Top Ranking Albums of 2016

Stephen MarleyRevelation Part. II–“The Fruit of Life” [Ghetto Youth International]

Paul SimonStranger to Stranger [Concord Records]

A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service [Epic Records]

Unified HighwayUnified Highway [MRI]

Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth [Atlantic Records]

Graham Wilkinson#Because of You [Little Windmill Records]

RebelutionFalling Into Place [Easy Star]

BeyonceLemonade [Columbia]

SolangeA Seat at the Table [Columbia]

AlborosieFreedom & Fyah [VP Records]

Mykal RoseSidewalk Steppa [Foreign Key Reords]

AssassinTheory of Reggaetivity [Sound Age Ent]

Raging FyahEverlasting [VP Records]

Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker [Columbia]

Willie NelsonSummertime–Willie Sings Gershwin [Legacy]

UB40Unplugged [HIP-O]

Various ArtistsDay of the Dead [4AD]

Anderson .PaakMalibu [Steel Wool]

 

 

 

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Top Ranking Albums of 2016

Deep South Soundscape: Sweet Home Alabama

DEEP SOUTH SOUNDSCAPE: THE MUSIC OF ALABAMA

PART II: SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Lynyd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”
Alabama – “Tennessee River”
Pete Seeger – “Alabama Bound”
The Secret Sisters – “Why Don’t You Love Me”
The Grateful Dead – “Alabama Getaway”
Bob Dylan & the Grateful Dead – “Gotta Serve Somebody”
Nat “King” Cole – “Straighten Up and Fly Right”
Nat “King” Cole – “A Boy From Texas, A Girl From Tennessee”
Nat “King” Cole – “Hit That Jive Jack”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “Dancing in the Street”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “Jimmy Mack”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “Nowhere to Run”
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “(Love Is Like A) Heatwave”
Eddie Floyd – “Big Bird”
Eddie Floyd – “Knock on Wood”
The Blind Boys of Alabama and Robert Randolph – “Wade in the Water”
Clarence Carter – “Snatching It Back”
The Commodores – “Sail On”
The Commodores – “Easy”
The Commodores – “Machine Gun”
The Commodores – “Fancy Dancer”
The Commodores – “Brick House”
Lionel Richie – “Deep River Woman”
Lionel Richie – “Stuck On You”
Randy Newman – “Birmingham”
Tracy Lawrence – “Paint Me A Birmingham”
Clarence Carter – “Strokin’”
Bob Dylan – “Stuck Inside of Mobile with Memphis Blues Again”
Billie Holliday – “Stars Fell on Alabama”

Deep South Soundscape: Sweet Home Alabama

The Deep South Soundscape: The Muscle Shoals Story

THE MUSCLE SHOALS STORY

In this issue of the Deep South Soundscape, the Jam-Tex selector explores the Muscle Shoals Sound. The selector is sorting through the records of the Deep South from its blues, country, gospel, soul, and r&B sounds sounds to its rap, indie rock, and modern blends. The Muscle Shoals Sound of Alabama defines the southern soul experience. Numerous classic tracks have been recorded at the legendary studios of FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. One of the great studio bands, which became known as “The Swampers,” crafted the music for some of the eras biggest soul hits like “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge, “Mustang Sally” and “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett, “I Never Loved A Man” by Aretha Franklin, “Tell Mama” by Etta James, “I’ll Take You There” by the Staple Singers, and “Sitting In Limbo” by the international reggae sensation Jimmy Cliff.

