The Best Songs in Dallas Music, 2009: The O's and "You've Got Your Heart" Folk Around at No. 15. (And You Can Catch 'Em For Free Tonight at Vickery Park, Too.)
[Editor's Note: Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be presenting my favorite local songs of the year, counting down from No. 25 to No. 1, one track a day. Today, we take an in-depth look at song No. 15 on the list--and click after the jump for a free download of the track. Lastly, keep checking back to see how the list pans out, and, also after the jump, check out songs No. 40-26 in the Top 40 list that will update as it grows...]
No. 15: The O's -- "You've Got Your Heart"
It was late in 2008 when Taylor Young and John Pedigo, both local local music scene vets with many a successful project already under their combined belt, debuted their country folk duo known as The O's. And though the duo put out a self-titled EP in October of that year, it was in February of 2009 when the band formally released its first long-player, We Are The O's, on local label Idol Records. And that was just the beginning, really, of a whirlwind year for the duo.
And nowhere else is that charm--one part sentimental, one part tongue-in-cheek--more evident than on We Are The O's' opening track, "You've Got Your Heart." Immediately, the table's set for what to come in the following nine tracks of the album: This is folk music, sure, but folk music played with a country swagger and a dirty, devil-may-care attitude. Maybe Pedigo and Young are actually trying here--but hell if they're gonna admit as much. And it's this near apathetic approach--a sort of "Hey, we're just messing around and making music; if you like it, awesome." attitude--that seems to lend the band's output its credibility.
Then there's just the undeniability of it all--the banjo, the acoustic guitar, the kickdrum strewn before the duo on the floor, the sweet-as-can-be lyrics, the fine vocal pairing of Pedigo's high range and Young's lows. No wonder the group's become such a favorite so quickly.
Oh, and while we're on the subject of The O's, might as well mention this: Tonight, the duo will host a free "Christmas Extravagna" showcase at Vickery Park with some help from Christy Darlington. The show starts at 10 p.m., and will feature a Christmas Tree, egg nog, and, maybe a white elephant giveaway--if, Pedigo says, enough people show up bearing gifts. And, if not?
"I dunno," Pedigo says. "We'll have a party."
Sounds about right.
The Top 40 Local Songs of 2009
(Links to music videos and free song downloads available where applicable; links to streams where neither a download nor video exists.)
40.The Wax Museums
--"Safety in Numbers"
38.The Burning Hotels
37.The Riverboat Gamblers
-- "DissDissDissKissKissKiss" (video
--"Endless Dream Days"
34.The Southern Sea
--"These Things Always End Badly"
--"Jason Bought a Hatchet"
-- "Country Living" (stream
30.This Old House
29.Occult Detective Club
--"You'll Follow Me"
--"Nothing But Agitation"
26.The Crash That Took Me
-- "Patricia Lynn" (stream
25.Red Monroe -- "Pat Mayse Lake"
24.Danny Balis -- "Tethered"
23.Sleep Whale -- "Cotton Curls"
22.PVC Street Gang -- "Cutlass"
21.Air Review -- "Jura"
20.Xrabit & Damaged Good$ -- "Follow the Leader"
19.Doug Burr -- "The Righteous Will Rejoice"
18.Seryn -- "We Will All Be Changed"
17.galleryCat -- "Say Say Say"
16. Sunnybrook -- "Waving Hands"
15.The O's -- "You've Got Your Heart"
...and be sure to keep checking back, as this list will update daily
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