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.”

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Austin City Limits Festival – DAY ONE

World of Reggae Music Collection–Rock/Reggae Fusion

Rock/Reggae Fusion

In this edition of the World Of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the fusion of rock n’ roll and reggae music.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Roots Rock Reggae

Blondie – Tide Is High

Sublime – Pawn Shop

The Police – Roxanne

Finley Quay – Even After All

Led Zeppelin – D’Yer Maker

Rebelution – Fade Away

Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff

Slightly Stoopid – Don’t Care

The Grateful Dead – Fire On The Mountain

Daweh CongoDaybreak

311Rub A Dub

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals With My Own Two Hands

The Police – Message In A Bottle

Sublime – Badfish

Chuck Berry – Havana Moon

SOJA – Everything Changes

Rockamovya – Collin’ I

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Slogans

Slightly StoopidWiseman

SOJA – Used To Matter

John Popper & Rebelution – Closer I Get

Rebelution – Closer I Get Dub

The Clash – The Guns Of Brixton

Sublime – 54-46 That’s My Number/Ball and Chain

Jack Johnson – The Horizon Has Been Defeated

The Kinks – Apeman

The Dirty Heads – Stand Tall

Collie Buddz & Rebelution – Had To Be The One

Barrington Levy & Long Beach Dub All Stars – Under Mi Sensi

Eek-A-Mouse & The Expendables – Ganja Smugglin’

Grateful Dead – Estimated Prophet

Finley Quay – Sun Is Shining

Rebelution – Outta Control

Slightly Stoopid – 2am

311 – My Stoney Baby

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)

The Police – Can’t Stand Losing You

Sublime – Boss D.J.

Long Beach Dub All Stars – Listen to D.J.’s

SOJA – Tell Me

Gov’t Mule, Toots & the Maytals – Hard To Handle

Gov’t Mule – Hard To Dubya

Slightly Stoopid – Bandelero

Sublime – Garden Grove

Rockamovya – Rock in Place

Citizen Cope – Brother Lee

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Red Beans & Rice

No Doubt & Lady Saw – Underneath It All

MatisyahuChop ’em Down

PepperNo Control

Sublime – Greatest Hits

Grateful Dead – Touch Of Grey

The Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais)

Michael Franti, Cherine Anderson, & Spearhead – A Little Bit of Riddim

Bad Brains – Roll On

Ezra Koenig & Major Lazer – Jessica

311Paradise

Slightly Stoopid & G. Love – Mellow Mood

The Police Walking On The Moon

The ClashPolice & Thieves

Sublime – Steppin’ Razor

Phish – Makisupa Policeman>Night Nurse>Makisupa Policeman (Live October 26, 2010 Manchester, New Hampshire)

SOJA – Better

Half Pint – My Best Friend’s Girl

Long Beach Dub All-Stars & Barrington Levy – Saw Red

SublimeDon’t Push

Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Lights (Reggae Remix)

311Nix Hex

Jack Johnson – Wasting Time

SOJA – Be With Me Now

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Jah Work

MatisyahuKing Without A Crown

Slightly StoopidTill It Gets Wet

Wayne Wonder – Hold Me Now

SOJA – Let You Go

311 – 1, 2, 3

Los Lobos – Pawn Shop

Ziggy Marley – Drive

Half Pint, Toko Pasi, & Long Beach Dub All Stars – A Girl Like You

Sublime – Rivers Of Babylon

Roots of Creation & John Brown’s Body Horns – Universal Soldier

Pepper – Freeze

311 – Welcome

Slightly Stoopid – Digital

John Brown’s Body – Garden Tree

Jimmy Cliff – Ruby Soho

Citizen Cope – 107°

The Police – Murder By Numbers

No Doubt & Bounty Killer – Hey Baby

Ween – The Fruit Man

Sublime – 40 Oz. To Freedom

The Aggrolites – Prisoner Song

Slightly Stoopid – Babylon Is Falling

Pepper – Things That You Love

Michael Franti & Gov’t Mule – Unthrow That Spear

Gov’t Mule – Unring That Bell

311 – All Mixed Up

Matisyahu – Message In A Battle

Matisyahu – Message In A Bottle (Dub Version)

