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I See Hawks in L.A. : Hallowed Ground

A successful band from the Californian country scene with a great live reputation, the Hawks are as down to earth - literally - as you could wish. How many other bands have ever sung a paean to fossilised ferns (Carbon Dated Love) or squeezed a line like 'The earth is a self-regulating organism' into a… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 8, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

Carrie Elkin "Jeopardy of Circumstance"

This album is an absoluite treasure trove of riches: the songs, the singing and the music all have complexities that take time to explore and offer new possibilities of appreciation and interpretation each time round. Broadly country in character, but not shackled by any genre constraints,… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on February 8, 2009 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Six Mile Grove: Steel Mule (Eclectonic ECL029)







There's some sort of time warping going on in deepest Minnesota; on 2004's Bumper Crop the four guys from Six Mile Grove looked like they were fresh out of school but the tight lipped portraits provided for Steel Mule show four guys who seem to have had a fair bit more than four years worth of the vicissitudes of life since then. Well, they're tough winters in that part of the world; maybe they age a fellow a bit. Steel Mule picks up… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on January 20, 2009 at 8:51 — No Comments

Robby Hecht: Late Last Night



Self-published and beautifully produced in every way, 'Late Last Night' is one of those albums that will just grow in stature as time goes by. Eleven songs of quiet beauty that are not going to knock your socks off at first pass - no obvious toe-tappers here - but demonstate an impressive self confidence. Robby's done things his own way and found his own voice as a writer and as a performer so that the likes of me can't take the usual… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on January 20, 2009 at 8:49 — 1 Comment

Tony Joe White: Deep Cuts (Munich Records MRCD 295)

Tony Joe White: Deep Cuts (Munich Records MRCD 295)





Revisiting old favourites from early in his career, Deep Cuts is a record of startlingly new versions, an extra layer of 21st century electronics and production providing extra swamp and menace to the famous Tony Joe sound. If that sounds like a desperate attempt to revive a stuttering career, then think again, because this is vital, interesting stuff as those deep, deep vocals and… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 22, 2008 at 17:00 — No Comments

Mark Norris & The Backpeddlars

http://www.myspace.com/marknorrisandthebackpeddlers



I just love finding great stuff by chance and I already forgotten how I found my way to this but who cares..sweet recording..lovely feel









Stranded Between Stations, the debut CD from Mark Norris and the Backpeddlers, answers the age-old question: “What does an album recorded in a barn in the dead of… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:45 — No Comments

Adam Puddington

Lovely record a bit Ron Sexsmith in tone...superb..friend of The Guthries...or Minnikins as now are...

http://www.adampuddington.com/



Adam Puddington is one of Almonte, Ontario's golden sons, and he wears the legacy proudly. Rural Canadiana seeps into his songs, bringing the curious beauty of rivers, wildlife, rosaries and trains. Especially rivers and trains,… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:44 — No Comments

Michael Fracasso: Red Dog Blues





A true songwriter's writer....I have his When I Lived in the Wild Cd and this stream is tracks from new CD Red Dog Blues...



Superb stuff a bit like Randy Newman and Michael Marra (The Scottish Randy Newman)....recommended



He used to support his friend Patty Griffin...no slouch either in the writer stakes..



Listen to more at CD Baby…

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Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:41 — No Comments

Willie P. Bennet R.I.P.

Sadly since I first published this evocative track Mr Bennett has passed away..



I publish this again as a tribute...



A fine Canadian artist.







Glowing Hearts Music proudly presents, in commemoration of Remembrance Day (Veterans Day, Armistice Day) on November 11th, Juno Award Winner, Willie P. Bennett’s new recording of Black Against The Wall.



The song, written by Charlie Sohmer (recent winner of the Grand Prize 2007 OCFF Songs… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:06 — No Comments

Micah B. Smaldone



Red River Rough Cut





Red River Rough Cut is intended as a sampler for a new album that Micah is working on. The 5 untitled pieces on the CDR are simply great songs and remind me of the best work of Jimmy Webb or Townes Van Zandt while sounding nothing like either. The songs are stripped bare and every note and word is neccesary with nothing out of place.





Currently Micah is touring in the UK and Europe. Below are… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:04 — No Comments

John Train - Leachman's Ghost

At the Triumph Leader Museum, which houses a collection of gifts given to Saddam Hussein over the years, curators had removed things from the display cases and squirrelled them away for safekeeping, although it was doubtful how safe anything would be anywhere in Baghdad once the bombs began to fall. I went to the museum to take another look at the gun that had been used in 1920 to assassinate Colonel Gerard Leachman, a British officer who spent the First World War in the deserts of what was… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:03 — No Comments

Lou Vargo - American Disaster





Received this E.P. through the mail and despite the usual huff n' puff it had some quality graphics and so I gave it a spin. Frank and honest recordings with an amiable straightforwardness that refreshing. Jack Hale ( erstwhile J.Cash producer) says..



