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Thursday
Jun112015

Dale Watson "Jonesin' For Jones"

It has been all over Facebook and the Internets for the last couple of weeks, the #tomatogate controversy at Country Radio. Back in the old days of Top 40 radio in the 60s and 70s, the house rule was you never played two women singers in a row. It was partially because there were so many more male voices, that you were supposed to sprinkle the females in like tomatoes in the lettuce. Unfortunately, the concept is still alive today at country radio. It has been particularly hard for female artists to get radio airplay in these BroCountry days, where indeed ‘the party never ends.” Grab a six pack, your girl in her cut-off jeans, and drive your pickup truck down to the lake. Pretty one dimensional stuff. Country music used to present all the emotions, not just the celebratory. And it is not just women being left out of the mix, any honest to goodness country is absent as well from the rap infused party style that is today’s “country” music.

The pendulum always swings back, though. I wonder if the next wave will be Neo Traditional, with artists like Sam Outlaw, Chris Stapleton, Whitey Morgan & the 78s; Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, and of course including Sturgill Simpson, Blackberry Smoke, Robert Ellis, and Jason Eady. Wouldn’t it be great if Country Radio played COUNTRY MUSIC again? I don’t even dare mention the roots of this new wave of traditional country, but Dale Watson does. His new album, Call Me Insane, came out on Tuesday, and it is anchored smack dab in the spirit of this long legacy of true country music. Here’s to Johnny, Willie, Waylon, Conway, Loretta, Dolly, Tammy - and let’s raise a glass to George Jones! Music Fog filmed Dale and His Lone Stars at Midtown Live in NYC back in January. Here is “Jonesin’ For Jones.” Yeah we are! Get ‘em Dale!

-Jessie Scott

Saturday
Jun062015

Reckless Kelly "Save Me From Myself"

The rain and flooding has been nothing short of beastly in Oklahoma and Texas, and now Wyoming. Our hearts go out to all the folks impacted, who have lost their homes, businesses and even more, who have lost family and friends. The sheer destruction and the years it will take to rebuild are simply impossible to get one’s head wrapped around. Thank goodness the weather folks say it should be a calmer pattern. If there is any good news out of all of this, it is watching friends and neighbors roll up their sleeves and help out. You can from afar, too. Please donate whatever you can to relief efforts at The Red Cross. This week, Sun Radio in Austin will be raising awareness and encouraging donations to a variety of nonprofit organizations.

I am ever amazed at the willingness of musicians to help out. This year, 100% of the revenue generated from Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam tickets purchased using the code ‘TXFLOOD’ went towards flood relief and recovery efforts. BTW, The Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam took place a week ago at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. It is such a fun day, when musicians don baseball uniforms and get some serious playing in, and then the audience was serenaded by the likes of Jack Ingram, Charlie Robison, Uncle Lucius, Cody Canada & The Departed, and Shinyribs. There was an especially cinematic moment when Kevin Russell of Shinyribs took on Spike, the Round Rock Express Team Mascot.

Reckless Kelly is heading up to NYC to play a Sunday night show at Midtown Live on June 14th with Chris Berardo Trio opening. Today Music Fog brings you Willy and Cody Braun and and Jay Nazz, Reckless Kelly "Save Me From Myself" filmed at Threadgill’s WHQ during SXSW12.

-Jessie Scott