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Maynard's Best of 2015 song list... (for what it's worth)

Happy New Year Brothers and sisters of twangy foot-stompin’… I thought after reading all these best of 2015 posts in No Depression etc, I’d look up the songs I listened to the most, the ones that really connected, had me play them over and over again… really internalize… (Of course, I could say our roughs from last summer’s bomb shelter recording… I’ve listened ot all of them a hundred times… but it doesn’t really count… you know… of course I listen to them over and over… it’s “process”… ). Rather than drawing from albums that just came out last year, I’m also including older stuff that I’ve revisited and listened to over and over… I hope you visit some of these folks webpages, youtube videos, or whatever, if you haven’t heard of them… And most of all, best for 2016…

Girls on Grass — Father Says Why. Barbara, our bass player… whoa, did she and GOG ever come up with a dusie of an album… check out their bandcamp page…

David Childers — Prettiest Thing. Yes, this song is just the prettiest thing…

Jason Isbell — 24 Frames. I’m still waiting for him to eclipse my love for Here We Rest… but this is really damn good…

Hayes Carll — Bad Liver and a Broken Heart. It’s a retarded song that I couldn’t stop playing 185 times…

Fred Eaglesmith — Trucker Speed. He’s a goofball! (as in the drug)

Lucinda Williams — Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Oldie but goodie… She’s like Cheryl Crow with content.

Paul Thorn. Bull Mountain Bridge. Quentin Tarantino running amok with a black gospel choir… so joyful… so violent…

John Moreland — Sad Baptist Rain. The whole album is so emotional… pardon me if I’m verklempt…

James McMurtry — South Dakota. The son of the novelist really is comfortable writing a story in a 4 minute song…

Ray Wylie Hubbard — Chawtaw Bingo. He’s just churned up a few of my all-tme favorites, dammit…

Runner in the Woods — B-sides and long drives… Thirsty Valley, too… easy on the ears…

Terry Allen —Truckload of Art. As a part time art shipper, this def struck a chord! also an oldie…

Todd Snider — KK Rider/Don’t it make you wanna dance… from his live album, with tons of fun stories… the whole album is like a thick autobiography… (from 2010)

Robbie Fulks — On the Road (from Revenge!). Also revisiting HIS live album and my favorite is the one with the story… (from 2007)

Dale Watson — Texas Armadillo… I’ve listened to that trucker album over and over as well as his new album every trip back and forth to TN… I can’t say enough about the guy…

Sturgill, still listening, tho he hasnt come out with a new one yet…

There are more, but I’m gonna go see Tim Jones and his gal Ann Tiley play at a BBQ joint on a lake…

10 songs recorded at the Bomb Shelter in East Nashville

What a swell day, yesterday, July 12, 2015, the kind I wish I could wake up to over and over. We recorded 10 songs at the Bomb Shelter in East Nashville!

Since my dad is getting older and my sister is tired of being the sole "baddy" to daddy, like telling him he can't drive anymore, etc. I've been coming down to Nashville more often. I've been doing the open mic at Douglas Corner Cafe. There I met Donnie Winters, who runs the show. I noticed that every time he played back up to someone on stage, they magically sounded brilliant. So... I decided to record an album with him! I also met Tim Jones, a really kick ass harmonica player there as well. In keeping with my NYC band, where everyone seems to be in the book trade of some sort, publishing, printing, or me, rare books, Tim is a printer at Vanderbilt.

I booked a day at The Bomb Shelter in East Nashville, a studio that is completely analogue down to the reel-to-reel tape where it all ends up. They recorded the Alabama Shakes break out album Boys and Girls, as well as Hooray for the Riff Raff, and numerous others. So, yesterday being the day, Billy Bennett presided at the motherboard. He's got a great ear, we recorded live with Aaron "Mort" Mortenson on drums, Jon Estes on both upright and electric basses, Mike Randall on lead guitars, and of course, Donnie Winters on "magic" dobro and Les Paul, and Tim Jones on harmonicas. At the end we overdubbed some keyboards as you have to there: they have an amazing room with 2 B3s, a Farfisa, a Wurlitzer, and a Steinway upright, among a half-dozen other choices. James Westfall came in as a hired gun to add 3 tracks on piano and one B3... He's great! All the above musicians were amazing, as well as Billy, I suggest everyone come down to Nashville and make records with them!

I cannot wait to share it with you all... stay tuned over the next few weeks...

The nicest, most thoughtful review in the world:

https://newyorkmusicdaily.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/joemaynard/

Fall On In released!

Our new 12-song release, produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel is available for free for the next day or two, on our band camp page... https://maynardandthemusties.bandcamp.com/album/fall-on-in

Musties next album: Fall on In.

Mastered today, out in the next few...

Thank you, Country-Fried Rock!

http://countryfriedrock.org/maynard-the-musties/

Hand Me A Flag

Nice write up in the Brooklyn Rail by Tsaurah Litzky... http://www.brooklynrail.org/2012/10/music/hand-me-a-flagmaynard-and-the-musties

Brooklyncountry Radio episode 10 w Maynard...

Listen here: http://brooklyncountry.com/?p=1636

Taproot Radio #80 features an interview w Maynard...

http://www.taprootradio.com/2012/03/23/tpr80-joe-maynard-from-maynard-and-the-musties-interview-and-music/