Any Forgotten Thing
Listen Here! Records
With their new album – their second credited to their combined moniker of Hungrytown – husband/wife duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson continue to make modern folk songs that bow entirely to age-old mores. Sweet sentiments, lithe arrangements and beguiling harmonies kindle a sense of lofty nostalgia and homegrown circumspect, with enough wide-eyed innocence to mute any hint of pretension. Precious but…Continue
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Celilo Falls [suh-lie-low) takes it title from a stretch of waterfalls between the states of Oregon and Washington on the Columbia River, after the building of the Dalles dam the falls were hidden from sight, “A lot of this record is, for me, about what lies beneath” Harrington says about her third studio album, for me there’s more than enough ripples on the surface to engage with before digging deeper into the albums hidden depths.…
"We're taking the first steps to…Continue
If you look up "labor of love" in the Americana dictionary, one of the references you will find is to the folks at No Depression. Their continuing presence in the face of changes in the magazine/media business is a much bigger deal than most of us realize. We often take this forum for granted, and we shouldn't.
Another reference under the "labor of love" listing has to be Music Fog. If you're an Americana fan with a computer (and I'm guessing that at least half of that…Continue
Added by Gillian Turnbull on March 30, 2011 at 6:23pm — No Comments
Leeann Atherton is in fine form on this 2009 release produced by her long-time collaborator Rich Brotherton. This album showcases Leeann’s voice and songwriting, and covers a vast musical landscape from Acoustic Blues to Blues Rock, Country Rock, Gospel, a little Jazz, and Folk. If you’ve heard Leeann, particularly in her live shows, you know that she projects the image of a very strong woman who knows her own mind. That comes…Continue
Added by Jim Heald on March 30, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I was listening to a Gene Autry record yesterday--by the way, if you don’t own any Autry recordings you should get your hands on some. I know I had heard him sing “South of the Border” (recorded in 1939) at some point, but I hadn’t thought too much of it. I have predominately heard Frank Sinatra's 1953 version. So my discovery of Autry’s recording, that precedes The Chairman's version by 14 years, jarred my conceptions of the song.
So, as you know may…
SATURDAY, JULY 30
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Tegan & Sara
The Felice Brothers
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three
What Cheer? Brigade
The Devil Makes Three
Song Circle with Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka & Liz Queler
The Wailin' Jennys
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Although he is perhaps best known (at least in the United States) as a bass player and sideman, Ted Russell Kamp is easily one of the most underrated songwriters in the music business today, crafting intelligent and eclectic songs with tons of soul as well as lyrics that more than hold their own with the best…Continue
Although it’s a little late to be saying so, The Waifs may not be the best name for this band. I find myself expecting a soft acoustic sound, with conversational vocals and plucked, strummed and bowed instruments. In fact, there are many acoustic instruments here, with only an electric lead guitar that is used sparingly and electric bass on about half of the songs. But Temptation is a rootsy rock album in terms of sound. The two female…Continue
Added by Darius Rips on March 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
One of my favorite memories from this year's SXSW was getting to meet and introduce (and then enjoy a set from) Eilen Jewell. She's been one of my favorite new artists since her album Letters from Sinners & Strangers dropped back in 2007. Its follow-up, '09's Sea of Tears, is still one of my frequent go-to albums - particularly for dark, rainy days. Indeed, Jewell has a knack for capturing life's less rosy elements. I imagine it's that command of her craft…Continue
Midlake’s influences across the folk rock scenes of the 1960s and 1970s are well known, so in many respects their role as the latest curator in the Late Night Tales series will produce few surprises.
As expected this 19 track compilation is dominated by UK folk legends from the past such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, as well as some of their key US influences, including The Band and Flying Burrito Brothers.
But there’s also a…Continue
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Leon Russell has had a heck of a career, spanning more than four decades and including session work with the likes of Frank Sinatra,…Continue
Jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues: Ray Charles," the genius," can do it all, and do it all he does in his 1964 concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles originally released by ABC-Paramount in 1965 as a twelve song album and now reissued by Concord Music Group on a nineteen track, seventeen song CD, Ray Charles: Live in Concert. There are some performers who seem uncomfortable outside the recording studio; live audiences…Continue
Every Monday morning, I post a review on an attention-grabbing album submitted via ReviewShine, and this week I've had the privilege to review Ben Hall's debut album, Ben Hall!.
Guitarist Ben Hall is a native of Okolona, Mississippi. His Merle-Travis-style of guitar playing has won many awards as well as the attention of country legend Charlie Louvin. The fist time Charlie Louvin met Hall he asked, “When can you go to work with me?” Hall…Continue
Taking in three different producers and studios has worked out well for The Mountain Goats on All Eternals Deck.
This unusual approach could have produced uneven results, but all those involved including death metal guitarist and producer Erik Rutan, have kept the band’s central theme of survival intact. The end result is a remarkably consistent album.
There is a breadth of styles. Mostly familiar folk and rock territory for the…Continue