Featured Blog Posts – March 2011 Archive (202)

Greetings from South by Southwest: Extremes at the Four Seasons, Ruthie Foster to Hanson

South by Southwest

Missive Five

Extremes at the Four Seasons

 

At South by Southwest, everyone needs to get in on the action – and for the Texas branch of the National Academy of Recording Artists & Sciences, the perfect time to throw their annual block party. For the people responsible for the annual Grammy Awards, these parties are a way to…

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Added by Holly Gleason on March 19, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Did Wanda Jackson Sing Country Music's Greatest Feminist Anthem?

Until last week I thought my favourite song to mention a skillet was definitely by Woody Guthrie but listening to a Wanda Jackson compilation on my way to work reminded me that perhaps this is the greatest frying pan song ever written.



Wanda Jackson - My Big Iron Skillet



Whatever Tammy Wynette's intention, songs like… Continue

Added by Nigel Smith on March 19, 2011 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

New Friend: M. Lucas - Dust

So I came home from work tonight gave the Roots Music Report a quick look over saw at #23 M. Lucas and the album Dust. So I loaded up Napster found the album and gave it a quick listen. The opening track "Down in the Swamp" sounded like some good swamp music, so I quickly downloaded the album on to the player, and have been listening to some great music all night. From his website I see that the album opened the year at Number… Continue

Added by Ed Karn on March 19, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

FTB Show #111 with GRANT PEEPLES, LOS FABULOCOS, ANDY FRIEDMAN and THE WAILIN’ JENNYS

FTB podcast #111 features the new album by GRANT PEEPLES called Okra and Ecclesiastes.  Also new music from ANDY FRIEDMAN, LOS FABULOCOS and THE WAILIN’ JENNYS.  The full playlist is posted below.  Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads and tell 'em you heard the songs on the FTB podcast.  Please … Continue

Added by Bill Frater on March 18, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Voodoo Rhythm Records releases third volume in compilation series

After a rather productive and exciting 2010, independent Swiss label Voodoo Rhythm Records has kicked off the new year with a big ol’ compilation. Featuring twenty-one artists that have worked with the label over the years, this new…
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Added by James G. Carlson on March 18, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Tributes to the old Masters - Big Head Todd and Rory Block

Two new tribute records celebrate the music of Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell 

Reviews by Douglas Heselgrave

 

Like a lot of kids growing up in the sixties and seventies, I discovered the blues early.  For suburban youngsters like myself, the blues represented something exotic, dangerous and downright otherworldly.  The world gone wrong of thieves, gamblers, backdoor men and their pining women brought to life in the songs set my imagination…

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Added by doug heselgrave on March 18, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Ben Hall Arrives With "Ben Hall!"

The first time Charlie Louvin discovered the young, Merle Travis-style guitarist Ben Hall playing he asked, “When can you go to work with me?” When Hall replied that he couldn’t just yet, as he was studying music at Belmont University, the elder statesman was none too pleased to be turned down, huffing, “You don’t need to be in school, you are meant to be playing that guitar.”



Fortunately, Hall reconnected with Louvin at his 80th birthday on July 7, 2007 and was…

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Added by Chris Mateer on March 18, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Lee's Listening Stack: Skybombers - 'Black Carousel'

Skybombers

Black Carousel

429 Records

 

Australia has produced more than its share of impetuous young rockers, from the Easybeats to AC/DC, and an identical strain of genes seems to run through Skybombers, a brash and bold young combo whose new LP reflects a similar off-kilter sensibility. With songs that boast a penchant for kinetic rhythms and impulsive instincts to boot, Black Carousel becomes a wayward ride from start to finish, loose in the…

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Added by Lee Zimmerman on March 18, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Greetings from South by Southwest: Missive 4 Civil Wars + Midlake Surprises

South by Southwest

The Next Day, Missive Four

Civil Wars & Midlake Surprises

 

It is so big, that it is bigger than itself. Not just South by Southwest, but South by San Jose – the alternative to the alternative fest. In the sprawling courtyard beside the San Jacinto Hotel, it is a high chic courtyard/bier garden with more established bands not looking to be scouted or…

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Added by Holly Gleason on March 17, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Greetings from South by Southwest -- New Old Country @ Antone's

South by Southwest

Missive Six

Modern Old Fashioned Heritage Country

 

Kelly Willis’ voice swoops and offers a satiny sheen that is both silky and so fluid it threatens to slip through the notes being played by her and husband Bruce Robison’s crackerjack band. For years the darling of progressive country fans, the sweetheart of the post modern rodeo was both too cool and too…

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Added by Holly Gleason on March 17, 2011 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

John Mellencamp announces first European tour in 19 years

Press release

 

For the first time in 19 years, John Mellencamp is set to tour the UK and Europe with dates set for late June and July 2011. The No Better Than This tour is designed as a uniquely formatted "evening with," and brings Mellencamp's music to theatre-sized venues, a rare opportunity to experience one of America's most iconic songwriters and performers in an intimate setting, highlighting all phases of his artistry.



