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September 2010 Blog Posts (58)

MICHAEL WESTON KING UK tours the UK under protest

Michael Weston King is just about the busiest man in folk and roll and has been for more than 20 years, cutting his own deep rootsy unashamedly (for a UK artist) Americana furrow since before "Americana" was the designated label for it.… Continue

Added by Editorial on September 30, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

Review of It's alright from Keys and Chords

Ok this is a google translation from the French magazine Keys and Chords.

It's a rough translation but you'll get the idea

Spike Flynn: It's Alright

1:58 p.m. 19/september/10 Filed in: CD reviews

Intelligent storytelling.

On the picture on the CD case looks a somewhat gloomy… Continue

Added by Spike Flynn on September 29, 2010 at 14:21 — No Comments

Maverick magazine review Spike Flynn's It's alright for Oct 2010

Spike Flynn

It’s Alright

Self-released 884502482805


Songs everyone listening can resonate with

If you like music that really means something and comes from the heart then you will love IT’S ALRIGHT by Spike Flynn. Spike is a singer/songwriter who grew up in New South Wales, Australia. His music blends country with traditional folk. There are echoes of Bob Dylan in Spike’s style of music,… Continue

Added by Spike Flynn on September 28, 2010 at 10:02 — 1 Comment

Paul Kerr review of It's Alright

Thanks to Paul Kerr for his recent insightful review 28th Sept 2010

On a different tack Australian Spike Flynn has released his debut album It’s Alright while in his mid fifties. As befits a man of his life experience this is a world weary, knowing and slightly philosophical take on things. Meditating on the blues as on the opening song It’s Aright which clocks in at nearly nine minutes, Flynn is… Continue

Added by Spike Flynn on September 28, 2010 at 9:57 — No Comments

Gypsy Dave Smith Annual Highland Tour

Aviemore The Old Bridge Inn October 8th

Ullapool Loch Broom FM Medicine Show Guitar Festival Special Noon October 9th

Ullapool Argyll Hotel Saturday after Noon Medicine Show 2.30PM October 9th

Ullapool Argyll Hotel In Concert 9pm October… Continue

Added by Editorial on September 27, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

Rob Ellen's videolog of Phil Rosenthal (and son Daniel) at Coffee Shop Sessions , with interview and listen again feature.

Former leader of the seminal bluegrass band Seldom Scene Phil Rosenthal is one of American musics finest musicians who has had songs recorded by Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe, author of the classic Bluegrass song "Muddy Water" (covered by Nick Cave to oddly) and also father of Medicine Show favourite Naomi Sommers.

If further proof is needed that acoustic music is a village, just a month… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on September 27, 2010 at 3:30 — No Comments

The Chymical Vegas Wedding of Joe Cassady And The West End Sound

I've seen New York's Joe Cassady And The West End Sound at Belladrum Festival two years running and absolutely loved 'em each time: 'a classic rock band with a star guitarist' is how I described them and that's pretty much how they come over in a live setting. (see fan video below) I… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 26, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Cara Luft Netherlands, Germany and the UK (looking for House Concert fillers)

Cara Luft will be touring the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, showcasing material from her upcoming new release. Joining her is side-man Scott Poley from Liverpool on guitar, lap steel and mandolin.

Interested in hosting a house concert? Cara has some open dates and would love to fill them with a concert in your home! Please contact her… Continue

Added by Editorial on September 26, 2010 at 2:30 — No Comments

Justin Townes Earle cancels his tour and enters rehab.

This is the statement on Justin's website.

Justin Townes Earle has decided to suspend the remaining dates on his tour and enter a rehabilitation facility. Earle is strongly committed to confronting his on-going struggle with addiction and thanks his family, friends and fans for their continued support through this difficult time.

