I Am The Man You Know I'm Not

Ronnie Fauss – I Am The Man You Know I’m Not

I Am The Man You Know I'm NotSpecial October  treat!    Ronnie Fauss’s debut full length CD,  I Am The Man You Know I’m Not, was released on NormalTown Records, an imprint of New West Records.  For now, at least, it’s streaming here.

Fauss continues with his trademark raspy voice and he’ll get you coming and going – with his music AND his lyrics.  He’s versatile – pretty clean cut (for Americana, anyway) but he can hang tough with the Laramie crowd.  He can write love songs and he can write break up songs.  They all speak to you.  “With Love” will make you cry – about a boy/man losing his father at a young age, wanting to show his Dad how he made it through that loss  and came out on the other side.

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Ever just wanna kick back on the porch and listen to something new – then you realize that the perfect voice, perfect song sends you sailing far, far away?

The voice is so soothing, sweet, clear, touching.  Another UK import with sweet, sweet guitar, played so lovingly, lyrics so hopeful and stirring.  Smart.
Dara had me from the first song – “Guilt”.  Just matched my mood.  Don’t ask me why.
My interest has been peaked.  I’ll be doing further research.

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Max and Dave

The Gourds at The Shed


The Shed as seen through the Gourds’ van

July 16, 2011

Maryville, Tennessee

If you’ve been paying attention, you’d already know that there is no such thing as a bad Gourds show. Given that, I wasn’t going to bore you all with yet another Gourds rave review but I saw them Saturday night (7/16.11) at The Shed and the whole experience was too much fun not to share.

The Shed is an outdoor venue connected to the Smokey Mountain Harley Davidson dealership there in Maryville (correctly pronounced “MURR-ville”), Tennessee. It’s under a big tin roof and you bring your own chairs. I thought it was gonna be godawful hot but, miraculously, the temps had cooled off and we even had a breeze so, you know, perfect night to be outside, drinking beers (Shiner Bock!), eating barbecue, and dancing to the Gourds.  Didn’t get a great picture of the venue (Shiner Bocks) but there are some here that are better than any I could have taken with my phone.  Along with some fine video. Continue reading

Rose's Pawn Shop - Dancing on the Gallows

Rose’s Pawn Shop

Rose's Pawn Shop - Dancing on the GallowsUm, okay, so I found this email from Rose’s Pawn Shop way down deep in my inbox.  Don’t know how I missed it. Glad I found it though ’cause these guys are really good!  It’s that Appalachian/Bluegrass/Americana/Rock thing we like so well at SlackerCountry.com.  Yeah, think Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, like that.

I sampled most of the tunes on their second disc, Dancing On The Gallows, and I can see I have some catching up to do.  I have to admit that I haven’t really sat down and heard all the tracks yet because I’m just streaming this – like I recommend YOU do but it’s grabbing me.  More every time I hear it.

Love “Pine Box”, for example.  See what you think.


But then I listened again and was really liking this one.

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not your daddy's country music

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