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 —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on February 26, 2010 at 3:30 —
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… Continue
Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 25, 2010 at 18:30 —
It’s about time… Continue
Added by David Blue on February 24, 2010 at 22:05 —
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… Continue
Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 24, 2010 at 21:30 —
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 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 —
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… Continue
Added by Editorial on February 24, 2010 at 0:44 —
Added by simon2307 on February 23, 2010 at 8:00 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 22, 2010 at 21:30 —
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 —
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 —
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 ...
Added by Missing Parsons on February 22, 2010 at 8:30 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —