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Maurice Hope's Blog – February 2010 Archive (12)

JOHNNY CASH —AMERICAN VI: AIN’T NO GRAVE (Lost Highway / American Recordings)

www.losthighwayrecords.com



Johnny Cash may now be dead and buried six years but there is still previously unreleased music coming out, and it isn’t mismatched stuff rather like the sticker claims but, Johnny’s Final Studio Album!

By the time the recording was made his health was failing and voice becoming deeper and on occasions world weary as a result, yet through the production work of Rick Rubin and John’s honesty his… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on February 22, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

BILL PRICE—WITH THE EYE OF A SKEPTIC (Grass Magoops Records)

www.billprice.info



Singer-songwriter Bill Price has a fine eye for detail, and likewise an ear for a good melody. When you put them together as on With The Eye Of A Sceptic... alongside the help of a fine cast of musicians everything you could wish for falls into place, perfectly.



Price reminds me of another mighty fine acoustic musician, singer-songwriter by the name of Chuck Brodsky of whom I will speak of in detail at…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 22, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

PAUL MASON —PAUL MASON (Self-released) EP

www.myspace.com/paulmassonmusic

Here we have the debut EP from Baltimore, Maryland singer-songwriter Paul Mason who has a deep sense of feeling to his lyrics and a voice that is smoky, torn at the edges and of a kind that has you soon become totally lost in his superbly crafted lyrics.

Although there are only five tracks on the ‘My Girl From Baltimore’ fronted… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on February 20, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

MARTY ROBBINS —HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU? / I’VE GOT A WOMAN’S LOVE (Hux Records)

www.huxrecords.com

Another vintage 2-on-1 original albums from Hux and, who better than them who already have Gene Watson, Ed Bruce, Tom T Hall, Faron Young and Gene Vincent among the acts they have featured to now add the late country icon, Marty Robbins to their catalogue.

Sure, he had made more traditional and western styled collections but here we have Robbins the stylist and a whole lot more. Both albums are retrospective…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 16, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

KIERAN GOSS —I’LL BE SEEING YOU (Cog Communications)

www.kierangoss.com

www.myspace.com/kierangoss

Kieran Goss’s music isn’t of the kind that knocks you sideways or hits you full in the face, but music that draws you in. The kind that has the listener do the leg work and go search for it’s deeper meaning. Hence, the likes of his songs ‘One Boy’s Treasure’ (that lists the brilliant Beth Nielsen Chapman as one of the writers) and sad-eyed…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 15, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

LAURIE LEWIS —BLOSSOMS (Spruce and Maple Music)

www.laurielewis.com

www.spruceandmaplemusic.com



Boy, oh boy, what a beautiful album this is! From the stunning opening a cappella piece ‘How Can I Keep From Singing?’ the benchmark for the album is set to never waver. Although the final track, ‘Sirens’ isn’t something I‘m too enamoured with. However, the music previous to it features a feast of good stuff that borders on…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 13, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

CHRISTINE PRIMROSE —MO CHEIST AM FEAR BAN (My Darling Is The Fair One) (Temple Records)

www.templerecords.co.uk

Scottish traditional award winning singer Christine Primrose from the village of Carloway on the west side Isle Of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides was singing and recording as far back as 1982 in Gaelic long before it became semi-fashionable.

November last year was the recipient of the ‘Gaelic Singer Of The Year Award’ at Scotland’s Traditional Music Awards and as a result Temple records have issued a single ‘Mo… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on February 12, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

JASON & THE SCORCHERS —HALCYON TIMES (Jerkin’ Crocus Records)

www.jasonandthescorchers.com Whenever Jason Ringenberg and his band make a record or take to the stage one thing is for sure, the level of energy, entertainment and standard of songwriting will be high. A wonderful story-teller, Jason and the Scorchers were born out of punk, cow-punk as they called it then and, now after a sabbatical the boys Jason and founder member Warner E.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 7, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

JOAN BAEZ—HOW SWEET THE SOUND (RAZOR & TIE) DVD / CD

www.joanbaez.com www.razorandtie.com Joan Baez and the word folk music could just as easily be found under the same listing, whether it were in the Oxford dictionary or annals of folk music. Since she is and always will be the queen of folk. An American icon, Baez unlike some was able to mix folk music and politics without doing unlimited damage to her career. Once you have heard what Joan has got to say…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 7, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

CORD LUND —LOSIN’ LATELY GAMBLER (New West)

www.corblund.com www.newwestrecords.com Album number six from Canadian Cord Lund, his debut for the impressive New West label he not only has his band, The Hurtin’ Albertans for support but Harry Stinson produce. An acclaimed talent Stinson a drummer by trade and a member of Marty Stuart’s band, The Fabulous Superlatives lends support on harmony vocals and plays some guitar on what is a lively set of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 6, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

THE WIYOS —BROKEN LAND BELL (Self-released)

www.THEWIYOS.COM Hmmm now this is a mite interesting. The Wiyos play a brand of music you could soon become addicted to, and as far as I know there is no cure. Their music is varied, and difficult to place a finger on as various influences have been absorbed by the quartet and it could be argued they do try and cover too many. The Brooklyn-based ensemble started out in 2002 as a trio, and have since gone from strength to strength as they…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 6, 2010 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

CAROLINE HERRING —GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN (Signature Sounds)

CAROLINE HERRING —GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN (Signature Sounds)

www.signaturesounds.com

www.carolineherring.com



Singer-songwriter Caroline Herring is a worthy talent, and though lauded by many in the past I have always thought her vocals to be lightweight. However, my prejudices have in the main been pushed aside through her work on this beautifully presented album. Vocally, on… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on February 2, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

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November 2017

1
JW Roy & The Royal Family
80 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,BH,RST,LK
2
Chris Hillman
79 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
BP,FS,HD
3
Turnpike Troubadours
46 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
HM,TK
4
Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton
36 pts.
Wildflower Blues
Cinquefoil Records
TJ
5
Eilen Jewell
34 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
 
6
Lucinda Williams
31 pts.
This Sweet Old World
Highway 20/Thirty Tigers
BR,MW
7
JD McPherson
29 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
JS
8
Mark Martyre
26 pts.
Rivers
Independent
FC
 
Tom Russell
26 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
SP
10
Anna Tivel
25 pts.
Small Believer
Fluff And Gravy Records
MG
 
Margo Price
25 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
JB
12
Fred Wickham
22 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
RK
 
Joe Henry
22 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
HVB,PJ
 
Whitney Rose
22 pts.
Rule 62
Six Shooter/Thirty Tigers
 
15
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
HDB,JJ
 
Jim White
18 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
LM,SZ
 
Peter Gallway
18 pts.
Feels Like Religion
Gallway Bay Music
CVL,DHO
18
Thomm Jutz
17 pts.
Crazy If You Let It
Mountain Fever Records
 
19
Kris Delmhorst
16 pts.
The Wild
Blue Blade Records
 
20
Daniel Crabtree
15 pts.
In The Shadow Of His Wings
Independent
 
 
Jeremy Pinnell
15 pts.
Ties Of Blood And Affection
Sofaburn Records
 
 
Julien Baker
15 pts.
Turn Out The Lights
Matador
EZ
23
Amber Cross
14 pts.
Savage on the Downhill
Independent
 
 
Chris Blevins
14 pts.
Better than Alone
Horton Records
 
 
David Rawlings
14 pts.
Poor David's Almanack
Acony Records
 
 
Grainne Duffy
14 pts.
Where I Belong
Independent
GC,RW
 
Jeff Crosby
14 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records

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