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March 2012 Blog Posts (56)


Ever on the move creatively, and in terms of playing far and wide across the world, Justin Townes Earle’s music this time takes him to Memphis (although it was recorded at Echo Mountain studios, Ashville, North Carolina) in terms of style. But in many ways, lyrically it is as before more of his diary-like…


Added by Maurice Hope on March 31, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie Show #158 with Lucero, Possom Jenkins, Madison Violet, David Olney and The Steel Wheels

FTB podcast #158 features the new album from LUCERO called Women & Work. Also new music from MADISON VIOLET, DAVID OLNEY and a new baseball song from PETER COOPER. Here's the…


Added by Bill Frater on March 30, 2012 at 22:36 — No Comments

TPR#81 Parlor Soldiers - Interview and Music

On Episode 81 of the Taproot Music Show, Alex Culbreth and Karen Jonas are the Parlor Soldiers and they talk about the origin of their band name, how they manage to combine folk and into something that works, how they are able to write such gritty,…


Added by Calvin Powers on March 30, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Dean Owens: New York Hummingbird     

Released this week, the new album from Scottish Americana luminary Dean Owens is forty minutes or so of sweet, shimmering pop music for grown ups.  Recorded in New York, the city provides a springboard for fresh inspiration as Dean contemplates life and love, and maybe casts a backward glance at his home across the water. His…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on March 30, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Farewell to the man who invented Bluegrass Banjo, Earl Scruggs dies age 88

Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012)

Before Earl Banjo was an instrument that accompanied a song, that maybe added flavour and texture but was always homespun, downhome and played mainly for home entertainment and community sessions, then Earle Scruggs  perfected the three finger style technique, which at a stroke made the banjo a lead instrument and loud enough to be heard beyond rhythm and fit for  dances, his old…


Added by Editorial on March 29, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

This weeks Medicine Show Radio Schedules Playlist and Podcasts March 28

This week featured album on The Health & Happiness Hour is Stacey Earl & Mark Stuarts  - Dedication .…

Added by The Medicine Show on March 28, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

My record of the week: Mad Staring Eyes - Talking to the Operator

There is a theory (held by hardcore country fans) that, sooner or later, everybody discovers they love country music – it’s just that some people remain particularly stubborn in their state of denial. London’s Mad Staring Eyes seem to have moved seamlessly from the glorious post punk sound they had in 2006 (check out the…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on March 28, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

Red Hook Rapids support tour with Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart and new duo album on the way.

Red Hook Rapids are Ally MacLeod & Donald Forbes they will be supporting Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart Glasgow Rio Cafe April 4, Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club April 5 and Inverness Bogbain Farm May 19. Red Hook Rapids will release their first official album in May of…


Added by Editorial on March 25, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments


Mother Banjo is the guise used by innovative Minneapolis singer-songwriter, banjoist Ellen Stanley it is a clever one too. Like fellow boundary crossing banjo act, Danny Barnes Stanley likewise, bends the rules as she embraces traditional, alt-country and Americana.


An accomplished vocalist who learnt classical…


Added by Maurice Hope on March 25, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Marvin Etzioni: Marvin Country!   

When I first got this album I gave it one listen and quickly decided it was too weird and too disjointed to be at all listenable. The vocals seemed to be the clincher – there seemed to be quite a few cracked, frail performances that were too difficult to put up with. But then…I’d never…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on March 25, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie Show #157 with Moot Davis, Tommy Womack, Shurman, Audrey Auld & I See Hawks In L.A.

FTB podcast #157  features the new album by MOOT DAVIS called Man About Town. Also new music from TOMMY WOMACK, SHURMAN and AUDREY AULD. Here's the…


Added by Bill Frater on March 23, 2012 at 23:51 — No Comments


If you like traditional, rustic as an old fence post blues sung by a rough-edged, old timey voice then Duluth, Minnesota bluesman Charlie Parr is just what the doctor ordered. His sympathetic handling of the music is enough for past legends of…


Added by Maurice Hope on March 23, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

TPR#80 Maynard and the Musties - Interview and Music

On episode 80 of the Taproot Music Show, Joe Maynard talks about his many-faceted art career in New York City; explains the name of his first band, the…


Added by Calvin Powers on March 23, 2012 at 5:30 — No Comments

BluesFest London Mancester

BluesFest BluesFest is held in London and Manchester. It comes to these two cities for a week-long celebration of blues, jazz and soul from some of the greatest names in the business.

The festival will take place in various venues.

Leo Green from the Festival says

"We are truly honoured that a member of…


Added by Editorial on March 22, 2012 at 0:30 — No Comments

The Whispering Pines: Self-titled

Here’s a rarity: a UK Americana record that sounds as strikingly original and, erm, American as the very best acts to have emerged over the last few years. There is, admittedly, a decidedly post-Fleet Foxes sound going on here with some beautiful high harmonies that lend the music a deceptive…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on March 20, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments


Recorded in the home studios of folk singer-songwriters Dave Carter (1952-2002) and Tracy Grammer between 1997-2002 the tapes at the time were deemed surplus by the duo, for inclusion on albums they were currently on. Till…


Added by Maurice Hope on March 18, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments


For his final album on Curb Records (America) Texas country music exponent Lyle Lovett has come through with as you would expect yet another intriguing recording. Lovett’s affinity with western swing and jazz is never far away as he covers a bunch of interesting selections. As he has versions of not only the title track (a country hit for…


Added by Maurice Hope on March 18, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Artists confirmed for Maverick 2012

Artists confirmed for Maverick 2012



Added by The Medicine Show on March 18, 2012 at 14:53 — No Comments

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart: Dedication

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart have been living and musicking together for nigh on twenty years, with an appetite for taking their songs out into the world that is pretty staggering. They reckon they average about 170 dates a year, and the current tour of the UK and The Netherlands (something like 50 dates inside two months) is testament to…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on March 18, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

THE BAND PERRY —THE BAND PERRY (Mercury / Republic) 

Fresh from becoming recipients of three CMA Awards last fall and two Grammy nominations this year the Perry sibling act of Kimberly, Reid and Neil (The Band perry) now have their self-titled debut album on general release in the UK. Sure, it has a lot of the…


Added by Maurice Hope on March 17, 2012 at 21:00 — 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
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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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