Dexy’s Midnight Runners
‘If I were you, I’d just go home and enjoy my garden.’
It captures a certain time and place lost to us now and only reachable through “Geno”, “Burn It Down”, “Tell Me When My Light Turns Green”, more. Songs of Irish pride, heartbreak, love, pain, a sort of faith in the team, in the vision, in a musical future. Blythe and Laye take you back again.
. Truck Stop Gospel – Parker Millsap – Steve Crawford fave, raised in the Pentecostal Church till he found god in the open road as an Americana icon, the 20 year old emerging star does both god and Ameriman here: sorta Yankee Jake Buggs – A
The Heart That Time Forgot – Kelly Willis – Off an album so great it remains one for my favorite of all time, from a great country singer (though I’m not convinced her newbie cuts it), this will rip your heart out with a powerful lament to the searches in need and ache – A
As punk music croaked commercially in the U.S. in the late ‘70s, its safer kid sister, “new wave,” was introduced as an alternative marketing term. What exactly was “new wave”? Everything that had a beat and wasn’t metal was thrown into that category at one point