Added by Bill Frater on April 17, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
The short list of possible new commissions for 33 1/3's series of slim volumes on classic albums maintains Bob Dylan's surprising under-representation on that list.
Of course, I find it particularly scandalous that they didn't take up my pitch for a study of John Wesley Harding, but I do find it more generally odd that Highway 61 Revisited remains the only one of the…Continue
Added by Peter Wrench on April 17, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
In ancient Greek and Roman stories, nectar—that sweet, golden, unadulterated liquid—provides sustenance to gods and goddesses. Nectar’s purity offers energy to those who imbibe its sweet liquor, but nectar’s sweet essence offers an elixir that heals and, for the inhabitants of the heavenly realms at least, drinking nectar also confers immorality upon them. It’s no wonder that the semi-human Tantalus decided he wanted a drop of that sweet honey; he’s punished for that deed, but his…Continue
Added by Henry carrigan on April 16, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Seattle is increasingly becoming a bastion of alt country Americana bands vying to be the next big thing toting the Ballard Avenue sound. Red Heart Alarm have coined one of the best terms for their sound calling what they do “Gruntry,” explaining that it marries their native city’s Grunge legacy with the melodic twang of classic Americana/Roots music. The band employed iconic producer Jack Endino to record their second self released album Hammer Anvil…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on April 16, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Ever-bearded Tennessean troubadour Matt Woods’ second full length studio record, With Love From Brushy Mountain, is slated for a May 13, 2014 release. This comes as a follow up to his first full length, The Matt Woods Manifesto, a trying task in and of itself. Woods is hands down one of the hardest working singer/songwriters I’ve ever come across. He eats multiple month tours across the US for breakfast, trades songs for beer,…Continue
Added by Sad Songs Keep The Devil Away. on April 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Darn pretty Country music from a darn pretty lady
Jessica Rae took me by surprise on this; her second album; judging by her portrait on the cover; I was anticipating something twee and antiseptic; but right from the start with Holes in Your Shoes; she couples the gritty edge of her home town Chicago with the classic Country licks of her adoptive home Nashville to…Continue
Added by Alan Harrison on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P.
The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity, that placement was intentional. The 1986…Continue
Added by Shawn Edward Cote on April 16, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments
This weeks we welcome Folk Royalty in Banjo playing songstress, story teller and musicologist Sara Grey. My guest this week is a direct line to the roots of the music and deep lover and top exponent of the flailing style of Appalachian banjo. An expert on the songlines that took our Highland tradition to the Americas, now she spends her time taking that music and the stories back home to the source and teaching students on both sides of the Atlantic divide the…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on April 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
It’s always nice when an old friend , someone you haven’t seen for a while, turns up and reminds you of why you’re friends in the first place. And so it is with Lothian’s Dropkick who have handed in Homeward after a two year absence. Proudly flagging a quote from The Scotsman that proclaims them Scotland’s third best band (sadly a search didn’t come up with the winner and runner up) the Taylor brother’s band are back to a five piece with Ian Grier…Continue
Added by Paul K on April 15, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
It’s looking to be a good year for what one might loosely term “alt country” albums with Scots acts the New Madrids and Red Pine Timber Company handing in excellent efforts so far. Time now to look to London to see what’s cooking down there and keeping their end up are The Redlands Palomino Company whose fourth album, Broken Carelessly is released this week. The Palominos are a classic UK “Americana” band with a sound that ranges from pedal steel…Continue
Added by Paul K on April 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
With his second solo album safely under his belt Simone Felice is rapidly conforming his status as one of the finest purveyors of Americana around these days. Fortunately (for us) he remains somewhat under the mass radar allowing audiences to see him in intimate settings such as the hallowed King Tuts, a perfect space to see and hear his shamanistic offerings. A mesmerising performer tonight he possessed a leonine grace, prowling and genuflecting,…Continue
Added by Paul K on April 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
"He's got a heart like Mt. Rainier and a soul like a four bolt main. He writes songs like a deer would run or a fish would swim."--Roger Alan Wade
Dennis Knutson is an old fashion blue collared songwriter who writes songs for all the right reasons. Over the years Dennis has put together quite a resume of genuine craft from cutting his…
Added by Jason "Mater" Robinson on April 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Seldom Scene issues its first Smithsonian Folkways album next week with guests including Emmylou Harris.
Mike Aludridge passed away in 2012, but the group includes founding member Ben Eldridge as well as Lou Reid, Dudley Connell, Ronnie Simpkins, and Fred Travers.
Here is a look at "My Better Years" the Hazel Dickens' tune from the album, "Long Time...Seldom Scene," which features new versions of 16 longtime favorites. …Continue
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“Rock music pays off. Rock music takes me on a joyride. Rock music keeps me off the hell city bus. Rock music will always look out for me. But I will not let my torture profanity demon shoot it down." -Wesley Willis-
During the middle of a work week my cousin and I loaded up to witness a show at a club that half of my youth was occupied at Spartanburg's Ground Zero. This wasn’t to be a distinctive metal,…Continue
Added by Jason "Mater" Robinson on April 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
While there are quite a few notable festivals that begin earlier than late April, many of us kick off the festival season by trekking to not your normal community college, the Wilkes Community College in the rolling hills of north central North Carolina where MerleFest has been held every year since 1988. Named in honor of Merle Watson who lived nearby, 2014 marks the second festival since Merle's father, Doc Watson, passed away. And as sorely his…Continue
BOBBY BARE JR.
Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he s the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, instead, he blazed a path of unique songwriting…Continue
Added by Bill Frater on April 15, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
With his new album,Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it's a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he's a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic fashion.
As songwriters do,…Continue
Added by Kelly McCartney on April 15, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Curtis’ FLYING DREAM is carpeted wall-to-wall by songs that explore the many shades of ‘love.’Continue
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