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Joanne Shaw Taylor - Review O2 Academy, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Joanne Shaw Taylor - 25th May 2011

O2 Academy, Newcastle Upon Tyne

I first heard about Joanne Shaw Taylor when a friend had seen her supporting Joe Bonamassa on a recent tour.  His advice being “...make sure you see this girl!”


Joanne broke onto the blues scene when she was just 16 years old, being asked to join Dave Stewart’s supergoup D.U.P. on a European Tour.  Born in the UK (in Birmingham) Joanne released her debut album White Sugar in 2009 to…


Added by John Jobling on June 16, 2011 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Telluride Bluegrass: Saturday Recap

As I'm typing this I'm thinking about a really cool blog post where I explore all the reasons why Sam Bush is King of Telluride.  In the post, I'd explain how he really is Telluride in many ways - he's made 37 TBF's in a row, while keeping it real for people who weren't even born when he was celebrating his 20th anniversary appearance.  Think about that.  I definitely did as I watched a bunch of young people dancing to Sam Bush's encore song, Cripple Creek,…


Added by Mando Lines on June 19, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

High on Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Day 2: Trampled by Turtles, Emmylou Harris

On a day when Bela Fleck got Flecktone funky again, Emmylou Harris continued to age gracefully and Railroad Earth kept the trains running, Trampled by Turtles arrived and kicked some bluegrass ass.

The Minnesota quintet that includes frontman/singer guitarist Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug (bass, vocals), Dave Carroll (banjo, vocals), cowboy-hat…


Added by Michael Bialas on June 18, 2011 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Fathers & Sons: Joe Crookston & Gary Snyder

Happy Father's Day from Hearth Music! In honor of fathers, we're reposting a Hearth Music blog about fathers and sons.

I've been a fan of folk songwriter Joe Crookston since his early albums back when he lived in Seattle. His songs have always touched me to the bone, and he has an effortless way with words that reminds me of the best old folk…


Added by Hearth Music on June 19, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Tedeschi Trucks Band Revelator

After a decade of successfully managing award winning solo careers alongside marriage and family, roots rock icons Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks had a revelation: they wanted to work together full time and devote themselves to a new joint ensemble they would co-lead, and thus the eleven member Tedeschi Trucks Band was born. Trucks says of the process, “We spent a whole year putting a band together with different lineups, different approaches, different mindsets, and…


Added by Rick J Bowen on June 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Me & The Maestro - Leonard Cohen

There is nothing I will be ever be able to write cooler than this, now, but maybe ever. If you know me, you know I love Leonard Cohen. LOVE Leonard Cohen. So imagine my damn struck dumb surprise when I was physically reading his stunningly gorgeous book of poetry and line drawings, Book Of Longing - super random, but the thing is so beautiful and meaningful to me that I get chills thinking back upon it now -…


Added by CJ Gronner on June 17, 2011 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

the passing of clarence clemons

Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have…


Added by Easy Ed on June 18, 2011 at 6:30pm — 14 Comments

RIP Clarence Clemons


I've just been notified of the passing of Clarence Clemons, a/k/a "The Big Man", saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's legendary E Street Band.

I'm not a Bruce "super fan" nor do I really know much about Clarence. I know he had charisma. I know he had a lovable, easygoing stage persona and seemed like a truly wonderful human being.

But what is it about this story that seems to have affected EVERYONE so deeply? People who've never heard his music were pulling for…


Added by Dirty Roots Radio on June 18, 2011 at 8:30pm — 22 Comments

RIP Clarence, condolences to Bad Scooter

The change was made uptown

And the big man joined the band

From the coastline to the city

All the little pretties raise their hands

I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh

When scooter and the big man bust this city in…


Added by Paul Cantin on June 18, 2011 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Telluride Bluegrass: Friday Recap

I've looked at clouds from both sides now,

From up and down and still somehow

It's clouds' illusions I recall.

I really don't know clouds at all.

                             ~Joni Mitchell


When you are hanging out in a box canyon at 8750 feet, you immediately get to know clouds.  One stray cloud on a sunny day can change the temps…


Added by Mando Lines on June 18, 2011 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

They don't make 'em like they used to, or Where have all the heroes gone?

