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August 2013 Blog Posts (40)



Now here is a fascinating collection of work. One where you have more than one style of music with each one unerringly  interlinked to the other; just like the voices of Charlie and Ira Louvin.

Born Charlie Elzer Loudermilk (1927-2011) and Lonnie Ira Loudermilk (1924-1965) they were…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 30, 2013 at 8:59 — No Comments




Crooked Still founder member, Aoife (pronounced ‘eefuh’) O’Donovan has over the last ten years impressed with her lead vocals and songwriting with the band. But, now on this her solo debut she takes…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 30, 2013 at 8:41 — No Comments

Barn Storming Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys hit the UK

Winners of Galaxie's Supernova Award at Ottawa Folk Fest 2012 for best live performance!
Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the award-winning Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level…

Added by Editorial on August 30, 2013 at 2:00 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie show #223 features Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Bill Kirchen, The Breedings, Slaid Cleaves and others

FTB podcast #223 features the new album by SARAH LEE GUTHRIE & JOHNNY IRION called Wassaic Way. Also debut music from ROD BALCH, KELLIN WATSON and THE BREEDINGS. Here's the…


Added by Bill Frater on August 29, 2013 at 22:45 — No Comments

Oli Brown -- Songs From The Road (Ruf Records)

Culled from three superb studio albums, this has Oli in front of his hometown crowd. It brings out his best and believe me he is one of the best.  Speechless and Next Girl personify raw power but it is Love Is Taking It’s Toll where the trio flower. Pulsing bass, crashing cymbals and Oli’s lightning fingers provide a…


Added by David Blue on August 28, 2013 at 22:30 — No Comments

Ep154 Ronnie Faus

On episode 154 of the Americana Music Show, Ronnie Fauss tells the story of the title of I Am The Man You Know I'm Not, why he covered Gram Parsons, and watching the Old 97's' record. Ronnie Fauss also plays three tracks from I Am The Man You Know I'm Not.  

Plus, southern rock from the Truth…


Added by Calvin Powers on August 26, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments



By way of an introduction to the music of Dr Ralph Stanley (known to many by way of his music featuring in the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? ) Rebel have two albums released,…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 25, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments


Second in the series of Old Songs & Ballads this cd is a treasure from the vaults. Dr Ralph Stanley is found in all his pomp, for not only do we have his old time Appalachian mountain style…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 25, 2013 at 8:25 — No Comments

susan james new album and Euro tour

30 Aug: GE Vellmar, at Vellmar Festplatz

31 Aug: GE Norderstedt Hamburg at Music Star

01 Sep: NL Roswinkel at De Harmonie

02 Sep: NL Winschoten (live radio performance) RADIOGIRL’S Program on Dollard RadioNetherlands -Tune in!

04 Sep:…


Added by Editorial on August 23, 2013 at 19:18 — No Comments


Eclectic fiddle playing singer-songwriter Amanda Shires makes an accomplished debut on Lightning Records. Rich in powerful, creative grooves and…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 23, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

CARL SMITH —THE BEST OF 1951-1970 (HuxRecords)


Twenty songs covering as many years the compilation covers a wealth of excellent songs. As you have songs from esteemed songwriters Dallas Frazier, Carl Butler, Marijohn Wilkin, Wayne Walker, Porter Wagoner, Boudleaux Bryant, Charlie and Ira Louvin and Fred Rose…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 23, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments




Veteran singer-songwriter, a much-travelled Hank Woji takes the listener with him as he travels from his New Jersey home State right on down to Texas (a place he has regularly called home). Enjoying a helping hand or two doing so. Good pickers he has too as Colin Brooks (Band Of…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 23, 2013 at 10:20 — No Comments



In bluegrass and country circles Claire Lynch has been turning heads since the late 1970s through her compositions, band leader and work as a sweet…


Added by Maurice Hope on August 23, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Israel Nash Gripka has announced details of an extensive European tour

Israel Nash Gripka has announced details of an extensive European tour, with shows confirmed in the UK, Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands and throughout Scandinavia. Tickets are on sale now for the following shows or visit for a full list of European tour dates.

30 Sep Rough Trade West, LONDON 01 Oct The Maze, NOTTINGHAM 02 Oct ABC2, GLASGOW 03 Oct Errigle…


Added by Editorial on August 21, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

The Health & Happiness Hour, Devon Sproule, Tin Angel Records Special Aug 21st 2013

20th August was a very special night for us, we welcomed Devon Sproule and the Tin Angel co-operative to Ullapool, they presented their recorded material in the Studio, and looked forward to the new Devon Sproule album,…


Added by The Medicine Show on August 21, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Carrie Rodriguez European tour starts in Devon this week, (we have the news and dates)

This week Carrie heads back to Europe to begin the Give Me All You Got European Tour with Luke Jacobs. They will be playing plenty of songs from the GMAYG album, as well as a bunch of new material: duets, new songs in Spanish, and more. The two start in the UK, then go…

Added by Editorial on August 21, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

new album and Euro tour from Rod Picott

Rod's sardonically named Circus of Misery and Pain rolls on, he tours 8 months of the year and has still found time to launch a successful  kick starter appeal, record and release a new album, produced by RS Field (Billy Joe Shavers, Hayes Carl, Justin Towns Earle) Rod says its his best sounding cd yet, but when he came to naming it he decided against Circus Of Misery and Heart Break, Rod says with his usual…


Added by Editorial on August 20, 2013 at 15:12 — No Comments

Justin Curry new cd and UK Tour

Justin Curry doesn't write bad songs, they can sometimes be dark and emotionally disturbing, but always immaculately performed , kind of like the…


Added by Editorial on August 19, 2013 at 18:54 — No Comments

Ep153 Tim Easton - Interview and Music

On episode 153 of the Americana Music Show, Tim Easton talks about moving to East Nashville, how his daughter changed his music, getting into the man chords, and his 'Otis Redding jam. He also plays three tracks from Not Cool.  

Plus, southern rock from Mike Stinson, newgrass from The O's, rock…


Added by Calvin Powers on August 19, 2013 at 6:30 — 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
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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
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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
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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