Category Archives: FBFY



Thanks to Matt for putting it together and Phil for the cover art.

Title: Scratch
Artist: Morphine
Album (year): Yes (1995)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This album comes out swinging…not punching, but swinging. The first three tracks either have you on the bus with the rest of the merry pranksters, or not. Scratch is one of those songs where the feel contrasts with the subject matter; the singer really does not seem to mind starting over from scratch. Is it the epitome of cool, or an inability to care? Methinks the former.

Title: 12 Steps
Artist: Big Shoals
Album (year): Still Go On (2014)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (
Comments: Debut album from a new band out of Gainesville.

Title: Late for the Sky
Artist: Andrew Rose Gregory (Jackson Browne)
Album (year): The Covers EP (2012)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: One of Jackson Browne’s best, covered by an incredible singer-songwriter in his own right, Andrew Gregory. Yes, Gregory, as in The Gregory Brothers of schmoyoho youtube auto-tuning celebrity. Andrew’s solo work gets overshadowed by internet silliness, and I know I’m submitting a cover, but check out his The Lost Year album, and also his stunning interpretation/musical setting of The Song of Songs.

Title: Sweet Tooth Boogie (Unreleased from The Wildness)
Artist: The Bones of J.R. Jones
Album (year): Reliable the Unreliable EP (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was introduced to The Bones of J.R. Jones, with a free EP via NoiseTrade (no longer available), in March. He’s got a great folk sound. I like this little ‘boogie’ number so have a listen.

Title: I’m A Little Mixed Up
Artist: Betty James
Album (Year): Released on 45 by Chess (1961)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Heard this on an electric blues comp, dug the hell out of it. So much swagger in the delivery of the vocals, so much interplay between the guitar and rhythm section. A perfect song, a house rocker as they say.

Title: Milk In The Fridge
Artist: Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
Album (Year): Hey Kid (2014)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Luckly one of my boys is also a fan and gets to see the band often in the Columbus Ohio area, at the record release party earlier this year he got me an autographed CD, and I swooned. I bet you think, I think this song is about me

Title: Slow Death
Artist: Flamin’ Groovies
Album (year): I’ll Have A…Bucket of Brains: The Original 1972 Rockfield Recordings for U.A. (1995)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: In my opinion, one of the top three finest Rolling Stones rip offs of all time, but with a little of that Groovies jangle that makes them fun.

Title: Broke My Heart
Artist: Tim Easton
Album: Porcupine (2009)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I’m not sure where I’ve been the last 10 years to have missed the music of Tim Easton. In late March, I took in an in-the round showcase to see East Nashville and Couch By Couchwest faves Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Jesse Lafser. Easton was the fourth, and I dug each song he performed. I’m now playing from behind and digging his 2009 release Porcupine. And is there anything more obvious to offer a flippant “feel bad for you” than hearing of a broken heart?

Title: Opossum
Artist: Adam Faucett
Album (year): Blind Water Finds Blind Water (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

Artist: Eddie Noack
Title: Psycho
Album: Psycho: The K-Ark and Allstar Recordings, 1962-1969
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel
Comments: OK so we’ve only just discovered Eddie Noack, best known for this, his 1968 cover of Leon Payne’s serial killer song Psycho. Rockabilly tinged, country cult classic. Pure genius.

Artist: Miles Davis
Title: “Jeru”
Album: Birth of the Cool (1949)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: listened to this on vinyl on my birthday back in March. It was the only cool there was. I am a nerd.

Title: The Heavy Things
Artist: Micah Schnabel
Album: I’m Dead, Serious
Blurb: I have been helping take care of a dear friend who lost his fight with cancer at 9:20 April, 9 2014. This is one of the songs I’ve had on repeat since then. It’s been helping me deal with the loss and the grief. I thought it appropriate to share.

Title: Amphetamine
Artist: Steve Wynn -& the Miracle Three
Album (year): Static Transmission (2003)
Submitted By: Simon Lellow
Comments: This track popped up on shuffle in the car on the way to work a couple of weeks ago, I hit repeat, rolled the window down and gave an impromptu performance – to anyone who witnessed it, sorry. KEXP

Artist: Rod Picott
Album: Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail
Year: 2014
Label: Independent
Comments: I picked this because I have been listening to this record a lot lately and it’s my favorite off it.




