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Maurice Hope's Blog – February 2012 Archive (21)

LEDFOOT —GOTHIC BLUES VOLUME ONE (Hypertension)

www.ledfoot-gothicblues.com/biography.htm 

www.hypertension-music.eu 

Gothic blues…, hmm. Don’t be put off by the title and picture displayed on the rear of the cd depicting Ledfoot (aka Tim Scott McConnell) because the music isn’t at all way out. Only he goes…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 29, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

BREABACH —BANN (Breabach Records)

http://www.breabach.com

Scottish traditional act, Breabach after going through some personnel changes last year have in, Bann that in Gaelic means band or bind an album that combines a number of different angles. For not only do we have a collection of jigs, reels and Strathspeys but tunes gathered from Norway by way of the lively dance tune ‘Mogaisean’ and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 27, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

THE DIRTY BEGGARS —BITE THE BULLET (Dime Dock Records)

www.thedirtybeggars.com 

www.dimedockrecords.com 

Surprise package The Dirty Beggars aren’t from yonder side of the Atlantic but this. Who would have guessed such the quality of the songs ‘Nashville Wave Goodbye’, bluegrass romp ‘Too Tired (To Work That Farm Today)’ and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 26, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

SKIP BATTIN —TOPANGA SKYLINE (Floating World)

 

www.fwrecords.co.uk

 

Now here is an interesting project! Though it does have a little experimental fare the innovative flair such is the slick pickin’ you can’t help but be driven by the work of Skip. The one-time member of The Byrds, 1969-1973 has Roland White, Al Perkins, Chris Ethridge, Byron Berline, Alan Munde, Bob Beeman, Mike Bowden and Herb Pedersen aid his lead vocals and piano. Originally, scheduled for…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 26, 2012 at 8:28 — No Comments

BAP KENNEDY —THE SAILOR'S REVENGE (and dates)

 http://bapkennedy.com

Belfast-born singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy is an artist for whom I have had a soft spot ever since I heard him front roots rock band, Energy Orchard, and then when he went solo it was like manna from heaven to my ears. This was in 1998 when with the help of his friend, Steve Earle he debut with Nashville recorded, Domestic Blues. Featuring…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 25, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

PETE SINJIN —BETTER ANGELS RADIO (Self-Released)

www.betterangelsradio.com 

www.petesinjin.com 

Here we have a first for me of hearing the work of New York singer-songwriter Pete Sinjin. A man of no little talent his songs are well-written and on or two quite wordy and for that one reason alone comparisons to fellow recording act, Tom Pacheco are…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 22, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

JEFFREY FOUCAULT —COLD SATELLITE (Continental Song City)

www.continental.nl 

www.jeffreyfoucault.com 

Produced by himself and the genial producer and guitarist, David Goodrich here is yet another fascinating collection of work from Americana singer-songwriter guitarist Jeffrey Foucault. Though the material is down as a co-effort with Boston, Massachusetts published poet, Lisa…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 22, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

THE GOURDS —OLD MAN JOY (Vanguard)

http://www.thegourds.com   

Starting off to the sound of Kevin Russell’s Memphis soul, New Orleans style lead vocals, aided by accordion, mandolin and driving rhythm the album hits a major strike, immediately. So strong is the opening track ‘I Want It So Bad’, and that statement alone could be attributed to just how good they wanted this album to turn out.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 19, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

SOCIETY —A CROOKED MILE (Self-Released)

www.myspace.com/societymusic 

Society are a three-piece country rock band from West Sussex. Who, through their magical close harmonies and finely penned songs manage to turn the clock to the days of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 19, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

VARIOUS ARTISTS —SIXTIES TRANSITION (Floating World)

http://www.fwrecords.co.uk  

Taken from the archives of the late, Jim Dickinson we have this 20-tracks compilation. A one thst covers a considerable amount of ground, between Dino Valenti's ‘Get Together’ opener on through to Hamilton Camp’s version of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ and a lot more in between. among the average there is a host…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 18, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

