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Maurice Hope's Blog – March 2012 Archive (16)

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE –NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT ME (BLOODSHOT)

http://www.bloodshotrecords.com 

Ever on the move creatively, and in terms of playing far and wide across the world, Justin Townes Earle’s music this time takes him to Memphis (although it was recorded at Echo Mountain studios, Ashville, North Carolina) in terms of style. But in many ways, lyrically it is as before more of his diary-like…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 31, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

MOTHER BANJO —STRAY SONGS (Self-Released)

http://www.motherbanjo.com

Mother Banjo is the guise used by innovative Minneapolis singer-songwriter, banjoist Ellen Stanley it is a clever one too. Like fellow boundary crossing banjo act, Danny Barnes Stanley likewise, bends the rules as she embraces traditional, alt-country and Americana.

 

An accomplished vocalist who learnt classical…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 25, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

CHARLIE PARR —CHEAP WINE (Tin Angel Records)

http://www.charlieparr.com 

http://www.tinangelrecords.co.uk 

If you like traditional, rustic as an old fence post blues sung by a rough-edged, old timey voice then Duluth, Minnesota bluesman Charlie Parr is just what the doctor ordered. His sympathetic handling of the music is enough for past legends of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 23, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

DAVE CARTER & TRACY GRAMMER —LITTLE BLUE EGG (Red House Records)

 http://www.tracygrammer.com

http://www.redhouserecords.com

Recorded in the home studios of folk singer-songwriters Dave Carter (1952-2002) and Tracy Grammer between 1997-2002 the tapes at the time were deemed surplus by the duo, for inclusion on albums they were currently on. Till…

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

LYLE LOVETT — RELEASE ME (Hump Head)

www.humpheadcountry.com 

For his final album on Curb Records (America) Texas country music exponent Lyle Lovett has come through with as you would expect yet another intriguing recording. Lovett’s affinity with western swing and jazz is never far away as he covers a bunch of interesting selections. As he has versions of not only the title track (a country hit for…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 18, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

THE BAND PERRY —THE BAND PERRY (Mercury / Republic)

 

www.thebandperry.com

www.republicNashville.com 

Fresh from becoming recipients of three CMA Awards last fall and two Grammy nominations this year the Perry sibling act of Kimberly, Reid and Neil (The Band perry) now have their self-titled debut album on general release in the UK. Sure, it has a lot of the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 17, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

ANDRA SUCHY —LITTLE HEART (Red House)

http://www.andrasuchy.net/

www.redhouserecords.com 

New folk act Andra Suchy is from North Dakota, the same State as fellow singer-songwriter, contemporary act Shawn Colvin and though as yet to provide work as unerringly strong as the later Suchy has toured extensively and played on the same bill as Brad…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 16, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

DREW NELSON —TILT-A-WIRL (Red house Records)

www.redhouserecords.com 

Singer-songwriter Drew Nelson is a superb talent and has the benefit of youthful energy to his work to help reel the listener in and he doesn’t waste any of it either. A busy, hardworking act his lyrics and music sneaks into cracks of the listener’s soul as he bends into shape stories that travel across America’s vast and varied…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 16, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

JOHN WESLEY HARDING —THE SOUND OF HIS OWN VOICE (Yep Roc)

 

www.yeproc.com

Folk pop singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding through his innovative style, shrewd wit and observation of life has that little extra pep that all too many lack acts as they get older neglect. Become lazy if you like, or perhaps complacent  would be a better term as they forget their audience. But that is not the case with JWH who in many ways has a similar feel to…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 16, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

THE V-ROYS —SOONER OR LATER (F.A.Y Recordings)

www.scottmiller.com 

Pulled from three albums, and five previously unreleased studio tracks that include two originals the 18-track compilation is this first-ever retrospective of the four-piece. Who enjoyed…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 15, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

THE BYRON DOWD BAND —THE BYRON DOWD BAND (Self-released)

www.thebyrondowdband.com 

Immediately I heard the voice and music of Texas Oklahoma border recording debutant, Byron Dowd I recognised a quality you struggle to find these days in country music. For he obtains the perfect balance between traditional…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 13, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

TOM BILLINGTON —AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT (Daddy Max Records/ Self-Released)

www.tombillington.co.uk

Tom Billington spent a decade fronting the indie band, Mohair before he turned solo, and now with him currently writing music for Tv, film, theatre etc he is running at full bore. As Luck Would Have It is his second album and such is the quality the future looks most rosy for consummate…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 5, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

MARTIN SIMPSON —PURPOSE + GRACE (TOPIC)

 

www.topicrecords.co.uk 

Master folk blues guitarist, singer-songwriter Martin Simpson has worked both sides of the Atlantic for the past thirty-five years, and his music just gets better. One of the world’s finest exponents of acoustic side guitar, Simpson for this album calls on a bunch of English folk acts (Jon Boden, Richard Thompson, Andy Cutting, Andy Seward,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 3, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

GEORGE STRAIT —HERE FOR A GOOD TIME (Humphead)

www.humpheadcountry.com 

When it comes to modern-day (post 1980) traditional country music there is one man who stands head and shoulders above the rest, his name is George Strait. He has consistently recorded great records and made no concessions with his music. Sure, Garth Brooks challenged him for a spell and to his eternal credit travelled the world but Texan…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 3, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

JACK HARRIS —THE FLAME AND THE PELICAN (Self-released)

www.jackharrismusic.com 

Welsh-born folk singer-songwriter Jack Harris has been described by no less a mortal than, genial American singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, as ‘a priest of song who holds himself to a rigorous, ancient code of beauty…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 3, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

DAN RAZA — DAN RAZA (Auralee Records)

http://www.danraza.com

Young, aspiring UK singer-songwriter Dan Raza is fast creating a following within the trade as well as with the public. He has impressed among others; Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier and Chris Farlowe for whom he has opened, plus Joan Armatrading was so taken with his creative songwriting she recently had him accompany her on a recent…

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Added by Maurice Hope on March 2, 2012 at 8:00 — 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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