Sunday Morning Coming Down

It’s about time, I think, that I posted something else by the late, great John Prine. It’s Prine Time, if you will.

This is the closing track from 1980’s Storm Windows album, when he was rocking an air-brushed Dave Grohl meets David Crosby look. The record which saw Prine returning to a more Country sound, following the absolute slating his previous album, 1979’s Pink Cadillac, received at the hands of the critics:

John Prine – I Had a Dream

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

I’m not really sure why I’ve always ignored Neko Case.

But a while ago, I picked up her retrospective album Wild Creatures and was blown away by her.

Here’s the live version of one of her songs from that album that I love, even if she can’t spell the title correctly:

Neko Case – Favorite

Stunning.

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Regular readers will know that my preference for a ‘type’ of Country music to feature here is from the pre-1980s, outlaw type, a la Cash, Kristofferson, Haggard etc etc.

Country music, in my opinion, got a bit too polished in the 80s, and it’s only recently that I’m starting to discover new country acts who seem to be wanting to recreate that more authentic, earthy, sound I like.

Such is the case with Hayes Carll (yes, it may seem like Yoda is trying to pronounce his name, but I promise you, those words are the right way round).

Today’s tune is lifted from his 2021 album You Get It All, which doesn’t exist according to his Wiki page, so somebody really should update that sometime.

This has a kinda bluegrassy feel to it, and is one of those “I didn’t get the girl” records Country does so well.

It also features Aaron Raitiere (nope, me neither – but a quick Google sweep tells me he’s won a Grammy for a song which he co-wrote with Lady Gaga, “I’ll Never Love Again”, which appears in the Gaga-starring A Star Is Born which I haven’t watched, but may well do now).

Anyway, I really like this:

Hayes Carll (feat. Aaron Raitiere) – Any Other Way

NB: I now, as a rule, check I haven’t already posted a song before, and will only feature it if either I haven’t done so before, or if I have that it was ages ago and deserves another airing. So imagine my suprise, thinking this album was all I owned by Mr Carll (I feel like Basil Brush referring to him that way), that a quick scan of old posts tells me he actually featured back in 2016 when Charity Chic (a link to his blog is in the sidebar) suggested a tune by him as part of The Chain.

See, he’s always right, is our CC.

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

I picked up the album this morning’s track is from a while ago because it was bugging me.

I knew that name from somewhere, but I just couldn’t place it.

I really enjoyed the album, and knew I recognised the voice from somewhere, but couldn’t place that either.

And so I cheated and Googled him to find that Phil Odgers is, of course, one of the front men of legendary folk-punksters The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

Anyway, this is from his most recent solo album, Ghosts of Rock’n’Roll, and it’s pretty great:

Phil Odgers – The Last Thing On My Mind (Is Regret)

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

In these uncertain times here in the UK – new Prime Minister in Liz Truss, new monarch in King Charles Spaniel III – I was mightily relieved when my trusty iPod shuffled this into my ears as I travelled back from the office the other day, as, despite it being about neither of those things, it did seem to strike a note of positivity which I’m not sure I subscribe to right now:

Victoria Bailey – The Beginning

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Back in January when I first posted something by this morning’s artist, I wrote this: “I could have picked any of the 24 tracks on this gold-mine to post here, and it’s taken me a very pleasantly spent hour or so listening to the whole thing again trying to decide which song to post, so doubtless I’ll return to it soon enough.”

So, it’s about time I did just that:

Loney Hutchins – One More Habit

Two down, twenty-two to go.

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

My mission to get everyone to love The Handsome Family as much as I do, rather than just thinking of them as them-what-done-the-True-Detective-theme continues, with this morning’s rather splendid track from their 2010 album Scattered: A Further Collection of Lost Demos, Orphaned Songs and Odd Covers.

If you’ve not yet fallen for their goth-country charms, I urge you to give this a listen, which is as close to a sing-a-long number that they get:

The Handsome Family – Drinking Beer on the Roof

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It’s not been the greatest 7 days in the world of celebrities surviving until the end of the week.

I have a nasty feeling that I’ve forgotten someone, but we lost actor Anne Heche (I’m not overly familiar with her work, but she’s bloody great in Donnie Brasco); one third of the legendary Holland/Dozier/Holland song-writing and production team, Lamont Dozier, and at least one other person I’m going to kick myself for forgetting shortly after I posted this.

And Olivia Newton-John.

For many, she will always be Sandy in the 1978 smasheroo movie Grease, a film which I have to begrudgingly admit has some popular tunes. But when it comes to the plot of the film, I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with an ex-Arsenal player:

He’s (w)right, of course. Olivia’s role in Grease is not a great role model in these times. Can you imagine Grease being made today? It simply wouldn’t happen, not in the same way as it did back in 1978. Now, Danny would have to learn to appreciate Sandy for who she is, rather than how she dresses. And I say that’s good progress.

None of which is Olivia’s fault, of course.

Grease spawned a whole load of hit singles, and monopolised the top of the charts for a good chunk of the late 70s. I was going to post Arthur Mullard and Hylda Baker’s godawful version of You’re The One That I Want now, but it seems disrespectful.

But Olivia had a decent career either side of Grease, popping up in the early 80s collaborating with ELO on the theme tune to Xanadu, before cashing in on her sex-bomb, good-girl-turned-bad persona with Physical in 1981, the video for which probably had thousands of pubescent boys reaching for the tissues.

Pre-Grease, though, she was the sweet smiling innocent looking singer, and she carved a career out of releasing great pop singles and had seven Top Ten Billboard Hot Country singles, mostly cover versions, and such is this morning’s choice: a cover of a clean-living John Denver track by a clean-living Country gal, which she almost manages to infuse with a gospel sound at the start:

Olivia Newton-John – Take Me Home Country Roads

R.I.P. Lovely Livvy.

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After last week’s post, where Alyson kindly confirmed what I couldn’t be bothered to check – that I’d posted the song before – I have performed due diligence this week.

And I was staggered to find that not only have I never posted today’s song before, I’ve never posted anything from this album at all (not counting the time one song from the album was suggested as part of The Chain).

I imagine most of you will know this already, but to be on the safe side: Mermaid Avenue is an album of previously unheard lyrics written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie, set to music and performed by Billy Bragg and Wilco.

And it’s a thing of beauty and wonder, as I think this will amply demonstrate:

Billy Bragg & Wilco – Hesitating Beauty

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