I have to provide a disclosure at the commencement of this review. I’ve played with Mad Dog, at each other’s kitchen tables and on stage. We’ve also had some pretty public disagreements, and I’ve been unabashedly critical of his unnecessarily loud playing on more than one occasion. That being the case, I was somewhat surprised that his agent sent me a copy of his latest release, Mad Dog Blues, to review. I was more surprised, pleasantly, at the quality of this combination of…Continue
Added by Keith Gorgas on March 22, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Harmonic Resonance. It's when tones come together to produce a vibration with sustain. A good vibration. I once attended a finger-style guitar workshop for beginners, hosted by National Finger-style Guitar Champ Pat Kirkley. Pat began by talking about tuning. He said, “You know you’re in tune when you strum a chord and the guitar begins to resonate.” It makes this pleasant vibration, at least the acoustic guitar does. Harmonics, in general, resonate from one ear canal to the other,…Continue
Added by Ernie Hill on March 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Just last month I had the pleasure of spending the week in Kansas City at the Crown Center with around 2000 Folkies from all over the world. A wonderful blend of folk, country, Americana, and roots music from various winds that blow filled the Crown Center. Mandolins, guitars, doghouse basses, fiddles, enthusiastic singing fought for the ears of all in attendance.
My week was spent as part of a team that recorded many of the stalwart mainstay artists in the roots music movement. Kim…Continue
Added by Banner Kidd on March 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
If you’re familiar with his songwriting shtick, BRIGHT SIDE OF DOWN is a selection of words – and latest album title - that’s totally, totally Gorka. Casting a backward glance, RED HORSE (2010) was a collection of covers, reinterpretations and a few new songs with Red House label-mates Lucy n’ Eliza. John being the trio virgin, Kaplansky had tampered with the configuration via the turn-of-the-millennium’s magnificent Cry Cry Cry and the one-fourth larger, much earlier Fast Folk…Continue
I’m a big fan of music cruises. For me they are ideal entertainment. You get a bunch of great bands onboard, all the food you care to gorge yourself on, nice accommodations, a friendly service staff and a party atmosphere like no other. Suffice it to say, these excursions are like traveling seaworthy festivals, except at the end of the day when you’ve burnt yourself to a crisp you don’t have to go back to a tent and flounder in the mud. Instead, you can beat a retreat to your…Continue
Added by Lee Zimmerman on February 19, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Although not quite household names (yet!) and often referred to as "musician's musicians", Cahalen Morrison and Eli West have returned with their magnificent, third full length album called I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands, which is sure to be making quite an impression. The duo have been making quite a name for themselves over the years, playing every kind of venue including small intimate clubs, opening up for some of roots music's biggest artists, as well as appearing…Continue
On this week's Health & Happiness Hour I look forward to future guests on The Medicine Show - David Celia, Sara Grey, Danni Nicholls, The Seznec Brothers, & John Mitchell & Sofi Jonsson, I flag up toura and play the music of Chris Mills & Amanda Pearcy , and we look at Country Music’s beating heart in the heart of Scotland – Perth - with The Red Pine Timber Co & The New Madrids.…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on February 11, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Amy Black opened for Rodney Crowell at several of his northeast tour dates last fall, then joined the Grammy winner on stage. There she charmed the audience by performing one of his original songs, backed by Crowell on harmony vocals. The two kept in touch after the run of shows ended, and Amy gratefully accepted Rodney’s input and advice on some of her own new music. He was among those to receive an early listen to the freshly recorded tracks and had a reaction that did not…Continue
Added by Holley Dey on February 4, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
At first glance of the CD cover art I try to determine what kind of a journey I am going to embark on musically. When I received Mark Ripp's new collection "Quiet Again," I was a little confused. The title of the CD gave me an impression of an all-acoustic set with spare instruments and lots of interesting little story songs. But, the cover art had this old fashioned looking microphone, a rugged bearded Steve Earle cowboy hat wearing red-shirted J.J. Cale looking…Continue
Added by John Apice on January 29, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
As the scars from 9/11 continue to heal, it will always haunt the memories of those who experienced it, even from the distance of a TV set. It transformed lives, turning ordinary people into heroes; even now, how the tragedy enabled a city and, actually, an entire country to pull together and overcome such a horrifying event continues to inspire.
