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Another bumper release from Australian compilation favourites, Raven Records and a rare one it is too! Since, they have selected the Father of bluegrass the late Bill Monroe as their subject. A masterful mandolin picker and bandleader…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 25, 2011 at 23:30 — No Comments
Adopted Texans are common today among the singer-songwriting community…. it could be something to do about the water. So receptive being the area to people of their trade and in Hank Woji.
Wisely, he has borrowed four standards to go with seven songs of his own and though ‘Loretta’ (one of the first songs from the Texas master Townes Van Zandt I became…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 21, 2011 at 23:30 — No Comments
Produced and recorded by Gurf Morlix at his Rootball Studio in Austin, Texas Out Of The Blues is fine testament of both the artist, Robyn Ludwick and himself. For it is strong in every department and with Ludwick possessing similar all round traits, vocally and otherwise to Lucinda Williams, Kelly Wills and there are also hints of Mary Gauthier to her music Ludwick strikes a mighty blow. As blues, country and blues…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 19, 2011 at 23:25 — No Comments
What a beautiful and peaceful piece of music from the Ukrainian-born and American raised mandolin and fiddle instrumentalist, Peter Ostroushko a man who is truly of all seasons so broad are his musical influences. With a foot in folk, bluegrass, blues, country, jazz and his latest addition, classical Ostroushko could if he weren’t the man he is spread himself thin.
A master and fervent fan…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 19, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments
West coast gal, Heather Myles has long championed the values of traditional country music, especially the west coast Bakersfield sound through her work. Like a breath of fresh air she came on to the scene in 1992 and remained so for over ten years, but sadly her career and music has since become stale. It is as if after playing the music, influenced by Merle Haggard, Buck…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 17, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments
Yes, a bumper 50 hit songs spread over two cds. What amazing value this album is, as most all collections on Humphead are. As country music’s famed Storyteller’s music from the most prolific period in his recording career is jammed tighter than sardines in a can.
Starting with his 1967 hit ‘I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew’ right on through the…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 16, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments
On first listen I had my reservation about City Of Refuge; and not unlike her last album (Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet) I was about to make too hasty a judgement of the music of innovative banjo playing singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn. Now that would have been to my great loss. Reason being her music grows on you and it…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 15, 2011 at 20:00 — No Comments
If you are looking for a master-class lesson in flat picking and generally some of the finest acoustic guitar picking (Doc also plays fine claw-hammer banjo and harmonica) imaginable, done I hasten to add in an entertaining free flowing style then you have found it. For Doc Watson blind from a young age and now in his 80s (and he still does a little picking) and his late son, Merle Watson aided by…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 14, 2011 at 23:30 — No Comments
Saloon Dogs were born out of the ashes of the London-based band, The Bogarts after they broke up in 1995. Headed by lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Billy MacInnes and Maria…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 13, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments
When it came to musical heroes Hoyt Axton in my estimation is up there among an elite few of those who rarely if ever disappointed. Son of Mae Axton who wrote, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Hoyt after coming through the American folk scene of the early 1960s was at the top of his game during the 1970s and beyond, as his free-flowing, spontaneous…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 12, 2011 at 20:30 — No Comments
With three Red House heavyweights all on one-album I realised things aren’t so bad afterall. Economy and job loss problems can be forgotten for a while. But, much as I enjoy Eliza, John and Lucy (who I must admit hasn’t been firing on all cylinders recently as her music hasn’t gone on like I had anticipated. More like her talent has simply, levelled out) on the album it does not match an album by either of them.…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 11, 2011 at 21:00 — No Comments
Few if any female country singers have made such an impact as Loretta Lynn over the years. You can count Dolly, Reba and Tammy in this statement too. Since Loretta was pure country from start to finish and when you add a sassy attitude and subject matter in the songs she wrote (remember 1966 wasn’t all that pro-women in Nashville at the time…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 11, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments
Following on from his much-lauded album, Last Exit To Happyland Texas singer-songwriter, musician, producer and recording artist Gurf Morlix’s long awaited tribute to his late friend fellow singer-songwriter Blaze Foley is now ready. Foley who was a remarkable larger than life character. Who though loaded with songwriting ability was never to achieve…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 9, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments
While Little Miss Higgins (aka Jolene Higgins) was born in Brooks, Alberta the blues, folk and jazz performer she was in fact raised in Independence, Kansas prior to moving back north. Now based in…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 6, 2011 at 21:00 — No Comments
While I am generally a big Marty Robbins fan I tend distance myself from his love ballads and that is exactly the category the two 1968 and 1969 albums fall. Hence I am a little picky at what I like and don’t welcome with open arms. Good though…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 5, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments
Added by Maurice Hope on February 4, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments
Virginia act, Furnace Mountain play music true to the tradition of their home state as they combine bluegrass and mountain folk music in stellar fashion. As you have the wonderful instrumentals of Danny Knicely (mandolin, fiddle), David Van Deventer (fiddle, banjo) aid the strong lead vocals of Aimee Curl (upright bass) and harmony vocals…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 2, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments
It was interesting not only to see Colorado act, David Williams back so soon after his album last year and with an album as diverse and enjoyable as ‘Chocolate…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on February 1, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments