I don’t have quite enough time to give the new Jason Isbell album, Southeastern, proper thrift. So instead I’m gonna just throw out a few country-ish songs I’ve been listening to a lot lately. These range from rock/country hybrids to pretty pure country fare. I have been listening to a lot of this stuff lately, and I can’t exactly tell you why. Maybe its summer. Maybe its my mood. Or maybe there’s no reason at all. Enjoy, and feel free to recommend some of your favorite country tunes.
Lucinda Williams – “Side of the Road”
Lucinda Williams is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. I’m on a bit of a kick where all I want to listen to is Lucinda, much like I was with Steve Earle several months ago. “Side of the Road” is a devastatingly honest song about loving someone but still needing that little bit of independence. Pretty heavy stuff, but Williams’ vocals will carry you right on through.
Steve Earle – “Lonelier Than This”
Speaking of Steve Earle. The audio may be lacking in the below video, but just watch it. Earle delivers one of the saddest songs I have ever heard with a sort of “eff you” attitude. Like he’s pissed off that he’s lonely, rather than just straight despondent. Beautiful stuff.
Dolly Parton – “Early Morning Breeze”
The chorus of “Early Morning Breeze” kicks off with the lyrics “rainbow colored flowers kissed with early morning sun”. Suffice it to say, this is not something I’m normally gonna be that into, but Dolly always manages to win me over.
Kris Kristofferson – “Sunday Morning Comin’ Down”
I’ve long been a fan of Kris Kristofferson: the actor, not the musician. But hey, Kris Kristofferson the musician is pretty good too. People may be more familiar with Johnny Cash’s version of this tune, which is good, but I prefer Kristofferson’s version of this epic hangover track.
Jason Isbell – “In a Razor Town”
Isbell, who I’ll write about more extensively next week, has been one of my favorite artists since I heard this choice track. It is the epitome of Jason Isbell: kinda slow, kinda sad, and extremely moving.