Great country artists like Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett found inspiration along the Shoals. And, southern rock emerged from this melting pot with the soaring “Free Bird,” “Simple Man,” and “Gimme Three Steps” of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the blue-collar anthems of Bog Seger recorded at its studios. The discography also includes the swaggering Rolling Stones songs “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar.” Here is a selection of Muscle Shoals related, inspired, and recorded sounds…

Arthur Alexander – “You Better Move On” (1961)
The Rolling Stones – “You Better Move On” (1964)
Arthur Alexander – “Anna (Go To Him)” (1962)
The Beatles – “Anna (Go To Him)” (1963)
Tommy Roe – “Everybody” (1963)
Jimmy Hughes – “Steal Away” (1964)
The Tams – “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)” (1964)
The Tams – “Laugh It Off” (1964)
Joe Tex – “Hold On To What You’ve Got” (1964)
Percy Sledge – “When A Man Loves A Woman” (1966)
James and Bobby Purify – “I’m Your Puppet” (1966)
Otis Redding – “You Left The Water Running” (1966)
Wilson Pickett – “Land of 1000 Dances” (1966)
Wilson Pickett – “Mustang Sally” (1966)
Wilson Pickett – “Funky Broadway” (1967)
Aretha Franklin – “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” (1967)
Aretha Franklin – “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (1967)
Aretha Franklin – “Respect” (1967)
Clarence Carter – “Tell Daddy” (1967)
Arthur Connely – “Sweet Soul Music” (1967)
Etta James – “Tell Mama” (1968)
Etta James – “I’d Rather Go Blind” (1968)
Etta James – “Security” (1968)
Clarence Carter – “Slip Away” (1968)
Clarence Carter – “Too Weak To Fight” (1968)
Wilson Pickett – “Hey Jude” (1968)
R. B. Greaves – “Take A Letter Maria” (1969)
Bobbie Gentry – “Fancy” (1970)
Clarence Carter – “Patches” (1970)
The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar” (1971)
The Rolling Stones – “Wild Horses” (1971)
Jimmy Cliff – “Sitting in Limbo” (1971)
The Staple Singers – “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
Mel and Tim – “Starting All Over Again” (1972)
Traffic – “(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired” (1973)
Paul Simon – “Kodachrome” (1973)
Paul Simon – “Loves Me Like A Rock” (1973)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Gimme Three Steps” (1973)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Simple Man” (1973)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “Pretend I Never Happened” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “Sister’s Coming Home/Down at the Corner Beer Joint” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “(How Will I Know) I’m Falling In Love Again” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “Bloody Mary Morning” (1974)
Willie Nelson – “Heaven and Hell” (1974)
Bob Seger – “Katmandu” (1975)
Bob Seger – “Night Moves” (1976)
Bob Seger – “Main Street” (1976)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “What’s Your Name” (1977)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “That Smell” (1977)
Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1979)
Bob Dylan – “Gotta Serve Somebody” (1979)
Bob Dylan – “Slow Train” (1979)
Jimmy Buffett – “Coconut Telegraph” (1981)
Jimmy Buffett – “Stars Fell on Alabama” (1981)
Bettye Lavette – “Choices” (2007)
The Black Keys – “Tighten Up” (2010)
The Black Keys – “Howlin’ For You” (2010)
The Black Keys – “Black Mud” (2010)
The Black Keys – “Everlasting Light” (2010)
Alicia Keys – “Pressing On” (2013)

The Deep South Soundscape: The Muscle Shoals Story

Top Ranking Albums of 2011

1. Stephen Marley – Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life [Tuff Gong 2011]

2. Alborosie – 2 Times Revolution [Greensleeves 2011]

3. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead [Capital Records 2011]

4. Various ArtistsReggae’s Gone Country [VP Records 2011]

5. Bright EyesThe People’s Key [Saddle Creek 2011]

6. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What [Hear Music 2011]

7. Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) [Lost Highway 2011]

8. Pokey LaFarge & The South City ThreeMiddle of Everywhere [Free Dirt Records 2011]

9. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest [Acony Records 2011]

10. Richie SpiceBook of Job [VP Records 2011]

Top Ranking Albums of 2011

Top Ranking Singles of 2011

Graham Wilkinson – Focus

Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Buju BantonJah Army

Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO

The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round

Emmylou Harris – My Name Is Emmett Till

Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyWanted (Just Ain’t The Same)

