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Friday, September 21, 2012

21st of September

The Trishas - High, Wide & Lonesome (2012)

Corb Lund - Cabin Fever (2012)

The Trishas and Corb Lund have two things in common. Country background and down-to-earth approach. For many people that's enough to bypass them in wide arc, for the others like me, it's compliment. If you expect them to be innovative or adventurous (in musical terms), go somewhere else, but if you want sincere and heartfelt music stay and enjoy. 

The Trishas (Jamie Wilson, Kelley Mickwee, Liz Foster and Savannah Welch) they took their name because they covered Savannah's father's Kevin Welch composition that had become a hit for Trisha Yearwood. Those Texan girls already had their careers when they met on tribute concert for aforementioned Kevin back in 2008 and stayed together ever since. Surprisingly, their career goes very slow knowing how perfect their harmonies are, how fresh they look and how strong is that tear-jerking quality in their singing. I doubt they'll ever be Dixie Chicks, not because the lack of quality but because the lack of urge. They are singing for their own fun, they are singing for the sake of the song! Only the title of the album "High, Wide & Handsome" remains mystery to me - is it entitled by Rouben Mamoulian's movie musical starring Irene Dunn, Doroty Lamour and  Randolph Scott or by Loudon Wainwright III project about legendary banjo picker Charlie Poole. Neither makes sense, so I suppose it's only coincidence.

Corb Lund is real cowboy who's in love with his Alberta, Canadian State, his cows and his music. Song titles like "Bible on the Dash", "Cows Around", " Drink It Like You Mean It" or "(You Ain't a Cowboy) If You Ain't Been Bucked Off" spoke for themselves - the thematic range and performance leave no doubt about the respect for the tradition and for the canons of the genre. However he is not abusing the genre's common ground because he's got good taste not exaggerating in anything. He definitely proved his good taste inviting Turnpike Troubadours as special guest stars to his Cabin Fever 2012 Tour.

The Trishas - Liars and Fools Live

Corb Lund with Hayes Carll - Bible on the Dash

Thursday, September 13, 2012

13th of September

..И ДРУГ МОЙ ГРУЗОВИК... "Годы Геологов" (2012)
(..And My Friend Truck - Geological Years)

Average internet addict from the Western World knows very little about Ukraine. He have maybe heard about Yulia Tymoshenko's ( Юлія Володимирівна Тимошенко) hair braid or soccer skills of Andriy Shevchenko (Андрі́й Микола́йович Шевче́нко) but about Ukrainian rock music he haven't heard nothing. I'll try to correct this by writing about the group И ДРУГ МОЙ ГРУЗОВИК and their new album Годы Геологов. My handicap is the fact that I don't understand a damn word from their songs but I have strong feeling that the lyrics are very important for this band. Maybe my friend Viktor Starodub who introduced me to ..And My Friend Truck will help me with this issue, but nevertheless I will dare to suppose that they sing or rather speak about politics (in a narrow or broad sense). Musically, it is indie rock with strong rhythm section and a singer who is talking the words supported with backing vocals every time the listener gets bored with that "talking blues". Keeping in mind there's only three of them, they are making pretty good noise! See them jamming with Damo Suzuki, legendary singer of German krautrock group Can.

See their clip "Otto Sander"

During the writing of this review it was inevitable to think about two Serbian groups, one with the same line-up (drums, bass and vocals), very influental in Serbian rock last 30+ years, Disciplin A Kitschme (see a clip from their last album "Uff!")

and the other, with similar vocal style, Goribor (see a clip from their last album "Evo je Banja")

For more information about ..И ДРУГ МОЙ ГРУЗОВИК  go to WETCHINA Blog

Saturday, September 1, 2012

01st of September 2012

Wooden Ambulance - Intersection (2012)

It's rude comparing this kind of personal and emotive music to somebody else's, so I'll just say that the differences between Vojvodina plains and American mid-western prairies are not that big as it looks like to some people. The weight of the sky on frail shoulders of poor man is hardly bearable in both cases. So, if you are patient and meditative enough to pass through this record, at the end you won't be much happier, but you will surely know more about yourself than before. To start this voyage, just click HERE