Featured Blog Posts – March 2010 Archive (119)

Who, then, is in charge of our musical past?

In moments of weakness, my PayPal account temporarily in a positive cash flow position and with the pretext that I'm "researching" for my occasional radio show in hand, I have these last couple weeks made actual purchases of music online.

At the instigation of Raymond McClain, the new head of the Center for Traditional Music, which is attached to Morehead State University, I ordered up a Proper box set offering me four discs of Red Foley's music. I'm stuck on "Sugarfoot Rag," and… Continue

Added by Grant Alden on March 22, 2010 at 12:15pm — 20 Comments


I had hoped to blog more often while SXSW was happening but Maslow's hierarchy of needs was in full play and sleep and food won out when the music was put on hold to take care of the basics. It was my 14th year attending SXSW and the festival has grown and changed so much since I first attended back in 1996. It doesn't seem possible that it could continue to grow, yet every year it seems there is more going on and things get more scattered and fragmented. Used to be you could go to one of the… Continue

Added by Kyla Fairchild on March 22, 2010 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

SXSW wrap-up

I had made no plans, set no schedule, and established no expectations when I first hit 6th Street in Austin this past Wednesday evening. I arrived around dinner time (which would come to mean lunchtime in the days ahead), and wandered into the fray to find some street food. It was already going. Drum kits could be heard, getting smacked by unforgiving sticks, guitars griding against their various distortion pedals, hipsters drunk and walking, drunk and standing, talking, yelling, on a mission.… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on March 22, 2010 at 8:26am — 9 Comments

CD Review: Peter Karp and Sue Foley’s “He Said-She Said” (Blind Pig Records)

By 'Rebel' Rod Ames

Peter Karp & Sue Foley - He Said - She Said (Blind Pig Records)

It’s been a long time since “He” (Peter Karp) left the surroundings of swampy New Jersey and the rural grit of Southern Alabama to take his equal parts “Yankee-Rebel juxtaposition”, as it states in his bio, to travel across the country, bringing his unique blend of roots rock, blues, and folk music to others. His songwriting has been… Continue

Added by Rod Ames on March 22, 2010 at 4:39am — No Comments

Review: The White Stripes: "Under Great White Northern Lights" (Blu-Ray)

The greatest liability facing The White Stripes is that the thematic envelope they've designed for themselves -- red, white and black color scheme, faux brother-and-sister back story, primal guitar and drums austerity -- risks making everything about the band seem careful and considered. Their greatest asset is Jack and Meg White's acknowledgment of that risk and creating their art while perched on that tightrope between knowing post-modernism and deeply felt… Continue

Added by Paul Cantin on March 20, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

MIA: HELL COMES TO YOU HOUSE vol. 2 - The first Cowpunk Comp?


Label: Bemisbrain Records/Enigma Records

Released: 1983

1. THE JONESES "I'm Bad"

2. THE JONESES "She's So Filthy"

3. MAU MAUS "Sex Girls in Uniforms"

4. MAU MAUS "We All Fall Down"

5. CAMBRIDGE APOSTLES "Can't Fight the Feeling"

6. BLOOD ON THE SADDLE "I Wish I was a Single Girl Again"

7. BLOOD ON THE SADDLE "Ghost On My Heart"


9. TEX AND THE HORSEHEADS "Go West… Continue

Added by Eric Reanimator on March 20, 2010 at 8:42am — No Comments

Music City Roots: Thoughts after two seasons

(This is reposted and adapted from my String Theory Media blog)

Last week, Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe closed its second season with what feels like incredible momentum. With each passing week, it seems like our audience is bigger and more enthusiastic, and we’re hearing raves back from the artists… Continue

Added by Craig Havighurst on March 20, 2010 at 8:31am — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #62

Podcast #62 features the new CD by THE TEXAS SAPPHIRES called As He Wanders... Other artists include THE STEEL WHEELS, JIM KELLER and from Australia... SLIM PICKENS & DOCTOR BAZ. The full playlist is posted below. Check… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on March 19, 2010 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Music Review: Kara Suzanne – Parlor Walls [self-released]

One of the great things about the Americana music genre the ability of the musicians to work familiar ground into unfamiliar and surprising places. Kara Suzanne and her excellent backing band, the Gojos – David Cieri – clavinet, hammond B3, mellotron, piano, wurlitzer, Steve Lewis – guitars, harmonica, lap steel, pedal steel Bill Mead – drums, percussion , Jordan Scannella – bass – have mined the genres of American music with Parlor Walls. Country,… Continue

Added by TwangNation.com on March 19, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

