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Maurice Hope's Blog – April 2012 Archive (23)

JAY FARRAR, WILL JOHNSON, ANDERS PARKER, YIM YAMES —NEW MULTITUDES (Rounder) Deluxe Edition

 

www.rounder.com 

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, the music of Woody Guthrie this year is seeing a number of tributes and homage paid releases, this one from Jay Farrar (Sun Volt), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Anders Parker (Gob Iron; a project where he was partnered by Farrar) and Yim Yames (aka Jim James,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 29, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS — THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS (Self-Released)

 

www.thecactusblossoms.com

 

If you are looking for fresh-faced traditional country music with a hillbilly twang and a spot of country boogie (doused in tons of steel guitar and fiddle) then you are going to love this album. Brothers, Jack Torrey and Page Burkum are the real deal. Their music has been likened to Hank Williams tempered with sibling vocal harmonies akin to the Everly Brothers such their…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 29, 2012 at 15:52 — No Comments

PIG EARTH (Self-Released)

http://www.pigearth.com   

Hailing from England’s North West, the 2009 formed five-piece Pig Earth have a lot going for them such the quality of their blend of country / folk and smattering of pop.

 

Immediately, I placed this release into the slot I was taken by the splendid, lived-in lead vocals of founder member…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 28, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

CHANGING HORSE —THE NASHVILLE SESSIONS (Frairgate Records )

http://www.changinghorsesmusic.com 

http://www.soundcloud.com/changing-horse 

Experimental folk cum Americana duo Changing Horses after gaining praise for playing live, sometimes as support for such touring acts as…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 28, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

BILL ANDERSON —FROM THIS PEN / GET WHILE THE GETTIN’S GOOD (Hux Records)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.huxrecords.com

Songwriter and recording act ‘Whispering Bill’ Anderson may not have been lauded with the praise handed to many of his peers, but…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 27, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

AUBURN —INDIAN SUMMER (Scarlet Records) and UK Dates in May

http://www.auburn.org.uk 

Understated and more often than not charming Liz Lenten’s pop styled folk have a beautiful, and on occasions a quirky feel. Her whispery, girl-ish vocals lead the listener into the lyrics in discerning fashion, and with her responsible for all the lyrics (she shares the musical honours with guitarist, Max Gilkes) it is good to have…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 22, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

BUDDY MILLER —YOUR LOVE AND OTHER LIES / POISON LOVE (Retroworld)

http://www.floatingworldrecords.com 

What a fantastic treat! Not only do we have Buddy Miller Hightone debut album Your Love And Other Lies (1995) that set the standard for country inclined acts on the Americana scene but, Poison Love (1997) that pretty much took over where…

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

VARIOUS —FENDER THE GOLDEN AGE 1950-1970 (ACE)

 

 http://www.acerecords.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Spanning twenty years, this 28-track compilation brings together a varied and exciting selection of musicians and styles but with…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 21, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

KITTY WELLS —THE QUEEN OF THE HONKY TONK ANGELS 2 CD SET (Jasmine)

www.jasmine-records.co.uk 

Four albums (Country Hit Parade; 1956; Dust On The Bible, 1959; Seasons Of My Heart, 1960 and Kitty's Choice, 1960) on two cds from the queen of the honky honk angels, Kitty Wells at a bargain price! That goes to…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 20, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

VARIOUS —MEMPHIS BOYS The Story Of American Studios (Ace Records)

http://www.acerecords.com 

This varied and selection of music (Soundtrack to Roben Jones' Book) is taken from records recorded at the American Studios during the 1960s and early 1970s; resulting in an illustrious set of work, pop history superbly packaged for…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 18, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

TOM RUSSELL —THE ROSE OF THE SAN JOAQUIN / THE MAN FROM GOD KNOWS WHERE (Retroworld)

http://www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

Two CDs in one package and a heap of wonderful songs, performances (from a wide selection of people on the fabulous The Man From God Knows Where) as you have Dolores Keene, Iris DeMent, Sondre Bratland, Kari Bremnes and the late, Dave Van Ronk join Russell and musicians Andrew Hardin, Knut…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 15, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

