October 2011 Blog Posts (205)

Review: The Shants - Beautiful Was the Night (Self-Released, 2011)

The Shants - Beautiful Was the Night (Self-Released, 2011)



This Oakland, California quartet first turned up two years ago with the rustic, down-tempo Russian River Songs, a short collection that brought to mind the minimalism and melancholy of Richard Buckner’s early works. After… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on October 23, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Everything you ought to dig about Harry Belafonte, authentic American folk activist

Don't laugh at Harry Belafonte, the incomparable American/world roots folk musician and popularizer, for being caught on tv asleep or meditating last week. Laugh with him during his appearance with Steven Colbert  which he amazingly turns…

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Added by Howard Mandel on October 23, 2011 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Interview: Aoife O' Donovan of Crooked Still Shares Memories While Looking Ahead

Aoife O'Donovan was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule (and as you will read, I mean BUSY) to share some of her most memorable experiences with her band, Crooked Still, as well as share some news of a few things she already has in the works.

With her band officially now on hiatus, and with a staggering number of projects in the works, it seems like the perfect time to discuss some of Ms. O' Donovan's past achievements with Crooked Still, as well as get the…

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Added by Chris Mateer on October 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Lee's Listening Stack - Ryan Adams - 'Ashes & Fire

Ryan Adams

Ashes & Fire

(Capitol)

 

Even a year without a new Ryan Adams seems an eternity, especially when measured by a prolific prowess that found him sometimes releasing multiple albums within the same year. Indeed, since the disbandment of Whiskeytown over a decade ago, there’s rarely been more than a few months that have gone by without a new Adams offering. The fact that he’s chosen to take time off after dissolving his steady backing band the…

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Added by Lee Zimmerman on October 23, 2011 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

Tom Paxton Interview October 2011

A couple of years ago, I was watching a singer-songwriter somewhere when I had a sudden flashback to my teenage years. The young man's delivery and story telling made me harken back to an LP that my elder brother Brian owned in the early 70s and I went on to play to death. The record in question was The Compleat Tom Paxton and had been recorded at the Bitter End Club in New York in 1970. I’d previously been force-fed Brian’s collection of hippie folk singers and…

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Added by Alan Harrison on October 23, 2011 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

CD Review - Various Artists - "Close Kin - A Reunion of Bluegrass and Old-Time Music"



Various Artists - "CLOSE KIN"

Mountain Roads Recordings

Released: November 2011

Starting this review has been very…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on October 22, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Songwriter/Fiddler Becky Buller Talks About Her Decision To Leave Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike

..."10 year band member Becky Buller, makes a career change for next season. She seeks more opportunities to write, studio record and play other music. I have for the past 2 years been training an artist and only pray that you will help her grow by reaching out to her. I love Becky and I wish her the best."   - Valerie Smith...



Becky Buller, 10-year member with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike has decided to go it alone for awhile.  She talked with us about her thoughts…

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Added by Prescription Bluegrass Media on October 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Frank Turner saves us all: Republik Nightclub (October 20, 2011)

Frank Turner is one of the people.



Not content to be "one of five English guys with matching white shirts and bad teeth" entertaining the masses from the safety of the stage, he is a musician who tears down barriers and turns a concert into a bar room singalong. When Frank Turner insists that everyone join in (the hipsters up front, god love you, the curious who had nothing better to do tonight, the… Continue

Added by Barbara Bruederlin on October 22, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Interview: Kym Warner of The Greencards

As we were wrapping up our interview at the Frothy Monkey in Nashville during last week's Americana Music Association Music Festival, Kym Warner asked me where I lived.  When I told him Jackson, Mississippi, he mentioned that his only trip to Jackson involved Hayes Carll, a burning van and a Greyhound bus ride back to Texas, about 10 years ago.  Mr. Warner and Carol Young played a bit as Hayes Carll's band back in the early days, even going on the road with him.  Mr. Carll proudly showed up…

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Added by Mando Lines on October 22, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Ern's Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival Update

Mulberry Mountain is one of the most beautiful places to hold a festival and what a festival it was! I’ve taken a break from my ongoing “Defining Roots/Amercana Music” blog to cover this very cool event, the Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival, located twenty some odd miles north of Ozark, Arkansaw, nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. This festival had something for everyone from old codgers like me to the tiniest music fan like this young lady.

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Added by Ernie Hill on October 22, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

respect the people who watch you play.

There was a 'Support Local Music' button image going around on facebook. "Calling all musicians and bands". I pointed out that if they wanted SUPPORT they should have mentioned the AUDIENCE, not just themselves. Plenty of inbreeding in the performance need gene as is. Some weren't happy, some just didn't Get It.
The 2nd group is the one I feel bad for.

