The new release will be available Friday December 4th here:
This release will be available Friday December 4th here:
"If love be rough with you, then be rough with love!"
Thanks for the kind words, Grayson! Two minor corrections:
1. I attend NC Wesleyan, not Meredith.
2. The breakdown Friday night will be electric, then acoustic, then electric again.
Thanks again for the righteous piece! See you Friday night in the pit!
Oh and I'll just add that it's good to see I'm not the only one around here pushing the Bruce ("Two Hearts Are Better Than One"). Go Aimee go!
AAAAAHHHHH!!!!! I had no idea this was out. Where can I get it?! I NEEDS IT!!!!!
My band and I moved to Raleigh in '94, and I didn't make any friends outside the band until '96. My brother was following the alt.country thing here a lot closer than I was, but I read a review of Strangers Almanac when it came out (in Rolling Stone, for gosh sakes), and it sounded like it was up my alley, so I got it.
It was the first Whiskeytown I'd ever heard, and I liked it, even though it was a tad slicker than I'd expected. In '97 I was just starting to learn how to drink and be romantically irresponsible, and the album, for better or worse, seemed to soundtrack that pretty good. I still cover "Avenues" sometime when I busk with the accordion.
It was funny, though. Back then, I'd tell people, "hey, I bought that new Whiskeytown album," and I'd get some funny looks. Some story would usually follow, along the lines of
"That guy slept on my couch and drank my beer for a month"
"That kid stayed up all night and wrote an album the first time he heard Big Star"
"He made out with my girlfriend on the railroad tracks."
I never met Ryan. By the time I came up to any degree in Raleigh music he was long gone. But these little anecdotal tidbits only added to the mystique and endeared the album to me further. Again, for better or worse.
I've since grown to be friends with Caitlin, and gotten a little more perspective on it. (Her "Sorry" is sadder than any WT song, by the way.) They were young, younger than I was even, and it must've been pretty whirlwindy. I've never been in a band with someone as...challenging as Ryan and certainly never felt the pressure-cooker of major label attention. In a sense I'm just glad they all made it out alive.
And I've come to prefer the other two Whiskeytown full-lengths to this one, for what it's worth. Faithless Street's rough songs go down with more authentic force, and the ballads ("Black Arrow, Bleeding Heart" especially, my goodness) have a sawdusty heartbreak. Pnuemonia, though uneven, has a positive vibe and adventurous spirit that I found delightful. "Bar Lights," with it's scruffy charm, it's warm and sincere laughter, and it's "don't-get-the-girl-but-don't-care" ending, seemed a perfect stopping place for the band.
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