New Songs from Two Dollar Pistols and Hayward Williams

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It’s about time we had some proper straight-up country round here and these new ones from North Carolina’s Two Dollar Pistols are just that. Full on slide guitar, honky-tonk, non-ironic country at that.
And, my word, have you heard this man sing? John Howie Jr is blessed with a fine set of baritone pipes. He seems to know how to wear a hat, too, going by the picture that I managed to find.

Not that a hat seems to give him much luck with the ladies, oh no; this is a man who’s done wrong and is wronged on a frighteningly regular basis and who I’d like to think would know a good pair of boots from tourist tat.

Listen – Two Dollar Pistols – Stranger Things

I love this. It ticks all my boxes – doomed love, a bit of boy/girl vocal, steel guitar and a chorus that you know you could sing at the top of your voice in the car. If you liked the Caitlin Cary/Thad Cockrell from an earlier post, then you’ll love this.

Another belter, and the title of their new album out sometime very soon, Here Tomorrow Gone Today follows a familiar lyrical path but it is still top quality. This one has a swagger and wiggle to it – I can’t put my finger on what makes it stand out – so just have a listen to it yourself.

Listen – Two Dollar Pistols – Here Tomorrow Gone Today

The new record isn’t out yet – rest assured that we will let you know when it is. In the meantime, do yourself a favour and get your hands on their album with Tift Merritt (as featured in the Lonesome 2005) or one of their albums (my favorite being 2003’s glorious You Ruined Everything).

Hayward Williams – Another Sailor’s Dream

One of our kind readers has recommended Hayward Williams to us as he’s been doing a quick tour stint with No River City, who we posted about last week. It’s a real pleasure to hear from you lot about good things – it’s one of the reasons we do this. More is more, right? So, onwards…

You’ll like this – a slice of americana with a good healthy dose of bluegrass and some Van in there, too. The classic lonesome ingredients are present and correct – pedal steel, a harmonica, dobro and a whole lot of guitars.

Listen – Problems with Hemingway

It’s far more Dylan than I normally go for, and the lyrics sound like they’ve come straight out of the 1984 lyric generator, but it is has a tender charm that is quite irresistable. And it has a cute talky bit at the beginning and I’m always a sucker for that.

Listen – Redwoods

This is Hayward’s new single, and it’s more of a folk rocking rootsy stomper (technical term, obviously). It’s a bit Whiskeytown, more melodic Wilco, maybe a bit Springsteen; I’d recommend it for the harmonica action alone.

Buy the new album, Another Sailor’s Dream, here

More information on his website, or have a squizz at the ubiquitous MySpace.

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