Five-Star Fridays

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Here’s “Folk Bloodbath,” Josh Ritter’s beautiful tribute to the murder ballad. It’s off his new album, which carries the seal of approval.

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5 Responses to “Five-Star Fridays”

  1. #1 |  Evan | 

    I agree, this is a great album. I’m listening to it right now, in fact. I second your endorsement!

  2. #2 |  Mister DNA | 


    If you don’t already own a copy, I’d highly recommend The Pine Valley Cosmonauts’ The Executioner’s Last Song Volumes 1-3. It’s all murder ballads featuring artists like Steve Earle (turning in a great version of “Tom Dooley”), Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo and Dave Alvin.

    It’s not all old hillbilly songs either (although that’s my personal preference); there are also covers of The Advert’s “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” and 999’s classic punk anthem, “Homicide”.

    Proceeds from the albums benefit the National Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

  3. #3 |  Kevin3% | 

    Great selection, Radley!

    So much better than the big hair bands of the 80’s…lol

    I admit having a bias to bluegrass and traditional American music. This was very well done ode to the sad old theme.

    Thanks for sharing it.

  4. #4 |  TGGP | 

    I’d like to buy “The Executioner’s Last Song”, except that I support the death penalty.

  5. #5 |  Chris Miller | 

    Josh Ritter is playing in Nashville on August 8th. If you go, you should take some pictures for your site…

    Venue link: