New Music : The Swampy Soulful Sounds Of Dan Dyer

July 15, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Although Dan Dyer‘s musical career has taken him from Austin, Texas to New York City and back again to Austin to record his new album,it is drenched in a deep southern, swampy, gospel soul sound that is more hot, humid, New Orleans night than a sound associated with either of those cities. A sound typified by artists like The Neville Brothers or Dr John, whose Walk On Gilded Splinters Dan does a smoldering cover on the new self titled disc. Never fearing to embrace his influences, Dan is no imitator, his smooth, soulful voice stakes it’s own place in keeping a genre alive for a new generation.

Dan Dyer is being released nationally on August 26, 2008 via Fat Caddy Records but you can pick a special limited edition release now via Fat Caddy’s website.

Dan Dyer – Love Chain
Dan Dyer(ltd edition early version)


Monday Morning Blues : Louvin Brothers Undercover

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Reviving the popular but sporadic Monday Morning Blues feature today with some Louvin Brothers songs and cover versions. The Lemonheads and Uncle Tupelo covering a couple of Louvin classics and bringing the circle all the way around with The Louvins covering the Carter Family as also covered by Johnny Cash.

If anyone has any suggestions, musical or otherwise, to help make the Monday Morning Blues a less sporadic feature here, feel free to send them my way at

The Louvin Brothers – Knoxville Girl
Buy When I Stop Dreaming : The Best Of
The Lemonheads – Knoxville Girl

Buy Car Button Cloth

The Louvin Brothers – The Great Atomic Power
Buy When I Stop Dreaming : The Best Of
Uncle Tupelo – The Great Atomic Power

Buy March 16-20, 1992

The Louvin Brothers – The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea
Buy When I Stop Dreaming : The Best Of
Johnny Cash – The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea

Buy Unchained

Monday Morning Blues : C.W. Stoneking

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Some new music today from C.W. Stoneking or maybe I should say new old music. The music could just as easily be from the deep south in the 20’s or 30’s but it’s not, it’s brand new music being made in the land down under in Melbourne, Australia. Stoneking has captured with such authenticity the gritty storytelling blues style of a time now long past that you’d swear Alan Lomax was there with his field recorder capturing it.

Born to American parents in Katherine, Northern Territory, in 1974, CW was raised in the Aboriginal community of Papunya, (about 240 km northwest of Alice Springs). After his parents separated early on, his musical father raised him whilst teaching in the settlements. “I used to hear a lot of records from my dad with a lot of the 60s vocal groups from the States and things like that. He used to sing tunes with the guitar for me at bedtime when I was very small, like ‘Candyman’, and ‘Froggie Went a’Courtin’.”
It wasn’t until after he moved to Balmain in Sydney aged 11 that Stoneking began learning guitar. His interest in the blues was sparked as a teenager after stumbling across some tapes of two country-blues legends; Blind Willie McTell and Memphis Minnie.

Be sure to catch one of his upcoming North American shows and experience it firsthand:
April 18th NEW YORK, Banjo Jim’s
April 19th ROSENDALE, Rosendale Cafe
April 20th NEW YORK, Rockwood Music Hall
April 21st PHILADELPHIA, Johnny Brendas
April 22nd, NEW YORK, Pete’s Candy Store
April 26th, TORONTO, Drake Hotel TBC

C.W. Stone King – Dodo Blues
C.W. Stone King – Goin’ The Country
Buy King Hokum


Monday Morning Blues (In The Night Time)

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Since my twelve hour work day today pretty kicked my butt sideways, upside down and backwards, our usual Monday Morning Blues feature today is ending more like Monday Night Blues. I’m really tired so lets get right to it.

MP3: Bob Dylan – Workingman Blues #2
Buy Modern Times

Monday Morning Blues : Live Southern Culture On The Skids

March 24, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Tapping the Live Music Archive today for a smoking hot down and dirty set from Southern Culture On The Skids to start your post Easter work week off with a kick.

Southern Culture On The Skids
11.18.06 Tractor Tavern Ballard, WA

Mojo Box
Voodoo Cadillac Blues
Nitty Gritty
White Trash
Corn Liquor
King of the Mountain
The Wetspot
House of Bamboo
Liquored Up and Lacquered Down
Cheap Motels
Biscuit Eater
Greenback Fly
Banana Pudding
Dirt Track Date
Daddy Was A Preacher But Momma Was A Go-Go Girl
Eight Piece Box
Camel Walk
Fight Fire
Soul City
The Great Atomic Power

the whole show as a zip

Monday Morning Blues : Drinking Away Your St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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What originally started as an Irish religious holiday back in the 17th century has now become one largest worldwide holiday celebrations of the year. St Patrick’s Day is when everyone gets to be Irish for a day, so put on your best green shirt, pour yourself a pint of Guinness and a shot of whiskey and join the party. Have fun and be safe.

John Lee Hooker – One Bourbon, One Scotch, And One Beer
Buy The Very Best Of
Slaid Cleaves – Horseshoe Lounge
Buy Broke Down
Memphis – Incredibly Drunk On Whiskey
Buy A Little Place In The Wilderness
Richard And Linda Thompson – Down Where The Drunkards Roll
Buy I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Chelsea Taube – Drunk And Not Not Married
More Chelsea Taube
Hogan’s Goat – Whiskey
Buy Good Intention Road
Uncle Tupelo – Whiskey Bottle
Buy No Depression
Theolonius Monk Straight, No Chaser
Buy Straight, No Chaser
Gillian Welch – Whiskey Girl
Buy Hell Among The Yearlings

Monday Morning Blues : You Think You Got Car Trouble…

March 10, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Cars and car troubles have had many a musician singing the blues, here’s just a small sampling for you today.

ZZ Top – She Loves My Automobile
Buy Deguello
The Rolling Stones – Black Limousine
Buy Tattoo You
Steve Miller Band – Mercury Blues
Buy Fly Like An Eagle
Violent Femmes – Gimme The Car
Buy Violent Femmes
The Clash – Brand New Cadillac
Buy London Calling
Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me
Buy The Great Twenty-Eight
Dave Edmunds – Dear Dad
Buy D. E. 7th
The Bottle Rockets – 1,000 Dollar Car
Buy The Brooklyn Side
Rosanne Cash – Black Cadillac
Buy Black Cadillac


Monday Morning Blues : 2nd Annual Deep Blues Festival July 18-20, 2008

March 3, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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The general philosophy here at Bag Of Songs is it’s all about supporting the music and the musicians and it’s always great to meet others who share that philosphy. Big thanks go out to Chris Johnson for tipping me off to this amazing event. The 2nd Annual Deep Blues Festival is musical labor of love that is all volunteer run and 100% of the proceeds go to the bands. Check out the incredible lineup of 45 bands happening over the three days. I’ve put together a random sample of just five of the artists for you here but you can explore more below as I’ve linked all of the bands to their respective sites in the schedule listing.

Gravel Road – Jesus On The Ward
Black Smokers – Bring Me Alcohol
Pearlene – I Thought You Knew
Bob Log III – Boob Scotch
Th’ Legendary Shack*Shackers- No Such Thing

Friday July 18
Richard Johnston Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early Black-Eyed Snakes T-Model Ford Silver Lion’s 20/20 Juke Joint Duo feat. Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm The Moaners Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Jawbone Chris Cotton Gravel Road .357 String Band Smokestack and the Foothill Fury The Bird Dogs CuzN Wildweed

Saturday July 19
Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers Black Diamond Heavies Dexter Romweber Duo Pat MacDonald Buffalo Killers Hillstomp Pearlene Charlie Parr Honkeyfinger Boogaloosa Prayer Those Poor Bastards Adam Posnak Pure Country Gold Illinois John Fever Blues Boy JAG

Sunday July 20
Bob Log III Scott H. Biram Scissormen Possessed By Paul James Left Lane Cruiser Tarbox Ramblers American Relay Mudlow Patrick Sweany Black Smokers John Schooley The Pack A.D. Cicada Omega The Dead Or Alives Luther The Devil

2nd Annual Deep Blues Festival
Fri – Sun, July 18-20, 2008 – 11:00am – 10:00pm
Washington County Fairgrounds – Lake Elmo, MN
Tickets on sale at

This festival celebrates the alternative and punk blues sound as well as the modern juke joint music of the Deep South with bands from 18 states as well as Italy, Australia, Canada, and the UK.

