Sunday Morning Coming Down

If you’ve been lucky enough to watch Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You (which I see is back up on the BBC iPlayer, so I assume it’s been broadcast again without me noticing) then you’ll know that the boundary lines between folk and country music are blurred at the best of times.

A while ago, my brother and I converged on our parents’ house; after dinner he got out his iPad and, using his iTunes streaming subscription as the database, we played an impromptu game of The Chain. The iPad got passed round the table, and the lucky holder got to choose what record we heard next.

At some point, my brother played a song by this morning’s band, perhaps their most famous record, certainly their most commercially successful one. He looked genuinely wounded when I said he could have chosen something better by them.

In America, this would be classed as either Country, Folk or Bluegrass, but here in the UK we sniffily call this lot a bunch of crusties. Which shouldn’t detract from the fact that this, and a couple of other songs they did, are rather fine:

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The Levellers – Far From Home

More soon.

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Late Night Stargazing

I don’t have anything to say about this record other than:

a) I’ve been meaning to post it for absolutely ages, and

b) it’s bloody gorgeous.

Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean [2011]

Iron & Wine – Tree By The River

If you only listen to one song I post that you don’t know, make it this one.

More soon.