The foundation for Arthur Buck was laid years ago. Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur was a frequent opener for R.E.M. in the early 2000s, while Peter Buck – long time R.E.M. guitar player –  had regularly played with Arthur in various configurations.

In 2017, the pair found themselves together in Mexico and songwriting magic ensued.  Eight songs were written in three days during sessions where, seemingly, there were no expectations and songs developed as they pleased. The end result was the duo’s eponymous debut record, which released in mid-June.

Tour dates for Arthur Buck are in the works. In the meantime, check out “Are You Electrified?” right here.

Lots of old friends return to this month’s mix. Check out brand new tracks from Israel Nash, Kinky Friedman, 10 String Symphony, Love Canon, The Sea The Sea, Willie Nile, and Hot Buttered Rum.

Also check out the new tunes from Band of Heathens, Byron Issacs, Brother Dege, The Skiffle Players, Cliff Westfall, Love Honey, Balloon Ride Fantasy, Clay Parker & Jodi James, Rough & Ready, Peter Holsapple, and Carolina Story.

And stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog. We’ll be going on the road with Drew Holcomb, hearing from friends and fans about The Seldom Scene’s long time mandolin player John Duffey, and catching up with up and coming band Oliver The Crow.

Normally, I’d be recommending you take this month’s Trail Mix on your next outdoor adventure . . . but it is scorching on the East Coast right now! So maybe grab your favorite beverage, find a shady spot or take an evening stroll, when it’s just a bit cooler, and dig in. Enjoy the tunes and get out there and buy a  few records from these artists. They’d appreciate it.

  1. Are You Electrified? Arthur Buck 5:11
  2. Anxious Annie 10 String Symphony 3:08
  3. Children of Paradise Willie Nile 4:31
  4. Jonny Todd The Skiffle Players 3:37
  5. Everybody The Sea The Sea 3:50
  6. Ashes of a Day Gone By Oliver the Crow 3:08
  7. Open Door Lovehoney 2:03
  8. Kyrie Eleison Love Canon 4:13
  9. Circus Of Life Kinky Friedman 3:33
  10. If I Were A Carpenter Jonathan Edwards 2:45
  11. Ring The Bells JOHNNYSWIM and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors 2:33
  12. Lucky Ones Israel Nash 3:55
  13. Country Tunes and Love Songs Hot Buttered Rum 4:29
  14. Game Day Peter Holsapple 3:50
  15. More And More Cliff Westfall 3:34
  16. Down To The Garden Clay Parker And Jodi James 3:26
  17. Lonely Without You Carolina Story 4:38
  18. Losing You Byron Isaacs 3:42
  19. Country Come to Town Brother Dege 3:28
  20. Rough and Ready Heart Blue Yonder 3:14
  21. America the Beautiful The Band of Heathens 3:33
  22. Arcadia Balloon Ride Fantasy 4:47

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