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December 2009 Blog Posts (22)

RITA HOSKING —COME SUNRISE - Own Label (media)

www.ritahosking.com

Californian gal, Rita Hosking has a beautiful, wistful no nonsense singing voice that creeps into the mind of the listener with minimal ease. Plus, with a long list of Austin, Tx acts involved headed by producer, Rich Brotherton (acoustic, electric, lap steel and National guitar, mandolin, cittern and hammered dulcimer), Warren Hood (fiddle), Glenn Fukunaga (upright bass), Marty Muse (pedal steel guitar), Tom Van… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 31, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

JOHN GORKA —SO DARK YOU SEE - Red House (media)

www.redhouserecords.com

Singer-songwriter, John Gorka is a unique talent. He has a fabulous singing voice and, he writes great songs too. While not all the songs on the album are his own, the ones he has brought in are likewise top order fare. As in his fine interpretations of the poems of Robert Burns and William Stafford, respectively ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and ‘Where No Monument Stands’, plus you have versions of Bruce ‘Utah’… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 31, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

LINDA RONSTADT —HAND SOWN...HOME GROWN / SILK PURSE - Raven (media)

www.ravenrecords.com.au

West-coast singer Linda Ronstadt came along at a hugely creative time in her region. With her folk, country and rock influences merged as one, her vibrant singing voice was nothing less than remarkable. Country rock was making its name and with such hot pickers as Clarence White, Red Rhodes, and Earl Ball on the recording Hand Sown… in 1969 and a year later top Nashville session men Charlie McCoy, Pete… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 30, 2009 at 18:00 — No Comments

Blue Mother Tupelo -- Heaven & Earth - Diggin' Music (with media)



Tennessee husband and wife duo Ricky and Micol Davis’ third album has been mastered by Motown legend Bob Ohlsson who worked on many of Stevie Wonder’s hits. Heaven & Earth bears the Ohlsson stamp but is very far removed from those Wonder tracks. Always Lookin’ is a mid-paced Country rocker with a little funk on the side. A rasping vocal from Micol Davis makes for a good opening. The slow and hypnotic eponymous title track is played on piano… Continue

Added by David Blue on December 29, 2009 at 16:02 — 1 Comment

The Medicine Show to record Gandalf Murphy's first Scottish show at Celtic Connections.

Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams are the most played band on the Medicine Show last year and "The Great Unravelled" is an album of our time and one of the best of 2009, I'm delighted to announce they are playing their… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on December 26, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

Folk-Rocker Vic Chesnutt Dies 45

Athens singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, whose struggles with his own mortality played out in his lyrics, has died from an apparent drug overdose. (report from Access Atlanta)



"In the few short years that we knew him personally, Vic transformed our sense of what true character, grace and determination are all about," said Constellation records founders Ian Ilavsky and Don Wilkie in a statement released Friday… Continue

Added by Editorial on December 26, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Drew Nelson heads up John Davys Noughty Hits.

Here's a best of the decade list; I'd like to have put both of Drew Nelson's albums in, partly because nobody seems to have picked up on him much and I reckon he's quite special. In no particular order. All of these I love everytime I hear them and some of them are definitely comfort music for me by now.



AJ Roach: Revelation

Nels Andrews: Sunday Shoes

Bruce Springsteen: Magic

Drew Nelson: Dusty Road to Beulah Land

Joe West: Human… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on December 24, 2009 at 18:00 — No Comments

Patrick Vining Band -- Atlanta Boogie - Blues Boulevard (Media)



An Atlanta native, Patrick Vining has been playing music since he was a child but it was only when a friend played him a Muddy Waters record that he knew that he had to sing the blues. That love of the blues continues with his latest album, Atlanta Boogie, which opens with a Kansas City style blues, Everybody Knows. Vining has one of those lived-in voices and Mike Bourne’s sharp guitar compliments it very well. Chicago blues man Bourne is… Continue

Added by David Blue on December 23, 2009 at 22:36 — 1 Comment

Govt Mule -- By A Thread (Provogue)



To say that Govt Mule is a success would be a bit of an understatement. 2 million paid song downloads from their website, 7 critically acclaimed albums and sold out coast-to-coast US and European tours are testament to that. They open their 8th album with a bit of a Texas stomp and that’s no surprise when you hear that ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons has added his not insignificant skills. Broke Down On The Brazos is bass heavy, thanks to new bassist… Continue

Added by David Blue on December 20, 2009 at 20:58 — 1 Comment

Rosie Flores "Girl Of The Century" - Boodshot Records

A new Rosie Flores album (what joy) and one on Bloodshot Records entitled the Pine Valley Cosmonauts presents, Rosie Flores "Girl of the Century" is enough to have this pilgrim drooling at the mouth before the first cord is even stuck.



