Nuggets 181 – Country + Western 7

Nuggets 181 - Country   Western 7


Loving Brother Pacific. Very tight playing in the big guitar alt country style. Visit Bandcamp to pick up their latest EP for free.

One of Charles Louvin’s last albums was called Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs. This song wasn’t on the disk, but it ought to have been, a bloody tale of gynaecide. Its a song he used to sing with his brother, here Will Oldham aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy fills in. Nick Cave covered this song.

Jim Sullivan was abducted by aliens, but before he went, he made this album. His songs remind me of old film noir, run down motels and deserts. Hence the Glen Campbell track. See the video below.

Brown Rice do Neil Young with girly voices and tom tom drums. My guilty pleasure.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore sings Mack the knife like no other. This is from the soundtrack to French prison flick A Prophet that looks good. Gilmore was last seen in The Big Lebowski as a bowler named Smokey. I see that the The Psychedelic Furs covered the song, must track it down.

Lucinda Williams has a very distinctive voice, salty and sexy. I like the way her voice has changed over the years, getting sexier by the album. Here are 2 tracks from her second album, Happy Woman Blues (the first with her own songs) then 1 track from Essence, an album released 21 years later.

Gene Parsons is a mean banjo player. It reminds me of my year in Ohio in the 1980’s and banjo picking at Indian Summer festivals. Bill Murray is another banjo lover.

The picture is of Chief Running Rabbit of the Siksika Nation.

Nearly all tracks up…


Nuggets 123 – Country + Western

Nuggets 123 - Country + Western

Can I play with your gun?


This is going back aways. I emailed these comments around at the time…

1. Holy – Mariachi El Bronx – Mexican punks go back to their Mariachi roots to good effect

2. Mucho Mongo – The Walkmen – nuff said, love these guys, here performing a MexTex standard.

3. With You – Seapony – loopy and fun. Get more from

4. Can’t Hardly Wait – Justin Townes Earle – yes I have featured this song before, but last time it was a live cut, here is the studio version.

5. Only as the Day Is Long – Sera Cahoone

6. Gotta Cheer Up – Cotton Jones

7. Out Like Bats – Tu Fawning – Love their sound. Buy their music at

8. Bricks of our Home – The Cave Singers. 2nd outing on a mix. Alt country

9. Lone Star – Mirah – loopy yet infectious song.

10. Dust Me Off – Tilly and the Wall – tap dancing and vocorder – fun. Came to Auckland last year in the silly season (late December)

11 By the Dethbridge in Lethbridge we’ll make it out someday – The Rural Alberta Advantage – I thought this band was a bit gimmicky, but the Walkman-esque next track made me give them a second look.

12. Sleep All Day – The Rural Alberta Advantage

13. Louisiana – The Walkmen

14. Suerte – Jóvenes y Sexes – was to be a treat on my 2nd Mexican compilation, but moved it here as it fitted in – LoFi chanteuse and guy with big hair.

15. Bride and Groom Hot Air Balloon Hop Along, Queen Ansleis – more loopiness – oddly engaging as a wedding takes a turn for the worse.

16. As You Wish – Aqueduct – if they made Saw into a musical, this would be perfect for the soundtrack.

17. Spring Jam – Alex Bleeker and The Freaks – the man – Mr Low Fi himself (plays in Real Estate, mates with the guy who is Ducktales etc) here jamming with his friends.

18. Time Wastin’ Woman – The Frowning Clowns – rockabilly

19. Go East Le Loup – OK – it should be go West but this will have to do.

20. On the Low – Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions – can’t get enough of her voice.

21. Strange Love – Sonny and the Sunsets – punky alt guitar

22. Wide eyes – Local Natives – tuneful as hell

23. Take Me As I Am – Au Revoir Simone – Not French but American.