Prime Cuts: August 2011

We may have fallen well behind on our Prime Cuts here lately, but it hasn’t been for lack of good music. In fact, quite the opposite. Here are our favorite tracks appearing on new albums released in August.

We’ll do our best to hit September and October by the time this month is through, then it’s full speed ahead to the end of the year. Since the idea is to get caught up, I won’t take the time to comment on every last track. You can use the Amazon player to sample the selections and find what best suits your tastes.

As always, your comments are quite welcome.

Connie Smith – “Blue Heartaches”
from Long Line Of Heartaches

Jeff Bridges – “Maybe I Missed the Point”
from Jeff Bridges
Plainspoken, soul-searching poetry delivered in one of the livelier performances on the album: “I laid low when I could’ve stood high/I said nothin’ when I should’ve asked why/Saw somethin’ that I might’ve done but I didn’t/A chance to speak my truth and I hid it.” Story of my life, Mr. Bridges.

David Serby – “Poor Man’s Poem”
from Poor Man’s Poem

Trace Adkins – “Days Like This”
from Proud To Be Here

Wagons – “Save Me”
from Rumble, Shake And Tumble
It’s like a country-gospel Civil War sea shanty? Okay, I’m not sure what it is. But it’s good and you should hear it. Thank you, Australia.

Harley Allen – “In the Jailhouse Now”
from O Brother, Where Art Thou? Deluxe Edition

Eli Young Band – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
from Life At Best

Robert Earl Keen – “The Road Goes On and On”
from Ready For Confetti
Keen’s stunning takedown of Toby Keith, who charted a tepid rewrite of “The Road Goes On Forever” last year. Keen sings: “Yeah, you’re a regular jack in the box/In your clown suit and your goldilocks/All duded up in your cowboy crocs, singing the same old song.” Hilarious.

Jake Owen – “The Journey of Your Life”
from Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Pistol Annies – “Trailer for Rent”
from Hell On Heels
Any song on the album could make this list, but “Trailer for Rent” is especially great. Album of the year?

Sunny Sweeney – “The Old Me”
from Concrete

Duane Stephenson – “Suspicions”
from Reggae’s Gone Country
Turns out this Eddie Rabbitt classic is a better reggae song than country song. The rest of the album is better than you’d expect, too.

Girls, Guns and Glory – “Sweet Nothings”
from Sweet Nothings

Dale Ann Bradley w/ Steve Gulley – “Will You Visit Me on Sundays?”
from Somewhere South of Crazy
If you’re into Rhonda Vincent or Alecia Nugent or any other country-bluegrass singers of that ilk, you absolutely need to check this out. There isn’t a more natural singer out there than Dale Ann Bradley, a three-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year who isn’t as known in the country world as some of her peers.

The Bottle Rockets – “Lucky Break”
from Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with the Bottle Rockets

Glen Campbell – “Nothing But the Whole Wide World”
from Ghost On The Canvas
From the pen of Jakob Dylan (and the track list of his Women And Country album) comes one of the few classic-sounding cuts on Glen Campbell’s farewell disc.

Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward – “I’m Never Getting Married”
from Live in the Living Room
A restless, compulsively singable bachelor anthem.

Nu-Blu – “Roses and Rust”
from The Blu-Disc

Good stuff all around. Sample all the songs below.

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  1. says

    Thanks for the guidance. I was surprised to see a Jake Owen track, but it turns out that you’re right that it’s a good song. I’m always happy to find at least one good song on an otherwise throw away mainstream album these days.


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