Title: Norman Bates
Artist: The Burning of Rome
Album (year): With Us (2012)
Submitted By: @mikebeebe
Comments: Super fun and super creepy track from my favorite San Diego band, based on Psycho and the Bates Motel.

Title: Deadman’s Curve
Artist: Tyler Childers & High Wall
Album (year): Live at Red Barn Radio (2014)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs
Comments: Off a 4 song live EP. This kid reminds me of a young Isbell a lot.

Title: Sawmill Road
Artist: Mat D and The Profane Saints
Album (year): Holyoke (2014)
Submitted By: BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’m not sure where I’ve been all these years, but I just discovered Mat D in the last few months. His new album, Holyoke, is top-notch. Not a bad song on this album so it was a tough choice, but I am submitting “Sawmill Road”.

Title: La Danse De Mardi Gras
Artist: Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
Album (year): La Toussaint (1995)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Generally I favor the more primitive Balfa Brothers recording of this, but hard to argue with that accordian solo at the end. In cajun tradition, the mardi gras song is sung during the Mardi Gras Courir, or Mardi Gras Run, where the revelers travel from house to house in their neighborhood, much like halloween, only they are begging for the ingredients to a gumbo that will be eaten by everyone at the end of the night. Which is what all that french they are singing is about.

Title: Morning Dew
Artist: Bonnie Dobson
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Record labias [editors note: this is where 45's come from] recognized there was a goldmine of songwriting in people like Townes, Webb, Tyson and Lightfoot but had no clue how to record them. Music copyright was still in its infancy then so… orchestrate, record, and above all else, steal.

Title: Do You Ever Think Of Me?
Artist: Laura Cantrell
Album (year): [live in London, February 13, 2014]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Not a huge fan of her music but I like this song.

Title: Salt of the Earth
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album (year): Beggars Banquet (1968)
Submitted By: Trailer @farcethemusic

Title: King of California
Artist: Dave Alvin
Album (year): King of California (1994)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz

Title: Time Spent in Los Angeles
Artist: Dawes
Album (year): Nothing is Wrong (2011)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Same comments for both tracks. Times is tough, and to make some money during December and January I took a seasonal retail job at a popular New England outdoors/clothing store. I was worried that the overhead Christmas music would make me want to impale myself with a hangar. But the music actually ruled! The only Christmas song I remember hearing was Joni Mitchel’s “River.” Every day I worked I heard the above Dave Alvin and Dawes songs. I heard tons of other great stuff too, but these two in particular will always remind me of working a crappy retail job for the Christmas of 2013.

Title: Lover
Artist: New Electric Ride
Album (2014): Balloon Age
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: gonna lay some groovy psychedelia on you from my good friend Mike Newman’s record label Beyond Beyond is Beyond, The first release of 2014 is New Electric Rides debut LP

Artist: Sun Kil Moon
Track: Dogs
Album: Benji (2014)
Submitted by: Mad Mackerel
Comments: Benji is sure to be one of our contenders for the end-of-year best of lists and picking a single song from it was damn near impossible. In the end we went for the painfully blunt and revealing Dogs, a song that documents in all its fumbling glory, the step-by-step sexual graduation we all go through and never talk about. Wince in recognition, and then love it!

Title: Hunter Wayne And The Pinstriped Suit
Artist: Levi Massie
Album: Angels Around My Barstool (2013)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I just learned of this Murfreesboro, TN singer/songwriter when a co-worker passed along a copy of Massie’s CD he’d been given. “Here, a guy told me you might like this. Its not metal so I probably wouldn’t listen to it.” His rejection is my win. Really good stuff. A bit like Jeffrey Foucault if you ask me. The two things I’ve learned about Massie are (1) a local producer / drummer talked him into recording the album just so he could hear the songs and (2) the album title comes from a phrase used by Townes as to how he managed to stay upright as he performed many nights.

Title: Cindy
Artist: Ola Podrida
Album (year): Ola Podrida (2007)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: A great, slow building rock song that has been in my head for about six months.

Title: Ray Charles Dream
Artist: Water Liars
Album (year): Water Liars (2014)
Submitted By: TheOtherBrit
Comments: If you haven’t heard these guys yet, you need to check them out.

