The War On Drugs

 

“Lead me through the light
Pull me from the water
Hold my hand and something turns to me
Turns me into you
Just see it through my eyes
Love me like no other
Hold my hand and something turns to me
Turns me into you
Turn in me
Into you…”

Simply, digging this song as it hits my psychedelic heart….and the new album “Deeper Understanding” is a head phone masterpiece….

The Inaugural House Concert On The World’s Largest Balcony Starring Bill Jackson and Pete Fidler

 

This past Sunday, the 13th of August, Stuart Coupe and Sussan Lynch hosted a wonderful event on their HUGE balcony.

With friends and invitees in attendance, it was simply a sparkling day in the late winter sunshine eating food out of paper and drinking wine and beer. Most importantly, it was a chance to hear some fabulous folk music.

Bill Jackson is a wonderful troubadour. Bill on guitar and Pete on guitar and mandolin and dobro made for some sweet interplay. Jackson covered a selection of songs from his releases, The Wayside Ballads, that were engaging and played flawlessly. Throw in some covers of Steve Young and Guy Clark and that gives you an idea of how the afternoon flowed.

Here is hoping that this becomes a series of events. Music on a Sunday Afternoon is one of the most pleasurable  ways to end the weekend.

 

  

“Ghost On The Car Radio”- Slaid Cleaves Latest

 

Cleaves song writing captured me when I heard his song Horseshoe Lounge back at the start of the 21st Century. His lyricism is succinct and captures you quickly and you know the characters in a moment, even if you did not grow up somewhere where there is a small service station or a tavern like the Lounge mentioned above. You know these places…..

“So here’s to missed beginnings and things that never start

For these are the ghosts that run around in my heart

When I see that where I’m going isn’t where I want to be

I get the urge to look you up see if you would come and meet me”-Horseshoe Lounge Lyrics

So here we are in 2017 and this new record delivers a dozen gems that are based right here, right now. Cleaves talks about how people are doing it hard but moving on even though life is not as simple or easy as they seemed to be decades ago. “Primer Gray” is a beautiful folk song for 2017.

“Old Guard” is a gorgeous country tune that depicts the movement of the hands of time. It is one of those songs that seems you have heard before and warms your heart.

He is a well worn poet and if you have not tracked down his music before this is a perfect place to start. This may not be ground breaking music, but it is Cleaves at his best, working the soil of the working class and the lovers who are not always doing their best.

Give it a listen, you will not be disappointed and I am sure if it grabs you at all lyrically and musically, you will be digging deeper into his other releases.

Ghost On The Car Radio is out now on Candy House Media.