April 20, 2014 was the last Sunday Social in the third season at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Alabama. If the season had to end, Cathe Steele closed it out the right way with The Mulligan Brothers and Willie Sugarcapps playing together for the first time. It was a…Continue
Added by The Southern Rambler on April 22, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments
"It's better to burn out than to fade away," Neil Young so memorably sang in his "Hey Hey, My, My (Into the Black)," the song that famously provides the counterpart to his "My, My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" on his Rust Never Sleeps album (1979).
Well, Young himself will neither burn out nor fade away nor rust nor sleep. The man whose insatiable curiosity and whose unceasing love of experimenting with musical styles and with music technology has done it…Continue
You could have just as well called John Nemeth's latest release Soul from Spudsville. No matter what the location, everything the Boise, Idaho native touches turns to soul. This one he calls Memphis Grease because it was recorded there in his new adopted homebase, slathered with boilin' Memphis guitar and punched up with Stax style fatback horns, but the spirit and sound of 50's r&b and soul is the backbone.
His take on Otis Rush's “Three Times A Fool” sounds like…Continue
Added by big boy on April 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Subtle and Sweet folk music from Wales
Most people reading this review will probably be of an age where they have pretty defined music tastes and don’t have the time or inclination to readily discover anything too radically new. I too am a bit like that; but as a music reviewer I can still discover new genres that can spin my preconceptions 359 degrees. This album by Dan Amor has just done that for me.
I was intrigued by the opening song,…Continue
Added by Alan Harrison on April 21, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments
On episode 188 of the Americana Music Show, Jimbo Mathus plays tracks from Dark Night Of The Soul, talks about going from "sepia tones to ultrachrome" and the "crazy Mississippi white boy chain."
Also in this episode, indie rock from Bobby Bare Jr., heartland rock from Jonny Two Bags, country rock from Rodney Crowell, road tripo music from Chuck Ragan, soul from St. Paul & The Broken Bones, country…Continue
Added by Americana Music Show on April 21, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments
Whether on the basketball court or onstage, when two supreme talents join forces, it tends to make things better. Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen, LeBron James needs Dwyane Wade, McCartney clearly needed Lennon, and Salt would be a run-of-the mill condiment without Pepa.
But there are exceptions to such…Continue
Reading of the death of former pro boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter today awoke an old memory which reminded me how lucky I was to have, what in retrospect, was a pretty cool father. I should add by "cool" I do not mean some kind of "over the hill hipster" who, in a desperate attempt at trying to stay relevant smokes pot or acts in some other immature, out of character way. No, I merely mean a father, that despite whatever busy schedule he may have, when he senses that something is…Continue
Added by Plain Sense on April 20, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
After a successful solo outing, Aussie country singer Lachlan Bryan got his old band back into the studio and came up with this cracker of an album. It was released in the autumn of last year in Australia and subsequently picked up a major award as “Alternative Country” album of the year. Such acclaim means any belated praise from me is superfluous, but I’m keen to point out to Flyin’Shoes readers just how good this is.
I think you could ditch the “alternative” part of that…Continue
Added by John Davy on April 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun
The lead singer of one of Canada’s most influential rock bands gets together with one of the best live bands ever for a collaborative effort and the expected results could range anywhere from confusion to straight ahead awesomeness. Thankfully (and not surprisingly, given the players involved) the semi-eponymous result in this case is Gord Downie,…Continue
Added by Skot Nelson on April 20, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Americanization.
In 1962, she attended a Brooklyn club called The Lollipop Lounge, where, on a dare, she took the stage and sang a song with a…Continue
Wayne Kramer is someone who's life story I'd very much like to read. From lead guitar in the Mighty MC5 to prison inmate to social activist (he recently interviewed Pussy Riot, and is constantly active in speaking out against such injustices) to new father, Kramer's life has an interesting story in every chapter. His latest record release (and first jazz album), Lexington, (from Kramer's own label,…Continue
Southern rock is a stylistic hodgepodge--a musical mutt. Yet in this gumbo pot of a country, its impurities and cross-breeding make it the most American genre of all. And with the Allman Brothers drawing down, southern rock's current standard bearer is Blackberry Smoke, a lofty perch they hardly jeopardized during a lively set last night at Seattle's Neptune Theatre.
Blackberry Smoke features five Georgia longhairs (sound familiar?) who don't fuck around. The…Continue
Added by Mike Seely on April 19, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Watching Kim Churchill take the stage is an experience in and off itself. Despite the fact that the Australian singer-songwriter plays alone, he’s not exactly a minimalist when it comes to gear. The multi-instrumentalist sits behind a kit that includes a couple of guitars, a kick drum, a kick tambourine, a set of chimes and a larger pedal board that my brain could keep track of. On second thought, “sits behind” isn’t really…Continue
Added by Skot Nelson on April 18, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Emily Elbert is one of those talents that doesn’t come around every day. I feel blessed to have gotten to know her over the past five or six years. At the time I was booking some shows for a wonderful bluesy singer-songwriter, Brooks Williams, who had some gigs in Texas where Emily was attending high school at the time. Emily wrote and told me how much she admired Brooks and wondered if he’d be open to having her open a show for him in Dallas. He listened to her music online…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on April 18, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Once again music lovers descended on the Hill Country for a weekend of fantastic music and wonderful weather. This year’s Old Settler’s Festival showcased a wide range of artists spanning an even wider range of genres. What brought everyone together was the enjoyment of this long-running festival that refuses to sell its soul to marketers in order to guarantee that each year’s experience is just…Continue
FTB Show #252 features new music from Laurie Lewis, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Fearing & White and Jesse Winchester. Here’s the direct link to listen now!Continue
Added by Bill Frater on April 17, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
In ancient Greek and Roman stories, nectar—that sweet, golden, unadulterated liquid—provides sustenance to gods and goddesses. Nectar’s purity offers energy to those who imbibe its sweet liquor, but nectar’s sweet essence offers an elixir that heals and, for the inhabitants of the heavenly realms at least, drinking nectar also confers immorality upon them. It’s no wonder that the semi-human Tantalus decided he wanted a drop of that sweet honey; he’s punished for that deed, but his…Continue
Added by Henry carrigan on April 16, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Seattle is increasingly becoming a bastion of alt country Americana bands vying to be the next big thing toting the Ballard Avenue sound. Red Heart Alarm have coined one of the best terms for their sound calling what they do “Gruntry,” explaining that it marries their native city’s Grunge legacy with the melodic twang of classic Americana/Roots music. The band employed iconic producer Jack Endino to record their second self released album Hammer Anvil…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on April 16, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
It’s looking to be a good year for what one might loosely term “alt country” albums with Scots acts the New Madrids and Red Pine Timber Company handing in excellent efforts so far. Time now to look to London to see what’s cooking down there and keeping their end up are The Redlands Palomino Company whose fourth album, Broken Carelessly is released this week. The Palominos are a classic UK “Americana” band with a sound that ranges from pedal steel…Continue
Added by Paul K on April 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Ever-bearded Tennessean troubadour Matt Woods’ second full length studio record, With Love From Brushy Mountain, is slated for a May 13, 2014 release. This comes as a follow up to his first full length, The Matt Woods Manifesto, a trying task in and of itself. Woods is hands down one of the hardest working singer/songwriters I’ve ever come across. He eats multiple month tours across the US for breakfast, trades songs for beer,…Continue
Added by Sad Songs Keep The Devil Away. on April 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments