In most cases, instigating a conversation with, “Hey, I found this on Facebook . . . ” puts one on, at best, shaky ground for any forthcoming discussion.

But this is not one of those times.

I found Paul Cauthen on Facebook, and he pretty much kicks ass.

Two weeks ago, a video of Cauthen’s crossed my feed. I clicked. I dug. What the Texan was doing resonated with me and you need to hear him. Take a listen to “Hanging Out On The Line” from Cauthen’s solo record My Gospel. This sonic gem might restore some small kernel of faith in the giant time suck that is social media.

A band that I am especially excited to have on this month’s mix is Avers, a quintet from Richmond, Virginia. At a festival in Bristol recently, I was walking past a stage and heard a particularly catchy chorus. I didn’t know the song. I didn’t know the band. But I knew I had instantly fallen for both. Trail Mix is lucky to feature “Insects,” the song that so easily caught my ear, this month, which comes from the band’s debut release, Omega/Whatever.

Jeremy Garrett, long time fiddler for The Infamous Stringdusters, returns with the second installment in his RV Sessions series. As the name implies, Garrett has taken to recording in his forty foot motorhome while on the road between shows. “Tidal Wave,” from this collection of instrumental tunes, shines on this month’s mix.

There are some tremendous songwriters included in this month’s mix. Check out the new tunes from Chicago Farmer, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Wayne Hancock, and Jim Lauderdale.

And, from time to time, Trail Mix hits a homerun. This month, the mix is lucky to include a tune from legendary rockers The Pixies. Be sure to check out Tenement Song, a new cut from Head Carrier, which released late last month.

Also featured are brand new tracks from Ky Burt, Dead Horses, From Indian Lakes, Red Tail Ring, Tauk, This Frontier Needs Heroes, The Ballroom Thieves, and Earphunk.

Keep your eyes peeled for chats with Zach Deputy, Dan Layus, and The Connells on the Trail Mix blog, along with a song premiere from Hayley Reardon and a ticket giveaway for the Brett Dennen and Lily & Madeleine show on October 16th at The Grey Eagle in Asheville.

And, of course, do the right thing and spread the word about the artists you discover here on Trail Mix. Get out and buy some records. Check them out when they hit a stage near you. Support these musicians who are so willing to share their music with you each month via Trail Mix.

Photo by Jody Domingue.

  1. Good Hayley Reardon 3:11
  2. Slingin' Rhythm Wayne Hancock 3:07
  3. Stone Cold Yesterday The Connells 3:57
  4. Umbrella Chicago Farmer 4:32
  5. Gloria May Ky Burt 5:05
  6. Little Movies Aaron Lee Tasjan 3:35
  7. The Monster From Indian Lakes 3:39
  8. Anybody Else The Ballroom Thieves 4:03
  9. Tidal Wave Jeremy Garrett 3:52
  10. All The Rage In Paris Jim Lauderdale 4:25
  11. Tenement Song Pixies 2:59
  12. Peace My Soul Dead Horses 3:46
  13. I'd Rather Be The Devil Red Tail Ring 5:40
  14. There Goes My Love Caleb Klauder 2:59
  15. Chevrolet Zach Deputy 4:17
  16. Driveway Dan Layus 4:00
  17. Hanging Out On The Line Paul Cauthen 4:21
  18. Horizon Tauk 4:17
  19. Insects Avers 3:57
  20. Moolah Earphunk 5:19
  21. My Heart Tells Me Yes This Frontier Needs Heroes 4:00

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