by Dan Ferguson
No One Got Hurt: Bloodshot Records' 15th Anniversary @ The Hideout
A special 2011 Record Store Day release (and still available), the live compilation No One Got Hurt from Bloodshot Records takes the listener front and center to a 15 year anniversary party for the venerable indie as captured at a favorite Bloodshot venue, The Hideout in Chicago. The collection trots out many of Bloodshot's best including Alejandro Escovedo, Deadstring Brothers, Jon Langford & Sally Timms (of Mekons' fame), Scott H. Biram, and label mainstay The Waco Brothers. Visit www.bloodshotrecords.com.
Chris Thile & Michael Daves
Sleep with One Eye Open
Nonesuch Records 527603
If you didn't know any better, you might think Sleep with One Eye Open from the duo of Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers) and Michael Daves is some long lost Folkways Records artifact. Feeling like late night jam session, in this case between a couple of virtuosic pickers, the songs, all bluegrass and country classics, are vintage as is the sound and equipment on which the album was recorded. Frankly put, Sleep with One Eye Open sounds old, and in a loose, good, and down-home way.
(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 - 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)