Featured Blog Posts – February 2010 Archive (117)

Elliot Randall & the Deadmen….Come Alive

With the release of his second independent album, Caffeine & Gasoline, Bay Area-based songwriter Elliot Randall has taken a giant leap forward—and the national stage can’t be out of his reach for too much longer. In the midst of their first California tour, Randall and his tastefully talented band, The Deadmen (James Deprato, Kyle Caprista and Danilo Lopez), are riding high off the buzz of having Caffeine &… Continue

Added by Rob Bleetstein on February 28, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Concert Review: Tim Barry and Chuck Ragan, February 6, Toronto

This review is several weeks late because I have computer problems, and am addicted to Olympic curling, and have a severe case of the Februaries, and am just damn lazy. If you don't feel like reading the entire review, here's the four word summary: superb… Continue

Added by Rockstar Aimz on February 28, 2010 at 6:16pm — 4 Comments

CD Review of the Texas Tornados – “Esta Bueno!” (BiSMEAUX Records)

By 'Rebel' Rod Ames

Just about everyone thought once Doug Sahm left us back in November of 1999, and then Freddy Fender in October of 2006 that the Texas Tornados were gone forever. However, any one familiar with Shawn Sahm, knew the gene was still going strong, recordings live forever,… Continue

Added by Rod Ames on February 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

New Big Enchilada Podcast: Madness & Glory


Madness & Glory is the name of this episode of The Big Enchilada. I'm going to subject you to about 40 minutes of musical madness from the likes of Pierced Arrows, The Reigning Sound, King… Continue

Added by swt on February 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

One year and one day in the life of a...whatever this is

One year and one day ago, Kyla and I hit go on this website, fingers firmly crossed and breath duly held. I'm not sure I had any expectations or even a clue about what was going to happen here. We didn't know if anyone would join, or what they would do once they got here. Yet, here we are 366 days later with nearly 7,000 members as of this blog post, over 8,000 fans on… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on February 28, 2010 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

How we got here....an 82 minute oral history from Chris Hillman

I've been meaning to post this for a few weeks now but got distracted and forgot. Over at another blog post within this community there's been a lively discussion of sorts in regards to Gram Parsons and the latest push to get him to the Country Music Hall of Fame. While I have long been a Gram fan and still listen to his music often, the almost god-like stature many Americana fans have placed upon his memory has escaped me, along with the assertion that he somehow started the entire… Continue

Added by Easy Ed on February 28, 2010 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

Cayamo wrap-up, now that I've (sort of) got my land legs back

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It's been about 15 hours since I returned to Seattle, where it's cold and drippy, where I write from a dive bar where I can have French toast and use the internet. "What's New Pussycat" is on the speakers. I have a jacket on. It's a far cry from the balcony of our mini-suite aboard the Norwegian Dawn. But reality… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on February 27, 2010 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

Gram Parsons in the Country Music Hall of Fame? You're kidding, right?

Embedded within this community, and in the broader world wide tower of babel, is a small movement devoted to the proposition that Gram Parsons should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame. When I checked a moment ago, something over 3,000 people had signed an online petition to that end.

I am baffled. Not simply because, to my ears, Parsons is...oh, man, I'm not trying to pick a fight, really I'm not...my standard line is this: If Emmylou Harris hadn't proven to be Emmylou Harris,… Continue

Added by Grant Alden on February 27, 2010 at 12:24pm — 101 Comments

Country for Garage Punkers #2: James Mc Murtry

I gotta blame Stephen King for this one. I picked it up after he raved about it in a column he wrote for Entertainment Weekly. It's been on my mind ever since. The political statements, the working class ethos, and the passion carry this live album all the way through. It's the kind of work that I would have loved to play for Joe Strummer and heard what he thought about it.

Musically the album runs from ballad feeling folk songs Lights of Cheyenne to more up tempo western swing… Continue

Added by Eric Reanimator on February 27, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Trilobite: Silver Skin

Trilobite's self-titled first album acquired a core of serious enthusiasts, myself included. Mark Ray Lewis' snapshot stories were married to music of spartan beauty, breaking out into actual tunes often enough to give the listener something to hold on to. The wheezing pump organ kind of defined the sound of the album, ' groaning with the rest of creation' as No Depression memorably put it. The staccato… Continue

Added by John Davy on February 27, 2010 at 7:12am — No Comments

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig

It's just five years since these three guys got together - sorry, make that two guys and one gal - and at that point they were all fresh into the whole business of making string band music. In that time they've made a short journey out of becoming one of the most exciting string band revivalists about, and now they've produced an album which suggests they could sweep all before them in this whole area of music. Faithful to, but not jailed by the tradition is how they put it, and that… Continue

Added by John Davy on February 27, 2010 at 7:03am — 1 Comment

1-hour Black History Month introduction to the Blues (and Journalism About It)

On snowy Thurs. Feb 25 I lectured at Baruch College/CUNY to 90 journalism students on "The Blues Today, Challenges and Contradictions of Covering It," part of this years' Milt Hinton Memorial Presentations, named for the great Missippi-born, Chicago-bred bass player and photographer.

