Added by Andrew Revkin on December 10, 2013 at 9:24am — No Comments
Composer/guitarist Jim “Kimo” West is best known for his work with “Weird Al” Yankovic – he’s played on all of his albums since 1984 – but on his own his vision has taken a radically different path. Separated from Yankovic’s hilarious parodies, West explores less commercial terrain. Fascinated by slack-key guitar, Kimo has released several albums in the genre, and the latest, Ki Ho'alu Christmastime, is another fingerstyle jewel. Kimo has mastered slack-key guitar to the…Continue
Added by Stacey Zering on December 9, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments
They say that the world is a lot smaller these days, what with news, culture, art, fashion and all sorts of events traveling at supersonic speed through Earth's inner space. For a few days last week it seemed that everyone posted something on their social media weapon of choice about the passing of…Continue
The Band of Heathens continues to surprise. While their new album offers up the Americana and Little Feat-styled funk fans have come to expect, there's a thread of late 1960s production pop that's a welcome addition. This opening track, "Shotgun," tips the album's surprise with its nod to "Everybody's…Continue
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Though often cited as one of three primary New Orleans piano legends, James Booker's popular renown never grew to the size of Professor Longhair's or Dr. John's. Launching his career in the mid-50s, he was sidetracked by a late-60s drug bust and continuing brushes with the law. One of those…Continue
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With a voice somewhere between Ferron, Eleanor McEvoy, Heather Nova and Cindy Bullens – this collection of tunes by dulcimer / flute musician Esther Golton is delightful the way a McGarrigles Sisters album always was.
“Stay Warm” starts with a cover of Christine Kane’s “Overjoyed” and segues into the stirring “Nectarina and Avocado” where Esther displays her dulcimer and flute to good effect. This song is so McGarrigles-feeling that I couldn't…Continue
Added by John Apice on December 9, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Deb Ryder has certainly studied the masters growing up in the Chicago area and being mentored by Etta James and Big Joe Turner, so it’s no surprise her debut album ‘Might Just Get Lucky,’ is such a strong collection, the real question is why it took so long. Along with her husband and bass player Ric Ryder she has been leading the Southern California band The Bluesryders for over twenty years. The ten song set of all original material showcases Ryder’s huge vocals and skilled…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on December 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
This must be the Season of the Witch.
Not only did the brilliantly warped minds behind American Horror Story, Ryan and Murphy and Brad Falchuk, create a Coven of them for Season 3, but they also made the witchiest woman of them all part of it.
And Stevie Nicks couldn’t be more delighted. Her summation of the role: “I’ve never done anything like it in my entire…Continue
Added by Michael Bialas on December 9, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Like many esteemed musicians before him – Declan MacManus springs immediately to mind – Morgan Geer (formerly of Asheville’s fondly-remembered The Unholy Trio) plys his musical trade using a nom de musc; in his case, it’s Drunken Prayer. The Portland/Asheville artist – who argues convincingly that he’s “not trying to be neo or alt or Americana but let out a howl informed by living life and soaking up American music from slave tunes to psychedelia to street parades” –…Continue
Added by Bill Kopp on December 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Perhaps it’s paradoxical to suggest that the best way to capture a rough and tumble, unvarnished musical performance is through use of high definition cameras, but that was exactly the approach taken on Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work‘s upcoming LIVE. “We got to make something like the live show that you can also take home when the lights go down,” says Edens. Two Asheville NC events in November – an advance screening and release party – celebrated the release of the new…Continue
Added by Bill Kopp on December 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
1. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
2. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
3. Holly Williams - The Highway
4. Trent Dabbs - The Way We Look at Horses
5. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer, Different Park
6. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
7. Julie Lee - Till & Mule
8. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
9. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
10. The Head & the Heart - Let's Be Still
11. Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose
12. Leagues - You Belong…
Added by Kelly McCartney on December 9, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Marisa Anderson is a Portland, OR-based songwriter and guitarist who explores the complex fabrics of American folk, blues, and country. At 19 she left college to walk across the country (and in her words, "didn't stop for 19 years"). Marisa was a founding member of The Dolly Ranchers, before embarking on her own solo career. Her solo debut, Holiday Motel, was an Outmusic nominee for…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on December 9, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
On episode 169 of the Americana Music Show, Rick Shea talks about covering Hank Williams, producing The Good Intentions, and taking train trips in Mexico when he was a “broken-hearted kid.” He also sets up and plays three tracks from his album, Sweet Bernadine.
Also on this epiosde, newgrass from The Avett Brothers, gothic folk from The Paper Hill Casket Company, bluegrass from The Railsplitters,…Continue
Added by Americana Music Show on December 9, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments
1. Most of us wouldn't be able to explain why we love the person we do. There are so many reasons, and yet something intangible that pervades the core of true love. We can communicate without speaking, with a touch, Pun intended, there is almost no need to say anything as to why this song is so well respected. I appreciate songs that approach emotional territory in a plainspoken way. I think it is harder to do this without coming across cheesy -- the reason why many writers hide…Continue
Added by Jeff Giddens on December 8, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
It’s always difficult to review, endorse or suggest an unfamiliar rising artist to an audience of readers / music lovers without comparing that artist somewhat with artists who have come before.
A point of reference is required to give a hint to the reader what they are to experience and if their interest would be piqued. After all, to serious music lovers music is quite personal. Not every artist is back ground music. Some require time and patience to listen and hopefully,…Continue
Added by John Apice on December 8, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
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
Added by musicJJMG on December 8, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
It was excellent in parts – and transcendentally superb in places.
But it was…Continue
Added by Peter Wrench on December 8, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments
Added by James Curley on December 8, 2013 at 12:03am — No Comments
"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and besides it annoys the pig." Robert A. Heinlein
Every year about now, I get tempted to engage in some porcine education. From my lofty perch as an sometimes blogger and devoted Americana/Folk fan, I feel the need to explain my music to The Recording Academy voters. It never fails, year after year. The Grammy nominations come out and I think, what the hell were they thinking? How in the world could they have missed…Continue
Added by Mando Lines on December 7, 2013 at 12:53pm — No Comments
5. Daniel Romano, Come Cry With Me
To be honest, I don’t know why I like Romano. There’s the obvious: his voice, songs that reach into earlier eras of country and resurrect the naked, vulnerable emotion of singers like Gram Parsons. Come Cry With Me feels almost hipster self-aware – like Romano knows what he’s doing and who he’s channelling and it could be silly, but it’s the only logical pathway for what he has to say.
4. Kelly Willis and…Continue
Added by Gillian Turnbull on December 7, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments