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September 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Freight Train Boogie show #135 with Kenny Vaughan, Lydia Loveless & The Milk Carton Kids

FTB podcast #135 features the new album by KENNY VAUGHAN called simply V. Also new music from JAMES JUSTIN, LYDIA LOVELESS and THE MILK CARTON KIDS. Here's the… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on September 30, 2011 at 4:04 — No Comments

Blame Sally: Speeding Ticket and a Valentine

         Blame Sally are an all-woman band from California who've been on the go for ten years, building quite a following over that time. The four band members came into this band from various musical backgrounds and accidentally discovered they'd hit on something successful. Easy to see why they've been successful; each of them has multiple strengths as musicians, writers and singers and they blend their talents so successfully that you couldn't identify any of them as the one the others…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 27, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments

Jon Byrd: Down at the Well of Wishes

It's a little confusing that there is a Jon Byrd and also a Jonathan Byrd who are enjoying notable careers in country music. Well, Jon Byrd hails from Alabama but has been based in Nashville for a while, making a name for himself as both guitarist and songwriter. He appears to be good pals with Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, two guys much lauded on Flyinshoes in…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 25, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Joe West: "Aberdeen, SD"     

A little while ago Joe West made a trio of albums over a five year period that remain essential listening as far as I'm concerned. Using country music as his background (always played in the finest loose-but-together style) he brought to life a succession of tales of the world around him, singing about lovers and friends and…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 23, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie Show #134 with Brigitte DeMeyer, Alexi Murdock and The Wood Brothers

FTB podcast #134 features the new album by BRIGITTE DeMEYER called Rose of Jericho. Also new music from NICKI BLUHM, ALEXI MURDOCK and THE WOOD BROTHERS. Here's the… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on September 22, 2011 at 21:22 — No Comments

My album of the week: Slaid Cleaves - Sorrow and Smoke (Live at the Horseshoe Lounge)


Call me naive, but I'd have thought that a songwriter and performer of Slaid Cleaves' stature would be able to make his living from music. I've just discovered from his website that he works as a subject in drugs trials to cover the bills in between tours, and somehow that saddens me. It's not so  much that he has to do that sort of stuff, it's more to do with the strange scale of rewards in the music business. Slaid…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 19, 2011 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Freight Train Boogie Podcast #133 with Eric Hisaw, Connie Smith, Guy Clark & Driftwood Fire

FTB podcast #133 features the new album by ERIC HISAW called Ghost Stories. Also new music from CONNIE SMITH, GUY CLARK and DRIFTWOOD FIRE. The full playlist is posted below. Check the artist's websites and order their CD's or downloads. Please…


Added by Bill Frater on September 15, 2011 at 7:33 — No Comments

Anna Coogan: The Wasted Ocean  

The sea offers so much inspiration to the imagination: it can be a blank canvas, a means of escape to fresh pastures, an opportunity for adventure or a passageway to the world beyond this one – as it is in many folk legends. More prosaically, living in a coastal community gives you an appreciation of the wealth to be…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 13, 2011 at 21:00 — No Comments

Sam Baker, UK Tour - Brighton, Buckingham and London. September 8th – 11th 2011

In 2005 Bob Harris played Iron from Sam Baker’s 2004 debut MERCY, on his BBC Radio 2 programme, to much audience acclaim. That…


Added by Jela Webb on September 13, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Global events from the Global Village Medicine Show

We have some truly global events happening at our home venue of The Coffee Shop in Strathpeffer. We now have a video suit and recording studio attached to the coffee shop in Strathpeffer and video-cast all shows on of whom we are now Euro Reps for, for more…


Added by The Medicine Show on September 12, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Donal Hinely: The Famous Rocket Cage      

This album may well have been recorded pretty much at the same time as Tori Sparks' album, subject of my previous post. It certainly features some of the same personnel gathered in the studio with producer David Henry - Viktor Krauss on bass, Will Kimbrough on guitars and David Mead popping in as a guest vocalist.  Texan Donal Hinely has been based in…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 11, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments


In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the 2001 release of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers and starring George Cloney) one of the top-10 selling soundtracks of all-time as claimed by RIAA we now have an additional bonus disc accompany it. Additional tracks from artists featured on the original come by way…


Added by Maurice Hope on September 9, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Tori Sparks: Until Morning/Come Out Of The Dark

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There seems to be a bit of a retro fashion at the moment to issue music as if on a piece of vinyl, with nominated “sides”. Tori Sparks has gone a step further than most by issuing these thirteen new songs as a double cd package. I’m sure they could all have fitted on one disc but, wishing to distinguish between…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 8, 2011 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Freight Train Boogie Show #132 with Arty Hill, Bottle Rockets, Michael O'Connor, Dead Man Winter

FTB podcast #132 features the new album by ARTY HILL called Another Lost Highway. Also new music from BOTTLE ROCKETS, MICHAEL O’CONNOR and CLAUDIA NYGAARD. The full playlist is posted below. Check the artist's websites and…


Added by Bill Frater on September 8, 2011 at 6:24 — No Comments

Case Hardin: Every Dirty Mirror

 This is probably the most interesting UK Americana album I’ve heard this year and almost certainly the most American sounding that I’ve ever heard from a UK act. Self-confident and unafraid to experiment, Every Dirty Mirror touches base with a…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 7, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Catherine Maclellan: Silhouette

Canadian Catherine Maclellan has been steadily building her career over the last ten years or so and Silhouette is her fourth solo album. With the support of her touring band, producer David Baxter, and some guest musicians including Canadian folk hero Jim Cuddy, she brings us a really nice collection…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 4, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments



This is a brilliant, albeit dark and moody album from Eilen Jewell (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica) and her terrific band. That comprise of Jason Beek (vocals, drums, percussion), Jerry Miller (electric, pedal steel guitars) and Johnny Sciascia (upright…


Added by Maurice Hope on September 4, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

My album of the week: Mike Ferrio - Good Luck Mountain (UK dates announced)

Mike Ferrio's previous band, the much-feted Tandy, came to an end with the untimely death of his musical partner Drew Glackin. Good Luck Mountain is Mike Ferrio's response to the shock and grief of that event, and also a fresh start in a new direction. Good Luck Mountain is the name he's adopted for his…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on September 4, 2011 at 13:30 — 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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