In regards to the misdemeanor charges recently filed in Indianapolis, Earle released… Continue

Added by Editorial on September 25, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

CHARLIE ROTH tries to puzzle it out and answers our 20 question, and we announce his October Dates


i was born and grew up in a small town near the South Dakota border called Madison Minnesota


my parents and their friends harmonizing in the kitchen into the wee hours of the… Continue

Added by Editorial on September 25, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

FTB #87 features 'Master Sessions' by ERIC BRACE & PETER COOPER

FTB podcast #87 features the new CD by ERIC BRACE & PETER COOPER called Master Sessions. The album features two masters of their instruments, steel guitarist LLOYD GREEN and Dobro player MIKE AULDRIDGE. You'll also find new music from BOBBY BARE, JR. and HEY MAVIS. The full playlist is posted below. Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads and tell 'em you heard the… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on September 24, 2010 at 19:44 — 1 Comment

Hank Wangford No Hall 2 Small and he proves it.

Hank is taking the no Hall 2 Small concept to its natural limit and has announced he is up for taking his wild west show to your house concert and has promised to leave the horses at home.

If Daniel O'Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on September 24, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments


The brand new video for “Big Love”

Live & Circumstance – a Carrie Rodriguez radio special, hosted by Alejandro Escovedo will be released to radio this Autum.

The Love & Circumstance Tour is in The Netherlands, the UK, and Germany w/very special guests Romantica along for the ride Sept 18 – Oct 11. Starting with the Take Root Festival, then a Club tour of the UK, then… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on September 24, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

Matt Andersen, Oh Susanna, Mr Plow, Anna Coogan plus plenty more on Americana UK!

Good Afternoon you groovers,

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

There are a lot of old favourites in there - Dar Williams, Oh Susanna and Mr Plow. I also play new songs by Mark Olson and Dead Rock West. First time spin for Anna Coogan pictured above.

Listen to it by following the link below. Shows will be weekly from now on as I… Continue

Added by Bob Paterson on September 24, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

Rory on the Road

Rory McLeod UK Roots -Soul-Singer-Rhythmic tapdancing-Songmaker

-percussive Storyteller, multi instrumentalist.



Rory's OCTOBER 2010 UK tour.

for all… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on September 24, 2010 at 17:10 — No Comments

The Wrights: Red and Yellow, Blue and Green

The Wrights are husband and wife duo, Adam and Shannon who have been making music together for nearly a decade but this is their first album of original material after a bad experience of life on a major label rather pulled the rug from under their… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 23, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Ian Siegal: The Dust

Ok: fair warning to you guys, I'm coming at this as someone with pretty sparing acquaintance with the blues; I have fits of enthusiasm but it's never become an all-embracing thing for me somehow. As far as I get it though any blues worth its salt has to have a sense of being… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 22, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Forest Sun: Harlequin Goodnight

Coming from San Francisco's Bay Area, it seems only right and fitting that Forest Sun's music should be of a relaxed and sunny disposition. He generally plays gigs with just himself, his acoustic guitar and his sidekick Ingrid Serban to provide the sweetest backing vocals. For this… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 22, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

1st October 'SOUL CITY' by Scott Macdonald

At long last I have the album completed, its taken 4.5 years!

There are 13 tracks which were written and recorded while living in the Highlands and then moving to Glasgow and the songs relate to this period through the ups and downs of normality.

There are many musicians playing on these tracks and there are 4 studios which have been used. Wild Trax in County Durham (Frankie Gibbon), Barbaraville (Martin Stephenson), Redwood studio… Continue

Added by scott macdonald on September 22, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

Nice short review on Fatea magazine web site for Shooting Star

Saloon Dogs just got a short and sweet review for Shooting Star CD on the Fatea magazine web site, and I quote:

"Born from the ashes of The Bogarts, Saloon Dogs recorded their debut album, "Shooting Star" way back in 1996. It's taken fourteen years and the imminent reformation of the band for it to see the light of day. It's aged well, hopefully like it's audience. There's ten songs on the album, each exploring concepts of love, having both male and female vocalists, in the shape of… Continue

Added by Billy MacInnes on September 21, 2010 at 15:59 — No Comments

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1 1 108
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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