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Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (Album Review)

Young folksinger finds a voice to match his impressive words

Even at the tender age of 22 Blair Dunlop already has all the hallmarks of a seasoned pro; fronting the reformed and regenerated Albion Band, touring solo virtually non-stop, winning plaudits and awards for his debut album in 2012; all of which all brings us to what they call ‘the difficult second album.’

So, can the young man meet the expectation of a doting public? It’s an emphatic yes, from me…


Added by Alan Harrison on April 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls (Album Review)

Once upon a time, Katie Herzig wore her heart on her sleeve and wielded an acoustic guitar, both apropos of being a singer/songwriter. These days, though, she keeps company with synthesizers and drum loops. Yeah, the heart is still right there on the sleeve, but now you can groove to its beat.

Herzig's new collection, Walk Through Walls, is a song cycle that is as musically complex as it is emotionally…


Added by Kelly McCartney on April 14, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Exclusive Premiere of Cowboy Jack Clement's "Let the Chips Fall"

Cowboy Jack was one of the most beloved country and Americana artists of his generation. For proof, just look at the list of artists who showed up to lend a hand on his final album: John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dickie Lee, Shawn Camp, Dierks Bentley, Jim Rooney, Jim Lauderdale, Will Oldham, his daughter Allison Clement, and more.…


Added by No Depression on April 14, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Reagan Boggs on Americana Music Show #187

On episode 187 of the Americana Music Show, Reagan Boggs plays 3 tracks from Quicksand and talks about writing songs about tough ladies and the value of simple songs.

Also on this episode, heartland rock & roll from Chuck Ragan, indie rock from Jonny Two Bags, southern rock from Jimbo Mathus, honky…


Added by Americana Music Show on April 14, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Easy Ed's Sideshow of Solos, Duets and Ensembles: Session #42

Welcome to the 42nd installment of random thoughts, trivial facts. occasional fiction, poetry, haikus, photos, artwork, stories of fleeting fame and dastardly deeds, and videos or tunes that may have caught my attention or fancy of late. As you can see by the picture at the side, I've got dessert on my mind, and in particular...pies.

The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink has this to say about the origin of how pies ended up in America: The surrounding…


Added by Easy Ed on April 13, 2014 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Kern Richards – Anywhere But Home (Album Review)

Every once in a while I get blessed with something that sticks out in a high-definition world. I personally get tired of being fed "Happy go lucky" and need that black and white fix from the high-def culture we live in. My great friend Mr. Stevie Tombstone turned me to a ALTCO label mate Kern Richards and I can't thank him enough after listening to his latest released entitled "Any where but home". Kern hails from the great state of California and is a…


Added by Jason "Mater" Robinson on April 13, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

St. Vincent in Concert: As Performance Artist, Annie Clark Shows Her True Colors

One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next?

That’s what one high-strung son of someone was thinking for the rest of us while pressed up against the barrier leaving just enough breathing room between entertainer and her target audience as March wound down while that inevitable day for April fools waited…


Added by Michael Bialas on April 13, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Robby Hecht – Same (Album Review)

ROBBY HECHT, the man and the album, is a shining example of a songwriter who has totally hit his stride.

Knoxville born, Nashville based Hecht’s third solo release, as with its predecessors, was produced by Lex Price (k. d. lang, Mindy Smith). Hecht (vocals, acoustic guitar) is supported here by Price (acoustic/electric guitar, bass banjo, keyboards, percussion), John Deaderick (piano, synthesiser, keyboards), Will Kimbrough (electric…


Added by Folk Villager on April 13, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Jeff Black – Folklore (Album Review)

The latest tunes from Missouri bred Black - thirteen of them – are delivered solo and acoustic.

Jeff Black’s tenth album, another self-release was recorded at his rustic Arcana Studios as were recent predecessors PLOW THROUGH THE MYSTIC (2011) and B-SIDES AND CONFESSIONS, VOL. 2 (2013). Produced by Black, the sessions took just two days and the sounds captured were mixed, once again, by Dave Sinko (Chris Thile & The Punch…


Added by Folk Villager on April 13, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

David Wilcox - Blaze (Album Review)

BLAZE, solo album # 18, David Patrick Wilcox traverses a broad thematic gamut, his words at times thoughtful, occasionally provoking it’s simply another classic song collection.

BLAZE was recorded and mixed at former Over The Rhine guitarist Ric Hordinski’s Monastery Recording Studio – a deconsecrated church - in the Walnut Hills suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. In the album press release Wilcox sums up collaborating with Hordinski as “like hiking a new trail and seeing a vista…


Added by Folk Villager on April 13, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Lone Justice - This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 (Album Review)

Much bootlegged, these landmark early studio recordings by Lone Justice are finally given an official release.

