I was a senior in high school when Kid Leo from Cleveland’s iconic flagship radio station WMMS queued up some songs from a new band hailing out of Gainesville, Florida. Little did I fathom that some thirty-eight years later I would be eagerly awaiting the release of Hypnotic Eye from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers … with the exception I…Continue
Added by Jay Minkin on July 30, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
This week’s Medicine Show Health & Happiness Hour, is a Belladrum Festival special, we have Moscow Fish from Thailand in session at the start of their Belladrum Tartan Heart Fringe adventure, look forward to David Celia's & Gypsy Dave Smiths imminent arrival for T.H. Fringe dates + we look forward to the festival its self with music from Billy Bragg, Danny…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on July 29, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revolutions. Hence the triptych of songs titled “Jack Kerouac,” “Leo Tolstoy” and “Walt Whitman,” on Joshua Powell & the…Continue
Added by Justin Wesley on July 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
On this week’s Medicine Show Health & Happiness Hour, we have Highland harmonic pop combo The Galipaygos, with a summer sun sounding session (perfect) we have Toots and The Maytals, Eric Hisaw, Zoe Muth,…
Added by The Medicine Show on July 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
This week’s Medicine Show Health & Happiness Hour featured CD the House Concert Hub Collection Vol 2, + we look ahead to The Tartan Heart Fringe. New music from The Old Crow Medicine Show, Eaglesham Cowley, Amy LaVere, Red Hook Rapids, Aye2Aye, Mary K Burke, including first time play for Katharine Coles, cover of Phil Lees Just Some Girl + classic music from Kitty Wells.
Brought to you courtesy of Lochbroom FM of Ullapool, Scotland in conjunction with Square Wheels…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on July 8, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Orange County, Calif., is not a place for Americana and grassroots music. That is what I so truly believed, growing up there and failing to find the scene. The O.C. hosts surf rock groups, ska rock, and various 1980s cover bands, but certainty not the Americana and folk music I have grown to love so much.
I was surprised and quite frankly shocked when I first discovered an O.C. indie Americana group named Ted Z & the Wranglers. I was quickly disproved. Ted Z & the…Continue
Added by Kershona Mayo on June 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This week’s Medicine Show Health & Happiness Hour looks forward to tours with The Mekons, Robbie Fulks, (pictured) Dez Horsfall, Larkin Poe, Zoe Muth and music from Eric Hishaw, new music from Melody Walker, classic tracks from Hank Williams & Bill Munro, and local music from Dorec-a-bell and Aye2Aye, and a preview of House Concert Hub vol 2 compilation with exclusive tracks from later and Jeff Jolly
Brought to you courtesy of Lochbroom FM of Ullapool,…Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on June 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Jessee Havey remembers the day she took the Duhk call like it was ... well ... 2011.
Four years after leaving the Duhks, one of the Canadian neo-folk scene’s most influential roots acts, the stunning songbird was sitting in the backseat of a taxicab heading toward her day job as school administrator at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg.
Leonard Podolak, who had known Havey since she…Continue
I thought I'd share some of the experiences of Tony James Shevlin, one of the artists signed to my label, Oh Mercy! Records. He's been in the industry since the 1980s and has worked with some household names in the industry. In late 2012, when he heard I was setting up a record label, we met in the Swan -- a great pub in Ipswich for live music of all genres. We talked for hours about our love of music and how our paths had crossed in the past. He was the first person to ever write…Continue
Added by Pete Thompson on June 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Q: How did the Bitter Roots begin?
A: The Bitter Roots really started as the set of songs I wrote for the first album in 2007-2008. My band old manSaveman had come to a close and I was looking to change direction a bit away from the hard rock/metal
material I had been doing. Ben Koostra (drums) had gotten in touch with me to let me know he was moving to Seattle. He had been in…
Added by Stacey Zering on June 6, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments
I’ve said before that Kentucky has a prospering music scene these days with both up-and-coming talents, such as Tyler Childers, to so-called “country music saviors” like Sturgill Simpson and the great Chris Knight. On May 1, 2014 Tyler Childers officially released his second EP, Live On Red Barn Radio II--four songs captured live on Kentucky’s legendary radio show featuring Tyler and his guitar, no more, no less.
The record serves as a follow-up to the EP Live…Continue
Added by Sad Songs Keep The Devil Away on May 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
This week's episode of Songs On The Wire can be heard world-wide: Special Guest Eric Brace talks about his new musical 'Hangtown Dancehall' and his friendship with gypsy jazz great Stefan Grappelli. Plus hear music from…Continue
Added by Anne McCue on May 9, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
He is a kindred spirit. He’s seen the land from coast to coast. Eastern waters and the western, Pacific shores are familiar to him. So is the music, from the soul songs of Detroit, to the urban blues of New York City. The easy pop texture of his brother’s legendary band the Lovin' Spoonful is there, but so is the lush blue Pacific harmony of the Wilson brothers. He’s played the clubs, bars, and festivals haunting the shadows of legends. He holds his own legend in his story. In the…Continue
Added by Terry Roland on May 2, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments
There is no shortage of well-crafted AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) in today’s increasingly fragmented music landscape; the challenge is in diving deep underground to find it. In that haystack resides the Rhythm Surf Monkeys, essentially an outlet for songwriter/composer Jim Hiltz to get his emotionally driven lyrics and hook-filled music fleshed out and powered up by a top-drawer band and revolving singers including Rob Fahey of the Ravyns fame (“Raised on the Radio”). Surprisingly,…Continue
Added by Stacey Zering on April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Born in Massillon, Ohio where every newborn boy has a football with the high school colors placed in their bassinet, Patrick Sweany was instead drawn to an electric guitar and rock and roll. He went to Kent State University and played clubs; continuing to live in the area until leaving for Nashville in 2009. Like many others, there was only so much you could do singing the Rust Belt blues around Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown. Nashville was calling and folks like…Continue
Added by Jay Minkin on March 31, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
When you get a new record from Jimbo Mathus you need to know two things. One, you never know what you will get from one song to the next and two you can count on it all being freakin’ brilliant. Mr. Mathus and his Tri-State Coalition are back with a new record, Dark Night Of The Soul, and these guys just…Continue
Since Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ (DNC) started out on their journey through sound and space with the release of multiple EP’s they have kept fans and newcomers happy with the new music while simultaneously creating a want for the next EP. The latest in the EP line, Songs For The Turntable…Continue
Added by Chris Martin on March 28, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the horror stories from this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin. Tragedy, marketing madness and throngs of thirsty spring breaking teenagers certainly put a damper on the week and yet again raised the question of when SXSW will simply implode. These are all serious issues, but underneath all of that there is…Continue
I, like many here, bought their debut album online, and it still hasn't been released in this country. I heard of them through NPR, when they posted a link to a fantastic video for '…Continue
Added by Steven Proctor on March 17, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Walker and the Texas Dangers cross the boundaries between reverence and irreverence. The band excels in joyfully executed and authentic bluegrass but it’s filtered through an alternative perspective. Alt-country would be an apt description as Americana suggests a serious take that the group is having too much fun to subscribe to. Pay the Fiddler explodes with barely contained energy; banjos and fiddles are jamming on all cylinders, revealing a band that is most likely a…Continue
Added by Stacey Zering on March 16, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments