Crowes, Shovels, Rope, Heartbreakers, and Tweedy

Posted: June 14, 2014 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

As we head into summer the good music and cool shows are not slowing down at all.  Here are a few of the bands, records, and shows I am into right now.  I ran out of time otherwise I had planned writing about my love of Luke Bryan and Florida-Georgia Line.  I guess I will get to that next time.  In the meantime enjoy some of the bands I think you should be paying attention to.


Old Crow Medicine Show

You may or may not know I have a taste for Country and Bluegrass music.  When it comes to Bluegrass I like mine a little more on the traditional side and a little less on the hippie side.  That is why OCMS is probably my favorite Bluegrass band.  Their song “Wagon Wheel” is one of my favorite songs of the last 15 years.  If you just read the last sentence and thought “Wagon Wheel” is a Darius Rucker song please quit reading this right now and never come back to this website.  Anyway OCMS has a new album coming out next month called “Remedy” and I am really excited about it.  Lead singer Ketch Secor has taken the lyrics to an unfinished Bob Dylan song and created a beauty with the track “Sweet Amarillo”.  This is the same formula Secor used with the song “Wagon Wheel” and you see how that worked out.  So give it a listen and see what you think.




Shovels and Rope

Over the last decade or so I have become fond of 2 man bands.  For the record 2 man bands are cool, so are 4 member bands, but 3 man bands are as a rule, unacceptable.   I do not have time to get into that right now but just trust me on this one.  The reason I bring up 2 man or 2 person bands is because the band Shovels and Rope are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  The band is composed of the husband and wife team of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent.  I wore out their song “Gasoline” a couple of years ago and I have been keeping my eye on them since.  They have a new album coming out in August called “Swimmin’ Time” that I am looking real forward to.  If you are not familiar with them check out the first single from their upcoming album called “The Devil is all Around”.




Rich Robinson

I just saw Rich in concert less than 72 hours ago.  If you are not familiar with him he is a founding member of my favorite band, The Black Crowes.  He is also my favorite guitar player over the past 25 years.  I think he is the closet thing my generation has to Keith Richards.  I saw him in a club in downtown Atlanta that only held 300 people.  It was everything I have come to expect from him.  The show was louder than hell and was filled with big riffs.  Rich played a bunch of songs from his great new album “The Ceaseless Sight” and some great cover tunes including a ferocious 10 minute version of the Derek and the Dominos song “Got to Get Better in a Little While” to close the show.   This is another example of how many great bands are touring and playing small clubs all over the country.  Get out and see one of these shows if you can.   Here is a great example of what Rich does live.  Check out his version of the Rolling Stones’ song “Winter”.




Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are back with a new album, “Hypnotic Eye”, at the end of July.  Petty and his band have been one of my favorite bands since the late 80s.  He makes great records and great rock songs that are built to be played on the radio and played in arenas.   He puts on a great show that is filled with hits every single time I see him live and when he puts out a record you can always count on it being very good.  I expect no less from him this time around.  He has promised this record will be a straight forward rock record from start to finish.   If the 1st single “American Dream Plan B” is what the rest of the record will sound like I can’t wait to get my hands on it.  See what you think.




Jeff Tweedy

If you are not familiar with the name Jeff Tweedy he is the lead singer of Wilco.   Wilco are really one of the better bands going today and live they are tough to beat.   They have evolved from an “Alt Country” band that was formed from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo to a pretty cool rock band that is always doing something different with each record.  I have been wondering when I would hear something new from them and I still do not have my answer because Tweedy has started a side project called Tweedy with his 18-year-old son on drums.  They have a record coming out and he is already on tour with his new band.  I am excited to hear what the record sounds like and I am disappointed he is not coming near the ATL on his tour.  For now I will just have to settle for the 1st single from the album called “I’ll Sing It”.  Give it a listen.



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