I’ve lost count of the amount of times I wrote “Produced by Dan Auerbach” here when describing an album. Yola‘s “Stand For Myself” is another of those. Her debut record, “Walk Through Fire”, was gaining serious traction when the pandemic hit, robbing her of well deserved high profile shows and festival slots – but not for long. Fresh off a Newport Folk Festival slot, this might be the possible songwriter’s dream summer.
Garrett T. Capps. Photo by Knelis / TakeRoot
It’s midnight in Groningen. It’s the end of an abnormally warm November saturday and it should also have been the end of an eight hour marathon of roots and americana across six rooms in the De Oosterpoort complex. But Garrett T. Capps and his NASA Country have different ideas. Suddenly, a “curfew” seems like a malleable concept as fellow Texans Robert Ellis and James Steinle join the band on stage for a sprawling and ecstatic “Born in San Antone” and a version of the classic “She’s About a Mover”, penned by San Antonio’s very own Doug Sahm. Capps seems comfortable as the frontman to a 21st century version of the mighty Texas Tornados, powered by a strong rhythm section and an unusual synth that takes his brand of Americana to another dimension. I’ve been calling it krautcountry after seeing them in Paradiso’s small room in the same evening as Faust and Camera, and you should too.
The Grote Zaal of De Oosterpoort during the 2018′s TakeRoot festival.
Coming of age in the era of MySpace meant stumbling into a lot of “A little bit of everything, except country and rap” on your fellow scenester’s profiles. Fast forward some 15 years, and there’s a rapper headlining your favorite indie festival, much to the disgust of a few folks who haven’t grown from their proud everything-except-country-and-rap pedestal. But most young alternative Europeans still look at country music with the same disgusted look that your aunt made the first time she stumbled upon a 50 Cent music video.
Our favorite Texas Piano Man is back! At this point we’ve featured almost half of Robert Ellis’ new record on this playlist, and deservedly so. Plus: new songs by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Hayes Carll, John Paul White, Damien Jurado, A.A. Bondy, The Cactus Blossoms, Hexvessel, Conan Osiris, Jessie Ware, Alice Phoebe Lou, Wye Oak, Weyes Blood, Jenny Lewis, Lola Kirke, Emily Scott Robinson, Leyla McCalla, Amy McCarley, Okey Dokey & Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Broken Social Scene, and George Strait.
First of all, sorry for the delay. We have fallen in love with the new Jards Macalé record and we hope that you do too. We also have new songs from Many Rooms, Fontaines D.C., Cass McCombs, Robert Ellis, Caroline Spence, Quaker City Night Hawks, Deer Tick, The Avett Brothers, The Felice Brothers, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Spielbergs, Rustin Man, Nico LaOnda, Patti Smith, Michael Chapman, Jessica Pratt, Lily & Madeleine, Ryan Bingham, Adam Ostrar and Mandolin Orange.