Music for the Day 3/20

It’s Friday. Here’s the music, you can make it.

Rising Appalachia (NPR Tiny Desk) Rising Appalachia. These two sisters are making incredible music. Rage Against the Machine meets a traditional revival meets a Green Peace poetry slam. They are awesome.

Molly Tuttle & Billy Strings – To Lay Me Down (Live, Greyfox Festival 2018) Molly Tuttle and Billy Strings making their triumphant return to the email! We’re going for soothing sounds here today. Let’s ease into this weekend.

Mandolin Orange (NPR Tiny Desk) Another NPR Tiny Desk! Mandolin Orange bringing the weighted blanket with this one. Butter on pancakes.

Dawes – May All Your Favorite Bands Stay Together Dawes playing music from a room in London. A song my dad sent me last year that I never get tired of hearing. May All Your Favorite Bands Stay Together. A great song and one of the nicest things you can say to someone.

The Allman Brothers Band – Little Martha Little Martha. One of the last songs ever recorded by Duane Allman before his motorcycle brought him face to face with a peach truck on a Georgia highway (Eat a peach). For perspective here, Duane was 24 when he died and is still considered one of the greatest guitarists of all-time. 24. This one sounds like Spring.

Greensky Bluegrass – Ryder’s Song Dovetailing off of “songs that sound like Spring” is Ryder’s Song. Featuring a cello, dobro, and a recording of morning birdsong in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Feels nice, right?

Todd Snider – Talking Reality Television Blues Now we pivot towards the evergreen Todd Snider. There’s about 50 good ones to choose from, but this one seems more topical. Talking Reality Television Blues. If you like this, I implore you to listen to his live album, “Near Truths and Hotel Rooms”. An endless well of good music.
John Prine – That’s the Way the World Goes ‘Round John Prine making us all feel a little less kooky today. “That’s the way that the world goes ’round, you’re up one day, the next you’re down, half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown, that’s the way that the world goes round”. John Prine is the legendary flag bearer for the Chicago folk scene and yes, all of his songs are this good.
The Beatles (Live from the rooftop, 1/30/1969) The final performance by The Beatles, up on the rooftop. Would hate to have been the police officer who had the job of breaking this up.
The Grateful Dead – One More Saturday Night (London, 5/26/72) Rounding us out is One More Saturday Night by the Dead. This one’s from the Europe ’72 live album (and my favorite). “Don’t worry about tomorrow, lord, you’ll know it when it comes.”


Happy weekend. Avoid the bookings, take care, and go outside!

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