The Pine Valley Cosmonauts were founded and are driven by seminal punk poets The Mekons… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on December 19, 2009 at 23:00 — No Comments

TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS 4 —With Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain (Whirlie DVD)

www.wirlierecords.co.uk

What a fantastic showcase for acoustic music from both sides of the Atlantic the now legendary Transatlantic Sessions have become. For it has not only proved to be a fantastic showcase for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Iris DeMent, Kate and Anna McGarrigle and Irish songbirds, Mary Black and Dolores Keane but the likes of stellar musicians Stuart Duncan, Phil Cunningham, Donal Lunny, Russ Barenberg,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 19, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Lou Vargo: Sunday Night Serenade

There were five tracks on Lou Vargo's 2007 disc, American Disaster and two years later he has crafted six songs to present to us on Sunday Night Serenade. Not prolific, then, but he says himself that his songs take a long while to gestate and that many get rejected along the way. American Disaster was very well received and opened a lot of doors for him, but I'd say that this new one is a finer achievement.



The tone is… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on December 19, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT 111—HIGH WIDE & HANDSOME ; THE CHARLIE POOLE PROJECT (Proper Records)

www.properuk.com

In tribute to old-time musician, hard drinking womanising banjo playing vocalist Charlie Poole (1892-1931), American folk legend Loudon Wainwright once married to fellow folk artist, Kate McGarrigle and father of Rufus and Martha Wainwright who are now forging careers of their own dips back in time for material on this album. Plus, along with songwriter-producer Dick Connette written nine new songs to go with the other twenty… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 19, 2009 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Philip Sayce -- Peace Machine (Provogue Records)



As a teenager, Philip Sayce was held in such high regard as to be invited to join the Jeff Healey Band and played with them at the Montreux Jazz Festival and many other sold out gigs around the world. After moving to Los Angeles he joined Uncle Kracker and was with the band when they had their massive US number 1 with Drift Away. He then joined Melissa Etheridge’s band and was with her until 2008. Now temporarily on his own, he releases his… Continue

Added by David Blue on December 18, 2009 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

Dave Desmelik: Onlooker

Dave Desmelik has been round a musical block or two. At one time he was a member of the hottest band in Flagstaff - can't say I know how big Flagstaff is, but it's a fair bet it's bigger than Dingwall. Now, though, he's moved back to the old south and has recorded this, his sixth album, in Nashville. There's country sounds in here, and some supporting players, but in line with the album title this sounds pretty much like… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on December 16, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Top ten gigs of the decade

It's the top ten end of the decade, time to reminisce about some great times seeing musicians play in the Highlands. It's been a great time for me, re-discovering gig going after all the years when a young family meant other things took priority. My only regret is that I don't have the time and money to see more. Still, scarcity value counts for a lot. Anyway, here's my completely arbitrary list of favourite gigs in the last ten years (or so):



Willard Grant… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on December 16, 2009 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

HEATHER BRISTOW —HOPE ON THE VINE (Own Label)

www.myspace.com/heatherbristow

Raised in North Carolina in the USA, Heather Bristow prior to relocating to the UK, where in her adopted county of Bath in Gloucestershire she gained a master’s degree in poetry from the Spa University. On combining her poet talent with a love for the sparse, folk and bluegrass world, Bristow in the company of a wonderful set of musicians decorates the album with her self-penned songs in stylish… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 13, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin and Pete Molinari, Jumpin’ Hot Club@The Cluny2, Newcastle



















Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin and Pete Molinari, Jumpin’ Hot Club@The Cluny2, Newcastle10:32am Thursday 10th December 2009



TO celebrate its 24th birthday, the Jumpin’ Hot Club had Americana singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt and his tour partner, Carrie Elkin, open. Although London-based Pete Molinari, fresh from five months recording and playing in America, topped the bill, but it was Schmidt and Elkin who… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 12, 2009 at 2:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast

Show #49 features a hodgepodge of recent independent Americana releases. Artists include DAVID WILCOX, NELL ROBINSON, THE O’S, ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS and JUDY TAMPA & BUNKO SQUAD. The full playlist is posted below. Here’s the iTunes link to subscribe to or download the show and here’s the direct… Continue

Added by Bill Frater on December 10, 2009 at 19:40 — No Comments

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett (The Little Feat Guitar Duo) In concert and conversation with The Medicine Shows Rob Ellen

Little Feat are a seminal rock band that came to prominence in the 70's by bringing all the strands and history of American music into one melting pot and serving a mighty meal of modern music that has effected the lives of music fans around the world ever since. These days the band still produce great albums and tour the world playing festivals and concert halls in all the major cities, they even have their own fan festival every year at a holiday resort in Negril Jamaca where… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on December 9, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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