Title: Neil Young

Artist: The Wheat Pool
Album (year): Township (2007)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Got into a conversation this weekend about music and memories, points in time, the often fleeting nature of artists and bands and the way you can sometimes stumble upon an album, EP or just a single song that sticks and stops with you long after the band have called it a day. This months track is one such song, one that I love and have often added to playlists for myself and mix tapes for others, thought it was about time I put it in for FBFY. The Wheat Pool were a Canadian alt-country band, they split up almost two years ago, when this happened fifteen years or so ago most of what bands left behind was preserved only for the die-hard fans, these days most leave a trail to follow on the internet, go take a look.

Title: “Wreck of the Old 97″
Artist: Pete Seeger
Album: American Favorite Ballads, Vol 1 (sometime between 1776 and 2014)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Sad to see another American treasure gone.

Title: Lets Dance
Artist: The Ramones
Album (year): Ramones (1976)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: Sometimes you just wanna dance.

Title: Number Three
Artist: They Might Be Giants
Album (year): They Might Be Giants (1986)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: I just finished my 8th February Album Writing Month (FAWM.ORG),and this about how it feels.


FBFY Feb 2014


Title: Misery Over Dispute
Artist: Waxahatchee
Album (year): Cerulean Salt (2013)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: The things you pickup hanging around a record store

Title: Oyster and Pearl
Artist: Amy Ray
Album (year): Goodnight Tender (2014)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Most of Amy Ray’s non-Indigo Girls solo work skews Hüsker-Dyke, but this new country effort is full of great songs.

Title: Єлена (Elena)
Artist: ДахаБраха & Port Mone
Album (year): Хмелева Project [2012]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This project by two Ukrainian bands (DakhaBrakha from Kyiv and Port Mone from Minsk) began with joint rehearsals in the Dniester River canyon amid snow-white flowered trees, hills of red clay and restless spring birds. Khmeleva Project is an exploration of traditional Ukrainian music and instrumentation driven by a “boldly go where no one has gone before” sensibility. Take a trip on the ethno-chaos train!

Title: Crazy
Artist: The Delta Saints
Album (2014): Drink it Slow EP
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: 9 mins of killer blues from their recent 3 song Noisetrade EP get it!

Title: Cozmina
Artist: Otis Gibbs
Album (year): Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Otis Gibbs’ new album, Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth, is my first of the new year. A top-notch set of ten storytelling songs. It was tough to pick just one song so I chose the first track.

Title: False From True
Artist: Pete Seeger
Album: At 89 (1989):
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: The ‘uncle of modern folk music’ died last week, his combination of talent, humility and political stubborness unparralled. He wrote recorded this song in 1968 in traditional protest style, and reinvented it for his spunky, Grammy winning 89, at age 89. YuoTube tip:

Title: Mission From God
Artist: Pujol
Album (year): United States Of Being (2012)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: These guys are rowdy fun.

Title: Now You’re Defeated
Artist: American Music Club
Album: California (1988)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: As I submit this, the Super Bowl looms just a few hours away. But on Monday, many will be licking their wounds. Seattle or Denver will be wondering ‘what if…”. Gamblers will be lighter in the wallet. Homeowners will be pissed at friends for having wrecked their place during SB parties. Corporate America will be distraught as consumers can’t remember products and services advertised in overpriced, memorable commercials. And New Jersey will again lose to New York City despite actually hosting the game. When all that defeat happens, I will feel bad for you…kinda.

Title: It’s Gonna Be Easy
Artist: Doug Sahm
Album: Doug Sam and Band (1973)
Submitted By: Trailer –

Title: Glass Armour
Artist: Laura Cantrell
Album (year): Title: No Way There From Here (2014)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: Always being a huge fan of Laura Cantrell and her latest
album is no exception, this track’s a co-write with another favourite
Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura

Title: Southern United States
Artist: Leif Vollebekk
Album: North Americana (2014)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: A lovely slice of thoughtful, conversational, rambling Americana that wouldn’t have been out of place on an early 70s Dylan album.

Title: “Motel”
Artist: Hayden
Album (year): Us Alone (2013)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: Great song from the consistently great Canadian singer-songwriter that I wish I’d heard before making my year-end list.

Title: Insane in the Brain
Artist: Cypress Hill
Album (year): Black Sunday (1993)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Get out of your winter funk and shake your ass.