Bright EyesOne For You, One For Me

Courtney John – Never Keep You Waiting

GyptianDuggu Duggu

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Feel So Good

Richie SpiceMy Life

Paul Simon Getting Ready For Christmas

Alborosie & Junior ReidRespect

Peter Bjorn & John – Second Chance

Iron & Wine – Tree By The River

Third World, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley96 Degrees 

Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down

Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, and Josey Wales – Sweet Jamaica

The Uprising Roots Band – Steamers

Mac MillerParty On Fifth Ave

Richie Spice – Soothing Sound 

Raging Fyah – Irie Vibe

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo-Yo MaAttaboy

Sanchez – El Paso

The Decemberists – Down By The Water

Courtney John – Everyday

The Beastie Boys & Santigold – Don’t Play No Games

Cham – Stronger

Bright Eyes – Firewall

I-Wayne – Pure As the Nile

The Decemberists – June Hymn

Vybz Kartel – Poor People Land

Protoje – Take Control

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

Lil Wayne, Bun B, Nas, Shyne, & Busta Rhymes – Outro

Chino – Driving Me Insane

Iba Mahr – Will I Wait

Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear

Laza – One By One

Gillian Welch – Scarlet Town

Stephen Marley – Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Waves on the Ocean

Alborosie – La Revolucion

Brian Wilson – Listen To Me

Assassin – How Mi Feel

James Blake – Limit to Your Love

Shaggy  & Tarrus Riley – Just Another Girl

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Lyle Lovett – Well…Alright

Shabba Ranks – None Ah Dem

Wilco – I Might

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Smith Westerns – Weekend

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Das Racist – Booty in the Air

DeMarco – Love My Life

Tune-Yards – You Yes You

Richie Spice – Legal

Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes

Easy Star All Stars – Paid My Dues

Queen Ifrica – Pot Still Haffi Bubble

Wiz Khalifa & Too Short – On My Level

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – So Long Honeybee, Goodbye

Stephen Marley – No Cigarette Smoking In My Room

Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What

Collie Buddz – Playback

Bright Eyes – Shell Games

Gyptian – My Number One

The Decemberists – All Arise!

L.U.S.T. – Flowers on the Wall

Lil Wayne – How To Love

Romain Virgo – The System

Alexi Murdoch – Crinan Wood

Easy Star All Stars, Daddy Lion Chandell, & Junior Jazz – One Likkle Draw

Bright Eyes – A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)

Richie Spice – Father

YACHT – Dystopia

Alborosie & Giuseppe Tarantino – International Drama

Zooey Deschanel – It’s So Easy

Tarrus Riley – Never Leave I

The Decemberists – January Hymn

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Keep Your Hands of My Gal

Paul Simon – Love Is Eternal Sacred Light

Richie Spice – Yap Yap

Coldplay – Paradise

Stephen Marley – Old Slaves

Gillian Welch – Hard Times

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

The Decemberists – Calamity Song

Alborosie – Rolling Like A Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

Adele – Rolling in the Deep

Queen Ifrica – Times Like These

Gillian Welch – Six White Horses

Stephen Marley & Spragga Benz – Working Ways

James Blake – Wilhelm Scream

Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu Pickney

Robbie Robertson & Robert Randolph – How To Become Clairvoyant

Chino – God Nah Sleep (Rise and Fall Story)

Jeff Lynne – Words of Love

Richie Spice – Black Woman

Adele – Someone Like You

Alborosie – Ragamuffin

Paul Simon – The Afterlife

Stephen Marley – Freedom Time

Lil Wayne – President Carter

Vybz Kartel – Summertime

Alexander – In the Twilight

SuperHeavy – Miracle Worker

Ziggy Marley & Heavy D – It

Paul Simon – Rewrite

Alexi Murdoch – Through the Dark

Bounty Killer – Ready Fi Dem

Alexander – Truth

Snoop Dogg & T-Pain – Boom

Easy Star All Stars – Reggae Pension

Alexander – Awake My Body

Stephen Marley – Tight Ship

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Black Baldy Stallion

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Wilco – Dawned On Me

Vybz Kartel – Whine (Wine)

Ringo Starr – Think It Over

Stephen Marley – Now I Know

Robbie Robertson, Eric Clapton, & Steve Winwood – Fear of Falling

The Beastie Boys & Nas – Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version)

Easy Star All Stars – Don’t Stop the Music

Smith Westerns – Only One

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

Ziggy Marley – Personal Revolution

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Drinking Whiskey Tonight

Alborosie – One Draw

Paul Simon – Love and Blessings

Stephen Marley – Break Us Apart

Das Racist – Relax

Richie Spice – Got To Make It

Wanda Jackson – You Know That I’m No Good

Beres Hammond – I Am Missing You

Mavado – Peppa

Hayes Carll – Stomp and Holler

Tarrus Riley – Groovy Little Thing

Tune-Yards – Bizness

Snoop Dogg & Willie Nelson – Superman

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Weedwacker Rag

Shaggy & Agent Sasco (aka Assassin) – Feeling Alive

Alexander – Let’s Win

Alborosie – Camilla

Bright Eyes – Haile Selassie

Richie Spice – Serious Woman

Robert Earl Keen – Top Down

Stephen Marley – The Chapel

Alborosei & Etana – You Make Me Feel Good

Gillian Welch – The Way The Whole Thing Ends

Shaggy & Alaine – For Yur Eyez Only

Alexander – Let’s Make To Not Make A Deal

The Decemberists – Rise To Me

Etana – People Talk

Smith Westerns – Still New

Richie Spice – Confirmation

The Decemberists – Rox in the Box

Dr. Dre – Kush

Richie Spice – Mother of Creation

The Beastie Boys – Funky Donkey

Tune-Yards – Killa

Hayes Carll – Another Like You

Alborosie – Who You Think You Are

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Who Do Man

Hayes Carll – Hard Out Here

Richie Spice – Jah Never Let Us Down

Paul Simon – Questions For the Angels

Stephen Marley – She Knows Now

The Decemberists – Dear Avery

Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow

Jamelody – This Time

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo Yo Ma – Less Is Moi

Chipmunk – Every Gal

Wanda Jackson – Thunder On The Mountain

Etana – Crazy

The Beastie Boys – Here’s A Little Something For You

Beenie Man – Let’s Go

Tessanne Chin – Firework

Dr. Dre – I Need A Doctor

Alexander – A Million Years

Easy Star All Stars, Lady Ann, Tony Tuff, and the Meditations – Easy Now Star

Paul Simon – Dazzling Blue

Stephen Marley – False Friends

Alexander – Bad Bad Love

Tune-Yards – Gangsta

Harvey and Mista Brown – Hot Gyal

Robbie Robertson – Tango for Django

The Decemberists – Don’t Carry It All

Mavado – Final Destination

Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – River Rock Bottom

Thievery Corporation – Overstand

Richie Spice – Better Tomorrow

Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot

I-Octane – Nuh Ramp Wid We


Top Ranking Singles of 2011

Top Ranking Albums of March 2011

Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis To Hollywood

March 2011

    1. Johnny CashBootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis To Hollywood [Legacy/Columbia 2011]
    2. Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What [Hear Music/Concord Music Group 2011]
    3. Richie SpiceBook Of Job [VP Records 2011]
    4. Radiohead The King Of Limbs [thekingoflimbs.com 2011]
    5. R.E.M.Collapse Into Now [Warner Brothers 2011]
    6. Diplo and Various Artists –Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves [Greensleeves 2011]
    7. TigerMost Wanted [VP Records 2011]
    8. AssassinMost Wanted [VP Records 2011]
    9. Robbie Robertson How To Become Clairvoyant[429 2011]
    10. Bob Marley & the WailersLive Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980[Axiom/Zion Records 2011]
    11. The Low Anthem Smart Flesh [Nonesuch 2011]
    12. TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light [Interscope 2011]
