The night Dwight Yoakam rocked my world

So, it’s 1987 or so, you’re a 26-year-old male; you’ve spent six months or so living in an apartment bedroom, a roomer, after breaking up with your girlfriend, whom you never should have gotten involved with in the first place.

When not alone in your room or working, you’ve spent your time, usually evenings, at the local bars drinking and listening to the jukebox

Then you’re forced by economic circumstances to move back into that ex-girlfriend’s apartment while she’s overseas.

While living on your own, those lonely days in your room, before this change in circumstance, you’ve spent your time listening to the Stray Cats, Carl Perkins, Sonny Burgess, and Hank Williams. You’ve been thinking, “man, if I could combine the pure honky tonk sound of Hank Williams with some rockabilly, that would be some music, man.”

In your first week of living back in this ex-girlfriend’s apartment, while she screws another guy overseas, you’re totally depressed about the change in circumstance but still longing for some rockin’ honky-tonk. 

One night, with no cable, you’re flipping through TV channels, a video comes on from an out-of-town TV channel that you never get usually — suddenly, for no explainable reason, you’re watching this video, grainy and distorted, on a black-and-white TV screen. Wow.

You’ve never heard of this Dwight Yoakam dude.

— this would rock your world, don’t you think?

The best new songs of 2017

I listen to a lot of bad new music so you don’t have to, always searching for great new songs. I keep a constantly rotating playlist of my iPhone of Top 50 New Songs. When I decide a song is worthy, I move it to my Best Downloads playlist. Tonight, I culled the 2017 entries on that list and picked out what are the best songs of 2017.

Rhiannon Giddens – At The Purchaser’s Option

Dead Pretties – Confidence

Ron Gallo – “Put The Kids To Bed”

Hurray For the Riff Raff: “Rican Beach”

Coal Miners, Andrew Joslyn

Priests – JJ

Greta Van Fleet – Highway Tune

Shilpa Ray “Morning Terrors Nights Of Dread”

*repeat repeat – “Girlfriend”

White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band

Father John Misty – Ballad of the Dying Man

The Orwells – Double Feature

I didn’t do a list in 2016 and the song below came out more than a year ago, but the Soft White Sixties dominated a lot of my listening time in 2017, so I wanted to share. Great band from San Francisco. They did release a new album at the end of 2017, but I’ve not absorbed it all yet.

The Soft White Sixties “Sorry to Say”

If I were going to go with a best new band of 2017, I’d pick the Dead Pretties. Only two songs out so far. I can’t wait to hear more from these new Brit punks.