The Top Ten Songs of the Week for Saturday, March 25, 2017 springs forward, featuring sneak previews of albums slated for better weather in May and June of 2017. Justin Townes Earle parks in the top spot this week as he cruises onto the chart with “Champagne Corolla” from his upcoming (May 26, 2017) album, Kids in the Street. The Record Company have a new single from a future album with no release date set and Banditos offer an advance audio from Visionland (due June 23, 2017). David Olney pounds into the list with “If They Ever Let Me Out” and Pi Jacobs makes a wish with “Dance Clean”, both cuts from album releases due on March 31, 2017. Midnight Vesta will release Seconds (May 21, 2017) and offer “Moving Day” as a sample on this week’s Top Ten. Heavy hitter new albums released this week make appearances on the list from Dan Baird and Homemade Sin (“Licka Sense”), Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors (“California”), and Quiles & Cloud (“Feelin’ Good”). Austria lends its duo, Son of the Velvet Rat, this week to close out the chart with the sweeping narrative of “Blood Red Shoes” from the band’s Fluff and Gravy Records release, Dorado, on the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Tooling into the Top Ten with a tasteful ride, Justin Townes Earle parks at the top spot with “Champagne Corolla” from his upcoming (5-26-17) New West Records release, Kids in the Street. The track rumbles like the motor as Justin watches a woman as sleek as the car she is driving cruise through town on the tune.
As they still tour on the success of their break-through Concord Records release, Give It Back to You, Los Angeles, California-based blues machines, The Record Company, are back with a new single from a future release. The band has just signed on for the John Mayer tour after a successful stint opening for John at Madison Square Garden. The Record Company are flyin’ high in the mainstream as they admit that love is not keepinp up with “Baby, I’m Broken”.
03 Moving Day – Midnight Vesta (from the album Seconds available May 21, 2017)
Canadian Folk Rock collective, Midnight Vesta, packed up a new song “Moving Day” as they maneuver a cut from their upcoming (5-21-17) release, Seconds, into this week’s chart. The song builds and builds as Midnight Vesta hang onto the story while chords and beats cascade all around them.
04 If They Ever Let Me Out – David Olney (from the album Don’t Try to Fight It available March 31, 2017)
David Olney offers a back story for his song “If They Ever Let Me Out” with the tale of the song’s making. ‘John Hadley and I had a couple of verse on this and I thought it sounded kind of generic. So we decided to go some place different in the bridge. The prisoner promising to be a good citizen is suddenly lamenting that, ‘you can’t get away with nothin’ anymore’, which, of course, is true’.
Banditos pop a top and barrel into the list with “Fine, Fine Day”. The band claim Birmingham, Alabama as hometown though the offer the track from the new territory they have mapped out with their upcoming (6-23-17) release, Visionland. Banditos fulfill on their bio description of being an ‘American Rock’n’Roll Band” with the tune.
06 Licka Sense – Dan Baird and Homemade Sin (from the album Rollercoaster)
Dan Baird is fresh off a solo release (SoLow) and hits the Top Ten with his band Homemade Sin this week with “Licka Sense” from their recent release, Rollercoaster. The fourpiece includes longtime bandmate, Mauro Magellan, from Dan’s Georgia Satellites days on drums and Sweden’s Micke Nillson on bass. The guitar work reaches the rafters as Warner Hodges (Jason and the Scorchers) turns up the volume helping Dan Baird and Homemade Sin barnstorm onto the chart with three chords and a cloud of dust.
07 California – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors (from the album Souvenir)
Tennessee Folk Rock takes a vacation to “California” as Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors take a drive to find out where the sunset ends. The song takes the band from Memphis to the west coast to play a gig at LA’s venerated club, The Troubadour, on a track from their collection of tunes, Souvenir.
Los Angeles, California singer/songwriter, Pi Jacobs, recalls a time before responsibilities when ‘we used to cut loose’. Pi needs a night out with some loud music as she looks to ‘sweat like a libertine’ on “Dance Clean”, a cut from her upcoming (3-31-17) album release, A Little Blue.
Southern California native Rory Cloud needed a new musical scene for inspiration, landing in San Francisco around the time that Maria Quiles quit her job to pursue music. The pair began busking and added in bass player Oscar Westesson to form a trio as Quiles and Cloud and they are “Feelin’ Good” on a track from the recent release, Shake Me Now.
A majestic soundscape moves the music around in “Blood Red Shoes” from Son of the Velvet Rat, the musical project of Austrian songwriter Georg Altzeiber together with his wife Heike Binder on organ. Son of the Velvet Rat used the desert of the Southwest United States for inspiration and channel the mood and texture of moving sands on their recent release, Dorado.