Ajax Diner Book Club – 2/16/15 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Oscar Peterson Trio “This Could Be The Start Of Something” from Affinity

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Henry Lee” from Murder Ballads

Districts “peaches” from Flourish & a Spoil

Booker T. Jones with Lou Reed “The Bronx” from The Road From Memphis

Sleater-Kinney “Surface Envy” from No Cities To Love

The Dead Weather “Treat Me Like Your Mother” from Horehound

Diamond Rugs “Voodoo Doll” from Cosmetics

Kinks “Dead End Street” from Candy From Mr. Dandy

Bob Dylan “Gotta Serve Somebody” from Slow Train Coming

Billy Joe Shaver “The Git Go” from Long In the Tooth

Otis Gibbs “Sometimes Angels” from Grandpa Walked a Picketline

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Today’s Lesson” from Dig Lazarus Dig

Patti Smith “Break It Up” from Horses

[Playlist] Ajax Diner Book Club – 9/8/14 – KRFC Ft. Collins CO

R.L. Burnside “Going Down South” from A Ass Pocket of Whiskey

Black Keys “Brooklyn Bound” from The Big Come Up

Frank Black and the Catholics “Nadine” from Nadine

Shane Sweeney “Legion” from The Finding Time

Jenny Owen Youngs “Last Person” from An Unwavering Band of Light

Billy Joe Shaver “The Git Go” from Long In the Tooth

Lucero “The Last Song” from Live From Atlanta

Devil Makes Three “Old Number Seven” from Devil Makes Three

Kierston White “Happy Noon Beers” from Don’t Write Love Songs

John Moreland “Nobody Gives A Damn About Songs Anymore” from In The Throes

Deer Tick “Unwed Fathers” from Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows

Playlist – Ajax Diner Book Club 8/4/14 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Hey folks, today is my birthday so why don’t you give me the gift of listening to and sharing this week’s radio show. Blow this sucker out.

Old 97s “Barrier Reef” from Wreck Your Life

John R. Miller “Lost Your Mind” from Service Engine

Billy Joe Shaver “She Can Dance” from Electric Shaver

Benjamin Booker “Slow Coming” from Benjamin Booker

Lucero “Chain Link Fence” from Tennessee

Willie Nelson “The Wall” from Band of Brothers

The Coloradas “Like A Hawk in the Desert Sky” from Big Empty

Blue Mountain “Soul Sister” from Dog Days

Armchair Martian “Not Fine” from Good Guys Bad Band

Shovels & Rope “Pinned” from Swimmin’ Time

John Moreland “Gospel” from In The Throes

Samantha Crain “Taught To Lie” from Kid Face

Chad Rex and the Victorstands “Cigarette Hand” from Gravity Works Fire Burns

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Playlist – Ajax Diner Book Club 7/28/14 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

I took last week off from the podcast but I tried to come back with a strong and diverse mix of songs that will make you think, dance, smile and cry. Let me know if it worked.

Iron & Wine “Upward Over The Mountains” from The Creek Drank the Cradle

The Low Anthem “Apothecary Love” from Smart Flesh

Townes Van Zandt “My Proud Mountains” from Our Mother The Mountain

Hooten Hallers “One More Heavy Mile” from Chillicothe Fireball

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings “100 Days 100 Nights” from 100 Days 100 Nights

Black Joe Lewis  “Come To My Party” from Electric Slave

Alabama Shakes “Hold On” from Alabama Shakes EP

Cory Branan “Meantime Blues” from No Hit Wonder

Blue Mountain “Mountain Girl” from Dog Days

Kierston White “Alcohol” from Don’t Write Love Songs

Uncle Tupelo “I Got Drunk” from 89/93 An Anthology

Billy Joe Shaver “The Git Go” from Long In the Tooth

Caleb Caudle “Missing Holidays” from Paint Another Layer On My Heart


A bunch of relative youngsters compared to the greats from which they take their name the Slow Rollin’ Lows show no immaturity on their sophomore release Erie Street. Their name is from a song straight out of the fountainhead years of Red Dirt Music, penned by Billy Joe Shaver and belted out by Waylon Jennings on Honky Tonk Heroes and they do right by greats they invoke by choosing the name. Formed in the sweltering summer of 2006 when Calvin “Pug” Johnson got together with drummer Jeremy Porter and Jordan Dean on bass. While only a three piece band these boys hit hard and don’t apologize. I have heard tell that the sophomore album is one of the hardest for a band since you have to combine your live shows with whatever first album you released and still manage to please your fans and while I can’t say I have seen SRL play live, something I plan to remedy, this album doesn’t feel like a second release. The tunes are polished, the lyrics flow, and the band is tight. Top that off with clean production and you have one of the best albums to come out of the scene this year.

SRL pulls off the outlaw sound without it feeling ripped off. In fact I think you drop the boys from Fannett, Texas right into the heydays of the outlaw country scene and no-one would think twice about them being there. With nods to Jackson Taylor in the lyrics (Hippies, Drunks and Rednecks), obvious hat tips to some of the greats in their musical stylings (Green Eyed Girl) and songs that inspire the sort of drinking that leads to organ failure (Sad Country Song) this is, hands down, an album that’s going on my top ten for the year. Some college bands I have heard don’t have the maturity to pull off a career in music. They get together and put out an album or two, if that, and then disappear as the members graduate and get real jobs. SRL are all audio engineering majors at Lamar State College but I think their music will take them farther than their degrees. They avoid the usual college country party sound and instead opt for songs that display an understanding of life’s ups and downs. I could write a blurb, at the very least, about every song on this release and that’s the best thing about it. There’s not one track that is worth skipping. Hell it’s hard to pick just three for this review but luckily for you the album is easy to acquire over at their website. I want to go on a lot more about this album but that could be due to a lack of sleep or a lack of whiskey and me wanting to kill time until I can one or the other so I’ll wrap it up and let you decide for yourself about Slow Rollin’ Lows.

Slow Rolli’n Lows – Crying Clown Blues
Slow Rollin’ Lows – Hippies, Drunks, and Rednecks
Slow Rollin’ Lows – Our Brothers

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