Top Ranking Songs of 2014

Sturgill Simpson – “Turtles All The Way Down”
Stephen Marley, Capleton, and Sizzla – “Rock Stone”
The Temples – “Shelter Song”
Protoje & Chronixx – “Who Knows”
Hurrary for the Riff Raff – “The Body Electric”
Rebelution – “Fade Away”
Bleached – “For The Feel”
Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, & Spragga Benz – “Bongo Nyah”
Sturgill Simpson – “Life of Sin”
SOJA & Collie Buddz – “She Stills Love Me”
Robert Plant – “Little Maggie”
Pressure, Tarrus Riley, and Damian Marley – “Mental Disturbance”
Willie Nelson – “Crazy Like Me”
Damian Marley – “Is It Worth It (Gunman World)”
Conor Oberst – “Zigzagging Toward The Light”
Dre Island – “Live Forever”
Sturgill Simpson – “Long White Line”
Gentleman – “Superior (Unplugged)”
Blitzen Trapper – “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)”
Clay – “Shadow After Dark”
Frazey Ford – “September Fields (Acoustic)”
Busy Signal – “Money Flow”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
Jah Sun – “Roots, Rock, Reggae”
Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
Kabaka Pyramid – “Never Gonna Be A Slave”
Zack De La Rocha & Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)”
Collie Buddz & Rebelution – “Had To Be The One”
Beck – “Morning”
Josey Wales – “Ready Fi Josey”
Roseanne Cash – “The Long Way Home”
Tarrus Riley & Dean Frazer – “Cry No More”
Willie Nelson & Jamey Johnson – “The Git Go”
Sean Paul & Iggy Azelea – “Wickedest Style”
Belle & Sebastian – “The Party Line”
Ali Campbell – “Cyber Bully Boys”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Kymani Marley – “Get High”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Anthony B & Dubmatix – “Detonator”
Sturgill Simpson – “The Promise”
Chronixx – “Capture Land”
Chet Faker – “1998”
Papa Michigan & Yami Bolo – “People Rise”
Wayne Marshall – “On The Corner”
TV on the Radio – “Happy Idiot”
Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – “Smokin’ Love”
The Grouch & Eligh with Kyle of Slightly Stoopid – “People of the Sun”
Delly Ranx – “Sweet Reggae”
Old Crow Medicine Show – “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”
Richie Spice – “Reggae Music”
Sturgill Simpson – “Voices”
Tarrus Riley, Big Youth, & Mr. Cheeks – “Five Days”
Dr. John – “Let ‘Em In”
Busy Signal – “Nah Follow Dem”
Gentleman’s Dub Club – “Give It Away”
J. Mascis – “Every Morning”
Tanya Stephens – “Wine Up On Mi”
Old Crow Medicine Show 
– “Sweet Amarillo”
Sean Paul & Konshens
– “Want Dem All”
Spoon
– “Inside Out”
Popcaan
– “Everything Nice”
Magic!
– “Rude”
Prince Fatty, Top Cat, & Mungo’s Hi-Fi
– “Herbalist”
Mary J. Blige
– “Whole Damn Year”
Chronixx
– “Rastaman Wheel Out”
Busy Signal
– “Greetings”
Alvvays
– “Archie, Marry Me”
Young J.R
– “General”
Mac Demarco
– “Passing Out Pieces”
Papa Michigan & Yami Bolo
– “People Rise”
Sturgill Simpson – “Just Let Go”
Wayne Marhsall – “The Boom Draw”
First Aid Kid – “My Silver Linings”
Exco Levi – “Reggae Calling”
Latasha Lee – “Watch Me Now”
Sean Paul & Major Lazer – “Come On To Me”
Spoon – “I Just Don’ Understand”
Lutan Fyah – “Play It (Drums Them Beating)”
Willie Nelson – “I Thought I Left You”
Bugle – “Anointed”
Sturgill Simpson – “It Ain’t All Flowers”
Notis & Iba Mahr – “Diamond Sox”
Perry Farrell – “Got To Get You In My Life”
Kabaka Pyramid – “World Wide Love”
Willie Nelson – “I’ve Got A Lot of Traveling To Do”
Spring Wata – “Hold Firm”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
I-Wayne & Kabaka Pyramid – “Versatile”
St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”
Ali Campbell – “Silhouette”
Sturgill Simpson – “Panbowl”
Pressure – “Virgin Islands Nice”
Benjamin Booker – “Slow Coming”
Richie Spice & Jah Sun – “Can’t Live Good”
Steve Miller – “Junior’s Farm”
Tarrus Riley & Whippa Demus – “Special Occasion”
Willie Nelson & Billy Joe Shaver – “Hard To Be An Outlaw”
