In the American pop canon, the term "easy" is most associated with three songs: "Easy" by the Commodores, "Take It Easy" by the Eagles and "Easy Lover" by Phil Collins. Lesser known are "Make It Easy" by the Moondoggies and "If I Wanted Someone" by Dawes. But all these songs have something in common, besides prominent use of the word "easy": machismo, bordering on misogyny--save for one.
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Possessed of one of those Collins/Koloc/Hills pure-folk singing voices, Schmidt re-emerges with her New World Order
The 2012 Claudia Schmidt compilation "Bend in the River: Collected Songs" contained sixteen selections from the handful of albums that this Michigan bred singer/songwriter had recorded for the Minneapolis based Red House Records between 1987 – 2000. Claudia debuted as a recording artist in 1979 with a self-titled set on the late Bruce…Continue
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Opening with Willie of Winsbury Anaïs Mitchell reminded us that she and Jefferson Hamer were the worthy winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Traditional Track’ just a couple of weeks ago – not that the Brighton audience needed any reminder as she’s been a Sussex favourite ever since playing her first UK date in the county back in 2005. The song is the lead track from their collaboration CHILD BALLADS; they adapted the traditional versions of songs, originally…Continue
Parker Millsap’s sophomore set rings the musical changes and sparkles like a diamond
It’s not truly raspy or hoarse to the extent of aurally grating, but Parker’s (singing) voice is most assuredly weathered way beyond his tender twenty years. Born and raised in the small town of Purcell, Oklahoma (Pop. 5,884), Parker is another Red Dirt bred musician with a great deal to say for himself. On this self-released (Okrahoma Records), self-titled,…Continue
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In 1978, Bob Dylan was fed up with his ex wife Sarah and decided to write at least an album's worth of material about it. This is just about one song on the album.
The name of the song is: "Is Your Love In Vain?" and contains some of the most directly spiteful lyrics Dylan ever wrote. He does not pull one punch in this song...and that is why it is my favorite song. Maybe as a fellow songwriter, I could relate to the pain Dylan was going through? And despite his pose for this album as…Continue
What can you say about a former carpenter turned songwriter and artist? You can say that he’s got a lot of experience in the workaday world and that he’s learned a lot about the life – so much so that his lyrics and music resonate profoundly with fans from east to west and north to south. He’s a Scot who moved to Canada and has become an important voice in that nation. James Keelaghan, perhaps one of the most revered Canadian songwriters currently plying his trade today, has…Continue
For over 45 years Tony Trischka has been one of the most influential and groundbreaking banjo artists influencing bluegrass and acoustic musicians everywhere. He is a legendary banjo innovator, composer, collaborator, and teacher. His new album, Great Big World, was recently released via the Rounder label.…Continue
The highlight of what I saw of Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast was Darlene Love boldly singing “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” as she joined the makers of 20 Feet From Stardom to accept the Oscar for Best Documentary. I saw the film last summer at Amherst Cinema. Morgan Neville’s powerful documentary runs the emotional gamut in focusing on the lives of backup singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, Judith Hill, and others who’ve…Continue
If you were in Vancouver at all in the summer of 2012, it was pretty hard to avoid Young & Lazy. The song was a breakout hit for local favourites The Matinee and seemed like the official anthem of a summer that saw the band featured prominently in the celebrations of Vancouver’s Stanley Park’s 125th birthday towards the end. The band’s been touring relentlessly which meant almost a six month break between Vancouver…Continue
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In a sense, Richard Shindell is a painter of words, emotions and worldly situations.
He's a poet, a philosopher, a teacher, a spiritual being.
Shindell is a weaver of poetry and melody, the fabric of which is much brighter and stronger than the individual threads.
Any label for the New Jersey born, Long Island, NY raised singer-songwriter could…
Bursting forth with a sound salvaged from the cutting room floor of a long lost session of the million dollar quartet at Sun Studios, ‘Parish Lines’ from Rod Melancon isn’t retro; it’s the real deal. Hailing from South Louisiana, as documented on the fiery honky-tonk track bearing that name, Melancon delivers vocal skills full of authenticity and back country pride. The ten strong songs cover the gamut of roots rock, country and hillbilly soul, and tell us tales of a small town…Continue
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It has taken me a long time to pay tribute to Jason in a way I feel appropriate. Of course, the tribute album Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina is coming out on April 22, 2014 via Rock The Cause, and the album is a great homage to Jason and his music. However, I still feel compelled to…Continue
English Oceans (ATO)
The band's 12th release, is a balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. 'It can go from this chainsaw rock 'n' roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,' says Mike Cooley. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs…Continue
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The International Americana Music Show #1404, features music by several foreign artists who performed at the Folk Alliance International in MO last month, new music by Claudia Scott from Norway and The Jigantics from England, and a cover of Diamonds, by Rhianna, by Australian Wes Carr (Buffalo Tales). Here's the direct link to listen now!…
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In a year that's shaping up to be another great one for music, an early contender for various 'Best Albums of 2014' lists is, no doubt, The Lights from the Chemical Plant by Robert Ellis. For the record, Ellis has shaken off the shackles of country music and his new sound defies definition. Draw a Venn diagram of country, bluegrass, Americana, jazz, rock, and other. Whatever the middle area turns out to be,…Continue
The Dirty Old One Man Band himself Scott H. Biram released his 9th full length record Nothin But Blood on Bloodshot Records this past February 5th. It’s another fine example of his trademark sometimes diabolical version of blues, country, hell just plain ol’ footstompin’ good music. Some things are best left unlabeled as far as genres go. Who needs genres anyway!
Nothin’ But Blood is proof yet again that Scott H. Biram will never…Continue
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Written by Dan King
Having been a CD reviewer for Prescription Bluegrass in the past, as well as having written for various other publications including my own, it came as no large surprise when I received a package in the mail from a music publishing company containing a few CD’s that were hoping for my attention.
When you are a published reviewer, all sorts of offerings come your way shouting for attention, and they can run the gamut from pretty darn good to just…Continue
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Folk School? St. Louis, home of the Blues? That’s right. In a world that is dominated by high tech gadgets, a fast paced world where everyone needs to get there first, there are some who realize the importance of recognizing a slower time... a time when the end of a hard days work meant heading out to the front porch or a friend’s front porch with your fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, maybe all of these, and relaxing into some tunes. De-stressing, re-charging, chilling, all…Continue
Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn (Little, Brown) $32 679 pages
The steely quaver in Johnny Cash's voice seemed to ring out of the blackest, most-bedeviled corner of the male American psyche. It conveyed the resolute self-assurance of a guy you could count on standing up for the little guy -- if not for showing up for a concert date. But to know the man's life story is to understand all the fault lines cracking the foundation of…Continue
By Ken Paulson
David Ruffin, the man who sang lead on the Temptations’ “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” died of a drug overdose at age 50, the epitome of squandered talent.
Yet two new releases from Real Gone Music remind us of the richness of his early solo career, when for a time it looked like he might match the success of his former group.
Each of the two discs contains two Ruffin solo albums on Motown: My Whole World Ended and…Continue
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