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Maurice Hope's Blog – July 2009 Archive (7)

MAURA O’CONNELL —NAKED (Sugar Hill)

www.mauraoconnell.com

www.sugarhillrecords.com



Co. Clare diva, Maura O’Connell is arguably the finest female vocalist Ireland has ever produced —although fans of Dolores Keane may well dispute this. However, we had best keep that argument for another day it could go on for hours, days even.

Naked gives the pure toned O’Connell, a singer period, the opportunity to express herself without the distraction of players, and document some of the material she has been attracted to… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 29, 2009 at 20:11 — No Comments

LEVON HELM —ELECTRIC DIRT (Vanguard)

www.LevonHelm.com

As a follow-up to his acclaimed album, Dirt Farmer recorded as Helm’s own studio ((The Barn) of the Band has done it again, made a true blue roots music record. His vocals are stronger than ever, and with his music fitting the Americana tag as if it were made for him he hits the road with a potent brand of gritty, funky fashioned country, blues, gospel and rock.

Electric Dirt is extension of Dirt Farmer… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 21, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

SAM BAKER —COTTON (Music Road Records)

www.sambakermusic.com

Singer-songwriter Sam Baker has a tale or two to tell, and with Cotton the third album of a trilogy it has Baker more than at any other time though still spare and intimate, broaden his sound.

Apart from playing guitar left handed after losing use in his fingers he adapted to performing the other way round, and though restricted like his scratchy vocals compliment his spare style of writing. That often as not are like prose set to music. Stories, that like subtle… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 19, 2009 at 18:27 — No Comments

BAP KENNEDY —HOWL ON (Lonely Street Discs)

It is forty years since man walked on the moon and longer since JFK was the American president, and like in his song ‘Cold War Country Blues’ took the music of Hank Williams to the moon! Kennedy has always impressed me, right from when he was the lead singer (and songwriter) in Energy Orchard and then when turning solo. That saw him under the guidance of producers Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy and Nashville pickers debut with the fabulous Domestic Blues. A bunch of them had played on Earle’s… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 14, 2009 at 21:01 — No Comments

CATHERINE MacLELLAN —WATER IN THE GROUND (True North)

www.catherinemaclellan.com

www.truenorthrecords.com

When it comes to extraordinary talent, it pumps through the veins of Canadian singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan like a piston of stoked-up steam train. She is good al-right, and, with Water In The Ground joined by her debut record Dark Dream Midnight previously only available mail order as a bonus disc you just can’t go wrong. For it alone is well worth the asking price!

With a voice smooth as silk, and lyrics like poetry… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 14, 2009 at 20:37 — No Comments

JJ CALE —ROLL ON (Rounder)

www.jjcale.com www.rounder.com

Guitar blues, country, jazz and rock veteran JJ Cale has made a host of recordings over the years and is a master of crafting a killer groove of which his latest album has a health selection.



With Cale playing all the instruments on all cuts apart from four, there is a remarkable tightness to the… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

RHONDA VINCENT —DESTINATION LIFE (Rounder)

www.rhondavincent.com

www.rounder.com

Top bluegrass act, Rhonda Vincent isn‘t only a terrific mandolin picker and vocalist, but a bandleader. Such is the wealth of talent on offer in her band, The Rage they take bluegrass music to another level a remarkable feat when taking into consideration the pickers that there has been and, still doing the business. On scouring not only bluegrass writers for material but reaching back in time for the old country standard ‘Stop The World And Let… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2009 at 7:24 — 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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