People have admired the versatility of Ricky Skaggs
ever since he came to the fore in the 1970s. When he played with another precocious talent, the late Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys and J.D Crowe’s famed, New South then, as a multi-Grammy winning solo act. Not to forget, either, is his time with the Country Gentlemen, recordings with flat-picker, vocalist Tony Rice and… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on January 15, 2010 at 9:30 —
(This was written a couple of months ago for a British publication but I thought you all might dig it. JR)
It was a dark and stormy night in The Music City and the flashing, "NO VACANCY" sign in front of the old Loveless Motel was no lie because it was elbow room only but CMR Nashville's Jefferson Ross was thrilled to be on hand for the premier episode of the legendary WSM Radio's new series, "Music City Roots", a weekly, live radio program that will be broadcast every… Continue
Added by Jefferson Ross on January 14, 2010 at 19:22 —
20 YEARS SINCE THE BERLIN WALL FELL AND I, TOO, AM A JELLY DOUGHNUT! (11/09/09)
(I wrote this a couple of months ago as a blog and I'm re-printing it here because I am returning to Berlin in a few weeks. Thanks for reading!)
Today, marks 20 years since the Berlin Wall fell and it seems like yesterday.
I had been in Berlin a short time before that, busking around Europe, and marveled at how it was the only modern, walled city on Earth. I visited both the East and the… Continue
Added by Jefferson Ross on January 14, 2010 at 18:53 —
The Medicine Show
is featured on UK Country Radio.com
every second Wednesday of the month. This months show featured No Comebacks
in conversation and a Celtic Connections preview, www.ukcountryradio.com
to listen to live feed 8pm Jan 13th (repeated 4pm next Thursdays) www.themedicineshow.eu
for feeds to Nevis Radio Medicine Show every Wednesday… Continue
Added by The Medicine Show on January 13, 2010 at 18:00 —
Fame came to James Hand
late in life, but boy doesn’t he know how to sing old-fashioned brand of country music. Better than the fresh-faced new hyped acts and otherwise coming out of Nashville that is for sure, he is the real deal who can count among his fans such country music legends as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson (‘you believe him’) and who am I to argue.
Like with his Rounder debut, The… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on January 12, 2010 at 20:00 —
Superb hooky rhythms and in general, lots happening with Jim Zhivago (who also produced the album), Blake Fleming and Rich Hinman in support to his own acoustic, electric guitar, banjo and harp —the music is tight and such is the energy and creative flare of Gripka there are no holes or lack of fullness. Israel’s music and vocals have some John Fogerty tendencies as he swamps the listener with the likes of ‘Pray For… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on January 12, 2010 at 7:00 —
Roots/folk/bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union
have announced the release of their third album and are now booking tour dates for late June through July and late Sept to Mid Nov 2010...
Southern Tenant Folk Union
‘The New Farming Scene’
Johnny Rock Records (JOROCK 011)
Released Mon 24th May 2010
Distributed by Forte Music
Southern Tenant… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 11, 2010 at 18:30 —
http://www.clubhouserecords.co.uk for more details.
The album features new and unreleased tracks from: Alan Tyler, Redlands Palomino Company, The Snakes, Treecreeper, Wild Pines, Roseville Grand, Southern Tenant Folk Union and Dusty and the Dreaming Spires
as well as choice album cuts from Two Fingers of Firewater, The Barker Band, The Epstein, The Hi and Lo, Sparkwood 21 and Mat… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 11, 2010 at 15:30 —
At long last Dave Rawlings has decided to step out from the shadows of his partner, Gillian Welch, and as anticipated he brings a great deal to the table. A huge talent, Rawlings brings together the music of what you would expect from the Old Crow Medicine Show (with whom he has worked) and hints of The Band. Great stuff.
