Through the years I heard re-arranged interpretations of many songs that, when written, were never intended to be performed the way some artists performed them. Some worked. Others didn't. Many songs…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Arlene Nov 29, 2012.
It occured to me that over the years many great country, Americana, folk, blues artists don't all come from the part of the United States associated with this type of music. Original country music…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom McD Feb 27, 2011.
At first glance of the CD cover art I try to determine what kind of a journey I am going to embark on musically. When I received Mark Ripp's new collection "Quiet Again," I was a little confused. The title of the CD gave me an impression of an all-acoustic set with spare instruments and lots of interesting little story songs. But, the cover art had this old fashioned looking microphone, a rugged bearded Steve Earle cowboy hat wearing red-shirted J.J. Cale looking…Continue
Posted on January 29, 2014 at 2:30pm
With a voice somewhere between Ferron, Eleanor McEvoy, Heather Nova and Cindy Bullens – this collection of tunes by dulcimer / flute musician Esther Golton is delightful the way a McGarrigles Sisters album always was.
“Stay Warm” starts with a cover of Christine Kane’s “Overjoyed” and segues into the stirring “Nectarina and Avocado” where Esther displays her dulcimer and flute to good effect. This song is so McGarrigles-feeling that I couldn't help but…Continue
Posted on December 9, 2013 at 5:00pm
It’s always difficult to review, endorse or suggest an unfamiliar rising artist to an audience of readers / music lovers without comparing that artist somewhat with artists who have come before.
A point of reference is required to give a hint to the reader what they are to experience and if their interest would be piqued. After all, to serious music lovers music is quite personal. Not every artist is back ground music. Some require time and patience to listen and hopefully,…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 3:30pm
This album – with its spooky Nosferatu with a 1940’s cruiser cover -- was released independently in 2006 but, with the passing of the beloved Levon Helm – this album by Bow Thayer deserves another listen.
It’s almost like discovering new music by The Band – which would also qualify the three albums Rick Danko made with Danko / Fjeld / Andersen. But, that’s another review.…Continue
Posted on December 6, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments