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June 2010 Blog Posts (43)

Rita Hosking - Come Sunrise - CD review

Rita Hosking

Come Sunrise

Tracks: 11


Rita Hosking has oft been compared to such artists as Gillian Welch and Diana on this third album, Come Sunrise, it is easy to see why. Her songs are compassionate tales about ordinary, everyday people; characters from her life in Northern California– loggers, miners (it seems unavoidable, since she is the descendant of Cornish miners, that these tales would find their way into her music), the mothers of… Continue

Added by Helen Mitchell on June 29, 2010 at 16:40 — No Comments

Larkin Poe - Spring - EP Review

Larkin Poe

Spring – EP

Tracks: 9

Larkin Poe, previously the Lovell Sisters (before the departure of older sister, Jessica), are Rebecca & Megan Lovell, who themselves state that they are sisters, storytellers and music lovers.

They go on to say, “Ever since we were little girls, we’ve been awed by the power of a story well told: from children’s books and bedtime yarns to figments and fairytales. Before… Continue

Added by Helen Mitchell on June 29, 2010 at 16:39 — No Comments

Cary Cooper - Dirty Little Secret - CD review

Cary Cooper – Dirty Little Secret

Tracks: 12

I first came to hear of Texas native Cary Cooper, through Facebook, no less and was immediately impressed. She has received rave reviews from numerous sources, one no less than Mary Gauthier. Her third CD, Dirty Little Secrets, comprises twelve songs, all written by Cary or her Tom Prasada Ro, who also produced the CD and added musical accompaniment, with some assistance from Tim Burlingame (Sweet Talk Radio),… Continue

Added by Helen Mitchell on June 29, 2010 at 16:38 — No Comments

Suzy Bogguss @ The Sage, Gateshead, June 1st 2010

Suzy Bogguss

The Sage, Gateshead, Hall 2

1st June 2010

Having seen Suzy Bogguss at The Arc, Stockton, 3 days previously, I was really excited to see her again for her solo debut at The Sage, which was a sell-out.

Having played Hall 2 of The Sage twice previously as part of Wine, Women and Song, with Gretchen Peters and Matraca Berg, she has obviously also come to love the venue. She was desperate to ‘show it off’ to her husband, son and band and when we applauded… Continue

Added by Helen Mitchell on June 29, 2010 at 16:33 — No Comments

Ruth Moody, Sean Taylor, Mark Olson plus plenty more on Americana UK!

Good Afternoon you groovers,

The latest The Bob Paterson Show is now online Americana-UK.

This show is laced with songs by acts playing The Maverick Festival ( this weekend in Suffolk and The Leadenhall Market Americana Festival in London next week. I also doff my cap off to Canada to celebrate Canada Day on Thursday by playing a nice splatter of… Continue

Added by Bob Paterson on June 29, 2010 at 13:16 — No Comments


Awash in simple, but effective melodies one-time opera trained (in Salzburg, Austria) singer-songwriter Anna Coogan’s bittersweet form of Americana cuts to the bone and then some.

Young Coogan who, I believe resides in Seattle is a fine talent has an ability to stamp a feel to a song with her beautiful, sometimes aching tones. She carves out imagery of the finest order. A… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 27, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #76

DAVE GLEASON's 4th CD entitled Turn And Fade is featured on show #76. Also new music from other Americana artists like CADILLAC SKY, DANGERMUFFIN and WATERMELON SLIM... The full playlist is posted below. Check the artist's… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on June 25, 2010 at 2:30 — No Comments


More from Eric Brace and Last Train Home, six songs from the Washington DC formed ensemble who combine folk, swing, jazz and rock‘n’roll as Brace and the boys, Kevin Cordi, Jim Gray, Martin Lynds, Scott McKnight, Karl Straub, Dave Van Allen and Chris Watling combine to bring together a pot-pourri of sounds sure to delight followers Americana music. Plus, their music… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 23, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

Esther O'Connor at Strathpeffer Coffee Shop

A driech summer Monday night in Strathpeffer, and at this terrific wee venue, it should have been standing room only, but it wasn't and that is to the detriment of those who never showed up.

Travelling a wee distance to see the great acts that have appeared at the Coffee House, for me is well worth it, and for someone of Esther O'Connors talent, I would drive 500 miles, no sorry, someones already done that one.

