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Tony Tost Talks About Johnny Cash's American Recordings

Some of you may be familiar with an excellent podcast called Tony Tost's America. If you're not then I guarantee that you'll love it. I was delighted to learn some months ago that Tony was writing a book in Continuum's 33 ⅓ series about Johnny Cash's incredible 1994 comeback album American Recordings. It's a terrific, illuminating read that I'd recommend to anyone who loves…

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Added by Nigel Smith on May 8, 2011 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Bobby Long: A Day In the Life

Bobby Long is fast asleep.  He has neatly folded his lanky 6’2” frame onto a barely 5 foot couch.  His signature mop of reddish brown hair covers his face.  His breathing is deep and even, a far cry from his usual state of perpetual motion.

 

The young Brit has blown into town for a single show—a sold-out stopover at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Los Angeles’ last bastion of folk music.  He is en route to his first ever tour of Australia, but even this single day is not…

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Added by Shawn Weston on May 7, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

eMusic May

* The Best Of 1954-60 by Hylo Brown & The Timberliners. He never got to be as well known as his former bandmates Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, but Frank "Hylo" Brown is a bluegrass titan.



Brown got his nickname because of his vocal range -- he could sing high or low. His first hit was a cry-in-your moonshine… Continue

Added by swt on May 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

The Incredible Mike Heron

Bom-Bane's, Brighton, UK

5 May 2011

A magical evening at Bom-Bane's - one of the few venues in the galaxy to make the Tom Thumb Theatre feel spacious... The legendary Mike Heron on warm and engaging form, playing two sets of Incredible String Band favourites, with stronger musical support than he's had since the seventies. Perhaps the one obvious gap in a set-list of Heron classics was 'Everything's Fine Right Now' - but if you didn't climb the…

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Added by Peter Wrench on May 7, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Greg Fleming - CD Review: "Taken"-- Ambitious & worth the time to listen

GREG FLEMING – ALBUM REVIEW: “TAKEN”



“Taken,” starts with an adrenalin fueled rocker called “California Fishing,” -- a catchy radio ready tune -- but while this song is more paint by numbers – Fleming’s real talent lies further ahead in his ambitious 32-track album that includes a 26pp booklet.



Probably my only criticism is the 32 tracks. It’s hard enough to listen to tons of songs by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Dylan, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris – but, a 32 track album… Continue

Added by John Apice on May 7, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Emma Hill & Her Gentleman Callers - CD Review

Emma Hill & Her Gentleman Callers

Meet Me At The Moon

Kuskokwim Records

***

JJ

Pleasant collection of folk tunes with a country feel brought with warmth from Alaska



Just when you hear one Yukon based performer (last month I reviewed Kim Beggs) along comes another one.  Twenty Two year old Emma Hill is picking up critical acclaim as she tours her folk inspired songs about love,…

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Added by John Jobling on May 7, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Town Mountain

It's clear as soon as you put on the first tune of Town Mountain's new album Steady Operator; these boys know what they're doing. The clean, crisp licks and runs featured throughout the album showcase the talent of the gifted members of the band. Town Mountain walks a thin line between traditional and progressive bluegrass, playing original tunes with a traditional sound but more progressive work musically. Asheville located… Continue

Added by Flying Rooster on May 6, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Interview: Sherman Ewing



 

Sherman Ewing's Single Room Saloon arrived with a sound that is at once intuitive and raw, but somehow well-worn and familiar, too. Some of that could be attributed to the folks featured on the new album, from producer Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Billy Squier) to John "JoJo" Hermann (Widespread Panic), from Tom Marshall (Phish,… Continue

Added by Something Else! Reviews on May 4, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Singer/songwriter J. the Savage appears with Americana legend Steve Earle on HBO Series 'Treme'

For singer/songwriter J. the Savage, otherwise known as Jamie Bernstein, releasing his new album Very Same Dream has led to another dream, one that has happily been fulfilled. On the HBO series, Treme, which chronicles the lives of New Orleans residents as they try rebuilding the city after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Savage was given the opportunity to play with Americana legend Steve Earle. It’s quite an accomplishment for Savage, whose previous album… Continue

Added by Jenny Rapmund on May 4, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: Arhoolie Howls!

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican

April 29, 2011



American music would have been a lot poorer had German immigrant Chris Strachwitz not gotten the weird notion to make trips to Texas to record bluesmen Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb a half century ago and start his own record company to make these treasures available to the public.



