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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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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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