Featured Blog Posts – March 2011 Archive (185)

Lee's Listening Stack: Hungrytown-'Any Forgotten Thing'


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…


Added by Lee Zimmerman on March 31, 2011 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Rachel Harrington “Celilo Falls” (Skinny Dennis Records)


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.…


Added by Simon on March 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

TERRAPIN LANDING: Phil Lesh To Open New Venue In Marin County

In a posting on the official Furthur Message BoardPhil Lesh outlined plans to open up a new venue in Marin County, California called Terrapin Landing. The building will host album nights, singalongs, West Coast rambles (based on Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles), and more. Check out the complete post below:


"We're taking the first steps to…


Added by Craig Young on March 31, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Clearing The Fog

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…


Added by Mando Lines on March 31, 2011 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

The Post Consumption Fan Meets Amazon Locker

Note from Easy Ed: Just two weeks ago I posted a blog about saying goodbye to my iPod. In addition to wondering about Apple's commitment to the larger format music player, I speculated on how fast we'd get to cloud technology and subscription services. The answer came yesterday when Amazon announced their digital music locker. Below is a story that I think pretty much explains what… Continue

Added by Easy Ed on March 30, 2011 at 8:00pm — 20 Comments

Lost Record of the Week: Dave McCann and the Ten-Toed Frogs, Shoot the Horse

Dave McCann was among a group of musicians that I interviewed over the course of the last decade for my dissertation on roots music in Calgary, Alberta. He was a great interviewee and always kept me updated with new recordings. I have to admit, however, that after a couple years of listening to the same group of singers so often for my analysis chapter that I could remember every bit of the songs in my sleep, I had to take a break from Calgarian music. So it is for this reason that Shoot the… Continue

Added by Gillian Turnbull on March 30, 2011 at 6:23pm — No Comments

CD Review: Leeann Atherton – Heart Traveled Road

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…


Added by Jim Heald on March 30, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

“South of the Border”: The Sexual Politics of Autry and Sinatra

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…


Added by Matt Shedd on March 30, 2011 at 1:00am — 14 Comments

The Holy Trinity of John Hartford

John Hartford is one of the most unique and creative artists in American music history. Frankly, I consider a distaste for John Hartford bordering on a character flaw. Among other things, I look at the venerable fiddler, banjoist, and songwriter as a unifying force for traditional music fans of differing generations. In a recent… Continue

Added by Dustin Ogdin on March 29, 2011 at 10:00pm — 44 Comments

Newport Folk Festival Announces 2011 Lineup


The Decemberists

Gillian Welch

Earl Scruggs

Gogol Bordello

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Tegan & Sara

Mavis Staples

The Felice Brothers

Delta Spirit

Freelance Whales

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




Added by Kyla Fairchild on March 29, 2011 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Review: Amy Black - One Time (Reuben, 2011)

Amy Black - One Time (Reuben, 2011)

For a New Englander, Amy Black sounds quite down home. Her Southern roots (she was reared in Missouri and Alabama until the age of sixteen) clearly packed their bags and traveled along in the relocation North and East, and have been renewed through visits to her family’s home town. Black sings in a folk-styled country voice that suggests bits of Patty… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on March 29, 2011 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Steady at the Wheel: a conversation with Ted Russell Kamp

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…


Added by Adam Sheets on March 29, 2011 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Review: The Waifs - Temptation

 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…


Added by Darius Rips on March 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New music coming from Eilen Jewell (sneak peek free MP3)

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…


Added by Kim Ruehl on March 29, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Review: Midlake - Late Night Tales, features Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and more

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…


Added by Joe Lepper on March 29, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Contest: Win the Best of Leon Russell

NOTE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Janis Kury and Marjorie Armstrong! And thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned to our contests page for more information about upcoming contests and more chances to win great music. 

Leon Russell has had a heck of a career, spanning more than four decades and including session work with the likes of Frank Sinatra,…


Added by No Depression on March 28, 2011 at 11:30pm — 323 Comments

Middle Brother-Self Titled LP

An unfortunate recent trend in the NBA has been for fellow buddies/superstars to join forces and create “superteams”. Made popular last summer by LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining friend Dwyane Wade in Miami, the idea has been taken further by Carmelo Anthony ditching Denver for New York to play alongside friend, Amar’e Stoudemire. While the practice in sports rings sour for many fans, it is much more appealing in the music world where listeners can revel in the magic that is often created… Continue

Added by Jeff Strowe on March 28, 2011 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Review: Ray Charles, Ray Charles: Live in Concert

Review originally published on Blogcritics.


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…


Added by Jack Goodstein on March 28, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Ben Hall - Ben Hall!


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…


Added by April Wolfe on March 28, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Album Review: The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck


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…


Added by Joe Lepper on March 28, 2011 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

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