Saturday, December 24, 2011

In My Soul

I just released a brand new song for free via Bandcamp. Happy holidays everyone :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Josh Haden's Devoted Now On Bandcamp

My 2007 Dan the Automator-produced solo album is now available from Bandcamp. It features performances from John Medeski, Kid Koala, and Merlo Podlewski (bassist for Jack Johnson).

Sunday, October 30, 2011

In 2008, when I was recording the Charlie Haden Family & Friends album with my family in Nashville, my dad gave all us kids a copy of a book called The Ozarks' Greatest Hits: A Photo History Of Music In The Ozarks by Wayne Glenn.

I'm reading books constantly, plus I subscribe to 20+ magazines and comic books so you can imagine how long my reading queue is, but I finally finished all 537 pages of it last week. When I first started reading it, I kept online bookmarks of all the music the book mentioned, both well-known and obscure, but after a little while I realized if I kept doing that it would take me forever to finish the book. Luckily, the author supplied a list of 50 of what he considered the most important artists to emerge from the Ozarks regions of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma between ca. 1800s to the 1980s: "50 of the Ozarks' Greatest Hits".

I found 28 of these artists on Spotify and made a playlist containing them which can be found here:

My dad was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and moved along with his family to the Ozarks (Springfield, MO), when he was a kid. The Haden Family was an important country/western/gospel group in the Ozarks in the 1930s to the 1950s and they figure prominently in the book. My favorite picture is of Chet Atkins horsing around on guitar with my grandfather Carl.

A link to the book is here: PBS did an amazing piece about it here:

For those of you who don't have Spotify here's a list of the artists and songs:

I'd Like To Be - Hugh Ashley
Best Of Friends from The Fox & The Hound - Buddy Baker
You're The Greatest - Dallas Bartley
There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving - Elton Britt
Abraham Lincoln - Albert Brumley w/ Anita Kerr Singers
Green Onions - Booker T. & The MGs
Dooley - The Dillards
Tennessee Stud - Jimmie Driftwood
Peace In The Valley - Red Foley
Keep On The Sunny Side/Roll Us Over The Tide - Haden Family
Organ Grinder's Swing - Joe Haymes
The Weight - The Band
How The Other Half Lives - Jan Howard
Gone - Ferlin Husky
Just A Closer Walk With Thee - The Jordanaires
Green Door - Jim Lowe
Spaceship Orion - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Cool Water - Sons Of The Pioneers
Gold Digger's Song - Dick Powell
Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me - Wayne Raney
Frog Legs Rag - James Scott
Bop A Lena - Ronnie Self
Wishful Thinking - Wynn Stewart
A Satisfied Mind - Porter Wagoner
Skeleton Rag - Percy Wenrich
Speedin' West - Speedy West
Take My Breath Away (from Top Gun) - Tom Whitlock
Sparkling Brown Eyes - Wilburn Brothers

Friday, September 16, 2011

Spain Inna Rub-A-Dub Style

The band High Chimes has released a series of Spain cover songs in reggae style...they are well worth checking out.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spain - Untitled #1 (Original Demo Version)

I recently released "Blue Moods Of Spain: A History, Pt. 2", a 9-song retrospective album containing original versions of songs that appeared on "Blue Moods" along with a 20-page booklet containing liner notes, archival photos and flyers, and more. It only costs $5.00 exclusively from Bandcamp, but you can download one of the songs for free below.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Top Three Favorite Spain Songs - Election Results

Recently I asked the question, "What are your three favorite Spain songs?"

Election results are in: Out of 21 responses - 17 from Facebook, three from Twitter, and one from Ping - (band members don't count) the top three favorite Spain songs are: Untitled #1, Every Time I Try, and Nobody Has To Know (official tally below).

"Every Time I Try" will thus be added to Spain's live set starting in May. :) (Untitled is already in the set.)

Thank you everyone who let your opinions be known!!

Untitled #1: 12
Every Time I Try: 9
Nobody Has To Know: 6

Easy Lover: 5
Ray Of Light: 4
Before It All Went Wrong: 3
Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever: 3
Spiritual: 3
Mary: 2
She Haunts My Dreams: 2
Do You See The Light: 1
Hoped And Prayed: 1
I’m Leaving You: 1
I Believe: 1
I Lied: 1
I Love You: 1
It’s So True: 1
Long Time Ago: 1
Phone Machine: 1
Ten Nights: 1
Waiting For You To Come: 1
World Of Blue: 1