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MAURA O’CONNELL —NAKED (Sugar Hill)

www.mauraoconnell.com

www.sugarhillrecords.com



Co. Clare diva, Maura O’Connell is arguably the finest female vocalist Ireland has ever produced —although fans of Dolores Keane may well dispute this. However, we had best keep that argument for another day it could go on for hours, days even.

Naked gives the pure toned O’Connell, a singer period, the opportunity to express herself without the distraction of players, and document some of the material she has been attracted to… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 29, 2009 at 20:11 — No Comments

LEVON HELM —ELECTRIC DIRT (Vanguard)

www.LevonHelm.com

As a follow-up to his acclaimed album, Dirt Farmer recorded as Helm’s own studio ((The Barn) of the Band has done it again, made a true blue roots music record. His vocals are stronger than ever, and with his music fitting the Americana tag as if it were made for him he hits the road with a potent brand of gritty, funky fashioned country, blues, gospel and rock.

Electric Dirt is extension of Dirt Farmer… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 21, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

SAM BAKER —COTTON (Music Road Records)

www.sambakermusic.com

Singer-songwriter Sam Baker has a tale or two to tell, and with Cotton the third album of a trilogy it has Baker more than at any other time though still spare and intimate, broaden his sound.

Apart from playing guitar left handed after losing use in his fingers he adapted to performing the other way round, and though restricted like his scratchy vocals compliment his spare style of writing. That often as not are like prose set to music. Stories, that like subtle… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 19, 2009 at 18:27 — No Comments

BAP KENNEDY —HOWL ON (Lonely Street Discs)

It is forty years since man walked on the moon and longer since JFK was the American president, and like in his song ‘Cold War Country Blues’ took the music of Hank Williams to the moon! Kennedy has always impressed me, right from when he was the lead singer (and songwriter) in Energy Orchard and then when turning solo. That saw him under the guidance of producers Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy and Nashville pickers debut with the fabulous Domestic Blues. A bunch of them had played on Earle’s… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 14, 2009 at 21:01 — No Comments

CATHERINE MacLELLAN —WATER IN THE GROUND (True North)

www.catherinemaclellan.com

www.truenorthrecords.com

When it comes to extraordinary talent, it pumps through the veins of Canadian singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan like a piston of stoked-up steam train. She is good al-right, and, with Water In The Ground joined by her debut record Dark Dream Midnight previously only available mail order as a bonus disc you just can’t go wrong. For it alone is well worth the asking price!

With a voice smooth as silk, and lyrics like poetry… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 14, 2009 at 20:37 — No Comments

JJ CALE —ROLL ON (Rounder)

www.jjcale.com www.rounder.com

Guitar blues, country, jazz and rock veteran JJ Cale has made a host of recordings over the years and is a master of crafting a killer groove of which his latest album has a health selection.



With Cale playing all the instruments on all cuts apart from four, there is a remarkable tightness to the… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

RHONDA VINCENT —DESTINATION LIFE (Rounder)

www.rhondavincent.com

www.rounder.com

Top bluegrass act, Rhonda Vincent isn‘t only a terrific mandolin picker and vocalist, but a bandleader. Such is the wealth of talent on offer in her band, The Rage they take bluegrass music to another level a remarkable feat when taking into consideration the pickers that there has been and, still doing the business. On scouring not only bluegrass writers for material but reaching back in time for the old country standard ‘Stop The World And Let… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2009 at 7:24 — No Comments

SLAID CLEAVES —EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BE TAKEN AWAY...(Music Road Records)

www.slaid.com

Co-produced by Gurf Morlix, this is Slaid Cleaves first album in quite some time (regards songs from his own hand, 2004 and his album, Wishbones) — and, like with all his other records the wait has been worth it. With regulars Rick Richards, Charles Arthur, Billy Harvey, Michael O’Connor and of course, Gurf himself aided by guest slots from Gene Elders and vocalist Trish Murphy Cleaves’ songs are as sharp as ever. Hence, the music races out of the chute in exciting fashion.… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 28, 2009 at 17:32 — No Comments

JOHNNY CASH —JOHNNY CASH’S AMERICA (Sony) CD/ DVD

www.Johnnycashonline.com

Rich in emotive edge, honesty this selection of fare from the late Johnny Cash may for the main part be familiar to his followers but there are a handful of songs seeing daylight for the first time. We are talking about rousing live versions of ‘Children, Go Where I Send Thee’ (featuring Carl Perkins), Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and the previously unreleased studio tracks ‘Come Along And Ride This Train’ —that, marked with typical chicka-boom rhythm… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 28, 2009 at 17:09 — No Comments

RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES — ROADHOUSE SUN (Humphead)

www.humpheadcountry.com

If the music of Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen are part of your diet then now you now have another flavour to spice up your life! Since, young aspiring Texas singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham is straight out of the same stable, honest and ragged, vocally he is capable of going the distance.

