Finally found the time to do another edition of Wild Weekend, so brace yourselves. Two grand ole country tracks and a new one this week, plus an instrumental reggae beauty, and we'll go out with a lenghty and pioneering krautrock blowout to soothe your ears.
First up: someone new. Meet Josh T. Pearson, bearded guy from Texas and self-proclaimed 'last of the country gentlemen'. Spent long years in European exile, writing intense songs as a kind of personal therapy. Heavy stuff, no doubt about it. Do give him a chance if you're into the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Will Oldham. Remember a band called Peglegasus? I didn't either, until I found their '92 debut cd Bacon, Lettuce & Tornado in a box up in the attic. And hey, they're not at all bad if you like your indie pop all jingly jangly.
Josh T. Pearson - Woman When I´ve Raised Hell MP3
Peglegasus - Moth Man MP3
Pedal steel wizard Ralph Mooney died recently, and that's a damn shame. He played on plenty classic country songs by Wynn Stewart and Buck Owens, and later prominently backed Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. For a fitting in memoriam, teleport yourself to the always inspiring Adios Lounge. And enjoy the immortal Under Your Spell Again by Owens here, which features 'Mister Moon' in all his glory. If seventies outlaw country from Texas is more up your alley, do head over to Singing In The Wire for an excellent mixtape featuring top notch songs by Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt and others. Terry Allen's cool ode to a Lubbock Woman didn't make the cut alas, as the compiler picked the equally fine Amarillo Highway, so I'll simply put it up here.
Buck Owens - Under Your Spell Again MP3
Terry Allen - Lubbock Woman MP3
Let's switch musical styles once more now and enjoy a pretty amazing reggae instrumental by the Crystalites. From 1970, produced by the mighty Derrick Harriott, and with a title to die for. "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust... caramba!" And we've come to the end of yet another Wild Weekend extravaganza with one of the first krautrock groups known to mensch: the obscure Xhol Caravan. From '69, Raise Up High is nearly 18 minutes long and as out there as can be. Haben Sie eine Wilde, or something like that. See ya next week.
The Crystalites - Undertakers Burial MP3
Xhol Caravan - Raise Up High MP3