Featured Blog Posts – October 2011 Archive (158)

The Banjo Zone: Two new documentaries highlight the ascendant 5-string

Picture, if you will, a humble instrument, initially made of wood, skin and gut, pirated thousands of miles from its origins to a land where it has come to be the butt of countless jokes, and yet a symbol of our nation’s racial history and musical fashions.



You're moving into a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. It lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit…


Added by Mike Buchman on October 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Ghosts, Devils, Death: A Halloween Playlist

1. Run Devil Run - Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins

2. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down - Willie Nelson

3. Waitin' Round To Die - Townes Van Zandt

4. Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels

5. Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead

6. The Devil You Don't - The Hit and Miss Engines

7. The Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle

8. Me and The Devil Blues - Robert Johnson

9. The Silver Tongued Devil & I - Kris…


Added by Turnstyled, Junkpiled on October 31, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Harmony Reigns

Like a garrulous old friend who's back in your life, full of tales to tell of life lived for better or worse, The Jayhawks, with all but one of the original members, returned after 15 years with a new record, Mockingbird Time. No news to readers of No Depression, but they recently made a few stops in NYC. The new Gary Louris/Mark Olson songs have the customary harmony that balances… Continue

Added by Bob Moses on October 31, 2011 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Sinful Savage Tigers, "Last Night of the Revels"

Chapel Hill, North Carolina's Sinful Savage Tigers may be writing some of the catchiest American-inspired songs one can find anywhere right now.  Their new album "Last Night of the Revels," with its fitting lo-fi charm, spins out ten tracks of honest-to-goodness, quality song-crafting.  Strings are plucked, harmonies swell, and the sing-a-long factor is often infectious. 


With the opening track "Chocolate Cake," band leader Seth Martin sets a tone and then proceeds…


Added by A. B. Jones on October 31, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Pear Traps, dreamy 'Midwesticana'

Interview w/ Nathan, bassist of THE PEAR TRAPS

1.0 – How did the band come together? 

Bryant had written a number of songs before moving to Chicago and went to craigslist to find some bandmates. Within two months we were regularly playing in Billy’s basement, drinking, booking shows and recording.


2.0 – Did…

Added by Artists Talking Shop on October 31, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Drew Kennedy's Fresh Water in the Salton Sea project

With a style and an alcohol content somewhere between Jack Kerouac's On The Road and John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley,  Drew Kennedy's novel Fresh Water in the Salton Sea  (release date 11/1/11) follows singer/songwriter Dan Murphy on a solo tour across the Southwest.  Neither grim nor glamorous, Dan finds…


Added by Hal Bogerd on October 30, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

David Serby Brings The Past To The Present with Poor Man's Poem: An Interview

By Terry Roland
(originally published in FolkWorks
Photo Credit: Scott Dudelson

In a few months, when looking over the best releases in Americana music during the year 2011 it will…

Added by Terry Roland on October 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Review: Dwight Twilley - Soundtrack (Varese Sarabande, 2011)

Dwight Twilley - Soundtrack (Varese Sarabande, 2011)

If you lost track of Dwight Twilley over the years since his mid-70s breakthroughs, Sincerely and Twilley Don’t Mind, you’re in luck, as his latest… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on October 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Rod Picott, The Prince Albert (Brighton, UK 10/27/11)


Touring behind the recent release of his latest album WELDING BURNS Rod Picott, a regular and welcome visitor to Brighton over the years, opened with the title track in front of a warmly receptive audience. In the course of conversations during the evening I discovered that some had already seen him more than once on his current 18-date UK tour and others were planning on seeing him again before the tour ended on the 30th in Twickenham, London. That gives you a measure of…


Added by Jela Webb on October 30, 2011 at 3:46am — 1 Comment

Mose Knows

Just a quick note to say Mose Allison did not disappoint in his SF Jazz Festival gig at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this week.


At 84, the timeless one shows no signs of slowing down, entertaining the crowd with renditions of "Your Mind Is On Vacation'' and John Loudermilk's "You Call It Jogging, I Call It Running Around.''




