions that only his humble genius could envision. As important as the Allman Brothers were to […]

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/ August 24, 2014 / Comments Off on John Prine: Quiet Man and Donald and Lydia (1971)

John Prine: Quiet Man and Donald and Lydia (1971)

John Prine 1971 John Prine, born and raised in Maywood, Illinois from West Virginia transplants, is an artist that needs a bit of an introduction. There’s something about his music, and his self-titled 1971 album specifically, that moves me in ways no other artist can. At times, it feels like the music an old soul […]

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/ August 23, 2014 / Comments Off on Gene Clark: Here Tonight and She’s the Kind of Girl (1972)

Gene Clark: Here Tonight and She’s the Kind of Girl (1972)

Gene Clark – 1972 Further north from Texas, in Tipton, Missouri, lies the hometown of ex-Byrds singer and songwriter, Gene Clark. Together with Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, they were largely responsible for creating the first strains of country-rock as we know it. Gene Clark was always the most mysterious, and when switched on, the […]

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/ August 22, 2014 / Comments Off on Jerry Jeff Walker: Hill Country Rain (1972) and Long Afternoons (1976)

Jerry Jeff Walker: Hill Country Rain (1972) and Long Afternoons (1976)

Jerry Jeff Walker – 1976 Texas is like a vortex, we tend to suck in some of the creatures other places would reject. As long as they’re not Florida crazy, we’ll tend to pay them a mind or two. One artist who needed more than a mind or two is New York born, yet Austinite […]

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