Sublime – April 29, 1992

Slightly Stoopid – I Would Do For You

Rebelution – Calling Me Out

SOJA – Summer Breeze

Barrington Levy & Slighly Stoopid – Ur Love

311 – Plain 

The Clash – Revolution Rock

Half Pint & Filibuster – Get Ready

Ken Boothe – Everybody Want o Rule The World

Trey Anastasio, Toots & the Maytals – Sweet and Dandy

Pepper – Love 101

The Wailing Souls – War Down at the Pawnshop

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rock The Nation

Cipes & People – Free Me

Bad Brains – Natty Dreadlocks ‘Pon the Mountain

The Grateful Dead – Eyes Of The World

Sublime – Right Back

The Clash – Armagideon Time

311 – Stealing Happy Hours

The Police – Invisible Sun

Slightly Stoopid – Still Be You

Pepper – Musical 69

The Black Crowes – Time Will Tell

G. Love – Greatest Hits

Roots of Creation – Woman

Rebelution – Sky Is The Limit

Gov’t Mule – Rebel With A Cause

Jimmy Cliff – Bang

Long Beach Shortbus – California Grace

Rancid & Buju Banton – No More Misty Days

Grateful Dead – Scarlet Begonias

Sublime – Scarlet Begonias

311 – 8:16 A.M. 

Slightly Stoopid – Waiting

Bedouin Soundclash – Until We Burn In The Sun (The Kids Just Want Love Songs)

The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

Aswad – Roxanne

The Police – Driven To Tears

Rebelution – Comfort Zone

Rebelution – Comfort Zone Dub

Sublime – Doin’ Time

Eric Clapton, Toots & the Maytals – Pressure Drop

Beenie Man, ARP, & Tony Curtis – Missing You

311 – Love Song

SOJA – Strength To Survivie

Pepper – Bring Me Along

The Clash – Lover’s Rock

The Police – Reggaetta De Blanc

Gov’t Mule – Horseflies

Mishka – Bittersweet

Jimmy Cliff – Rebel Rebel

Slightly Stoopid – Blood of my Blood

311 – Omaha Stylee

Nas & Damian Marley – Strong Will Continue

The Aggrolites – Time To Get Tough

Rebelution – Too Rude

Santana, Sean Paul, Joss Stone – Cry Baby Cry

Wyclef Jean, Serj Tankin, & Sizzla – Riot

Trey Anastasio – Small Axe 

Petra Haden, Stephen Perkins, & Mike Watt – Work That We Do

Long Beach Shortbus – Girl Next Door

SOJA  – Don’t Forget

Matisyahu – I Will Be Light

Slightly Stoopid – Sweet Honey

Rebelution – Day By Day

Gov’t Mule – Unblow Your Horn

Gov’t Mule – Reblow Your Mind

Sublime – Trenchtown Rock

NEED

Super Villains 20 Excuses

Pepper – Bad Idea

Horace Andy & Easy Dub All-Stars Airbag

PepperCan’t Stand Losing You

Sting & Ranking Roger The Bed’s Too Big Without You

Pasafire – Submersible

The Expendables –  Bowl For Two

DispatchThe General

Junior ReidSynchronicity 1

Bad Brains I And I Survive

GroundationLong, Long Ago

IrationFalling

Outlaw NationBabylon Is Falling

Easy Dub All Stars – Karma Police

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadBuffalo

The HoldupHunnies

Aivar17

RebelutionOrdinary Girl

Toots & the MaytalsDe Do Do Do De Da Da Da

Bedouin SoundclashWalls Fall Down

Burning Spear – Jam Cruise

Roots Manuva Again & Again (Arctic Monkeys Remix)

Eve & Wyclef JeanYour Love

Mikey Dread & Seal Lips Like Sugar

ElanSlave To Love

Jason Mraz I Melt With You

Nicole KeaBreakfast In Bed

Dryden MitchellFriday, I’m In Love

Joe JacksonFools In Love

World of Reggae Music Collection–Rock/Reggae Fusion

The World of Reggae Music Collection — Reggae inna Folk-Country Version

World of Reggae Music

Reggae ina Folk Country Version

Beenie Man and Willie Nelson have more in common than you think. They both play country music. And they both play reggae music. Country and Reggae collide on this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection. From Steve Earle, Jimmy Buffett, and Johnny Cash to Delroy Wilson, Dennis Brown, and John Holt this is Reggae inna Folk and Country stylee.

