In case you missed it over the weekend, we crowned Skeletons in the Piano as our Band of the Month for June 2012 after a tooth and nail fight with Killing Kuddles. I tell you the Band of the Year poll is gonna be a good one! Stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, we also unveiled our Featured Artists for July . We will have more on these great artists as the month progresses, but for now, check out the Featured Artist page to find out who the bands are and more about them.
As if that were not enough, we have a heck of a good shuffle to start the month off. Once again, we reached into our archives and come up with a cool mix of songs.
John Prine released his self-titled debut album in 1971. It’s an incredible selection of songs, which I highly recommend if you haven’t heard it or haven’t heard it in awhile. Prine has continued to make great music and write great songs. One of his all time best, and one of my all time favorites is the lovely, Angel from Montgomery. The song has been covered numerous times both live and on record by artists as diverse as Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, John Denver and Dave Matthews Band.
Here’s Prine and Emmylou Harris doing Angel from Montgomery live from Red Rocks.
Next up, we have the title-track from another debut album. Guitar Town the album was released in 1986, and established Steve Earle as part of the new breed of outsider country artists shaking up the establishment. Since this debut, Steve Earle has come through a battle with drug and alcohol addiction and made some records which have far transcended his country roots. Guitar Town for me remains a powerful record, and one I return to again and again.
Next, we have another title track. This one from power-pop master Matthew Sweet’s third album – the break-through Girlfriend.
And finally, we have a song that appeared on the debut EP and in a different version on the debut album by Welsh rockers, The Alarm. The Stand is influenced by the Stephen King novel of the same name. I was a huge Stephen King fan as a teenager, and The Stand was probably my favorite novel of his at that time. So, hearing this song for the first time on MTV made a huge impact on me.