Each week, the Monday Mix features three new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This time we highlight tracks from Charley Crockett, Shame, and Damien Jurado.
Charley Crockett - “Lil Girl’s Name”
Native Texan. Descendant of Davy Crockett. Hitchhiker. Honky tonk hero. Charley Crockett is an interesting man. And he’s adding more descriptors to his name with his fantastic LP, “Lonesome As A Shadow,” out April 20. On the track “Lil Girl’s Name,” he sings with an easy swagger, the vivid character of his voice enriched by a slight lisp, adding to the playful swing of the song. With wide-ranging influences ranging from Cajun to R&B, this particular cowboy is making us hit repeat.
Shame - “One Rizla”
South London group Shame is … well … an unashamed and rowdy post-punk outfit. “One Rizla,” a single from their debut album, “Songs of Praise,” is all about of self-acceptance. “My voice ain’t the best you’ve heard / And you can choose to hate my words / But do I give a …” The raw appeal of this band lies in the self-awareness of vocalist Charlie Steen blended with his ability to utterly let go in his performances. Want to see them live? For now, a summer festival in Switzerland might be your best bet. Viel Glück.
Damien Jurado - “Allocate”
Seattleite Damien Jurado is the epitome of a folk storyteller. So much so, that his work has actually drawn comparisons to the short stories of author Raymond Carver. “Allocate” is the latest single from his new album due out May 4, to which he gave the poetic title “The Horizon Just Laughed.” The tune is unassuming, yet lovely. A quiet string section gives it depth, while the upfront vocal brings a refreshing clarity to the mix. Though the tune might be enjoyed over a hot cup of tea, the live show promises to be beautifully compelling. You can find him at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge on May 31 and June 1.