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October 19, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

“Take Your Time” is a new song by the Los Angeles artist Pearl Charles from her album Magic Mirror due out on Kanine Records in early 2021. She reminds me of modern day Linda Ronstadt and the LA Times compared her and her excellent band to Tom Petty. Yes please.

October 12, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Mississippi-based Water Liars made this record in 2015 at Matt Pence’s (Centro-Matic) Echo Lab studio in Argyle, Texas. Shit happened as it tends to, the songs were shelved and band moved on to other creations. Always looking for a bright side, one I find pandemic-related is that many good albums may never have been heard without artists finding time to finish them while sheltering. Roll On is one of my favorite new old releases of 2020 and “Sing, Barbarian” is the best song on the record. Previous Water Liars and all Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant projects are worth diving into. Check it out here.

October 5, 2020

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday

Welcome to our new weekly segment, Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays – where we ask roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee to pick one song a week to share with the people.

Mike Says: This Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine, Delines) cover closes out Bette Smith‘s new album, The Good, The Bad & The Bette. I’m a sucker for any pedal steel guitar tune, but it’s when the trumpet kicks in that this song gets me. Produced by Matt Patton (Drive-By Truckers, Dexateens), the album showcases Smith’s fabulous voice on a fine collection of soul, country, rock and blues songs. You can order your copy of the album here.

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