"I'm more conservative than Barry Goldwater. Goldwater was so conservative that he wanted to go back to the days before the New Deal. I'm so conservative that I want to go back to the days when civilization was people sitting around campfires telling stories and singing songs."- Pete Seeger


I'm currently in the midst of reading Larry McMurtry's The Colonel and Little Missie, a very enjoyable nonfiction work by the iconic novelist about the legacies…


Added by Adam Sheets on June 17, 2011 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

Patty Griffin, Melissa Etheridge, & the Meaning of Music

Sometimes, it may be difficult to explain to others the role that music plays in our lives. Music can uplift, and it can help one through loss, pain, and heartache. As we learned from Dobie Gray in the song "Drift Away," when one feels blue, the rock and roll guitar may come through to soothe you.

Below, in Melissa Etheridge's introduction to Patty Griffin, Etheridge gives a great description about the value of music as she briefly talks about her…


Added by JeffK on June 17, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

High on Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Day 1: Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Sarah McLachlan

“Don’t expect too much in the way of bluegrass when I pick up a banjo,” Steve Earle said three songs into his set from the Shellman stage at the 38th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 16, 2011. “Because I only know how to play the kind of banjo that scares sheep.”

It’s a line Earle has used for the umpteenth time onstage, but it always gets a laugh. And it was highly… Continue

Added by Michael Bialas on June 17, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Chip Taylor Sings To The Glory of Rock & Roll Joes

So I don't bury the lead, I'd better start with this;  Americana-singer-songwriter, Chip Taylor, along with his partners, guitarist, John Platania and fiddle player and singer-songwriter, Kendel Carson, have released a new album and website to honor the overlooked, often forgotten, unseen and unsung heroes of the music world. He calls them "Rock & Roll Joes." So far the website,… Continue

Added by Terry Roland on June 16, 2011 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Telluride Bluegrass: Thursday Recap & A Modest Proposal


Great first day at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  Tim O'Brien and Kevin Burke started things off at 11:00 a.m.  Tim O'Brien plays just about everything, but he had a fiddle in his hand Thursday morning and was playing with one of the finest Irish musicians around, who also plays the fiddle. …


Added by Mando Lines on June 17, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Scott H. Biram (6/10/11)

The Dirty Old One Man Band from Austin Texas, Scott H. Biram, rocked the best joint in St. Louis (Off Broadway) last Friday night, June 10th. You can expect a review of the show coming soon, and hear my interview with Scott on Dirty Roots Radio next week, but given that it's already a week past (I never claimed to be prolific), I wanted to get some of this out to you. Enjoy!



Added by Dirty Roots Radio on June 16, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Civil Wars on Honesty, Banter and a Little Backwater

by Cat Johnson


Collaborations are nothing new in Nashville. Songwriters get together looking for inspiration or a creative spark, and every once in a while lightning strikes. Such was the case for Joy Williams and John Paul White. Randomly paired up at a songwriting camp, the two quickly realized that they were onto something special.


“The chemistry was immediate,” says Williams from the road in Delaware where the duo, now known as the Civil Wars, is…


Added by Cat Johnson on June 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

First You Get the Sugar's debut album a Tasty Treat

First You Get the Sugar. No I do not mean kisses and lovin’ in its direct form; but rather a Montreal-based band—whose debut self- titled album was released this May. It is available on iTunes—and listening to it sure is a musical treat. Instant gratification in the best way. San Francisco’s own Alex Silver, who attended high school in Marin and graduated from McGill University in Montreal, plays guitar on the eight track album. The band is…


Added by Shauna C. Keddy on June 16, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Gonna Get Baked In Telluride

Baked In Telluride is back! Festivarians have been grinning at its play on words and eating its baked goods for years . . . until last year, when we had to get by without it as the result of a fire.  A year later, it's back, and better than ever.  I'm eating a cake donut with chocolate icing as I type this.  Good stuff.



The weather report (you can see the sky in the picture) predicts a clear, hot day for the first day of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  So…


Added by Mando Lines on June 16, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Redlands Palomino Company - Don't Fade (Album Review)

At the risk of upsetting some other pretenders to the crown The Redlands Palomino Company are currently the UK's top country rockers, I'd be delighted to be proven wrong though because if there is a band from these shores putting out better countrified roots rock than these guys then it's a win-win for me. 

It's being four years since the bands last full length album Take Me Home was released, although we did have the four track EP She Is Yours to tide us over between then…


Added by Simon on June 16, 2011 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

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