The Oysterband is the coolest 40-something around.
Any doubters need only listen to Diamond's on the Water, due to be released Feb. 17. It'd be easy and understandable if four decades left the Oysters a bit stale. But John Jones, Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, Dil Davies and Al Scott (now on bass and mandolin) show they still have artistry to create songs that range from wistful ("A Clown's Song" "Lay Your Dreams Down Gently") to downright rocking ("No Ordinary Girl")…Continue
Posted on February 6, 2014 at 10:00am
On Debi Smith's latest album Hits & Holidays the vocalist with the three-octave range–– a member of the much loved U.S. folk group the Four Bitchin' Babes and The Smith Sisters––turns her gorgeous vocals to an array of songs celebrating everything from Christmas to Collector Car Appreciation Day (That's July 9th, by the way!).
The delight is that the diverse collection works beautifully. Although Smith has a voice that challenges…Continue
Posted on December 1, 2013 at 7:00pm
The remastered re-release of Ashley Hutchings' By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept is one of those rare albums that is so beautiful it can re-ignite a genre as it leads music lovers to rediscover an artist.
It's no overstatement to consider this album a true gift. Hutchings, the Gov'nor himself, has nothing left to prove in music. If he walked away today, he'd still be revered for creating more exceptional music––both under his own direction and through…Continue
Posted on November 28, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment
The first time I spoke to Lindi Ortega, she was calling from her kitchen, having just finished washing some dishes. She was ready to talk about why she named her then-new release Little Red Boots.
"I went to Nashville on a songwriting trip and I always had it in my head I wanted red boots," said Ortega at the time. "I am a Wonder Woman fan and I was always picturing myself in red boots. The very first store we walked in had red cowboy boots, and I could…Continue
Posted on February 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments