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February 2010 Blog Posts (59)

Trilobite: Silver Skin

Trilobite's self-titled first album acquired a core of serious enthusiasts, myself included. Mark Ray Lewis' snapshot stories were married to music of spartan beauty, breaking out into actual tunes often enough to give the listener something to hold on to. The wheezing pump organ kind of defined the sound of the album, ' groaning with the rest of creation' as No Depression memorably put it. The staccato… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 27, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig

It's just five years since these three guys got together - sorry, make that two guys and one gal - and at that point they were all fresh into the whole business of making string band music. In that time they've made a short journey out of becoming one of the most exciting string band revivalists about, and now they've produced an album which suggests they could sweep all before them in this whole area of music. Faithful to, but not jailed by the tradition is how they put it, and that… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 27, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Open Letter on The BBC closing 6music and its wider effect on new music.

According to an article in The Times today, under the headline

BBC faces revolt over cuts plan

Well so they should! According to the Times Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC, plans to shut 6 music and Asian Network as well as half the BBC’s website, in an overhaul of services set to be announced next month.

But while the BBC refused to confirm that any final decision had been taken, the very suggestion has caused widespread outrage,…


Added by The Medicine Show on February 27, 2010 at 1:30 — 3 Comments

Danny Wilson and Swiss Family Orbison founder Kit Clark in concert and conversation with The Medicine Shows Rob Ellen

When brothers Kit and Gary Clark formed a band with friend Ged Grimes in 1984, (initially under the name Spencer Tracy, later to become Danny Wilson after complaints from the late actors estate,) Dundee was already know as Scotland's City of Soul Music. The city had a long urban working class musical blues…

Added by The Medicine Show on February 26, 2010 at 3:30 — No Comments

John Lilly: Live on Red Barn Radio

One hour of uncomplicated pleasure from John Lilly, a consummate musician who seems way too nice to be in show business. There's no edge, no inflated ego, just a finely honed skill as musician, performer and writer. Listening to him on this disc, or seeing him on stage, is like seeing your favourite uncle good-humouredly take off his working jacket, pick up his guitar and play a few well-loved songs to while away the…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 25, 2010 at 18:30 — No Comments

Eugene Hideaway Bridges -- Live In San Antonio (Armadillo)

It’s about time…


Added by David Blue on February 24, 2010 at 22:05 — 1 Comment

Jon Garcia: The Lake

Jon Garcia, musician and filmmaker from Portland, Oregon, is a pretty quirky talent. As on his previous, self-titled, album Jon goes for an eclectic, Wilco-like approach - a really rich production that moves easily between almost painfully delicate numbers and those that soar and rock uninhibitedly. Whereas the first album fell back too often on a young man's tendency to make a…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 24, 2010 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

new Bob Paterson Show on Americana-UK online

Good Morning you groovers,

Better late than never, my new show is online Americana UK.

The playlist for my current show is shown below. It includes new songs by Kieran Goss and Buchanan, and introducing Norton Money. Listen to it by following the link below. Shows will be weekly from now on as I have developed a new… Continue

Added by Bob Paterson on February 24, 2010 at 7:40 — No Comments

The Lovell Sisters are now Larkin Poe!!

The Lovell Sisters, that was 3 months on The Americana Radio Chart last year with the record Time to grow, change name and constellation.

One of the sisters Jessica has taken a break and left off getting married and going to school. The 2 remaining sisters Rebecca and Megan continue with a new constellation under the name Larkin…


Added by Editorial on February 24, 2010 at 0:44 — No Comments

Steve Dawson "I Will Miss The Trumpets and The Drums" (Undertow 2010)

Added by simon2307 on February 23, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments

Pokey Lafarge and The South City Three, Celtic Connections 2010 In concert and conversation with The Medicine Shows Rob Ellen

Pokey Lafarge and The South City Three came a long way from St Louis to Glasgows Celtic Connections 2010, bringing with him not only his full repertoire of Ragtime, Barrel House, Hokum and Cat House Country, but introducing the best possible frame work for his work The South City Three, if ever there were four young men borned out of their time its these hep cats and finger poppin daddies, steeped in the… Continue

