Featured Blog Posts – July 2010 Archive (166)

Furnace Mountain Lands Bob Harris Radio Session

Virginian band Furnace Mountain will record a session with legendary BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris when they arrive in the UK later this year.



Whispering Bob fell in love with the band’s Fields of Fescue album on its release late in 2009, telling listeners it was “wonderful” and featuring tracks over four successive weeks.



The band has travelled far and wide - as far as China – to take their distinctive brand of American roots music out into the world. But when the… Continue

Added by Loudon Temple on July 24, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

how many cover versions of "Wagon Wheel" are there?

The answer to that question is clearly "not enough".



Feeling like Rip Van Winkle, a few weeks ago my kid came into the office and asks if I ever heard the Against Me version of "Wagon Wheel" and I just looked back at him with a dumb look on my face. I'd never heard of either the band or the song and so he played the Butch Vig-produced track for me. Halfway through I looked up and said "hey dude...this is a Dylan thing" and he corrected me.



I know I probably don't have to… Continue

Added by Easy Ed on July 23, 2010 at 3:39pm — 14 Comments

Michael Franti and Spearhead - The Sound of Sunshine

Michael Franti and Spearhead – The Sound of Sunshine



By Douglas Heselgrave






Michael Franti has always been a great musical force and a dynamic performer, capable of moving and inspiring an audience in a way that few other artists can. ‘The Sound of Sunshine’ comes out at a time when interest in Michael Franti and Spearhead is at an all time high. After more than twenty years of almost ceaseless touring and recording,… Continue

Added by doug heselgrave on July 23, 2010 at 3:01pm — No Comments

On Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, and Rosanne Cash...

Confused yet? What am I doing discussing two pop singers on No Depression, especially alongside the great Rosanne Cash? The answer will reveal itself shortly, but first allow me to bring in yet another genre and ask a question posed in 1975 by the band War: "why can't we be friends"? I'm referring to the world of Americana/alt. country/whatever and the world of mainstream Nashville "country". Sure, most of what Nashville releases these days is pure pop crap, but do the two not intersect… Continue

Added by Adam Sheets on July 23, 2010 at 2:00pm — 39 Comments

Calgary Folk Festival: Day One

Teaching music to university students is a constant reminder of how unhip I am. I ask them at the beginning of every year to tell me who they’re listening to these days, and I don’t know half of the artists mentioned. They have to spell out names as I write on the board: “K-A-T-Y [space] P-E-R-R-Y.”



So it was with great unhipness that I anticipated tonight’s mainstage show, assuming that the lead singer of Stars was Emily Haines, who I had recently seen perform on the Junos and… Continue

Added by Gillian Turnbull on July 23, 2010 at 1:18am — 2 Comments

Show Report: Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic 2010

Originally posted on A Truer Sound







As most of you know I lucked into being in Texas around the fourth for business travel, so I extended my stay and drove down to Austin for the infamous Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic. I wasn't sure what to expect, since this was business travel I would… Continue

Added by Truersound on July 22, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Introducing... Utah Green



Folk singer Utah Green will release her debut album, ForTune, on August 3rd through the Royal Potato Family. Utah is a story-telling traveler, a mystic beatnik, and sings in a heartwarming voice over toe-tapping rhythms of acoustic guitar and banjo, crafting music that calls back to classic Americana and sounds like it was created around a campfire in the Appalachian mountains.



Stream the first single "14:42"… Continue

Added by Royal Potato Family on July 22, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Leonard Cohen Europe '72 DVD Coming August

Tony Palmer's 1972 European tour film finally available to consumers in August. Watch a preview clip, below.



MVD Visual is bringing a rare concert film to DVD on August 31. Originally made in 1972 and directed by celebrated British filmmaker Tony Palmer, "Bird On A Wire" follows Leonard Cohen on his 1972 European tour and contains 17 classic performances, 4 poems and tour footage. As part of the deal, the digipak includes a reproduction of the '72 film poster,… Continue

Added by Craig Young on July 22, 2010 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Russ Never Sleeps...Sharing Memories of Tower Records

The other day I heard that Tower Records founder Russ Solomon had finally decided to retire at age eighty-four. After the chain he founded in 1960 was liquidated back in late 2006, he had been running the R5 record shop in Sacramento at one of his former locations. Last May he decided to throw in the towel and sold it off to Dimples Records whose owners threw Russ a retirement party on July 17.



If I was a real writer or journalist I'd… Continue

Added by Easy Ed on July 22, 2010 at 11:00am — 23 Comments

Summer Albums, Part 2 (the guys)

It's past the half way point of 2010 so it's about time I review four of my favorite albums of the past six months. Some were released recently, some in the spring. They're all good for summer listening.



