The inaugural Westport Roots Fest, centered around the Westport Saloon
and taking place on Saturday, May 24, is approaching fast. To prepare for the pending roots romp presented by the good folks at Little Class Records
, The Pitch
will be highlighting a "song of the day" from one of the featured artists in the weeks leading up to fest.
There's a specific songwriting gene that is specific to the country and Western genre - the thing that coursed through the veins of Willie, Waylon and Merle. And when you find an artist who has that particular talent, it's like rediscovering a forgotten bottle of expensive bourbon in your liquor cabinet: You didn't know how much you missed the taste of fine, quality things. So it goes with Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys
, a Kansas City quintet schooled in old-school honky tonk and drawling Texas ballads. They're way too legitimate for modern country radio, but that's kind of the point. Take a listen to our WRF song of the day for evidence; "I Should Be Gone by Now" is off the band's 2002 Bloodshot Records release, Your Favorite Fool.
For more information on the Westport Roots Festival, to view the full lineup and to purchase tickets, go here
#15: The Whistle Pigs' "Alcohol"
#14: The Calamity Cubes' "Gold Light"
#13: County Graves' "We All Die Alone"
#12: AJ Gaither OMB's "Ain't Enough Whiskey"
#11: Billy Beale's "Kansas City Hear I Come"
#10: Twenty Thousand Strongmen's "Hand Me Downs"
#9: Cadillac Flambé's "Long Black Porch"
#8: Clawhammer's "Della"