A passerby, may have thought that Buffy Saint Marie or Joni… Continue

Added by John Crosbie on June 22, 2010 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

End of an era Tam White's death announced

Scottish blues singer Tam White dies at 68

Tam White has been the heart and soul of Scottish Blues for over 50 years, the news came to us that his gig in Thurso this Saturday had been cancelled, due to a heart attack, sadly his web site carried this announcement yesterday.

"It is with great sadness to announce that Tam passed away today. May our thoughts be with his wife Moira and children."

A very well kent… Continue

Added by Editorial on June 22, 2010 at 3:00 — 1 Comment

East Nashville Vol.3 More Music From The Other Side

I don't know what the general opinion of sampler records is but I've always had a bit of a thing for them. It's a pig in a poke, of course, even if you know some of the names on the track listing, but the joy that comes when even one of those new names is a revelation makes the whole thing worthwhile.

Well Red Beet Records claim that there's… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on June 21, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

Taylor Rorrer: Playing Poole

For those who don't know, Taylor Rorrer is the great, great nephew of Posey Rorrer who famously played with Charlie Poole in the North Carolina Ramblers between the wars. Taylor himself has worked his way through the ranks of the family band, The Hungry Hash House Ramblers, until here he is fronting his own record.

This is, actually, an… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on June 21, 2010 at 18:30 — No Comments

The Extreme Americana Highland Adventure

Strutt and Stumble around the Highlands with Nels Andrews AJ Roach and Ian Parks, July 31 to the 13th August for our Highland Musical Adventure.

Join us for two world class Festivals, a Bar B Q on the banks of The River Ness, take a sea voyage to the off the grid west coast community of Scoraig for the Biscuit and Gravy House Concert, taste whiskey at Carbost on the beautiful Isle Skye, the home of Talasker, and… Continue

Added by Strut & Stumble 2010 on June 21, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments


Here we have another superb compilation of music from Americana artists of the East Nashville alternative community.

While put out by Red Beet records it is not the home of most acts but it does have a universal connection for the likes of innovative acts Elizabeth Cook, Phil Lee, Stephen Simmons, Kieran Kane and Jon Byrd who like with label owners Peter Cooper (w/… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 20, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments

Joseph Parsons: Heavens Above

Twenty-odd years into his singer-songwriter career, never quite bursting on to any mass market radar screens yet still plugging away, Joseph Parsons' most recent studio album is an interesting piece of work. Supported by a core band and an extensive array of guest appearances, Joseph's singer-songwriter material is fleshed out by some excellent… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on June 19, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments

The Quebe Sisters Band: Timeless

The Quebe Sisters (say Kway-Be)are three peas out of the same pod, playing their fiddles perfectly together and perfectly in harmony in a mid 20th century style - western swing dance band to be more precise. With the support of Joey MacKenzie on guitar (in fact, he's a fiddler too and taught the girls to play) and Drew Phelps on double bass, they… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on June 19, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

Joe Fournier on tour this July in Sweden & the UK

Joe Fournier is the real deal. He simply plays Americana roots music - funky, country soul, folk, rockabilly and blues - with stories that will make you laugh, cry and cringe, sometimes all in the same verse. You’ll find elements of John Fogerty, Bruce Springteen, Kris Kristofferson, John Hiatt, Shel Silverstein, Fred Eaglesmith - all covered in southern fried swamp rockin' blues and a good dose of Bakersfield twang. He plays all the… Continue

Added by Editorial on June 19, 2010 at 16:51 — No Comments

The Quebe Sisters Band, Tom Ovans, Kim Richey plus plenty more on Americana UK!

Good Morning you groovers,

The latest The Bob Paterson Show is now online Americana-UK. Last week I decided to play music I had never played before. This week I thought it would be good to play music by a lot of old friends of the show: Tom Ovans, The Coal Porters, Bex Marshall, Will Kevans and Kim Richey immediately spring to mind.

I also play new music by new names (to me) Carey Ott and Paleface. I hope you enjoy… Continue

Added by Bob Paterson on June 19, 2010 at 10:28 — No Comments

Mark Cool UK Dates for The Piedmont Picking Poet

Music press kits

Quantcast Cool's grandfather played banjo and had a radio show with his bluegrass trio in Liverpool, NY. Cool's dad collected Johnny Cash lp's and fed him a steady diet of am radio country music. When he was a kid, his collective family (a group of "hippies"… Continue

Added by Editorial on June 18, 2010 at 16:09 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #75

SHINYRIBS is the moniker of Kevin Russell from The Gourds, find out why on podcast #75, and buy Well After Awhile . Also… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on June 18, 2010 at 1:30 — 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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