The Survivors  Rawhide

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire>

The Ethiopians – Free Man

Willie Nelson – I’ll Still Be Thinking of You

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Charlie Pride – You’re My Jamaica

Josh Heinrichs – Cryin’ Time

Peter Rowan – No Woman No Cry

LUST – Flowers on the Will

Tony Joe White – Rainy Night In Georgia [Bozzo Bajou’s Georgia Dub]

Sanchez – El Paso

Robert Earl Keen – Waves on the Ocean

Delroy Wilson – I Shall Be Released

Willie Nelson – The Harder They Come

Freddie McGregor – The King of the Road

Beenie Man –Ain’t Gonna Figure It Yet

Slightly Stoopid – I’m On Fire

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

Willie Nelson – I’ve Just Destroyed The World

Toots & the Maytals – Take Me Home, Country Roads

Ziggy Marley & The Meloday Makers – Everyone Want To Be

Sinead O’Connor – Untold Stories

The SkatalitesOccupation

Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

John Holt – Before The Next Teardrop Falls

J.J Cale – Crying

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

The Sensations – Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast

Bonnie Raitt, Toots & The Maytals – True Love Is Hard To Find

The Mighty Diamonds – Lay Lady Lay

The Mighty Diamonds – Lay Lady Lay Dub

Willie Nelson – Sitting In Limbo

Tenor Saw – Lone Ranger and tonto

Hopeton Lewis Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

Steve Earle – Rivers Of Babylon

Etana – Crazy

Nicky Thomas – If I Had A Hammer/ Hammering Version

Delbert McClinton – Stir It Up

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Willie Nelson & Toots & the Maytals – Still Is Still Moving To Me

Denzil Dennis – South of the Border

Jerry Jeff Walker – Sangria Wine (Live 1973 Luckenbach, Texas)

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Ken Parker – Kiss An Angel Good Morning

Taj Mahal – Never Let You Go

Richie Stephens – Wolverton Mountain

Killer Bees – El Paso

J Rod Records – Bad Cowboy Riddim Version

Ninja Man – Badman Law

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Willie Nelson – One In A Row

Sinead O’Connor – Marcus Garvey

Christopher Martin – If I Were A Carpenter

J.C. Lodge – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

J.C. Lodge – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright Dub

Gary P. Nunn – London Homesick Blues (Home of the Reggae Armadillo)

Lloyd Charmers – Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)

Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Mistaica

Aswad – Best Of My Love

Dennis Brown – The Last Thing On My Mind

Kymani Marley – Rude Boy

Willie Nelson – You Left Me A Long, Long Time Ago

Ras Abijah – One Too Many Mornings

Ras Abijah – One Too Many Mornings Dub

Duane Stephenson – Suspicions

Roman Stewart – Wolverton Mountain

Tessanne Chin – Don’t It Make It My Brown Eyes Blues

Delroy WilsonGreen Green Grass Of Home

Willie Nelson & Toots & the Maytals – I’m A Worried Man

John Holt Help Me Make It Through the Night

Steve Earle & the V-Roys – Johnny Too Bad

The Pioneers – Sweet Dreams

Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, and Rudy Costa – Black Man, Brown Man

Hazel WrightPlease Help Me I’m Falling (In Love With You)

Willie Nelson & Wyclef Jean – To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before

