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SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL AT THE SAGE GATESHEAD 21 – 23 JULY 2017

http://www.summertyne.com

 

The SummerTyne Americana Festival and the Sage Gateshead looks forward to welcoming a great line-up of artists for what promises to be a memorable weekend.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 18, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

CHARLIE RICH —MIDNIGHT BLUE THE EARLY RECORDINGS 1958-1960 (Jasmine)

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

The Silver Fox Charlie Rich made a number of timeless recordings, some he wrote and was the case with “Big Man” some came from others (Dale Fox). Rich was pretty much near, if not…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 9, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

HANNAH ALDRIDGE —GOLD RUSH (Rootsy Music)

 

www.hannah-aldridge.com

 

 

Hannah Aldridge is daughter of Muscle Shoals producer, musician and hit songwriter Walt Aldridge. He has supplied a bunch of country acts as in Earl Thomas Conley, Barbara…

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

DAN RAZA —TWO (Deep River)

http://www.danraza.com

  

Singer-songwriter Dan Raza is one of those musicians who’s music might take a little while to bed down, but once it does it is set to stay with the listener for a long time. Born in India and raised in London Raza is of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 4, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

STEVE YOUNG —SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS (ACE Records)

 

www.acerecords.com

 

Let’s get straight to the point. Here we have a huge contender, if not already the declared winner of the year reissue! If you are, up to now unfamiliar with the genial attributes and recordings of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 4, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

THE MASTERSONS —TRANSIENT LULLABY (Red House Records)

http://redhouserecords.com

http://www.themastersonsmusic.com 

Hard working duo Chris Masterson and his wife Eleanor Whitmore are both fine songwriters. Regular tour partners in…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 2, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

WILLIE NELSON & LEON RUSSELL —ONE FOR THE ROAD (Floating World)

 

www.floatingwolrdrecords.co.uk

 

Originally released in 1979, as a double album Willie Nelson was, at the time going through a prolific spell of making duet albums. It all started in 1976 with the RCA release Wanted! The Outlaws…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 2, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

WENDY WEBB —STEP OUT OF LINE (Spooky Moon Records)

 

Iowa-raised, Americana singer-songwriter, Wendy Webb now Florida-based is loaded with talent, a particularly fine lyricist she owes some of her style to the work of the likes of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and the 1970s Californian scene. People like Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro, Robbie…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 2, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

REGGIE YOUNG — FOREVER YOUNG (Ace Records)

 

www.acerecords.com

 

Now here is a big surprise and a pleasant one at that. It is a real coup, because recorded music under his own name is most rare. An album from session legendary guitarist, Missouri-born Reggie Young is…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 2, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

JAIME WYATT —FELONY BLUES (Forty Below Records)

http://www.jaimewyatt.com

http://www.fortybelowrecords.com

Jaime Wyatt is a new name to me. Primed with a rattling good…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 25, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

THESIS LIVES —TREE OF LIFE (Self-Released)

www.facebook.com/ThesisLives 

Thesis Lives are Angus Craddock (guitar, vocals, production), Matty James Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Gary Husband (bass) and Richard Mason (drums), and with their…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 25, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

SONNY LANDRETH —OUTWARD BOUND —SOUTH OF I-10 (Floating World) 2CDS

 

www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

 

 

The incendiary playing of slide guitarist Sonny Landreth first captured my imagination twenty odd years ago, and my admiration for him has never strayed. Although he has released some music since…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 25, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

TOM RUSSELL —PLAY ONE MORE: THE SONGS OF IAN & SYLVIA (True North Records)

 

www.truenorthrecords.com

 

Americana singer-songwriter Tom Russell has made a lot of albums, and among those you can count a number of admirable concept albums. Now he has another to add to the list, as he generously covers an album of songs by…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 25, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

SAM BAKER —LAND OF DOUBT (Self-Released)

 

www.sambakermusic.com

 

 

Texas singer-songwriter, Sam Baker started out in the music business late in life, but he has been unfazed by the attention, and adulation. His spare and largely unique style of work never ceases to turn heads.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 24, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

JASON ISBELL And The 400 UNIT —the Nashville Sound (South Eastern Records / Thirty Tigers)

http://www.jasonisbell.com

 

Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell’s (formerly of the band, Drive-By-Truckers) music is presently at a peak you don’t want him to lose sight of. If a change were to take place it…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 21, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

GENTLE GIANTS —THE SONGS OF DON WILLIAMS (Slate Creek Records)

 

www.slatecreekrecords.com

  

Now here is a welcome surprise, a tribute to country music’s gentle giant, Don Williams; a man who spearhead a greater interest in country music on these shores during the mid-late 1970s, and early…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 19, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

THE SECRET SISTERS —YOU DON’T OWN ME ANYMORE (New West)

 

www.newwestrecords.com

 

www.secretsisters.com

 

You Don’t Own Me Anymore could in all reality be seen as Alabama’s Secret Sisters’ comeback…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 19, 2017 at 6:21 — No Comments

PETER DONEGAN —SUPERMAN (Self-Released) 5 track EP

 

www.peterdonegan.com

 

 

Peter Donegan has a great deal to live up to, since his father Lonnie Donegan ignited popular music in the UK. It was Lonnie and the short-lived skiffle period that opened the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 15, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

LEEROY STAGGER —LOVE VERSUS (True North Records)

 

www.truenorthrecords.com

 

Leeroy Stagger (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar) was raised in Victoria British Columbia, and has by all accounts earned himself a respectable following this side of the pond. For one, he…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 15, 2017 at 17:28 — No Comments

VARIOUS ARTISTS —OUTLAW: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF WAYLON JENNINGS (Sony Music) CD + DVD

www. legacyrecordings.com

 

www.waylonoutlaw.com

 

Tribute albums can be something of a hit and miss thing. The all-star live recording has those involved…

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Added by Maurice Hope on June 13, 2017 at 18:00 — 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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