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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

Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance

Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P.

The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity, that placement was intentional. The 1986…


Added by Folk Villager on April 16, 2014 at 10:00am — 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riley Etheridge Jr. Comes in on the Straight and Narrow

There’s something deep into the core of New York City singer-songwriter Riley Etheridge Jr.’s new release, The Straight and Narrow Way, that carries with it a deeply Stax/Muscle Shoals realized sonic bloodline. It’s this sense of the music from these sessions that celebrates, travels, dances, thinks, feels, dreams and, at times bleeds, that links it to the finest soul music of the last several decades. It’s a roadhouse romp and big city blues jam fused with South Louisiana…


Added by Terry Roland on April 8, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

A Conversation with Andrew Trube and Anthony Farrell of the Greyhounds

Easter Island Festival opens tonight and runs through the wee hours of the morning Sunday, April 13. This music festival takes place just north of Tulsa, OK in Keetonville at the Valley Sports Complex. It’s a great opportunity to hear some outstanding local and regional talent, as well as a few nationally touring bands. On Saturday night, the Austin, Texas based blues-soul-hip-hop collaborative and self-proclaimed “junkyard band”, the Greyhounds, headlines. Keyboardist Anthony…


Added by Julie Wenger Watson on April 10, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Blue Rose Code - The Ballads of Peckham Rye (Album Review)

Is it too early to nominate this as best CD of 2014?

I confess that I had written this review countless times in my head before hearing a single track from Blue Rose Code's new CD 'The Ballads of Peckham Rye'.  I'd heard rumours that the legendary bassist Danny Thompson was involved - along with stellar musicians Kathryn Williams, Karine Polwart  and Aidan O'Rourke - and I'd had a taster of some of the new material at a recent live show. I therefore knew without…


Added by Carol C on April 10, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Eddi Reader - Vagabond (Album Review)

Folk meets Torch via a big dollop of the Blues     

When Eddi’s original band, Fairground Attraction stormed the parapets of the UK Pop Charts in 1988 with Perfect; their quirky Folk Music was like a breath of fresh air in a sterile industry. Subsequently her solo career had some commercial success in the early years; but the ever smiling singer has continued unabated; rarely treading very far from that Folk path in the intervening quarter century.

Her tenth…


Added by Alan Harrison on April 10, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Alejandro Escovedo: The Artist of the Millenium & "Sensitive" Boys Deliver at the Dakota

"That's it!  I give up.  No Mas! No Mas!   I am never going to see a better live performance so I might as well stop..."

I have been telling myself this after attending almost every one of Alejandro's shows ever since my brother dragged me to my first Alejandro show at the 4oo Bar on Minneapolis' funky West Bank back in the late 90s.  Having very particular tastes in music, I can be like a mule sometimes when it comes to going out to see something new live.  However on…


Added by Plain Sense on April 2, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Arthur Migliazza – Laying It Down (Album Review)

Thirteen tracks of refreshing boisterous piano centric joy, full of authenticity, reinvention and firepower. That’s is an easy way to describe Laying It Down from piano man and two time international blues challenge finalist Arthur Migliazza, but what is happening here is so much deeper as it is evident Migliazza has spent a life time of study to become a master Blues, Boogie Woogie, Ragtime, Stride and Trad Jazz Pianist.

The songs on his new album are presented in a…


Added by Rick J Bowen on April 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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