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Ronnie Fauss's "Mulligan"

Ronnie Fauss’s “Mulligan”

Why the heck would Ronnie Fauss call his new album  “Mulligan”?  In golf, a mulligan means a do-over.  It means you screwed up so bad people feel sorry for you.   I don’t feel sorry for him and this ain’t no do-over.

Fauss’s first EP, New Songs for The Old Frontier, was damn good (see my review).  But his new stuff is nothing like his old stuff was. It’s better.  Rocks more.  Rougher voice.  I like that.  Got a fiddle on some of it.  I like that too.

I can’t get the first song, To Ease My Mind,  out of my head.  Very catchy tune.  And It’s a Long Long Way is a funny talking blues song (think Todd Snider’s Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues) explaining the direction, or lack thereof, of a guy growing up in the post-Nixon era.  I’m pretty sure that anyone who rhymes “riches” with “bitches” is headed in the right direction.

Wish had me fooled.  I thought it was a  sweet little love song but then I really listened to the lyrics.  It’s more like a hate song.  There’s a lot of bitterness packed in that one, with amusing lyrics to boot.  And the mandolin and harmonica just make it that much better.

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

Had to share with you my favorite Christmas song – “Gumdrop,” Brent Best’s sweet tale of  Christmas joy and domestic violence.  Also, a brilliant take on the classic Clement Moore poem “The Night Before Christmas.”  I grabbed this years ago off a Slobberbone fan site (sorry, don’t remember who posted it) and I dust it off every year to remind me of what Christmas is really all about.

I can’t believe this has never been released on an album. . .

Click Gumdrop to download . . .

 

We Are The O’s

There is this Dallas band I’ve been hearing about.  They’re called The O’s.  And last week they came up here to Denver to play some fancy gig at the Brown Palace.

Turns out that gig was private and they felt bad that their other Denver fans wouldn’t be able to see them so they tacked on another gig after the fancy gig (thanks to Jay Bianchi of Owsley’s Golden Road for scheduling The O’s at the last minute).

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Ronnie Fauss – New Songs For The Old Frontier (Volume 1)

So I get Ronnie Fauss’s  EP, New Songs for the Old Frontier (FTG Records), in the mail today.   I play it a couple times and immediately fall in love with it.    Then I play my favorite track (favorite so far – these things change) for Bucky.

“How do you like my new favorite song?:” I ask him.

“It’s good!” he says.  ‘Is that Jeff Tweedy?”

“Nope,” I reply, smugly.  “It’s someone you’ve never heard of.”

“Yeah?” he says.  “Sure about that?  ‘Cause it sounds like Pre-

Wanker Wilco.”   Or Tweedy with Uncle Tupelo.

This is high praise from Bucky.  Just saying.

So yeah, neither Bucky nor I had heard of Ronnie Fauss but, one quick listen later, we’re both fans.  Listen here and you’ll see why.

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Drive-By Truckers – The Fine Print

A Collection of Oddities and Rarities 2003 – 2008

 

Drive-By Truckers' "The Fine Print"So the Drive-By Truckers have another release and another triumph.  The Fine Print (A Collection Of Oddities And Rarities 2003-2008) is a collection of alternate takes, covers made for tribute albums, and stuff that just plain never made it on a legitimate DBT disc.  If you are like me, you may have already heard some of this stuff in your tremendous collection of live DBT shows generously made available on the internets but there were a couple of very pleasant surprises for me.   Plus, this is worth buying just for Patterson Hood’s liner notes. . .  I won’t spoil the surprise by quoting too extensively but they had me laughing and thinking at the same time.

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