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JADE HELLIWELL —FORGET THE NIGHT (Self-released) EP

http://www.jadehelliwell.com

 

Budding artist Country singer-songwriter Jade Helliwell after much knocking on doors her career gained another big break earlier this year. For in winning The Yamaha Hoedown Road To…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 18, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

SHORTSTUFF — BIG BLUE (Blonde On Blonde/ Digital (Records) Limited

www.thedavethomasband.co.uk

Blues brothers Dave Thomas and Hugh Gregory debuted on the UK folk club circuit in 1974, and though they recorded a few tracks in 1975 the tapes were thought to be long, long gone. Before that is, the tapes…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 16, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

DANNY BARNES —STOVE UP (Wendell Records)

 

Banjo playing singer-songwriter and more, Danny Barnes is one of those acts overflowing with talent. Some of you will remember him from his days in the Bad Livers, here Barnes (banjo, vocals, 12-string guitar on “Get it While You Can”) revisits some traditional including a couple…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 15, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments

THE WHISKEY GENTRY—DEAD RINGER (Pitch-a-Tent Records)

 

www.thewhiskeygentry.com

 

Atlanta Georgia based band, husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow and band mates throw a wide enough loop to ensure their brand of Americana country music remains sounding fresh throughout.

On pushing the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 15, 2017 at 8:39 — No Comments

THE BYRDS —LIVE AT THE FILLMORE FEBRUARY 1969 (Floating World)

www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

 

Whilst The Byrds at the time did not feature the musical presence of Chris Hillman or Gram Parsons or Gene Clark but their music nevertheless turned heads. Rickenbacker 12-string guitar player McGuinn was the lead…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 15, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

JASON EADY —JASON EADY (Thirty Tigers)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH

http://jasoneady.com

 

Mississippi-bred singer-songwriter guitarist Jason Eady comes up with a worthy follow-up album to 2014 release Daylight/ Dark in the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 1, 2017 at 17:11 — No Comments

CARL PERKINS —THE ROCKIN’ GUITAR MAN; The Singles 1955-1962 + Bonus Tracks 2CDs

http://www.jasmine-records.co.uk

 

Rockabilly and more legend, Sun recording artist Carl Perkins was at the forefront of those acts from the Sun Studio acts to ignite rock’n’roll. Tennessee-raised, Perkins was a real…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 1, 2017 at 16:45 — No Comments

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 16:30 — 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 8:30 — 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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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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