Monday, April 17, 2006

Dark and weary, not down and out

I had Monday off and after a very warm, make that down right hot weekend, I was looking forward to a day off of messing around in the garden, brewing up a batch of beer, and generally doin' whatever pleased me.

Well the thermometer dropped 20 degrees and it's been dark and raining all day.

Fitting, I suppose. It is Tax Day here in the U.S., we won't discuss that subject here. I seem to pay an outrageous amount of taxes, and I'm not at all happy with how it has been squandered by that gang of thieves in D.C.

It's also the 100th anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. I thought about featuring some Enrico Caruso on the Bus today. He was the most popular singer of the time in 1906 and had given a concert with the Metropolitan Opera in San Francisco the night before the quake hit. He had to stay in one of the tent compounds set up on the hills above the burning city for a couple weeks. I'm just not in the mood for opera very often.

I opted to go with the weather as my guide to today's selections.

The South Austin Jug Band are from, well, south Austin, but they aren't a jug band. They are a band that is getting a lot of well deserved recognition. Voted "Best New Band" at Telluride 2003, "Best Bluegrass Band" at the 2005 Austin Music Awards, and a European tour last summer. Check out their website for tour dates and CDs.

Tres Chicas are Lynn Blakey, Caitlin Cary and Tonya Lamm. The three friends perform some of the sweetest three part harmonies you're likely to hear from three women today. Their "Sweetwater" CD was one of the Top 10 Country Records of 2004 at

South Austin Jug Band - Dark and Weary World.mp3

Tres Chicas - Sweetwater.mp3


Blogger countrygrrl said...

hey glad you are giving both these fab bands a big mention...i love the chicas and of course the jug band with their great lyrics...i have been listening to loads of old countrry and like how so much of the new stuff isn't too far removed.

April 18, 2006 1:47 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good point, as usual, Countrygrrl. There are a load of excellent bands out there keeping the tradition moving on.

April 18, 2006 2:40 PM  

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