Sarah Gayle Meech looks like a nouveaux rockabilly woman, but her music is straight up traditional country. Her debut album, One Good Thing, shares Meech’s original tunes with an amazing backing band and stellar studio musicians. Just try not to dance while you listen. Don’t let the A-list players distract you, though, because Meech’s live show brings the energy that fills the gap in instrumentation changes from recorded versus live.
- Sarah Gayle Meech One Good Thing “One Good Thing,” “No Angel,” “Sad and Lonely”
- The .357 String Band Lightning From The North “Lightning from the North” Compadre band.
- Bob Wayne Till the Wheels Fall Off “All My Friends” The lyrics reference cocaine, heroin & lsd use. I left the lyrics intact to contrast the traditional country music in this song with the surprisingly straightforward lyrics about hard drug use. People love or hate Bob Wayne, but he seems to be pretty honest about the lives a lot of people live, without judging them. I don’t know if it’s a persona or character or real, but this song works.
- Buck Owens The Instrumental Hits “Buckaroo” Meech plays regularly at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World on Broadway, mixing her original tunes with Buck Owens and Loretta Lynn covers.
- Hank III Rebel Within “Gettin’ Drunk and Falling Down” I’ve always avoided listening to any of Hank III’s music because he can’t seem to let the rebel flag go away. I’m a lifelong Southerner, and I don’t care about the “Heritage Not Hate” argument because it DOES represent hate. Move on, Shelton. Your music is sometimes really great. Quit being your own caricature. Get rid of the stupid stars and bars. That said, his long-time player and producer, Andy Gibson, is the thread connecting many of these bands.
- Bobby Bare 16 Biggest Hits “Numbers” Grant Johnson is currently on tour as Bare’s lead guitar player. He has also been heard on this radio show in the Derek Hoke program.
- Scott Chism and the Better Half Long Haul Steady “Jet N Dewdrop’s Farm” I chose this one because of the Chris Scruggs connection.
- Matt Woods (Country Fried Rock alum) The Matt Woods Manifesto “Beating Down My Door” One of the best songwriters I know. Woods was one of the other bands on the lineup in Illinois in 2013.
- Hillbilly Casino Tennessee Stomp [Explicit] “The Ballad of Psycho Steve” (ft Dale Watson) On Watson’s upcoming EP, Hillbilly Casino is his backing abnd and Meech does backing vocals and a duet. I chose this song for the connection to the rest of this album, and the BR 549 Chris Scruggs connections, and Geoff Firebaugh, who co-wrote this tune.
- The G-ddamn Gallows Seven Devils [Explicit] “7 Devils” Another compadre band.