A quick look at some soon-to-be released CDs that dropped through my letter box the other day. A review is not necessarily an endorsement, but I don't write about things I actively dislike. Life's too short and I don't want to trash someone who has worked very hard to produce something even if it is pants, as we say in England, meaning rubbish.
So here are three that passed the "Not Pants" threshold:
UnCovered by Beth Nielsen Chapman…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 10:30am
A t first glance, the idea of Belgians playing bluegrass makes as much sense as Texans doing Morris dancing - it might happen, but do we really want to see it? In this case - the Belgian one - the answer is a surprisingly definite yes.
The band in question is called The Broken Circle Bluegrass Band, but it's…Continue
Posted on December 7, 2013 at 5:30am — 3 Comments
One of the more startling moments at a recent London concert by British folk band Moulettes was when founding member Ruth Skipper turned her bassoon into an instrument of industrial rock.
As bass and drums hammered out a heavy beat and an electric fiddle and wired cello soared to feverish heights, Skipper turned from the audience, bent near double and roared out a riff that would have done a Moog synthesizer…Continue
Posted on December 2, 2013 at 12:30pm
One of the big surprises for me this year was watching Alice Cooper. Ok, he's not Americana and only tangentially roots music. But in the belief that all music must be shared, I simply mention to you that his concert was fantastic (particularly his tribute to dead musician "friends" John Lennon, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Keith Moon). Who knew?
Anyway, the reason I bring it up now is because Fairport Convention, the British folk rock legends, are auctioning a T-shirt…Continue
Posted on November 23, 2013 at 9:00am