    13. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More [Glassnote 2011]
    14. Peter Bjorn & John Gimme Some [Startime International 2011]
    15. Grupo Fantasma – El Existential [Nat Geo 2011]
    16. Adele 21 [XL/Columbia 2011]
    17. Smith Westerns Dye It Blond [Fat Possum 2011]
    18. Yuck Yuck [Fat Possum 2011]
    19. Nicole Atkins Mondo Amore [Razor & Tie 2011]
    20. Wye Oak Civilian [Merge 2011]
    21. Drive-By TruckersGo Go Boots [ATO 2011]
    22. Cowboy Junkies Demons [Latent 2011]
    23. Los Lonely Boys Rockpango [Lonely Tone 2011]
    24. Alexander Ebert Alexander [Community 2011]
    25. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers [Atlantic 2011]

The King Of Limbs

Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves

Most Wanted

Most Wanted

Top Ranking Albums of March 2011

Austin City Limits Festival – DAY ONE

I went to ACL yesterday and saw some great bands, including Sahara Smith, Asleep at the Wheel, Blues Traveler, Kings Go Forth, the Black Keys, Pat GreenSlightly Stoopid, Vampire Weekend, and Phish. Wimberly, Texas-based Sahara Smith opened on the Austin Ventures stage and I liked the song “Are You Lonely.” But, it was Asleep at the Wheel that set the mood for the rest of my ACL experience. Ray Benson and his friends rocked. With steel guitar, fiddles, piano, guitars, bass, and drums The Wheel blazed through a hot set of western swing and classic country. The band opened with “Miles and Miles of Texas” and “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”

Bob Wills Is Still The King

Asleep at the Wheel has been an institution in Texas since the 1970s. The band paid tribute to their heroes Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys with a Waylon Jennings song “Bob Wills Is Still The King.” From there they played the Bob Wills super-hit  “New San Antonio Rose.” Often Asleep at the Wheel teams up with a famous artist. For example, Leon Rausch recorded a new album with the Wheel called It’s A Good Day. At ACL Asleep at the Wheel played the title track from the album. The swinging musicians also played tracks from the Willie And The Wheel album recorded with Texas icon Willie Nelson, including “Hesitation Blues,” “Sweet Jennie Lee,” “Oh! You Pretty Woman,” and “I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World.”

I'm Sittin' on Top of the World

The rollicking Asleep at the Wheel set got even better with the hilariously titled song “Big Balls in Cowtown.” Followed by one of my favorite tunes of all time: “Hot Rod Lincoln.” I am a big fan of the post-1960s western swing revivalists. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen are another fine band that fits into the mold–a band that also played a wild version of “Hot Rod Lincoln,” as well as a great version of “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette.” Commander Cody appealed to the west coast hippies paying homage to the Cowboy Code. Long haired Ray Benson fits in with these western swing revivialists, but Asleep at the Wheel is more than all that. They have become an institution in Texas keeping musical traditions alive. Plus Texas music history owes a debt of gratitude to the band. The excellent theatre production A Ride with Bob featured Asleep at the Wheel and the amazing Ruby Jane playing a young Bob Wills. From pure western swing to boogie woogie the Wheel wrapped up their set with “Boogie Back to Texas” and “Bump Bounce Boogie.”

Free

Donavon Frankenreiter followed the Wheel with a fun set including “Move By Yourself” and “Free.” Frankenreiter played a sweet song written for his son titled “Call Me Papa.” He then covered Tom Petty’sAmerican Girl,” putting a chill twist on the Classic Rock gem. The mustached singer played his hit single “Glow” and the catchy “It Don’t Matter.”

Blues Travelerkilled with their old school single “But Anyway” and a cover version of Radiohead‘sCreep.” The hit singles “Run-Around and “The Mountains Win Again” were followed by an amazing jam with the 15-year-old fiddle player Ruby Jane. Jon Popper and his tight jam band also covered the Sublime song “What I Got” ending with the mega-hit “Hook.”

The Outsiders Are Back

The Kings Go Forthwere the great surprise band for me on Friday. Their 1970s funky disco sounds were groovy. This 10-piece American soul band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin has an incredible stage presence to accompany jams like “One Day,” “I Don’t Love You No More,” and “Don’t Take My Shadow.”  We all know what made Milwaukee famous, but now we know why it is funky!

The Black Keys powered through a garage rock and blues set that included “Thickfreakness,” Strange Times,”Tighten Up,” “Your Touch,” and “Everlasting Light.” While Texas country artist Pat Green transitioned from the anthem  “Wave on Wave” into a nice cover of U2‘sAll I Want Is You.”

Chronchitis

I have seen Slightly Stoopid at ACL at least three times now. And I have liked every show. The dubby grooves are infectious. The reggae-punk rock formula originally perfected by Long Beach’s Sublime works well. Plus the lads from San Diego have mastered their vocals and guitar playing and their brand of stoner rock is always welcome in Austin. Among the songs played at the festival were “I Would Do For You” and “Till It Gets Wet” and the extremely danceable “Somebody.” Slightly Stoopid plays party songs interlaced by the occasional punk rock explosion like “Punk Rock Billy.” But don’t think there is not a message in the music. Just take a close listen to the politically charged “Runnin’ With A Gun.” 

Vampire Weekend provided a nice segue between the dub of Slightly Stoopid and the jam rock of Phish. The Columbia graduates sound like Paul Simon’s Graceland with strong hints of The Clash and various other world music sounds mashed together into a refreshing pop sound. The set list included: “Horchata,” “Cousins,” “Oxford Comma,” “White Sky,” “Holiday,” “California English,” “I Think Ur A Contra,” and “Walcott.”

Phish played a classic set opening with a rocking “Down With Disease.” They followed up that original song with a cover of the Talking Heads track “Cities.” Phish is Mike Gordon on bass, Trey Anastasio on guitar, Jon Fishman on drums, and Page McConnellon keys. But at times it seems like there might be twenty people on stage. The sound is full and lush and really meant to be listened to at a venue like Zilker Park. Following the Talking Heads cover, Phish geared up for a funky-driving “Possum.”

Wolfman’s Brother” brought people to their dancing feet while a jammed out version of “Chalk Dust Torture” awed the crowd. My favorite moment was an unexpected Velvet Underground cover. I dig Lou Reedand the Velvet Underground, so a bad ass version of “Rock And Roll” is alright with me. From this foray into the underground  Phish smoothly transitioned into an almost symphonic spaced out “2001.” I am also a big fan of the newest album Joy, from which Phish played the excellent track “Backwards Down The Number Line .”

Joy (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version)

After a reggafied “Harry Hood” the boys played another one from Joy called “Light.” I am not as familiar with this song, but it provided a nice pallet cleanser for a rockin’ “Suzy Greenberg.” The set concluded with an extended “You Enjoy Myself.”  The encore rocked with a killer version of “Cavern” and a crowd-pleasing “First Tube.”

Quite frankly, Phish put on a hell of a show. It was nice to see Phish in Texas again. I hadn’t seen Phish in Austin since they played at South Park Meadows in the late 1990s. Hopefully, Phish will return to Texas in the near future. People forget Trey Anastasio was born in Fort Worth, Texas. So come on boys, bring it on back to Texas sometime. Why not? I guarantee a sold out crowd at the Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Come rip our faces off with a howling version of The Edgar Winter Group‘sFrankenstein.”

Austin City Limits Festival – DAY ONE