Added by Bill Frater on July 18, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
“Stop Runnin” , the first track, launches in with a very “Petty-esque” guitar part. Shortly after Crosby’s gruff vocal hits it and I am listening. You got me Jeff. Full band, rock n’ roll. Its good, I like it. The second track has a little bit of a Swinging Steaks feel to me with the lead line of the electric guitar. I like the Steaks, this again, is good and I am hooked. Subtle harmonies on the chorus that just plain works. It’s a quick fire lyric verse situation. Crosby’s vocals…Continue
Added by Red Line Roots on July 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Here’s a slightly unusual candidate for reissue: Eric Clapton‘s 1992 Unplugged album. To my knowledge, this massively commercially successful album has never gone out of print, which begs the question: why reissue it? To be fair, this 2014 reissue does include some bonus material. But first, let’s take a look at the original…Continue
Added by Bill Kopp on July 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Have you ever had the feeling that a musician may have traveled through space and time during a recording project? Music critics and fans are hailing Ashley Sofia as a 21st century reincarnation of the Laurel Canyon folk-rock sound on the early 1970s. Ashley’s songwriting and captivating voice make for a great combination; she’s definitely worth a…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 18, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments
I first got to hear Jesse Terry at NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) two years ago. I was captivated by his songs and he had such a nice, easy rapport with his audience that it was impossible to ignore his presence at a conference full of hundreds of other singer-songwriters One listen wasn’t enough Two listens wasn’t enough. You get the…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 18, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments
Steve Earle has his eye on the history books. Not for himself, necessarily - though I doubt he’d object - but for his art form, “songwriting as literature.” With Camp Copperhead, Steve seemed to be trying to secure this form a place in history. “Four days of singing and songwriting,” the marketing materials promised. “Hard core.”
I’m a non-professional songwriter. If you were to insist it was a hobby, I’d be hard pressed to argue, but it…Continue
Don't know who this artist is....?
He’s an artist who was formerly signed with Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, had development deals with Atlantic records’ Ahmet Ertegun, had songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, BB King, Poco, Art Garfunkel, Janis Ian, Martina Mcbride, The Judds, Alison Krauss & Kathy Mattea. Placed two songs in the Robert Duvall Academy Award winning film “Tender Mercies,” and shared a stage with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills &…Continue
Added by John Apice on July 17, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Allen, Reynolds, and a laid-back, masterful collection of familiar Clement-penned country classics.
A decade of Clement-penned originals plus a pair of co-writes grace this late music legend’s third solo collection, released just short of a year after his passing aged 82. Memphis-raised Jack Henderson Clement launched his career with the renowned imprint Sun Records, as producer, musician, songwriter, and recording artist. His 1950s sides for the label were included…Continue
Added by Folk Villager on July 17, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Wise Old Moon. Sounds like a tall tale from an old children’s story book. Perhaps the namesake of a tavern or bookstore in a New England town that hasn’t quite caught up with time yet? But in this case it’s the name of a young and truly gifted roots music outfit from the Connecticut area. Every so often a record comes along that makes you happy this kind of music exists, truly happy. Not simply a “hey that’s a good record” but a “this is a pure example of
Added by Red Line Roots on July 17, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Has any music reviewer ever missed the mark more than John Mendelsohn in his 1969 Rolling Stone critique of Led Zeppelin’s scorching, finely honed debut? After calling the album self-indulgent, he labeled Jimmy Page “a very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs” and dismissed Robert Plant’s “strained and unconvincing shouting.” The album, Mendelsohn concluded,…Continue
The only thing wrong with the six-song EP The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It, is that there are only six songs.
Like James Brown said, "let’s hit it, and quit," Amos gathered together what he calls a "Gutbucket power trio," of Chris Roberts (guitar),Don Medina (drums),and Ed Terrio (bass) then threw down the tracks old school -- live, with no overdubs -- in one day.
Amos grew up around the entertainment industry and is the CEO of the digital content studio…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on July 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
My early music education was in classical and jazz. Through orchestration classes, composition, Baroque theory, etc., I learned a lot of music rules. Some of them have stayed with me, even though I don’t write music on a regular basis. In jazz improv, never sit on the fourth scale degree. In orchestration, don’t cross your voices. In composition, never repeat a melody more than three times in a row, and don’t let a modulating sequence go more than three repetitions. I believe this is based…Continue
Hook & Anchor are a new Portland, Ore.-based band with something of a pedigree. Bringing together Blind Pilot’s Kati Claborn, Luke Ydstie, and Ryan Dobrowski with veteran old time specialist Gabrielle Macrae (of the Macrae Sisters), and Erik Clampitt of Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck and Power of County, all of the individual members of the band…Continue
Added by Gideon Thomas on July 16, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
As the child of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, singer-songwriter Louise Goffin comes from musical stock. But genetics never grant a free pass or guarantee a successful career. Just ask Ben Taylor or Holly Williams. Sure, it's a leg up, but an artist still has to prove themselves on their own merit. So that's what Goffin has done, slowly and steadily, over the years. With her new album, Songs from the Mine…Continue
West Virginia has a long, rich history of music festivals. Most notably the Vandalia Gathering, The Augusta Heritage Festival and the Appalachian String Band Festival. Those three are centered around Appalachian traditions, music being a primary, but not necessarily only, focus. The Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival serves up, as its name implies, straight ahead bluegrass.
On this week’s Medicine Show Health & Happiness Hour, we get decidedly Jazzy , in celebration of a visit to the studio of Scottish Jazz Royalty Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne, in celebration, I have classic tracks from Count Basie, & the Memphis Jug Band, we explore the roots with Hank Williams & The Prairie Ramblers, bring it all up to date and look at upcoming dates with The Howlin Brothers and The Two Man Gentleman Band, as well play the FSR featrured album of the…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on July 15, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Dan and Noah Rauchwerk are the Lords of Liechtenstein. They're also brothers from New Jersey who just happen to play quirky, fun, thought-provoking songs while entertaining their audiences with their brotherly squabbles and teasing. Don’t let the argyle sweater vests fool you, these two young men have something to say and sing about.
The Lords of Liechtenstein are one of 24 emerging artists chosen for this year’s …Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Renowned violinist, singer, and composer Jenny Scheinman recently released her eighth album, The Littlest Prisoner, enlisting the great Bill Frisell on guitar and drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade to keep time. My first introduction to Jenny Scheinman was while she was touring with Lucinda Williams some time back. Known mostly in jazz circles, Scheinman has put together seven beautifully crafted Americana songs and three fitting instrumentals to paint her picture.…Continue
British Guitar Slinger comes of age
I tried very hard to like Danny Bryant’s previous album Hurricane but somehow never quite warmed to that particular version of the Blues; perhaps it was too Heavy for me.
Temperature Rising isn’t a whole lot different but I like it a lot. There’s something different to the production and sound; even though I can’t quite put my finger on what; but this album could be a game-changer for the young man from the Deep South (of…
Added by Harrisonaphotos on July 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
As a lifelong Faces fan, I can’t tell you how excited I was in anticipation of this gig. After thoroughly enjoying seeing Mac play his greatest hits at the Gateshead SummerTyne Americana Festival a couple of years ago, I easily persuaded a few friends to come along with me to the den of iniquity known as the Jumping Hot Club, to see one of their heroes.
When we arrived, it was no surprise to see the…Continue