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January 2010 Blog Posts (57)

Rounder Recording act Nanci Griffith is on the road again

Oh, how time flies since it is almost 25 years since Nanci Griffith first came over to the UK, and has been a regular visitor ever since. Her stubborn West Texas roots has seen to it that unlike some singer-songwriters and otherwise performers she has been a survivor, and despite changes in the music industry Griffith has rolled with the punches to the degree her latest album The Loving Kind has been acclaimed by many as her best album (her two Other Voices... recordings… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 31, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

Review: Various Artists - "Por Vida, A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo" (Cooking Vinyl 2004)

First point - the songs of Alejandro Escovedo have a peculiarity (ok, they have many, but one stands out among the other): the gift to sound immediately as the most original among the possible interpretations. It is not something so obvious; there’s plenty of great songwriters we can’t tell the same about. Instead the songs of Alejandro seem almost impossible to renew, unless we denaturalize them completely. After all, how many authors can boast the privilege to have drawn a form of… Continue

Added by Gianfranco Callieri on January 31, 2010 at 12:44 — No Comments

Marcus Bonfanti -- What Good Am I To You? (The Guitar Label)



This is 27 year old Londoner Bonfanti’s second album and follows on from 2008s promising debut, Hard Times. That debut gave rise to a new British voice demanding to be heard and the follow up confirms that the voice has arrived. Bonfanti was once described as the love child of Tom Waits and Van Morrison and also the person to fill the gap between Seasick Steve and Jack Johnson. Time will tell (not on the love child thing though!) The grinding… Continue

Added by David Blue on January 28, 2010 at 20:20 — 1 Comment

DAVID OLNEY "HEAR & NOW" Broadcast Weekly! and New album careering towards us.

David Olney New Studio Album "Dutchman's Curve" is due out Spring 2010.



David will be perfoming "Train Wreck" from the new album Live on his Weekly uStream show . Show starts at 6:00pm Central. Follow link below:

http://tinyurl.com/DavidOlneyTV



Watch two songs from David's forthcoming release:

TYrain Wreck







"Mister… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on January 26, 2010 at 23:42 — No Comments

Willy Clay Band - Blue



Swedish country rockers Willy Clay Band have recently released their second album the follow up to the wonderful Rebecca Drive, there was an EP in between but this album is long overdue - but worthy of the wait, it's as good as album number one and features the same blend of crafted country roots rockers.



The album was recorded in an old barn close to the bands home town Kiruna with engineering and production by Ollie Olson, the band… Continue

Added by simon2307 on January 26, 2010 at 20:25 — 1 Comment

Robby Hecht starts UK Tour at Celtic Connections 28th January

Rising Nashville songwriter Robby Hecht Plays Celtic Connections City Hall - Recital Room Thursday 28 th…
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Added by The Medicine Show on January 26, 2010 at 16:50 — No Comments

new Bob Paterson Show online Americana-UK

Good Morning you groovers,



Fresh-ish from Celtic Connections.... a great time was had by all, especially at The Texas Songwriters Night on Thursday night. It was a truly inspirational night with a special appearance by Beth Nielsen Chapman. With that, my new show is online Americana UK. The playlist for my current show is shown below. It includes new songs by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Nine Below Zero. I also introduce new names Kristin Connell and The Raglans and re-introduce Chris… Continue

Added by Bob Paterson on January 26, 2010 at 10:52 — No Comments

Review: The Feelies - "Only Life"

As I could be accused of partisanship, I declare immediately my factiousness towards The Feelies of Bill Million and Glenn Mercer, group that still today I repute one of the most important and underestimated bands of the 1980s. A group that, although listened by “few happy” fans back in the 1980s, has inspired pretty much all of those “fews” to start to play.



It happened partly because their LPs (only four, between 1980 and 1991) have been among the… Continue

Added by Gianfranco Callieri on January 26, 2010 at 0:42 — 1 Comment

Grant Langston English Dates Announced.

Grant Langston One of LA's brightest Americana lights, Alabama born and raised Langston uses a witty mix of danceable old-school honky tonk and mournful traditional ballads. He hopes to to come back after the summer with more dates in the north

www.grantlangston.com

www.myspace.com/grantlangston





April 17 - Afternoon Show. Time… Continue

Added by Editorial on January 25, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Transatlantic Sessions On Tour

www.thesagegateshead.org

ticketoffice@thesagegateshead.org

Standing tickets or restricted view seats may be available even when the website states that it’s sold out! Call the Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 to find out.



After two shows in Glasgow at the Royal Concert Hall (January 29,31) the ensemble takes to the road,calling at Manchester —Bridgewater Hall (February, 2nd) before they descend on Gateshead (details as… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 24, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

The Shants - Russian River Songs EP



Hailing from Oakland CA and describing their music as "slow southern folk" The Shants are - Skip Allums (guitars,vocals,piano), Samuel Tokheim (pedal steel) , Carver Cordes (bass) and Adam Burstein (drums) with Maggie Morris on harmony vocals.



