Jan. 17, 2013 - Issue #900: The ongoing musical evolution of Hannah Georgas
J R Shore
Multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter JR Shore is set for the release of his latest album, State Theatre, which continues on in the vein of his trademark soulful blues-folk style, with a bonus disc of covers included. Before taking the stage in Edmonton this Friday, Shore shared his soundtrack picks with Vue.
Morning: The morning wake-up is a delicate balance between what's inspiring enough to get you out of bed, but not so in-your-face, forcing you to hide under the covers. Chatham County Line's album IV starts off with that perfect balance with the song "Chip of a Star," and gets better from there.
Noon: Lunch with my son has a regular soundtrack to keep us yipping and yapping during meals. A vintage copy of Disney's Country Bears is our current fave. With classics like "Mama Don't Whip Little Buford," how can you go wrong?
Night: Kids are asleep. The day is done. It's time to settle into Richard (Dickey) Betts' album Highway Call. Chuck Leavell and Vassar Clements knock your socks off from start to finish, just in time to catch some shut eye.
On the road
Morning: Mornings need a bit more of a kick-start on the road. A lot of the time it's a get-up-and-go scenario. A good strong coffee and a funky soundtrack get the day cooking bright and early. Dr John's new one, Locked Down is just what the Good Doctor ordered for watching the sun rise over the highway.
Noon: By midday, the brain is ready for one of the great tunesmiths of today. Todd Snider's Excitement Plan is cued up and ready to roll. Combine one of the greatest baseball songs ever written (about Dock Ellis's no-hitter under the influence of LSD) and a duet with Loretta Lynn, and you're hitting your destination before you can say, "Hot damn, this album is fine."
Night: This is getting serious now. If you haven't pulled over for the night and are still a good ways away from your destination, it's time to pull out the big guns. Bob Dylan and the Band's Before the Flood brings you some of the greatest songs ever written, performed with the energy of their prime years. Being able to sing along with every word can be critical at this point in a drive, and this album is happy to oblige. V
Fri, Jan 18 (8 pm)
With Scott Cook
Haven Social Club, $12 (advance), $15 (door)
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