Featured Blog Posts – May 2011 Archive (169)

Two Labels Show Off Some of Their Best Work

By their nature, multi-artist collections tend to be uneven affairs. But two new ones are the exception to the rule, primarily I suspect because they both come from atypical record labels that dedicate themselves to releasing quality music rather than to reaching…


Added by Jeff Burger on May 31, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Review: The Imperial Rooster- Decent People

The Imperial Rooster are one of those bands, like Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show or Southern Culture on the Skids, who come around once a decade or so. The type of band who can play, sing, and write as well as anybody, but also injects plenty of humor into the mix. Love songs, murder ballads, drinking songs, political anthems. That shit's all well and good, but every band covers that ground. It takes a…


Added by Adam Sheets on May 31, 2011 at 11:03am — 3 Comments

Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo Talks About "Wood and Stone"

Tara Nevins has been one of the main songwriters and vocalists in the roots band, Donna the Buffalo, for more than two decades, building a collection of fine roots albums and a widespread fan base known as The Herd.


More than a decade after her solo debut, Nevins recently released "Wood and Stone," a stellar collection that moves easily from fiddle music to contemporary folk rock to Cajun. It's an album that sounds familiar, yet new, not an easy feat. Nevins is joined by a…


Added by Jim Morrison on May 31, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Gil Scott-Heron, in the American traditions of horror and the blues

Two postings, combined into one, on Gil Scott-Heron, dead at age 62, a poet, prophet and spokesperson of the black urban American experience.

A merciless and unsentimental truth-teller when he emerged on the scene in the '70s, by telling Afro-identified kids dancing to Motown and grooving on psychedelic rock that "the revolution will not be televised" Scott-Heron meant that the real…


Added by Howard Mandel on May 31, 2011 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

An interview with Farmageddon Records' Darren Darlarque

There are more independent record labels springing up throughout the  underground music scenes of the world every year, certainly more than one can  keep track of on one's own, let's be honest. Only problem is, most of them are  either fly-by-night operations, as ephemeral as they come, or they simply have  poor taste and release large quantities of bad music, polluting what would …


Added by James G. Carlson on May 31, 2011 at 2:13am — 2 Comments

'Rebel' Rod's Ramblings - Opening night at the 40th Kerrville Folk Festival

By 'Rebel' Rod Ames

I arrived at the Kerrville Folk Festival for opening day on Thursday with my sister/photographer, T. K. Diaz to cover the evening for the blogs I enjoy writing. There is my blog, From Under the Basement and there is, of course, No Depression.




Added by Rod Ames on May 30, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

David Serby, a honky-tonk condition

1.0 - How do you think your new record Poor Man's Poem will be received by your fans?


I think Americana fans appreciate and respect all kinds of roots music – blues, folk, honky tonk, bluegrass, outlaw country – So, although Poor Man’s Poem is much different than the last couple of records I expect folks to give it an honest listen.  That’s really all I can ask.  I’m very proud of it and I hope folks like it as…


Added by Artists Talking Shop on May 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

CD Review: Shawn Pittman / Edge of The World

After just one listen to Shawn Pittman's Edge of The World (DeltaGroove, 5/17/11) I was immediately impressed with the band and Shawn's selection of obscure blues covers. Luckily the folks at DeltaGroove had sent a physical disc which meant liner notes allowing me to fact check!  First, there wasn't a band. Shawn had played everything except saxophone (Jonathan Doyle). Second, he…


Added by Hal Bogerd on May 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Among the Parsley

I was on the road in the late Sixties, early Seventies, swept along by the wild ride Freedom takes you on when you're young. Just out of my one tour in the military. Vietnam era but like most of us I never had to fight. This freedom I'm talking about was like going from a babbling brook into dangerous rapids, except that you don't feel the danger. Just the speed.


I wound up in Sausalito sometime in 1970, trying to escape from the aftermath of the Summer of Love.…


Added by Lucky Mud on May 30, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Cowgrrrl Power: Looking For A Fight, The Sweetback Sisters Bring It

Country’s sweetest pair of honky-tonkin’, rootin’-tootin’ swing sisters have a few confessions to make.

They live nowhere near Nashville.

Their relationship has an occasional bittersweet side.

Hell, they’re not even related.

