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Maurice Hope's Blog – January 2010 Archive (13)

Rounder Recording act Nanci Griffith is on the road again

Oh, how time flies since it is almost 25 years since Nanci Griffith first came over to the UK, and has been a regular visitor ever since. Her stubborn West Texas roots has seen to it that unlike some singer-songwriters and otherwise performers she has been a survivor, and despite changes in the music industry Griffith has rolled with the punches to the degree her latest album The Loving Kind has been acclaimed by many as her best album (her two Other Voices... recordings… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 31, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

Transatlantic Sessions On Tour

www.thesagegateshead.org

ticketoffice@thesagegateshead.org

Standing tickets or restricted view seats may be available even when the website states that it’s sold out! Call the Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 to find out.



After two shows in Glasgow at the Royal Concert Hall (January 29,31) the ensemble takes to the road,calling at Manchester —Bridgewater Hall (February, 2nd) before they descend on Gateshead (details as… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 24, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

STEVE COYLE —TEN IN ONE (Fiddling Cricket Music)

www.steviecoyle.com

Former Waybacks leader and founder member, Stevie Coyle for his solo debut has come up with a unique and ambitious project, and it works. Ten In One is a collection of songs and accompanying intros that take the listener on journey through time, a time when carnivals, side shows, roustabouts and trains were a way of life for a great many. His ability to conjure, spare stark imagery aided by fine… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 22, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

LESLEE BOEHM —MY TURN (CD Baby; iTunes; digstation)

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lesleeboehm Leslee Boehm is a new name to come on to the scene, and a fiddle player at that. Young Texan, Leslee Boehm may on occasions, vocally lean towards country music mainstream but she also possesses a wonderful touch with the bow and has a great love for western swing. Through the help of such stalwarts as, Rich O’Brien who plays with western singer-songwriter, storyteller Red… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 17, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

PATTY LOVELESS —MOUNTAIN SOUL 11 (Saguaro Road Records)

www.pattyloveless.com

www.saguarorecords.com

Oh, what a great voice this lady has! Not just because she sings good old-fashioned country music doused with bluegrass but enjoy herself doing so. After her first Mountain Soul album in 2001, I could hardly bide myself thinking had she plans to make a follow-up? In between it all Loveless released yet another treasure, Sleepless Nights. Made up… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 16, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

THE LOVELL SISTERS —TIME TO GROW (Own Label)

www.lovellsisters.com

www.musikkoperatorene.no

When it comes to country, bluegrass dashed with a little folk awash in vibrant qualities, then the Georgia-born and raised Lovell Sisters; Rebecca (mandolin, finger style, acoustic guitar, djembe and lead vocals), Megan (resophonic guitar, lap steel and vocals) and Jessica (fiddle, glockenspiel and lead vocals) aided by Matthew… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 16, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

RICKY SKAGGS —SOLO, SONGS MY DAD LOVED (Skaggs Family Records) with Video Interview

www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com

People have admired the versatility of Ricky Skaggs ever since he came to the fore in the 1970s. When he played with another precocious talent, the late Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys and J.D Crowe’s famed, New South then, as a multi-Grammy winning solo act. Not to forget, either, is his time with the Country Gentlemen, recordings with flat-picker, vocalist Tony Rice and… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 15, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

JAMES HAND —SHADOW ON THE GROUND (Rounder/Decca)

www.jamesslimhand.com

Fame came to James Hand late in life, but boy doesn’t he know how to sing old-fashioned brand of country music. Better than the fresh-faced new hyped acts and otherwise coming out of Nashville that is for sure, he is the real deal who can count among his fans such country music legends as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson (‘you believe him’) and who am I to argue.



Like with his Rounder debut, The… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 12, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

ISRAEL NASH GRIPKA —NEW YORK TOWN (Continental Song City)

www.continental.nl

Superb hooky rhythms and in general, lots happening with Jim Zhivago (who also produced the album), Blake Fleming and Rich Hinman in support to his own acoustic, electric guitar, banjo and harp —the music is tight and such is the energy and creative flare of Gripka there are no holes or lack of fullness. Israel’s music and vocals have some John Fogerty tendencies as he swamps the listener with the likes of ‘Pray For… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 12, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE —A FRIEND OF A FRIEND (ACONY)

www.daverawlingsmachine.com

www.aconyrecords.com

At long last Dave Rawlings has decided to step out from the shadows of his partner, Gillian Welch, and as anticipated he brings a great deal to the table. A huge talent, Rawlings brings together the music of what you would expect from the Old Crow Medicine Show (with whom he has worked) and hints of The Band. Great stuff.

Entwined… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 10, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

RED STICK RAMBLERS —MY SUITCASE IS ALWAYS PACKED - Sugar Hill -(media)

www.redstickramblers.com

www.sugarhillrecords.com

My Suitcase Is Always Packed is the second album on Sugar Hill by the Red Stick Ramblers, who are due over for the Celtic Connections Saturday 16th January in Glasgow this month (with the… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 4, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

KATE MacLEOD —BLOOMING - Waterbug (media)

www.katemacleod.com

Americana singer-songwriter Kate MacLeod makes interesting music, a finely spun mix of folk and country music tinged with hints of pop, and when she kicks off her shoes to rattle along at a quicker tempo she is of another class. That isn’t to say her more studious, inner looking songs aren’t good. They are. But it is on the songs possessing a greater feel of freedom and free abandon that Kate instantly appeals.… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

THE PINES —TREMELO - Red House (media)

www.redhouserecords.com

www.thepinesmusic.com

The Pines are two young Iowa musicians. Benson Ramsey, son of musician, songwriter-recording act, producer Bo Ramsey and David Huckfelt are supported on Tremelo by their Minneapolis-based all-star band of J.T Bates (drums), James Buckley (bass) and Alex Ramsey (keyboards), plus you have Bo Ramsey co-produce (with them) and play… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

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May 2018

1
John Prine
67 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
JJC,MB,SP,RM
2
Levi Parham
58 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
CRS,JB,TK
3
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
55 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
HDB,CVL,DHO
4
Michael McDermott
54 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
JDO,LK,BK
5
Sam Morrow
48 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
MA,JBO,HB
6
Caleb Caudle
39 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
7
Western Centuries
36 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
MF
8
Carter Sampson
34 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
9
Charley Crockett
30 pts.
Lonesome as a Shadow
Son of Davy/30 Tigers
 
10
Courtney Marie Andrews
28 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
JV
11
Ed Romanoff
27 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
 
Joan Baez
27 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
HD
 
Pharis and Jason Romero
27 pts.
Sweet Old Religion
Lula Records
SZ,LM
14
Gretchen Peters
24 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
KG
 
Old Crow Medicine Show
24 pts.
Volunteer
Columbia Records
GF
 
Will Stewart
24 pts.
County Seat
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
17
Ben Reel
22 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
GC,FC
 
Birds Of Chicago
22 pts.
Love In Wartime
Signature Sounds
 
 
Emily Herring
22 pts.
Gliding
Eight 30 Records
RST,RH
20
Jenny van West
21 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
PJ,FS,JJ
 
Mary Gauthier
21 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
22
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
20 pts.
Years
Bloodshot Records
FCE
23
David Starr
19 pts.
South And East
Independent
HM
24
Cold Tone Harvest
18 pts.
After You
Independent
 
25
Grant Peeples
17 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental

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