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Notes From the Porch

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A few notes from the porch this morning….

The Infamous Stringdusters‘ new album “Things that Fly” keeps the band rolling at their current pace. The usual “Strinduster” sound here. Two cuts from the album this morning including The Deputy and You Can’t Stop the Changes.

The Kentucky Colonels were sooooooo good! Clarence White was absolutely one of the greatest guitar players ever to pick the strings. I’m spinning a cut from the album “Long Journey Home” called Brakeman’s Blues.

Tyler Grants‘ new album “Up the Neck” would be a great addition to your library. Great instrumental work here! I’m spreading some cuts out across the show this morning including Funky Boulder and Bill Frissell. It’s Tyler’s second solo effort.

Logan Oakley thinks that Born to Be with You by JD Crowe is the best bluegrass song he’s ever heard. You can hear it for yourself on the album”Blackjack”.

Lemme just say now that I love Lightnin’ Hopkins!

Three cuts this morning from the John Prine tribute album “Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows” including Far From Me by Justin Townes Earle, Mexican Home by Josh Ritter and The Late John Garfield Blues by Sara Watkins… and why not a cut from Prine himself, huh? Hey, the artists on this album do a good job placing their own definitions on the classic Prine penned songs.

John Mellencamp continues to distance himself from the past pop sound he’s known for. His upcoming album “No Better Than This” has me sold on the new sound. I’m spinning Thinking About You and enjoying the new stripped down, earthy and gritty sound. The album hits the shelves August 3rd… seriously, go give a listen!

And a little Darrell Scott and Memory Like Mine live from Folk Alley.

~ John McMillen

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