Episode 50 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up on Monday (you should go listen to it on Mixcloud and/or download it on iTunes if you haven't already), and today I continue with the usual 'a few tracks at a time' ramblings about all the tracks that were featured on the episode. So pour yourself a cup of joe, roll yourself a cigarette, and give a little ear time to these old west tinged gems…
If what passed as 'country music' these days didn't suck (exhibit A), Sturgill would probably be posing with a big bag of money instead of that big bag of popcorn he's holding on the cover of this little EP. That being said, he did just sign a major label deal with Atlantic Records, so maybe those kernels will rightfully be bursting into dollar bills soon (although, unfortunately, it probably also means that we won't be seeing any new material from him showing up on his Bandcamp page anymore… so you should probably go fill your cowboy boots now, just in case they end up going away).
Justin Townes Earle is one of my favourite people making music (and has been for years). He's also responsible for one of my favourite live shows. His new record is unsurprisingly great, but rather than me waste your time with some ramblings about why… I'm just going to point you in the direction of the outstanding Q&A that Gold Flake Paint recently did with the man his self. Again, stop reading what I am typing and go read that interview.
My grandpa would have really dug this collection of old west folk tunes (covered lovingly by an old west soul named Mike Todd, who is appropriately taking his Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology, focusing on the traditional English language folk musics of Alberta). Of course, I would've had to download and record the album on to a tape for him to play on the little cassette player that he kept in the living room to listen to his old Ukrainian folk songs and Ian Tyson albums and… damn it, now I'm getting myself sad and sentimental and missing my Grandpa. Thanks Mike Todd.
Alright, that's it from me for today. If you made it down here without pushing play or clicking on any of the things above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artists a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the other songs from this episode that I haven't already talked about (and hopefully next week won't get away on me like this one did). OK? ok.