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Jay Gonzalez presents “The Bitter Suite” by Jay Gonzalez — Kickstarter

Jay Gonzalez (DBT’s keyboard maestro), is after funding to release The Bitter Suite, a 5 song rock medley that’ll be pressed on a limited edition run of 180 gram vinyl with a unique etching on the flip-side, if you’re going to ask for funding then I think he’s hit on the best way – great selling job.

Taste the Difference

The Bitter Suite. If it reaches the goal, it’ll be pressed onto 180 gram vinyl. Some folks may question the validity of vinyl, but, in my opinion, you can taste the difference…

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Drive-by Truckers – English Oceans

Drive By Truckers David McClister Photography
Drive By Truckers
David McClister Photography

In case you missed it DBT have released more info on the upcoming album, the release entitled English Oceans is out in March and the news items at Rolling Stone has the full story, with the promise of a return to a simpler direct sound and that Cooley and Hood have split the songwriting duties down the middle this time, there’s much to be excited for.

Tracklist for English Oceans:

1. Shit Shots Count
2. When He’s Gone
3. Primer Coat
4. Pauline Hawkins
5. Made Up English Oceans
6. The Part of Him
7. Hearing Jimmy Loud
8. Til He’s Dead or Rising
9. Hanging On
10. Natural Light
11. When Walter Went Crazy
12. First Air of Autumn
13. Grand Canyon

Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy – A Tell All

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The first time I saw Shonna Tucker she gave me the bird – well maybe it wasn’t aimed directly at me but I was front and centre at my first DBT gig and Shonna and the boys had just completed a typical barnstorming set and aside the music it’s stuck in my memory – I’ve yet to see the band post-Shonna and like many fans of DBT have no interest in the politics that led to Shonna or indeed ex-husband Jason Isbell leave, but when her tenure with DBT ended I has hoping that she would step up front and centre herself and indeed she has with a new band including ex-DBT guitar / steel player John Neff and Clay Leverett (drums), Bo Bedingfield (guitar) and Neil Golden (keys) (with a guest appearance from Muscle Shoals legend Spooner Oldham on Fender Rhodes. The album was co-produced by Kyle Spence and the band, together they also recorded a track for High Cotton: A Tribute To Alabama – which also features contributions from Jason Isbell, Lucero and Old Crow Medicine Show (I’ve added it to my wish list).

A Tell All is set for release October 15th on Sweet Nectar Records and available to pre-order now on Vinyl and CD,  the albums ten songs are all originals penned by Shonna plus a co-write with John Neff and represent a cross-section of Shonna’s influences including of course the wonderful sound of Muscle Shoals where she grew up, “All these songs came fast, in a few months time. There was no theme or plan at all. Inspiration came from what was happening around me and that was a lot of different things”, here’s a taster of what’s in-store, you can listen to a trio of tracks from the album at Bandcamp, watch the EPK and listen to a great interview courtesy of Sloane Spencer and Country Fried Rock as she chat’s to Shonna about her musical journey, the band and the album.

Drive-By Truckers’ Greatest Hits 1998-2009

Reading the track listing for Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians, DBT’s Greatest Hits 1998 – 2009, no Goddamn Lonely Love, Puttin’ People On the Moon, Heathens, (Something’s Got To) Give Pretty Soon and as for missing of A Ghost to Most well that’s just on, what were ‘they’ thinking of – was this was a New West comp rather than the band picked collection?

It’s easy to moan about what’s missing and what’s there that shouldn’t have made the edit, in truth culling the tracks down is a no-brainer given the size and quality of the bands back catalogue even when you leave out the last two releases, the official track listing is now out, the albums released in August and on vinyl too, the urge to buy will no doubt get the better of me.

The Living Bubba
Bulldozers and Dirt
Ronnie and Neil
Zip City
Let There Be Rock
Marry Me
Sink Hole
Carl Perkins’ Cadillac
Outfit
The Righteous Path
Gravity’s Gone (Remix)
Never Gonna Change
3 Dimes Down
Lookout Mountain
Uncle Frank (Alternate Version)
A World of Hurt

Here’s what I would have gone with.

The Living Bubba
Goddamn Lonely Love
Puttin’ People On the Moon
Heathens
(Something’s Got To) Give Pretty Soon
Outfit
A Ghost to Most
The Righteous Path
Girls Who Smoke
Gravity’s Gone
Zip City
Ronnie and Neil
George Jones Talkin Cell Phone Blues
3 Dimes Down
Carl Perkins’ Cadillac
Never Gonna Change

No Ghost to Most!

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