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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…


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



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…


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…


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



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…


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…


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

RIP Jim Dickson....Byrds, Burritos, Parsons

Jim Dickson, a recording engineer, producer,  and eventual manager of the Byrds passed away at age 80 on April 19th 2011. He is often cited as one of the foundations of the ’60s folk-rock movement, particular that which was coming out of Southern California.  During his early years, Dickson produced records by the likes of Hamilton Camp, David Crosby, and the Dillards. 


He soon began managing a new band formed by Crosby and Chris Hillman who at first went by the…


Added by Easy Ed on May 5, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Brent Kirby bleeds Gram Parsons with "Coming Back to Life"

Cleveland’s rock ‘n roll heroes are those singer/songwriters who write and perform their craft bringing good times and great music to local clubs and watering holes.  Some have gone on to receive national critical acclaim while others have remained only part of our lakefront folklore.  The torch seems to have been passed to Brent Kirby, who will be releasing his latest record Coming Back To Life on Saturday May 14th with a celebration party at The Happy…


Added by Jay Minkin on May 5, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

I LOVE - A Celebration of Tom T Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow w Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Duane Eddy, Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook + More



Red Beet

When a journalist takes a fancy to or strikes up a friendship with an artist, the paranoid scream "conflict of interest," a tragedy since the best and most incisive writing comes from trust, understanding, context and proximity. Few critics enjoy the precious relationship that The Tennessean's Peter Cooper -- himself a neophyte recording artist of some wit and skill -- enjoys with Tom T.…


Added by Holly Gleason on May 4, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Adam Levy - The Heart Collector

Adam Levy, an accomplished jazz guitarist, has recorded and toured with Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Amos lee and others. In February, after a successful Kickstart donation campaign, Levy released his new album, The Heart Collector.


An all-acoustic album, producer Mark Orton perfectly captured Levy's skilled guitar playing. Mostly Levy and his guitar, there are a few tracks with very…


Added by April Wolfe on May 4, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Review: The Felice Brothers and You Are Plural play the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

Reprinted with permission from The Deli SF


You Are Plural—duo Jen Grady on cello and Ephriam Nagler on Wurlitzer—opened for The Felice Brothers at a packed Great American Music Hall show last Thursday night. The San Francisco-based pair also joined the New York folk-rockers Felice Brothers in Seattle, Portland and Salt Lake City.

The band returned to Grady’s home-base of Washington to record Hand It… Continue

Added by Shauna C. Keddy on May 4, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Concert Review: Hayes Carll with Jason Isbell and Shovels and Rope, April 23, Boston

About a minute into Hayes Carll's first song "Chances Are" a big cheer erupted from the crowd. No, the crowd wasn't cheering for the protagonist in this heartfelt ballad. They were celebrating the fact that the Boston Bruins had just beaten the Montreal Canadians in double overtime. For a second there I thought I was back in Canada, but then I remembered that the Leafs never make the playoffs. I hope the Texans on the stage weren't confused… Continue

Added by Rockstar Aimz on May 4, 2011 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Interview: Greg Jamie Of O'Death Takes Us Inside Of "Outside"

O' Death's new album, Outside, finds the band expanding on their previous efforts, with all of their theatrically-nuanced storytelling and Appalachian-inspired musical prowess firmly intact. It's an equally declarative and measured record from the New York band. Although it's still one that enthusiastically lurches forward without inhibition along with the band's other fine albums, O' Death seem to have crafted Outside with a purposeful attention to its… Continue

Added by Chris Mateer on May 4, 2011 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Matt Hillyer of Eleven Hundred Springs talks about playing at the Honky-Tonks

When we got started, we played at this place called Naomis and it was just this tiny, tiny little beer joint, a honky-tonk if there ever was one. The kind of place you can by a six pack to go from, the walls are falling apart, the dirt is probably one of the only things that’s holding the place up. It’s closed now, but that’s where the ugly people went to drink and tell their stories…


Added by Almost Out of Gas on May 4, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Review: Roy Orbison - The Monument Singles Collection (Monument/Legacy, 2011)

Roy Orbison - The Monument Singles Collection (Monument/Legacy, 2011)

Roy Orbison’s five year blaze of musical glory on Monument Records is distilled here to the singles that rocketed up the chart over and over again. This 2-CD/1-DVD set collects all twenty singles released in the U.S. on the Monument label, dividing the A- and B-sides between the CDs. Disc one is an intense concentration of hits and valiant misses that digs deeper than the… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on May 3, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Read This Book! It Still Moves by Amanda Petrusich

The full title of this road-warrior ode to Americana is It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, & The Search for the Next American Music. It's an ambitious title, no doubt, but music journalist and author Amanda Petrusich has done her time on the road and has a powerful passion for the roots of American music.


In fact, Petrusich has nailed the holy grail of music…


Added by Hearth Music on May 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Review of Nick Tosches: Jerry Lee's Dionysian HELLFIRE and the Raunchy History of COUNTRY

BOOK REVIEWS: Tosches, Nick. Hellfire. New York: Grove, 1982. and Tosches's Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock 'n' Roll. New York: Da Capo, 1984. 

If you are interested in the history of American music--country, blues, hillbilly ballads, minstrelsy, jazz, rock and roll--and how they all come together in the hidden back alleys of American history, you should take note of the name Nick Tosches. His Jerry Lee Lewis biography, Hellfire, is by far one of the…


Added by Matt Shedd on May 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

a word about...i don't know...production and image?

Last Saturday I got a chance to hear a whole bunch of music at a neighborhood roots music festival. All types of folk music from Celtic to Balkan to country to alt to surf  to Klezmer to polkas to rock to roll to blues and what have you. It was a nice day with no coastal eddy and possibly the only complaint would be from my son the vegetarian, who had to endure the smell and smoke of cooking meat from the grills of the vendors. 


One set I caught was from an artist I'm going…


Added by Easy Ed on May 3, 2011 at 8:57am — 5 Comments

An overdue review of Robert Stone's Sacred Steel book

One day in the summer of 1992, Robert L. Stone’s bandmate held up a telephone in the music store where he worked, a place called the Banjo Shop in Hollywood Florida. Stone’s day job was as a folk arts coordinator for the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs in White Springs, population 800. (Hard to imagine such jobs exist these days.) This was, best anyone can tell, the first time the music of the sacred steel guitar was heard outside the insular world of the two Holiness sects in which it had… Continue

Added by Grant Alden on May 3, 2011 at 7:31am — 2 Comments

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