Here’s a new monthly tradition that I would like to start. Every month I’ll make a playlist, courtesy of Spotify, and I’ll share it with ya’ll. These playlist consist of fifteen songs that I have enjoyed over the month. Some of these are new songs, others are classics, and everything else is just whatever I was into this month.
Here’s my 15 songs for February 2012.
P.S. Thank you mattneric for showing me how to do this.
Ryan Adams at the Louisville Palace Monday night was a special show – a solo acoustic show that was both powerful and entertaining. He performed his songs passionately, and in between songs he interacted with the audience with his dark humor and wit. Throughout the show he had issues with his guitar tuning, pointing out that he had let Sonic Youth borrow his guitar the night before. Ryan was charmingly cynical about his work and poked fun at his lack of “happy songs”. When he introduced his songs he would start by saying stuff like, “This is a protest song…about happiness”, or, “This is another song about my feelings.”
The songs played were from various points from Adams’s career, mostly from his solo beginnings with Heartbreaker and Gold and from his most recent Ashes & Fire. His old songs still sounded great in various acoustic and piano renditions, and the new tracks off of Ashes & Fire already sound like classics. Notable highlights included a slow piano rendition of “New York, New York”, an unexpectedly folky rendition of “Two”, a crowd sing-a-long to fan favorite “Come Pick Me Up”, and a faithful cover of Alice In Chains’s “Nutshell”.
Here’s the set list.
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Ashes & Fire
If I Am A Stranger
My Winding Wheel
Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st)
Let It Ride
Chains of Love
Please Do Not Let Me Go
Crossed Out Name
New York, New York
This House Is Not For Sale
16 Days (Whiskeytown)
Come Pick Me Up
Nutshell (Alice In Chains cover)
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.