Here are this week’s five songs worth listening to.
Ray Wylie Hubbard–Outlaw Blood ft. Ashley McBryde
The Forgotten Outlaw has been one of Texas’ not-so best kept secrets. Well, he was “found” by super label Big Machine, who has some of the bigger names in country music. That could be worrisome for old school fans of Hubbard. But Outlaw Blood, the second single released off the upcoming Co-Starring album, serves as proof that this old dog still has his new tricks, even if he does have new friends. The entire album is some big names joining Hubbard.
This one has McBryde joining, even if from afar due to the times. Pair it with a cool black and white video (with the gold Les Paul as an exception), and the clever turns of phrase that has become Hubbard’s calling card over the decades, this one is going to be on repeat for a while.
Name drops for Steve Cropper, Dennis Hopper, Sonny Barger, and Nirvana. Yep.
Whitney Rose–You’d Blame Me For The Rain
Some more Canadian (although currently residing in Austin) country from a 34-year-old brunette sultress. This is one of those that walks. Playful bass and some solid guitar riffs. This one would sound bitter if it wasn’t so smooth. Her fifth album We Still Go To Rodeos was released in April.
Will Hoge–The Curse
Hoge’s Little Bitty Dreams was in contention for my wife and I’s first dance song. We ultimately settled on Tyler Childers, but as they always say, it was an honor just to be nominated. Well, Will wrote another song about us. This is the first single off his upcoming album Tiny Little Movies, and the second came out today and I can see it winding on on this page soon as well.
Maybe you are the one to break the curse
Because I’m better than you found me
Son Volt–The 99
Okay, who is up for an economics lesson from one of the godfathers of alt country? Me? Yes. You?
Union is the ninth album from Son Volt and Belleville’s own Jay Farrar. And they do not shy away from the politics and social commentary on this one either.
Mickey Guyton–What Are You Gonna Tell Her?
Speaking of social issues…
Dear Women: I promise, some of us are trying to help.
We’ll be back with five more next week. Until then, remember the immortal words…
“Songs are really just interesting things to be doing with the air.” Tom Waits