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Maurice Hope's Blog – April 2010 Archive (10)

WILLIE NELSON —COUNTRY MUSIC (Rounder)

www.rounder.com

Though a huge fan of Willie Nelson I don’t necessarily like all that he does. He can way too eclectic even for my taste but this time he has come up trumps —big time. So hot is this album I rate it as Willie’s best straight country album since the 1970s and counting.



He delves back in time and pulling out such old chestnuts as ‘Man With The Blues’, Ernest Tubb ‘Seaman’s Blues’ and… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 23, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

MARK ERELLI - JEFFREY FOUCAULT —SEVEN CURSES (Continental Song City)

www.jeffreyfoucault.com www.markerelli.com

What a worthwhile and inspired concept album this is, and has them get off to a flyer as Foucault fresh from last year’s John Prine tribute records slots into the wonderful ‘Philadelphia Lawyer’ like he has been singing it all his life. He could well have been for all I know; as the standard for both acts to aim (and… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 23, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

JOE ELY —DOWN ON THE DRAG / LIVE SHOTS (BGO Records)

www.bgo-records.com

Another two-offer from BGO featuring the music of Texan Joe Ely from his days with MCA and that feature a number of songs from fellow Flatlander Butch Hancock to go with a healthy portion of his own.

Down On The Drag and Live Shots were recorded in 1979 and 1980, respectively, and demonstrate a more rocky side of Ely’s music. Feature his road band in both cases (Lloyd… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 16, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

SARAH SISKIND —SAY IT LOUDER (Red Request Records)

www.sarahsiskind.com

Sarah Siskind’s music is new to me, although I am aware of her as a songwriter from having seen her accredited to writing songs for Alison Krauss, Randy Travis and Bon Iver among others. Her composition ‘Simple Love’ by Krauss was in fact a Grammy Nomination last year and, though it did not win it underlined how far she has come as a songwriter.



After hearing her guest on… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 16, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

SALLY SPRING —MADE OF STARS (Sniffinpup records)



www.sallyspring.com

Californian-born, but raised in North Carolina, Sally Spring has a distinctive and quite unique vocal style as she wonders between folk, blues and alt-country rock on this 11-track album. Made up of homespun songs, mainly. For apart from a sensitive cover of Johnny Cash’s classic cut ‘I Still Miss Someone’, blues man, Willie Dixon’s ‘It Don’t Make No Sense’ and Los Lobos’… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 10, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

KRISTIN CONNELL —DANCE OF LOVE (Exact Records)

www.kristinconnell.com

www.exactrecords.com

Washington State singer-songwriter Kristin Connell both has a pleasant singing voice and writes good songs and, despite her missing the mark on a couple of tracks where she diversifies into a less appealing brand of music Connell shows much promise. Enough so to suggest there is plenty of good music to come from… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 10, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

MERLE HAGGARD —OUT AMONG THE STARS/ A FRIEND IN CALIFORNIA (BGO)

www.bgo-records.com

Digitally re-mastered, two of Merle Haggard’s albums from 1986 from when he was on CBS (Sony) gain inclusion on this the latest of an on-going series of two-offers out on BGO featuring the proud member of Country Music’s Hall Of Fame.

The title-track of the first of the two albums, ‘Out Among The Stars’ —written by the little known Adam Mitchell is worth the admission fee alone and there are also others of a similar… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 6, 2010 at 7:35 — No Comments

CHRIS O’BRIEN —LITTLE RED (Self-released)

www.chrisobrienmusic.com

Western Massachusetts-raised singer-songwriter, Chris O’Brien has through befriending the likes of fellow musicians Ellis Paul, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson absorbed some of their styles and good habits hence, his second album, Little Red —following the 2007 recording, Lighthouse this Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter, Mark Erelli) production has sees his music elevated to… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 3, 2010 at 18:30 — No Comments

PAUL BRADY —HOOBA DOOBA (Proper Records)

www.properuk.com

www.paulbrady.com

When it comes to a workman like style to fuse folk and rock in an engaging fashion – Strabane, Northern Ireland-born Brady is someone who never fails to step up to the table and deliver music rich in melody, character and dignity. Don’t forget he has been doing this for over forty years and as a solo act since 1978 —his… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 2, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

MERLE HAGGARD —I AM WHAT I AM (Vanguard)

www.merlehaggard.com www.vanguardrecords.com

Merle Haggard may be 72 years-old, but when it comes to singing real country music there are few who come near filling his boots plying the trade today, and through making albums like this he shows he is still has much to offer real country music.



An old warhorse, some will say like Johnny Cash… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 2, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

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November 2017

1
JW Roy & The Royal Family
80 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,BH,RST,LK
2
Chris Hillman
79 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
BP,FS,HD
3
Turnpike Troubadours
46 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
HM,TK
4
Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton
36 pts.
Wildflower Blues
Cinquefoil Records
TJ
5
Eilen Jewell
34 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
 
6
Lucinda Williams
31 pts.
This Sweet Old World
Highway 20/Thirty Tigers
BR,MW
7
JD McPherson
29 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
JS
8
Mark Martyre
26 pts.
Rivers
Independent
FC
 
Tom Russell
26 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
SP
10
Anna Tivel
25 pts.
Small Believer
Fluff And Gravy Records
MG
 
Margo Price
25 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
JB
12
Fred Wickham
22 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
RK
 
Joe Henry
22 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
HVB,PJ
 
Whitney Rose
22 pts.
Rule 62
Six Shooter/Thirty Tigers
 
15
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
HDB,JJ
 
Jim White
18 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
LM,SZ
 
Peter Gallway
18 pts.
Feels Like Religion
Gallway Bay Music
CVL,DHO
18
Thomm Jutz
17 pts.
Crazy If You Let It
Mountain Fever Records
 
19
Kris Delmhorst
16 pts.
The Wild
Blue Blade Records
 
20
Daniel Crabtree
15 pts.
In The Shadow Of His Wings
Independent
 
 
Jeremy Pinnell
15 pts.
Ties Of Blood And Affection
Sofaburn Records
 
 
Julien Baker
15 pts.
Turn Out The Lights
Matador
EZ
23
Amber Cross
14 pts.
Savage on the Downhill
Independent
 
 
Chris Blevins
14 pts.
Better than Alone
Horton Records
 
 
David Rawlings
14 pts.
Poor David's Almanack
Acony Records
 
 
Grainne Duffy
14 pts.
Where I Belong
Independent
GC,RW
 
Jeff Crosby
14 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records

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