"It is Lou Vargo...the look, the person, the song, the voice, the guitar, it is his persona. He wakes up and goes to sleep being this person...it is something you have or don't have...very hard to fake it in… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:01 — No Comments

A.J.Downing - River of Life

Great record....guy who met Earle in Copperhead Road days and it filtered through twenty years of being a electrician...real songs, real playing, real sweet....



http://www.ajdowning.com





Artists Development COOP page




from website...



Well I'd seen every episode of Forensic… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:00 — No Comments

Peter Case on Ralph McTell Show!





Live tracks and interview from Ralph McTell show BBC Radio 2… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on December 1, 2008 at 9:00 — No Comments

David Childers - 20 Questions and featured song (New!! see player on side bar)



1.. WHERE WERE YOU BORN, WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?



I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina; and grew up in the small textile

town of Mount Holly, North Carolina, 10 miles from Charlotte. I went off to

Military School and college after that when I was fifteen, then graduate

school and different jobs; wound up back in Mount Holly with my wife Linda,

and our two kids, Robert (my drummer now), and Meghan (my sweetheart and… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on November 30, 2008 at 14:25 — 1 Comment

Thad Cockerell & Danny Barnes: Maze Nottingham 26th April 2004



A double bill at the Maze on a blustery english day of april showers but a brighter climate in the end when these artists started to shine. I had followed some of Danny Barnes's convoluted and mightily impressive musical journey from The Bad Livers through to Bill Frisell and Jim ( Basketball Diaries) Carrol. What I wasn't prepared for was the sheer punk energy of attack of his banjo playing as everything but the kitchen sink seemed to be hinted… Continue

Added by flyinshoes review on November 30, 2008 at 14:10 — No Comments

Jeff Talmadge: Kind Of Everything

        About eleven months ago I posted a "catch-up" review, still available on this blog, of Jeff Talmadge's previous two albums and mentioned that there was a new one in the pipeline. Well, here it is,  and pretty much everything that I wrote last time round applies to this new work.  Jeff is a Texan singer/songwriter very much in the tradition of Guy Clark and in a career that spans more than a decade now he has been producing a steady stream of new material that has a consistently high…

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Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on November 30, 1999 at 12:00 — No Comments

Yvette Landry: Should Have Known

From deepest Louisiana comes Yvette Landry and her own high quality take on honky tonk music. All the familiar elements are here: the fast and raucous numbers to dance your socks off to are interlaced with the slower numbers that give the chance for a slow smooch, a breather or to get the drinks in. Yvette herself has played a variety of instruments for a whole bunch of other performers but here she's very much the front woman, concentrating on the vocal performance and calling on a host of… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on November 30, 1999 at 12:00 — No Comments

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John Prine
67 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
JJC,MB,SP,RM
2
Levi Parham
58 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
CRS,JB,TK
3
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
55 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
HDB,CVL,DHO
4
Michael McDermott
54 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
JDO,LK,BK
5
Sam Morrow
48 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
MA,JBO,HB
6
Caleb Caudle
39 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
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Western Centuries
36 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
MF
8
Carter Sampson
34 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
9
Charley Crockett
30 pts.
Lonesome as a Shadow
Son of Davy/30 Tigers
 
10
Courtney Marie Andrews
28 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
JV
11
Ed Romanoff
27 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
 
Joan Baez
27 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
HD
 
Pharis and Jason Romero
27 pts.
Sweet Old Religion
Lula Records
SZ,LM
14
Gretchen Peters
24 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
KG
 
Old Crow Medicine Show
24 pts.
Volunteer
Columbia Records
GF
 
Will Stewart
24 pts.
County Seat
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
17
Ben Reel
22 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
GC,FC
 
Birds Of Chicago
22 pts.
Love In Wartime
Signature Sounds
 
 
Emily Herring
22 pts.
Gliding
Eight 30 Records
RST,RH
20
Jenny van West
21 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
PJ,FS,JJ
 
Mary Gauthier
21 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
22
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
20 pts.
Years
Bloodshot Records
FCE
23
David Starr
19 pts.
South And East
Independent
HM
24
Cold Tone Harvest
18 pts.
After You
Independent
 
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Grant Peeples
17 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental

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