Added by Paul Wilner on October 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Kicks In Cool Hat City or I Was a 250lb Chunk O' Tension, Grit And Gravy

I was a 250 lb chunk o' tension,grit and gravy on the way to airport to be sure. What upside I had was neutralized  by the amount of gear I had in my dragging. To the airport I did arrive with 5 pieces on all sides; on back and under arms; in fingers and over shoulders they rode me til I was unceremoniously deposited by the shuttle at the mouth of the entrance to Alaska Airlines.

Gentleman In Socks and Sandles: ( In sullen cadence with pompous tone) An airline whose lines at check in,…


Added by Kevin Russell on October 29, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Chelsea Crowell at The Slaughtered Lamb, London, England, 10/26/2011

I caught Chelsea Crowell's show at The Slaughtered Lamb in London this past Wednesday.  She had just flown in from Ireland after a couple of weeks on the road with her dad, Rodney Crowell.  She was in London to play two shows, and from there she was set to go to Paris, then back to Ireland in November.  Eventually, she'll make her way back to the U.S. to tour in support of her new record, Crystal City.  You can read my advance review of that record…


Added by Mando Lines on October 29, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Steve Earle at the Sage Music Centre, Gateshead

Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses

Sage Gateshead. 26 October 2011

Alan Harrison

Tonight’s concert, in the acoustically perfect Sage Music Centre was as good as I’ve ever seen and I’ve been to a lot of gigs in my time.


The Dukes and Duchesses were already on stage…


Added by Harrisonaphotos on October 29, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

The intricacies of simple musical tastes

In the days of far too many dead notes based on far too few callouses while playing my Dad's 20+ year old Eterna, Townes Van Zandt was my main inspiration, as I'm sure he was for most acoustic musicians who felt a draw more toward finger-pickin', gritty singer-songwriters. While I could not hide my love for almost everything in at least the first half of Bob Dylan's career, I still was drawn more to that simple acoustic style with great…


Added by Tyler McConnell on October 28, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Freight Train Booogie podcast #138 with Verlon Thompson, Whitehorse, Charlie Faye & SCOTS

FTB podcast #138 features the new album by VERLON THOMPSON called Works.  Also new music from WHITEHORSE, CHARLIE FAYE and SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS.  Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts.  Here's the… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on October 28, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

CD review -Camille Bloom and the Recovery: Never Out Of Time

One woman army Camille Bloom is once again set to take on the world with her fourth full release Never Out of Time.

Seattle-based Bloom, a former high school English teacher who not only tours extensively but also runs a rock and roll summer camp and lectures in schools on topics such as songwriting, the music business, domestic violence , anxiety, and sexual orientation.


Accompanying her throaty alto with clever  frantic…


Added by Rick J Bowen on October 28, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Review: Steve Parry, “The Fight Left in Me”


Before you chastise me for writing a review of Steve Parry in an Americana/Roots website, rest assured this is a different Steve Parry. This Steve Parry’s voice carries a leathery grit that I could best describe as a cross between Guy Clark and Jeffrey Foucault.  In fact, this Steve Parry is in every…


Added by Jim Link on October 28, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

CD review - Ry Cooder: Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down

Ry Cooder is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. He is using his guitar as a megaphone from his bully pulpit on his new release Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.

Cooder, who is best known for his world music collaborations with musicians from Africa and Latin America, has once again gathered together a diverse group of players focused on a singular mission. The resulting collection of songs is a musical commentary on the succession of…


Added by Rick J Bowen on October 28, 2011 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Review: John Amadon - Seven Stars (Hirngespinst, 2011)

John Amadon - Seven Stars (Hirngespinst, 2011)

Portland singer-songwriter John Amadon is something of a studio rat, holing up to write and record original compositions until they shine with craft. It’s not the airless sound of modern recording, but the earthy, sharp-in-just-the-right-places acoustics you’d associate…

Added by hyperbolium.com on October 27, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Dave Van Ronk in Alaska

(originally appeared in Noise Noise Noise, October 2011.)

I wrote this article a few days after going to see legendary folk/blues artist Dave Van Ronk with my friend Brendan. Brendan was the one who turned me on to, for lack of a better term, roots music. I had heard that Van Ronk's music was influential to early Dylan (as was his couch). I had no idea what I was in for, though. This show was special.…

Added by Joshua Medsker on October 27, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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