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Maurice Hope's Blog – February 2014 Archive (17)

DON WILLIAMS —YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND * HARMONY * COUNTRY BOY (BGO Records) 2CDs

 

 

http://www.bgo-records.com

 

Three classic Don Williams albums on two cds, how is that for value for money! Former carpenter and member of the folk trio, The Pozo Seco Singers, Williams was…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 27, 2014 at 7:35 — No Comments

DAMIEN DEMPSEY —IT’S ALL GOOD THE BEST OF DAMIEN DEMPSEY (Clear / IRL Records) 2CDs

 

www.damiendempsey.com

 

From North Dublin, singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey is from a working class background, who earned his dues in today’s world of hard knocks and survived. Dempsey’s big break came (as said in his liner notes) one…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 27, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

HENRY PRIESTMAN —THE LAST MAD SURGE OF YOUTH (Proper Records)

 

www.henrypriestman.com

 

www.propermusic.com

 

Yorkshire-born, singer-songwriter, rock, folk musician and recording act, former member of The Christians, Henry…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 23, 2014 at 7:47 — No Comments

SHEL SILVERSTEIN —FREAKIN’ AT THE FREAKERS BALL (BGO Records)

 

www.bgo-records.com

 

What a wacky, off-the-wall re-release is this! Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) won praise, acclaim and I would think no little financial gain from his songwriting (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 21, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER —SONGS FROM THE MOVIE (Decca / Rounder)

 

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 17, 2014 at 7:16 — No Comments

PETE MORTON —THE FRAPPIN’ AND RAMBLIN’ PETE MORTON (Fellside Recordings)

 

http://www.fellside.com

 

http://www.petemorton.com

 

English folk-bard, Pete Morton combines traditional music with…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 17, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

HUGH MOFFATT —ONLY ALONG FOR THE RIDE (SOHL Recordings)

http://www.hughmoffatt.com 

Veteran Texas-born singer-songwriter, Hugh Moffatt has long been a favourite;  through both covers of his songs (Dolly Parton, Joe Sun, Alabama, Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Cash, Lacy J Dalton)…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 14, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

KRISTINA MURRAY —UNRAVELIN’ (Self-Released)

 

http://www.KRISTINAMURRAYMUSIC.COM

 

Unravelin' is the debut album from exciting new act, Kristina Murray has something of a rebel heart and a voice containing traces of that similar to Kelly Willis; no…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 14, 2014 at 16:22 — No Comments

SARAH JAROSZ —BUILD ME UP FROM THE BONES (Sugar Hill)

 

www.sugarhillrecords.com

 

www.sarahjarosz.com

 

Multi-talented musician (mandolin, banjo, guitar), vocalist and songwriter and music graduate (New England Conservatory Of  Music In…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 14, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

SUSAN CATTANEO —HAUNTED HEART (Jersey Girl Music)

 

www.susancattaneo.com

 

 

Fearless and powerful,  Boston singer-songwriter Susan Cattaneo feeds from the same table as Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters, Amy Speace and others of similar ring craft attributes. People able to…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 11, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

VARIOUS —DIVIDED & UNITED THE SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR (ATO Records) 2CDs

 

www.atorecords.com

 

Now here is a wonderful, gem of a release. One for fans of acoustic music and those into traditional country; especially for those with a keen ear for the former. The list of people taking part is as good…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 10, 2014 at 7:20 — No Comments

CHRIS LeDOUX —WESTERN UNDERGROUND * WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH A COWBOY * UNDER THIS OLD HAT (BGO Records)

 http://www.bgo-records.com

 

Chris LeDoux wasn’t only a fine songwriter and recording act but a real life rodeo rider / modern-day cowboy and made famous in one of Garth Brooks songs. LeDoux after…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 8, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

DAN SEALS —THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 2-CDs (Humphead)

 

www.humpheadcountry.com

 

 

Texas singer-songwriter, recording act Dan Seals (1948-2009) was one of a kind. A wonderful songwriter and recording act able to sing a carefully penned song, fashion the story and make it…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 8, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

VARIOUS —ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK RECORDING INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Nonesuch Records)

www.nonsuchrecords.com

 

Written and directed by Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis is loosely based on the life and times of 1960s folk singer Dave Van Ronk (an inspirational folk blues…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 7, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

THE JIGANTICS —DUSTY ROOTS (Rawtone Records)

 

www.thejigantics.com

 

 

Big on quality and entertainment levels, five-piece band The Jigantics run music’s Americana gamut. Their focus is pretty simple; to either write material of quality or go find it, whether by…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 6, 2014 at 7:43 — 1 Comment

ABI MOORE —AMOEBA & STONE (Honest Records)

http://www.abimoore.com

http://honestrecords.com

Americana singer-songwriter, Lincolnshire’s Abi Moore is one of those artistic talents who has fought hard independently, to gain major…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 3, 2014 at 18:09 — No Comments

THE STRAY BIRDS —ECHO SESSIONS (Self-Released) 5-Track EP

http://www.thestraybirds.com

 

Recorded in one day at Echo Mountain studios in Ashville, NC Pennsylvania trio The Stray Birds (Maya De Vitry; vocals, guitar, fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitars, mandolin) and Charles Muench…

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Added by Maurice Hope on February 1, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

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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
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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
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53 pts.
Robert Ellis
New West Records
DHO
8
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52 pts.
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Atlantic Records
JJ,JF
9
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50 pts.
Baja Louisiana
Zilker Park Records
HDB,ML
10
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46 pts.
The Ghosts Of Highway 20
Highway 20 Records
EM
11
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44 pts.
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New West Records
 
12
Wink Burcham
43 pts.
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Continental Song City
 
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Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
42 pts.
C&O Canal
Red Beet Records
BR
14
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41 pts.
Shine On A Rainy Day
Elektra Records
HH
 
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41 pts.
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New West
CVL
 
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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
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38 pts.
Real Midnight
Five Head Entertainment
LM,SZ
20
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37 pts.
For Better, or Worse
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FS,MB
21
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36 pts.
You’re Dreaming
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GS,HD
22
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35 pts.
You Can’t Go Back
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FCE
23
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34 pts.
Boots No.1: The Official Revival Bootleg
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LK,PR,TJ
24
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33 pts.
Undercurrent
Sugar Hill
RM
25
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32 pts.
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Mudtown Crier Records
AL
 
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