Due to the expansion and popularity of the festival, the new location is the Washington County Fairgrounds by Lake Elmo, on the East Side of Minneapolis/St Paul, MN. The bigger venue accommodates the additional acts and anticipated larger crowds. Two stages side by side allows for continuous music throughout the three days. Tickets are now on sale and this unique event is once again drawing music lovers from across the country and overseas including France, England, and Australia.

The Deep Blues sound connects the cutting edge and the future of the genre to the deepest roots of its past. Like the music of the great original blues artists, it is raw, immediate, unfiltered, authentic and entirely organic. The Deep Blues Festival represents a generation – or two – of
artists, who are part of a groundswell making its way to the mainstream, where signs of its influence are already visible.

The film festival, which features many music-related films, is free and open to the public at the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. Highlights include Max Shore’s “Hill Country Troubadour” and J.D. Wilke’s “Seven Signs.”

The Deep Blues Festival prides itself in being a “fan friendly” event.

Free parking, affordable ticket prices and concessions, no ticket service fees, and plenty of room for the fans are guaranteed.
A limited quantity of discount advance three day passes are available at the two festival
websites – and for $45.
Daily tickets will be available at the event for $30.
Under 21 are free, but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Gates open at 10:00 a.m, rain or shine.

Monday Morning Blues : John Barrett’s Bass Drum Of Death

February 25, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Something new to start your Monday off. Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, John Barrett’s Bass Drum Of Death consists of John Barrett playing an assortment of instruments himself- guitar, bass drum, vocals, shaker, tambourine, etc. It’s a raw, rootsy, footstomping, hand clapping, blend of music that’s as rooted in the traditional blues like Robert Johnson or Elmore James as it is in the current wave of artists like The White Stripes or The Black Keys.

John recorded these songs himself and is releasing them free via his myspace page as well as selling them on cassette at his live shows. Check out his myspace for some more and be sure catch him out playing live somewhere near you.

MP3: John Barrett’s Bass Drum Of Death – P Ghost
MP3: John Barrett’s Bass Drum Of Death – My Baby’s Layin In The Ground
MP3: John Barrett’s Bass Drum Of Death – Slow Eyes
More at Myspace

Upcoming Shows
Mar 6 2008 8:00P Juanita’s (w/ DM+HMU, MIDWEST CARAVAN, FRIENDLY FRIENDS) Little Rock, AK
Mar 7 2008 10:00P Springwater (w/ HAMMERTORCH, DM+HMU) Nashville, TN
Mar 8 2008 10:00P Go Bar (w/ DM+HMU) Athens, GA
Mar 9 2008 10:00P The Cave (w/ DM+HMU) Chapel Hill, NC
Mar 10 2008 10:00P Spazzatorium (w/ DM+HMU, TWANCE COP, SHAMS) Greenville, NC
Mar 11 2008 8:00P The Party Pit (early show w/ DM+HMU, MONUMENT) house party, Washington DC
Mar 11 2008 10:00P DC9 (w/ MIKAL EVANS) WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Mar 12 2008 9:00P Hullabaloo @ Matchless (w/ DM+HMU, 2 TBA) Brooklyn, NY
Mar 14 2008 10:00P Smog @ Bard College (w/ DM+HMU, FROG EYES) Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Mar 15 2008 10:00P Pete’s Candy Store (w/ DM+HMU, ANDY FRIEDMAN) Brooklyn, NY


Monday Morning Blues : The Red Hot Sounds of Eli "Paperboy" Reed and The True Loves

February 11, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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There’s a new R&B Soul revolution going on with the likes of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Ryan Shaw, Amy Winehouse and others being the current torchbearers. Well, you can add Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves to that evergrowing list, their new album Roll With You is being released April 29th on Q Division records and is sure to be an instant soul classic.