"My bonafides are I'm born in Chicago, too," I more or less joked, to start. "As Muhal Richard Abrams, the pianist, composer,… Continue

Added by Howard Mandel on February 27, 2010 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Derek Hoke - Goodbye Rock ‘n’ Roll (Electric Western, 2009)

Derek Hoke - Goodbye Rock ‘n’ Roll (Electric Western, 2009)

Georgia-born Derek Hoke opens his debut with the album’s bold title declaration: Goodbye Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s an immensely catchy song whose pedal steel and thumping honky-tonk beat underline the bittersweet lament of a man who must bid adieu to his first love. Hoke declares his never-ending affection for rock ‘n’… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on February 26, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #59

Podcast #59 features the debut CD by JOE PUG called Messenger. Other artists include CARAVAN OF THIEVES, MEG HUTCHINSON and DEADSTRING BROTHERS. The full playlist is posted below. Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads. Please… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on February 26, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Greg's Grab Bag - Amchitka: The Concert That Launched Greenpeace/Dolly Parton

Greg’s Grab Bag

Phil Ochs, James Taylor & Joni Mitchell – Amchitka: The Concert That Launched Greenpeace

Documenting the October 16, 1970 concert that raised funds to send a boat to the island of Amchitka near Alaska in protest of a U.S. nuclear testing program while also formally launching the Greenpeace organization, this archival 2-CD release is a significant historical and musical… Continue

Added by Greg Yost on February 26, 2010 at 10:43am — No Comments

the longings of a crazy heart

I knew I would want to see Crazy Heart when I learned of T Bone Burnett's association with the music. The idea of a country musician as the main character was also intriguing, and the presence of Robert Duvall in the film took me back to the classic Tender Mercies. I watched Jeff Bridges receive the best actor award from the Screen Actor's Guild, and I had a growing sense that this would be a special movie.

It is.

One does not have to appreciate roots music… Continue

Added by Ken Carter on February 26, 2010 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

ninebullets.net February podcast: SxSW Edition

Hey everyone. Autopsy IV from ninebullets.net checking in. I posted the February edition of the ninebullets.net podcast today. This month's features bands I hope to catch while I am in Austin for SxSW. If any of you are gonna be out @ SxSW drop me a line. I'm looking to see lots and sleep little. Also, any advice for the podcast or SxSW is welcome and appreciated.

If you're interested you can listen to the podcast over… Continue

Added by Autopsy IV on February 26, 2010 at 6:52am — No Comments

Album Review: Johnny Cash--American VI: Ain't No Grave

Johnny Cash--American VI: Ain't No Grave--American/Lost Highway

The newest, and purportedly last, installment of Johnny Cash’s “American series”, the priceless Rick Rubin-produced string of albums that rounded out Cash’s life, is American VI: Ain’t No Grave. This is the second of the American albums to be released posthumously, following American V: A Hundred Highways, and these 11 songs are mined gold from the… Continue

Added by Steve Leftridge on February 26, 2010 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

A quick review of I Hear a Voice Calling: A Bluegrass Memoir

For good and ill, I am principally and by choice -- if not conscious choice -- a confessional essayist. Blame it on De Quincy or Hunter S. or Wendell Barry (to whom I come late, and not often enough). Blame it on new journalism. Blame it on ego. Or don't.

At hand is I Hear a Voice Calling: A Bluegrass Memoir, which proves a slim volume by Gene Lowinger, a New Jersey lad of Jewish extraction who played fiddle with Bill Monroe in 1965-66, published last year by the University of… Continue

Added by Grant Alden on February 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Last day on Cayamo...it's been swell!

Rumor is, the swells got up to 30 feet last night. My eyes shot open around 2:30 a.m. as the drawers slid open and shut. Earlier, on the mainstage in the theater, Lyle Lovett and his large band stumbled around as the boat's nose tore up and over waves. They managed to squeeze out a terrific set, though, including rousing renditions of "San Antonio Girl" and "She's No Lady She's My Wife." Late in the set, he welcomed Shawn Colvin to the stage and backed her up as she sang "Diamond in the Rough."… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on February 25, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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