In a year that's shaping up to be another great one for music, an early contender for various 'Best Albums of 2014' lists is, no doubt, The Lights from the Chemical Plant by Robert Ellis. For the record, Ellis has shaken off the shackles of country music and his new sound defies definition. Draw a Venn diagram of country, bluegrass, Americana, jazz, rock, and other. Whatever the middle area turns out to be,…Continue
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Valerie June had a huge year in 2013 with the release of her debut album, Pushin’ Against A Stone, which was flawlessly produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and ranked highly in numerous “best of” lists. As the new year gets going the Tennessee native’s relentless tour schedule shows that she has no intention of slowing down. Given the buzz surrounding June, it was no surprise to see such a large turnout to catch her early opening set for Sharon…Continue
Speed the Plough
The Plough & The Stars
Speed the Plough was a band that ought to have been far more famous by now. With four albums to their credit -- spread across a productive 30 year career -- this New Jersey outfit demonstrated their penchant for superb song craft as part of their extraordinary output. Sadly, that glorious invention fell mostly on deaf ears and an indifferent public. It’s appropriate then that The Plough & The…Continue
Added by Lee Zimmerman on February 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — 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 feature the Scottish Roots Music Scene, in our Scoticana Show Case. Music from Dave Fleming, Davy Cowan, Martin Stephenson, The New Madrids, Red Pine Timber, David Latto Band, Co, Stevie Agnew, The Sunshine Delay, The Wynntown Marshals and Fraser Anderson.
Added by The Medicine Show on February 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Me and my wife enjoyed a wonderful concert with The Deep Dark Woods from Canada this Sunday night at the venue Atlas in Aarhus, Denmark.
Though it was their 10th concert in a row they were in great form. Beautiful songs and craftful playing. The canadian group is on tour in Europe right now.
The Danish alt.country group Under the Pines was support for warm up. They too did a great job.
I'm a follower of The Deep Dark Woods and have all of the 4 albums they have released…Continue
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I heard George Ezra's music before I saw him. When I did see him I did the same double take I did the first time I saw Ben Ottewell of Gomez – I expected an older, grizzled, whiskey-drinking bluesman who grew up in the Delta, rode the rails, and other cliches. I was pleasantly surprised to see a young guy who just happens to have a deep, bluesy growl of a voice.
I travelled down on the windiest, rainiest night (for northern England at least) of…Continue
Added by Steven Proctor on February 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Q: How old were you when you became hooked on music, and what sounds did you gravitate to?
A: It’s funny; I just connected with some old grade-school friends, and we were talking about the explosion of music in the early '60s when we were in our early teens. It was everywhere you turned and all different kinds of music. There was my mom listening to Sinatra, and my sister and her Motown greats that she played over and over. Then there was The Beatles and The Stones,…Continue
Added by Stacey Zering on February 11, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
The Oysterband is the coolest 40-something around.
Any doubters need only listen to Diamond's on the Water, due to be released Feb. 17. It'd be easy and understandable if four decades left the Oysters a bit stale. But John Jones, Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, Dil Davies and Al Scott (now on bass and mandolin) show they still have artistry to create songs that range from wistful ("A Clown's Song" "Lay Your Dreams Down Gently") to downright rocking ("No Ordinary Girl")…Continue
Added by Nancy Dunham on February 6, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
That would be my review if I only had a single word. But as seeing as I have more space...here I go.
My second Jumpin' Hot Club show in a week and it was so fantastic that even having a pint of beer dropped from the balcony just behind my chair couldn't dampen my spirits.
Opening the show was The Black Feathers who I saw…Continue
Sometimes a time capsule can reveal more about the present than the past or at least both in equal measures.
In the case of the Southern California band Baywood, a live recording from 1981 can provide a glimpse into the present as well as a flashback of the West Coast roots-rock scene from several decades ago. First of all, Baywood – featuring Ronny Lee (vocals), Bill Rotella (vocals/guitar), Stewart Marsh (vocals/guitar), James “Sparks” Sinclair (pedal steel guitar), Bill…Continue
Added by Jim Olin on January 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 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
David Latto and Gavin Brady, come from Kingskettle Fife (the home of Scots Children Entertainers The Singing Kettle), I know because there is a sign at the road end…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on January 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Boston band Barrence Whitfield and the Savages have forged a reputation over the last thirty years for bringing one hell of a rocking party to audiences around the world.
Remember when rock and roll was cool? Barrence Whitfield does. At the age of 58 the Boston singer and his band the Savages are living proof that rock music can still be raw, gutsy and in-your-face. In fact, it was the desire to prove this that motivated Whitfield to reunite with the Savages in 2011…Continue
David Latto and Gavin Brady, come from Kingskettle Fife (the home of Scots Children Entertainers The Singing Kettle), I know because there is a sign at the road end on the A914 proudly proclaiming that fact! David and Gavin are firmly of the singing Kettle generation, infeasibly young in their early 20's. I wonder how long before a proud East Fife Council will have to add and The David Latto Band to that sign?
The winsome truth is, probably a lot sooner if David and Gavin…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on January 16, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
On a recent Saturday night California band The Mother Hips finished off a two-night stand at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas with a sold out show. Review and photos by Neil Ferguson.
For nearly twenty-five years The Mother Hips have been one of California’s best-kept secrets. Like other groups that may fall within the realm of “jam bands,” The Mother Hips have managed to stay under the radar of the mainstream while building a loyal and loving fanbase, all of whom are…Continue
Added by Neil Ferguson on January 15, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
June 21, 2013 is a perfect example of folks working together to make something very special. The venue was Groundzero in Spartanburg SC which is a place where I have seen many diverse acts from Man or Astroman?! to Ted Nugent to Wesley Willis to Misfits to Vanilla Ice to Doug Stanhope. It's been called the CBJB's of the south and thru the years have survived a few decades where many have came and gone the mighty Groundzero is still providing a haven for many. I am not sure where…Continue
Added by Jason "Mater" Robinson on January 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
This weeks Health & Happiness Show previews this years winter party in Glasgow Celtic Connections Festival, featuring many of the American Roots acts appearing and looking forward particularly to 2 shows with the O's (1 of which I'll be recording for broadcast here) we'll have music from Del Amitri, Dick Gaughan, Fraser Anderson, The Stray Birds, Gordie MacKeeman, Kevin McDermott, Rachel Sermanni and Elephant Revival.
The O's (left ) …Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on January 14, 2014 at 12:30pm — 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
Sometimes it takes a little extra effort to track down and purchase great music. Thanks to the internet, local record stores are just a mouse click away for better or worse. Record labels and artists now can ship an album to your doorstep, even if they’re located in another country or hemisphere. Listeners can also invest in their favorite songwriter’s next project via Kickstarter and PledgeMusic campaign with added perks beyond a CD, vinyl, or digital download copy of the new…Continue