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DAPHNE’S FLIGHT —KNOWS TIME, KNOWS CHANGE (Fledg’Ling Records)

http://www.daphnesflight.com 

http://www.fledglingrecords.co.uk

Made up of top UK female folk, jazz and blues recording acts Christine Collister, Melanie…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 29, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

JON STICKLEY TRIO —MAYBE BELIEVE (Self-released)

www.jonstickley.com

 

 

Maybe Believe is the third full-length recording by the Jon Stickley Trio. Like before, the music is hugely innovative as Jon Stickley (flat-pick guitar) and fellow instrumental wizards, Lyndsay Pruett (violin)…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 29, 2017 at 7:08 — No Comments

DICKEY LEE —NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE — ASHES OF LOVE (Hux Records)

 

www.huxrecords.com

 

I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this collection. For some reason I hadn’t heard in depth, the early country releases from Dickey Lee other than a little later in his career. It was at the time of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 29, 2017 at 6:51 — No Comments

SLAID CLEAVES —GHOST ON THE CAR RADIO (Candy House Media)

 

www.slaidcleaves.com

 

Maine, New England-raised and now living in Austin, Texas singer-songwriter recording act Slaid Cleaves keeps his music and songs simple. His music has changed little over the years. Nothing fancy,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 24, 2017 at 18:15 — No Comments

REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND —FRONT PORCH SESSIONS (Thirst Tigers)

 

One of the most noticeable aspects of Rev Peyton and his Big Damn Band’s music is the high intensity as the band and the Reverend lay down a selection of big-bodied, raw country blues. Powered by restless slide guitar the listener is drenched in honest as the day is long country…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 24, 2017 at 17:54 — No Comments

JERRY LEE LEWIS –TOGETHER * LIVE AT THE INTERNATIONAL, LAS VEGAS * IN LOVING MEMORIES – THE JERRY LEE GOSPEL ALBUM * KEEPS ROCKIN’ (BGO Records) 2 CDs

 

www.bgo-records.com

 

Four LPs on two cds make great value, especially when you take it into account you not only have the ‘killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis but also his sister, Linda Gail Lewis. Linda when asked, performed good ol’ southern country soul (and gospel) and the sass to go with it! Such is the chemistry between the 

siblings I am prompted to question why didn’t they do more together. Or why…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 23, 2017 at 7:12 — No Comments

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE —KIDS IN THE STREET (New West)

 

www.newwestrecords.com

 

www.justintownesearle.com

 

Produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at his ARC Studios in Omaha, it the first time Earle has…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 19, 2017 at 17:35 — No Comments

ONE FOUR SIX ONE —WHERE THE FIRES ARE (Self-released) 4-Track EP

 

Leeds based 5-piece One Four Six One are a hugely talented set of aspiring musicians, and who have already stacked up an interesting history. The boys have not only ventured to the other side of the pond to perform live but record. Not bad for a fledgling act.  

 

Musically, they hit the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 19, 2017 at 17:33 — No Comments

MALCOLM HOLCOMBE —PRETTY LITTLE TROUBLES (Gypsy Eyes Music)

 

www.malcolmholcombe.com

 

 

North Carolina born, and raised singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe has been making wonderful albums since the mid-1990s, and one or two more before that. 

Produced by fellow singer-songwriter…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 11, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

WESTERN CENTURIES —WEIGHT OF THE WORLD (Free Dirt Records)

 

www.westerncenturies.com

 

www.freedirtrecords.com

 

Many of you will already be familiar with the music of Cahalen Morrison through his partnership with Eli…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 11, 2017 at 7:16 — No Comments

DONALD BYRON WHEATLEY —MOONDOGS AND MAD DOGS (Maiden Voyage)

 

www.maidenvoyage.net

Immediately I placed this cd on my player I was energised by Donald Byron Wheatley’s music. Fuelled by a rock solid rhythm section, piano, swirling organ, lead guitar and pedal steel guitar (BJ Cole), there is a buzz throughout.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 10, 2017 at 7:08 — No Comments

DAVID STARR —THE HEAD AND HEART (Self-released) EP UK Tour dates this month

http://www.davidstarrmusic.com

 

Cedaredge, Colorado based singer-songwriter David Starr is most articulate and meticulous in the way he fashions his songs, five of the six songs on this EP are his own…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 9, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

WILLIE NELSON —GOD’S PROBLEM CHILD (Legacy Recordings, Sony Entertainment)

http://www.legacyrecordings.com

http://www.williwnelson.com

What can I say about Texas’ legend, singer-songwriter Willie Nelson that’s not be said, other…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 7, 2017 at 14:39 — No Comments

JIM REEVES —YOURS SINCERLEY, JIM REEVES / BLUE SIDE OF LONESOME / A TOUCH OF SADNESS / JIM REEVES ON STAGE (BGO Records) 2 CDs

   

www.bgo-records.com

 

Jim Reeves’ part in the development of country music isn’t always appreciated like it might. His smooth singing voice was something to behold, and though I admittedly, I am a far greater fan…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 7, 2017 at 7:26 — No Comments

NICOLETTE LARSON —NICOLETTE * IN THE NICK OF TIME * RADIOLAND (BGO Records) 2CDs

 



 



www.bgo-records.com

 

Nicolette Larson was one of the finest vocalists of her day.  The three albums that make up this release come from 1978, 1979 and 1980, and with her perfect tones well suited for pop, soft rock radio Larson was a most popular lady. For not only did she make accomplished albums, but she was also a top-line backing vocalist. Used by everyone from Hot Axton to Neil…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 4, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

SAM OUTLAW —TENDERHEART (Six Shooter Records – Thirty Tigers)

 

www.samoutlaw.com

 

Sam Outlaw is one of the exciting new names on the Americana county scene, a young man who is not only helping bring in a new younger audience but also gaining acceptance from those into traditional country music. He is a…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 4, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

TED RUSSELL KAMP —FLYING SOLO (Pomo Records)

http://www.tedrussellkamp.com

 

LA-based, singer-songwriter, bassist and recording act, Ted Russell Kamp, plus producer, sideman and session musician covers a good many areas on Flying Solo, and might I add with…

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Added by Maurice Hope on May 1, 2017 at 16:10 — No Comments

NED LUBERECKI —TAKE FIVE (CLM)

 

www.nedski.com

 

Bluegrass banjoist Ned Luberecki is not only joined by vocalists Dale Ann Bradley, Amanda Smith and Becky Buller (she also plays fiddle and harmony vocals) but pickers Mike Compton, David Grier, Missy Raines, Rob Ickes, Casey…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 26, 2017 at 7:38 — No Comments

LYNN MILES with Keith Glass —ROAD (Continental Song City)

 

www.lynnmiles.com

 

Canadian-born, and much travelled, singer-songwriter Lynn Miles is one of the finest of her genre. Her beautiful vocals and lyrics coupled with the stellar playing of Keith Glass (acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 25, 2017 at 7:08 — 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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