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Maurice Hope's Blog – March 2010 Archive (24)

Kevin Higgins —Find Your Smile (Little Train Records)

West Texas singer-songwriter Kevin Higgins paints pictures of life that are real and unlike those from a world spoilt through commercialism he is the real deal, no substitute given.

In the words of Austin, Texas resident and journalist, Rob Paterson who has written a few liner notes speaks of how producer,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 30, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE —SOLDIER BLUE THE BEST OF THE VANGUARD YEARS (Vanguard) Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte Marie made a name for herself through her songs ‘Universal Soldier’ —that has long been the envy of many a so-called protest singer and a host of others too and ‘Soldier Blue’ plus a bunch more. Donovan, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand all took to her work early on and a great many have since followed, and this trend will I am… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 30, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments


When it comes to pure as a mountain stream vocalists, Ginny Hawker who was reared on traditional country music of Hank Williams, Ray Price and The Carter Family plus old fashioned Primitive Baptist hymn singing stands head and shoulders above most.

Ginny Hawker who has recorded albums with Kay Justice and her… Continue

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


Oh, boy what a stunning title track! Not only do we have Curtis partnered by good ol’ gal, Mary Gauthier on the A.P Carter classic but the two ladies create a sound akin to Hazel (Dickens) and Alice (Gerrard) and who recorded the song back in the 1970s on Rounder. Praise does not come much higher than this and it is… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments


Road musician, travel junkie Crosby Tyler over the years has absorbed music of everyone from Leadbelly and Big Bill Broonzy (among others) of the blues genre to the Beatles, Jim Morrison and the Doors to Johnny Cash by way of the folk singer-songwriters of the 1960s, Springsteen and as on the opening cut on his latest album ‘Lectric Prayer’ —is that a hint of Neil Young I… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 28, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments


Yet another strong set of songs from John Hiatt, one of music’s survivors both physically and creatively —The Open Road offers arguably his most pure and edgy music in some time.

Aided by his road band of Kenny Blevins (drums), Patrick O’Hearn (bass) and Doug Lancio (electric guitar) all eleven tracks are new… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 27, 2010 at 11:00 — No Comments


Cape Breton quartet, The Cottars have a splendid Celtic folk sound going for them as Scottish and Irish flavours combine alongside their native Nova Scotia Cape Breton roots on this fine package.

Their version of Mark Knopfler’s ‘Fare Thee Well Northumberland’ that couldn’t be better even has a smudging of bluegrass creep,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 26, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments


It is about time Eric returned to the music he started out playing and ease away from the more commercial form of the blues he had let himself be sucked into. Music that lacked the soul of this record and those he did earlier in his career. The music that underline that simple is most often the best and how it is quite often what is left… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 22, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

BROOKS WILLIAMS —BABY O! (Red Guitar Blue Music)

Blues Americana bottleneck slide-guitarist, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams is a true road musician and has put in the miles to prove it —as quoted in the liner notes he has travelled all points of the compass. Aided by friends David Goodier, (bass) PJ Wright (steel guitar, Dobro), Keith Warmington (harmonica) and Helen Watson (vocals) he recorded ‘Baby O’, his… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 22, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

LYNN MILES —BLACK FLOWERS Volume 1-2 (True North)

Not too many artists are as generous as to record one album of their work solo and acoustic style, but stretch it to two this is something else! Canadian singer-songwriter, Lynn Miles like good whisky —she has become better with age and more melodic into the bargain. Relaxed and an easy listen, Miles wraps… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 20, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

BLUE HIGHWAY —SOME DAY: The Fifteenth Anniversary Collection (Rounder)

It is hard to imagine that Blue Highway have now been pounding the rhythm of the road for fifteen years and counting. As for qualifications and where they stand in the world of modern bluegrass music I would put them up there with Longview. A who’s who by way of bluegrass talent if ever there was.

Tim… Continue

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

WOODY PINES —COUNTING ALLIGATORS (Self-released) Woody Pines are a fresh and relatively new ensemble. Counting Alligators is the third album from the Woody Pines fronted band (by the way that isn’t his real name) on guitar, harmonica and lead vocals with Zack Pozebanchuk on upright bass, Rennie Elliot and Andy Tubb on drums plus guests. Although noted as only a guest, fiddler Darin Gentry I understand like with drummer who is not… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 19, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments


American singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky certainly gives the listener value for money with this, live twin-cd set – that was recorded in three locations, Sautee, Georgia; Ashville, N. Carolina and The Cobblestone in Dublin, Ireland. A superb lyricist, Brodsky bedazzles with his quick action, machine… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 18, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments


There are two versions of the sound track, this being the deluxe 23-track version. Apart from a number of all-times classics present award winning Jeff Bridges who plays the lead role of country singer Bad Blake. A down on his luck, hard-living and country songwriter, Bad who is rescued by a journalist is no… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 18, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments

ALAN WEST — THE WAY OF THE WORLD (Rido Records) When it comes to country music, the UK has all too often been seen as the poor cousin to those Stateside, but Englishman Alan West with the help of 11-songs from the esteemed pen of fellow Brit, Steven Black alongside ace instrumental support from Sarah Jory (pedal steel, acoustic guitar and harmony vocals) and one-time American west-coast session kingpin and member of Emmylou Harris’… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 16, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

RAINA ROSE —WHEN MAY CAME (Constant Clip records)

Folk pop Americana singer-songwriter Raina Rose splits her home time between Portland, Oregon where she first came to prominence in the funky folk duo, Gypsy Moths — and now as a singer-songwriter down in Austin, Tx.

Rose’s music possesses a warm disarming charm akin to the likes of Anais… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 15, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD —A. ENLIGHTENMENT B. ENDARKENMENT (Hint There Is No C) (Bordello Records) and Ray Talks about the new album. When it comes to blood and thunder, sawdust floor Texas Americana there is one man who stands head and shoulders above the crowd, Ray Wylie Hubbard.

RWH has been at it for a long time and just gets better with age although, his hard driven holler aided approach may not be for everyone. But his work over the last fifteen or so years has seen him thrust to the forefront of country blues… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 15, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments

JONI MITCHELL JAMES TAYLOR PHIL OCHS —AMCHITKA The 1970 Concert That Launched Greenpeace (Greenpeace)

What a treasure this is! Three of folk music’s greatest exponents performing live. Yes, it was on a big stage at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum but the sound remained intimate with the respective acts at the top of the game the listener is not only in possession of a piece of history (Greenpeace being formed) here but music to die for! Unheard except by the Stowe family… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 14, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments


Bluegrass music with the usual dash and lots more —that is what you get with this album. For not only do we have the multi-talented David Williams who, apart from playing folk, bluegrass is a children’s author, and through his life-time love of the guitarist Django Reinhardt written… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 13, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

PATRICK CROWSON —FINTO LA COMEDIA (Self-released) On placing this cd in my player I had no idea what to expect, having no knowledge whatsoever of Patrick Crowson who I have since learnt is not only a singer-songwriter but, such is his music he may well be a long lost nephew of Bob Dylan or grandchild of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Do you get the picture? Young Patrick Crowson is an intriguing listen and if like me you often hanker… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 11, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

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