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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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May 2018

1
John Prine
67 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
JJC,MB,SP,RM
2
Levi Parham
58 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
CRS,JB,TK
3
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
55 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
HDB,CVL,DHO
4
Michael McDermott
54 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
JDO,LK,BK
5
Sam Morrow
48 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
MA,JBO,HB
6
Caleb Caudle
39 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
7
Western Centuries
36 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
MF
8
Carter Sampson
34 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
9
Charley Crockett
30 pts.
Lonesome as a Shadow
Son of Davy/30 Tigers
 
10
Courtney Marie Andrews
28 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
JV
11
Ed Romanoff
27 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
 
Joan Baez
27 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
HD
 
Pharis and Jason Romero
27 pts.
Sweet Old Religion
Lula Records
SZ,LM
14
Gretchen Peters
24 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
KG
 
Old Crow Medicine Show
24 pts.
Volunteer
Columbia Records
GF
 
Will Stewart
24 pts.
County Seat
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
17
Ben Reel
22 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
GC,FC
 
Birds Of Chicago
22 pts.
Love In Wartime
Signature Sounds
 
 
Emily Herring
22 pts.
Gliding
Eight 30 Records
RST,RH
20
Jenny van West
21 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
PJ,FS,JJ
 
Mary Gauthier
21 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
22
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
20 pts.
Years
Bloodshot Records
FCE
23
David Starr
19 pts.
South And East
Independent
HM
24
Cold Tone Harvest
18 pts.
After You
Independent
 
25
Grant Peeples
17 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental

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