Staff Picks – Erika Sloane

After watching over 250 videos in less than a week it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few to favorites. I’m sure if I wasn’t in the middle of posting awards I could post something intelligent and well thought out but sorry, folks, that ain’t gonna happen. CXCW offices at its chaotic norm! Here’s a few highlights of the week for me.

Some of my favorite bands right now come out of Alabama, and we were fortunate to have a lot of them at CXCW. Check out Doc Dailey, Some Dark Holler, Wooden Wand and Duquette Johnston. New to me Alabama bands include A Rake and a Rosebud, The Pollies, The Bear and Belle Adair.

Other bands that you should love that submitted great videos include Glossary, the District Attorneys, Kent of The Only Sons, Have Gun Will Travel, Micah Schnabel, Roger Bryan, and Magnolia Mountain.

Have Gun, Will Travel
This is my favorite song of their new album, Mergers & Acquisitions.

The District Attorneys
My favorite new band. These guys are killer live.

New to me bands that I want to hear more of include the following: Kelly Pardekooper, Chad Cochran, Tom Savage Trio, Jo Wymer, Keith Betti, Mandolin Orange, Jimbo Mathus, Courtney Patton, Peculiar Pretzelmen, and about two dozen more that I don’t have time to list right now.  Check back in a few days as I’m sure I’ll slip some more bands on here.

Seriously though, we love that y’all are willing to send us videos and put up with our nonsense and typos and lack of organization. We love doing this and hope every year will be bigger and better. See you in 2013!


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