Two things are absolutely predictable about August – muggy dog days of summer and a smokin’ hot list of music for you to grab from Trail Mix.  We have done what we can do to uphold our end of the bargain, but here’s hoping Mother Nature goes a little easy on us with the heat and humidity, as these tunes are enjoyed best on a trail somewhere and not inside in the AC . . . .

Patterson Hood kicks off this month’s mix with a track from his upcoming release, Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance.  As always, the Drive-By Truckers front man delivers a gut wrenching reality check on “Come Back Little Star,” whose woeful chorus is accented by the haunting harmonies of Kelly Hogan.

Also featured this month are The World Famous Headliners, featuring songwriting giants Big Al Anderson, Pat McLaughlin, and Shawn Camp.  The Headliners is Anderson’s first band since he was a member of the eclectic NRBQ, and the quintet delivers rowdy, country influenced rock and roll.

The August mix is fleshed out by a heady mix of rising stars and local faves.  Check out new tunes from Shannon Whitworth & Barrett Smith, Town Mountain, and Shovels & Rope, one of the hottest bands on the acoustic scene.   C-Leb & The Kettle Black drops some Seattle based Southern rock, Radney Foster delivers an acoustic rendition of a timeless treasure, Ras Alan shares his organic Appalachian reggae, and Derek Hoke goes retro with his vintage rock and roll sound.

And that’s not even it!!  New tracks from Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Illegitimate Sons, We Killed Vegas, Starroy, Toby Oler, Charlie Mars, Michael Andrews, Delta Moon, Apache Dropout, Robby Hecht, Ruby Throat, and Videotape round out a great set of music that you can download for free.  Stream it, grab it, share it.  Tell your friends.  Tell a stranger.  And get out and buy a record from these artists.  Thank them for supporting Trail Mix by throwing some money their way.

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