Billy Bragg – “Moving the Goalposts”

Year: 1991

Album: Don’t Try This at Home

We all know Billy Bragg can write a good protest song, but his ballads are so lovely and underrated. I can only think of Bob Dylan who can do so much with so little. “I put on my raincoat to make it rain / And sure enough the skies opened up again.”

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Playlist: 15 Songs For August 2012 (Via Spotify) – Special Folk Edition!

This month has a special edition of 15 Songs via Spotify. All of August I was on a folk kick that I’m still on. This playlist is a mix of all the great folk songs, both old and new, that I’ve been playing all month (Yes, there will be Bob Dylan).

Here are my 15 songs for August 2012.

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Playlist: Americana Driving Music

I’m going to cheat a little bit for this playlist.  Some of the songs here are not from American musicians and not all the songs are what I consider to be Americana music.  However, what all these songs have in common is that they are all great songs to go driving to when surrounded by nature.  If it’s rainy, sunny, cloudy, or any other type of weather, I find that these songs have a kind of clarity in them that make you see your surroundings more and the music fits with the scenery.

Wilco – “Either Way”

Bob Dylan – “Workingman’s Blues #2”

The Band – “The Weight”

Counting Crows – “Friend of the Devil”

The Head and the Heart – “Down in the Valley”

Ryan Adams – “Oh My Sweet Carolina”

Ryan Adams – “Dear John (Follow The Lights EP version)

Billy Bragg and Wilco – “Birds and Ships”

The Decemberist – “The Crane Wife 3”

Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”

Neil Young – “After The Gold Rush”

Nic Jones – “Canadee – I – O”

Bob Dylan – “Girl From The North Country”

Herbie Hancock – “River”

Wilco – “Jesus, Etc.”

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “Codeine”

You’ll find that all these songs fit nicely with the songs I enjoy driving down to Bloomington to.

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