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"

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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.

Bonus mp3: The O's -- "You've Got Your Heart"


In a lesser year, 2009 would have been all The O's, all the time. But, even in this busy one, the band still more than made its mark, quickly ascending to the top of the local country and folk scenes--partially because of its members' backgrounds, sure; but also because of the undeniable charm packed by the band's early catalog.

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"
39. Macon Greyson -- "Pushing Strings"
38. The Burning Hotels -- "Austin's Birthday" (video)
37. The Riverboat Gamblers -- "DissDissDissKissKissKiss" (video)
36. Salim Nourallah -- "Endless Dream Days"
35. The Phuss -- "Preacher, Preacher"
34. The Southern Sea -- "These Things Always End Badly"
33. Fungi Girls -- "Pacifica Nostalgia"
32. Giggle Party -- "Jason Bought a Hatchet" (video)
31. Carter Albrecht -- "Country Living" (stream)
30. This Old House -- "At Risk"
29. Occult Detective Club -- "You'll Follow Me" 
28. Bad Sports -- "Nothing But Agitation"
27. Darktown Strutters -- "Quakertown"
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" (video)
21. Air Review -- "Jura"
20. Xrabit & Damaged Good$ -- "Follow the Leader" (video)
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"
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...and be sure to keep checking back, as this list will update daily
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