As invigoratingly honest Americana continues to blossom amid the musical banalities of Modern
Country like a desert rose, it brings with it a new phenomenon: the
“No-Hit Wonder,” those troubadours whose
grittily propulsive, slyly smart songs just can’t get commercial Country
airplay. It is to them that Cory Branan has dedicated the title song
of his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder.
Even though Easton will be alone in the spotlight with
just his acoustic guitar when he hits the MOTR Pub stage, he’ll be
accompanied by one of the most impressive song catalogs in contemporary
music, which he delivers with a visceral sense of drama, a perfect rasp
and an infectiously melancholy joy.
This week's posting might be a little lighter than weeks previous, and there's no vinyl reporting this week either. I just didn't feel the joy of rooting through the shelves this week. But let's take a quick look at new CDs from Samantha Crain, A Camp, Paleface, Tim Easton, Los Straitjackets and Heaven & Hell.