Like a scene out of an updated version of the film Honeysuckle Rose, at the pivotal point in They Came To Nashville, Marshall Chapman brushes away her tears and rides the tour bus to Willie Nelson's concert at Beaumont. Standing backstage, she tells the sound guy to turn on the extra mike, does a quick check with Mickey Raphael (Willie's long-time harmonica player) and strolls uninvited onstage to sing "Good Hearted Woman" with Willie, who seems happy enough when she joins him as…Continue
I’ve been listening to Bruce Cockburn since 1984. I read a review of a concert he had done in Chicago and I was intrigued, so I went out and found a cassette of Stealing Fire. I was captivated from the first notes of Lovers in a Dangerous Time and I’ve been listening ever since.
Bruce’s new release, Small Source of Comfort, is another worthy addition to the collection. Some reviewers have hailed it as a return to form and to his “folk” roots. While I would say that his…Continue
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It has been more than ten years since Robbie Robertson, he of The Band, has put out a new record, but come April 5 that vacuum will be filled. He has a new album, How to Become a Clairvoyant, and it's a gem. There are twelve songs on the CD: eight written by Robertson alone, two in collaboration with Eric Clapton who also plays on a number of cuts, one with album co-producer, Marius de Vries, and one Clapton solo…Continue
Mr. Escovedo is an artist who is as prolific and inspiring as they come. He has recorded…Continue
Valerie, the twenty-something graphic artist whom I used to work with a few years ago was also a guitarist who fronted a metal band, and she was a good soul with Indian ink hair, Keane-like eyes and translucent skin. One day as I was driving some folks over to the Astro Diner for lunch, she sat in the back of my truck and shuffled through some discs that I had shoved out of the way and under the floor mat. I could see her smile in the rearview mirror and in her flat, po-mo…Continue
Eddie Spaghetti – Sundowner – Bloodshot records
Rick J BowenEddie Spaghetti, a true clown prince of rock n roll and Supersucker soul brother number one, knows how to have a good time. His third solo album Sundowner
is exactly that: a twelve track party album full of beer drinking sing-along songs. Recorded at Pearl Jam’s Studio Litho in Seattle, this collection of mainly…Continue
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Earlier last week a reader recommended that I listen to Mount Moriah, so I did and I'm so thankful!
Mount Moriah is Jenks Miller and Heather McEntire, who came together, played around with their sound and created an alt-country, folk, and gospel-influenced style that can clearly be heard on their newest single, "Lament." Its emotional lyrics sung by McEntire in an oddly infectious Dolly Parton-esque warble, backed by some clean finger-picking, a soft…Continue
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I was was able to interview Matt Jones, lead singer and songwriter of the Americana / roots-rock band Two Cent Revival, a couple years back. He’s a nice guy – earnest about his music, amiable, a little bit dorky when you ‘re discussing other subjects. I remember thinking at the time that I could have envisioned myself playing piano or video games with him. It always comes…Continue
Scotland’s Finlay Morton is definitely a man on a mission. That mission may be either a political activist with a guitar or an aging rocker trying to recapture his youth: which one isn’t quite clear. Harvest The Wind, his third release, gives us both sides of his story. Morton is a rootsy singer songwriter whose influences from JJ Cale, Dylan and hints of Roger Waters come through in his breathy…Continue
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James Lee Stanley
Backstage at the Resurrection
James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt
All Wood and Doors
Despite the fact he’s already considered one of the standard bearers of today’s singer/songwriter and neo-folk movements, James Lee Stanley somehow manages to outdo himself every time out. His latest effort, Backstage at the Resurrection, provides all the proof needed. A…Continue
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We are living in an era when Blake Shelton is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, but Hank Williams is not. Nashville is now manufacturing their own safe "outlaws" while continuing to water down our music into easy listening bullshit. So I ask this: what…Continue
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Ana Popovic Band – An Evening at Trasimeno Lake
Rick J Bowen
Give Ana Popavic a ton of credit for playing hardball in what many consider a man’s game, namely the world of Electric Guitar. She has been touring hard for over ten years making a name for herself on the blues scene and with guitar enthusiasts worldwide. Filmed in 2009 on the Blind For Love tour, An Evening At Trasimeno Lake is another benchmark on her…Continue
Today April 2, Emmylou Harris turns 64 and she continues to make beautiful new music.
To celebrate here are two videos that are 31 years apart, the first a German TV performance in 1980 when she was 33 and the second only a few weeks ago at SXSW.
The Road - about her relationships with Gram Parsons, a new song from her Hard…
The gods must have been crazy or perhaps it was just an April Fool's joke, but when I got home from the beach with my dog this afternoon, an old friend was sitting in a car in front of my house waiting for me with an advance copy of the Steve Earle release.
I know what we would have done in the old days, but I don't do that stuff anymore, so we just sat down and listened. Not into writing a review...I'll leave it for the ones who enjoy that sort of thing. But…Continue
I was recently asked to write the liner notes for T.W. Hill's debut solo album, SINS & HYMNS. Well, there's a lot to say about these songs, so I tried to get it all down in these few words, which I poured over, tore up, lit on fire twice, and tossed out the seventh story window. It gets hard to write about things you really like. This album is drenched in so many different veins of the American songbook that you can't really call it electric boogie or…Continue
For those of you that love good films, a beautiful new movie is out based on the essay “The Last Hippie” by Dr. Oliver Sacks, M.D. whom you may recognize from his many best-selling books of case histories including a film called Awakenings. For those of you that lived (and I mean lived) during Woodstock or embrace the music and message from that generation, then you must see this movie.
The Music Never Stopped,…Continue
Cluny II, Newcastle
Guess who hadn’t done his homework before this gig!
I had expected support act Little Miss Higgins to be a twee singer-songwriter and got my socks blown off by a sassy young woman who smiled a lot and played a pretty mean geetar as she sang about beer, the farms near where she lives, beer and my favourite song of the year so far “Bargain Store Panties” with a sing a long chorus!
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