TwangriLa Podcast Number 4: Crazy About Country Music
Committed To Parkview – The Highwaymen
The Rubber Room – Porter Wagoner
When Walter Went Crazy – Drive By Truckers
Crazy Mary – Victoria Williams
Crazy Baby – The Blasters
I’ve Always Been Crazy – Waylon Jennings
Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues – The Kinks
Some Depression – Kasey Anderson And The Honkies
No Depression – Uncle Tupelo
Desperate And Depressed – Margo Price
I’m Looking For My Mind – Merle Haggard
Out Of My Mind – Nikki Lane
Psycho – Eddie Noack
Zoloft – Drive By Truckers

TwangriLa Podcast Number 5: Everyday I Got The Booze – The Drinking Edition
Drink Up And Be Somebody – Merle Haggard
Nobody Up Drinking (But Us) – Hard Pans
If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will) – George Jones
Why Henry Drinks – The Drive By Truckers
Let’s All Go To The Bar – Deer Tick
I’ll Never Drink Again – The Far West
Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You – John Prine
Reason I’m Drinking – Country Lips
Drink ‘Till We’re Gone – Lucero
Don’t Come Home-A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) – Loretta Lynn
Hurtin’ (On The Bottle) – Margo Price
Haze Of Drink – Slobberbone
Drinking And Driving – The Business
DUI Or Die – Those Darlins
Another Bender Might Break Me – Hellbound Glory
Many Happy Hangovers To You – Karling Abbeygate

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Jason James is in the next wave of great traditional country artists. You’ve all heard of Simpson, Childers, Jinks, Cauthen, Crockett, etc. You’re gonna have to add another name to that list and that name is Jason James. This is tear in my beer country that is praise worthy for it’s authenticity. This is Texas dance hall music that is timeless. And I can’t wait to listen to the whole shebang one more time. 


Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
I have been listening to this for the better part of a week and I have come to a conclusion: This is sublime. Yes, I said sublime, which is a word I don’t normally use. In this case, a word of this caliber is warranted. In the past two years, Billy Strings has gone from a regional star to being on the cusp of “making it big”. All of his concerts sell out very quickly, which means he will need to play bigger rooms to accommodate the legions of Strings fans.


Jason James is in the next generation carrying on the great honky tonk tradition. He writes and performs his own original music and really keeps his music full of integrity and honesty. He is also a tireless performer. And by the way, his new album, Seems Like Tears Ago, came out on October 4th. We really hit off well and I definitely made a new friend. We talk about music, barbeque, waking up in a strange hotel, and many other interesting topics.
JJ – Jason James                                         TL – TwangriLa
TL: I’m speaking with Jason James from Texas City, Texas down in the Gulf of Mexico. I hope you made it through the storm okay. (more…)

He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
Leslie Anne Levine – The Decemberists
Waitin’ Around To Die – Townes Van Zandt
Tecumseh Valley – Townes Van Zandt
Dress Rehearsal Rag – Leonard Cohen
Cryin’ Time – Buck Owens
The Man Who Couldn’t Cry – Johnny Cash
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Misguided Angel – The Cowboy Junkies
Sing Me Back Home – Merle Haggard
Women’s Prison – Loretta Lynn
Sweet Side – Lucinda Williams
The Card Cheat – The Clash
El Paso – Marty Robbins
Seven Spanish Angels – Willie Nelson & Ray Charles


Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
I was excited to begin with because I have never seen Creedence and I wanted to see the performers perform the songs that were, and still are, the soundtrack to my life. Every time I hear certain Creedence songs, I immediately go back to a particular moment in time when that song was playing. Be it carpool, baseball practice, the beach, or just listening to the radio, these songs have a profound impact on me.


Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

I have had trouble before articulating, in writing, the style(s) of a particular artist. I am truly at a loss when it comes to Jason Hawk Harris’s “Love & The Dark”. It has at least 31 flavors, if not more. It’s country as all get out but it has some great rock and roll sensibilities that won’t alienate the people that say they “don’t like country”. There is also a very whimsical, almost Broadway show feel to it that I rarely hear when I am listening to a country record. Some of the cord changes and instrumentation is not the traditional country inventory of instruments and arrangements. (more…)

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
When you think of Minnesota and music, southern rock doesn’t immediately come to mind. What does come to mind are seminal post punk bands like The Replacements, Huusker Du, and Soul Asylum. And those noisy Amphetamine Reptile bands like the Cows and Babes In Toyland. Maybe the musical landscape in Minneapolis is changing and The Plott Hounds are making it happen. Their mix of country infused southern rock is just what Minneapolis ordered. 


Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
Wow. What a comforting voice! This voice warms me like a blanket on a cold night. This songs all hit me in my wheelhouse. Very spacey and heavenly music to go along with some absolutely soul-inspiring vocals. These songs walk the tight rope between pop and edgy. This is pop with some teeth and some muscle. It isn’t some watered down version of music . This IS music. (more…)