Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus actually never strayed far from the blues of his native Mississippi. Just as the Zippers were taking off in the late '90s, he recorded an album of Delta blues, ragtime and jug band music in honor of Charley Patton, and in financial support of Patton's daughter…Continue
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In the American pop canon, the term "easy" is most associated with three songs: "Easy" by the Commodores, "Take It Easy" by the Eagles and "Easy Lover" by Phil Collins. Lesser known are "Make It Easy" by the Moondoggies and "If I Wanted Someone" by Dawes. But all these songs have something in common, besides…Continue
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Just last month I had the pleasure of spending the week in Kansas City at the Crown Center with around 2000 Folkies from all over the world. A wonderful blend of folk, country, Americana, and roots music from various winds that blow filled the Crown Center. Mandolins, guitars, doghouse basses, fiddles, enthusiastic singing fought for the ears of all in attendance.
My week was spent as part of a team that recorded many of the stalwart mainstay artists in the roots music movement. Kim…Continue
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If Louisiana native singer-songwriter Rod Melancon's debut solo album, My Family Name, was a Valentine to Hank Williams and the Outlaw Movement of the 70's, then his outstanding new album, Parish Lines, released March 4th on Medina River Records, is certainly a love letter to Bruce Springsteen and the alt country movement of the last 20 years.
That's a very good thing when…Continue
Possessed of one of those Collins/Koloc/Hills pure-folk singing voices, Schmidt re-emerges with her New World Order
The 2012 Claudia Schmidt compilation "Bend in the River: Collected Songs" contained sixteen selections from the handful of albums that this Michigan bred singer/songwriter had recorded for the Minneapolis based Red House Records between 1987 – 2000. Claudia debuted as a recording artist in 1979 with a self-titled set on the late Bruce…Continue
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Every year for the past five years, we have taken some time at the end of February to thank you all for showing up; to give shouts out to our bloggers and the people who post videos, comment, subscribe to our newsletters, follow us on various other social media outlets, support us with advertising, and so on. This year, we decided to wait a few days before sharing our gratitude and marking the special occasion of our fifth anniversary as a community-focused website, because…Continue
Another record destined to make my top 5 list for this year was released this week - PARISH LINES by Rod Melancon, a South Louisiana native who listens to Springsteen, rocks like Duane Eddy and Josh Homme, and brings it home vocally like that kid from Tupelo, MS did...
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Opening with Willie of Winsbury Anaïs Mitchell reminded us that she and Jefferson Hamer were the worthy winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Traditional Track’ just a couple of weeks ago – not that the Brighton audience needed any reminder as she’s been a Sussex favourite ever since playing her first UK date in the county back in 2005. The song is the lead track from their collaboration CHILD BALLADS; they adapted the traditional versions of songs, originally…Continue
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Parker Millsap’s sophomore set rings the musical changes and sparkles like a diamond
It’s not truly raspy or hoarse to the extent of aurally grating, but Parker’s (singing) voice is most assuredly weathered way beyond his tender twenty years. Born and raised in the small town of Purcell, Oklahoma (Pop. 5,884), Parker is another Red Dirt bred musician with a great deal to say for himself. On this self-released (Okrahoma Records), self-titled,…Continue
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In 1978, Bob Dylan was fed up with his ex wife Sarah and decided to write at least an album's worth of material about it. This is just about one song on the album.
The name of the song is: "Is Your Love In Vain?" and contains some of the most directly spiteful lyrics Dylan ever wrote. He does not pull one punch in this song...and that is why it is my favorite song. Maybe as a fellow songwriter, I could relate to the pain Dylan was going through? And despite his pose for this album as…Continue
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Hello everyone. My name is KP Devlin. And I am about to do something I never thought I'd do... Post my first blog entry... I'm not entirely certain where this is going, but I figure it might be a good outlet for me, as well as a way for me to share some of the things I do with you. First and foremost, I'm a singer/songwriter. I've recorded and released 9 CDs of my original songs, as well as an album of instrumental tunes, and a series of ambient music albums under a mysterious pseudonym. My…Continue
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What can you say about a former carpenter turned songwriter and artist? You can say that he’s got a lot of experience in the workaday world and that he’s learned a lot about the life – so much so that his lyrics and music resonate profoundly with fans from east to west and north to south. He’s a Scot who moved to Canada and has become an important voice in that nation. James Keelaghan, perhaps one of the most revered Canadian songwriters currently plying his trade today, has…Continue
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Another fantastic sold-out Launderette Sessions show. This is the second time I've seen the Paper Aeroplanes after Jess Morgan and MrWishyWashy himself recommended them to me. I applaud their excellent taste.
That show, in York, was great and eventful – 2 people were thrown out of the venue and then arrested for getting into it with the bouncers. Paper Aeroplanes lead singer Sarah Howells mentioned…Continue
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For over 45 years Tony Trischka has been one of the most influential and groundbreaking banjo artists influencing bluegrass and acoustic musicians everywhere. He is a legendary banjo innovator, composer, collaborator, and teacher. His new album, Great Big World, was recently released via the Rounder label.…Continue
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The highlight of what I saw of Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast was Darlene Love boldly singing “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” as she joined the makers of 20 Feet From Stardom to accept the Oscar for Best Documentary. I saw the film last summer at Amherst Cinema. Morgan Neville’s powerful documentary runs the emotional gamut in focusing on the lives of backup singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, Judith Hill, and others who’ve…Continue
If you were in Vancouver at all in the summer of 2012, it was pretty hard to avoid Young & Lazy. The song was a breakout hit for local favourites The Matinee and seemed like the official anthem of a summer that saw the band featured prominently in the celebrations of Vancouver’s Stanley Park’s 125th birthday towards the end. The band’s been touring relentlessly which meant almost a six month break between Vancouver…Continue
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In a sense, Richard Shindell is a painter of words, emotions and worldly situations.
He's a poet, a philosopher, a teacher, a spiritual being.
Shindell is a weaver of poetry and melody, the fabric of which is much brighter and stronger than the individual threads.
Any label for the New Jersey born, Long Island, NY raised singer-songwriter could…
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Bursting forth with a sound salvaged from the cutting room floor of a long lost session of the million dollar quartet at Sun Studios, ‘Parish Lines’ from Rod Melancon isn’t retro; it’s the real deal. Hailing from South Louisiana, as documented on the fiery honky-tonk track bearing that name, Melancon delivers vocal skills full of authenticity and back country pride. The ten strong songs cover the gamut of roots rock, country and hillbilly soul, and tell us tales of a small town…Continue
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This week's Health & Happiness Hour we in conj. with Flyinshoes Revue we celebrate the launch of CaledoniaVille our compilation of Scoticana with tracks from Tom Morton & Hamish Roberts, we look at the upcoming Frankétienne & Mark Mulholland appearance in Glasgow for Alliance Française,…Continue
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