Austin, TX's Mike and The Moonpies have come a long way from playing the dancehalls of their native Texas. On their new LP, Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold, the quintet is leaving the honky-tonk behind and exploring the sounds of smoothed out 70's Country with the help of their friends the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios, Cheap Silver is bringing countrypolitan "back" in a big way, and the results are a timeless listen that is also one of the years best.
Shooter Jennings is a man of many moods and talents, but on his new album Shooter, he's returning to his Country roots. A celebration of the Hank Williams Jr, and all of the troublemakers and rabble-rousers that came before and after, Shooter is bursting with debauchery, heartache, and something sorely missing from today's Country music: fun.
PLUS! We're sitting down with the true savior of Country music - Wheeler Walker, Jr. - to discuss his upcoming album and tour, why the Nashville machine continues to give one of it's own the cold shoulder, and much, much more.
Over the past few decades Country has dominated the music industry by embracing pop and hip-hop sensibilities, which makes Joshua Hedley's debut album Mr. Jukebox all that more refreshing. Forget "saving" country music, Hedley is merely laying down some great storytelling with a little twang, a time-tested recipe for feeling good, even if you're feeling bad. Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo are taking a spin with this surprise hit of 2018, so come along for the ride and feel the love!
PLUS! Philadelphia, PA's Hop Along is back with a new record - Bark Your Head Off, Dog - and it's giving Eduardo ALL of the feels so we're spinning a track to get your heart swelling along with him.
On their sophomore LP Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne has pulled off the rare feat of being EXACTLY as good as the hype makes them out to be. Good times, sick jams, with copious amounts of whiskey, weed, and Willie all make this "country" album one of the years best releases whether you believe in Nashville or not.
PLUS! We've got some thoughts on the current state of Country Music journalism, Kendrick's Pulitzer, and Washington state's The Moondoggies are back from the cosmos with a new album and a new single to go along with it!
On Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves is dialing back the humor and turning up the heart to deliver what many are saying is her best work to date. Is this latest collection of genre-defying, lane-shifting "country" songs the future of Musgraves, or just a stepping stone on the way to something better? We've assembled a panel of Musgraves superfans to find out.
PLUS! Jazz Bassist songwriter Nicole Saphos is classing up the #DCMusic joint and we've got a taste of her groovin' new EP Buzz and Bloom to get you hip.
Before they were country music's most "controversial" superstars, the Dixie Chicks ruled the charts with their savvy mix of bluegrass, country, and pop. On our latest episode, we're digging into the trios finest hour and the record that jump-started their career, 1998's iconic Wide Open Spaces.
What was the legacy of this monster crossover hit on not just country music, but pop and rock? Why has endured as not only a classic, but a standard-bearer for excellence? Eduardo, Marcus, and Kevin are asking these questions and more as we dive deep into one of the biggest albums in country music history.
With 2017 behind us, happy days are here again (?), but that doesn't mean we all don't have work to do.
Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo blast-off into the new year with a sometimes tough, but always honest, discussion about what we're looking forward to in 2018, for fans, musicians, scenes, the music industry, and more, naming names and taking a good look at ourselves in the process.
It's 2018, and we're thrilled you made it. Now, lets head on down to the basement...
It's likely that we'll look back at 2017 as the year almost everything fell apart, downerism ruled the land, and we came very close to being broken as a people.
But we didn't break. We made it. And on this final installment of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast for 2017, we're discussing the music that lifted us up, dropped us down, and sometimes even showed us the way, but never, ever let us down.
Thanks for tuning in all year. We'll see you soon. Until then be good to your ears, but be better to your people...
In 2017, Country was king, and there was no more significant player than Chris Stapleton. For the follow up to his Grammy-winning 2015 album Traveller, Stapleton teamed up again with producer Dave Cobb - the new proprietor of the historic Studio A in Nashville - to craft a record that was worthy of that room's history.
The result was a two-part LP that represents the scope of Stapleton's musical identity. Where Volume 1, was a collection of newer songs, and an extension of his work on his debut, Volume 2, finds Stapleton not just mining his own past as a songwriting by putting to wax some of his oldest songs, but his history as a music fan through some choice covers.
Join Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo as we finish out our album reviews for 2017 on a high note, talking about Chris Stapleton's powerful sophomore release, From A Room.
Atlanta's Curtis Harding has been steeped in soul music his entire life. From singing in church with his family in Michigan as a child to being one of Cee Lo Green's star backup singers, Harding is a true veteran of the scene. On his second full length Face Your Fear, he's playing with is self-proclaimed "garage soul" formula again, this time enlisting the help of uber-producer Danger Mouse to drag a dying art form screaming into the future.
PLUS! Country is king even in Canada, and Blake Berglund is living proof! We've got a taste of his new album Realms for you to sidle your ears up to.
David Bowie was from Mars. Prince was from another universe. But Tom Petty? Tom Petty was one of us. And now he's gone.
