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August 2011 Blog Posts (39)

Jointpop UK dates in September

Veteran Trinidadian band Jointpop are back on UK shores in September and October.  They are a group who deliver "Clash style rants to Velvet-like laid back grooves with Dylanesque lyrics".  Their influences from Bob Marley to The Sex Pistols are interpreted and incorporated into their music along with a strong…


Added by Calum Fash Stewart on August 29, 2011 at 23:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie Show #131 with Ollabelle, Joe Ely, Rj Cowdery & The Belle Brigade

FTB podcast #131 features the new album by OLLABELLE called Neon Blue Bird.  Also new music from JOE ELYRJ COWDERY and THE BELLE BRIGADE.  Here's the … Continue

Added by Bill Frater on August 29, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Mat Gibson - Forest Fire

Five years on from Home Movie his debut with the Fallen Hearts, Mat Gibson has a new mini-album set for release on Clubhouse Records early next month, anyone familiar with Clubhouse' excellent UK Americana compilation… Continue

Added by simon2307 on August 29, 2011 at 14:46 — No Comments

JOE ELY —SATISFIED AT LAST (Rack ‘em Records) 

Oh, boy what an amazing album. Texan Joe Ely is nothing if not, honest in his music. Better still has lots, lots more to offer. A fine judge of a song he also has an immeasurable advantage over most in that his two great buddies of whom he also performs with as the The Flatlanders; Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore he has fast track access…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 28, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion: Bright Examples 

This husband and wife team have been playing together for over a decade but various distractions (playing with the Guthrie Family Rides Again tour, having a couple of children, producing a well-received children's album) seem to have got in the way of their career as a duo, so that…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on August 28, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments


Bogguss, in 2008 when on tour with Garrison Keillor had a revelation in that one night on stage it struck her that everyone loves to ‘Red River Valley’ except, the children who don’t know the song. Her observation startled her into wanting to help correct something that the American educational system no longer supplied and put…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 27, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

Society: A Crooked Mile

Country rock bands are supposed to come with at least five or six players, but this three piece band from Sussex are doing things their own way. True enough, there's plenty of guest musicians on this album with Spencer Cullum's pedal steel a particularly strong presence. How this all translates into a live set, I'd be intrigued to see.  Anyway, Society have been…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on August 27, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments


Recorded live at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville in the company of his usual partner in crime Verlon Thompson (vocals, guitar, storyteller) plus Shawn Camp (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Bryn Davies (upright bass) and Kenny Malone (percussion) Texas singer-songwriter, great Guy Clark comes through with his second live album. Following in…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 26, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments


Sub-titled Songs from The Musical, Stonewall Country is a wonderful piece of work. I don’t think there is a finer or more enjoyable duo regularly performing, something they have done a great deal the last thirty odd years on…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 26, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

Merle Haggard - Working in Tennessee (Vanguard Records)

October 4th sees the release of Merle Haggards 49th studio album, Working in Tennessee. It harks back to my personal favourite record of his, Big City, which was released thirty…


Added by Calum Fash Stewart on August 26, 2011 at 0:30 — No Comments

My Album of the Week: Charlie Parr - Cheap Wine 

A UK compilation on Tin Angel Records, Cheap Wine should help latecomers like myself appreciate what a wonder Charlie Parr is. His website announces him thus:  "One man, one guitar, one foot in the grave";  between that  and the image of the fulsomely bearded Charlie sitting on a stool blasting out his own songs, you'll have a fair idea what…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on August 24, 2011 at 21:00 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie Podcast #130 with Nell Robinson, Dave Alvin, Amy LaVere, Peter Bradley Adams

FTB podcast #130 features the new album by NELL ROBINSON called On The Brooklyn Road. Also new music from DAVE ALVIN, AMY LaVERE and PETER BRADLEY ADAMS. The full playlist is posted… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on August 24, 2011 at 4:26 — No Comments

Buddy Whittington: Six String Svengali

Texan blues guitarist Buddy Whittington spent many years as John Mayall's sideman and only stepped out as the leader of his own band in recent years;  it's one thing polishing your reputation as a great blues guitarist but it's quite another to take on the responsibilities of writing the material and singing it, and…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on August 21, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

Weez Got The Hammer by Neil Hankin.

Here my latest CD at Original songs plus old favorites.

Added by Neil Hankin on August 21, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Don Gallardo UK Sates in September

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Don Gallardo unites introspective lyrics, gritty twang, and honey-warm vocals,…


Added by Editorial on August 21, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments



Now here is one of the most, fun-loving country acts ever to put on a Stetson and call Texas his home! New York State-born and raised, one-time folk troubadour Jerry Jeff after travelling the length and breath of States totting his wares he edged across to country music and drop anchor in the Lone Star State and helped popularise the likes of the small town of Luckenbach and Gruene…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 21, 2011 at 16:28 — No Comments



It has always been a mystery why, Jessi Colter singer-songwriter, recording artist and wife of the late Waylon Jennings and previous to that, Duane Eddy never made it bigger. For she has a unique singing voice, cutting and sharp. The kind that sticks with you, and who when she sings a hurting lyric whether or not she wrote it cuts to the quick. 


After solo success in…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 21, 2011 at 16:08 — No Comments

Chris Mills sings the hits and some of the miss's too (UK Tour)

With the release of the decade encompassing retrospective Heavy Years: 2000-2010 (Ernest Jenning Record Company) long time fans have a new opportunity to trace Mills’ evolution from Chicago alt-country refugee to an astute purveyor of…


Added by Editorial on August 19, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments


When it comes to bands of longevity, Scottish folk ensemble the Battlefield Band are the business and have just taken on an exciting new young recruit in, Ewen Henderson (fiddle, bagpipes, vocals, piano). As he now stands alongside Mike Katz (bagpipes,…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 17, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Water Tower Bucket Boys: Where The Crow Don't Fly

More likely to be seen sporting baseball caps than dungarees, these exponents of bluegrass from Oregon are rather more "up from the street" than "down from the mountain". Bluegrass is the core of their music making, old-timey music that comes with huge exuberance and a punk music attitude -…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on August 16, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

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HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *MM, *SZ
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DANNY SCHMIDT / Standard Deviation / Live Once Records *JJ, *HdB,
*TK, *AN, *GS, *MF, *SP
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PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *MP,
*PvG, *ME
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MERCY JOHN / Let It Go Easy / Butler *LK, *JD
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THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *FSch
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VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent
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RYAN BINGHAM / American Love Song / Thirty Tigers *HB
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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
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TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *FB
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J.S. ONDARA / Tales of America / Verve Records *AL, *WV
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MADELEINE ROGER / Cottonwood / Independent *LM
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KIM LENZ / Slowly Speeding / Blue Star *MvP
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LILY & MADELEINE / Canterbury Girls / New West *TJ
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LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH, *BH
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ETHAN JOHNS with The Black Eyed Dogs, Anamnesis, Three
Crows/Proper *RK, *JB
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LONG RYDERS / Psychedelic Country Soul / Cherry Red Records *JS
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LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways
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YOUNG VALLEY / Young Valley / Dial Back Sound *DHo, *CvL
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KERRI POWERS / Starseeds / Continental
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THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS / Easy Way / Walkie Talkie *KG
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DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *PR
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MICHAEL McDERMOTT / Orphans / Pauper Sky *JDoel *

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