We lost a good one today.
Today, I had a wonderful exchange with my friend TK:
TK and I have been friends for 12 years. Our friendship is very much marked by the aughts. Having first been introduced on MySpace, we met for the first time in person in New Orleans when he was visiting with his wonderful friends and bought my 2008 Bonnaroo ticket. We’ve stayed in touch ever since with ebbs and flows mostly because I ebb in most of my relationships (still working on this, friends).
Suffice to say, he is wonderful friend and knows me well. Thus his recommendations are some I hold in highest regard. When he texted me about the latest Waxahatchee album, Saint Cloud, I immediately turned it on.
I love this album and captures all the feelings and cultural trappings I feel so personally to boot.
Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Balut is so underrated it hurts.
She is a multi-instrumentalist with a powerful voice to go with her equally powerful lyrics. She takes my breath away.
Here are two of my favorites:
I’m a little obsessed with the video for “Queen of the Rodeo” (with a little bit of “Falling Roses”) by Orville Peck.
The video is stunning and fun. The song itself is refreshingly very positive: “The song and video are about allowing yourself to get out of your own way, beat your demons and crown yourself queen of the rodeo.”
I will let the video stills speak for themselves:
Livin’ live in 2020.
Mandolinist, singer, songwriter, and composer Chris Thile is a busy man. Here is a list of only some of his more popular projects:
- Punch Brothers (mandolinist, singer, songwriter, composer)
- Nickel Creek (mandolinist, singer, songwriter, composer)
- The Goat Rodeo Sessions: Stuart Duncan, Yo Yo Ma, and Edgar Meyer (mandolinist, singer, songwriter, composer)
- Host of “Live from Here” (formerly the famous and famously boring “Prairie Home Companion”)
- MacArthur Fellow
and so many other projects.
I swear I’ve never used this many fried chicken analogies in my life.
EDIT: Oops…I rambled again, but I promise I talk about music towards the end. The full Raw Yee-Haw playlist featuring more songs is available here.
Being born and raised in the Southern U.S. (for simplicity’s sake, Texas is included in this post; although, I do agree Texas is “its own thing” that I cannot begin to cover in one post; y’all sit tight for that) comes with an interesting set of characteristics. You can leave them, but they never truly leave you. A gremlin. While largely undetectable (when sober and calm) to Midwestern ears, my gremlin shows itself in my pin-pen merger.