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November 2009 Blog Posts (35)

Sandra MacBeth in conversation with Rob Ellen and in session with Bruce MacGregor.

A perfect example of new contemporary song writing in Scotland, Sandra MacBeth’s “Conjugal Scene” is one of the inspiring releases for 2009.

“I tried to approach this album as an upbeat, honest representation of life and love. Emotionally I put myself on the line and musically tried to push the boundaries to see what might happen”. Sandra

The Medicine Shows Rob Ellen braved the November snow to talk to Sandra at Blazin Fiddles Bruce… Continue

Added by Editorial on November 30, 2009 at 3:00 — No Comments

FAR #124 - BB

Hello to everyone out there. I am new to this site and really like the potential it shares for networking. In that spirit, I am a voting member of the Freeform Americana Roots Chart and I thought I would post my top picks for the month of Nov as reported to 3rd Coast Music Magazine:

1) Patrick Bloom: Ghosts of Radio (Mud Dauber) *BB

2) Electric Rag Band: If you got Some (Self)

3) Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce: Coldwater (Self)

4) Grant Peeples: Pawnshop… Continue

Added by Brian Bourgoin on November 29, 2009 at 22:28 — No Comments

Malcolm Holcombe: For The Mission Baby (media)

Much praised by Bob Harris, Malcolm Holcombe is a man you can't, or shouldn't, ignore. Fortunately for us in Scotland there are two appearances at Celtic Connections and, glory be, an intimate little gig at the Strathpeffer Coffeee Shop to look forward to in January. In truth, I've been struggling to get to grips with this album. It is not smooth and easy, all laid out on a plate for us to lap up. Malcolm's vocals… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on November 29, 2009 at 22:00 — No Comments


Singer-songwriter, producer and picker Paul Curreri is an all rounder of that there is no doubt about it. His latest album California was inspired through him having to take time off the road due to a vocal-cord injury and on hearing the product —his time could not have been better spent. Thankfully, he soon put his problems behind him to… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 29, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

Audrey Auld - new release "Billabong Song" - Songs of Australia

Added by Audrey Auld on November 28, 2009 at 16:52 — No Comments

Gordie Tentrees - Mercy and Sin (media)

Geordie Tentrees takes the plaudits for this music and more and more of them by the day it seems, however his unique fusion of acoustic, electric, roots "n" rhythm is in equal measure due to his long time cohorts Matt King on Bass and Ken Hermanson on Guitars (sliding and otherwise). This is a band born out of a shared vision and hard work. Former School pals now band mates they hail from the Yukon in the… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on November 27, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments



Fronted by Shaun Hennessy (guitars, banjo, backing vocals) and Ian Keane (lead vocals, drums) and partnered by Carl Storey (guitars, backing vocals), Spencer Brown (bass) and producer Nick Beere, who also guests on Hammond organ Nowhere Fast is very much of an Americana feel.

Despite the fact the album was recorded in a small Wiltshire studio the music from Hennessy Keane is strong in American… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

CHARLIE POOLE —THE ESSENTIAL CHARLIE POOLE (Proper Records) 4 disc box set and Ramblin' Boys: A Journey - The Martin Stephenson/Charlie Poole connection (media)

North Carolina-born, Charlie Poole was undoubtedly one of the most colourful characters of his age, and for that matter a good few more since then. In some ways he was like the Hank Williams of his day, but singing old time music and not country. He drank heavily and was prone to go missing for days if not weeks —sounds like George Jones and suffered health problems because if it. Poole’s music was recently the focus… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments


Produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson etc) Shimmer is a seven-track collection of stripped demos by Pieta Brown. The daughter of famed Iowa singer-songwriter, Greg Brown who too is with Red House Pieta has inherited much of her father’s talent. Beautifully presented, with Bo Ramsey electric guitar (slide) and… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 8:00 — No Comments

Sandra MacBeth: Conjugal Scene (media)

An impressive debut album from Scotland's own Sandra MacBeth, 'Conjugal Scene' is accomplished and ambitious. Accomplished because Sandra and her bandmates play with an assurance that springs from knowing exactly what they';re about. Ambitious because she and her producer, Felix M von Racknitz, have taken her songs and explored what they're capable of beyond the sound of one girl and… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on November 25, 2009 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

