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Interview: Brian Roberts of Ha Ha Tonka Talks "Death Of A Decade"

The buzz and overwhelmingly positive praise of Ha Ha Tonka's new album, Death Of A Decade has elevated the band to a higher tier of success among faithful fans, new listeners, and music critics alike.



It's an exciting time for Ha Ha Tonka, and judging from my conversation with Brian Roberts, the band's vocalist and guitarist, the group is committed to pushing forward with their tireless work…


Added by Chris Mateer on April 9, 2011 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

"I've Got a Mind to Give Up Living"

Songs that become standards are like a rorschach test for a musician, and while working on my book Crossroads, which will focus on the interactions between the genres of blues and rock, it’s been both fun and instructive to listen to various versions of the same song.  “I’ve Got a Mind to Give Up Living” is a slow minor-key blues, and one of the great pleasures of my life has been performing it with my band the Comfy Chair.  I knew the song from the Butterfield Blues Band, and Steve Burgh,…


Added by John Milward on April 9, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #114 with Danny Click, Jude Johnstone & The Band of Heathens

FTB #114 features the new album by DANNY CLICK called Life Is A Good Place.  Also new music from SHANNON McNALLYJUDE JOHNSTONE and THE BAND OF HEATHENS.  The full playlist is posted below.  Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads and… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on April 9, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

First listen reviews: Amy Speace, Matraca Berg, Ian Moore, Danny Schmidt, and The Wailin Jennys

It's been some time since I've pulled from my stack of review copy CDs and done a round of first listen reviews for you folks. So long, the CDs which now populate my stack are - many of them - from artists I already know will be of interest to me. For this reason, I think 2011 is going to be a pretty impressive year for new releases. We've already gotten that Buddy Miller Majestic Silver Strings disc and Abigail Washburn's City of Refuge, both of which I feel confident…


Added by Kim Ruehl on April 9, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Lee's Listening Stack: Ravishers - 'self-titled





The Ravishers are a hyper bunch, a band bursting with energy and rhythms that hit with an immediate wallop. Shimmering keyboards and a Costello-like croon affirm their pop priorities, all of which are enveloped in the Portland duo’s eponymous debut. While the competition is fierce these days, the Ravishers set themselves apart from the pack mostly based on enthusiasm alone. If the start-stop shuffle of album opener “I’m Him” and the…


Added by Lee Zimmerman on April 8, 2011 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Review: Eliot Bronson - Blackbirds

Blackbirds is an album of songs about loss. That tells you everything and nothing. There are many ways to write songs about loss, and many ways to sing them. Eliot Bronson focuses on the loss of love and the loss of youth. He could be bitter or angry, or he could deliver of set of songs that are maudlin or even outright depressing. But instead, Bronson delivers a set of songs that approach their subjects with a delicacy and grace that makes them ring far truer emotionally than any…


Added by Darius Rips on April 8, 2011 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Caleb Stine - I Wasn't Built for a Life Like This

I must admit that I was unfamiliar with Baltimore troubadour, Caleb Stine,  until I happened upon a post on…


Added by April Wolfe on April 7, 2011 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Won't you take me to, chantey towwwwwn?

Typically, when I tell people I’m a huge fan of sea chanteys, I’m met with a blank stare. “Sea what?! Shanties? What in god’s name is that?” If you’re already an initiate into the salty world of sea chanteys, you can understand my obsession. If, however, you’re scratching your head and imagining beachy shacks, follow me, my friend. It’s high time you explored the barnacle-encrusted underbelly of the chantey.

Blessedly gifted with nerd parents, I got my start with…

Added by Cedar Burnett on April 7, 2011 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

Review: Andy Friedman - Laserbeams and Dreams (City Salvage, 2011)

Andy Friedman - Laserbeams and Dreams (City Salvage, 2011)

Friedman’s latest, recorded in 24 hours with only one overdub, fits even more deeply into the singer-songwriter realm than 2009’s Weary Things. His strummed acoustic guitar is backed by the electric leads of producer David… Continue

Added by hyperbolium.com on April 8, 2011 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Steve Earle Tour With the Dukes (and Duchesses) Announced

Details regarding Steve Earle’s summer tour were announced on his website today, and the West gets the best of this deal, at least initially.

Touring in support of his new studio record (to be released April 26) and debut novel, I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, Earle, one of my favorite musicians, will be accompanied by his electric live band, The Dukes (and Duchesses), featuring his wife… Continue

Added by Michael Bialas on April 8, 2011 at 6:21pm — 9 Comments

'Rebel' Rod's Reviews - Two classic reissues - Yank Rachell and Henry Gray

By 'Rebel' Rod Ames


This review is long over-due because I believe both recordings have already been reissued as of the end of March, but if you have not picked up these reissues, you are truly depriving yourself.


Yank Rachell's "Blues Mandolin Man" and Henry Gray's "Lucky Man" were both originally released back in circa 1990, and how they ever went unnoticed to me will just have to remain a mystery, because I'm too deeply ashamed of myself to delve any… Continue

Added by Rod Ames on April 8, 2011 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

The Bridge - National Bohemian

By S. Victor Aaron

One was a teenaged hippie hobo who once toiled at an organic farm in Maui, the other a finance grunt for a white-collar firm. But a shared desire to create and play music brought Kenny Liner and Cris Jacobs together from polar opposite worlds to form The Bridge. Liner, the mandolin player and Jacobs the guitar picker, gigged tirelessly, brought in a revolving cast of musicians and built up a following.

Eventually they had… Continue

Added by Something Else! Reviews on April 8, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Ace Hightower, Texas Trucker Tunesmith

This entry was originally posted with more links on Country Fried Rock.


There's not much to do in Lubbock, Texas, if you can't drive yet and you want to stay out of trouble, except play the guitar. So, the bored teenage Ace Hightower started writing songs. He wasn't much of a singer at the time, but wrote prolifically.  His singing was…


Added by Sloane Spencer on April 8, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Something so.....Beautiful from Paul Simon

So Beautiful or So What?

By Paul Simon

Review by Douglas Heselgrave


“Ain’t it strange the way we’re ignorant

How we seek out bad advice

How we jigger it and figure it

Mistaking Value for the price

And play a game with time and love

Like a pair of rolling dice”

         - Paul…


Added by doug heselgrave on April 8, 2011 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Merlefest Preview

Doc Watson
Merlefest was founded in 1988 as a small memorial for the Eddy Merle Watson, tragically killed in a tractor accident in 1985.  The first festival was presented on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC on a trailer bed with hay bales scattered around and many of Merle and his father Doc Watson's friends participating in a benefit to raise funds for a memorial garden in his…

Added by Ted Lehmann on April 8, 2011 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Sao Paulo Is So Last Year

Jerry Seinfeld used to joke about how you always skip over those first few pieces of bread in the loaf to get to that "good bread."  I'm a bit that way with music, skipping over those CD's from last year in favor of the newest stuff and the really old stuff.  In my music collection, there's nothing so lonely as last year's album that I really liked, but isn't yet old enough to be a classic.  I've been trying to do better lately, so as I stand by my mailbox waiting for the new Steve Earle…


Added by Mando Lines on April 7, 2011 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Exene Cancels Tour due to Health Concerns

Bummer. Exene Cervenka, who has been diagnosed with M.S. is having some health problems and had to cancel her current tour. Here's the statement she made via Bloodshot Records:



"as you probably know by now, i was diagnosed with ms. i have been doing relatively well. i thought i could handle sxsw in austin, and a short solo tour. however, i got sick in austin during sx,…


Added by Cat Johnson on April 7, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Getting to Know Singer/Songwriter Haroula Rose

Haroula Rose sings with the spirit of a gypsy soul, always searching for meaning or a seed of truth in each fleeting moment. Her voice is at once intimate and solacing, its gentle inflections betraying a subtle, plaintive sway that enriches moments of guitar-driven folk with the pathos of classic country.

She grew up just outside Chicago, lives now in Los Angeles, and considering even a bit of what’s shaped her…


Added by Donald Gibson on April 7, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Lost Record of the Week: Neko Case, Furnace Room Lullaby

I think maybe I have an unfair advantage with this week’s album, and next week’s choice too (Corb Lund’s Horse Soldier Horse Soldier): I already know and love these artists.  But somehow, there are albums that I never got around to listening to, and I keep the rotation of the few that I know and love going without giving the other albums a chance.  I suppose my ultimate goal with this project is exactly that: listen to the records that are getting dusty on my shelf.  And knowing the…


Added by Gillian Turnbull on April 7, 2011 at 5:55pm — 8 Comments

Grammy Award Changes: Says "Folk You" To Roots Music

I see that the Recording Academy, the American organization that puts on a television show every year that occasionally has something to do with music, has decided to make some changes for next year's Grammy Show. In an effort to get more focused, whatever that means, they've decided to cut the award…


Added by Easy Ed on April 7, 2011 at 2:40pm — 12 Comments

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