The Top Ten Songs of the Week for Saturday, April 15, 2017 moves into a “West Coast Town” in the top spot with the title track from the recent release from Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett. Samantha Fish kicks her Blues off with a blast as she gives give a shout and launches into “Somebody’s Always Trying”. Matt Urmy talks about trouble at the “Renaissance Rodeo”, Tim O’Brien looks up to the “High Flying Bird”, The Harmed Brothers hear something “In the Wind”, and Blackfoot Gypsies ask for a little love with “I Wanne Be Famous”. Joey McGee gives an Americana Folk treatment to U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. Nashville, Tennessee-based songwriter, Tommy Lee James, offers a tune from his band project, The Wontons, with “Everybody Loves Me”, and The Whiskey Charmers present the title track from their new release, The Valley. Greg Graffin moves away from the crackling electrical charge of his band Bad Religion though keeps the lyrical bite of Punk Rock with “Time of Need” from his recent Roots release, Millport, on the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Saturday, April 15, 2017.
California Country listens to a mix of twang and low rider grooves as Chris Shiflett sings memories of growing up in a “West Coast Town”. The Foo Fighter leaves the Rock/Pop of his day gig for Roots as he offers the title track from his recent Dave Cobb produced release on the Top Ten.
Samantha Fish takes a big breath and stretches out a shout as a lead in to “Somebody’s Always Trying”. Samantha is more than a little annoyed as crowds gather to snap up the charms of her baby. She spits out her frustration with her words and guitar notes on a track from her recent release, Chills and Fever.
03 Renaissance Rodeo – Matt Urmy (from the album Out of the Ashes)
Scholarly advice comes in the form of a song from Matt Urmy as he channels both god and the devil in the chorus of “Let It Roll” on “Renaissance Rodeo”. The track is from “Out of the Ashes”, one of the last recordings by Cowboy Jack Clement. The master tapes were lost in the fire that took Cowboy’s house and collection of guitars and master recordings going back decades. The files were discovered on a hard drive and Matt Urmy has finally has found some time from his work with Artist Growth to release the album.
04 High Flying Bird – Tim O’Brien (from the album Where the River Meets the Road)
Mountain music lifts the wings of “High Flying Bird” up into the sky over Tim O’Brien on his recent release, Where the River Meets the Road. The album, the fifteenth solo outing from Tim O’Brien, sonically returns him to his homeland in West Virginia.
05 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Joey McGee (from the album Terlingua Taproot)
Joey McGee sends out a musical hello from the Brazos Valley of Texas with his album release, Terlingua Taproot. For the chart, he offers a powerful take on “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. Joey McGee guides the song with his vocals as the music builds around him with a heartbeart pound on the drums and warm organ notes for a re-working of the U2 hit.
The Harmed Brothers add to the acoustic sound the band has curated over past releases with a Country touch in the pedal steel guitar work on their upcoming (April 21, 2017) self-titled release. The Harmed Brothers gracefully expand on a band that began as a banjo and guitar duo in 2009 with the tune “In the Wind”.
07 I Wanna Be Famous – Blackfoot Gypsies (from the album To the Top)
Blackfoot Gypsies are reaching for more than a picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine as they present a new album release, To the Top. The band turn over all the cards for their wishlist as they offer “I Wanna Be Famous” from the release.
08 The Valley – The Whiskey Charmers (from the album The Valley)
The Whiskey Charmers are sending shadows back into the murky swamp as they make a stand on the title track from the recent release, The Valley. The Detroit, Michgan-based band pound out a warning to the hidden menace creeping up “The Valley” on their second album release.
09 Everybody Loves Me – The Wontons (from the album The Wontons)
Songwriter Tommy Lee James has been Nashville-based for twenty-five years, penning tracks for Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Celine Dion, and others. He puts his songs in his own band release, the self-titled album from The Wontons, bringing Roots back to its 80’s sound with “Everybody Loves Me”.
10 Time of Need – Greg Graffin (from the album Millport on Anti- Records)
Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) sings us out of the Top Ten Songs of the Week with a sermon in “Time of Need”. A warning and a way out are handed over with the cut from the recent Greg Graffin release, Millport.