Sizzla – “Gangsta”
Latasha Lee – “Pledging My Love”
Busy Signal & Chris Martin – “Lock Di Endz”
Michael Franti – “Same As It Ever War (Starts Today)”
Don Carlos & Rebelution – “Roots Reggae Music”
Willie Nelson – “The Wall”
Jahdan Blakkmoore & Kabaka Pyramid – “For the Children”
Benjamin Booker – “Violent Shiver”
Anuhea & SOJA – “Easier”
Phish – “Winterqueen”
Ali Campbell – “History”
Jack White – “High Ball Stepper”
Chronixx – “Like A Whistle”
Willie Nelson – “Yesterday”
Gyptian – “Stuck”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Sizzla – “Champion Sound”
Burro Banton – “Bad Like Mi”
Sizzla – “Champion Sound (Spoonbill Remix)”
Brett Dennen – “Wild Child”
No Maddz – “Shotta”
Cham – “Wah Gwaan”
Zara McFarlane – “Police & Thieves”
Million Stylez & DJ Hard2Def – Baddis Ting (Trappin’ Refix)
Moodyman & Andres – “Lyk U Use 2”
Chronixx – “Spirulina”
Phish – “The Line”
Tarrus Riley – “Burning Desire”
Weezer – “Back To The Shack”
Matisyahu & Collie Buddz – “Confidence”
Jah Sun – “Babylon Funeral”
Ezra Koenig & Karen O – “The Moon Song”
Jah Cure – “All of Me”
Micah Shemaiah, Infinite, & Matthias – “Reggae Rockit”
Phish – “Wombat”
Michael Franti & SOJA – “I Believe”
Skrillex – “Ragga Bomb”
Tanya Stephens – “Unapologetic”
Mr. Williamz – “Ganja Palace”
Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Jah Sun – “Rise As One”
Grimes – “Go”
Marina P & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Divorce A L’Italienne”
The Black Keys – “Gotta Get Away”
Wayne Marhsall, Baby Cham, Ace Hood, & Waka Flocka – “Go Harder”
Trevor Hall – “The Mountain”
Damian Marley & SOJA – “Your Song”
Beck – “Blue Moon”
Jah Sun & Chronixx – “Top Rankin”
Duane Stephenson – “Cool Runnings”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Mala Rodriquez & SOJA – “Like It Used To”
Phish – “Wingsuit”
I-Wayne – “Seeking Souls”
Christopher Martin – “Steppin’ Razor”
Brett Dennen – “Outta My Head”
Shaggy – “Work So Hard”
Sturgill Simpson – “Living the Dream”
Pressure and Jah Mason – “My Herbs”
Michael Franti – “Stay Human (Soulshine Remix)”
Collie Buddz – “Nice Up Yourself”
Burro Banton – “Inna Mi League”
Matthew McAnuff – “Be Careful”
Toian – “Kingston Town”
Julian Marley & Junior Reid – “Never Too Ruff”
Etana – “Trigger”
Willie Nelson – “Bring It On”
Maxi Priest – “Easy To Love”
String Cheese Incident – “Colorado Bluebird Sky”
Saba Tooth & Adena Myrie – “Love Is Overdue, Part 2”
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Another Life”
Ali Campbell – “Reggae Music”
Phish – “Halfway to the Moon”
Lady Ann & Alborosie – “Informa”
Jo Mersa – “Rock and Swing”
Rick Ross – “Coke Like The 80s”
Nahko & SOJA – “Lucid Dreams”
Beck – “Country Down”
Toian – “Rude Boys”
Willie Nelson – “Wives and Girlfriends”
Jah Mason – “Wings of Wind”
Michael Franti – “Yes I Will (Soulshine Remix)”
Sizzla – “Sweet To My Brain”
Mac Demarco – “Passing Out The Pieces”
Raging Fyah – “Jah Glory”
Sharon Van Etten – “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”
Gappy Ranks – “Selling Stories”
First Aid Kid – “Master Pretender”
Raging Fyah – “Dance With You”
SOJA – “Treading Water”
U2 – “Every Breaking Wave”
Exco Levi – “Herb Man”
Tommy Lee Sparta – “Hero”
Prince – “This Could Be Us”
Ali Campbell – “I Want You”
Sizzla – “Make It Right”
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Black-Am-I, Biggz General, Jo Mersa, Illestr8 – “The Living Breed”
Bugle – “Anointed”
Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem – “Kulture (Dubmatix Remix)”
Black-Am-I – “In the Ghetto”
Alkaline – “Gyal Bruk Out”
Mavado & Nicki Minaj – “Give It To Me”
Shuga – “Ride De Riddim”
Sinkane – “How We Be”
Tarrus Riley & U-Roy – “Sail Away”
Willie Nelson – “The Songwriters”
Alborosie & Black Uhuru – “Guess Who’s Coming”
Bruce Springsteen – “Frankie Fell In Love”
Ward 21 – “No Trouble We”
Foo Fighters – “Outside”
J Boog
– “Love Me”

