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May 2010 Blog Posts (38)

Jeni and Billy: Longing For Heaven

This is a third album from Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp, a duo deeply rooted in Appalachian folk music. They take an admirably pure and unfussed attitude to their music making. Whether singing traditional material or their own brand new compositions - and on this album, it's about a 50:50 split - they keep things simple and dignified. They're… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on May 31, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments

Joseph Parsons European dates

Blue Rose Recording artist Joseph Parsons splits his time between Europe and The USA. Parsons is a founding member of the collective bands ‘4 Way Street’ (Sanctuary Records) ‘Hardpan’ (Blue Rose Records) ‘US Rails’ & ‘Parsons Thibaud’.

He's recently returned from a US Rails tour on the East Coast of The… Continue

Added by Editorial on May 31, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

Winter: A Matter Of Time

It was a bit of a surprise to have this album appear for a Flyin' Shoes review, but I guess the front page says we do power pop, too, so here goes.

Winter are a Swedish band fronted by AnnaLena Winter, who also wrote all the songs (in English) for this, their fourth album. With something new I'm always trying to hear where a… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on May 30, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments

Go North with a Strut and Stumble, - Nels Andrews, AJ Roach, Ian Parks, head for the Highlands

The Medicine Show is touring three leading americana amigos as part of Tartan Heart Fringe this year, (calling in at Southern Fried Festival Perth too) Three of my favourite artists as well as favourite people and… Continue

Added by Editorial on May 29, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Dave Desmelik first UK Tour. (Leeds Venue Change)

Dave Desmelik on UK Tour

Americana singer/songwriter Dave Desmelik will be touring the United Kingdom for two weeks this summer from July 28th through August 9th including performances in London, Bath, Powys, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Inverness, and Aberdeen. He currently lives in Brevard, North Carolina in the United States.

Desmelik released his sixth independent CD “Onlooker” (Biscuits abd Gravy Davy… Continue

Added by Editorial on May 29, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Drew Nelson July Dates

Drew Nelson's returns to too consolidate on the general acclaim of his latest album, "Dusty Road to Beulah Land" (Biscuits and Gravy Davy review click here) which has marked a notable growth in his standing as a songwriter and musician.

Drew grew up in Michigan, but escaped the narrow… Continue

Added by Editorial on May 29, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Bob Paterson Show is back on Americana-UK!

Morning all,

Good news - I hope - is that The Bob Paterson Show is back on Americana-UK. What with a house, office and life move a well needed break was required from churning out weekly radio shows / Podcasts.

The playlist for the current radio show is below. I hope you enjoy it. It features new songs by Eve Selis, The Orbitsuns and The Redlands Palomino Company, some old favourites by The Morris Quinlan Experience and Mark… Continue

Added by Bob Paterson on May 29, 2010 at 11:53 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #72

The new CD by JIM LAUDERDALE called Patchwood River is featured on FTB podcast #72. Also new music from DOUG WAMBLE, LES SAMPOU and CARRIE RODRIGUEZ. The full playlist is… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on May 26, 2010 at 22:37 — No Comments

Daddy: Square Wheels House Concert, Strathpeffer

A great way to enjoy the music that doesn't fill stadiums, house concerts are a rising phenomenon across Europe and North America; I was a house concert virgin till tonight but this halfway step between an old style ceilidh and a club gig has got me really enthused. It helps if the first experience turns out to be a corker, as this 0ne was.

Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack are the core members of Daddy and are currently touring as a… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on May 24, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #71

The new CD by ELIZABETH COOK entitled Welder is featured on podcast #71. Also new music from LOST IMMIGRANTS, GUTHRIE KENNARD and SWEET SUNNY SOUTH. The full playlist is posted below. Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads and tell 'em you heard the songs on the FTB podcast. Please email me with any questions or suggestions for the… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on May 24, 2010 at 8:58 — No Comments

CLARENCE BUCARO —‘TIL SPRING (Twenty Twenty Records)

When it comes to good ol’ southern Americana soul there are few acts coming through any finer than Clarence Bucaro, a careful lyricist and likewise, measured vocalist like a traditional carpenter he shapes a song like he would wood. Smooth and the edges well rounded, Bucaro blends all aspects with unerring ease.

Aided by Konrad Meissner (drums, background… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on May 24, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

THE JOHN HENRYS —WHITE LINEN (9LB Records/ Linus Entertainment)


Album number three from the Canadian band sees them continue pretty much in the same vein of form; as lead vocalist Rey Sabatin who, on sounding very much like good ol’ boy Jason Ringenberg of Jason And The Scorchers on occasions hits the mark. As songs ‘Edge Of December’ (a well balanced… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on May 24, 2010 at 6:30 — No Comments

Daddy at The Square Wheels House Concert Strathpeffer May 22 2010 (a video log by Rob Ellen)

Will Kimbrough teamed up with Tommy Womack, and invited John Deaderick, Dave Jacques and Paul Griffith in 2005 to recreate their five piece band Daddy. They recorded a live album in Frankfort, Kentucky Daddy at the Women’s Club. They then went on to release an album pragmatically titled, "For A Second Time", last year, reaching number one in The Euro Americana… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on May 23, 2010 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Southern Fried 2010 Perth Scotland

Southern Fried 2010 Perth Scotland

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The Holmes Brothers/Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Roots of Elvis and Seasick Steve

The late Southern Fried club nights, + afternoon worksops and concerts.

Do you have Spotify?… Continue

Added by Editorial on May 21, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments



NASHVILLE, May 12, 2010 – The Americana Music Association announced the nominees for the organization’s 2010 Honors and Awards ceremony today during a reception hosted by BMI at the W.O. Smith School of Music. The show, in its 9th year, will be held September 9th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Longstanding Americana… Continue

Added by Editorial on May 17, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

Mark Bates. Down The Narrow.

Mark Bates is a youthful chap from West Virginia who has produced an album chockfull of the contradictions inherent in the music of the American south. Ostensibly a God fearin’ population, scratch the surface and there is sex, crime, fear and darkness. Bates was raised in a church going family and drank in the waters of this duality. He sings with passion of whores, murder and alcohol, ingrained with the spirit of the area. With a… Continue

Added by Paul K on May 17, 2010 at 1:32 — 1 Comment

Lou Brown: Calm The Rising Waters

A second album from Bournemouth's Lou Brown, which she is currently touring, and a distinctive kind of voice she is, too. This album was produced by Clive Gregson and he contributes some quite beautiful guitar playing, but the special quality comes from Lou's own low-key direct approach to songwriting. She deals with the mundane, ordinary things of life and… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on May 16, 2010 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

Making Introductions...

Many thanks for having me as a member at the FSR, it's going to be a great opportunity for me to be introduced to the many independent artists that can get under the radar. For the past year and a half myself and John Parsons have hosted a two hour program on Deveron FM, a local radio station on the N.E. coast of Scotland. The title of our show is 'Americano' where in the first half we discuss current affairs from the States, interspersed with a variety of American music, then in the second… Continue

Added by Robin Wiseman on May 16, 2010 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Matt Harlan - Tips and Compliments

Originally posted at Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries

So sometimes it only takes a few minutes of listening to an album to know that it's special and really fits your taste! Well that's what happened yesterday after listening to"Elizabethtown" the opening track of… Continue

Added by Ed Karn on May 15, 2010 at 23:00 — 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
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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