DOUGLAS DILLARD —THE BANJO ALBUM (Special Extended Edition) (Floating World)

http://www.fwrecords.co.uk 

Boy, oh boy isn’t this something as you have great pickin’ by a bunch of acts soon to become true legends in their given field at their creative peak. For not only do you have Doug Dillard’s amazing banjo playing but Bernie Leadon (Eagles), Gene Clark (Byrds) plus the amazing wizardry of John Hartford (fiddle), Byron Berline…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 17, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS —LEAVING EDEN (Nonesuch Records)

 

www.carolinachocolatedrops.com 

www.nonesuchrecords.com 

North Carolina-based act, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have since their last record had a change of personnel. In that founder member Justin Robinson has left for pasture new and in his place comes multi-instrumentalist, Hubby Jenkins. A…

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

THE DIRT DAUBERS —WAKE UP SINNERS and Euro Tour Dates!

http://www.THEDIRTDAUBERS.NET

Now this is an interesting project as you have Colonel JD Wilkes (vocals, banjo, French harp, piano, accordion, kazoo, thunder sheet) from the Legendary Shack Shakers and his wife, Jessica (vocals, tenor…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 13, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

www.ellispaul.com (Black Wolf Records)

www.ellispaul.com

www.flynnmusic.com 

From the field of American modern-day acoustic folk Ellis Paul is always an interesting listen. Paul’s music has a similar feel to the likes of Chuck Brodsky and one or two East Coast folk based acts. Ellis’ friendly melodies the subjects and people covered in song are excellent, some border…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 13, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

THE HILLMEN —THE HILLMEN (Floating World)

http://www.fwrecords.co.uk 

The Hillmen was originally released in 1964 on America’s West Coast as a 11 track LP is now available with six additional tracks. It was at a time when a bunch of youthful players were taking up bluegrass and digging into the folk archives too and came up with their own fresh and vibrant fare. It…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 12, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

PAUL BURCH — WORDS OF LOVE : SONGS OF BUDDY HOLLY (Self-Released)

www.paulburch.com 

In celebration of what would have been Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday, if he had lived, East Nashville singer-songwriter Paul Burch for once shelved his own compositions in favour of paying homage to Lubbock, Texas’ favourite son, Charles Harding Holley otherwise know as Buddy Holly. It was only after a spelling error he decided to drop the ‘e’ and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 11, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

NANCI GRIFFITH —INTERSECTION (Proper Records)

http://www.NanciGriffith.com

www.properuk.com 

It has been quite some time since Nanci Griffith has made an album as strong and consistent as Intersection. That is the good news; bad news is how it came about. For Griffith speaks of ‘I’ve had a hard life, and write it down’ on the title-track, and how the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 11, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

RAUL MALO —AROUND THE WORLD (Decca)

www.raulmalo.com   

When it comes to serving up what the public craves, Raul Malo of the Mavericks knows it better than most. His wonderful, hugely distinctive baritone voice is able at a heartbeat, to stop you in your tracks. His ability to transform a song and shape it to suit himself has long made him a favourite of the connoisseur of song. Aided by his Cuban linage and…

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

VARIOUS —LET THE LIGHT SHINE DOWN A Gospel Tribute To BILL MONROE (Rebel)

http://www.rebelrecords.com

 

 

Here we have the Gospel Tribute to Bill Monroe and what a magical affair it is.  As you have Smiley & Reno, Don Reno, The Stanley Brothers, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, The Country Gentlemen, The Lilly Brothers and The Seldom Scene among others all under the one roof perform songs either written by Monroe or popularised by him.

 

Bluegrass gospel music has long held…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 5, 2012 at 15:03 — No Comments

VARIOUS —WITH SOUL AND BODY A Bluegrass Tribute To BILL MONROE (Rebel)

www.rebelrecords.com 

With Body And Soul is one of two tribute releases put out by Rebel records last year to mark the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth, this 17-track collection is culled from the label’s back catalogue. Some tracks go back as far as 1973 as in when the late, tenor vocalist John Duffy leads the Washington DC ensemble The Seldom Scene…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 5, 2012 at 14:30 — 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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