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The Human Experience, an artist I’ve come to know much about recently, will be releasing a new album on Monday, featuring sisters Leah and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia. The album is called Soul Visions, and, upon listening, truly resonates as the vision of three creative souls collaborating to produce something highly elevated.
David Block, the mind behind The Human Experience, is a classically trained, multi-instrumentalist who has…Continue
Posted by Thandiwe Ogbonna on June 15, 2013 at 11:00am
I've always remembered a great line from a wonderful little film called The Commitments, which tells the story of a ragtag assortment of Dubliners who form a soul band. A character named Jimmy Rabbitte says, "The Irish are the blacks of Europe." To me, that says a lot. Like African Americans, the Irish have lived The Blues for centuries. And it shows…in their soul-fire poetry, prose, and music. So, you're probably thinking "Van Morrison." But today I want you to think…Continue
Really, all is need to tellyou is that for the second encore Billy Bragg played the whole of his debut album LIFE’S A RIOT WITH SPY VS SPY for you to understand what an amazing show this was!
In thirty years, Bragg has travelled the path from angry young man, to political activist to national treasure and his live performances are among the best you’ll ever experience.
Yes, he’s still political,that campaigning mind-set is written in his DNA but he juxtaposes hard-hittingviews…Continue
Posted by Jela Webb on June 14, 2013 at 12:30pm
Australian Blake Noble moved half way round the globe to Seattle just ten months ago and the self professed “Underdog,” found many a kindred spirit to help him release his second solo album. The eight track ,mainly instrumental album draws upon Noble’s unique percussive guitar style that picks up where long lost legend Michael Hedges left off; but don’t be fooled this is not “New Age,” music rather a funk rock, jazz, world music fusion for this century.
The opening track…Continue
Posted by Rick J Bowen on June 13, 2013 at 8:00pm
Well it's only June, but I'm going to call it and say that the award for Weirdest/Most Gonzo Roots Music Recording of 2013 will be a tie between the madcap sea chantey compilation Son of Rogue's Gallery and the unprecedented collaboration The Uncluded, which joins the anti-folk of Kimya Dawson with motormouth hip-hop MC Aesop Rock. Here are a few thoughts on each of these strange releases and why they're so oddly compelling.
Posted by Hearth Music on June 13, 2013 at 4:00pm
“Aw shucks! Go on!” coos Ellen Foley when I recall the occasion wherein she jumped on stage at My Father’s Place on Long Island, New York on a hot summer evening in 1979 to duet with Ian Hunter whilst guitar god Mick Ronson pumped out riffs as only a platinum-haired ex- Spider from Mars could. I assured her that all the young dudes in the club (myself included) fell in love with her on that starry, starry night.
At that particular moment in time Hunter and Ronson had…Continue
Posted by Thomas Semioli on June 13, 2013 at 11:00am
Another Americana Star is Born
Three weeks ago I’d never heard of Bonnie Whitmore; but a positive review of the Mastersons; of which Bonnie’s sister Eleanor is 50% meant I received this delightful surprise through the post yesterday.
Sometimes it can take me several plays of a record to get a taste for it; but with THERE I GO AGAIN it was during the first spin that I decided that I was now an unashamed fan.
Even without an array of songs that are…Continue
This is the weekend where we examine the impact great fathers have made upon history. From the Bible, where the landscape is littered with the actions of fathers. Who could forget the long walk Abraham and his son took in Genesis? Adam, the first father, raised a fine bunch of stand-up children. And what about the Big Father himself -- Jesus' daddy -- who sent him on an all-important mission?
Charlie Lawson of Stokes County, North Carolina, probably never got his fair…Continue
Most people who have been in the music industry for a longtime are typically very skeptical and critical of music and new musicians who hit the scene today because fore the most part a good majority of the new music out there is undeniably manufactured. The well-polished country pop sound is not popular with most musicians and songwriters in my circles, so it was refreshing on my first run through of Jerry Castles’ CD, to find a genuine musician who has a real singer-songwriter…Continue
Posted by Kara Kennedy on June 12, 2013 at 6:30pm
You won't find Richard Pryor's name on any musicians' Who's Who list. Yet Pryor's compositions are as lyrical, moving and funny as anything ever set to music. Pyror's music was the sound of the streets, expletive studded and often crude, but usually possessing a common truth or insight. Pryor's “act” was a stream of consciousness outpouring that had no boundaries. Anyone and anything was fair game.
Pryor didn't lecture. He told stories, character…Continue
Posted by big boy on June 12, 2013 at 6:30pm
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