Day 2 of the Austin City Limits 2012 music festival was met with cloudy skies in-between scattered Texan rain showers and mud. Fortunately, the storms stopped before nightfall to ease up on the slippin’ and the slidin’ for double headliners, Jack White and Neil Young.
With repeated listens you’ll find yourself comparing his songs to the likes of respected, modern day, songwriting peers (M. Ward, Will Oldham), or masters of the genre (Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot). Like those artists’ songs you’ll also notice the seasonal pull in Paisley’s songs; the mastering of melancholy made for the late days of fall, often short and sweet, but strong enough to get you through the long, cold, months of winter.
It’s our rookie attempt to cover the first half of 2010. Below is a brief list of what Sock Monkey Sound has been listening to and recommends at the 2010 halfway point.