Record Store Day is this coming Saturday. A few of our picks are below, check out the entire list here of releases below.

The Old 97’s release a double 7″ with two demos circa ’96 but more importantly two tracks recorded with Waylon Jennings in the same year. Details about the release here. Check out one of the tracks, “The Other Shoe” as a fantastic video featuring an anonymous young cowboy.

Garage-punk golden boys the Black Lips split 7″ with Icky Blossoms includes two covers, including Waylon and Willie’s classic “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” More from Pitchfork here and you can preview the cover below.

Lastly one of our favorite songstresses Elizabeth Cook teams up with ex-Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell and both show tribute to Townes Van Zandt with their renditions of “Pancho and Lefty” and “Tecumseh Valley”. Enjoy a tour of Nashville (including pressing of the 7″) courtesy of Elizabeth (and NPR) here.

Almost at the end of our first year, Midnight Rider presents Country My Ass

Always the 2nd Sunday of each month

This month with special guest DJ Dan Cook from Gimme Gimme Records…and myself, as always.

Playing all your favorite songs about Mama, Trains, Trucks, Prison and Getting Drunk


Sunday April 14th

8 PM – 2 AM

Always Free / 21+

Footsie’s Bar

2640 N. Figueroa St.


Our buddy Joe Fletcher is bringing Nashville to Newport this summer at the Newport Folk Festival and with him are coming some of our favorite musicians and a few of our friends with a line up that calls out some of Nashville’s finest. Lovely ladies Amanda Shires and Shelly Colvin are on the roster as is photographer (and musician) Joshua Black Wilkins and Deer Tick’s John McCauley.

Flat Tire – Joe Fletcher

While I might be lucky enough to make it to Rhode Island this summer one can only hope the showcase turns into something everyone might be able to catch as it rambles through their town.


Joe Fletcher in our Listen to Townes Van Zandt tee available this summer.

Here he is……… one of my favorite country crooners, Gary Stewart.

His song titles read like an autobiography of a man well steeped in marital and personal malaise, like most great country artists, but his is performed with pulsating vibrato. His voice is haunting and the songs foretell his own end.  Titles like: “She’s Acting Single, I’m Drinking Double”, “Single Again”, “Whiskey Trip”, “Cactus And A Rose”. Although seeming morose, they are classic and  songs I can step and sway to alone or in a honky tonk.

– Hilary