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…Continue
"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
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.
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Jay Minkin on May 5, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments
I LOVE - Tom T Hall's SONGS OF FOX HOLLOW
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.…Continue
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
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
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…Continue
Added by hyperbolium.com on May 3, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments
In fact, Petrusich has nailed the holy grail of music…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue