Today’s mix tape goes out to Hidden Track co-founder and Words with Friends extraordinaire Ace Cowboy, who started up our humble site with Scotty B just over five years ago. Since passing the torch to Scotty full time, Ace went on to start the HyperVocal media community, who just annouced a brand new DC-based political site last week called Distriction. With an election on the horizon that’s shaping up to be a bloodbath, Distriction should be a daily read.
Our mix tape hits on some of Ace Cowboy’s old stand-bys. Ideally, we would have started off with a big 2001 from ’97 fall tour, but we’ll have to settle for the original. From there, we hit Rod y Gab about whom Ace coined the term “mariachi metal.” Next, it’s Frankie’s Gun as the Cowboy gave many of us, me included, our first taste of the Felice Brothers. From there, it’s the epic Suzy Greenberg from 10/21/1995.
Before wrapping up, we get a double set from Ace’s old man crush, Marco Benevento, and a staple from Levon and the boys with The Band doing I Shall Be Released. Lastly, in an effort to temporarily draw Ace out of Hidden Track retirement, we have The Faces’ classic Ooh La La, who just announced plans to reunite with Rod Stewart. The ball is in your court, Ace Cowboy.