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Top Ranking Songs of 2014

Top Ranking Songs of October 2014

Sturgill Simpson – “Turtles All the Way Down”

Stephen Marley, Capleton, and Sizzla – “Rock Stone”

Robert Plant – “Little Maggie”

SOJA & Collie Buddz – “She Stills Love Me”

Pressure, Tarrus Riley, and Damian Marley – “Mental Disturbance”

The Grouch & Eligh with Kyle of Slightly Stoopid – “People of the Sun”

Josey Wales – “Ready Fi Josey”

Shaggy – “Work So Hard”

Old Crow Medicine Show – “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”

Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – “Smokin’ Love”

SOJA – “Treading Water”

Sizzla – “Champion Sound (Spoonbill Remix)”

The Black Keys – “Fever”

Richie Spice & Jah Sun – “Can’t Live Good”

Phish – “Wombat”

Jah Turban – “Rebel With A Cause”

Old Crow Medicine Show – “Sweet Amarillo”

Pressure and Jah Mason – “My Herbs”

Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”

Top Ranking Songs of October 2014

Top Ranking REGGAE songs of 2013

SOJA – She Still Loves Me (Acoustic)

SOJA and Collie Buddz – She Still Loves Me (Remix)

Jah Bouks – Angola

Stephen Marley, Buju Banton, and Akon – My Conclusion

Shaggy and Beres Hammond – Fight This Feeling

Alborosie – Who Run the Dance

Gentleman – Heart of Rub-A-Dub

Natty, Alborosie, and Busy Signal – Change (Vibe & Pressure Remix)

Protoje – Kingston Be Wise

Luciano – Weapons of War

Alborosie – Woman I Need You

Chronixx – Smile Jamaica

Protoje – Black Cinderella

The Courtney John Project – Black Cinderella

Jah9 – Avacado

Stephen Marley, Jah Cure, and Christopher Ellis – End of Time

Chronixx, Sizzla Kalonji, Protoje, and Kabaka Pyrmaid – Selsassie Souljahz

Addis Pablo & the Suns of Dub – Selassie Souljahz Dub

Tanya Stephens and Lone Ranger – If You Knew

Joe Lickshot – Vintage Conccert

Etana and Busy Signal – Love, Love, Love

Dre Island – Uptown Downtown

Sizzla – Good Love

Capleton and Slightly Stoopid – No Cocaine

Major Lazer, Busy Signal, The Flexican, and FS Green – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)

Freddie McGregor – For Your Love

Chronixx – Good Over Evil

Green Lion Crew, Kabaka Pyrmaid, Chronixx, and Dre Island – Rasta Road (Rough Road Remix)

Jah9 – Steamers A Bubble

Maxi Priest – Easy To Love

Gyptian – Wine Slow

Cocoa Tea, Shaggy, and Joe – Like Never Before

I-Wayne and Rebelution – So High

SOJA and J. Boog – Fuck Your System (Jr Blender Mentality Remix)

Snoop Lion, Mavado, and Popcaan – Lighters Up

The Aggrolites – Complicated Girl

Luciano – Create Our History (Freedom)

Jemere Morgan – Neighborhood Girl

Sizzla – Dem Nuh Business

Macka Diamond – Dye Dye

Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble

Snoop Lion and Akon – Tired of Running

Luciano and Anthony B – Never Leave the Roots

Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, DJ Z-Trip, and the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party (Z-Trip Remix)

Richie Stephens and U-Roy – Real Reggae Music

Chronixx – Odd Ras

Black-Am-I – Samson Strength

Morgan Heritage – Here Comes The King

Mavado – Million Dollar Man

Ezra Koenig and Major Lazer – Jessica

Snoop Lion and Mr. Vegas – Fruit Juice

Eek-A-Mouse and the Expendables – Ganja Smugglin’

Major Lazer, Vybz Kartel, Santigold, Danielle Haim, and Yasmin – You’re No Good

Wayne Marshall, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Aidonia, and Vybz Kartel – Go Hard

Samantha J – Tight Up Skirt

Busy Signal – Bedroom Bully

Jo Mersa – Comfortable

Vybz Kartel – Business

Wyclef Jean and Major Lazer – Reach for the Stars

Gyptian – Non Stop

Sean Paul – Other Side of Love

Snoop Lion – La La La

Anthony B – Can’t Stop Loving You

Chronixx – Behind Curtain

Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, and the Wailers – Stir It Up (Ziggy Marley Remix)

 

Top Ranking REGGAE songs of 2013

Top Ranking Songs of 2013

SOJA – She Still Loves Me

SOJA and Collie Buddz – She Still Loves Me (Remix)

Lordes – Royals

Jah Bouks – Angola

Haim – The Wire

Chronixx, Sizzla, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid with Addis Pablo & The Suns of Dub – Selassie Souljahz

Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

Jah9 – Steamers a Bubble

The Blow – Make It Up

Christopher Ellis, Stephen Marley, and Jah Cure – End of Time

Loretta Lynn – Take Your Gun and Go, John

Busy Signal, The Flexican, FS Green, and Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)

Broken Bells – Holding On For Life

Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Sly and Robbie – Fight This Feeling

The Lone Bellow – You Never Need Nobody

Gentleman – Heart of Rub-A-Dub

Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Chronixx – Good Over Evil

Chronixx, Dre Island, and Kabaka Pyramid with Green Lion Crew – Rasta Road (Rough Road Remix)

The Avett Brothers – Another Is Waiting

Protoje – Black Cinderella

The Courtney John Project – Black Cinderella

James Blake – Retrograde

Stephen Marley, Akon, and Buju Banton – My Conclusion

Foxygen – San Francisco

Natty, Alborosie, & Busy Signal – Changes (Vibes & Pressure Remix)

Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt

Luciano – Weapons of War

Low – Plastic Cup

Jah9 – Avacado

Valerie June – Somebody To Love

Chronixx – Smile Jamaica

Neko Case – Magpie to the Morning

Jemere Morgan – Neighborhood Girl

Michael Franti and Spearhead – I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)

Tanya Stephens and Lone Ranger – If You Knew

Joe Lickshot – Vintage Concert

Vampire Weekend – Step

Luciano – Create Our History (Freedom)

Pusha T – King Push

Wayne Marshall, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, I-Octane, and Aidonia – Go Hard

Earl Sweatshirt – Chum

Dre Island – Uptown Downtown

Vybz Kartel, Santigold, Danielle Haim, Yasmin, and Major Lazer – You’re No Good

Gyptian – Wine Slow

Dismemberment Plan – Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer

Freddie McGregor – For Your Love

Luciano and Anthony B – Never Leave The Roots

Pokey LaFarge with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks – Lovesick Blues

Sizzla – Dem Nuh Business

The Lone Bellow – You Can Be All Kinds Of Emotional

Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and DJ Z-Trip – Punky Reggae Party (Remix)

Paul McCartney – New

Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble

Ashley Monroe – Weed Instead of Roses

The Aggrolites – Complicated Girl

LeeAnn Womack – The Legend of the Rebel Soldier

Alborosie – Woman I Need You

Michael Franti, K’Naan, and Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space

Snoop Lion, Mavado, and Popcaan – Lighters Up

Steve Earle – Invisible

I-Wayne and Rebelution – So High

Neko Case – Night Still Comes 

Alborosie – Who Run the Dance

Eminem and Kendrick Lamar – Love Game

Protoje – Kingston Be Wise

Pusha T and Pharrell Williams – S.N.I.T.C.H.

