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  • The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (11-22-09)

    Nov 25 2009, 2:06 di Carpetbagger513

    Last.fm Top Artists
    If anything cam be taken from this week’s charts, it’s that The 9513 fans are not beholden to pop culture and the media to dictate their listening habits. Either that, or no one’s gotten the memo that Taylor and Carrie are the biggest things in country music right now. Probably the former, though. For the second straight week, Miranda Lambert is the #1 artist, with 32 listeners, leaving the rest of the group in the dust. Carrie “Hot Pants” Underwood comes in at #3 with 25 listeners, along with Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash and Brad Paisley. Taylor Swift, on the other hand, finished with 22 listeners, leaving her at #11 along with Dwight Yoakam. Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Gloriana, the other big country winners at last night’s American Music Awards, had 17, 13 and 10 listeners, good for #27, #42 and #79, respectively. We’re so counterculture. Speaking of, Ryan Adams led the Americana artists with 14 listeners, with Hayes Carll and Rosanne Cash with 13.

    Last.fm Top Albums
  • Scrobbler 3rd Birthday/20,000 tracks

    Lug 13 2006, 14:40 di jcshepard

    Last week was my 3rd anniversery o' signin up with this scrobbler thing, and I'm just shy o' 20k tracks played, so it's a good time to snapshot ye olde charts.

    JC's Top Artists:

    20. Emmylou Harris 120
    19. Dwight Yoakam 122
    18. Patty Loveless 133
    17. Captain Yonder 139
    16. Hank Williams III 147
    15. Tom Brosseau 151
    14. The Be Good Tanyas 152
    13. Jay Farrar 164
    12. Uncle Tupelo 169
    11. Kevin Deal 171.

    10. Alison Krauss & Union Station 140 ne Alison Krauss 34 total 174. My favorite performer. If she had done a duet with Johnny Cash, I would play nothing else.

    9. Cowboy Junkies 175. The Junkies are pure mood music for me, great background at work.

    8. Kate Campbell 203. Smart Southern songwriting, like Eudora Welty or Flannery O'Connor set to tunes.

    7. Drag the River 207. Home-town heroes of the alt.country/punk fusion. DTR rocks the house.

    6. Adrienne Young 210 aka Adrienne Young & Little Sadie 67, so actual 277. Last.fm counts one album as AYLS & the other as solo Adrienne. …
  • D: Good Intentions

    Mag 18 2006, 20:03 di jcshepard

    I had good intentions last week and this, plow thru the Ds and move on. Spring has sprung and it's time to get some work done.

    As is said, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. So I had to play a little Hank Williams III Straight to Hell and Graham Lindsey Hell Under the Skullbones. Of course.

    Back on topic, Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler has a duet album out with Emmylou Harris. Have not heard it yet, but it's getting good AMA radio chart position. I didn't realize it at the time, but those beautiful guitars on Brothers in Arms may have been my first steps back to acoustic music from the alter of distortion.

    Bethany Dick is a young, champion fiddle player from Bozeman, Montana, with a couple bluegrass & gospel CDs out. No idea what she's doing these days.

    Dwight Yoakam also jumped into the D section, in part on a Smo journal.

    My other chart toppers:
    * Last week's No. 1, Texan Kevin Deal
    * Tom Russell
  • The Lawless, Honky Tonks, and Churches: what more does alt.country need?

    Mag 11 2006, 14:30 di jcshepard

    Kevin Deal is a home-grown Texas songwriter, an artist and craftsman as comfortable telling a tale and building a table, constructing a song structure as a stone cathedral.

    I first ran across Deal's music on KGLT-FM, Montana State University's public radio station in Bozeman. If anybody questions the value of those free radio promos, this is a case I hope it's paid off for the artist. With my annual membership KGLT DJ Rik James thru in some promos. One was worthless, one was OK...

    Also in the bag was Kevin Deal's Honky Tonks -n- Churches. Wow, where did this guy come from? This is straight ahead with just enough Austin-ish singer-songwriter to make the lyrics worth listening to.

    Kevin Deal's The Lawless came out in 2003. I was doing the radio DJ thing and corresponded with his Mrs Deal, an active Texas Music partisan. Well, she's just the nicest lady and helped our new radio station get the library filled, gave some reccs on other Texas bands, and just generally made the world a better place. …
  • Songs about Trains

    Apr 7 2006, 17:02 di ericg

  • What is Old Shall Be New Again: Happy Birthday Mr. Cash

    Feb 28 2006, 23:41 di jcshepard

    Johnny Cash would have been 74 years old this past Sunday. One by one, the musical legends of this greatest generation are crossing the River for a better land. Janette Carter, June Carter Cash's cousin and member of the original Carter Family Fold, passed away this January. (Marianne Ebertowski interviewed Janette in 2002 Rockzilla World - Marianne shares Johnny's birthday; if you see anything she writes, read it). I am a bit of a traditionalist, conservative in my tastes and habits, yet in our modernist society I find myself a rebel for sticking to tradition. I am certainly contrary. I don't like media or industry telling me who or what or when or where.

    Johnny Cash & friends were nothing if not contrary. The Carter Family hit the road touring when there was no road. I won't even go into the scandal of ladies in the band, smoking cigarettes and cavorting with mixed races, good Methodists that they were! These men and women brought an original sound down off the mountain and out of the delta…