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December 2012 Blog Posts (39)

Ep#120 Best of 2012 Americana, part 2

On episode 120 of the Americana Music Show, we finish the Best of 2012 Americana music submitted to the show, part 2, which features Malcolm Holcombe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Beth McKee, Bonnie Bishop, Chelle Rose, Two Man Gentlemen…


Added by Calvin Powers on December 31, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie Best of 2012 podcast

FTB podcast #192 is a "Best music of 2012" show featuring songs from CHRIS KNIGHT, CORB LUND, SAM LEWIS, IRIS DeMENT & others. Here's the…


Added by Bill Frater on December 31, 2012 at 0:48 — No Comments

Ep#119 Best of 2012 Americana, part 1

On episode 119 of the Americana Music Show, we feature part 1 of the Best of 2012 Americana submitted to the show, featuring music from Lincoln Durham,…


Added by Calvin Powers on December 24, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments



Americana singer-songwriter, blues, rock, folk country guitar totting Dave Alvin is a man steeped in west coast music history; first he figured, alongside his elder brother Phil Alvin in…


Added by Maurice Hope on December 22, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie 2012 Christmas Show with The Sweetback Sisters, JD McPherson, Black Prairie, Faron Young, XTC, The Farewell Drifters & more...

FTB podcast #191 is the 5th annual Christmas Show featuring THE SWEETBACK SISTERS' Country Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular and new holiday tunes from BLACK PRAIRIE, JD McPHERSON and THE FAREWELL DRIFTERS and others. Here's…


Added by Bill Frater on December 21, 2012 at 2:47 — No Comments

Ep#118 Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs

Holly Golightly is my interview guest on episode 118 of the Americana Music Show. She talks about her travels from punk to blues; singing songs into her hairbrush for 20…


Added by Calvin Powers on December 17, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments


Jamey Johnson is one of the current acts country music can be most proud. His music is steeped in…


Added by Maurice Hope on December 15, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

Rock-A-Billy Christmas from The John Lindberg Trio

With their last two albums, ”Made For Rock n Roll” (2011) and ”Hell Of A Ride” (2012), along with constantly being on the road, performing over 150 gigs a year – no wonder John Lindberg Trio’s fanbase has grown at an…


Added by Editorial on December 15, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments



Now here is a rarity, a reissue of material from the late Steve Goodman seeing a UK release, and boy isn’t a fine one! Originally released in 1971 and 1972, respectively on Buddha records the…


Added by Maurice Hope on December 15, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments




It isn’t always easy to continue to build on one’s repertoire or match the standard set early in one’s career. Or as was the case with Gauthier when she eventually broke onto the music scene.


A late…


Added by Maurice Hope on December 15, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

Kirsty Almeida and The Troubadours: Winter Songs

               Perhaps thankfully, only one seasonal musical offering has dropped through my letterbox this…


Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on December 14, 2012 at 21:13 — No Comments

Freight Train Boogie podcast #190 with Dylan LeBlanc, McCrary Sisters, The Dahls, The Departed, Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott

FTB podcast #190 is a "one-shot" show featuring new music from DYLAN LeBLANC, McCRARY SISTERS, THE DAHLS, and THE DEPARTED. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts. Here's the direct link to…


Added by Bill Frater on December 14, 2012 at 19:09 — No Comments

Josh Ritter announces new album, available outside US on Yep Roc Records

The Beast In Its Tracks, the new album from renowned singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released in March 2013 outside the US on Yep Roc Records. See a full list of official street dates below, and stay tuned for pre-order information. The first single from the…


Added by Editorial on December 14, 2012 at 15:56 — No Comments

Free Download of a Christmas Cover Song 'I Believe in Father Christmas'

Christmas is on its way and I’ve just done an acoustic cover of a lovely Christmas song, ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ by Greg Lake. 

It's available for free download here:

I also just did a live performance of the song for music blog Alphabet Bands. Video …


Added by Lisa Redford on December 14, 2012 at 10:16 — No Comments

Neil Young and Crazy Horse European Tour Dates this summer

Neil Young rarely comes to the UK, but when he does, it's always special. The country-rock legend is playing a few dates this summer. This will surely be a must-see for any fan.

As part of various bands including, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he garnered hefty praise, but…


Added by The Medicine Show on December 13, 2012 at 16:59 — No Comments

Jo Philby broadcast pod/broadcast download single album sampler and UK dates

Jo Philby is one of the most endearing folk singers to emerge from the hot bed of the Orcadian folk scene in recent years. Although introduced to a wide range of traditional singers of that equally expansive folk scene…


Added by Editorial on December 12, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Wallis Bird continues to gain altitude, across Germany and Switzerland this time

The Irish Times said of Wallis Bird recently "The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy." What is undeniable is that energy of late has  propelled her across Europe. 

Wallis Bird is wild, unpredictable and contradictory. 


 The Irish artist has paid…


Added by Editorial on December 11, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Ep#117 Rod Picott

Rod Picott is my guest on episode 117 of the Americana Music Show.  Rod Picott plays a house concert in Durham, telling stories about meeting Slaid Cleaves, his father,…


Added by Calvin Powers on December 10, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

DEREK HOKE —WAITING ALL NIGHT (Electric Western Records)


Snapshots, sharp, incisive —that doesn’t beat about the bush, immediately up and at you kind of music. That is Derek Hoke. 


I love the cultured approach. The clever little grooves as country,…


Added by Maurice Hope on December 9, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments



When it comes to bargains, no, make that steals of the year this is it! Fifty of the Mercury (and not MCA as the title suggests) recording act's finest songs come on this 2cd collection.




Added by Maurice Hope on December 9, 2012 at 9:00 — 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
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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
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LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH, *BH
18 -- 22
ETHAN JOHNS with The Black Eyed Dogs, Anamnesis, Three
Crows/Proper *RK, *JB
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LONG RYDERS / Psychedelic Country Soul / Cherry Red Records *JS
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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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