Texas Top 5: May 27
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This is the Texas Top 5 – where we bring you the week’s top five albums from Texas artists. Our friends at Waterloo Records compile a list of their top selling albums each week and we put our spin on it.
5: Steve Earle, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
At the number five position is familiar face Steve Earle. The Texas Story Man’s most recent album I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive shares it’s title with Earle’s first novel. He recently paid a visit to KUT and performed for a live audience in Studio 1a. Listen to this recording of “Waitin On The Sky.”
4: White Denim, D
Austin Rockers White Denim just released their record on Tuesday and it’s already at number four. The album is called D. The band has downloads available here. They stopped by Studio 1a back in April to perform some songs from “D”. Listen to this live version of “A River To Consider.”
3: Okkervil River, I Am Very Far
Bringing a bit of darkness to the number three spot is Okkervil River‘s I Am Very Far. Front man Will Sheff says he takes inspiration from time spent with psychedelic rock mentor Roky Erikson. The band debuted songs from the album two weeks before it’s release at Austin’s very own Cactus Cafe.
Check out the video of Okkervil River performing “We Need A Myth” from the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas April 25, 2011.
2: Sarah Jarosz, Follow Me Down
At number two: a Wimberley native who will be spending her summer break from college on tour. It’s Sarah Jarosz with her sophomore release Follow Me Down. At twenty years old, she has received a Grammy nomination, critical raves from the Austin Chronicle and Rolling Stone and she is only a sophomore at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music.
1: Bob Schneider, A Perfect Day
Austin favorite Bob Schneider’s latest solo projec t does not disappoint. Schneider has been making waves in the Austin music scene for over 15 years, with Ugly Americans and The Scabs before he began making solo records. You can listen to A Perfect Day on his website along with commentary that sets up each song.