CHIP TAYLOR —YONKERS NY Train Wreck (media)

Chip Taylor is a legend! Nothing less, and once you have seen him put on a show and listened carefully to his records and no longer take him solely as songwriter you will also agree. He has penned such songs as ‘Wild Thing’, ‘Angel Of the Morning’, ‘Son Of A Rotten Gambler’ and ‘I Can’t Let Go’ among others but it is not until you acknowledge his worth as a recording act in his own right that you will… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 22, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments


Here we have yet another superb album from singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe. Spitting out lyrics like bullets from a shogun, his rough-hewn vocals and acoustic guitar aided by the likes of his good friend Jared Tyler (dobro) plus Tim O’Brien (bouzouki, fiddle, banjo and mandola), Lynn Williams (drums) and David Roe (upright bass) he delivers an amazing set of songs.

Working… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 22, 2009 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

MARTHA ANN BROOKS —LATELY…. Own label (media)


Martha Ann Brooks is singer-songwriter originally from Montgomery, Alabama but raised in Augusta, Georgia who blends folk, country, and jazz with pop and has a wonderful controlled singing voice. Unlike all too many today she really can sing, and is a natural storyteller and an accomplished visual artist in the bargain!

Lately… is her second recording, following on from Simply… that contains her song ‘When… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 21, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments


As blues legends go Charley Patton is up there with the best, and seen by many as the most important figure of the pre-war Mississippi Delta blues scene through his rich, full-bodied music.

In comparison to the likes of Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Sun House among others he may often be over-looked, but that should not be the case as this Properbox set illustrates.

While the 4-CD set is… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 20, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

HEATHER MASSE —BIRD SONG - Red House (media)

First off I must state what a fabulously voice New York-based musician Heather Masse possesses and that she uses it beautifully. With support from her band of Jed Wilson (keyboards), Karl Doty (bass), Lyle Brewer (acoustic, electric and baritone guitar) and Joel Arnow (drums) plus, Crooked Still vocalist Aoife O’Donovan on harmony vocals simple… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 20, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

Roy Rogers -- Split Decision (Blind Pig Records) (media)

Roy Rogers is one of the finest slide guitarists around today. Always in demand, he has a number of credits to his name, most notably as a member of John Lee Hookers Coast To Coast Blues Band and you will have heard his talents if you have ever seen the film One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest as he features on the soundtrack. His sixth solo album begins with Calm Before The Storm, a grinding, shuffling opener with Rogers’ signature slide. Patron Saint Of… Continue

Added by David Blue on November 19, 2009 at 21:47 — 1 Comment

Tom Mason: Alchemy (media)

Tom Mason Actor and musician (or musician and actor), seems like an all-round good guy, living life to the full and keen for us to have some fun with him. He is one very fine guitar player and has got a cohort of familiar Nashville names to help out here - Jen Gunderman, Dave Jacques and Mark Horn of The Derailers amongst them. A joyful melange of American sounds from the modern country of I Surrender (as in, I could imagine Mary… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on November 15, 2009 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Daddy: "For A Second Time" Cedar Creek Music ccm003 (media)

Daddy are an occasional band bringing together Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack along with John Deaderick on keyboards, Dave Jacques on bass and Paul Griffith on drums. The thing with occasional projects like this is that nobody's going to get too po-faced. This is pretty much about having fun… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on November 15, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments


Bluegrass singer and hit songwriter Claire Lynch has changed little since I first heard her in the early 1980s fronting the Front Porch String Band and for this I am well pleased.

Discernable hints of Emmylou Harris to her vocals once present are now long gone as the… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2009 at 9:00 — 1 Comment


Since breaking onto the scene, the Old Crows have made a huge impression with their blending of traditional country, folk, blues, jug band music and bluegrass fueled by a ton of energy . That has made them firm favourites at festivals in Europe as well as their native homeland, the US. Comprising of Ketch Secor, Willie Watson, Gill Landry, Morgan Jahnig and Kevin Hayes are, as this DVD illustrates an innovative ensemble who… Continue

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

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