They are the Sweetback Sisters, the freshest faces on the scene of Western swing who bring integrity, spark, spunk and a whole lot of retro activity to a… Continue

Added by Michael Bialas on May 30, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Lee's Listening Stack - Rosebuds - 'Loud Planes Fly Low'


Loud Planes Fly Low



You’d think after six albums, the Rosebuds would be better known than they are. Admittedly, the personnel changes that have plagued them from the very beginning – along with an often times frustrating attempt to establish their own identity -- have hamstrung their efforts to entrench themselves in the indie firmament. New album, Loud Planes Fly Low, finds them pulling out all the ammunition in their arsenal to gain the…


Added by Lee Zimmerman on May 30, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

From New York to West Virginia: Three Tributes to Hazel Dickens To Take Place This Week

Three tributes to the life and music of Hazel Dickens will take place within the next week.

Tonight, May 30, a cavalcade of local will musicians gather at Banjo Jim’s -- the city's embodiment of the Americana music scene --on the lower east side of New York to sing her songs and as many played with her, to share their stories. Led by Danny Weiss and Mary Olive Smith (Reckon So), the house band will include master instrumentalists, Tony Trischka & Barry Mitterhoff as well as…


Added by Amos Perrine on May 30, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Album Review: Over the Rhine - "The Long Surrender" (Great Speckled Dog)

By Jim Simpson

Karin Bergquist (half of the husband/wife duo at the core of Over the Rhine since 1991) could sing a grocery list and make it compelling, so just imagine her smoldering vocals and unique phrasing on such lines as "I sing the bebop apocalypse/Lean into you, God's hands on my hips/Grip the midnight microphone/Steel every cell of my flesh and bone/I…


Added by Jim Simpson on May 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Album Review: Andy Friedman - "Laserbeams and Dreams" (City Salvage)

By Jim Simpson

Rare is the album that grabs you from the start -- from the first plucked notes, the initial poetic sentence -- with promises of deeply felt stories and engaging tunes. This album is one of those, and like the proverbial metaphoric onion, the layers are many.

Laserbeams and Dreams, Andy Friedman's third studio release, opens with the…


Added by Jim Simpson on May 29, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

CONCERT REVIEW: T Model Ford (May 26, 2011 @ Off Broadway in St. Louis)

Last night I learned the secret of healthy living and longevity. 

I always wondered how so many of the hard-living, hard-luck folks you see in the beyond-dirt-poor areas of the almost-Third World southern states live so stinkin’ long and through so much.

I mean, haven’t you ever seen that: photos of really old folks with weathered faces who’ve persevered in life and lived beyond the normal life expectancy despite considerable odds that would’ve done in folks like…


Added by Dirty Roots Radio on May 29, 2011 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Keep your eyes on the underground: a conversation with Jahshie P.

We've all been there. It usually happens on one of those days when your alarm clock radio wakes you up with Lady Antebellum after which you turn on the TV to find CNN using Nickelback as bumper music. Following this, you click on a Rage Against the Machine video your friend posted on Facebook, only to find that when you get to YouTube they are advertising the premiere of the new Chris Brown video on the side of the screen. Seeking an escape from all the bullshit that constitutes modern music…


Added by Adam Sheets on May 29, 2011 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Lee's Listening Stack - Dawes - 'Nothing Is Wrong'


Nothing Is Wrong





After an initial album that had critics fawning with admiration, Dawes elevates the anticipation with Nothing Is Wrong, a tellingly titled sophomore set that affirms their quick ascension to the top tier of the Americana underground. A band much loved and admired by all who have a fondness for the Laurel Canyon crowd, specifically the ‘70s sensibilities…


Added by Lee Zimmerman on May 28, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Gil Scott-Heron's Gone: The Revolution Is A Poem, A Force, A Lost Life Gone

Gil Scott-Heron’s Gone


Turn Around, Turn Around… I’m New Here, Again


He wasn’t like anything you’d think. A raw-voiced truth-seeker, crippled by addiction to where Riker’s Island became a return address. A provocateur working on a template of what came before – the Last Poets and Langston Highes – who broke ground for the hip=hop revolution.


“We Almost Lost Detroit.”


“The Bottle.”


“The Revolution Will Not Be…


Added by Holly Gleason on May 28, 2011 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

FTB podcast #121 features new music by FOSTER AND LLOYD, THE WAIFS & MIDDLE BROTHER

FTB podcast #121 features the new album by FOSTER AND LLOYD called It's Already Tomorrow. Also new music from THE WAIFS, MIDDLE BROTHER and SUZIE BROWN. The full playlist is posted below. Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads.… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on May 28, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Eddie Vedder: Ukulele Songs and Dead Man Walking

It's 1996.  I walk into Bebop Records in Jackson, Misssissippi looking for an Eddie Vedder album.  An early 20's female employee with a severe haircut and some piercings asks if she can help. I tell her that I've been listening to a couple of Eddie Vedder songs on the Dead Man Walking soundtrack and would like to…


Added by Mando Lines on May 28, 2011 at 6:30am — 13 Comments

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