HERITAGE BLUES ORCHESTRA —AND STILL I RISE (Raising Music)

http://www.heritagebluesorchestra.com 

The Heritage Blues Orchestra consist of three main protagonists in Chaney Sims (vocals, handclaps), Bill Sims, Jr (vocals, electric, acoustic guitar, handclaps), Junior Mac (vocals, electric, electric slide guitar, Dobro) with a few more at their side, a four-piece horn section…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 15, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

DAVE ALVIN —BLUE BOULAVARD / MUSEUM OF THE HEART (Retro World)

www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk 

Twin-cd reissue set of music that sees a timely releases, since Californian Dave Alvin is making an all too rare tour of the UK. My last recollection of him coming over was when in 2004 he performed at the Carlsberg Rhythm & Roots Weekend in Kilkenny, Ireland. 

 

A fantastic story-teller, Dave…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 14, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

COWBOY JUNKIES —THE WILDERNESS (The Nomad Series Volume 4) (Proper Records)

www.proper-records.co.uk

http://www.cowboyjunkies.com 

The Wilderness is the fourth of four albums Canadian band, the Cowboy Junkies set out to record in the Nomad Series, it follows on from Sing In My Meadow (Vol, 3), last year’s Demons (Vol, 2; that was made up entirely songs by the late Vic…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 13, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT 111 —OLDER THAN MY OLD MAN NOW (Proper Records)

www.proper-records.co.uk

http://www.lw3.com 

When it comes to writing about everyday life, his own at that then Loudon Wainwright 111 is your man, and with a fine linage of artists to his name and those related in marriage to him the wry, sharp witted straight talking New York native has a lot to drawn…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 11, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

PAUL BRADY —DANCER IN THE FIRE: A PAUL BRADY ANTHOLOGY

www.proper-records.co.uk 

N. Ireland singer-songwriter Paul Brady has been around, making music for 45 years and though not always a solo act, that he became one during the 1970s. Prior to which Brady had been in The Johnsons and then, Planxty (that also launched the careers of Andy Irvine, Christy Moore, Liam O’Flynn and Donal Lunny) and for a couple of years…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 9, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

JOAN BAEZ —FIRST LADY OF FOLK (1958-1961) (Jasmine)

www.jasmine-records.co.uk 

Starting off this twin cd set of work comprising of 49 tracks we have the little heard demo-like recordings prior to her official Vanguard debut albums, Joan Baez Vol, 1 and Vol2 from 1960 and 1961, respectively when as a teenager she went to California to record in San Francisco a dozen songs of traditional fare and record covers…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 8, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

BONNIE RAITT —SLIPSTREAM (PROPER RECORDS)

http://www.bonnieraitt.com 

http://www.proper.com

 http://www.redwingrecords.com 

Ace blues guitar slinger (electric slide, acoustic), singer recording act Bonnie Raitt has been working up a storm for forty years and shows no sign of easing…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 8, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

DARRELL SCOTT —LONG RIDE HOME (Full Light Records)ftl

http://www.darrellscott.com 

Mercurial musician, singer-songwriter and band member (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Steve Earle’s Bluegrass Dukes) Darrell Scott has in Long Ride Home arguably his most rounded, cohesive country album to date and he is already a master of this! For it enjoys not only a great (strong) sound, but such is the added sparkle…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 8, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

VINCE GILL —GUITAR SLINGER (Humphead)

www.humpheadcountry.com 

Multi-award winning country act, Vince Gill has achieved all there is in music and could be excused from taking a back seat. That to a large degree is what he did in the wake of his unheard of 4 CD (These Days) Grammy winning release in 2006 as the guitar playing, songwriting, harmony vocalist recharged his batteries after a period when…

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Added by Maurice Hope on April 7, 2012 at 12:30 — 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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