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Maurice Hope's Blog – January 2017 Archive (20)

AGS CONNOLLY —NOTHIN’ UNEXPECTED (At The Helm Records)

www.atthehelmrecords.com

http://www.agsconnolly.com 

Country through and through, Oxford-England singer-songwriter Ags Connolly is what people are apt to claim as being the real…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 28, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

BOB LUMAN —LET’S THINK ABOUT LUMAN – The Nashville recordings and more 1959-1962 (Jasmine)

 

www.jasmine-records.co.uk

 

Now here is an artist who rarely receives the recognition he truly deserves. Bob Luman was around when there was a surfeit of top-notch rockabilly, rock’n’roll and as he later became, an accomplished…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 28, 2017 at 15:48 — No Comments

JOHN DOE —THE WESTERNER (Cool Rock Records / Thirty Tigers)

http://www.johndoe.com

Co-founder and front man of 1980s band, X musician, poet, actor and also songwriter California-based John Doe has a wealthy of work to his name. The Westerner is just one of Doe's…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 28, 2017 at 15:37 — No Comments

JIM LAUDERDALE —LONDON SOUTHERN (Proper Records)

 

www.jumlauderdale.com

www.properrecords.com

 

Nashville singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale has a wealth of recordings under his belt, and songs to match. Talk about writers who have shared…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 28, 2017 at 15:18 — No Comments

BOB CHEEVERS –SELECTIONS FROM 50 YEARS: THE BOB CHEEVERS COLLECTION (Howlin’ Dog Records) 5 CD-Set

 

www.bobcheevers.com

 

 

Bob Cheevers like with one or two more, his music isn't appreciated by as many as it should. Sadly, it is likely more or less to remain that way. While on the positive side he has a hard-core of fans in…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 28, 2017 at 15:06 — No Comments

RAB NOAKES —THE TREATMENT TAPES EP (Neon Records / Self-Released) 6-Track.

 

www.rabnoakes.com

 

Established Scottish (St. Andrews, Fife) singer-songwriter Rab Noakes has long been at the forefront of his genre, ever pushing the boundaries and coming up with shrewd observations of people and the world we live…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 21, 2017 at 11:02 — No Comments

THE EVERLY BROTHERS —WALK RIGHT BACK: The Singles Collection 1956-1962) Jasmine 2CDs

 

www.jasmine-records.co.uk

 

Once the Appalachian-born, and raised siblings Phil and Don Everly's March 1957 single release of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant’s “Bye Bye Love” hit the charts there was simply no looking back for them. Funny enough…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 21, 2017 at 10:56 — No Comments

GARTH BROOKS —GUNSLINGER (Sony Music)

 

www.sonymusic.com

 

www.garthbrooks.com

 

Country act Garth Brooks has for quite some time kept a low profile on the recording scene, although he is still performing mega dates and currently on a…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 19, 2017 at 11:37 — No Comments

JEMIMA JAMES —AT LONGVIEW FARM / WHEN YOU GET OLD (Team Love Records) 2CDs

www.team-love.com

 

Jemima James story  is an interesting or should that read, captivating story. Of how she came to record At Longview Farm in 1979, and have to wait till now for the then young woman of 27 and now 65 years old see her…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 19, 2017 at 11:22 — No Comments

HOME SERVICE—A NEW GROUND (Self-released)

 

www.homeservice.co.uk

 

Eight-piece English rock folk ensemble Home Service were formed in 1981, and it seemed like their existence had run its course before making a dramatic return to past glories. The band's best-selling live album of 2011…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 18, 2017 at 18:29 — No Comments

JANET ROBIN —TAKE ME AS I AM (Self-Released)

 

www.janetrobin.com

 

Guitarist, singer-songwriter powerhouse Janet Robin has a solid set of players accompany her on Take Me As I Am, and with her focussing more on making an album like she sounds live the album features more electric…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 15, 2017 at 17:12 — No Comments

ROBERT EARL KEEN —LIVE DINNER REUNION (Dualtone) 2CDs

 

www.dualtone.com

 

www.robertearlkeen.com

 

 

It is hard to believe Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has now been performing for thirty years. Live Dinner…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 12, 2017 at 10:58 — No Comments

DAN PENN —CLOSE TO ME: MORE FAME RECORDINGS (ACE Records)

 

www.acerecords.com

 

Legendary songwriter, Dan Penn made his name at the small FAME recording studio in Muscle Shoal, Alabama and timeless wealth of compositions. Some were solo efforts, while others written with his great friend…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 12, 2017 at 10:31 — No Comments

STEVEN GRAVES–CAPTAIN SOUL (Self-Released)

http://www.stevengravesmusic.com 

Santa Cruz, California Steven Graves’ seventh album Captain Soul is a big project for him. Simultaneously hugely diverse and focussed his freewheeling musical…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2017 at 13:06 — No Comments

ANDY FERRELL —AT HOME AND IN NASHVILLE (Self-Released)

http://https://www.facebook.com/theandyferrell

 

North Carolina-born and bred, Boone’s Andy Ferrell split the time recording the album between his home town and Nashville; and with…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2017 at 12:24 — No Comments

VARIOUS —CHART BUSTERS USA (Ace Records)

http://www.acerecords.com 

ACE records are experts when it comes to producing interesting compilations, whether it be soul, pop, Motown, cajun, blues, vintage rock’n’roll or as is the case here, country…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2017 at 12:06 — No Comments

JENNIFER WARNES —JENNIFER WARNER / SHOT THROUGH THE HEART (BGO Records)

 

www.bgo-records.com

 

With so many BGO Record sets coming as twin-cds we are back to one for this two LP collection. Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Warnes had this amazing voice, and with not only her career…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2017 at 11:54 — No Comments

COUNTRY LIPS —TILL THE DAYLIGHT COMES (Self-Released)

http://www.countrylips.com

Swamped in pedal steel, country guitar and piano Seattle-based eight-piece Country Lips bring energy and authenticity to the table, huge thanksgiving dinner helpings they are too.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2017 at 11:43 — No Comments

JOE PURDY —WHO WILL BE NEXT? (MC Records) Bread & Butter Music

http://www.joepurdy.com

  

ALBUM OF THE MONTH

Arkansas-born singer-songwriter Joe Purdy’s latest in album Who Will Be Next? has him go back to his folk troubadour roots. Drawing on the musical styles of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2017 at 11:19 — No Comments

KAREN JONAS —COUNTRY SONGS (At The Helm)

http://atthehelmrecords.com 

www.karenjonasmusic.com

 

Virginia born and raised, honky tonk sweetheart Karen Jones goes for the timeless west…

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Added by Maurice Hope on January 2, 2017 at 11:00 — 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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