Kevin Welch "A Patch of Blue Sky" (Music Road)



That Kevin Welch isn't a household name is a crime for fans of finely wrought, soul-searching, and soul-touching songs. Welch has been writing for more than… Continue

Added by Jim Morrison on July 22, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Kelley Ryan & "Twist" -- She Tastes Like Summer in the Dark



Kelley Ryan: "She tastes like summer in the dark."



I fell for Kelley Ryan when she sang those lyrics in her opening number "About a Girl" on the March 28 Mountain Stage show. But I was predisposed because even though I had never heard her before, I knew her set would be something special as Don Dixon & Marti Jones were also on the stage backing her up. And as a side note, I have to be the only person on the planet who knows Dixon… Continue

Added by Amos Perrine on July 22, 2010 at 8:52am — No Comments

The Radio Free Song Club: Perfecting the Art of the Imperfect

In the scheme of things there are two streams in American music today: one is pre-packaged, based on business, profit, personality and corporate power structures. It thrives on competition and profit.

The second stream naturally flows through the creative awareness of everyday magic-art through ordinary times created into something extraordinary. It thrives on community. It’s you and… Continue

Added by Terry Roland on July 21, 2010 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Setting the Record Straight on Bobby Fuller

I had a fascinating phone conversation this afternoon with Rick Stone, a friendly guy from El Paso who in the mid '60s was the road manager for The Bobby Fuller 4.



Rick had contacted Kyla Fairchild of No Depression, where I'd cross-posted my recent column on the new Norton Records Bobby Fuller reissue… Continue

Added by swt on July 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

An interview with Nick 13

For the past 15 years Nick 13 has been following the artistic vision of a contemporary punk rocker while at the same time staying true to the rockabilly music that he loves as the leader of the band Tiger Army. Now Nick has shifted his focus to another genre and is recording a solo project in that vein. His official biography says that this solo work is partly inspired by his love of the country music of the '30s through the '60s, although he is quick to point out that he is doing more than… Continue

Added by Adam Sheets on July 21, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Music Review – Mat D’s: Plank Road Drag [self-released]

Country and blues music has always mined the life’s mundane moments and extracted nuggets of domestic mythology shimmering with love, lust, booze, blood, tears, asphalt and diesel fuel. With these elements masters like Hank Williams Sr., Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan – and latter day troubadours like Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and Chris Knight – transcend whatever genre they are bridled with and forge minor pedestrian… Continue

Added by TwangNation.com on July 21, 2010 at 3:45pm — 6 Comments

Folk Alley CD Reviews for July



By Jim Blum, FolkAlley.com



KELLER & THE KEELS ~ Thief



The names may sound familiar: This group is a combination of Mr. Everything, Keller Williams, along with flatpick whiz Larry keel and his wife Jenny. I'm guessing that they met at a jam festival somewhere, because that's where they seem to be getting booked now.



The amusing title Thief is in reference to the fact… Continue

Added by Folk Alley on July 21, 2010 at 12:12pm — 2 Comments

"DRILL BABY DRILL" BY JACK MOSLEY

Drill Baby Drill - Jack Mosley from Universal Life Church on Vimeo.



Depending on what you read, it may seem like things are getting better in the Gulf of Mexico. Well, better is far from good, or even acceptable, and while BP says they are containing the gusher, they haven’t exactly proven themselves to be… Continue

Added by Peter Grumbine on July 21, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Concert Review: James McMurtry at Lee's Palace, Toronto

James McMurtry is surly, grumpy, and intense, which is why I love him and his music. He played to a criminally small crowd at Lee's Palace last Tuesday, July 13. When I arrived there were about 60 people in the audience, and by show time there were maybe 100 people. Not a great turnout for a place with a capacity of 500. Although there was a lot happening in Toronto that night, including an Old Crow Medicine Show gig at the Phoenix, which may have… Continue

Added by Rockstar Aimz on July 21, 2010 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

On restoring the Gulf, its music, and other things



My family moved to Central Florida from southeast Long Island when I was two. For all intents and purposes, I grew up in a small "southern" town nestled somewhere between Daytona Beach and Orlando. I use the quotation marks around "southern," because non-Floridian southerners laugh at the inclusion of the Sunshine State with "The South." I, however, would be hard pressed to imagine anything more southern than a small town hub surrounded by fern farms. A healthy portion… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on July 21, 2010 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Robert Plant Takes His 'Band of Joy' On The Road

All eyes are on Robert Plant when he steps on stage - especially his band's. If you're going to play with the rock 'n' roll icon, you've got to be ready to follow. "When you're working with Robert you can only rehearse so much and then it doesn't matter anymore because you have to have your eyes glued on him the entire night," guitarist Buddy Miller said in an interview with his tour bandmate, singer-songwriter and guitarist Patty Griffin. "No matter what the… Continue

Added by Craig Young on July 20, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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