Ray Wylie Hubbard wants you to pass along a note that is so important we decided to put it up front for The Top Ten Songs of the Week for Saturday, July 22, 2017. Our #1 track this week is also the title for the upcoming (August 18, 2017) release from Ray Wylie Hubbard in which is asks to Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can. Amber Cross is on the list with a cut from her recent Ray Bonneville-produced album as she also has a spot with the title track for Savage on the Downhill. Sherman Holmes is solo for the first time in his fifty-plus year career, and on the list with “Liza Jane” as Nashville songman Mike Younger confesses he “Never Was a Dancer”, The Karpinka Brothers admit “You’re Worth It”, Chris Fullerton talks about the “Epilepsy Blues”, and The Legendary Shack Shakers make a do-to list for “After You’ve Gone”. Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer come together for an upcoming (August 18, 2017) duo album Not Dark Yet while Salim Nourallah, Billy Harvey, and Alex Dezen form a trio with the letters of their last names as NHD. Chip Taylor was honored, and jumped at the chance to be a part of a David Bowie tribute album, and Chip offers a listen to the track “Heroes” he provided for inclusion on the Top Ten Songs of the Week for Saturday, July 22, 2017.
01 Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can – Ray Wylie Hubbard (from the album Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can available on August 18, 2017)
Ray Wylie Hubbard hates to make the man downstairs wait up for him but Ray has a gig tonight, probably tomorrow, and for the near future. He has a ‘Sunburst Gibson and an Alt Country band’ and relates the history of a guitar-slinging man, his love life and his life as a musician, which are intricately linked. Ray Wylie Hubbard tells the tale on the title track from his 8-18-17 release, Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can.
02 Savage on the Downhill – Amber Cross (from the album Savage on the Downhill)
Soft waves of sound tumble under the coarse vocals of Amber Cross on “Savage on the Downhill”, the title track from her recent release. The picking of guitar notes sparkles as a lonesome lead riff utters a little twang. Savage on the Downhill was guided by Ray Bonneville as producer.
03 Little Liza Jane – The Sherman Holmes Project (from the album The Richmond Sessions)
The bass guitar of Sherman Holmes has a major role on his first solo release, The Richmond Sessions. After a fifty-year career, Sherman lost both of his musical partners in 2015 with the passing of his bandmates, brother Wendell Holmes and friend Popsy Dixon, effectively ending the run of The Holmes Brothers group. The vocalist/bassist returns as The Sherman Holmes Project, singing a song to “Little Liza Jane”, reworking Bluegrass into Soul.
04 Never Was a Dancer – Mike Younger (from the album Little Folks Like You and Me)
Over a Rock’n’Roll Country rhythm, Mike Younger is pulled into the undertow of the band on stage. He spies a lady all alone and the best line he can come up with to win her heart is “Never Was a Dancer”. Nighttime magic works wonders and the pair cut a rug with love on a track from the recent Mike Younger release, Little Folks Like You and Me.
05 Heroes – Chip Taylor (single)
Sony music requested that Chip Taylor record a track as a tribute David Bowie. Chip willingly complied and recorded vocals for a track. The tune is beautifully orchestrated by Blake Healy as Chip Taylor re-visits and remakes “Heroes”, whispering words that become protective shield against oppression ‘forever and ever’.
06 You’re Worth It – The Karpinka Brothers (from the album Talk is Cheap available September 15, 2017)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Folk Rock duo, The Karpinka Brothers return with a new album, their fourth, due September 15, 2017. The pair offer a track for the Top Ten with a bright electric bounce as The Karpinka Brothers provide support with their words, and encouragement in “You’re Worth It” from the album Talk is Cheap.
Listen and buy “You’re Worth It” by The Karpinka Brothers on September 15, 2017
Raised in rural Alabama, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer began singing together early. With their upcoming (8-18-17) release, Not Dark Yet, the pair share with the world a language that only the two siblings have heard. Produced by Teddy Thompson, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer are on this week’s list with the title track from their debut pairing.
08 Epilepsy Blues - Chris Fullerton (from the album Epilepsy Blues available on Eight 30 Records)
Much like Jimmy Rodgers with his TB issues, Chris Fullerton uses music to help him over medical hurdles with the release of his album, Epilepsy Blues. As an artist living with the disease, things have not always been a smooth road to recovery or to the next gig for Chris Fullerton, and he uses his gift of storytelling to share his journey on the title track to the album.
09 The Boys are Back in Town - NHD (from the album And the Devil Went Up to Portland available October 2017)
Though they never set out to be a band, songwriters Salim Nourallah, Billy Harvey, and Alex Dezen immediately felt the energy buzzing when they played together. After touring and continuing to evolve as a trio, they will be releasing a debut album this fall under the moniker NHD, bringing their music and harmonies together for And the Devil Went Up to Portland. They are on the Top Ten with a Folk Rock cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town”.
Listen and buy “The Boys are Back in Town” by NHD in October 2017
10 After You’ve Gone – The Legendary Shack Shakers (from the album After You’ve Gone available August 25, 2017)
The Legendary Shack Shakers decorate their garage with swampy rock for their upcoming (8-25-17) release, After You’ve Gone. Vintage rock’n’roll is delivered on snaking riffs and big fat saxophone blasts as The Legendary Shack Shakers work out the title track from the album on the Top Ten.
Listen and watch “After You’ve Gone” by The Legendary Shack Shakers on August 25, 2017