For composer/songwriter Jim Hiltz, the bravery of the first responders embodied the triumph of the human spirit. The sense of loss…Continue
Added by Stacey Zering on January 25, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
“I always loved rock ‘n’ roll…blues…jazz…but I didn’t want to get too far away from the Western Swing thing with Asleep at the Wheel. But now, I figure I’d better do what I want to do musically…and I can do it very well…better than most!”
Bruce Springsteen, John Mellancamp, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger, to name a few distinguished senior heartland rockers, need not worry –despite the fact that Ray Benson can hang with the best of you. Mr. Benson, who was “Americana”…Continue
Happy New Year everyone, this week in 2009 House Concerts York were the first to join us on The Euro House Concert Hub and last week Philip Wilde of Wilde Rocks became our 2000'th member, and on Tuesday the…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on January 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
As Nodepression.com's Top 50 Albums poll proves, 2013 was a banner year for roots-oriented music. Since several bloggers have already posted their top albums of the year, I'll use my initial blog entry to reveal my ten favorite songs. The competition was particularly fierce in 2013, so, rather than try to "rank" the songs, I'll just post them alphabetically by artist. When possible, I linked to either a live performance or the proper video for the song. Thanks to all the songwriters and…Continue
Added by James Curley on December 8, 2013 at 12:03am — No Comments
Re- Introducing A Major Italian Rocker's Scorching All-Blues English Album
Released in March 2006 this CD -- in some markets -- passed under the radar but should have been widely heard by aficionados of the blues especially in the United States and other English-speaking countries.
Americana, folk, blues, roots music – nowadays it comes from many more places than just America as this collection attests. Canada, Australia, New Zealand and England…Continue
Added by John Apice on December 5, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Its and unashamedly "Medicine Show" Medicine Show this week, we have music from Scott MacDonald, Danny & The Champs, Galipaygoes, Lisa Richards & Drew Landry, all of whom are on the road with the Medicine Show this week, also introducing out new record label, Medicine Show Records, with music from our Festive Collection by Jo Philby & Roberto Cassani, and a preview of "The Very Dab" by Cigarbox Don and "Sous un Arbre" from Mr Moon & Grace which are the other Albums…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on November 19, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Todd talks about tripping on mushrooms and ecstasy, Chris Robinson’s drug of choice, his new book, recording with the Turbo Fruits, joining a band called The Hard Working Americans, sending mix tapes to Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker stories, John Prine stories, meeting Chuck Berry, making a movie with Elizabeth Cook, advice to…Continue
This week’s Medicine Show syndicated Health & Happiness Hour Featured album Bittersweet Road by West Virginia's Blue Yonder, the collaboration of champion flat picker Robert Shafer, Will Carter (Bass) and singer songwriter John Lilly. I play music from Cam Penner, Brian Kelinec who are on tour (and on the House Concert Hub) and look forward to The Danny & The Champions of The World UK Tour, a mix of classic music with Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Juliette Greko and the…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on November 5, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
By Martin Jones
"The best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” That’s how Dr John has described James Booker.
Booker is consistently referenced as a significant influence by New Orleans musicians. He played with the likes of Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Freddie King, Wilson Pickett, Fats Domino and Bobby Bland.
And yet, outside of New Orleans, he remains relatively obscure.
Filmmaker Lily Keber has decided to…Continue
John Oates, member of the number one selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, has teamed up with Grammy Award winning Americana artist, Jim Lauderdale, to write the new single off of his current solo project, Good Road To Follow. The song, which Oates describes as “psychedelic Americana,” will be released October 15. Co-produced by Oates and Tim Lauer, the recording features a variety of…Continue