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October 2009 Blog Posts (18)

David Gogo -- Different Views (Cordova Bay Records)

Canadian singer/guitarist David Gogo has released nine albums prior to Different Views but this is his first in three years. Too Late To Stop Now is a high energy rocker with Gogo excelling on slide guitar. There are blues and Cajun influences all over this. Don’t Bring Me Down is a Goffin & King song, but not that you’d recognise it after the David Gogo treatment. This rocked up R&B is excellent. There’s a big vocal performance on Lies… Continue

Added by David Blue on October 31, 2009 at 22:42 — No Comments

The Coal Porters Sid Griffin talks to The Medicine Shows Rob Ellen for Flyinshoes Review and you.

The Coal Porters. Sid Griffin, the band’s leader and mandolin player, was a leader in the Paisley Underground of the ‘80s with the Long Ryders, one of the founding fathers of alt-country. Griffin moved to the UK and formed the Coal Porters, a vehicle for his love of the Byrds- and Gram Parsons-influenced roots rock. Over the years, the Coal Porters have evolved into The UK's top traditional bluegrass… Continue

Added by Editorial on October 31, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments

ROD STEWART —THE ROD STEWART SESSIONS 1971-1998 (Stiefel Entertainment -Warner Bros)

Scottish rocker Rod Stewart found there was life after the Faces, the band he fronted before and after he started out as a solo act. A born entertainer, songwriter and as has been underlined over the years a gifted producer. As demonstrated on among others his best selling album Every Picture Tells A Story.

A big fan of Bob Dylan his version of his ‘Girl From The North Country’ enjoys a good run out as Sessions… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 30, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

Slaid Cleaves In conversation with Rob Ellen for Flyinshoes Review.

Slaid Cleaves
In conversation with Rob Ellen for Flyinshoes Review, before his show in Inverness at Hootananny October 26th 2009 getting towards the end of a long… Continue

Added by Editorial on October 27, 2009 at 22:30 — No Comments

THE O’S –WE ARE THE O’s (Idol Records)

THE O’S –WE ARE THE O’s (Idol Records)


Understated and a little off-kilter Taylor Young and John Pedigo play a list of instruments between them as The O’s utilise traditional folk country in a good honest fashion.

On first listen their music for me doesn’t pull up any trees maybe it was because I feel I had heard it all before. As the likes of the Bad Livers and other string-based units Highwood… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 25, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments



Combining folk, blues, jazz and country a bunch of 22 songs of famed Canadian poet and songwriter, William Hawkins’ work gains an airing on this various artist 2-CD collection. If proof of the great worth of the Ottawa songwriter were needed then this is it.

Bill… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 25, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

John Peel Day

John Peel died 26th October 2004 of a heart attack on holiday in Peru. Where did those five years go? I remember the shock and loss vividly. Just testament to the man and to his broadcasting legend, a whole nation fell into grief and not just the musicians and music fans of this nation who to a man and woman he had a uniquely personal effect on. Politicians and public figures and proletariat lined up with the music…


Added by Editorial on October 25, 2009 at 14:19 — No Comments

The National Theatre's Thomas Fraser Story goes to Celtic Connections. Rob Ellen catches up with writer and performer Duncan Mclean

The National Theatre of Scotland took the Thomas Fraser Story "Long Gone Lonesome", around Scotland and back to Burra Island for the Thomas Fraser memorial Festival in the Autumn, now they take the story to Celtic Conections .

Duncan McLeans "Long Gone Lonesome", is a musical celebration of the life of Shetland country legend Thomas Fraser Rob Ellen caught up… Continue

Added by Editorial on October 24, 2009 at 23:30 — No Comments

Nels Andrews and Ana Egge on LBFM Medicine Show 20 oct 2009

Nel Andrews and Ana Egge come to Scotlands village of music Ullapool for the Medicine Show on a wind blown night in October. Here in session and conversation with Rob Ellen…


Added by Editorial on October 22, 2009 at 19:30 — No Comments

NAOMI SOMMERS —GENTLE AS THE SUN (American Melody) Oh, I love the music this girl makes. Daughter of one-time lead vocalist and songwriter with Washington DC bluegrass ensemble The Seldom Scene, Phil Rosenthal Naomi Sommers is a splendid new act to emerge on the block. She is no over-night success, either since… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 20, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

Gig Guide on Flyin Shoes

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PS We need your help to launch Flyinshoes Review. If you've enjoyed the music and this review,… Continue

Added by Editorial on October 17, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments



'From Dancefloor To Devotion’

Saturday night barn dance and Sunday morning religious hangovers

Great Country Music is either raising hell or raising pious eyes to heaven, that's the eternal down-home dichotomy, glaring anomaly, and equally important dictum of the form.

For the huge… Continue

Added by Editorial on October 16, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments


John Fogerty

The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again


John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Rival Fame and a recording act in his own right (his solo debut in 1973 was recorded under the guise as The Blue Ridge Ranger where he played all the instruments) is one of the few people who could get away with making an album like this and also make it work. Since many songs on this… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 15, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

THE MOJO GURUS —LET’S GET LIT WITH...(Linus Entertainment)

THE MOJO GURUS —LET’S GET LIT WITH...(Linus Entertainment)

Hard rocking fare that owes more to the 1970s Rolling Stones sound than Hank Williams but who is to say that is necessarily a bad thing. After all hasn’t the music of Mick, Keith and Ronnie stood the test of time better than a host of rock‘n’roll acts too many to mention. Another legend who plays a part in the music of the Tampa Bay, Florida… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 15, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

Linda McRae Interview and feature

Heres Linda McRae filmed in session and conversation for The Nevis Radio Medicine Show, with Rob Ellen

This months Medicine Show (Health and Happiness… Continue

Added by Editorial on October 14, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments


Speed Of Life is the first album in five years by one of the oldest true blue Americana bands around, yes they may have started out in the mid-1960s but boy their music still sounds fresh and sharp and true to the roots of the music.

Featuring band members Jeff Hanna (acoustic guitar, electric, resonator,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 10, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments


After last year’s DVD/CD release of the self-titled The Band Of Heathens it was always going to be interesting to see if they could live up to the promise, and immediately I pressed play One Foot In Ether blew my fears out of the… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 10, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments



Few, if any artist during the last twenty years has been as consistent in the singer-songwriter field as Tom Russell. As a result he has had the likes of Johnny Cash, Dave Alvin, Guy Clark, Ian Tyson. Iris DeMent, Joe Ely, k. d Lang, Dave Van Ronk, Gretchen Peters and Nanci Griffith cover his songs; plus Tom has yet to make a bad… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 4, 2009 at 12:30 — 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
-- 16
MICHAEL McDERMOTT / Orphans / Pauper Sky *JDoel *

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