Sunday, November 30, 2008

2008 Quick Hits # 3 - Sera Cahoone, Glen Campbell, Hayes Carll & Cars Can Be Blue

Here's something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

Sera Cahoone - "Runnin' Your Way" (from Only As The Day Is Long)

Old soul Sera Cahoone spins warm, spare indie folk with a dash of hope added to larger doses of melancholy. Bonus points for the understated banjo and pedal steel sweeteners.

Glen Campbell - "These Days" (from Meet Glen Campbell)

Campbell's honey-dipped vocals get a sympathetic production on a welcome return to form, none better than this graceful take on Jackson Browne's ode to looking back.

Hayes Carll - "She Left Me For Jesus" (from Trouble In Mind)

Evoking the wide open spaces and crusty wit of Texan greats like Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Joe Ely, Hayes Carll injects his alt-country with just enough droopy sincerity to make this coulda-been-a-joke song into an instant classic. Plays in Philadelphia this Wednesday (12/3) at World Cafe Live.

Cars Can Be Blue - "Sun Blows Up" (from Doubly Unbeatable)

Unbearably twee no-fi duo from Athens,GA notable for their manic energy and lyrical bitterness. But "Sun Blows Up" is two minutes of effervescent thrills that answers the question what would happen if The Shirelles made a record with The Waitresses about the cute guy.

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