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RODNEY CROWELL —CLOSE TIES (New West)

 

www.rodneycrowell.com

 

www.NewWestRecords.com

 

 

Americana singer-songwriter, Houston-born and long-time Nashville resident Rodney Crowell has been among the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 26, 2017 at 16:49 — No Comments

HOYT AXTON —MY GRIFFIN IS GONE (Floating World)

 

www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

 

Multi-talented Hoyt Axton was for one a genial singer-songwriter and an entertainer to boot. In many ways Axton, son of Mae Boren Axton, a lady who will forever be best remembered as the co-writer (w/ Tommy…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 25, 2017 at 8:31 — No Comments

MARTY ROBBINS —DEVIL WOMAN 1961-1962 (Jasmine Records) 2 CDs

 http://www.jasmine-records.co.uk

Made up of four Lps (Just A Little Sentimental, Marty After Midnight, Portrait Of Marty and Devil Woman) plus eleven songs from singles this collection offers much for fans of the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 25, 2017 at 8:17 — No Comments

TORGEIR WALDEMAR —NO OFFENDING BORDERS (Jensen Records)

 http://www.ja.jansenplateproduksjon.com

Norwegian singer-songwriter Torgeir Waldemar opens with a sound and style embedded in late 1960s cum early 1970s American folk troubadour. Meticulous and solid in all…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 22, 2017 at 17:38 — No Comments

MARCUS MALONE —A BETTER MAN (Redline Music)

 

www.marcusmalone.com

 

Oh, man this guy creates some of the keenest rhythmic grooves of his genre, and with powerful full on vocals (but in a good way) he produces a stirring sound. He also writes wonderful hooky songs, and on…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 22, 2017 at 7:28 — No Comments

SON VOLT —NOTE OF BLUE (Transmit Sound – Thirty Tigers)

http://sonvolt.com

 

Lead vocalist and songwriter, Sun Volt front man Jeff Farrar has long been a favourite of mine and with his unique vocal style he offer both a unique and memorable style every time he steps up to a microphone. On Note Of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 18, 2017 at 7:41 — No Comments

RAY STEVENS —FACE THE MUSIC: The Complete Monument Singles 1965-1970 (Ace Records)

http://www.acerecords.com

 

Placed together for the first time, our friends at Ace Records have come through with all singer-songwriter, producer and more Ray Stevens’ Monument singles. Among the 24 songs are six top 100 American…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 8, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

BILL KIRCHEN AND AUSTIN DE LONE —TRANSATLANTICANA (Proper Records)

 

www.proper-records.co.uk

 

Ace guitarist and vocalist Bill Kirchen’s latest venture is with his long-time friend singer-songwriter Austin De Lone; recorded on both sides of the Atlantic hence the album title Kirchen…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 8, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

THE KERNAL —LIGHT COUNTRY (Single Lock Records)

http://singlelockrecords.com

 

Here we have another album from Muscle Shoalsindependent record label Single Lock Records, and it is one label boss, and fellow recording artist John Paul White is understandably proud of. The Kernal…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 8, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

MARTY STUART AND HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES—WAY OUT WEST (Humphead Country)

www.humpheadrecords.com

www.martystuart.net

 

Multi-talented Marty Stuart has paid his dues many times…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 1, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

JERRY LEE LEWIS —COUNTRY CLASS / COUNTRY MEMORIES (BGO Records)

 

www.bgo-records.com

 

Jerry Lee Lewis is a remarkable talent, and a man who beyond all odds has outlasted most all those he started out with on Sun Records; all the big names have gone, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 1, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

TOWNES VAN ZANDT –FLYIN’ SHOES (Charly Records)

 

www.charley.co.uk

 

When it comes to career songs, Texas-born singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt had a handful. One of them is famed tale “Loretta” (wrapped in incredible blues country harmonica and female harmonies) that opens his 1978…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 1, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

WHITNEY ROSE —SOUTH TEXAS SUITE (Six Shooter Records – Thirty Tigers) 6-track EP

Set to visit in the near future is fresh-faced Prince Edward Island, Canada born but now living in Austin, Texas Whitney Rose. After her Raul Malo (The Mavericks) produced Heartbreaker Of The Year comes through with a mini-set to show off her work.

 

A beautiful taste bite,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 1, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

BILL SCORZARI —THROUGH THESE WAVES (Self-Released)

www.billscorzari.com

 

Americana singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari’s writes pin-sharp lyrics that take the listener on many a memorable journey. Through landscapes not only of the world, but those awash in conflicting emotions. His songs are of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 21, 2017 at 18:44 — No Comments

EZIO —DAYLIGHT MOON (Jazzhaus Records)

 

www.jazzhauserecords.com

http://www.ezio.com 

Immediately I heard the first track prompted my ears pricked, so impressive was the feel of “Hey Little Girl”.  I was drawn…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 20, 2017 at 6:29 — No Comments

RHIANNON GIDDENS—FREEDOM HIGHWAY (Nonesuch)

 

www.nonesuchrecords.com

www.rhiannongiddens.com

 

The strength of multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, guitar..) playing vocalist Giddens (previously of the band…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 19, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

JOHN CEE STANNARD & BLUE HORIZON —TO THE RIVER (Self-Released)

 

www.johnceestannard.co.uk

 

To The River marks John Cee Stannard’s fourth album since his recording career was launched in 2013, he isn’t allowing any grass to grow under his feet that’s…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 19, 2017 at 7:59 — No Comments

DAVID SIMARD —THE HEAVY WAIT (Self-Released)

www.davidsimard.ca

  

 

Canadian singer-songwriter, David Simard is one of those people who enjoys observing and singing about life’s darker side. Yet awash in subtle shades of noir and darting adventuress surges his work isn’t as dark as…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 15, 2017 at 20:57 — No Comments

REBA McENTIRE —SING IT NOW Songs Of Faith & Hope (Big Machine / Universal Records) 2CDs

http://www.rebamcentire.com 

Reba McEntire is one of Country Music’s most respected performers, and with music and love of the rodeo embedded in her from an early age she has decided to return to…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 15, 2017 at 20:48 — No Comments

GUY CLARK —THE VERY BEST OF THE DUALTONE YEARS (Dualtone) 2CDs

 

www.dualtone.com

 

I don’t need an excuse to put on a Guy Clark record, but Dualtone through this 2 cd retrospective gave me a good one. Guy’s time with Dualtone was a solid period for Clark, with his albums which…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 15, 2017 at 20:29 — No Comments

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Year 2016

1
Levi Parham
90 pts.
These American Blues
Music Road Records
GC,JBO,TK
2
Martha Fields
86 pts.
Southern White Lies
Independent
BP,BH,FB,JAB,RW,SP
3
Carter Sampson
75 pts.
Wilder Side
Independent/CRS
AN,CRS,JB
4
Anna Elizabeth Laube
65 pts.
Tree
Ahh...Pockets! Records
DH,NC
5
Michael McDermott
60 pts.
Willow Springs
Pauper Sky Records
BK,MM
6
Shovels & Rope
54 pts.
Little Seeds
New West
 
7
Robert Ellis
53 pts.
Robert Ellis
New West Records
DHO
8
Sturgill Simpson
52 pts.
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Atlantic Records
JJ,JF
9
Douglas Greer
50 pts.
Baja Louisiana
Zilker Park Records
HDB,ML
10
Lucinda Williams
46 pts.
The Ghosts Of Highway 20
Highway 20 Records
EM
11
Buddy Miller & Friends
44 pts.
Cayamo Sessions at Sea
New West Records
 
12
Wink Burcham
43 pts.
Cleveland Summer Nights
Continental Song City
 
13
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
42 pts.
C&O Canal
Red Beet Records
BR
14
Brent Cobb
41 pts.
Shine On A Rainy Day
Elektra Records
HH
 
Daniel Romano
41 pts.
Mosey
New West
CVL
 
Leonard Cohen
41 pts.
You Want it Darker
Sony Music
HO
17
Christian Kjellvander
40 pts.
A Village: Natural Light
Tapete Records
BM
18
Drive-By Truckers
39 pts.
American Band
ATO Records
AR,EZ
19
Birds of Chicago
38 pts.
Real Midnight
Five Head Entertainment
LM,SZ
20
John Prine
37 pts.
For Better, or Worse
Oh Boy Records
FS,MB
21
The Cactus Blossoms
36 pts.
You’re Dreaming
Red House Records
GS,HD
22
Richmond Fontaine
35 pts.
You Can’t Go Back
Décor Records
FCE
23
Gillian Welch
34 pts.
Boots No.1: The Official Revival Bootleg
Acony Records
LK,PR,TJ
24
Sarah Jarosz
33 pts.
Undercurrent
Sugar Hill
RM
25
Joe Purdy
32 pts.
Who Will Be Next?
Mudtown Crier Records
AL
 
The Devil Makes Three
32 pts.
Redemption & Ruin
New West

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