Added by Maurice Hope on January 10, 2010 at 9:00 —
is a powerful songwriter of considerable skill and depth, his music draws from an extended family child hood and reflects many modern social concerns. He has gained a reputation for honest appraisal and truthful analogy, FSR asks the questions.…
Added by Editorial on January 10, 2010 at 2:30 —
One of London’s oldest and most famous live music venues, The Half Moon in Putney
, which was due to close its doors on the 31st January has been saved. The historic venue which has seen performances over the years by The Rolling Stones, U2 and Kasabian was due to become a gastro-pub. But after an extensive campaign and massive public uproar plus huge support from the press as well as the venue’s local MP, landlords… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 9, 2010 at 5:36 —
is a hodgepodge of recent independent Americana releases from the last few months of 2009. Artists include KEVIN DEAL, POSSUM JENKINS (pictured), LOUISE MOSRIE, PATRICK BLOOM, THE COWLICKS, JOHN & RACHAEL NICHOLAS and BEAUTIFUL LOSER SOCIETY . The full playlist is posted… Continue
Added by Bill Frater on January 7, 2010 at 21:07 —
Glasgows winter Festival Celtic Connections stalwart roots show The Transatlantic Sessions has already sold out, but there are other Roots/Americana options. The highlights include the Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert. Iconic folk singer Linda Thompson is on host duties and will introduce some of the biggest acts on the label’s roster including headliners… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 7, 2010 at 18:30 —
So what was I expecting on my noon arrival in little Bethel NY ?
Half a million people over a wide hilly open plain in the rain ..again - NO.
Before turning off into the woods after the 3hr trek north from JFK, I got a buzz seeing the tie dye shirt stands and walkers ,bikers and
other signs of 'Hippiedom' on 25E. Some of the walkers 'inside ' Bethel Woods Arts Centre were more suited for Zimmer frames and… Continue
Added by UKBOB on January 6, 2010 at 2:30 —
One of the great pillars of the Memphis sound, Willie Mitchell
, has died. The musician, songwriter, producer and label head died this morning at about 7:30 a.m. at Methodist University Hospital. He was 81.
Mitchell had been in ill health since September, after suffering a broken hip. In December he went into cardiac arrest and was taken back to the hospital, “where he’s just been holding on,” said his grandson, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell.
Born on March 1,… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 6, 2010 at 2:00 —
LZ Love has an impressive list of artists that she has sung and toured with including Joan Armatrading and Luther Vandross but she has returned to her blues and gospel roots to team up with guitarist Lightning Red. The opening Been Lonely is drawled out and LZ has such a soulful voice. Red strums away in the background and adds some background vocals towards the end. You can feel her pain with every syllable. Wang Dang Doodle is the famous old… Continue
Added by David Blue on January 5, 2010 at 19:47 —
Wings (DUE FOR RELEASE February 23, 2010) Will Kimbrough’s
upcoming full-length studio album is his fifth solo offering, and delves into subject matter that most professional musicians deal with at one point or another--the conflict between family and career, love and work, parents and children. Kimbrough easily related to the theme and realized its universal condition with listeners and their lives.
ONE TO LOOK OUT FOR!!…
Added by Editorial on January 5, 2010 at 19:30 —
Londons premier listening room cafe venue for roots music The Green Note
has been closed over the Hollidays but is now back, by all accounts raring to go and would seem full of great ideas for 2010 . They are open from Thursday 7th Jan, and have a mailing list competition going for free tickets any roots fans in London and home counties should join… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 5, 2010 at 17:00 —
-the Carolina Chocolate Drops
get the new year off to a brisk start
They have a UK tour lined up with a date at Celtic Connections 26th January
which FSR hopes to be at to report on.
Starting Friday, they will be heading to… Continue
Added by Editorial on January 5, 2010 at 16:00 —
The Archive (see navigation bar) is a valuable record of the first decade of Americana and always a pleasure to explore. Every now and then I'll re -feature a particularly fine feature. Here's a 20 questions interview from 2000 with the remarkable James Talley, I've asked him to answer a further question (see 21) stay tuned for the reply
Added by Editorial on January 5, 2010 at 4:30 —