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Track of the Day: Anchor in the Valley- It Takes Three Words

17 Jun
(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive, there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) it deserves, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands and their music a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artists by either attending a show or buying a record.)

I’ve always had a soft spot for for the ladies of country music, you have look no further then my random posting of a Dixie Chicks song a month ago, and well the fact that I named my car “Jolene” for proof, so when I received word that Anchor in the Valley had an album coming out on Friday I jumped at the chance to take a look at it.

Anchor in the Valley- It Takes Three Words

Verdict: When I previously wrote about Kelsey Waldon’s music I concentrated on the gospel and southern aspects of her sound, and though that remains in this new work, it somehow almost seems tropical. A 3 minute ballad about the actions of a man continually doing wrong, “It Takes Three Words” has an earthy tone to it, buffeted by a unrelenting steel guitar, with an acoustic guitar arrangement and backing vocals  that sound like they’re straight out of  Mancini soundtrack session. Waldon’s raw enthusiasm for her work really shines through on the track, and I for one look forward to seeing what the rest of the album has in store.

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Video Interview: Anchor in the Valley

24 Jul

Last night I caught after a short set in Addison, Kelsey Waldon of Kentucky’s Anchor in the Valley was kind enough to grant us a video interview. The quality isn’t the best (it was shot on my G1) and unfortunately is a second take, due to the audio being corrupted on the first go around, causing us to lose a rather fun exchange about Thin Lizzy, and her opinion on Dino’s Bar & Grill. Anyway here’s the interview.

On Monday I said Anchor in the Valley was  “a nice melding of gospel, and folk that local fans of Sarah Jaffe would enjoy”, and after seeing them perform live I stand by that. Waldon’s delicate voice mixes well with the old time instrumentalization. This is not quite the Delta, and not fully the Low Plains, the music skirts all around the south while remaining fresh at each turn. The original “Ballad for Modern Times”, and the cover of Neil Young‘s “Love is a Rose” are both excellent tracks, that I wish I had found earlier.

Anchor in the Valley- Ballad for Modern Times

Anchor in the Valley- Love is a Rose (Neil Young cover)

Rundown:7/20 to 7/26

20 Jul

I can’t believe they’re letting Martellus Bennett host the DOMAs, it’s a slightly worse idea then CGI Guinea Pigs who fight terrorist. Really anyone who has paid attention to this guys exploits on the net over the last year knows that this is a disaster waiting to happen. In fact let’s set some odds for what he might end up doing

Forget he’s only getting to do this because he get’s paid to play a kids game: 1-2

Mispronounce one of the band names:even

Say something incredulous that shows he’s sort of oblivious to the sacrifices of his forebears: 3-1

Unknowingly insult the guy who’s checks allow him to act like an over sized 12 year old with a brand new copy of “The Complete Chappelle’s Show”: 5-1

Insist he be allowed to perform a freestyle/skit: 5-1

Mispronounce two of the band names: 8-1

Rhyme “Romo” with “Homo”…again: 12-1

Have a clue who any of the performers are: 50-1

I know I sound like an ass for this, but as someone of a similar age, and back ground I feel I can say youth is no excuse for ignorance.

Anyway, time to talk music. It’s abit of a calm week, other then the DOMA’s & our show on Tuesday, and the rather awesome show at the Handsome Kitten on Friday.

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