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The Greencards "Make It Out West"

Under the stars last week, The Greencards returned to Austin for their album release showcase at Threadgill’s. It is called The Brick Album, and was funded by fans, each getting their name on a proverbial brick. Incredible players and performers Carol Young and Kym Warner have added another couple of celestial instrumentalists to their minions, fiddler Tyler Andal and guitarist Carl Miner. It makes for a supercharged acoustic, acrobatic, and engaging night of music. Sample a track below.

Heart Fixer (feat. Vince Gill) by The Greencards

In my travels around Texas, let alone the United States, it is so good to see this caliber of music bubbling everywhere. This past Sunday, I got to hear Cody Canada and Seth James, Doug Moreland, Susan Gibson, and Wade Bowen at the Lonestar Music Store in Gruene to celebrate The Departed's This Is Indian Land album. Then I jetted over to Poodie's in Spicewood for Billy Joe Shaver, Gary P. Nunn, and Larry Joe Taylor. I was lucky to spend years at XM Radio, where I got to play all these folks, as well to get to know them. Many of the artists we bring you on the Music Fog pages, were played by my channel, X Country.

We didn't have the pleasure of filming the Greencards ourselves, not yet anyway, but we found a cool video for you today, produced by Monkeywhale, that features a tune from The Brick Album. And if they are coming to your town, make sure you go to see them. You will be blown away. Promise!

- Jessie Scott

Make It Out West (feat. Sam Bush) - The Brick Album


Tim Easton & The Freelan Barons "Daily Life"

Tim Easton is the kind of artist that Music Fog always strives to celebrate, an artist who has made a lifelong commitment to his music.  How long have I been aware of Tim? Good question, it has been years.  He has steadily put out exceptional stuff, thoughtful, articulate, and imaginative.  Right now, he's smack dab in the middle of a double release, the first was the electric Beat The Band, which came out on June 21. The second is a 22 song acoustic offering, Since 1966, being released digitally on July 5.  Tonight he plays the Beachland Tavern in Cleveland with more dates to come.

I have a vague memory of doing a session with Tim Easton at XM when we had a fire drill (at least we thought it was a drill).  Tim and the guys were recording a session for us, and at some point, we realized almost everyone else had left the building.  But we didn't move until the PA system bleated that we would have to leave now, and drop everything in its place.  That was a no-go, as the band needed their instruments for their next gig.  So we hauled ass, gear in hand, to escape the doors closing.  Adrenaline can be a wonderful thing. And especially for a Monday morning, when “we need a little something stronger to get us through.”

Here's "Daily Life,” recorded during our Music Fog Marathon at Threadgill’s WHQ, and featuring Tim with Alex Livingstone, Aaron Lee Tagian, and Mark Stepro.

- Jessie Scott

Daily Life - Beat the Band