A Few More For The Blogroll

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It’s time to bulk up the blogroll a bit – let’s start with When You Awake, self-described as “our ode to country life as well as a chronicle of the current indie country/folk/rock and roll/roots scenes in LA, New York, and any place where people listen to songs that tell stories.” Lots of videos (two Emmylou duets right now), a podcast (scroll all the way down), and even a style section!

Next up, take a look at Star Maker Machine, a group blog with a twist: each week there’s a different theme, and contributors (who include Paul from Setting the Woods on Fire and Ramone666 from For the Sake of the Song) post a song that fits the theme. Last week songs had to have the word “one” in the title, and postings ranged from George Jones to Funkadelic to Three Dog Night. This week – songs released in 1989.

Finally, Amanda sends us Flop Eared Mule all the way from Australia. Amanda’s observing Leonard Cohen week – if you’ve never heard him sing Red River Valley, this is your chance.

For today’s video I bring you Phosphorescent lead singer Matthew Houck doing a stunning cover of Lucinda Williams’s Big Red Sun Blues. For a lot more music (most of it from their new CD of Willie Nelson covers), visit the band’s MySpace page: you’ll find their tour schedule there as well. My Boston/Cambridge readers can catch them at The Middle East on February 27.

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