Buddy Miller Album and Jewly Hight Book, ‘Right By Her Roots,’ Among Week’s New Releases

Brody Vercher | March 1st, 2011

New releases for the week of March 1, 2011 include:

  • Aaron Lewis – Town Line
    Amazon ($5.00) | iTunes

  • Bart Crow Band – Brewster Street Live
    Amazon | iTunes

  • Buddy Miller – The Majestic Silver Strings
    Amazon ($6.99) | iTunes

  • Jewly Hight – Right By Her Roots (Book)
    Amazon

  • Lucinda Williams – Blessed
    Amazon | iTunes

  • Luke Bryan – Spring Break 3…It’s A Shore Thing
    iTunes

  • The New 76ers – Superhighway
    Amazon | iTunes

  • Tejas Brothers – Rich Man
    Amazon | iTunes

  • Various Artists – A Bluegrass Gospel Songbook
    Amazon | iTunes

Here’s video of Buddy Miller and the rest of The Majestic Silver Strings covering the George Jones classic “Why Baby Why.”

  1. Rick
    March 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Opry Alert! Tonight marks the seasonal return of the Tuesday Night Oprys! Yay! Tonight’s featured artists include The Randy Rogers Band, Dailey & Vincent, Mark Wills, and Little Big Town (and the usual moldy oldies). Should be fun! Grade: B+
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html
    Lissten: http://www.wsmonline.com/indexlow.html

    Check out Steve Morley’s review of the Buddy Miller album at Country Weekly:
    http://www.countryweekly.com/buddy_miller_majestic_silver_strings/reviews/934
    Sounds like a real stink bomb to me.

    A new Tejas Brothers album, eh? I’ll definitely have to check that one out. Go Tex-Mex music!

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    March 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    A new Lucinda Williams and Buddy Miller records!

    They must know it’s my birthday this month.

  3. TXmusicjim
    March 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Those of you unfamilar with the Bart Crow Band check out live at Brewster Street. Good stuff both musically and lyrically with a really racous crowd.

  4. Ollie
    March 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I think the Country Weekly review of the Buddy Miller/Majestic Silver Strings album is an effective one to the extent that it informs ME that this IS an album I want to own and it informs Rick that it’s NOT an album that HE wants to own. (But then, we both knew that already, didn’t we?….)

  5. luckyoldsun
    March 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Buddy Miller makes Bob Dylan Sound like Luciano Pavoratti.

  6. Jon
    March 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Buddy Miller makes Bob Dylan Sound like Luciano Pavoratti.

    An opinion evidently not shared by artists like Heather Myles, Jim Lauderdale, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Allison Moorer, Lee Ann Womack, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert, Rodney Crowell and Robert Plant, all of whom have paid him good money to sing with them.

  7. luckyoldsun
    March 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    “…to sing with them.”

    I suppose with a very expansive definition of the word, what Buddy Miller does with his mouth could be called “singing.”

  8. luckyoldsun
    March 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Oh, and I apologize for misspelling Pavarotti.

  9. Ollie
    March 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Luckyoldsun- I’m curious as to what albums or songs you’ve heard Buddy Miller sing which have led you to your opinion.

    BTW, others who have had him to sing on their albums include Willie Nelson, Elizabeth Cook, Carrie Rodriguez, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers, Solomon Burke, Mindy Smith, and Steve Earle.

  10. Jon
    March 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Yeah, but obviously all those folks don’t have the same sophisticated grasp of what constitutes singing that @luckyoldsun does.

  11. Jeremy Dylan
    March 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I think Buddy Miller is one of the finest vocalists in contemporary music, as well as an incredible picker and producer.

    I just finished spinning the Majestic Silver Strings disc for the first time, and there’s gold in this here album.

    My standout faves are Buddy taking the lead on ‘Why Baby Why’ (every bit as good as the live version above), a sizzling version of Roger Miller’s ‘Dang Me’ and Lee Ann Womack’s spellbinding version of Marc Ribot’s ‘Meds’.

    Big shoutout to Dennis Crouch, who plays excellent upright bass on this record, and who’s involvement in a record has become my most reliable album purchasing guide.

  12. Jon
    March 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    You won’t go wrong with Dennis.

  13. Ollie
    March 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    My favorite tracks on the Majestic Silver Strings album are “No Good Lover” and the last track, his duet with Julie Miller on “God’s Wing’ed Horse.” (I wish her health allowed her to record more often and tour.) I like Buddy’s duet with Patty Griffin on their cover of Lefty Frizzell’s “I Want To Live With You Always” but the record doesn’t quite capture the tender joyous spark it had when I’ve heard them sing it live. Lee Ann Womack’s vocals on “Return to Me” and “Meds” are great; she’s not my favorite singer but I certainly appreciate her talent. Overall, in my view the best thing about the album is hearing these master guitar players mesh their styles so effectively to serve the songs so well.

  14. Waynoe
    March 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Not everyone thinks that Buddy is the Messiah Jon. Comparitively speaking, his voice isn’t on the top of everyone’s list. However, his varied talents go without saying – no arguement there.

  15. luckyoldsun
    March 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    “I Want to Live With You Always.”
    ??

    Lefty must have recorded that after “Always Tardy With Your Kisses.”

  16. Ollie
    March 3, 2011 at 3:58 am

    LuckOldSun- obviously an error on my part– that happens on a Blackberry and is one of the reasons I wish there was a 30 second opportunity to edit posts here…. I couldn’t help but notice that you didn’t name a single song sung by Buddy that led you to your strong opinion regarding his singing voice. You might want to start by checking out “That’s How I Got to Memphis” or “Wide River to Cross” or “A Showman’s Life.”

    Waynoe- I didn’t read anyone suggest that Buddy Miller is the Messiah; it’s an analogy that would probably make him. exceedingly uncomfortable given his deep religious faith and humility.

  17. luckyoldsun
    March 3, 2011 at 7:54 am

    O
    I once bought an album of Buddy’s. I think it was called “Cruel Shoes.” Or maybe “Cruel Moon.” I played it once. Maybe I’ll look for it and play it again.

  18. Jon
    March 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Not everyone thinks that Buddy is the Messiah Jon. Comparitively speaking, his voice isn’t on the top of everyone’s list.

    It’s high enough on many artists’ and producers’ lists to make it clear that @luckyoldsun’s opinion isn’t shared by people for whom singing abilities are a bread and butter matter.

  19. Donald
    March 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Buddy’s album is worth purchasing if only for “Meds” and “Dang Me.” Re: “Dang Me”- Seldom has a song been reinvented so completely to become an entirely different song. Yes, lots o’ covers have been done, and lots have been turned on their heads- Bossa Nova Ramones, anyone? But this version of “Dang Me”- a song I don’t have any true connection to or feel particular affection toward- sounds like it should always have been presented the way it is here- the song that has been shouted from pickup truck windows for 40 years is revealed to be so much more- dark and growlly- kinda spooky even. Hell, someone might even make a bluegrass tune out of it. I have a new favourite song this week. Chocolate Genius? Never heard of before today. Gonna have to explore him/them a bit.

  20. Jon
    March 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Speaking of reinvention, here’s a Night Drivers favourite:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaPrmwNgbxk

  21. Donald
    March 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Jon, Jon, Jon…all I can say is, “Dang Me.” From a musical or instrumental perspective, I don’t understand Bossa Nova anymore than any other music. I do enjoy the sound, tho. But…that wasn’t no part of nothin’. IMO.

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