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Big news on the hillbilly front these days is that some a&r type at Koch is suddenly doing a really good job of luring me into not hating alt-country. More big news is that I finally realized that the reason Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill is so much more alive and less puritan than all those older albums I remember by him is that he and Ricky Van Shelton are two different people. And the final news is that Nashville Star alumnus Miranda Lambert’s big-label debut opens with a track that screams “Screaming Blue Messiahs,” and Lee Ann Womack’s current hit sure does sound a whole lot like “Little Green Apples” by O.C. Smith (not to be confused, then or now, with O.B. McClinton or O.V. Wright).


BEAUREGARDE

Beauregarde

(Jackpot crack-pot ’80s hard-assed garage-boogie reissue)

View Video
Introduction to Beauregarde
(Flash)

BILLY DON BURNS

Heroes, Friends & Other Troubled Souls

(IndieMafia outlaw alt-country album)

HACIENDA BROTHERS

Hacienda Brothers

(Koch border-accordioned blues-country album)

Download “Looking
for Loneliness
” (MP3)

Download “Mental
Revenge
” (MP3)

Download “No
Time To Waste
” (MP3)

Download “Walkin’
On My Dreams
” (MP3)

SHOOTER JENNINGS

Put the O Back in Country

(Universal South nepotistic country-rock album)

Download “Busted
In Baylor County
” (MP3)

MIRANDA LAMBERT

Kerosene

(Sony Nashville country-rock album)

View “Me And Charlie Talking” Video (QuickTime)

View “Me
And Charlie Talking
” Video (Windows Media)

View “Me
And Charlie Talking
” Video (RealVideo)

TIM MCGRAW

“Drugs or Jesus”

(Curb country single)

MARY PRANKSTER

Lemonade: Live

(Palace Coup cabaret-tinged swingabilly cowpunk album)

Download “Whistlestop
(MP3)

Download “New
Tricks
” (MP3)

Download “Arms
Length
” (MP3)

LEANN RIMES

This Woman

(Curb buxom-country album)

Stream “Nothin’
Bout Love Makes Sense
” (Real)

Stream “Nothin’
Bout Love Makes Sense
” (WMA)

SAWYER BROWN WITH ROBERT RANDOLPH

“Mission Temple Fireworks Stand”

(Curb gospelized country-rock single)

View “Mission
Temple Fireworks Stand
” Video

TURPENTINE BROTHERS

We Don’t Care About Your Good Times

(Alive hard-assed garage-boogie album)

Download “We
Don’t Care About Your Good Times
” (MP3)
Download “Why
Can’t I Do
” (MP3)

DALLAS WAYNE

I’m Your Biggest Fan

(Koch honky-tonk country album)

The Little Darlin’ Sound of Should Have Been Hits

(Koch ’60s-’80s honky-tonk country reissue compilation)

Stream “Crank
the Hank
” (WMA)

Stream “Tex
Tosterone
” (WMA)