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January 2011 Blog Posts (58)

Fleet Foxes Release of Second Album, "Helplessness Blues", and tour in May (Free Download Here)



New Album & Tour Dates in London and Europe


MP3 of the title track Helplessness Blues: Click to arrow to… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on January 31, 2011 at 20:30 — No Comments

Drew Nelson: Live In The Highlands

   This cd, available through Drew's website I believe, is one heck of a coup for modern technology and for Rob Ellen's Medicine Show. As recorded on Rob's little machine (was it hanging from a coat peg?) the quality is plenty good enough - a…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on January 29, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

M. Lucas: Dust

The M. stands for Mark but with two other Mark Lucas musicians out there this particular Mark has launched his solo career under a simple M.  Born in Kentucky, he has been surrounded by traditional music all his life, latterly earning his keep in a folk duo and then in roots group Billyblues.…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on January 28, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie #104

FTB podcast #104  features the new album by LORI McKENNA called Lorraine.  Also music from TERN ROUNDERS,  HAUNTED HEARTS and the late CHARLIE LOUVIN.  The full playlist is posted below.  Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or…


Added by Bill Frater on January 28, 2011 at 8:39 — No Comments


Americana singer-songwriters are fast becoming two-a-penny but there are still exceptions to the rule. One such case is Texas act Brad Boyer who with his easy on the ear, meaningful songs bucks the trend.

A finalist last year at the at Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk category Boyer debuts with an album produced by well-known…


Added by Maurice Hope on January 27, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments

The Skunnered: Good Morning Glasgow Town

The Skunnered are four guys from Glasgow playing their own unique blend of easy rocking country and Scots folk song, with a dollop of Glasgow street song in there for good measure and all sung in their native accent. There's a wry humour at work in the very construction of…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on January 27, 2011 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Maverick Feature and Review, Fatea Showcase Sessions, March Concert and Lisa Redford Live ~ Signed CD Copies Available!

Hey everyone! hope 2011 is treating you well so far. I had lots of radio airplay over the holiday period for New Year’s Day(which was also featured on the Alternate Root US magazine holiday sampler). The new remix of Call Me was played on BBC Introducing and there has been airplay in the US for NY Song a track which seems to touch so many people.


I’ve been keeping myself…


Added by Lisa Redford on January 27, 2011 at 11:38 — No Comments

Charlie Louvin surcums to Cancer earlier today (Wednesday)


Charlie Louvin, half of the Louvin Brothers whose harmonies inspired fellow country and pop singers for decades, died early Wednesday morning, due to complications from pancreatic cancer.…


Added by Editorial on January 26, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

Jake Morley: Many Fish To Fry

Londoner Jake Morley is a one-off, making sounds and writing songs that sound like no-one else I've ever heard. If it wasn't pretty much an acoustic album I would characterise "Many Fish To Fry" as a pop album: this is bright, sparkly music, easy to engage with and…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on January 26, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

Elliott Brood: Mountain Meadows

Elliott Brood are a three piece  from Toronto who play electrified folk-based music with punkish energy and intensity. The guys treat their collective identity as a character in his own right but I have to say I can't quite grasp how this informs their creative process -…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on January 26, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

CD Review: the Twangtown Paramours – Inside Edge Records

I received a package from the Nashville based Twangtown Paramours and it found its way to the box I whimsically refer to as “CD Limbo”… Continue

Added by Chris Harkness on January 26, 2011 at 9:36 — No Comments

JP Den Tex: American Tune      

That'll be JP "The Texan" as this boy hails from Amsterdam. I say "boy", but, coyly disguising his age with a woolly hat though he does, JP must be in his fifties if he's a day. It's a long musical career that's led to this point, playing several…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on January 25, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

The Mighty Orq - Scheduled to compete in the 2011 International Blues Challenge

The Mighty Orq will soon be packing his bags and making the trek to Memphis Tennessee where he will compete in the finals of the  …


