Thank you Steve for that beautiful Doug Burr song Thing About Trouble. It is definitely a keeper for this compilation list.
I did a quick search for reviews of the Burr album and found this: “like the early Lyle Lovett albums (think If I Had A Boat), Songs like How Can The Lark and Should've Known lick deliciously at dark places - Nick Cave with a gentle touch” “... Exquisitely detailed, slow and deliberate, his songs have as much in common with the literature of Eudora Welty and Cormac McCarthy as with the work of the Americana dimmerati to whom he is often, and somewhat shortsightedly, compared...” Any early Lyle Lovett or Nick Cave songs would fit this vibe?
J. Henry, I have not heard of 16 Horsepower or Woven Hand. Any of their songs that you would suggest?
Initially, it was tempting to include a large number of Lanois songs, either from his solo stuff or his work as a Producer like Dylan’s Most of The Time and Not Dark Yet, but I am enjoying discovering artists which are new to me
I think eventually it would be nice to alternate songs between male vocalists and female vocalists. It would be good to have a mix of these type of songs with some being romantic, positive, etc. and others which are sad, about heartbreak, and so on. It could be like a soundtrack to an imaginary film. A man and woman meet during the song Goodnight California, there’s a spark betweem them, and then the songs that follow trace the development of their relationship. Some of the songs perhaps could serve as flashbacks to each of their past story.