John Hiatt--The Open Road--New West

John Hiatt--The Open Road--New West

The last we heard from John Hiatt, he was singing “Let’s Give Love a Try”, the final tune from 2008’s Same Old Man. On that song, Hiatt admitted, “Sometimes I don’t like being where I am”, a notion that Hiatt has explored for much of his going-on-40-year career as a singer-songwriter. Calling himself “old” (sort of) in the title of that record marked a transition of sorts for a rascal… Continue

Added by Steve Leftridge on March 19, 2010 at 7:18am — 9 Comments

Terrell's Tuneup: Nimble as Gimble

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican

March 19, 2010

He fiddled with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. He fiddled with Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Dolly Parton, and Merle Haggard — and also on TV with Hee Haw’s Million Dollar Band. His fiddling won him a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 1994, presented to him by then first lady Hillary Clinton. And he fiddled on the campaign trail for… Continue

Added by swt on March 19, 2010 at 7:06am — No Comments

Sing along with me...F-Y-E...U-M-G...M-O-U-S-E: The Tale of the Ten Dollar CD

Do y'all know who Trans World Entertainment is? Probably not. They're the Albany-based company that's pretty much considered the "last man left standing" in music retail. Over the years they have acquired the carcasses of pretty much every national and regional record store chain in America including Sam Goody, Musicland, National Record Mart, Wherehouse Entertainment, Specs and a bunch more smaller ones we've all forgotten about over the years.

At one time they had almost 2000… Continue

Added by Easy Ed on March 18, 2010 at 4:59pm — 14 Comments

Something wicked this way comes...again! --- The Best of Dark Roots Music, Volumes II, III, & IV

Just in time for the end of the gloomy season, the folks at Devil’s Ruin Records are preparing to release their continuation of the Dark Roots Music compilation series, with not one but three more volumes: II. Rodentagogue, III. Rodenticide, and IV. Rodentum. Though the new additions aren’t quite as extensive as their predecessor, Rodentia: The Best of Dark Roots Music, the two-disc release that spawned the series, the content is equally… Continue

Added by James G. Carlson on March 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment



by Terry Roland

Artist Website: www.tempchin.com

How many songs from the last 50 years are there mainstream music lovers can recognize just by name and even sing a bar or two with the words? Surprisingly, I've found, not many. Then, there's "Peaceful, Easy Feeling." The… Continue

Added by Terry Roland on March 18, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Never go too far without some Big Star: RIP Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton has died. The passing of Chilton, 59, comes just as Big Star was to be feted at SXSW; it seems a kind of absurd extension of the singer's ambivalence about celebrity, evident over the course of his career.

As a Box Top, he was a teen idol while still a teen himself. As a young man, he was criminally undervalued in Big Star. And as a cult figure,… Continue

Added by Paul Cantin on March 17, 2010 at 8:16pm — 12 Comments

Cry Like a Baby...The Passing of Alex Chilton

At almost the same time this evening my phone started vibrating with text messages from all over the country on the passing of Alex Chilton.

Here is the news from the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

Pop hitmaker, cult hero, and Memphis rock iconoclast Alex Chilton has died.

The singer and… Continue

Added by Easy Ed on March 17, 2010 at 7:00pm — 15 Comments

Review: Doug Sahm And The Sir Douglas Quintet - The Complete Mercury Recordings (box 5cd) [Hip-O Select 2006]

Even though he’s often considered as a possible American answer to the impetuous British Invasion of the Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Yardbirds, Who, Dave Clark Five etc, and in spite of a group who mockingly called him “Sir”, well stating once again that such an unpenitent hippie like Doug…


Added by Gianfranco Callieri on March 17, 2010 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Dueling Shows: Cave Singers v. Grand Hallway (Seattle, Mar. 6, 2010)

Grand Hallway

It's not rare for there to be two great shows on one spring night, here in the hometown of Hendrix and Cobain. After all, people come here to make music, and more people stay to watch. We've had a hell of a few years, as I've mentioned before, far as the burgeoning Seattle alt/roots/Americana/country/indie/whatever scene goes. This particular night was perfect proof of just how far that scene has come of late.

For one thing, long-time alt-country… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on March 16, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

David "Honeyboy" Edwards: The blues at 95

David Honeyboy Edwards, at age 94 and a half one of a dwindling handful of surviving practitioners of first generation Delta blues, gigged at B.B. King's Blues Club on NYC's 42nd St. last week. He held the stage with little help from his two sidemen for nearly an hour, after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Guitar Museum. His voice… Continue

Added by Howard Mandel on March 16, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Concert Review: Justin Townes Earle with Joe Pug, March 1, The Horseshoe, Toronto

I saw Justin Townes Earle nearly a year ago at this same venue. I knew I was in for a great show, and fortunately so… Continue

Added by Rockstar Aimz on March 16, 2010 at 8:51am — No Comments

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