Since starting this blog up last summer, I’ve written a time or three about Whiskeytown’s peers the Backsliders and their ongoing return to present-day existence. It’s been great to watch them play live again, because they’ve not lost one iota of awesomeness since their mid-1990s glory days. And while there still aren’t any new recordings in the works beyond the discussion stage, here’s the next best thing: Hicktopia, a five-track EP drawn from the Eric “Roscoe” Ambel-produced sessions that eventually yielded up 1999’s Southern Lines album. Four of Hicktopia’s songs have been in the vaults until now, and this is worth getting for “Angels” alone. It can be had for free here (and there’s a tip jar if you’d like to contribute to their cause).
Meanwhile, Backsliders frontman Chip Robinson is also among the acts on “Losering: The Songs of Ryan Adams,” the big tribute show happening May 9 at Deep South The Bar in Raleigh. It’s going to sell out, so don’t sleep on getting tickets.