The Hodgepodge: Final of the Year, Feature Ideas & Open Thread

The holiday season is getting ready to go into full swing with Thanksgiving next week. Not to mention, Derek and myself are going to start working on our year-end award lists and nominations. So this will be the final Hodgepodge of 2015.

It’s hard to believe how fast a year can go by and how much can happen when you look back at it all. Country Perspective has grown even bigger and has reached more readers than I ever imagined, so I thank you all for your support and kind words. This is what keeps us motivated to continue to write and bring you exciting content. Speaking of that I’ve been contemplating new features to introduce to the blog in 2016. I want to expand the variety on here and I’ve already got a couple of ideas I’m seriously considering. But I would love to hear from you too. What is something you would like to see? I would love some feedback.

By the way a new writer is already set to join us next year. But you’ll have to wait until January to find out…

We plan on reviewing a few more albums and singles in the next couple of weeks. Let us know what you would love to see covered most that we have not yet. No, we will not review the Old Dominion album. Please suggest good music.

You can basically treat this Hodgepodge as an open thread to discuss whatever you want to discuss in country and Americana right now. Also you can throw out some questions for Derek and myself that we will do our best to answer. You guys know how these Q&A Hodgepodges work. Just don’t ask us something impossible or go over five questions (Each reader can ask up to five questions). Again thank you for reading the Hodgepodge in 2015 and we look forward to bringing it back again in 2016.

Upcoming/Recent Country & Americana Releases 

  • The last major album release of the year appears to be the debut album of Cam on December 11. It’s titled Untamed and is highly likely to be the final review of the year.
  • Alan Jackson released a three-CD box set called Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story. It features his biggest hits and a few unreleased songs. It’s exclusively available through Walmart and in my opinion is a great Christmas gift for any country fan.
  • Shovels & Rope just came out with a surprise of their own. Through Dualtone Music, they’re releasing a collaborative project on November 20 titled Busted Jukebox Volume 1. NPR announced it and debuted the music, which you can stream here. It’s covers of some of their favorite songs and they explain in the NPR piece the meaning of each song for them and how they came about. The guest artists who join them are very talented and include the likes of Lucius, Shakey Graves, The Milk Carton Kids and JD McPherson. I definitely suggest giving it a listen.
  • Next Friday is Black Friday and that means there will be some great Record Store Black Friday Day releases. For those that collect vinyl there are some country and Americana releases that will catch your eye. Some of the ones that stood out to me (click on each for more info):

Great Music Currently at Country Radio

The very best of country radio right here in a nice playlist. In order for a song to be added to the list, it must currently be in the top 60 of the Billboard Country Airplay chart, so this will be updated weekly.

Throwback Thursday Song

Keith Whitley – “When You Say Nothing At All” – One of the artists we can thank for bringing back traditional country in the late 80s and someone who died way too young, Keith Whitley is an artist everyone should appreciate. I plan to dig into his catalog more over the holidays.

Non-Country Suggestion of the Week

Eagles of Death Metal – This band has been in the news lately for all of the wrong reasons. They were the band playing on the stage at the Le Bataclan in Paris when terrorists attacked it last week and left hundreds dead and injured. The band was able to escape unharmed, but their merchandise manager and others they knew did not. Right now they are obviously recovering from this traumatic event. I recently checked their music out and they are a very talented group. The origin of how they formed and came together is quite interesting. Obviously it’s not about the music right now with them, but some day again it will. And it should be, as they make great music and I recommend giving it a listen.

Tweet of the Week

Yeah I don’t have anything else to add. This song will be a top contender for our Worst Song of the Year award.

iTunes Review That Rocks

Old Dominion Sucks

This was left under the new Old Dominion album. See why I’m not reviewing this? Those other great artists got reviewed though and you’re much better off listening to their albums than anything Old Dominion has ever touched.

Thanks for reading and be sure to weigh in below! 

