Ah, sweet youth. Time for an update on Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas, two young British music talents that I have mentioned before on these pages and who are worth keeping an eye on.
Dunlop turned 22 in February. He is a folk-country singer with an impressive musical pedigree (his dad is British folk icon Ashley Hutchings) and who, I have just learned played the young Willie Wonka in Tim Burton's…Continue
Posted on April 12, 2014 at 9:00am
There is nothing like a bit of travel to broaden the ear, so with that in mind a recent trip to Madrid had me seeking out a"tablao" for some flamenco. The place I ended up at was Corral de la Moreria.
Now, it is true that this particular establishment is a bit on the touristy side - not exactly the smokey, boozy den that I was initially hoping for. But the acts are at the top of the game. I know…Continue
Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment
Veteran blues guitarist and singer Robert Cray has set off on a new U.S. and European tour with an album harking back to the early days of soul music, the kind that filled his ears as a youngster.
"In My Soul" - a title that sums up what is to come - is imbued with mellifluous rhythm and blues redolent of the kind of tunes that came from the Chess and Stax record labels in the 1950s, '60s and early '70s.
"I grew up listening to this kind of music at home. It's in my…Continue
Posted on April 1, 2014 at 2:30am — 1 Comment
A quick look at some new releases. My modus operandi is not necessarily to endorse a piece of work, but bring it to people's attention. 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.
Footnotes by Ward Thomas: What business two 19-year old twin sisters from the posh English county of Hampshire have putting together a rollicking country/Americana…Continue
Posted on March 2, 2014 at 6:00am