Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Monday night going? It’s a rough week in the world so I think we all might need a little music to help us through the week. Lucky for me (and you!) the weekly Spotify Discover playlist came out today. If you haven’t taken advantage of this playlist on Spotify then stop right here and go find it! Every week the app will pull together a playlist of recommended songs based off of what you listened to the week before. This week a song that I wish I had known about years ago was on it. Do you know “Look at Miss Ohio” by Gillian Welch? If you don’t listen here,
Oh Hart Beat. You know that feeling when you meet someone and you just can’t get enough of them? You want to see them in the morning, you text them all day and then when you see them it’s just rainbows and cupcakes over and over again. Well, tonight that feeling will come to you via Hart Beat and via the amazing artist Shakey Graves.
I came across Shakey Graves aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia on my internet wanderings and now I can’t get enough of him. The Texan artist has been on the scene for a few years now and I can’t believe this is the first I’m hearing his music. According to critics, the one man act Shakey Graces plays “unique blues-infused flapicking style with a voice that can flicker from a fragile whisper to a startling howl.:
Unfortunetly, Shakey Graves is another one of those artists who has not made the way to Spotify. This really bums me out because all I want to do on my morning commute is listen to his amazing voice and obsessive beat. Hey Mr. Rose-Garcia, help a girl out and put some tracks on there please?
I hope you like Shakey Graves as much as I do and give these two tracks a listen. If you want more all you have to do is go to youtube and search a way. There are so many amazing live songs that I had a hard time picking ones to put here.
P.S. You think Alejandro looks familair. Does sometime along the lines of The Swede sound familiar. Yup, that’s right. Alejandro played Julie Taylors older (swedish?) lover on Friday Night Lights once upon a time. You’re welcome internet.
Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires at Bonnaroo in 2013(David McClister)
Hey Hart Beat. I hope your Tuesday night is going well. I am so glad to finally be sitting down to write. After work I was busy running errands and doing laundry but the whole time I was thinking about how much I want to share this post with you!
Over the weekend while driving up to Maine I caught up on some of my favorite playlists. A new one just starting up from my beloved WNYC (‘sup Soterios) called Death, Sex & Money by Anna Sales was at the top of my list. And Hart Beat, it’s amazing! You have to listen to it! The episode that struck me the most was Anna’s most recent installment called “Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple.” That title, um… yes please.
In the episode host Anna speaks with country singing couple Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Their story is amazing and the two go into great detail in the podcast about their troubles with trust, alcohol abuse, career success and navigating a relationship in such a complicated world. I could listen to them talk all day.
One of the best parts of the episode (other than hearing such great life advice from people with southern accents) was being introduced to both Jason and Amanda’s work. I am in love, Hart Beat. Their music is amazing. Each have debuted a solo album in the last year and have set off on their own to create a following. They are both work listening too. I’ve put a great rendition of the couple singing “Cover Me Up” live but you should listen to the entirety of both Southeastern and Down Fell the Doves. My personal favorites are “Stockholm” and “Bulletproof. Gah, I can’t get enough.
P.S. It was only mentioned once but the similarities between Amanda and Jason and Johnny and June are uncanny. I can’t wait what comes next from these two.
Hi there. I hope you’re having a nice Thursday night, Hart Beat. I came across this video tonight and and I wish, however impossibly, that the music video compilation had been around all my life. You know that feeling when you find something that you know you’ll love so much you kind of get sad because you miss it already? Well that’s how I feel about finding this incredible monument to the great Johnny Cash.
In the video watch Brandon Flowers preform “I Came To Believe”, Father John Misty coo “Baby Ride Easy”, and Local Natives sing “Out Among The Stars” all from Johnny Cash’s posthumous record Out Among the Stars. I can’t figure out what I wish most, that I was sitting with the Father when he sang this song, that I had filmed the video myself, or that Johnny could sing one song there at the end for all of us. I think the latter. I hope you love this as much as I do, Hart Beat.
Hi Hart Beat. Last March I went through a huge Patsy Cline kick. I even wrote a post dedicated to one of my favorite songs, written by my favorite Willie Nelson and sung by Patsy Cline. Almost one year later I give you The Kills singing “Crazy,” maybe even better than Patsy herself.
The Kills recording an acoustic version of “Crazy”
I’ve done a couple of travel posts over the months and tonight I want to highlight a favorite photographer or mine Missy Prince. The photographer highlights scenes throughout rural America, places that I always dream of seeing on a cross country road trip. I love that Ms. Prince can take us through places that I can only imagine. All, and more, of Missy Prince’s photographs can be found on her website.
Earlier today when I was at work I came across this opinion piece about artist The Tallest Man on Earth. I was so happy to be reminded of his songs before I took the train up to the Berkshires tonight. It was all I listened too as I rolled into upstate. This is one of my favorite songs to listen to over and over again. What do you think, Hart Beat? What song are you listening to tonight?
Well I walk upon the river like it’s easier than land
Evil’s in my pocket and your will is in my hand
Oh, your will is in my hand
And I’ll throw it in the current that I stand upon so still
Love is all, from what I’ve heard, but my heart’s learned to kill
Hey Hart Beat. How was your weekend? I had one of my best friends L visit from Washington D.C. We had an amazing time exploring the city and I did some things that I hadn’t done since moving here (like walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.) Have you ever done that before, Hart Beat?
While L was here we also spent a little time watching her and my new favorite show, Nashville. If you haven’t seen it then I can’t recommend it enough. It’s one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time. The biggest downfall is that it’s not on Netflix but, the good news is that it’s on Hulu Plus. Oh, and there’s country music, and Connie Britton plays the main character. It’s a recipe for amazingness. (P.S. This is an amazing article about Connie Britton if you haven’t read it yet.)
Since you know how much I love country music, Hart Beat, I thought I would share some of my favorite songs from the show so you can listen to them. What do you think? Wanna come with me to Nashville?
“Stronger Than Me” by Connie Britton
“Ho Hey” by Lennon and Maisy
I’m learning both these songs on the guitar, Hart Beat. This show is killing me right now. Connie Britton, I want to be you.
Hi. Funny how I thought I would take a little break this memorial day weekend. I guess I had more to write to you than I thought. As you loyal readers know, as of late I’ve been a huge Emmylou Harris fan and I was so happy to find this duet that Ryan Adams sings with her. How did I not know about Ryan Adams either? You’ve got to fill me in on these things, Hart Beat.
Up here in the city feels like things are closing in
Hola Hart Beat. Have you heard of the movie Crazy Heart? I rented it from the library the other day and I was thinking of watching it tonight. It’s pretty bitter in Brooklyn and I really don’t feel like leaving my apartment again.
I love Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and sad musicians so I feel like this movie is right up my alley. Since hearing the song “The Weary Kind” for the first time this winter, the movie has been on my mind. What do you think, Hart Beat? You wanna watch it with me?