The new No…

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Added by Adam Sheets on March 17, 2011 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

Singer-Songwriter Keaton Simons: On Leading with Love....Unstoppable

By Terry Roland

(originally appeared in FolkWorks)



 

There's something special about the music of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Keaton Simons. Perhaps it's in…

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Added by Terry Roland on March 17, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

'Rebel' Rod's Reviews - Soulive: Bowlive - Live at the Brooklyn Bowl - DVD (Shine A Light Productions/Royal Family Records) releases March 23rd -

By ‘Rebel’ Rod Ames



I received this little jewel in the mail the other day not really knowing what to expect. What I expect now is to be at Soulive: Bowlive - Live at the Brooklyn Bowl next year in Brooklyn, New York.



The former owners of the famous and sorely missed The Wetlands, Peter Shapiro and Charley Ryan, were seeking a new venue for some tremendously talented musicians. What they found… Continue

Added by Rod Ames on March 17, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Caitlin Rose-Own Side Now

Mining the past for inspiration has long been a hallmark of the performing arts. Musicians, actors, and writers have been re-interpreting ideas since the dawn of time, constantly putting new and inventive spins on classic ideas and concepts. In country and rock and roll music, appraisals go hand in hand with the territory and such is the case with young Nashville singer-songwriter, Caitlin Rose and her debut full-length Own Side Now, a wry, heartfelt, and confessional collection of…

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Added by Jeff Strowe on March 17, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

SXSW Rocks Into Gear

I arrived in Austin a day before the festivities really hit full throttle. Even though the festival and conference wasn't in full swing Tuesday night, I caught two bands I've been dying to see for a while - The Head and the Heart and Dry the River.

The Head and the Heart, you may by now be aware, are a bit of a power troupe from Seattle. Their album dropped last year and skyrocketed the band straight to the moon. I was a slow-comer, I'll admit. I tend to back off from hype pretty…

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Added by Kim Ruehl on March 17, 2011 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

the state of music and blueberry muffins

“Can you put food on the table with music? Probably not. I see music as a really great hobby for most people in five or 10 years.

I see everybody I know, some of them really important artists, studying how to do other jobs.” – John McCrea, Cake, NPR Interview

And…

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Added by Easy Ed on March 17, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

South By Southwest, Missive 3: Jimmie Dale Gilmore+the Wronglers, Foster & Lloyd Together Again

South By Southwest

Missive Three --

Is This The Past or the Future That Is Calling?

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the mystical old time country singer, is onstage at the balconied ballroom of Austin’s landmark Driskill Hotel, his high voice keening and spinning around the melody-line of several bluegrass standards with a nimbleness that belies the trickiness of the old time music. Exuberance unleashed, this is miles from Gilmore’s ethereal high country blend…

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Added by Holly Gleason on March 16, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

More Greetings from South By Southwest: Beyond the G&S Lounge

    Greetings from South By Southwest

Missive Two    

            The G&S Lounge is not a pretty place. Not even close, Ceilings too low and in the pre-happy hours, they don’t even engage the myriad neon signs to extract that buzzing crayola light to deaden the pressboard ceiling and beat-up alternating black and white industrial tile floor. This ain’t anywhere a poseur’s gonna go, but it’s about as real as it gets, a bar that time and poseurs forgot.

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Added by Holly Gleason on March 16, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Greetings from South by Southwest -- Missive One

South BySouthwest

Missive One

 

It’s so easy to hate on South By Southwest… Too big, too corporate, too much, too too too… And it’s true, kind of. But not really…

 

The energy in the streets of Austin is palpable. Music everywhere. Aging hipsters not nearly as hip as they used to be tragically dressed & not necessarily checking the mirror to realize the sartorial joke’s on them as they cling to some sense of…

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Added by Holly Gleason on March 16, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Bela Fleck: A Force of Nature in Five Strings

Bela Fleck at MTSU's Tucker Theater, photo by David Shields



Earlier this evening, I attended a performance and speaking engagement with renowned banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck at Middle Tennessee State University, just outside of Nashville.  As the evening began, Fleck walked on stage in blue jeans and sneakers, carrying his banjo case.  He sat down in…

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Added by Dustin Ogdin on March 16, 2011 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

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