Tag Archives: the south

Shakey Graves, you and I both know

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.
And one more, just for good luck…

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires: The new Johnny and June

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.

Travel Dreams: American Road Trip

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.

Montana
Glaciar National Park, Montana
Belzoni, Mississippi.
Mojave Desert
Owl Bayou, Louisiana
Randolph, Tennessee.
Rawlins, Wyoming
Oregon
All photographs by Missy Prince

Take me to Nashville

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. 

Oh my sweet Carolina, What compels me to go

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
The sunsets just my light bulb burning out
I miss Kentucky and I miss my family
All the sweetest winds they blow across the south
Oh my sweet Carolina, what compels me to go
“Oh My Sweet Caroline” by Ryan Adams
(Source for the two photos.)

This man

Oh hey, this post hasn’t been coming for a year or anything. Lat spring while I was still at Bates my friends (mostly me) and I (really, only me) went through a huge Luke Bryan music kick. This is not as admirable as my Patsy ClineBob DylanEmmylou Harris phase. Bryan is contemporary country. Country that I used to mercifully make fun of and listed as the only music I didn’t like back in the good old days of myspace. Well, now Hart Beat, I am a changed lady. I love bad country music.

I guess I’m blaming this newfound love on the stories that prevail in most country songs. There is an amazing Radiolab podcast for anyone that wants to hear about it. And who can say no to that country twang? Here’s my latest Luke obsession. Is this a new song or am I just a horrible fan?

Luke Bryan “Crash My Party”
I mean, look at how classy this music video is. You can sing along, the lyrics are right there in beautiful, tasteful text! But seriously, disregard this video. Who made this?

99 problems

This song. I may or may not have heard it the other night while watching a movie but, does it really matter? And, since I’ve been loving me some country this week this song fits in just right. Being back in the Berkshires for a couple days makes it much better since I can listen to it while driving my car. I’ve never had the chance to two step but I feel like this would be the perfect song. Anyone know a country bar in New York?

Hugo singing the classic “99 Problems”

Honeyhoney

Hi, happy Thursday Hart Beat. I have some news for you. I am obsessed. Lately G. and I have been watching “Friday Night Lights” (she’s never seen it… I know, shocker) so I’ve been breaking out my country music again. My old friends Luke Bryan, the Dixie Chicks and Eric Church are happy to see me I’m sure. The great part of this country fiesta round two is that I’ve been listening to some new artists in addition to the old classics. And get ready because here below hit play and cue the obsession.

“Turn that Finger Around” by honeyhoney
Am I right? The best part is that my friend S. recommended this band to me back in August and I’ve been desperately trying to remember their name. Luckily I have found them now and am happy to say they are as incredible as I remember. I have been listening to this song on repeat and I have a feeling you might be too in about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Oh darling, just turn that finger around. See what I mean?

Honeyhoney

Hi, happy Thursday Hart Beat. I have some news for you. I am obsessed. Lately G. and I have been watching “Friday Night Lights” (she’s never seen it… I know, shocker) so I’ve been breaking out my country music again. My old friends Luke Bryan, the Dixie Chicks and Eric Church are happy to see me I’m sure. The great part of this country fiesta round two is that I’ve been listening to some new artists in addition to the old classics. And get ready because here below hit play and cue the obsession.

“Turn that Finger Around” by honeyhoney
Am I right? The best part is that my friend S. recommended this band to me back in August and I’ve been desperately trying to remember their name. Luckily I have found them now and am happy to say they are as incredible as I remember. I have been listening to this song on repeat and I have a feeling you might be too in about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Oh darling, just turn that finger around. See what I mean?