Well that’s it from us for this week dear reader. We leave you with a rather fantastic little cover of Big Star’s ‘Thirteen’ from the wonderful collaboration of Bedouine’s Azniv Korkejian, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, and Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra, something of a standard for country-leaning indie artists. Korkejian explained that the idea for the cover came about when the three artists were on tour together back in 2017. “We threw the idea around of doing a song together but weren’t sure what,” she said. “I was backstage in Columbia, Missouri when I realized it was the anniversary of Big Star’s ’93 reunion show that had also taken place in Columbia. I was fiddling around with the song in my dressing room when Katie and Alynda walked in. Suddenly I remembered there were 3 verses to split up. We played it as an homage that night and every night after.” Have a good one.
Last week in our ongoing chain of americana, Mark Underwood chose a song by Florida born Joshua Hedley whose most recent album ‘Mr. Jukebox’ was released on Jack White’s Third Man Records label earlier this year. It’s been an amazing label over the years, particularly for its breadth of output genre-wise (and if you are ever in Nashville, recording 3 minutes of anything and watching a machine spit vinyl out at you is something to behold). Somebody else who has previously had records released by Third Man is Birmingham, Alabama band Waxahatchee which was formed in 2010 by American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. This year saw the release of their most acclaimed album to date ‘Saint Cloud’ which The Observer called the record of the year, although it was only February. ‘Can’t Do Much’ is one example of why they might be right.
The fifth album from Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee has been widely praised. The basis for this praise has often been her adoption of more elements of Americana and particularly her new found love for Lucinda Williams’ ‘Car Wheels on a Gravel Road’. As ‘Car Wheels…‘ has had 22 years to establish itself as a classic of the genre, is it presumptuous of an album out for a week or so to be bracketed with it?