By December 1983, performing their swashbuckling fusion of punk and country, Lone Justice were consistently playing ‘sold out’ sets in L.A.’s numerous rock clubs. That month Maria McKee (lead vocal, guitar), Ryan Hedgecock (guitar, backing vocal), Marvin Etzioni (bass, backing vocal) and Don Heffington (drums) hunkered down in Suite 16 Studios in…


Added by Folk Villager on April 13, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

The Charlie Daniels Band - "Off The Grid - Doin' It Dylan" (Album Review)

Well, This is different for The Charlie Daniels Band. Some of the First sessions work on the guitar ,that Daniels did when He moved to Nashville was for Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline" Album. Charlie was just supposed to fill in for a day for a guitar player who did not show up. Unfortunately for the guitarist that did not show up, Dylan wanted Charlie to keep playing, not the guy who didn't show up. In fact ,Charlie kept playing for him on Dylan's next two albums done in…


Added by Jim Moulton on April 12, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The girl who said she loved me

You often say
you love me
but I know
that you don't mean it

I say it back

But the girl I loved
is gone
disappeared into tomorrow

gone for good
the girl I loved
is gone

And she doesn't love me

But I believe
once, she did
Perhaps, I'm wrong

Sun 13 Apr 2014 12:10:30 AM CDT
copyright James C. Clemetson 2014

Added by James C. Clemetson on April 12, 2014 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Jillpoke Bohemia #204 - "Going Meta" - by Shawn Cote


Added by Shawn Edward Cote on April 12, 2014 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Stace England & The Salt Kings – America, Illinois (Album Review)

Let me tell you a little about Stace England.  Back in 2005 or so, Stace and the boys put out an album titled Greetings From Cairo, Illinois which music critic Greil Marcus put in his Top Ten albums of that year.  They followed it up in 2007 with Salt Sex Slaves, another historically apt musical look behind the facade of reality-as-told.  (Here is part of the story behind the album, lifted straight off of England's CDBaby page:  "…


Added by Frank Gutch Jr. on April 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Young Brits Climbing the Ladder: Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas

Ah, sweet  youth. Time for an update on Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas, two young British music talents that  I have mentioned before on these pages and who are worth keeping an eye on.

Dunlop turned 22 in February. He is a folk-country singer with an impressive musical pedigree (his dad is British folk icon Ashley Hutchings) and who, I have just learned played the young Willie Wonka in Tim Burton's…


Added by musicJJMG (Jeremy Gaunt) on April 12, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Jesse Winchester Has Died

My dear old friend, Jesse Winchester, has died; gone to that far side bank of Jordan.  Such a songwriter.  Jesse, in person, was a lot like his music, – sweet, observant, slightly weary, with the poet’s intentional melancholia.

I knew Jesse’s music for a decade before our paths crossed.  Eventually, I produced a number of concerts and festivals  (FolkTree) that Jesse was part of.  In fact, the very first Boston concert that I produced, starred Jesse Winchester, and…


Added by Harry Lipson on April 11, 2014 at 10:30pm — 15 Comments

Slide Guitar Is Better Than Virtually Anything, But Especially These 25 Things

Slide guitar has long been the most pleasing instrument. That couldn't be more obvious. But only recently did it occur to humankind that the slide guitar might be the most pleasing thing on Earth, period. There is considerable evidence to support this notion. For instance, here are just a few of the things a slide guitar is superior to:

1. Sunsets

2. Shetland ponies

3. Caramel

4. Sophia Loren, circa 1960…


Added by Mike Seely on April 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Album Reviews: Katie Glassman, Kelcy Mae & Old Man Luedecke

Kelcy Mae: Half-Light Double EP

"Close your eyes. See the story in your mind, not with open eyes" starts Bright Eyes, the opening track of Kelcy Mae’s Half-Light EP. It's a song that thrusts the singers beautiful voice to the front over a single guitar before gradually building to a musical crescendo. The track shows a deft hand in doing so and…


Added by Skot Nelson on April 10, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Rhythm Surf Monkeys – Highway 9 (Album Review)

There is no shortage of well-crafted AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) in today’s increasingly fragmented music landscape; the challenge is in diving deep underground to find it. In that haystack resides the Rhythm Surf Monkeys, essentially an outlet for songwriter/composer Jim Hiltz to get his emotionally driven lyrics and hook-filled music fleshed out and powered up by a top-drawer band and revolving singers including Rob Fahey of the Ravyns fame (“Raised on the Radio”). Surprisingly,…


Added by Stacey Zering on April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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