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Why not invite your favourite independent musician to play for your friends family and his fans in your front room, I’ll be surprised if he/she won’t show up sometime this year and play for you, let me know about it and if The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile is loose is near enough we’ll come and broadcast it too. If you would like to help keep the wheels on the Hub and on The Moose become a patron at
TOM RUSSELL —BLOOD AND CANDLE SMOKE (Proper Records) www.proper-records.co.uk
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 —
From the County Wicklow, Ireland come the nine-piece band, Bray Vista who have Nashville’s Jim Lauderdale (singer-songwriter, recording act) produce the follow-up to their full-length debut album Sing My Darling (2006).
Neil Tobin’s superb songs and the general… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on September 30, 2009 at 7:00 —
Easy paced, laid back philosophical fare written by a man who has throughout his career been out on his own. I vividly remember the thrill of placing his 1975 debut album, Old No 1 on the turntable and marvelling at his songs.… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on September 25, 2009 at 8:30 —
UK; IRELAND TOUR • SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2009
Their current CD, ‘Ten Thousand’ was released in 2008 to a torrent of critical acclaim and in an effort to spread that special kinda gospel ever wider. The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir have just announced a return trip to the UK and Ireland for their first European dates this year.
Scottish-born, Australian resident Eric Bogle has long been a standard bearer among singer-songwriters when it came to writing material that speak for the people and pick up on good causes, and every now and hit the nail firmly on the head of the glaring failings of mankind. An extremely witty and shrewd observer, Bogle now at the retiring age of the normal street worker, and past that of some his… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on September 5, 2009 at 18:00 —
There are not many problems that a Greg Brown song can’t fix according to fellow singer-songwriter, Jack Johnson and he isn’t far from the mark when he says this.
Drawn from five albums made for Red House, supplemented by two on his two albums on Trailer Records and on a second bonus album… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on September 4, 2009 at 15:30 —
When it comes creating a groove and crafting out new exciting sounds, Kieran Kane is a master few even of his peers are able to match when he takes up the challenge.
After a lifetime playing mandolin, and it being the driving force behind his work he has for the last three or four years taken to using the banjo in a like-minded style. Aided by the remarkable… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on September 4, 2009 at 15:00 —
Oh, how I love the bluegrass/ country sound of Jeff & Vida. With fine instrumental support given to the distinctive vocals of the multi-talented, Vida Wakeman and her partner Jeff Burke who plays mandolin and lends fine harmony vocal support (and sings some lead).
While she possesses a likeness to Rounder recording act Claire Lynch on the bluegrass cuts her approach to country music is… Continue
A honky tonker through and through, David Serby aided by Skip Edwards, Gabe Witcher and Rick Shea alongside his core band of Edward Tree, Taras Prodanuik and Gary Ferguson weaves together a string of easy on the ear barroom fare.
The work of producer Tree on lead guitar and the keyboards / accordion of Edwards on the infectious ‘For Cryin’ Out Loud’ —complete with a little Spanish styled acoustic guitar and the likewise, bright and… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 18, 2009 at 19:27 —
A small corner of the Belladrum Festival, not far from Inverness, is a haven of musicality and generosity of musical spirit, away from the bombast and posturing of the main stages. Well I'm being unkind; I heard some magnificent music on each of… Continue
Canadian singer-songwriters, Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac from two small Scottish towns met up nine years ago and have since become an impressive vocal duo. With three albums to their name, the first two recorded in London and produced by John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, U2 and Damien Dempsey) it is now the time of new beginnings. For the girls have not only changed their name (they were… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 15, 2009 at 21:00 —
Modern-day bluegrass girl, Alecia Nugent makes the kind of music that makes you feel good. Backed by a set of hot pickers and a mixture of uptempo and slow, deliberate ballads that sketch evocative vignettes in one’s mind she is rather special.
Nugent who, like Rhonda Vincent to who’s style of music I find myself drawing comparisons sings like a bird, free and easy and it doesn’t stop there.… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 10, 2009 at 20:30 —
Ray Wylie Hubbard makes feisty, full-blown booming Texas roots Americana music of the finest order. With his acoustic and slide guitar aided by producer and good friend, Gurf Morlix (electric guitar, vocals), Rick Richards (percussion, drums) and George Reiff (bass) with guests Ray Bonneville, Jeff Plankenhorn, Peter Rowan, Seth James and Jack Saunders —the… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 10, 2009 at 7:30 —
Oh, how I love the relaxed tone of Ben Bullington’s music, and I am not the only one full of admiration for him, either. Since Texas singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell who guests on one cut, ‘Toe The Line’ playing resophonic guitar and lending superb vocal support to a song could just as easily have written and justifiably been proud of doing so!
Warm, vocally, the playing from Fats Kaplin… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 7, 2009 at 9:30 —
When it comes to vintage, classic country music you would have to place traditional country music stalwart, Jean Shepard alongside the likes of Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff —her pure, clear as spring water vocals have few if any peers of the idiom.
Taken from her recordings of the 1950s, Beautiful Lies capture Shepard at her brilliant best. While, apart from ‘Satisfied Mind’ and ‘Beautiful Lie’s she saw little chart success the standard is… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 7, 2009 at 9:14 —
East Nashville singer-songwriter Todd Snider conforms to little other than that of being a creative talent and a talent. Produced by Don Was he sounds as good if not better than ever before. His music is spare with Snider on guitar, harp and piano, Greg Leisz on steel guitar and dobro, Jim Keltner, drums and Was on upright bass as he eases out an evocative set of tunes. Snider’s work on the couple or so occasions he plays piano is likewise superb… Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 7, 2009 at 9:00 —
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Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA / Soul Of My City *HBr
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
RICHARD DOBSON / I Hear Singing / Brambus *JJC
ALBUMS OF THE MONTH (NOT IN TOP 25)
DILLON CARMICHAEL / Hell On An Angel / Riser House *PHe
SELECT CAPTAIN / Off To Save The World / Soundchest *JJ
BRANDON ISAAK / Rise N Shine / Independent *RW
EINAR FLA / Silent String / Grappa *MB
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE / Sixpack / Self-released *PJ
JAMIE LEE WILSON / Jumping Over Rocks / Self-released *HdB
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *RH
JEFF TWEEDY / Warm / DBPM *JS
WEST OF EDEN / Flat Earth Society / West Of Music *PH
JODYMOON / A Love Brand New / Self-Released *JF
ANDREW COMBS / Worried Man (Deluxe Edition) / Loose Music *GF
HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI BEANS / Hard Core Broken Heart /
JONATHAN BYRD / Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys/ *JH
BILL SHANLEY / Midnight Mission / Cauldron Music *NC
MICKEY GALYEAN & CULLEN’s BRIDGE / Songs From The Blue Ridge /
JOE JACKSON / Fool / EarMusic *KG
WESTERN YOUTH / WESTERN YOUTH / Independent *BK
TIP JAR / Onward / Independent *FS
KC GROVES / Happy Little Trees / Self-released *JH
TIMBER / The Family / Cornelius Chapel *