Eli Reed’s story:
Eli Reed grew up listening to his music critic father’s collection of gospel, blues, country, soul, and R&B records and eventually taught himself to play guitar, piano, and harmonica. Then, at age 18, he got a first-hand education when he moved to Clarksdale, MS, one of the birthplaces of the blues, in the North Mississippi Delta, where he sang and played guitar with various soul, R&B, and blues bands at local clubs, and received informal lessons in performing from legendary blues drummer Sam Carr.
“I learned a lot about singing because the audiences are very tough,” says Reed, whose has both a spine-tingling soul scream and a pleading falsetto in his vocal arsenal. “You really have to be on your game just to be able to last the night. If you’re going to perform for three or four hours, you’ve got to have stamina.” After spending nine months in Mississippi, Reed enrolled at the University of Chicago and got himself a gig singing and playing piano on the city’s South Side at a church run by former Chess Records’ soul singer-turned-minister Mitty Collier, using the $50 a week he earned to buy records for his college radio show.

In 2004, after a year of school, Reed returned to Boston and began to assemble the True Loves, which has undergone several line-up changes in the last three years, but now features Mike Montgomery (bass), Ryan Spraker (guitar), Paul Jones (tenor sax), Ben Jaffe (tenor sax), Patriq Moody (trumpet), and Andy Bauer (drums). Reed self-released an album of soul covers and originals, entitled Eli “Paperboy” Reed Sings Walkin’ and Talkin’ and the band played out all over the Northeast, earning glowing praise from the local press. The Boston Phoenix called Reed “a gifted young singer and guitarist,” while the Boston Globe raved about Reed’s “authentic and sincere music and vision,” calling him “a consummate musician.”

Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves – The Satisfier
(via The Phoenix)
Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves – Am I Wasting My Time
(via Spinner)
Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves – Take My Love With You
(via SXSW 2007)

Eli and his band bring their red hot show to Philadelphia this Thursday February 14th, for a Valentine’s Day blowout you and your honey won’t soon forget. So head on down to the M-Room and remember to bring your dancing shoes.

Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves with DJ Kyle {m} of Intensified! and Ten Commandmants
Thursday February 14th 8:00PM [BUY TICKETS]
The M-Room 15 W. Girard Ave Philadelphia PA

Upcoming Shows
Feb 14 2008 7:00P Listen to a live Eli “Paperboy” Reed show 7:00 PM on WFUV! New York, NY
Feb 14 2008 8:00P M Room Philadelphia, PA
Feb 16 2008 8:00P Union Hall Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
Mar 12 2008 8:00P TBA at SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 13 2008 3:00P Redeye Showcase at The Dirty Dog @ SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 13 2008 11:00P BMI Showcase at The Club Deville @ SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 14 2008 8:00P TBA at SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 15 2008 8:00P TBA at SXSW Austin, TX
Apr 5 2008 6:30P House of Blues Orlando w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Orlando, FL
Apr 6 2008 6:00P State Theater w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. St. Petersburg, FL
Apr 8 2008 6:00P Warehouse Live w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Houston, TX
Apr 9 2008 6:30P La Zona Rosa w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Austin, TX
Apr 10 2008 6:00P Plunkett Park @ U. of Oklahoma w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Edmond, OK
Apr 12 2008 7:00P Clubhouse w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Tempe, AZ
Apr 13 2008 6:00P House of Blues San Diego w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. San Diego, CA
Apr 14 2008 6:00P Glasshouse w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Pomona, CA
Apr 15 2008 8:00P TBA Los Angeles w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Los Angeles, CA


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