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Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham #1412

I did not grow up with country music. The first time I heard “Ring Of Fire,” was on a Social Distortion album. So for me, twang comes from a punk source as logically as it does anywhere else, and Southern California has a distinct take on the music that I love. One of the first bands we ever featured was former Agent Orange musician, Steve Soto, with his two “country” records, with the Twisted Hearts. So, hearing that Jonny 2 Bags of Social Distortion has a solo country album ran right up my alley.

Salvation Town fuses exactly what I hoped for in the veteran punk guitarist’s solo project — straight-forward lyrics, great playing, and hooks that keep the songs memorable and fit a nice sunny drive. With some key guest appearances from legends like Gaby Moreno, Julie Miller, and Zander Schloss (a recurring guest player in several albums we have featured on Country Fried Rock), Salvation Town may grab you because of the rhythm, but do not let the lyrics roll over your head. Wickersham’s topics include gang violence and punk rock life lessons.

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Amy Ray #1404

Amy Ray‘s new solo album, Goodnight Tender, allows her to explore the country music she has often been accused of writing, but this Georgia songwriter has always refused to be bottled into one form. From her on-going collaboration with Emily Saliers as The Indigo Girls, the foremost folk rock duo from the South for decades, to a reinterpretation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, to mentoring emerging songwriters and musicians, Ray follows her muse and then determines how her art should be shared. Long-time fans of her music will not be surprised by this album, as hints of Georgia and Ray’s roots have always guided her songs, but now she is not limited by expectations — and The Indigo Girls are still going strong, joined by several orchestras on tour in the coming year.

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Liner Notes
Amy Ray
Indigo Girls
Rock*A*Teens (on the Daemon Records label early on, Kelly Hogan connection, produced by David Barbe)
Ralph Stanley
Original Carter Family
Jesus Christ Superstar Resurrection
R.E.M.
Mount Moriah
Tedesci Trucks Band
The Shadowboxers

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Joey Kneiser (Glossary) Solo EP

Listen to Joey Kneiser of Glossary’s brand new solo EP, Moonlight for the Graveyard of the Heart. Share with your friends!

Joey Kneiser of Glossary EP Moonlight for the Graveyard Heart

Brand New EP from Glossary's Joey Kneiser

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