Rosanne Cash - The Essential Rosanne Cash (Columbia Legacy, 2011)
For an artist of her stature, Rosanne Cash has been the subject of surprisingly thin compilation releases. Several 10- and 12-track single disc collections have been issued, but only Raven’s imported 21-track Blue Moons and Broken Hearts and to a lesser extent Legacy’s…Continue
On episode 42 of the Taproot Podcast, Bill Anderson and Joe Doerr of Churchwood deconstruct the blues, talk about what it's like to get together again after all these years, and teach us street Latin.
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Jared Mees & The Grown Children
Only Good Thoughts Can Stay
Tender Loving Thoughts
If ever an album delivered on its title, Only Good Thoughts Can Stay is indeed the one. Jared Mees and company proffer jaunty rhythms, a carefree attitude and enough unabashed exuberance to make even an initial encounter suggest there’s cause for further indulgence. Backed by a band that seems more the freewheeling conglomerate, Mees possesses a vocal swoon and casual…Continue
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God knows it has taken Jubal Lee Young a long enough time to find his roots, but find them he did. Right where his dad, Steve Young, left them. Now, I don't think there is any musician who has put out the quantity and quality of work that Steve Young has who has received less. Less respect. Less money. Just less. They didn't even give Steve the designation outlaw, though outlaw he certainly was. Hell, he was the poster boy for outlaw.
But Steve has done all right by…Continue
I must preface this by saying that I have been an unabashed Costellophile for a good portion of my life, predating my being a Springsteen junkie, a Farrarian or even a Westerbergite, so Mr. MacManus could have walked onto the stage and coughed up blood for 15 minutes and I'd still say it didn't sound too bad. But friends and neighbors, he did not do anything of the sort. Instead, the limey bastard happily entertained we Midwesterners for two and half hours.
My friend Sarah…Continue
As luck would have it, I'm in New York City this week for a number of reasons. But, today, it just so happened that the Americana Music Association was holding an event at the Gibson Showroom uptown, just west of the south end of Central Park, to announce the nominees for its 2011 Americana Music Awards.
The event was really fantastic. In case you didn't have a chance to watch the live stream (which…Continue
The Woodshedders latest release and second studio album "O Dig" presents a carousel of songs, moving from Americana to gypsy jazz, through island breezes and acoustic funk. Dwayne Brooke has written a bevy of fine songs for this album, and what it lacks in cohesion it more than makes up for with its lyrical and musical strength.
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Tonight in Copenhagen, Will Kimbrough is scheduled to take the stage as one of Emmylou's Red Dirt Boys. Emmylou and the "Boys" are starting a tour in support of her new album, Hard Bargain. After Copenhagen, they'll hit Stockholm, Gothenburg, Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, London, Bruges, Amsterdam, Munic, Frankfurt and Berlin before coming back to the States, where they'll play Telluride on June 17. More touring to come after that, too. Here's the full…Continue
At age 26, less than three years before dying, Hank Williams released "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" in March 1950 and became a #1 Hot Country Single. "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" (another Hank original) was pressed as the B-side, also finding success: #9 on the C&W charts.
Graciela loses a lot of blood during the abortion, so she has to…Continue
My Morning Jacket
Has it already been more than a decade and half a dozen albums already? It seems like only yesterday since My Morning Jacket made their understated debut, spinning out the subdued atmospherics of their early trilogy The Tennessee Fire, At Dawn and It Still Moves while building early enthusiasm via a combination of hazy psychedelia and subdued yet sensual grooves. Since that time, they’ve evolved into stadium sensations and steady…
I've heard more frequently in recent years, folks contending Bob Dylan's songs are better performed by other artists. I tend to assume this is because of his mumbling vocals, but find his voice quite intrinsically rhythmical and sing-songy, if not melodic. In fact, his delivery can be compared to genius comic timing, except without the humor. (Though he gets the humor in there sometimes, too.)
His unconventional rhyme schemes don't easily flow from the lips of any…Continue
Best known as the leader of the oft-times eccentric Welsh outfit Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys makes the case that he’s equally ambitious on his own. Three albums into a prolific solo career, Rhys offers up his most effusive and expressive effort yet, one that owes much to his day job’s over- the-top invention, as well as to his own ingenuity. With a generous fifteen tracks on tap, Rhys never falters, keeping the energy and…Continue
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Even though Mickey Pantelous is from Greece, he sings in fairly clear and unbroken English.…Continue
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JT & the Clouds (with Steph MacLeod)
Live Theatre, Newcastle. Friday 18th February 2011
First up was a young folk singer from Edinburgh called Steph MacLeod. As you do; I’d researched him on the internet only to find that Steph is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who has discovered ‘God’ and his song writing is cathartic and a major part of his recovery programme. It didn’t bode well for an evening of merriment.
Steph’s songs may…Continue
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