Capleton, Slightly Stoopid, and Inner Circle – No Cocaine

Ralph Stanley – The Vacant Chair

SOJA and J Boog – Fuck Your System (Remix)

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – I Ride At Dawn

Eek-A-Mouse and the Expendables – Ganja Smugglin’

Daft Punk – Beyond

Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, and the Wailers – Stir It Up (Remix)

Neko Case – Calling Cards

Gyptian – Non Stop

Sam Amidon – Wildwood Flower

Anthony B – Can’t Stop Loving You

Eminem – Rhyme Or Reason

Snoop Lion and Akon – Tired Of Running

The Lone Bellow – You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To

Jo Mersa – Comfortable

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Let’s Get High

Ezra Koening and Major Lazer – Jessica

Shaggy, Cocoa Tea, and Joe – Like Never Before

Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. – Blurred Lines

Bob Marley and the Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff (Roni Size Remix)

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks – Everybody Loves My Baby 

Samantha J – Tight Up Skirt

Michael Franti and Spearhead – 11:59

Busy Signal – Bedroom Bully

Rufus Wainwright, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks – Jimbo Jambo

Kanye West – Black Skinhead

Snoop Lion and Mr. Vegas – Fruit Juice

Pokey LaFarge – Kingdom Come

Wyclef Jean and Major Lazer – Reach For the Stars

Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn

Sizzla – Good Love

Pusha T – Numbers On The Board

Snoop Lion and Collie Buddz – Smoke the Weed

Panda Bear and Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right

Etana and Busy Signal – Love, Love, Love

Michael Franti and Spearhead – Closer To You

Alborosie – To Whom It May Concern

Cowboy Jack Clement – Beautiful Dreamer

Snoop Lion – La La La

Eminem – Bezerk

Julian Marley and Bugle – Move Dem

Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance

Mavado – Million Dollar Man

Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)

Neko Case – Man

Sizzla – Chant Dem Down

Michael Franti and Spearhead – Long Ride Home

John Brown’s Body – The Gold (Dubmatix Double Dutch Remix)

Parquet Courts – Stones and Starving

Macka Diamond – Dye Dye

Jamey Johnson – Rebel Soldier

Vybz Kartel – Business

Neko Case – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Waiting in Vain (Jim James Remix)

Maxi Priest – Easy To Love

Busy Signal – Same Way

 

Top Ranking Songs of 2013

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Busy SignalReggae Music Again [VP Records 2012]

RebelutionPeace of Mind [Controlled Substance Sound Labs 2012]

The Beach BoysThat’s Why God Made Radio [Capitol Records 2012]

SOJAStrength to Survive [ATO Records 2012]

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball [Columbia 2012]

Slightly StoopidTop of the World [Stoopid Records 2012]

Jimmy CliffRebirth [Sunpower 2012]

Willie NelsonHeroes [Legacy Recordings 2012]

Various ArtistsReggae Gold 2012 [VP Records 2012]

Neil Young – Psychadelic Pill [Reprise Records 2012]

Bob DylanTempest [Columbia 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Top Ranking Albums of August 2012

Slightly StoopidTop of the World [Stoopid Records 2012]

CultureNatty Dread Taking Over: Reggae Anthology [VP Records 2012]

Neneh Cherry & the ThingThe Cherry Thing [Smalltown Superound 2012]

Easy Star All StarsThrillah [Easy Star Records 2012]

Various ArtistsOut of Many: 50 Years of Reggae Music [VP Records 2012]

Brigadier JerryJamaica Jamaica [Sanctuary Records 2010]

Bost & Bim meet FabwizeTo Bring the Amazing Dub Monster Back to Life !!! [The Bombist Records 2012]

Django DjangoDjango Django [Ribbon Music 2012]

Adrian SherwoodSurvival & Resistance [On-U Sound 2012]

David Byrne & St. VincentLove This Giant [4AD Records 2012]

ConveyorConveyor [Paper Garden Records 2012]


Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back [ATO Records 2012]


Don WilliamsAnd So It Goes [Sugar Hill 2012]

Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do [Epic 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of August 2012

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