FEEL BAD FOR YOU MIX TAPE: FEBRUARY EDITION:

The February installment of the Feel Bad For You Mixtape is up and streaming. The FBFY mixtape has entered a new segment of it’s life moving from a message board tape curated by Ms. Rockstar Aimz, of My Aimz Is True, to a mixtape put together by a collection of (mostly) like minded bloggers. You can stream it below and head over to the official FBFY mixtape web site for some dialog on why each song was selected.

Track Listing:

01. Shayfer James – Title: Weight of the World
02. “Mississippi” Charles Bevel – Don’t Lie to Me
03. Timothy Bracken – Unmade
04. Valerie June – No Draws Blues
05. Robert Pete Williams – You Used to Be a Sweet Clover Shaker
06. Dirty Bourbon River Show – One Way Or Another (I’ll Be Free)
07. John 5 – Behind The Nut Love
08. Folk Family Revival – Unfolding
09. Ola Belle Reed – My Epitaph
10. The Bear – Jack and Joan
11. David Allan Coe – Spotlight
12. Roky Erickson – For You
13. The Setters – Don’t Love Me Wisely
14. The Clash – I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.
15. Mark Lanegan – The Gravedigger’s Song
16. The Louvin Brothers – The Great Atomic Power
17. Dax Rigs – Say Goodnight to the World
18. The Bee Gees – Marley Purt Drive
19. Old Crow Medicine Show – Angel From Montgomery
20. Texas Wettnex – Get Your Ass On Out Of Here
21. Some Dark holler – Sweet Red Wine
22. Bombino – Tar Hani (My Love)
23. Kim Jannsen – Drift (Live on InDeKringloop.nl)
24. Anthony Leon & The Chain – Uncle Sam
25. The Maldives – Blood Relations

9B WEEK IN REVIEW:

This was a slow week here on ninebullets. The week opened with some hosting issues which prohibited us from posting anything until Tuesday afternoon and then we just never found our stride. That said, there were posts and this is where we recap them:

  • There were exclusives! Lizzie Huffman has a new 10″ coming out and we have a song.

FOLK FAMILY REVIVAL – UNFOLDING

The Texas music scene seems to be settling into two camps as it matures, Honky Tonk and Countrified Classic Rock. But slowly a more “rootsy” segment has developed that doesn’t quite fit into either one. It’s there that Folk Family Revival is trying to carve their niche.

Folk Family Revival is made up of four “brothers”, although only three are actually blood related.  Mason, Barrett and Lincoln Lankford met up with Caleb Pace when they were in their pre-teens while standing up for him in a squabble at church.  After realizing they all shared an affinity for music, they began playing together, eventually settling on a hard rock sound.  But, once they got in the recording studio they tried on one of their more country leaning songs and realized that was the style they wanted to develop.

As everything coming out of Texas these days, Folk Family Revival seems to be combination of styles. They aren’t a roots band in the traditional sense. The production on their debut, Unfolding, is clean and polished. The instrumentation seems to fade into the background on many of the songs, which, while the actual subject matter may vary, all have an underlying spirituality to them.

Unfolding opens with the uptempo, almost typical Red Dirt/Texas sounding title track about trying to hold on to someone while at the same time realizing she’s not going to stay. It’s followed by “Fallin’,” a blues tinged song of fighting an attraction to a “cold hearted woman.” One can imagine the poor soul in a seedy motel room, whiskey bottle on the table, a flashing neon sign outside the window, pacing the floor because “I’d like to go to sleep/But I’m afraid of fallin’.”

About midway through the disc is the first real gem, “Mountains,” an upbeat song with a hint of bluegrass that sounds more like it came from the Appalachian hills rather than plains of Texas. “Dream All Night” is the album’s most romantic track, a beautiful song that avoids the trap of becoming sappy.  “Addicted to the Road” is a self-explanatory ode to the life of the troubadour. “Come Get Me” is easily the most raw, roots sounding song on the CD.

The final two songs bring the band’s spirituality more to the surface, and at the same time decry religion. The anti-religion angle is subtle on “Chasing a Rabbit”, but comes through loud and clear on “Ye of Little Faith” (“I hate your religion/And all your sinful ways/I hate your mask of holiness/You use to hide your shame”)

In between ,there are some of the typical looking for love/found love/lost love songs which would sound good on most albums, but here they feel like filler. As debut’s go, there is a lot to be excited about with this band. And hopefully they will continue to bring a variety to a Texas music scene that is increasingly becoming more homogenized.

Folk Family Revival – Mountains
Folk Family Revival – Chasing A Rabbit
Folk Family Revival – Come Get Me

Folk Family Revival Official site, Folk Family Revival on Facebook, Buy Unfolding