I don’t know how this happened but I’m really into country music at the moment. Well, not just any country music, more specifically that murky, grungy country sound. I think it started the first time I heard the True Blood opener, Jace Everette’s ’Bad Things‘ … ” When you came in the air went out … “. I swear I get a chill every time I hear that bluesy rift.
I’ve since discovered American singer songwriter, Bill Callahan, whose lo-tech sound I’ve completely fallen in love with. Not just any old regular love mind you, I’m talking about head over heels, where have you been all my days, can’t live without you L-O-V-E. It’s serious. Bill and I are definitely going steady.
His 3rd album released under his own name, Apocalypse, has been on repeat ( in between Kurt of course ) for a while now. Can not stop playing ‘Drover‘, probably my favourite track from this record.
Since my love affair with Bill started a few months ago I’ve begun checking out some of his earlier stuff and just when I thought I couldn’t fall any harder for this man, well… I did. Bill’s got a multitude of albums released under his band’s name, Smog, and I’m currently listening to ‘A River Ain’t too Much to Love’. Damn, it’s a great record. Some reviewers say that his music is dispassionate, somber and borderline suicidal, but when I hear it all I hear is soulful, authentic, beautiful music that I can close my eyes to and just get totally lost in.
And to me, that’s what makes great music.
Peace & Going Steady
PS Love this clip of ‘Rock Bottom Riser‘ from his ‘A River Ain’t Too Much Too Love’ album