Joining us in the basement to celebrate this legend's passing are our good friends Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Capitol Wrestling), the National Museum of African American History and Culture's Timothy Anne Burnside, and...Timothy's Mom.
It's a bittersweet episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast as we eulogize one of the greatest storytellers of the modern era by celebrating Wildflowers, Tom Petty's career-defining "solo" album that isn't just one of the best of his career, but one of the best LP's of all-time.
Tyler Childers is a new voice in a long line of artists being saddled with the title of "saviour of country music." Does his latest LP Purgatory have what it takes or is this just another transmission from a tone-deaf industry that doesn't realize country can never die? Marcus K. Dowling and Eduardo Nunes join Kevin in the basement to discuss.
PLUS! If making your album in public is the hot new thing, why isn't anyone giving Washington, DC's Beauty Pill at least some of the credit? Then, dudes supreme Futurebirds cover an Aimee Mann classic, and we've got a listen.
Jim Lauderdale may not be a household name, but he should be. With twenty-plus years in the industry behind him and a staggering twenty-seven albums under his belt, Lauderdale isn't just the real deal; He is legend.
London Southern takes the country-music veteran back to the music that first inspired him, inviting the listener along on a journey of reflection on and celebration of timeless art that shapes the musical landscape to this day.
PLUS! Ben Sollee is back and he's got a killer new album to show for it! Check out "Pieces Of You" off of the Kentucky native's latest Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native.
At the age of 12, Andrea Avery, a promising young pianist, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. In her debut, Sonata, Andrea tells the story of her struggle to hold on to music in general, and to a piano sonata by Schubert in particular, even as the disease catches up with her. Andrea’s memoir meditates on the lives of great composers as she tries to make sense of what it means to lose the ability to perform music. As it happens, Andrea and Eduardo went to high school together, so they sat down to catch up and talk about her book, classical music, disease, and of course, cats.
Besides playing a part in crafting what we know as popular music during his stint with the famed Wrecking Crew, Glen Campbell, with his over 80 singles placed on the charts, is one of the biggest country stars of all time. In 2011, Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and a farewell tour, documented in the film I'll Be Me, quickly followed. Since then the rhinestone cowboy has released a handful of heartfelt LP's, EP's, and live sessions, but on Adiós, his latest and last, it's time to finally say goodbye.
"The Best of xyz..." lists always kinda suck, but recently the Fader published a list that hit close to home...and was way off base. Marcus (Dowling) and Eduardo join Kevin in the basement to shed some light on the "DC scene" in 2017, and spread some tough love for the city that we love and call home.
Sam Outlaw had a solid career in advertising, but after turning 30 decided to throw it all away and take up music. With his second full-length Tenderheart under his belt, the "California country" singer is spreading tender vibes to listeners across the world. Is it the real deal, or is it just LA artifice? We're digging in to find out.
PLUS! Saxophonist supreme Colin Stetson is back with a wild new album, and we've got it's latest single for you to get weird with.
Streaming radio mainstay Pandora has finally revealed their Spotify/Apple Music competitor. Built on the ashes of Rdio, and released well into these streaming wars, will Pandora Unlimited change the game or is it too little, too late? We've got some thoughts.
Sunny Sweeney has made some damn fine country music in her relatively short career. On her latest LP Trophy, she's walking the fine line between growing up and keeping her "bad girl" edge and the result is her strongest album yet.
PLUS! Senders hail from VALHALLA..err...Boston, and features our good friend Casey Ray on vocal duties. Get ready to rock with a taste of their new self-titled LP.
Travis Tritt started a tweet-a-cane with his suggestion that artists should stick to their art and leave the politics to...not artists. We've got a few things to say about that.
Songwriter Natalie Hemby has been quietly and consistently killing it behind the scenes by delivering hit after hit for some of Nashville's biggest names. Now she's stepping into the spotlight with Puxico, her debut album. Kevin, Patrick, and Marcus (Dowling) dive deep into this celebration of small towns everywhere, take time to ponder the future of country music in 2017, and more.
PLUS! Take a trip with southern California's Mr. Elevator and the groovy first track from their upcoming LP, When The Morning Greets You.
IT'S PODJAM TIME!
On our latest abuse of the podcast format, Casey Rae, Marcus Dowling, a bottle of rye, and a whole lot of AMERICA join Kevin in the basement to work through this thing we call COUNTRY MUSIC.*^
* Length of podcast may require use of vacation time
^ Pick-up truck not required for general enjoyment
In the 21st century one of the greatest scourges on the music industry is piracy. Time was though that Seymour Butts could get twelve albums for one shiny penny.
M.C. Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger is back with his follow up to 2014's critically lauded, Lateness Of Dancers. On Heart Like A Levee, the North Carolina singer/songwriters second album for Merge Records, Taylor is going deeper into questions of faith and explorations of country soul, and we're tagging along for the most excellent ride.
Because everything is better when it's country AF, we're taking a look at a new track from Atlanta, GA's Chris Stalcup and The Grange off of their latest album Downhearted Fools. Country. A.F.