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What song outside of the folk, Americana, country or blues tradition could be re-interpreted into a viable song of that genre?
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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 Studebaker Hoch Mar 14.

Some Great Singers Not From Country-Americana Music's Heartland
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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

Tags: Blues, Traditional, Folk, Americana, Country

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom McD Feb 27, 2011.

 

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Craig Bickhardt - The More I Wonder (Album Review)

Don't know who this artist is....? He’s an artist who was formerly signed with Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, had development deals with Atlantic records’ Ahmet Ertegun, had songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, BB King, Poco, Art Garfunkel, Janis Ian, Martina Mcbride, The Judds, Alison Krauss & Kathy Mattea. Placed two songs in the Robert Duvall Academy Award winning film “Tender Mercies,” and shared a stage with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills & Harry Chapinand now….This…See More
Jul 17
John Apice commented on John Apice's blog post 'Click – Americana Compilation (Album Review)'
"This pleases me Becky. Maybe my dissection of the "Click" album and the time it took to carefully be fair in my assessment of the CD -- paid off. Hope you enjoy the music as much as I did. "
Jul 15
Becky Abel commented on John Apice's blog post 'Click – Americana Compilation (Album Review)'
"This review made me decide to purchase this CD. I am familiar with several of the artists here and love the idea of this album. "
Jul 11
John Apice posted a blog post

Adam & I – Self-Titled (Album Review)

This self-titled debut album by Nashville husband and wife duo Adam and Andrea Melia and known as Adam & I - is a simple, stripped down old-fashioned inspired folk journey brought up to date -- superbly and with discreet panache. Andrea vocally, is reminiscent of Joan Baez’s late sister Mimi Farina – with her crystal clear buoyant folk infused vocals. Adam, who, when wearing his black rimmed glasses looks like he may have been the third brother in The Proclaimers – has that male retro folk…See More
Jul 9
John Apice posted a blog post

Click – Americana Compilation (Album Review)

Songs by Neale Eckstein & 34 friends including Tom Rush, Robin Batteau, David Buskin, Kenny Edwards, Dan Navarro and Dave Mattacks make up the compilation, Click.Photographer-Singer-Songwriter Neale Eckstein has some very special friends, and 34 of them came together to help perform on a compilation of songs they co-wrote with Neale and recorded as “Click.” Upon digging deeper into this collection I find the songs of Neale – as performed and sung by many artists who contributed equally to…See More
Jul 3
John Apice posted a blog post

Ten Ton Man - Chunk of Change: The Toad Hill Sessions (Album Review)

I usually don’t review extended play formats (EP) -- 3 to 6 songs -- because I feel I can’t be fair judging an artist from such a lean sample. However, I listened to this new three-song set a few times, did a little research and my curiosity made me listen back to Ten Ton Man’s 2012 self-titled full album. This collection contained ten songs that helped me understand the direction they were coming from.So, while I'm not reviewing that first album here, I may reference their approach and style…See More
Jun 20
John Apice replied to Meghan (aTinyTune.com)'s discussion 'Best Current Country Music Being Made By Women?'
"I reviewed an album a few years ago on No Depression called "What Am I Gonna Do?" and was impressed by how good New Zealand's award-winning country singer Donna Dean really is.  Sincere, powerful, poignant and in the tradition of…"
May 30
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Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck - Eden, Eden: Live at the Chandler (Album Reviews)

This review includes a parallel look at the studio album Eden and Bow’s first live album, Live at the Chandler--recorded at the sold-out Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Ver., on January 19, 2013, where the band showcased the entire Eden album in sequence.From its opening fiery guitars and banjos the newest Bow Thayer album Eden solidifies Bow’s place in Americana-roots-folk-rock music. Applying his signature vocal style and songwriting, Thayer hits another musical ball out of the park in a…See More
May 25
John Apice posted a blog post

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck - Eden, Eden: Live at the Chandler (Album Reviews)

This review includes a parallel look at the studio album Eden and Bow’s first live album, Live at the Chandler--recorded at the sold-out Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Ver., on January 19, 2013, where the band showcased the entire Eden album in sequence.From its opening fiery guitars and banjos the newest Bow Thayer album Eden solidifies Bow’s place in Americana-roots-folk-rock music. Applying his signature vocal style and songwriting, Thayer hits another musical ball out of the park in a…See More
May 21
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Roger Street Friedman - The Waiting Sky (Album Review)

After swimming through a myriad of albums in recent weeks - many of them excellent - I came across an artist that sounds like he’s been already around for decades. It was the confidence in his voice, the maturity and polish. He was compelling and seasoned. I came to the music with the belief that this was Roger Street Friedman’s “new” album and it is. I was surprised to learn his discography doesn't have several previous albums. It only has this one.How does someone run this musical race…See More
May 7
John Apice posted a blog post

Roger Street Friedman - The Waiting Sky (Album Review)

After swimming through a myriad of albums in recent weeks - many of them excellent - I came across an artist that sounds like he’s been already around for decades. It was the confidence in his voice, the maturity and polish. He was compelling and seasoned. I came to the music with the belief that this was Roger Street Friedman’s “new” album and it is. I was surprised to learn his discography doesn't have several previous albums. It only has this one.How does someone run this musical race…See More
May 2
John Apice posted a blog post

Greg Fleming – Forget the Past (Album Review)

Auckland New Zealand alternative country artist Greg Fleming may have truly found his voice on this new 2014 collection of originals.For those not familiar with Greg’s repertoire this album finds him mining similar territory as the Americana-era of the late Robert Hazard, the very much alive Buddy Miller, singer-songwriters like Austin’s Jon Dee Graham and the more sand-papery approach of Otis…See More
Apr 30
Studebaker Hoch replied to John Apice's discussion 'What song outside of the folk, Americana, country or blues tradition could be re-interpreted into a viable song of that genre?'
"The Replacements used to do "Goddamn Job" country style"
Mar 14
Colin Lazzerini replied to John Apice's discussion 'What song outside of the folk, Americana, country or blues tradition could be re-interpreted into a viable song of that genre?'
"I used to perform the old standard "Just Friends" - a favoured Charlie Parker vehicle which consequently achieved status in the be-bop canon - as reggae.  It works very well.  For me, one of the requirements of "a good…"
Mar 14
Bruce Brantley replied to John Apice's discussion 'What song outside of the folk, Americana, country or blues tradition could be re-interpreted into a viable song of that genre?'
"The Reggae classic Johnny Too Bad as a country blues by Dave Alvin"
Mar 13
A blog post by John Apice was featured

Mark Ripp - Quiet Again (Album Review)

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 dude.My mind began to suggest…See More
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Craig Bickhardt - The More I Wonder (Album Review)

Don't know who this artist is....? 

He’s an artist who was formerly signed with Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, had development deals with Atlantic records’ Ahmet Ertegun, had songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, BB King, Poco, Art Garfunkel, Janis Ian, Martina Mcbride, The Judds, Alison Krauss & Kathy Mattea. Placed two songs in the Robert Duvall Academy Award winning film “Tender Mercies,” and shared a stage with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills &…

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Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

Adam & I – Self-Titled (Album Review)

This self-titled debut album by Nashville husband and wife duo Adam and Andrea Melia and known as Adam & I - is a simple, stripped down old-fashioned inspired folk journey brought up to date -- superbly and with discreet panache. Andrea vocally, is reminiscent of Joan Baez’s late sister Mimi Farina – with her crystal clear buoyant folk infused vocals. Adam, who, when wearing his black rimmed glasses looks like he may have been the third brother in The Proclaimers – has…

Continue

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:00pm

Click – Americana Compilation (Album Review)

Songs by Neale Eckstein & 34 friends including Tom Rush, Robin Batteau, David Buskin, Kenny Edwards, Dan Navarro and Dave Mattacks make up the compilation, Click.

Photographer-Singer-Songwriter Neale Eckstein has some very special friends, and 34 of them came together to help perform on a compilation of songs they co-wrote with Neale and recorded as “Click.” 

Upon digging deeper into this collection I find the songs of…

Continue

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Ten Ton Man - Chunk of Change: The Toad Hill Sessions (Album Review)

I usually don’t review extended play formats (EP) -- 3 to 6 songs -- because I feel I can’t be fair judging an artist from such a lean sample. However, I listened to this new three-song set a few times, did a little research and my curiosity made me listen back to Ten Ton Man’s 2012 self-titled full album. This collection contained ten songs that helped me understand the direction they were coming from.

So, while I'm not reviewing that first album here, I may reference their…

Continue

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 1:30pm

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At 12:11pm on July 18, 2013, Mark Richard Plake-Mazzu said…

Much thanks John, I truly appreciate all of your observations. There are some things I am already chewing on. And thank you for letting me include your remarks on my web site - Mark

At 8:15am on July 18, 2013, Mark Richard Plake-Mazzu said…

Thank you so much for your comments and observations on my music John. It's a privilege when anyone listens, and a further plus when someone with your knowledge provides insight and review on my work. With your permission, may I post your comments on my website? Let me know - Mark

At 11:36pm on April 7, 2013, Chris Smith said…

Many thanks John, both Stevie and I really appreciate your interest. Look forward to speaking with you again.

Kind regards

Chris

At 2:37pm on March 22, 2013, Tony Bonyata said…

Likewise, John. Been a member for awhile, but haven't had enough time to really dig in. Gotta change that. Best

At 8:09pm on January 21, 2013, Julia Westlin said…

Thank you John for your welcoming, and for the tip about this site :)
Every opportunity has something to bring!
Now i will upload my new music video for tonight  :)

Thank you again!
Julia Westlin

At 2:24pm on November 25, 2012, Michelle Fortier said…

Wow, John, what a wonderful review of Loretta. Stellar! 

I will start getting it out to the masses, and do a Trespass Music Post. 

I read the review to Loretta and it brought tears (happy of course) to both of our eyes. She's been at this a long time, and it's good to know that someone really knows her career and appreciates it.

Loretta and I would like to know if you would like to come to the Pete Seeger show,  November 30 in Lodi. She'd love to have you as her guest. Let me know

Thank you so much,

Michelle

At 2:40pm on October 23, 2012, Michelle Fortier said…

Hi John,

Thank you so much for getting back to me. I'll get some music right out to you. I appreciate you taking the time to welcome me to the community, and I look forward to learning about and hearing great music. 

All the best,

Michelle

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At 11:50am on September 12, 2012, William Pilgrim said…

Thanks for your reply John.  I am happy to provide our Soundcloud link or give you a code to download our album free of charge if you let me know which you prefer.

At 9:52am on September 10, 2012, Thomas Hine said…

Hey John, you're welcome and thank you.  Let me know if you like the sound and I'll glady get you a copy of new stuff in January.  Even though self-produced but not in the basement (read in one of your reviews . . .)!

 

At 2:37pm on April 12, 2012, james maddock said…

thanks john and thanks for taking the time to listen

 
 
 

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