We have but one resolution for 2013 here at Trail Mix . . . to continue to bring you the best roots and independent music that you can download – for free!!! – each and every month!

For the second month running, we are lucky enough to have a live cut from a member of one of our favorite bands.  Mike Cooley, singer/songwriter/guitar player for Drive-By Truckers, recently released The Fool On Every Corner, his debut solo record.  This collection of stripped down tunes was recorded live over the course of three nights in March of last year and includes a number of tracks well familiar to Truckers fans.  We kick off this month’s mix with “Cottonseed,” a long time Truckers favorite that Cooley performs here on the banjo.

Trail Mix is also excited to include a track from Overmountain Men, the side project of Bob Crawford, bass player for The Avett Brothers , and noted North Carolina singer/songwriter David Childers.  “Poison Cookies” is off of the band’s forthcoming release, The Next Best Thing.

Also included this month are tunes from Whitehorse, Carrie Rodriguez, Rising Appalachia, Aly Tadros, Southwork, The Black Lillies, Yellow Red Sparks, Bright Little Fields, John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range, Lady Lazarus, The Scenics, Big Dipper, and A Lion Named Roar.

Make sure to check out the track from legendary Athens, Georgia, rockers Bloodkin, the quirky old country sounds of Daniel Romano, live old time nouveau from Colorado’s Elephant Revival, and the plaintive wailing of folkie Chicago Farmer.

Our January Trail Mix hints at great things to come for the year 2013.  Thanks for checking it out.  Feel free to stream and download at your leisure, and please spread the word to the other music lovers in your life.  And, as always, seek out a record or two from these fantastic roots artists.  Without your support, they can’t continue making fantastic independent music.

Download Trail Mix January 2013 here.

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