The lead off track from their debut EP Russian River Songs sets the tone nicely and fits easily into the Americana genre, the mood created by the pedal steel and acoustic guitar set against the… Continue

Added by simon2307 on January 24, 2010 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Malcolm Holcombe in Concert and Conversation at The Coffee Shop Strathpeffer 21st January

The incomparable Malcolm Holcombe in Concert and Conversation at The Coffee Shop Strathpeffer 21st January



Sure. There are the inevitable comparisons to Tom Waits, but that's mostly due to Malcolm Holcombe's dark blue minstrelsy, delivered in a burned up voice. I'd add Malcolm has the presence and pertinence of a deconstructed John Prine, but truth be told Malcolm is a one off mound breaker of a… Continue

Added by Editorial on January 23, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

I See Hawks in L.A. - Shoulda Been Gold

January 26th will see the release of Shoulda Been Gold the fifth album from Californian country-rockers I See Hawks in LA, a 17 track tongue-in-cheek greatest hits collection that takes in tunes from the bands previous albums as well as five new tracks, so you… Continue

Added by simon2307 on January 23, 2010 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Carrie Rodriguez new album in April and everything you need to know for 2010

A new studio recording from Carrie Rodriguez, Love & Circumstance will be released April 13th in the US. Carrie Rodriguez new studio recording coming + an Acoustic Café evening Tour starts this week + The Acoustic Brotherhood Tour +













Carrie Rodriguez
is positioned to have a…
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Added by Editorial on January 23, 2010 at 13:12 — No Comments

Luther Allison -- Songs From The Road (Ruf Records)

It’s hard to believe that Luther Allison died over 12 years ago as I remember reviewing him just around the day he died. This latest set, recorded for Canadian Television just 4 days before he had to cancel his tour in 1997 and never to return to the stage again, runs for 90 minutes on CD and 56 minutes on DVD. Cancel My Check has a long guitar intro that sets the scene. Luther then adds his dulcet tones to his outstanding guitar for a storming start… Continue

Added by David Blue on January 23, 2010 at 0:11 — 1 Comment

Tom Russell - Live at Southport

I’m thinking of starting a sub series of blogs: “Glorious artists in incongruous settings”. Until Tuesday night Steve Earle in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester ( more suited to Manchester ‘s Symphony orchestra ) would have been high up that list, possibly top, closely followed by Chatham County Line playing at St Bede’s in Chorley, which looks to be a typical working men’s club, and more suited to - well, anyone who might play a WMC. But last Tuesday I saw Tom Russell, in Fleetwood and Hesketh… Continue

Added by the Good Intentions on January 22, 2010 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Cow Island Music Tribute to Jimmy Wyble

Thanks go to Cow Island Music for this tribute to Bob Wills Guitarist Jimmy Wyble (and everything else they do to keep country music and its heritage alive)…
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Added by Editorial on January 22, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

STEVE COYLE —TEN IN ONE (Fiddling Cricket Music)

www.steviecoyle.com

Former Waybacks leader and founder member, Stevie Coyle for his solo debut has come up with a unique and ambitious project, and it works. Ten In One is a collection of songs and accompanying intros that take the listener on journey through time, a time when carnivals, side shows, roustabouts and trains were a way of life for a great many. His ability to conjure, spare stark imagery aided by fine… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 22, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #54

Show #54 features the new CD by NANCY APPLE entitled Shine. Other artists include HAIL THE SIZE, RANDY KOHRS and MATT THE… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on January 21, 2010 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Review: Luther Dickinson & The Sons of Mudboy - "Onward and Upward"

Instrumentist for Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and Flamin Groovies. Producer of Green On Red, Replacements<, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Willy DeVille, Mudhoney and Tav Falco.

Leader of Mudboy & The Neutrons, a grungy swill of swamp-blues, country and rock and roll, little documented on record but surely listened for a long time by a lot of bands of the south of the United States.



This is only a little part of the Jim Dickinson’s resume. An… Continue

Added by Gianfranco Callieri on January 19, 2010 at 23:55 — 1 Comment

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September 2018

1
The Devil Makes Three
70 pts.
Chains Are Broken
New West
FC,JB,RK,TJ,LK
2
Jimmy LaFave
65 pts.
Peace Town
Music Road Records
PKO
3
Malcolm Holcombe
48 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
FB,JBO
4
Cody Canada & the Departed
47 pts.
3
Blue Rose Records
CVL,DHO
5
Jeffrey Foucault
43 pts.
Blood Brothers
Blueblade Records
MB,SZ
6
The War And Treaty
42 pts.
Healing Tide
Thirty Tigers
FCE,AL,MG
7
Martha Fields
40 pts.
Dancing Shadows
Independent
SP,DH,RST,RW
8
The Weight Band
35 pts.
World Gone Mad
Must Have Music
DD,CRS,BM
9
David Olney
32 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music
LM
 
The Black Sorrows
32 pts.
Citizen John
Blue Rose Records
 
11
Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis
31 pts.
Wild Wild Wild
Bloodshot Records
GS
12
Hadley McCall Thackston
28 pts.
Hadley McCall Thackston
Wolfe Island Records
 
 
Nathan Bell
28 pts.
Er Gwaetha Pawb a Phopeth
Angry Stick
PK
14
Curse Of Lono
26 pts.
As I Fell
Submarine Cat Records
MM,JF
15
Ryan Martin
25 pts.
Gimme Some Light
High Moon
 
 
Stephen Simmons
25 pts.
Gall
Locke Creek Records
TK,HDB
17
Jason McNiff
23 pts.
Joy And Independence
At The Helm Records
 
 
Jim Lauderdale
23 pts.
Time Flies
Yep Roc
 
 
Kevin Gordon
23 pts.
Tilt and Shine
Crowville Media
MP
20
Eliza Gilkyson
21 pts.
Secularia
Red House Records
KG,JJC
21
Boz Scaggs
20 pts.
Out Of the Blues
Concord Records
BH,JSM
 
Lucero
20 pts.
Among The Ghosts
Thirty Tigers
JJ
 
Melissa Carper & Rebecca Patek
20 pts.
Brand New Old-Time Songs
Independent
MW
24
The Jayhawks
17 pts.
Back Roads and Abandoned Motels
Legacy
 
25
Lori McKenna
16 pts.
Tree
Cn Records

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