The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [October 5]

Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from AmericanaRadio.org. From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

  1. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10)
  2. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love
  3. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time
  4. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10)
  5. Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler [Up 8]
  6. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours (Grade: 10/10) [Up 2]
  7. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold [Up 3]
  8. Ashley Monroe – The Blade (Grade: 7/10) [Down 2]
  9. Watkins Family Hour – Watkins Family Hour [Down 4]
  10. The Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club [Up 6]
  11. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain [Down 4]
  12. The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival (Grade: 8/10)
  13. The Wood Brothers – Paradise [Up 6]
  14. Don Henley – Cass County (Grade: 10/10) [Up 7]
  15. Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet (Grade: 9/10) [Down 6]
  16. Warren Haynes (feat. Railroad Earth) – Ashes & Dust [Down 2]
  17. Shawn Colvin – Uncovered [Up 16]
  18. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats [Down 7] 
  19. Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves [Down 4]
  20. The Black Lillies – Hard To Please [New]
  21. Jonathan Tyler – Holy Smokes (Grade: 10/10) [Down 1]
  22. Dale Watson – Call Me Insane (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 5]
  23. Rayland Baxter – Imaginary Man [Up 1]
  24. Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks [New]
  25. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love [Down 3]
  26. Kevin Gordon – Long Gone Time [Up 5]
  27. Whitney Rose – Heartbreaker of the Year (Grade: 10/10) [Up 1]
  28. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10) [Down 3]
  29. Steep Canyon Rangers – Radio
  30. Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ [Down 4]
  31. The Damn Quails – Out of The Birdcage (Grade: 8.5/10) [New]
  32. Uncle Lucius – The Light [Down 14]
  33. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color [Down 6]
  34. Jason James – Jason James [Up 1]
  35. Lucero – All A Man Should Do [New]
  36. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble [New]
  37. Jackie Greene – Back To Birth [Down 5]
  38. The Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete [New]
  39. Waifs – Beautiful You [Down 9]
  40. Webb Wilder – Mississippi Moderne [New]

The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [September 28]

Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from AmericanaRadio.org. From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

  1. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10)
  2. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love [Up 1]
  3. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time [Up 1]
  4. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10) [Down 2]
  5. Watkins Family Hour – Watkins Family Hour
  6. Ashley Monroe – The Blade (Grade: 7/10)
  7. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain 
  8. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours (Grade: 10/10) [Up 3]
  9. Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet (Grade: 9/10) [Down 1]
  10. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold [Up 5]
  11. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats [Up 3]
  12. The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival (Grade: 8/10) 
  13. Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler [New]
  14. Warren Haynes (feat. Railroad Earth) – Ashes & Dust [Down 5]
  15. Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves [Down 2]
  16. The Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club [New]
  17. Dale Watson – Call Me Insane (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 7]
  18. Uncle Lucius – The Light [Down 2]
  19. Wood Brothers – Paradise [New]
  20. Jonathan Tyler – Holy Smokes (Grade: 10/10) [Down 2]
  21. Don Henley – Cass County [Up 9]
  22. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love [Up 10]
  23. Richard Thompson – Still [Down 6]
  24. Rayland Baxter – Imaginary Man [Up 1]
  25. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10) [Down 6]
  26. Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ [Down 6]
  27. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color [Down 4]
  28. Whitney Rose – Heartbreaker of the Year (Grade: 10/10) [Down 4]
  29. Steep Canyon Rangers – Radio
  30. Waifs – Beautiful You [Up 1]
  31. Kevin Gordon – Long Gone Time [Up 3]
  32. Jackie Greene – Back To Birth [Down 6]
  33. Shawn Colvin – Uncovered [New]
  34. The Deslondes – The Deslondes (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 6]
  35. Jason James – Jason James [Up 5]
  36. Leon Bridges – Coming Home [Down 3]
  37. Sam Outlaw – Angeleno (Grade: 10/10) [Down 1]
  38. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind (Grade: 9/10) [Down 11]
  39. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie (Grade: 9/10) [Down 4]
  40. Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues [Down 18]

The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [September 21]

Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from AmericanaRadio.org. From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

  1. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10)
  2. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10)
  3. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love [Up 10]
  4. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time [Up 2]
  5. Watkins Family Hour – Watkins Family Hour [Down 2] 
  6. Ashley Monroe – The Blade (Grade: 7/10) [Down 1]
  7. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain [Down 3]
  8. Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet (Grade: 9/10) [Down 1]
  9. Warren Haynes (feat. Railroad Earth) – Ashes & Dust [Down 1]
  10. Dale Watson – Call Me Insane (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 1]
  11. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours (Grade: 10/10) [Up 1]
  12. The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival (Grade: 8/10) [Down 2]
  13. Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves [Down 2]
  14. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats [Up 6]
  15. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold [Up 19]
  16. Uncle Lucius – The Light [Down 2]
  17. Richard Thompson – Still [Down 2]
  18. Jonathan Tyler – Holy Smokes (Grade: 10/10) [Down 1]
  19. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10)
  20. Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ [Down 4]
  21. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams [Down 3]
  22. Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues [Down 1]
  23. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color 
  24. Whitney Rose – Heartbreaker of the Year (Grade: 10/10) [Up 5]
  25. Rayland Baxter – Imaginary Man [Up 7]
  26. Jackie Greene – Back To Birth [Up 1]
  27. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind (Grade: 9/10) [Down 5]
  28. The Deslondes – The Deslondes (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 3]
  29. Steep Canyon Rangers – Radio [Down 1]
  30. Don Henley – Cass County [Up 1]
  31. Waifs – Beautiful You [Down 1]
  32. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love [Down 6]
  33. Leon Bridges – Coming Home [Up 3]
  34. Kevin Gordon – Long Gone Time [New]
  35. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie (Grade: 9/10) [Down 11]
  36. Sam Outlaw – Angeleno (Grade: 10/10) [Up 1]
  37. Underhill Rose – The Great Tomorrow [Down 2]
  38. Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town [Down 5]
  39. Whitey Morgan & The 78s – Sonic Ranch (Grade: 10/10) [Re-Entered This Week]
  40. Jason James – Jason James [Down 2]

The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [September 14]

Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from AmericanaRadio.org. From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

  1. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10)
  2. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10)
  3. Watkins Family Hour – Watkins Family Hour 
  4. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain 
  5. Ashley Monroe – The Blade (Grade: 7/10)
  6. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time [Up 3]
  7. Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet (Grade: 9/10) [Down 1]
  8. Warren Haynes (feat. Railroad Earth) – Ashes & Dust [Down 1]
  9. Dale Watson – Call Me Insane (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 1]
  10. The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival (Grade: 8/10) [Up 5]
  11. Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves 
  12. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours [Up 24]
  13. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love [New]
  14. Uncle Lucius – The Light [Down 1]
  15. Richard Thompson – Still [Down 5]
  16. Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ [Up 3]
  17. Jonathan Tyler – Holy Smokes (Grade: 10/10) [Up 1]
  18. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams [Down 6]
  19. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10) [Down 2]
  20. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats [Up 1]
  21. Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues [Down 1]
  22. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind (Grade: 9/10) [Down 6]
  23. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color [Down 1]
  24. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie (Grade: 9/10) [Down 10]
  25. The Deslondes – The Deslondes (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 2]
  26. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love [Up 9]
  27. Jackie Greene – Back To Birth [Down 1]
  28. Steep Canyon Rangers – Radio [Down 1]
  29. Whitney Rose – Heartbreaker of the Year (Grade: 10/10) [Up 11]
  30. Waifs – Beautiful You [Down 6]
  31. Don Henley – Cass County [Up 3]
  32. Rayland Baxter – Imaginary Man [Up 6]
  33. Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town [Down 8]
  34. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold [New]
  35. Underhill Rose – The Great Tomorrow [Down 7]
  36. Leon Bridges – Coming Home [Down 6]
  37. Sam Outlaw – Angeleno (Grade: 10/10) [Down 8]
  38. Jason James – Jason James [New]
  39. Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune [Down 8]
  40. Samantha Crain – Under Branch & Thorn & Tree [Down 3]