Over the years, Strachwitz’s…

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Added by swt on May 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

For Blame Sally's New Album, Speeding Ticket and a Valentine, it's about Song & Spirit

There’s little argument from anyone to say that music is spiritual. Music expresses our deepest longings, passions, pains and joys. Those who go there find a stronger sense of self and others than without it.  Especially gifted musicians are able to bring this sense of spirit to their audience.  If there’s anything to that statement, Blame Sally is an excellent example. A band of four women, over 40, skilled instrumentalists,…

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Added by Terry Roland on May 6, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #118 featuring Owen Temple, Blame Sally and Alela Diane

FTB podcast #118 features the new album by OWEN TEMPLE called Mountain Home.  Also new music from SEMI-TWANGBLAME SALLY and CALAFIA.  The full playlist is posted below.  Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads.  Please … Continue

Added by Bill Frater on May 7, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Spring Strings - arborea and Evie Ladin

New Spring Strings

By Douglas Heselgrave

“Music is better” – Frank Zappa

 

Music is the most versatile and portable of all the art forms.  I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately as I’ve been working my way through listening to a boxful of new CDs while renovating my basement.  Literature - unless you’re listening to someone else read - requires a person to stop, sit down and interact with the printed word in an active way. …

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Added by doug heselgrave on May 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Live Review: The Felice Brothers At Mississippi Studios Portland, OR 4/29/11

With their ever-growing popularity and relatively manic tour schedule, I felt lucky to catch my first live Felice Brothers show at Mississippi Studios here in Portland last weekend.  While James Felice admitted a few songs in that it had taken a red eye driving marathon for the band to make it to Portland from San Fran in time for the show, you never would have known otherwise.  Quite frankly, I was blown away and can state with full confidence that it was the best show I’ve seen…

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Added by Dana Blaisdell on May 6, 2011 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Modernity, Roots Music, and a Place Called Moonsville

"The musicians in Moonsville Collective know their songs are always coming up through the landscape--the tradition. They negotiate their way through the ghosts of American history. That struggle we all feel fighting against the isolation of the rootlessness in an age of anxiety."

 

Words by Matt Shedd

Music by Moonsville Collective

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Added by Matt Shedd on May 6, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Music Review: Austin Lucas – New Home In The Old World [Last Chance Records]

I first heard Austin Lucas on a song on a promo compilation compiled by Suburban Home Records (specifically Suburban Home Records Mix Tape Volume 5.) The compilation was a great mix of current and classic performers but the song that kept me coming back was a demo version of Sleep Well, a languorous slice of sparse, somber beauty that haunted me and drew me in again and again.

 

Lucas is…

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Added by TwangNation.com on May 6, 2011 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

CD Review: Robyn Ludwick, Out Of These Blues

Robyn Ludwick puts real soul into alt-country, Texas style, in her new CD, Out Of These Blues.  Ms. Ludwick's songwriting and vocal skills are extraordinary throughout the album.  Gurf Morlix produced and played on the record along with an impressive cast including Ian MacLagan, John Ludwick (Ms. Ludwick's husband), Eddie Cantu, Gene Elders, Trish Murphy, and Slaid Cleaves.  The end product is one of the best albums I've heard in 2011.   

The first track, Hollywood, a song…

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Added by Mando Lines on May 6, 2011 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down

Sarah Jarosz

Follow Me Down

Sugar Hill SHCD4062

***1/2

AH

Can America’s latest Teen sensation live up to the hype?



On first listen, Sarah sounds terribly English in her delivery and the overall album is a lot nearer to modern English Folk music than the Bluegrass/Nu-Folk that it’s meant to be. Presumably our friends in the Americas who are getting their knickers in a twist have never heard Kate Rusby, Eliza Carthy or perhaps our…

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Added by Alan Harrison on May 6, 2011 at 3:30am — 23 Comments

Review: Tara Nevins - Wood and Stone (Sugar Hill, 2011)

Tara Nevins - Wood and Stone (Sugar Hill, 2011)



Nevins’ second solo album (her first since 1999’s Mule to Ride) hangs on to the rootsy underpinnings of her musical day job with Donna the Buffalo, but cuts a looser, more soulful country groove than does her long-time group. Without a co-vocalist sharing the microphone, Nevins’ voice carries the album, and without a… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on May 5, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

John Martyn's 'Heaven and Earth' - a flawed artist's redemption

The last recordings of John Martyn



Review by Doug Heselgrave

 

John Martyn never made much of a splash in North America, but in Europe and the UK he was a legend for more than three decades.  He came out of the same fertile British folk and traditional music scene that gave birth to Pentangle and Fairport Convention at the tail end of the sixties.  Like Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Richard Thompson, Martyn…

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Added by doug heselgrave on May 5, 2011 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

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