I’m coming a little late to this release, but decided to write something because I began to listen to it more than once and that’s a sure sign that something's likeable and special here.
Released in October 2013 -- this is a rousing and melodic little collection -- with well-balanced male and female vocals.
The Dancing Hats has an aggressive approach similarly exemplified by bands such as Great Big Sea, the Oyster Band and Spirit of the West. The drums are just an…Continue
Added by John Apice on December 4, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This has been one of the most prolific years for outstanding record releases. It was very difficult to narrow down my choices; especially for my critic’s pick Top 10 turned into No Depression. As I’ve broken it down in the past, this edition of Liner Notes has three divisions: Male, Female and Duo/Group. After the dust settles, one will be crowned the overall champion. Just like the BCS, I’m splitting hairs at times to determine who…Continue
To some, Joseph Arthur is a painter from New York. To others, he is a recording artist who has clocked well over fifteen minutes of fame since the release of Come to Where I’m From in 2000. But to the locals, he’s just another kid from Akron that took his talents elsewhere as his star power had outgrown the small metropolis of Midwestern Ohio culture. But just like other Firestone High School alumni Chrissie Hynde, Dan Auerbach, and Patrick Carney, his heart never really…Continue
Texas-based multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Zebulon Whatley recently made available the third and final installment in his “Dissolution Trilogy,” titled “Trinity,” under his Sons of Perdition banner. A fevered exercise in dark roots and apocalyptic country, “Trinity” is a mad and rambling narrative told in sixteen absorbing chapters. Myth and music collide as the tale takes the listener through the perilous…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on November 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Last week the newest members to the hallowed Country Music Hall of Fame were officially inducted. The three artists selected by the CMA for induction this year are all unquestionably deserving of the honor. And yet I find myself, as with every year, in utter disbelief at a continuing, inexcusable oversight. One of the most popular, influential, innovative, and lasting country music stars of the 1950’s and early 1960’s remains excluded. That artist is Johnny Horton.
Johnny Horton died…Continue
The music cruise industry has really taken flight -- or, shall we say, really set sail -- in recent years, spawned by a desire by fans and musicians alike to take the fun of a festival to sea. After all, music cruises offer certain advantages, specifically a variety of bands all playing in the same setting, but without forcing their fans to rough the rigours of camping or trek from distant stage to another. After all, what could be better than seeing some great groups in both…Continue
Marbleheaders are all proud to call Mason Daring one of their own. Daring is the much heralded and influential composer of the soundtracks for John Sayles’ films as well as half of the duo, Daring and Stahl. “Marblehead Morning” is the most well-known song by Daring and Stahl.
You’ve recently taught a class at Berklee College of Music called “Scoring the Moment.” It sounds fascinating. Tell us a little bit about how you approach this class and what you ask…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on October 19, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Zebulon Whatley and company, otherwise known as Sons of Perdition, have ventured from the shadows into the daylight to introduce an all-new full-length album, “Trinity,” on Gravewax Records. “Trinity,” a wholly creative and inspired body of work in sixteen movements, is without doubt the best Sons of Perdition effort thus far. And with an altogether idiosyncratic sound marked by dark roots,…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on October 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
The husband and wife team of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist call their beloved 1833 brick homestead “Nowhere Farm” located on the outskirts of the Queen City in southern Ohio. There is something to be said about moving from the city and living off the grid these days with the constant political ineptness making headlines and headaches for the…Continue
Knick Knack Records, a small independent label out of Seattle, has recently seen blues rock trio GravelRoad’s new album “The Bloody Scalp of Burt Merlin” released on LP and CD. While GravelRoad isn’t the most well-known band in the blues scene, their musical worth was assessed by contemporary blues legend T-Model Ford and found of sufficient quality to act as his backing band for a time. Now, since the regrettable passing…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on September 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Some people say Nashville doesn't put out good country music anymore. Native Australian Auld's Tonk album will prove them wrong. And how! Singing better than ever and released on her own label, Audrey wears her love for old-school…Continue
The podcast, Live at the Ice House with William Pilgrim and the All Grows up is a living document of the growth of two artists from the streets of L.A. and Orange County to the recording studios of Hollywood where in the latest episode with they are joined by …Continue
Added by Terry Roland on September 11, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
As a fan and admirer of Hiss Golden Messenger, I first discovered guitarist Steve Gunn through his collaboration with HGM called Golden Gunn (Three Lobed Recordings). Shortly after obtaining a copy of that record, I discovered Steve's own new solo album called Time Off (Paradise of Bachelors).…Continue
Added by Chris Mateer on August 22, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
“Play it like it was wrote, boys,” Bill Monroe said.
“We never verbalized about an arrangement and the only requirement for a song to be in the band repertoire was that one person could perform it all the way through.” John Hartford said.
John who?The Father of Newgrass. The inadvertent shepherd of the Roots music movement, the bassy-voiced, dancing fiddler/banjo picking songwriter who put the American in Americana, the Free in Freedom when it came to music. John who?…Continue
If the name doesn’t grab you, the music will. The Bones of J.R. Jones is a bit of an enigma, J.R.’s music is gritty. It’s bluesy. It’s not your average fare. It’s no wonder that his unique style stood out amidst all of the applicants for Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. There’s a lot to find out about The Bones of J.R. Jones. What you see below is only the tip of the…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on July 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Jason White is returning home. The road from Nashville back to Cleveland will now and forever be bittersweet for the former University School graduate who followed the path of hope and dreams as a singer/songwriter. In a span of a year, White lost both his father Keith in March of 2012 and mother Leatrice just this past February. Although it’s always an event when Jason comes home to do a show, his recent gig at the intimate Nighttown was a little bit special.
Added by Jay Minkin on July 10, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Coming home from a long day at work and I open my mailbox to find a plain white envelope. Open said envelope and pull out a CD with words "New Country Rehab" printed on the cover. The name of the band catches my attention right away- Rehab and Country music have gone together like peanut butter and jelly - but I'm allergic to peanut butter- however I have been known to flirt with death from time to time, after all when it's your time to go it's your time to…Continue
It’s been a few years since the passing of James Brown, but the title of Hardest Working Man in Show Biz has not gone unused. In fact, if there’s an heir apparent, an artist who can aspire to that high bar, then there’s a good chance that individual may be one Bill Mallonee. Who, you ask? There’s no simple answer to that question. A singer/songwriter of considerable merit, Mallonee’s been plying his thoughtful Americana musings since the late ‘80s, first as the mainstay of the band…Continue
Like Kris Kristofferson’s recent Feeling Mortal, Guy Clark’s My Favorite Picture of You reflects the years.
On the new album, due July 23 on Dualtone, Clark’s voice is softer and weathered. But if time has taken a physical toll, it’s made the music matter more. This…Continue
The Man of Steel film might be another forceful reminder of old-fashioned heroism, but finding contemporary songs that echo those sentiments are nearly as rare as Kryptonian life. In pop music, one has to look back to 1981 and Joey Scarbury's "Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It…Continue
Added by Stacey Zering on June 13, 2013 at 1:36pm — No Comments