Added by Chris Harkness on January 25, 2011 at 6:30 — No Comments

Cris Cuddy: Diamond Shine

 High quality work, this, from Toronto based Cris Cuddy. A man who's kept a musical career going on several fronts over many years keeps it largely acoustic on this particular album. In doing so he still manages to cover a fair old stylistic range; "I'm A Cadillac" is a slow-burn blues-rock number that could almost be John Hiatt whilst the song that immediately follows it, "Hey Mr Bartender", sounds much more like Jimmy Dale…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on January 24, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Bob Rea: Ragged Choir

 Bob Rea hails from Durango, Colorado and has spent his life stumbling amongst the foothills of The American Dream; he's worked at several sorts of job, fallen foul of the law, struggled to raise his family and somehow survived it all with enough self-respect intact to be able to document this kind of life in song. There are hordes of people…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on January 24, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Age of Miracles


Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Age of Miracles

Following 2008’s stunning Christmas release Come Darkness, Come Light, comes The Age of Miracles. Quieter and more subdued than some of Chapin’s earlier work, but achingly beautiful, these songs quite simply speak to your soul with repeated listens; more in the ilk of her much loved Stones in the…


Added by Helen Mitchell on January 23, 2011 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

James Clark Jones - Dispatch From Purgatory


James Clark Jones - Dispatch From Purgatory

Tracks: 9

Self released – 2009

Self-released in 2009, I was new to this 9 track collection of songs from Toronto native James Clark Jones, despite it actually being his third release. The first thing to…


Added by Helen Mitchell on January 23, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Make The Light – Kate Rusby

Two years after Sweet Bells, the critically acclaimed Christmas release, Make the Light is Kate Rusby’s first CD comprised entirely of self penned songs. Somewhat randomly it was Jennifer…


Added by Helen Mitchell on January 23, 2011 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Anny Celsi on her way to the UK so far no Volcanoes

When L.A.'s Paisley pop psychedelia channeling Anny Celsi (pronounced Chelsea) landed at Heathrow 15th April last year , at the start of her "Tangle Free", European Tour , it was on the day the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano struck…


Added by Editorial on January 23, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Introducing...Duke Lang

Duke Lang

Canada native, Duke Lang, has some songs on his myspace (Doug Lang) that anyone can listen to. However, I was lucky that he offered me the opportunity to hear the pre release copies of his two CDs – The Norway Sessions Volume I and II – Crooked and Troubador, which contain 14 and 12 tracks, respectively.

All of…


Added by Helen Mitchell on January 22, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

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HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *MM, *SZ
2 -- 66
DANNY SCHMIDT / Standard Deviation / Live Once Records *JJ, *HdB,
*TK, *AN, *GS, *MF, *SP
3 2 53
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *MP,
*PvG, *ME
4 -- 49
MERCY JOHN / Let It Go Easy / Butler *LK, *JD
5 3 45
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *FSch
6 4 44
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent
7 -- 42
RYAN BINGHAM / American Love Song / Thirty Tigers *HB
8 6 36
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *CRS
9 24 35
KALYN FAY / Good Company / Horton *JV, *JBo
11 35
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc Records
11 -- 34
VARIOUS / Songs of Our Native Daughters / Smithsonian Folkways
*FCe, *PJ, *PK
12 8 28
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *FB
-- 28
J.S. ONDARA / Tales of America / Verve Records *AL, *WV
14 -- 28
MADELEINE ROGER / Cottonwood / Independent *LM
15 -- 24
KIM LENZ / Slowly Speeding / Blue Star *MvP
-- 24
LILY & MADELEINE / Canterbury Girls / New West *TJ
17 12 23
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH, *BH
18 -- 22
ETHAN JOHNS with The Black Eyed Dogs, Anamnesis, Three
Crows/Proper *RK, *JB
-- 22
LONG RYDERS / Psychedelic Country Soul / Cherry Red Records *JS
20 5 19
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways
21 -- 18
YOUNG VALLEY / Young Valley / Dial Back Sound *DHo, *CvL
-- 18
KERRI POWERS / Starseeds / Continental
23 -- 17
THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS / Easy Way / Walkie Talkie *KG
24 -- 16
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *PR
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MICHAEL McDERMOTT / Orphans / Pauper Sky *JDoel *

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