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Maurice Hope's Blog – January 2012 Archive (14)

MUNDY —SHUFFLE (Camor Recording)

 

www.mundy.ie 

Irish singer-songwriter, Mundy who won favour with his version of Steve Earle’s ‘Galway Girl’ and his general grasp of fare akin to it; as in your finest American singer-songwriters. 

 

Born, Edmund Enright in Birr, Co Offaly Mundy is a fine student of the idiom and practitioner too. As he performs first-class versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘Buckets Of Rain’…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 22, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

ERIC TAYLOR —LIVE AT THE RED SHACK (Blue Ruby Records)

www.web.me.com/blueruby/home/News.html

 Recorded live at the Red Shack recording studio the latest ‘classic’ set of work from Texas-based singer-songwriter Eric Taylor has a wonderful set of old friends in tow. What a list it is too as in Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Denice Franke, James Gilmer, Marco Python Fecchio, Rock Romano and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 21, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

GRETCHEN PETERS —HELLO CRUEL WORLD (Proper Records)

http://www.propermusic.com

What a wonderful surprise it was to hear fellow singer-songwriter, recording act Rodney Crowell join her on the song, ‘Dark Angel’. Like with a few more tracks it was love at first hearing. So impressive was the partnership a few more tracks would not have been out of place. Maybe, they will consider doing a duet album.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 20, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

ROMI MAYES —LUCKY TONIGHT (Me & My Americana records)

www.romimayes.com

www.continental.nl

Blues, roots rock Americana act, Romi Mayes pulls no punches when she plays live on stage, her band may only consist of key contributor Jason Nowicki (lead electric guitar) and Ken McMahan (kick and snare drum) plus Jaxon Haldane who lends harmony support and Damon Mitchell who likewise makes…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 20, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

MERLE HAGGARD —WORKING IN TENNESSEE (Vanguard)

www.vanguardrecords.com

www.merlehaggard.com 

Just to prove there is life in the old dog yet, Merle Haggard, now back with a label that commands greater distribution than some of his recent releases he once again comes through with a splendid album.

Supported by a fine bunch of pickers that include Reggie…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 15, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

JAMES BURTON —THE EARLY YEARS (1956-1969) (ACE)

www.acerecords.com

Ace Records have brought us some fabulous compilations and this is one of the best. In all there are 28 tracks featured and to kick it off guitar ace James Burton (Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band) hits the boards running assisting Dale Hawkins on ‘Suzie-Q’. Though only 16, Burton was already showing great potential.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 15, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

REBBECA LOEBE —MYSTERY PRIZE (Me And My Records)

http://www.rebeccaloebe.com 

What impressed me most about, Atlanta, Georgia-based Rebecca Loebe is how much thought she puts into her music. As a result she gets her songs over to the listener. Good songs they are too! Loebe was born and first raised in Arlington, Virginia before her parents moved to Atlanta and at 17 she moved up to Boston. It is where she attended Berklee College Of Music and go on to…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 15, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

RICK NELSON —STAY YOUNG THE EPIC RECORDINGS (Floating World)

http://www.fwrecords.co.uk 

Pulled from his late 1970s albums with Epic after he had released himself from a twenty-year deal with MCA. Yes, twenty years! That was some record deal and with his life in turmoil, he was broke before moving labels plus he was in constant quarrels with his wife and conflict with his producers once he had moved to Epic. Not…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 14, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

BRIGITTE DeMEYER —ROSE OF JERICHO (Self-released) and UK Dates start this week

www.brigittedemeyer.com

 After working out of San Francisco’s Bay Area for her first four studio albums Brigitte DeMeyer has for this one not only recorded in Nashville but also relocated there. Why not! For it is after all where she is able to call on the wealth of talent on this country and blues steeped roots pop-infused collection. That she co-produced with…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 14, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

VARIOUS ARTISTS —THIS ONE’S FOR HIM: A TRIBUTE TO GUY CLARK (Music Road Music)

www.musicroadrecords.com

“Let’s give her a good go and make ol’ Guy proud of us says Rodney Crowell as he kicks off an album featuring no less than 30 of his finest songs (there is still a bunch more just as good that did not make the cut) and 33 American artists. Many of who are, old friends with others that have been hugely influenced by…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 13, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

MERLE HAGGARD —BIG CITY / GOING WHERE THE LONELY GO (BGO)

www.bgo-records.com

Here we have yet another splendid 2-for-1 album from BGO. Merle Haggard has to be in the running as the greatest country music act of all-time, and not just the fifty years. Yes, it is almost that long, because he first charted in December 1963. Though Merle no longer troubling the charts he is still making first-class albums. As in his…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 9, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

ISRAEL NASH GRIPKA —2011 Barn Doors Spring Tour, Live In Holland

http://www.israelnashgripka.com 

http://www.continental.nl

Now here is the Americana find of the last three years; first off we had his 2009 album New York Town followed last year’s by Barn Doors And Concrete Floors. A killer album and as this record proves he is every bit as good, live. All but…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 8, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

DON WILLIAMS —VOLUMES 1 & 2 (Hux Records)

www.huxrecords.com 

Known as the Gentle Giant Of Country Music Don Williams may now be turned, 70 but the music he did in the 1970s was as good as any around. Arguably, best known and loved by country fans on this side of the pond for songs ‘I Recall A Gypsy Woman’, ‘You’re My Best Friend’, ‘Amanda’, ‘I Am Just A…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 8, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

WINE, WOMEN & SONG —MATRACA BERG, GRETCHEN PETERS, SUZY BOGGUSS —LIVE AT GREEN’S GROCERY STORE (DVD)

www.facebook.com/winewomensong

With the success of the girls’ in the round live gigs the past ten years it was inevitable they would record a live show. What better way than on DVD opposed to CD I ask. Otherwise, the listener…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 7, 2012 at 7:00 — 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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