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

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

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

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 April 2014

ChronixxDread & Terrible [Chronixx Music 2014]

The Black Keys Turn Blue [Nonesuch Records 2014]

Jah Sun Rise As One [More Love Productions 2014]

Chet Faker – Built on Glass [Downtown Records 2014]

First Aid KitStay Gold [Columbia Records 2014]

The Haden TripletsThe Haden Triplets [Third Man Records 2014]

Zara McFarlaneIf You Know Her [Brownswood Recordings 2014]

Damon AlbornEveryday Robots [Parlophone UK 2014]

Lake Street DriveBad Self Portraits [Signature Sounds Recording Company 2014]

Aloe BlaccLift Your Spirit [Interscope Records 2014]

Dianne ReevesBeautiful Life [Concord Records 2014]

Various ArtistsHi Grade Ganja Anthems, Volume 4 [VP Records 2014]

Various ArtistsReturn of Rockfort Rock Riddim  (Soundtank Crew Production) [Struttinbeats Records 2014]

Earl Sixteen Natty Farming [A-Lone Productions 2014]

Ziggy Marley Fly Rasta [Tuff Gong Worldwide 2014]

GinjahUrge To Love [Funky Dividends 2014]

Top Ranking Albums of April 2014

Top Ranking Albums of November 2011

1. Mac MillerBlue Side Park [Rostrum Records 2011]

2. Various ArtistsStrictly the Best, Volume 45 [VP Records 2011]

3. The Black KeysEl Camino [Nonesuch 2011]

4. Willie NelsonRemember Me, Vol. 1 [R&J Records 2011]

5. The GourdsOld Mad Joy [Vanguard 2011]

6. The RootsUndun [Def Jam 2011]

7. Amy WinehouseLioness: Hidden Treasures [Universal 2011]

8. Various ArtistsStrictly the Best, Vol. 44 [VP Records 2011]

9. BazilStand Up Strong [Tiger Records 2011]

10. Omar PerryThe Journey [Bonfire.Pr 2011]

11. Ray BonnevilleBad Man’s Blood [Red House Records 2011]

12. Derajah – Paris Is Burning [Chapter Two Records 2011]

Top Ranking Albums of November 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