Michael Rose – Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll

Michael Rose – Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll Dub

John HoltWasted Days And Wasted Nights

Sinead O’Connor – Jah Nuh Dead

Mariene WebberStand By Your Man

Willie Nelson – How Long Is Forever

The Inventors Bye Bye Love

Noel “Bunny” BrownFor the Good Times

Hopeton Lewis – Drift Away

Johnny Cash & Willie NelsonWorried Man

Dennis Brown – Little Green Apples

Taj MahalJohnny Too Bad

Wyclef Jean & Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

Willie Nelson Undo The Right

Bob AndyWalk A Mile In My Shoes

Sanchez & Beenie Man – Refugee

Doreen Sheaffer Walk Through This World With Me

Count Prince Miller Mule Train

Max RomeoBlowin’ In The Wind

Gary P. Nunn – Corona Con Lima

Ken Parker – Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Willie Nelson – Something To Think About

Bob Andy – The Games People Play

The Heptones – Guman Coming To Town

Wayne Wade – Lady

Bob Dylan – I And I

Bob Dylan – I And I Dub

John HoltIf I Were a Carpenter

Taj Mahal – African Herbsman

Willie NelsonI Guess I’ve Come To Live Here

Boris Gardiner – I Want To Wake Up With You

Mishka – Shadow in the Shade

Jackie EdwardsSomeone Loves You Honey

Willie Nelson – Sitting In Limbo (Live at Farm Aid)

Jimmy Riley Statue Of A Fool

The Aggrolites – Countryman Fiddle

Cornell Campbell She Wears My Ring

Abijah – One Too Many Mornings

Abijah – One Too Many Mornings Dub

Max RomeoMissing You

Ziggy Marley & Paul SimonWalk Tall

John Holt – Mr. Bojangles

Slightly Stoopid – Know You Rider

Ken Parker – Guilty

Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train

John Holt – Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

Brother Nolan – Coconut Girl

Michael Chung – For The Good Times

Jerry Garcia Band – The Harder They Come

Pat Kelly – Sunshine On My Shoulders

Harry Nlsson – Many Rivers To Cross

Eric Donaldson – Sylvia’s Mother

The Bellamy Brothers – I Love Her Mind

Max Romeo – Is It Really Over

Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ In The Wind

Nicky Thomas – Don’t Touch Me

Manu Chao – La Vacaloca

John Holt – Working Kind (Chokin’ Kind)

Ken Boothe – Mona Lisa

Ewan, Jerry, & the Caribbeats – Tennessee Waltz

Gloria Crawford – Sad Movies Make Me Cry

Hortense Ellis – Stand By Your Man

The Bleechers – Send Me The Pillow

Hortonese Ellis – My Last Date

Anonymously Yours – Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You

Willie Francis – I’m Going To Change Everything (aka Burn Them)

Ernest Wilson – My Elusive Dreams

Raphael Stewart & Hot Tops – He’ll Have To Go (aka Put Your Sweet Lips)

Hopeton Lewis – City of New Orleans (Good Morning Jamaica)

Ed Robinson – Knocking On Heavens Door

Ziggy Marley, Paula Fuga, & Jack Johnson – Cry, Cry, Cry

Nicky Thomas – Love Of The Common People

Ken Parker – Help Me Make It Through The Night

Bob Andy – Lay Lady Lay

Denzil Dennis – Zip a Dee Doo Dah

Dennis Walks – Snowbird

The Bellamy Brothers – If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

Pat Kelly – Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings

Rip & Lan – In The Ghetto

David Isaacs – Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On)

Hopeton Lewis – Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me

Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Farewell

Pluto Shervington – Jambalaya

Joya Landis – Angel of the Morning

Mikey Chung – Crying In The Chapel

The Clash – The Man In Me

Ernie Smith – Sunday Morning Coming Down

The Abyssinians – Blowin’ In The Wind

NEED

Willie NelsonDo You Mind Too Much If I Don’t Understand

Lloyd Charmers – Mr. Bojangles

The Skatalites – Ring of Fire

The Bellamy Brothers – Get Into Reggae Cowboy

Johnny CashI’m A Worried Man

J.C. Lodge & Junior Kelly – Someone Loves You Honey

Robert Palmer & UB40 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

The World of Reggae Music Collection — Reggae inna Folk-Country Version