Added by Lloyd McDaniel on October 21, 2011 at 8:55pm — 4 Comments

An Interview with Singer/Songwriter Kerri Lowe: From North Carolina to New York

“There’s a whole lot of world I’m aching to see,” sings Kerri Lowe on the title track of her new EP, Move Free. Considering how the singer/songwriter relocated from North Carolina to New York, there is no denying what a personal statement that is. In fact, the whole record seems to be a collection of intimate confessions. In synch with the name of the album, there seems to be an underlying theme of going forward and leaving the past behind; sometimes, such as on “Please Don't… Continue

Added by Stacey Zering on October 21, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Whiskeytown's "Pneumonia" giveaway on Katie Darby Recommends

Just wanted to let the ND community know that I'm about to give away a bunch of CDs on my blog-- my husband and I cleaned out our music collection to get rid of 'doubles'-- and the first one up is Whiskeytown's Pneumonia. I love that CD with a passion-- from the twangy, relaxed "Ballad of Carol Anne" to raw, unedited joy in the last yelp of "Bar Lights". I'm happy to be able to give one well-loved copy away. 

 

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Added by Katie W. Darby on October 21, 2011 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Dolly Does Hollywood... Florida, that is

Dolly Parton

Live at Hard Rock Live

Hollywood, Florida, October 18, 2011



Call her what you will – a showbiz chanteuse, a down home diva, or simply the epitome of American superstardom – Dolly Parton is a brilliant entertainer, as suited to the stage as any individual icon of the modern era. She proved that repeatedly on the final night of her latest Stateside jaunt, which took her to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood…

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Added by Lee Zimmerman on October 21, 2011 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

Freight Train Booogie podcast #137 with Rita Hosking, The Gourds, Girls Guns & Glory and The Damn Quails

FTB podcast #137 features the new album by RITA HOSKING called Burn.  Also new music from GIRLS GUNS AND GLORY, THE GOURDS and THE DAMN QUAILS.  Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts.  Here's the direct link to … Continue

Added by Bill Frater on October 21, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Playlist: The Songs of Stephen Foster



Stephen Foster is considered the "Father of American Music." I happen to be his kin. Which means that as a child, his songs were forced on me. However, people like Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan and the Byrds reintroduced me to his music later on in life. As an adult, I've grown to appreciate his mark on the history of American songwriting (his songs became some of the first popular standards, by way of the Minstrel circuit).

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Added by Turnstyled, Junkpiled on October 21, 2011 at 10:30am — 15 Comments

Sharp Diamonds and Haystack Jewels – ‘New’ archival releases from John Prine, The Grateful Dead and Miles Davis

Reviews by Doug Heselgrave

 

Sometimes, there’s a disconnect between an artist’s creative output and the product they produce that finally makes it to the market.  The music business is so carefully managed and manipulated today that it’s difficult for most of us to remember a time when singers and players regularly put out more than one record a year. For example, ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ and ‘Bringing it all Back Home’ both came out in 1965 – ‘Blonde on Blonde’…

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Added by doug heselgrave on October 21, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Americana Music Association Conference & Festival 2011 Wrap Up

On the night of the 10th annual Americana Music Association Awards, the director of the organization, Jed Hilly, recounted from the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium a few of the key accomplishment te genre had enjoyed over the last few years. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences included a separate Americana Grammy category and Miriam-Webster added the word Americana to their dictionary: "a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music." I… Continue

Added by TwangNation.com on October 21, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

The V-Roys: A Collection and Some Recollections

Yes, the suits were a factor. There were those who turned out for the semi-novelty of it all and to check out the sharp-dressed men. Even the floor plan was well thought out. The band’s two vocalizing songwriters, Scott Miller and Mic (Mike, in the early days when vowels were flourishing) Harrison, were positioned stage right and left respectively, flanking bassist/young-Andy-Garcia lookalike Paxton Sellers. It was a straight line of navy blue, with bedrock drummer Jeff Bills behind and…

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Added by Rick Cornell on October 21, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

CD Review: The Jayhawks - Mockingbird Time (September 20, 2011)

The Jayhawks/Mockingbird Time/Rounder Records
by Julie Watson


Featuring both founding members Gary Louris and Mark Olson, as well as much of the “classic” band line up, Mockingbird Time reminds us of why we loved these Minnesota alt-country rockers in the first place with songs like the opening psychodelic-Beatle-esque “Hide your Colors”, the 60s influenced “Closer to Your Side” and the catchy, jangly pop refrains of “She Walks in So Many Ways.”…
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Added by Julie Wenger Watson on October 21, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

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