Title: Coal Tattoo
Artist: Hazel Dickens
Album (Year): A Few Old Memories (1990)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: for WV, for Pete

Feel Bad For You – January 2014 Mixtape

FBFY Jan 2014

FBFY January is live and awaiting your ears, this month’s selection is a collection of the contributors favourite tracks of 2013 – enjoy.


Title: Cornmeal Waltz
Artist: Guy Clark
Album (year): My Favorite Picture of You (2013)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Suggesting the man Emmylou Harris calls “the poet laureate of cowboy songs” could top his best work is ludicrous. So call me ludicrous. It’s a painting (yeah, yeah…mangled poet-painter metaphor..tell someone whio cares) that tricks all 5 senses into thinking you are there.

Title: Most People
Artist: Dawes
Album (year): Stories Don’t End (2013)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: No one here needs another reminder of how good Isbell’s Southeastern album is. And I already submitted a track from my other favorite album the year, Raina Rose’s Caldera. So here’s a track from an album and a band that has grown on me lately. Sometimes I get annoyed at Dawes’ slobbering homage to the sounds of Jackson Browne, but this is a damn good tune and a damn fine message.

Title: Never Enough
Artist: Trixie Whitley
Album (year): Fourth Corner (2013)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I stumbled on to Trixie Whitley through the Daytrotter site ( in early 2013 and immediately fell for her voice. I picked up her 2012 EP, The Engine, and her 2013 full-length, Fourth Corner. I was going back to her EP and LP, over and over, all year.

Title: Far And Slow
Artist: T. Rogers
Album (year): Simple Lijfe [2013]
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Fine band, not from around here, but they know their way around and inside and
through the blues. Their name is based on the Hungarian word “troger”, meaning someone with
a relaxed attitude towards life. Keb’ Mo’ joins them on the song “Angelina.”
Some tracks from the album available for free (or donation) here:

Title: Drive All Night (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Artist: Glen Hansard
Album (year): Drive All Night EP (2003)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Mr. Hansard quietly put out a short EP late this past November that went under the radar for a lot of people. This cover is more of a tribute to The Boss and features Eddie Vedder and Joe Henry on background vocals, plus Jake Clemons (nephew of Clarence) on sax.

Title: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Artist: Amos Lee
Album (year):
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: I completely missed this album until late in 2013. This beautiful song features Patty Griffin on background vocals.

Title: Red Rose Nantahala
Artist: Hiss Golden Messenger
Album (Year): Haw (2013)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: The guitar work on this…it sears a gigantic chasm into my skullbones

Title: Sad Days Lonely Nights
Artist: Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg
Album (2013): Pain Killers
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: No comment it speaks for itself and me

Title: Splinters
Artist: Austin Lucas
Album: Stay Reckless (2013)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: This one just hurts all over.

Title: Miss Watson
Artist: Semi-Twang
Album: The Why And What For (2013)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I heard several good ‘uns in 2013 – many through some great performances at Couch By Couchwest. But for sheer fun, this one is right at the top of my list. ? Elementary Miss Watson / Let’s discuss this in my Datsun / You want love, I believe I got some / Elementary Miss Watson ?

Title: Neon Cathedral
Artist: Macklemore
Album (year): The Heist (2013)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs
Comments: Great writing transcends genres and this, simply, is a great song about alcohol and drinking culture.

Title: The Dream’s in the Ditch
Artist: Deer Tick
Album (year): Negativity (2013)
Submitted By: @mikebeebe
Comments: Got to see Deer Tick a couple of times last year, but the best had to be the After Show Party at Newport Blues Cafe on the final night of the Newport Folk Fest. It was just before Negativity was released and they played the whole thing front to back that night, followed up with some other DT favorites. Fun night, great show, and this song from the album in particular is one I keep going back to.

Title: The Highway
Artist: Holly Williams
Album (year): The Highway (2013)
Submitted By: Simon
Comments: My top two of tracks of 2013 have already made appearances on FBFY (Elephant / Song for Zula) so I’ve gone for this one from Holly Williams which according to iTunes is my third most played track for 2013.

Title: Tennessee
Artist: Great Peacock
Album (year): 2013 single off of their Spring 2014 release
Submitted by: Corey Flegel

Title: Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier
Artist: A.A.Bondy
Album: Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War (2013)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: From a sublime album of traditional civil war songs reinterpreted by some of today’s best artists comes this ghostly, echoing track by A.A.Bondy that is as good as anything we heard over the whole year.

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