Rank #1: Ep398 Brandi Carlile
Calvin plays a double shot of the new album from Brandi Carlile. Calvin also features Bettye LaVette’s new Bob Dylan cover album. Plus you’ll hear the new country rock album from Sam Morrow, the new Kacey Musgraves album, and the new blue-eyed soul album from Anderson East. There’s also some classic gospel from Marie Knight and the new country rock album from Sarah Shook and the Disarmers.
Rank #2: Ep238 Ryan Bingham tattoos his soul
Ryan Bingham plays tracks from Fear And Saturday Night and talks about playing the dive bars, finding success, and how he met his wife. This week I’ve got a cut from that posthumous Pops Staples album man it will take you back to the 60’s. I got a road tune from Justin Mather. a jumpin' string band tune from Spuyten Duyvil, a Bob Wills tribute from Asleep At The Wheel and Lyle Lovett, a knock out vocal track from Rhiannon Giddens, a sad song from Gurf Morlix, rock & roll from Liz Longley, and a going home song from American Aquarium.
Rank #3: Corb Lund turns loose of the reins (Ep274)
Corb Lund plays tracks from Things That Can’t Be Undone and talks about growing up on a ranch in Alberta and his “vaguely romantic” song. Also on this week’s episode, I’ve got another track from the live Drive-by Trucker’s album, new blues from jim Lauderdale, rock from Dash Rip Rock, and rock & roll from Chuck Prophet.
Rank #5: Dale Watson supports his trucking habit by playing music (Ep256)
Dale Watson plays tracks from Call Me Insane and drives down I-35 while talking about Lloyd Maines, covering Tony Joe White, and his Jimmy Kimmel gig. I’ve also got the new album from Jason Isbell and it’s fantastic. I’m also real excited to share with you the Bow Thayer jam band album and the new cajun honky-tonk album from Kevin Sekhani. I’ve also got more tracks from Amy Black, Shiny Ribs, and Eilen Jewell. And finally I’ve got a very old recording of Lead Belly queued up just for you on this two hour episode of the show.
Rank #6: Ep#210 The Mavericks as ‘almost blood brothers’
Robert Reynolds plays tracks from The Mavericks' In Time, tells the story of how he and Raul Malo started the band and their link to the past. Also on this episode, blues rock from Sean Chambers, country blues from Sarah Levecque, a beautiful ballad from Reed Foehl, country rock from Cory Branan, blues from Marcia Ball, bluegrass from Town Mountain, road music from Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes.
Rank #8: Ep386 Chris Stapleton
On this week’s episode Calvin is featuring a double shot of that new Chris Stapleton album that everyone is talking about. Plus you’ll hear another track from Grayson Capps new southern rock album. There’s also more new music from Matt Patershuk, The Hot Texas Swing Band, Sammy Kershaw, Laura Benitez, and Lee Ann Womack covering a classic soul tune.
Rank #10: Slaid Cleaves
Slaid Cleaves plays three tracks from Still Fighting The War and talks about Operation Homefront, growing up with Rod Picott, writing songs about blue collar folk, and song writing challenges.
Plus experimental folk rock from The Wood Brothers, old school Piedmont blues from Hans Theessink, country rock from Michael and the Lonesome Playboys, Tex-Mex punk from The Piñata Protest, swamp rock from JJ Grey and Mofro, rock and roll from Switchback, and a soulful Paul McCartney cover from the McCrary Sisters.
Rank #11: Aubrie Sellers goes all electric on New City Blues (Ep297)
Aubrie Sellers plays tracks from New City Blues and talks about getting her first guitar at 13, writing with Adam Wright, and her “garage country” sound. Also on this episode, I’ve got the new James Houlihan album and more new music from Rod Melancon, Darrell Scott, Reagan Boggs, Margo Price, Dave Insley, and an extended Allman Brothers Band jam.
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Rank #12: Ep#209 Dom Flemons goes backward up the hill
Dom Flemons plays tracks from Prospect Hill and talks about the Music Maker Relief Foundation and southern black fife & drums. Also on this episode, blues rock from AC Myles, country rock from Cory Branan, heartland rock from Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, blues from Elvin Bishop, trippy feel-good rock from The New American Farmers, honkytonk from Matt Hillyer, and a beautiful ballad from Greg Trooper.
Rank #14: R.B. Stone writes head songs and heart songs (Ep291)
R.B. Stone plays tracks from Some Call It Freedom and talks about how he learned to play guitar on a ranch in Colorado and about his songwriting philosophy. On this week’s episode I’ve got the new gothic rock album from Lincoln Durham, some beautiful border music from Carrie Rodriguez, and some top notch songwriting from Robbie Fulks. I’ve also got new music from Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst, Corin Raymond, Grant-Lee Phillips, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, and Lucinda Williams.
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Rank #15: The Honeycutters keep On The Ropes relaxed and conversational (Ep304)
Amanda Anne Platt of The Honeycutters plays tracks from On The Ropes,and talks about West Asheville, and listening to conversations from a songwriter’s perspective. Also on this episode, the new Sara Watkins album, R&B from the Bo-Keys, in-your-face soul from Andre Williams, rock from the Hard Working Americans, the new Ana Egge album, and another extended Allman Brothers jam.
Rank #16: Ep247 Eilen Jewell returns to small town life
Eilen Jewell plays three tracks from her Sundown Over Ghost Town album, talks about returning to Boise, and the new member of their lineup. Also on this episode, brand new soul music from Beth McKee. A really nice debut from a band out of Asheville called Tellico. New rock & roll from Dan Montgomery. Another track from that knock out Alabama Shakes album. We’ve also got new California country from Grant Langston, A new string band tune from April Verch, another southern rock track from Jimbo Mathus and a lot more in this two hour episode.
Rank #18: Whitney Rose learns to be a “musician to the bone” (Ep265)
Whitney Rose plays tracks from Heartbreaker Of The Year and talks about her gypsy spirit, listening to her grandparents music, and working with Raul Malo.
Also on this episode, I’ve got the new album from Kevin Gordon and it’s fantastic. I’ve also got some amazing twangy and beautiful rock & roll from Michael Rank and Heather McEntire. I’ve also got new music from The Pollies, Randall Bramblett, Jason Boland, Shemekia Copeland, the Bottle Rockets, and the Legendary Shack Shakers on this two hour episode of the show.
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Rank #20: Milagro Saints experiment with a new cosmic americana sound (Ep307)
The Milagro Saints join Calvin in studio to play tracks from Stranger Times and to discuss Woody Guthrie’s relevance today and their musical experiments.
Also on this episode I’ve got the new soul album from Bonnie Bishop, which makes me very happy. I’ve also got new music from NewTown, Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer, The Everydays, and Demos Papadimas. I’ve also got more tracks from Andre Williams, Tony Joe White, Jeff Turmes, Clint Morgan, and the The Felice Brothers.