Following on from his debut album Mescalito, Bingham has come up with a strong collection of tunes, and he wrote them all. Yes, he does on occasions become a little too… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 28, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

J.B. BEVERLEY & THE WAYWARD DRIFTERS —WATCH AMERICA ROLL BY (Hell Train Records)

www.jbbeverley.com

www.helltrainrecords.com

www.myspace.com/jbbbeverleyampthewaydrifters

Coming undiluted straight from the bottle (‘an organic road record that may as well have soil falling off it’s roots’), J.B Beverley and his band, the Wayward Drifters produce a sound that takes me back years! Since JB’s lead vocals possess a great likeness to one-time 1970s top country music earner Roy Clark, and then there are the pickers who, in donating huge slices of dobro, steel guitar,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 28, 2009 at 15:51 — No Comments

Rachel Harrington and Zak Borden - Southport Arts Centre 26th June 2009

RACHEL HARRINGTON AND ZAK BORDEN – SOUTHPORT ARTS CENTRE, 26TH JUNE 2009



www.rachelharrington.net

http://www.zakborden.com





Southport Arts centre is a beautiful venue, which puts on acoustic music thoughtfully and sympathetically. Both Rachel and her support act, Cara Luft, ex ‘Wailing Jenny’, commented on the excellent sound, and they were right.

Cara played the opening set, accompanied on a range of instruments by the extremely versatile Hugh McMillan,… Continue

Added by the Good Intentions on June 28, 2009 at 9:18 — No Comments

Diana Jones in concert - Pacific Road, Birkenhead 21st June

Diana Jones – Pacific Road Arts centre Birkenhead,



June 21st 2009.



How can a place name be quite so misleading ? Pacific Road surely makes you think of Ocean vistas, sea breezes, and warm white sand. When what you get is the Birkenhead water treatment plant, and a large sandstone barn like venue. Diana Jones obviously felt the same when she arrived, commenting with some understatement to the audience that ‘its kinda unprepossessing outside, isn’t it ?’. And it was… Continue

Added by the Good Intentions on June 22, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments

Maverick Festival '09!

THE MAVERICK FESTIVAL

American Independence Day weekend 3rd/4th/5th July 2009



Food from the local farmer’s field, beer brewed round the corner and music from both sides of the pond...



What is it?

This unique event, in its second year, is a celebration of American roots music presenting musical performances, workshops and dance across three stages indoors and out.



Where is it?

Nestled deep in the heart of pastoral Suffolk, the event is set amongst… Continue

Added by Maverick Festival on June 22, 2009 at 15:35 — 1 Comment

Belladrum Festival Tartan Heart Fringe and Potting Shed Stage

This years Tartan Heart Fringe media partners are www.nevisradio.co.uk Tune in for all information on the Fringe and Potting Shed Stage as it happens.

Tartan Heart Fringe dates at… Continue

Added by Editorial on June 21, 2009 at 1:10 — No Comments

'Vanessa Peters & Ice Cream on Mondays:' 'Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up'

'Vanessa Peters & Ice Cream on Mondays:'

'Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up'



- Album: 'Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up' - Label: 'Little Sandwich'

- Genre: 'Folk' - Catalogue No: 'Music007'



Quantcast Vanessa Peters & Ice Cream on Mondays: Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up (Little Sandwich Music007)





A Texan girl who's… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on June 14, 2009 at 19:40 — 1 Comment

EILEN JEWELL —SEA OF TEARS (SIGNATURE SOUNDS / CRS)

EILEN JEWELL —SEA OF TEARS (SIGNATURE SOUNDS / CRS)



www.eilenjewell.com

www.signaturesounds.com



Built around a tight, easy to define band of four including her self, Eilen Jewell goes back to the basics for this album. That is if she had ever strayed in the first place.

Accompanied by Jason beck (drums, percussion, vocals), Jerry Miller (various guitars,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 12, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

GRETCHEN PETERS with TOM RUSSELL —ONE TO THE HEART, ONE TO THE HEAD (Scarlet Letter)

GRETCHEN PETERS with TOM RUSSELL —ONE TO THE HEART, ONE TO THE HEAD (Scarlet Letter)



www.gretchenpeters.com

www.tomrussell.com



Now here is an interesting project. Not only because it combines the talent of singer-songwriters Gretchen Peters and Tom Russell (percussion, vocals and co-producer) but also due to the fact it is apart from Russell’s own Guadalupe an album… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 9, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

NANCI GRIFFITH —THE LOVING KIND (ROUNDER)

NANCI GRIFFITH —THE LOVING KIND (ROUNDER)



www.rounder.com

www.nancigriffith.com



Nanci Griffith after a little wandering in the songwriting wilderness and not being able to or posses the hunger to write, and previously loose her spark The Loving Kind sees her return to music of the people. Covering aspects of life and of the country itself with an affection and simplicity… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 7, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

VARIOUS ARTSTS —MAN OF SOMEBODY’S DREAMS (YEP ROC)

Originally, Dave Alvin had intended to record and release this album while his friend, Chris Gaffney (1950 – 2008) was still around.



Quantcast Unfortunately, it failed… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on May 16, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

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January 2018Month
Last
Month
Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
1 63
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
2 61
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
*FB, *PK
3 60
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
4 51
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
5 42
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
6 34
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
7 29
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
8 27
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
27
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
27
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
11 26
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
12 22
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
13 21
ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA / Soul Of My City *HBr
14 21
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
15 19
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
19
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
19
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
18 19
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
19 18
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
20 15
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
21 14
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
14
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
23 13
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
24 12
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
12
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 /
Independent *MP
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 /
Rebel *HD
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 *

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