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Playlist 19.11.12

Stuart Bailie | 17:19 UK time, Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons were two of the most beautifully met
voices in popular music. He was a southern boy from an affluent but
dysfunctional background, fated to hang out with Keith Richards and to
die from a drugs mishap at the Joshua Tree Inn in 1973. His tour
manager tried to burn the body in the desert and while there was a
hint of glamour in his life, it was also tough on the survivors. Gram
is redeemed because his music was sweetly wracked and the songs are
beyond time.

Emmylou was born into a military family and was singing folk music
when she was spotted by Gram's friend Chris Hillman in a Washington DC
club. She joined Parsons with the Fallen Angels and they recorded two
impeccable albums, 'GP' and 'Grievous Angel'. Gram encouraged his
protégée to listen to the Appalachian harmonies of acts like the
Louvin Brothers and she responded intensely on 'We'll Sweep Out The
Ashes', 'Love Hurts' and 'Return Of The Grievous Angel'. Later she
sang his memory home on 'Boulder To Birmingham' and the heartache is

First Aid Kit are Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg. Their
current album 'The Lion's Roar' is an impressive collection of
left-field Americana, aided by Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers.
They have a song called 'Emmylou' that seeks out an unquenchable love,
like in one of those old songs. "You'll be my Gram and Johnny too,"
they croon in unison. Nothing like setting your sights high.

Dan Penn - Come Into My Heart (Ace)
Our Krypton Son - This Jealous Heart (Small Town America)
The Jim Jones Review - Where Da Money Go? (PIAS)
Don Covay - Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (Ace)
Calexico - Puerto (City Slang)
First Aid Kit - Emmylou (Wichita)
Ben Kweller - Free (Noise)
The Would Be's - Let's Play Dumb (Fifa)
Little Walter - Oh Baby (Chess)
The Bonnevilles - Machine Born To Think (Twenty Stone Blatt)
Sinkane - Runnin' (City Slang)
Jesse Boykins III - I'm New Here (Ninja Tune)

Free - My Brother Jake (Rhino)
The Raveonettes - She Owns The Streets (Beat Dies)
Cat Power -Silent Machine (Matador)
Rosie Carney - I Won't Let You Fall (white)
Dawes - If I Wanted Someone (Loose)
Duke Special - How I Learned To Love The Sun (Adventures In Gramophone)
Alex Dingley - Cats Eyes (Too Pure)
Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale - It Hurts Me ((New West)
Our Krypton Son - Twitch (Small Town America)
Wanda Jackson - California Stars (Sugar Hill)
Rams' Pocket Radio - Love Is A Bitter Thing (white)
Atoms For Peace - What The Eyeballs Did (XL)
Sinkane - Jeeper Creeper (City Slang)


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