In this seemingly endless New England winter, The Autumn Defense arrived in town a day after the latest snowstorm. It was nothing out of the ordinary for the Chicago band, an offshoot of Wilco. Fortunately, co-leaders John Stirratt and Pat Sansone brought some much needed warmth along with some well crafted pop/rock songs to the Narrows Center last Friday night (February 7).
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Q: How old were you when you became hooked on music, and what sounds did you gravitate to?
A: It’s funny; I just connected with some old grade-school friends, and we were talking about the explosion of music in the early '60s when we were in our early teens. It was everywhere you turned and all different kinds of music. There was my mom listening to Sinatra, and my sister and her Motown greats that she played over and over. Then there was The Beatles and The Stones,…Continue
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Just a quick look at Seth Glier’s press kit gives you a real clue as to the number of accolades he has received in just a few years time. Quintessential folkie singer-songwriter Ellis Paul says "Talent like Seth Glier’s brings out the psychic in all of us… He’s gonna be huge.” Livingston Taylor compares Seth’s songwriting to Billy Joel’s. USA Today goes one step further and says his voice is reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen and Joel. Seth has an engaging stage presence,…Continue
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On this week's Health & Happiness Hour I look forward to future guests on The Medicine Show - David Celia, Sara Grey, Danni Nicholls, The Seznec Brothers, & John Mitchell & Sofi Jonsson, I flag up toura and play the music of Chris Mills & Amanda Pearcy , and we look at Country Music’s beating heart in the heart of Scotland – Perth - with The Red Pine Timber Co & The New Madrids.…Continue
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Ever since I picked up a copy of Doug Paisley's Constant Companion, it has been one of my favorite albums and one of the most played in our home. As someone who has anxiously awaited for new recordings by the artist ever since that release, I have equally enjoyed his Golden Embers EP (which features a number of guests, including Feist), anticipating the next full length. Well the wait is over, Doug Paisely has returned with Strong Feelings, his third release…Continue
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Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, but in many ways it’s much more than that: it’s a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. Segarra, a 26-year-old of Puerto Rican descent whose slight frame…Continue
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The International Americana Music Show's first show, #1401, features music by artists from countries including South Africa, New Zealand, Norway and Canada.
Playlist for Show #1401
Billy Bragg - Way Over Yonder in a Minor Key -…Continue
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Hard Working Americans is, apart from and before being a band name and a title album, an organic artistic project sprung from a precise musical concept. First, putting together eleven songs, conceived and written by outstanding Americana songwriters the likes of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Hayes Carll, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, Brian Henneman (The Bottle Rockets), Kevin Gordon, Kieran Kane, Chuck Mead (BR5-49), Kevn Kinney (Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’), Don…Continue
You start getting curious about where rock came from. You figure out that it was heavily influenced by black r'n'b. You notice that white artists were disproportionately represented among the rich and famous. You might go on to conclude that less-talented white artists owed their success to more-talented black artists. That they basically ripped them off. Lots of people have concluded just that.
Hey, there’s never been an artist bigger than…Continue
New Yorker Chris Bergson has a mountain of talent with his tight guitar, a smoky baritone that instantly recalls David Clayton Thomas and reflective songwriting skills, but he is also smart enough to know it’s hard to stand alone. For his seventh release Bergson assembled a band of special guests and feature players and recorded live over two nights at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan. The fifteen song set is a mix of modern blues, funk and blue eyed soul, delivered the way it is…Continue
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When Stuart Duncan’s fiddle leaps off the first song, “You Don’t Run Across My Mind,” on veteran songwriter Irene Kelley’s new album, Pennsylvania Coal, we can’t help but be transported out of this moment and carried by Kelley’s sparkling voice—backed on this song by Darren Vincent—into a world that celebrates hope, love, and joy as much as it mourns loss. “You Don’t Run Across My Mind” opens an album that carries Kelley back home both musically and lyrically, as she weaves…Continue
On episode 178 of the Americana Music Show, Will Kimbrough talks about social networking taking over the world, conversations with guitars, and his “Zen sex poetry over a blues beat” song. He also sets up and plays three tracks from his latest solo album, Sideshow Love.
Also on this episode, heartland rock from the Sioux City Kid, honkytonk from Wylie and the Wild West,…Continue
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Songwriter and guitarist Nathan Bell’s recent release, Blood Like a River, is a beautiful album that gives testimony to our wish as humans to be invincible and timeless while also giving credence to those moments when the thought of fading out like a numbed junkie on the streets, checked out from the abrasiveness of life, doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. It’s an album where a robber’s stick-up becomes a metaphor for losing nothing and accepting everything. Blood…Continue
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This is my third time at Celtic Connections and I've never been disappointed yet. The first time I came I saw the fantastic Joy Kills Sorrow open for a brilliant performance of Anais Mitchell's 'Hadestown' at the Old Fruitmarket. I also saw Crooked Still and Lau share the stage at the O2 ABC on Sauchiehall Street. Both bands were absolutely amazing, playing separate sets that were great and then performing together. Last year, I went and saw the brilliant Anais Mitchell and…Continue
Kory Quinn's the bluesman you didn't know you were missing.
At The End of the Bar is a deliciously old-timey album that never leaves you with the yellowed patina of reconstruction nor that sticky Sweet'n'Low feeling of artificial retro revival. You get the sense that this is the kind of music Quinn was born to play.
Describing music as "old timey" is usually a surefire way to get me to pass on it. Trust me when I say there's something for everyone here. Quinn…Continue
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It has been both exhilarating and exhausting. After 18 days, 2000 artists, 300 events, 20 venues and 110,000 attendees, the mega-festival that is Celtic Connections 2014 is finally over for another year.
When Tim O'Brien, stalwart of the renowned Transatlantic Sessions, flew…Continue
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Performed a week before laying down The Days of Wine and Roses, this September 1982 live set provides a career bookend to the Dream Syndicate's 1989 set…Continue
Most people have probably heard a Harry Nilsson song at some point in their life, but how many of those people have actually heard of Harry Nilsson? Chances are you were introduced to songs like “Coconut” at a party, or maybe you just couldn’t get “Jump Into The Fire” out of your head after witnessing the infamous helicopter chase scene in Goodfellas, or, if you’re like me, you remember watching the animated film The Point over and over as a kid and singing…Continue