Added by Editorial on February 23, 2010 at 1:00 — No Comments

Buchanan: Suit of Lights

Suit of Lights is a really solid, straight down the line country album from Manchester-based (that's Manchester, UK) five piece band, Buchanan. Now British country music - or Dutch, Italian and Turkmenistani for all I know - is bound to be inherently suspect. These guys are clearly playing make believe with their stetson hats and stitched shirts in a land of rain-sodden skies, congested roads and chip…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 22, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

JOHNNY CASH —AMERICAN VI: AIN’T NO GRAVE (Lost Highway / American Recordings)

Johnny Cash may now be dead and buried six years but there is still previously unreleased music coming out, and it isn’t mismatched stuff rather like the sticker claims but, Johnny’s Final Studio Album!

By the time the recording was made his health was failing and voice becoming deeper and on occasions world weary as a result, yet through the production work of Rick Rubin and John’s honesty his… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on February 22, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments


Singer-songwriter Bill Price has a fine eye for detail, and likewise an ear for a good melody. When you put them together as on With The Eye Of A Sceptic... alongside the help of a fine cast of musicians everything you could wish for falls into place, perfectly.

Price reminds me of another mighty fine acoustic musician, singer-songwriter by the name of Chuck Brodsky of whom I will speak of in detail at…


Added by Maurice Hope on February 22, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

Rick Rubin - Heavy Metal Alchemist

A companion piece to the Our House blog posted a few days ago, this one's by Joe.

We're up in Laurel Canyon. Chris is getting excited about Joni Mitchell and CSNY, while my reference points are a little more contemporary ...

The music…

Added by Missing Parsons on February 22, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments

Sarah MacDougal UK and Irish Tour April May 2010

Sarah MacDougall is a storyteller, entertainer and pop-troubadour with a haunting voice and songs to match. She delivers each song with passion and depth: her music rips your heart out, twists it around and then, gently coaxes it back home. Combining the raw,… Continue

Added by Editorial on February 21, 2010 at 16:15 — No Comments

Malcolm Holcombe Live: Toogenblik, Haren-Brussels

Fri 19th Feb

My first visit this year to the Toogenblik and another blinder! I did get there early which was wise as the room was soon filled to capacity, so much so that folks at the back of the room had to resort to standing on chairs to see. Malcolm's a real favourite at this venue; this being his third visit in just less than three years, and it's really great seeing him again as I'm a BIG… Continue

Added by Phil Braithwaite on February 20, 2010 at 17:37 — 1 Comment


Here we have the debut EP from Baltimore, Maryland singer-songwriter Paul Mason who has a deep sense of feeling to his lyrics and a voice that is smoky, torn at the edges and of a kind that has you soon become totally lost in his superbly crafted lyrics.

Although there are only five tracks on the ‘My Girl From Baltimore’ fronted… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on February 20, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

Review: Dirk Hamilton - Meet me at the Crux [Akarma 2006]

If the world had been a fair place, and sadly we know it’s not or at least we can identify justice only in the vest of a spoiled lady, the recent reissues of the first three record by Dirk Hamilton would have benefited of a wide echo on papers and they would have been printed in luxurious remastered SACD formats with HDCH. But, as far as we know, things went different and the three albums just mentioned - You Can Sing On The Left Or Bark On The Right (1976), Alias… Continue

Added by Gianfranco Callieri on February 19, 2010 at 15:59 — 1 Comment

Our House (CSNY) is a very, very, very fine house

I'm Chris Price. My friend Joe and I go by the name of Missing Parsons. We blog about our experiences on the road in search of the roots of our favourite American songs - a coast-to-coast road trip searching for the spirit of rock and roll America. It was kind of a… Continue

Added by Missing Parsons on February 19, 2010 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

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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
-- 16
MICHAEL McDERMOTT / Orphans / Pauper Sky *JDoel *

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