Somewhere before dawn I lay in my van listening to people still staggering past to piss in the bay or throw up, hopefully not too near me. The piledriver beat of the bass echoed through my tired brain.
Even the carnies had turned in - their bumper cars, rides and screaming children fading long before the last of the crowd found the exit. A sudden downpour forced dozens to stuff themselves into a row of filthy porta-potties earlier in the night and things didn't get…Continue
Added by Lucky Mud on December 13, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
This has been an interesting process. I started compiling my list a couple of weeks ago in something of a grump, feeling that it had ended up being a somewhat disappointing year – with some of my established favourites not quite hitting former heights and not many new people bursting through, in a way that tickled my rather particular eardrums. Then I went back and re-listened to the year's acquisitions.
After that further reflection, I am happy to tell you that it has been a more…Continue
Added by Peter Wrench on December 13, 2013 at 2:28am — No Comments
1) Phosphorescent - Muchacho
2) Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
3) Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In…Continue
Steve Poltz's soundtrack for Suzanne Mitchell's documentary Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, features eight new lyrical songs interspersed among seventeen short instrumentals. Poltz wrote his…Continue
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There isn’t anything earthshaking or seemingly unique about the third album from San Diego based duo Chris James and Patrick Rynn. The twelve song set is a fine mix of original tunes and selected covers firmly rooted in traditional post war Chicago Blues. The sound is retro yet average the vocals are everyday easy, the guitar and sax solos are solid but not flamboyant. So what makes this album so irresistibly infectious? In today’s guitar centric market the duo have recruited three…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on December 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
It's that time of year when I look back and think: Man, I dropped a lot of money on music this year. Again. So here's my Top 10 list of the best roots music of 2013. Feel free to disagree. But keep in mind, these are the one's that stuck among the albums I heard this year, and I didn't hear anywhere close to everything. Nobody did.
And with 18 days remaining in the year, something great might slip into the mailbox before it's over -- like today, when Jimmer Podrasky's "The Would-Be…Continue
Added by Barry Gilbert on December 12, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
The contrast could not be greater between the muted dark brown cover of Boz Scaggs’ eponymous 1969 debut album and the golden melodies inside. On that cover stands a rumpled young singer-songwriter partially obscuring a nondescript doorway, an image that does little to beckon a casual observer to open that door and venture in for a listen. But, oh, you should, because on December 17 an actual gold hybrid CD/SACD re-master of this album will be released by Audio…
Added by Bill Mankin on December 12, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
The Blind Boys of Alabama, five-time Grammy Award winning gospel group, first sang together in 1944. They came together, aged around nine, in the glee club in 1944 at the Alabama Institute for the Blind in Talladega, Alabama. They recorded their first single in 1948, I Can See…Continue
Added by Gary Burnett on December 12, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
Sideshow Love takes all the pretty paper off the gift of love. Or, if we take the carnival metaphor a step further, it's love as the opposite of a roller coaster, the fun part first, hands up in the air, next to someone special, wind in your face, feeling that feeling ... then the ride is over and you hear that chain thing engage and you're being pulled along somewhere you're not sure you want to go with someone you're not so sure you dig so much anymore. And though the chain…Continue
Added by Mando Lines on December 12, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
I've got a lot of great new music for you guys. I also try to keep the talking to a minimum, because the dog has been keeping me up at night. I'll explain in this episode. Enjoy!
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Music in this episode:
- The Road Beckons AND The Joneses by The Deadfields
(from Often Wrong, Never In…
Added by Americana Rock Mix on December 12, 2013 at 4:31am — No Comments
As we all dither over our best-of-2013 lists*, the Americana Music Association has announced its Top 10 Americana albums -- but they had an easy time of it. This list isn't a judgment call; it's simply based on airplay for radio stations that report to the Americana Airplay Chart. Here's the Top 10 most-played albums of 2013:
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Though this Los Angeles band's second album includes eight tracks, it clocks in at only twenty-two minutes. With an average song length of 2'45, you might expect music that's a throwback to Top 40 pop, but the Coals are a folk-flavored Americana band, with road-weary vocals, acoustic…Continue
Added by hyperbolium.com on December 11, 2013 at 8:24pm — No Comments
Having two kids in two years can cause even a tenacious music fan to lose complete track of what's new out there. Case in point: I didn't hear of the spectacular Los Angeles quartet Dawes until I caught their September set at Zac Brown's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville. They opened with "Most…Continue
Added by Mike Seely on December 11, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
At the beginning of August I released a post on my favorite records I had heard in 2013 so far. Well, 2013 is almost at an end and I thought it only fair to pay homage to those records that I found in the latter half of the year (or really started to listen to more for the past 6 months) and was simply head over heels for. The operational idea here being records I FOUND rather than were released. So these were released in 2013, but could have been in say March, but I didn't really…Continue
Added by Red Line Roots on December 11, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
"Woody Guthrie's Wardy Forty," by Philip Buehler in Collaboration with Nora Guthrie and The Woody Guthrie Archives
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How do you take five not very noisy instruments that cannot be listened to without electronic amplification except in a rather small room and turn their music into something large groups of people can listen to? Add to this problem the fact that each of the instruments has a distinctive native sound that doesn't necessarily mix well with the others. The mandolin, beloved to Bill Monroe, has little or no sustain and must be played with a tremolo picking style to hold a note. The guitar is a…Continue
Added by Ted Lehmann on December 11, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments
Hope everybody had a good 2013. Here's my yearly list. 2014's a-comin' - smoke 'em if you got 'em...
9. High Time - MC5 (Originally Released 1971) (CD - Rhino 1992)
Strong third (and final major label) release of the Detroit punk godfathers. I went back to their first album this year, the live classic "Kick Out the Jams," which sets an impossibly high standard for any band to meet a second time. I started digging around for more, found some good official…Continue
Added by Arty Hill on December 10, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Former Day of the Outlaw front man Stewart Eastham debuts as a solo with this semi-autobiographical album documenting his transition from Los Angeles to Nashville, and his rebirth in Music City. Ironically, given the genesis of his new songs, the album was actually produced by former band mate Burke Ericson in…Continue
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The Bottle Rockets celebrated the reissue of their first two albums plus their 20th anniversary Saturday night in St. Louis and emphasized from the first note that they would not only look back, they would lean forward. So, in a rather audacious move, the hometown band opened with a new song.
“Monday (Every Time I Turn Around)” was enthusiastically received by a full house at the Off Broadway music venue and was balanced nicely by a…Continue