If the playlist for this week has any sort of theme, it’s this song has no title, this list has no theme sort of theme. Sandwiched between “Don’t Think Twice it’s Alright” and “Leonard,” a song that Mighty Merle Haggard wrote for songwriter Tommy Collins, are 13 slices of musical meat loosely, and we mean very loosely, based on an Americana California Noir sort of vibe.
There is the Cowgirl Rock of Lindi Ortega and “Ashes,” the Old School Country croon of Loretta Lynn with “Everything it Takes” from her latest record, and the exquisite Emmylou Harris who sings the holy heck out of “Blueberry Wine.”
The new breed is represented by Sturgill Simpson singing one of latest singles, “Bloom,” a Nirvana cover, and two severely underrated songwriters in Blaze Foley and Chris Whitley make the cut. If you haven’t yet been exposed to Blaze Foley, here is your chance with “Clay Pigeons,” and Whitley’s “Big Sky Country” is a revelation that will have you scurrying in search of his back catalog.
Don’t mind the brief psychedelic interlude provided by “Gilbert’s Groove,” a palate cleansing instrumental from Circles Around the Sun, a loose knit band with Neil Casal at the helm, and slither deep down in your listening couch when you check out the atmospheric Escondido song “Rodeo Queen” and “King of California” a down to the bone cool song from Renn, a very much up and coming singer songwriter.