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Below is the playlist for August 17, 2013 [Artist – Song (Album)]
01. Drag The River – Old Sad Songs
02. Booker & Norton – Have You Seen My Son?
03. Snakehealers – Roadside (Cure All)
04. Alone At 3AM – Another Round (Midwest Mess)
05. The White Buffalo – Joey White (Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways)
06. Have Gun Will Travel – Standing at the End of the World (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
07. Joe Pug – Speak Plainly Diana (Messenger)
08. Wade Bowen – Trucks
09. Sturgill Simpson – You Can Have The Crown (High Top Mountain)
10. The David Mayfield Parade – another year (Good Man Down)
11. Paul Baribeau – Eight Letters
12. Two Cow Garage – Skinny Legged Girl (Speaking In Cursive)
13. J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Marigold
14. Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
15. Glossary – A Shoulder To Cry On (Long Live All Of Us)
16. Trapper Schoepp & The Shades – Cold Deck (Run, Engine, Run)
17. Drag The River – Marooned (Drag The River EP)
18. JJ Grey & Mofro – The Ballad of Larry Webb (This River)
19. Songs: Ohia – Nervous Bride
20. Amanda Shires – Look Like a Bird (Down Fell The Doves)
21. Jason Isbell – Live Oak (Southeastern)
22. Kent Goolsby – Natural Disaster (Trophies of Youth)
23. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Cold Tile Floor (Sundowning At The Station)
24. Austin Lucas – Splinters (Stay Reckless)
25. John Moreland – God’s Medicine (In The Throes)
26. Tim Fite – Big Mistake
27. The Ergs! – Stinking of Whiskey Blues
28. The Whiskey Gentry – Dixie (Holly Grove)
29. Patrick Sweeny – Workin’ For You (Close To The Floor)
30. Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl (Under The Pink)
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Episode 137: aired 08.17.2013
As you may or may not know I am rather proud of being clean off of cocaine for, at this point, almost 2 decades. I had a good run and can’t say there weren’t a lot of amazing times involved but when it came time to kick I kicked and haven’t looked back. That may seem like a strange way to start a review but honestly that’s what this album brings to mind. Not the doing but the kicking. The jonesing in the middle of the night, the feverish sweats, the trashing of closets looking for a stash I may have overlooked and finally collapsing and slipping into feverish and fitful sleep. J. Roddy Walston and the Business have managed to make music that feels like that. The pace is feverish, the vocals have a desperate longing and the lyrics are cut to the core raw. Even the damn album cover played into the feeling this music imparted to me as I worked my way through this one.
I have listened to this one more than a couple of time at this point and honestly don’t know whether or not I actually like it. There’s something there under the feverish desperation that keeps me coming back for more but I can never put my finger on it. The epiphany never manages to show up. Now don’t get me wrong this a damn good album. The production is great, J. Roddy Walston and the Business click in a way that lot of bands never do and the lyrics are good throughout but I still can’t sit through it start to finish. Maybe it’s just the things I described haunting me a little too much whilst J. Roddy is wailing to the highly abused piano and driving backbeat that overwhelms me. In short, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, it’s me not you. I think some of the 9B readers will find this album right up their alley even if I can only do a few songs at a time. But please don’t think for a second I am running this one down. My thoughts are far from saying anything negative about these boys. This album is intense on so many levels and it’s most assuredly worth your time. I realize, while listening to this one and writing about it, just like jonesing for more blow I keep fucking coming back to this one for more…
J. Roddy Walston and the Business – Don’t Break The Needle
J. Roddy Walston and the Business – Used To Did
J. Roddy Walston and the Business – Uh Oh Rock & Roll
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