1950s – 1960s honky tonk singer Webb Pierce who enjoyed a succession of hits on the country music charts both solo and by way of duets with Kitty Wells and Red Sovine was a crucial part of country music for the best part of twenty-five years. Still a force when the two listed albums were made, Pierce is heard here doing justice to a parcel of…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 31, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments
Clovis Mann produce a rare blend of music akin to the Mississippi Hill Country dashed with that of Muscle Shoals and boy, don’t these boys kick up a ruckus as they play the dickens out of slide, lead guitar (Dan Walkner) and bass (Dan Plourde) plus percussion, drums (Ethan Noordyk) aided by Vince Farris who plays piano and organ.…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 31, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments
Singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault has been the model of consistency with his recordings the last ten year. Though thi one is solid, reliable and honest I found Horse…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 22, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments
Nathan Stanley is a third-generation musician, four if you count his grandfather, Ralph Stanley’s mother who was a banjo player that influenced the famed award winning legend.
Stanley’s choice of material on what is his third album, he made his first while still…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 22, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments
Bloomington, Indiana act Austin Lucas is one of those acts that pack a great deal into their music. After three solo records and a collaboration with Chuck Ragan he now has A New Home In An Old World on offer, and what a tremendous piece of work it is. Following on from ‘Somebody Loves You’ that made the Bluegrass Music's Top Ten he has…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 17, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments
Austin singer-songwriter musician (banjo, mandolin, octave mandolin, electric and acoustic guitar) Sarah Jarosz gained good acclaim with her debut album Song Up In Her Head and there is no reason her sophomore record should not be greeted with similar enthusiasm.…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 16, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments
Kentucky-born and raised, Michael Stegner after studying jazz and classical piano, playing in the band The Jongleurs and numerous musical projects of solo piano, electronic music, jazz and rock ensembles he now decides to make a solo album of story songs.
Fascination Nation has not only Stegner on vocals and piano but…
Added by Maurice Hope on July 16, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments
Legendary West Coast, singer-songwriter JD Souther is arguably best known for having written hits for the Eagles and once, at the band’s founding the member who escaped. The success that was to soon follow Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 16, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments
Randy Travis was one of the main acts at the epicentre of county music’s New Traditionalist movement of the mid-1980s for it was Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam and him who did more than any other to change the direction the music went.
Travis’ debut album The…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 16, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments
Former Drive-By-Truckers member, vocalist, songwriter and recording act Jason Isbell supported by the 400 Unit come through strong on this their second album together. To pass the test with flying colours.
In using Here We Rest, his Alabama home State’s motto as the album’s title Isbell makes a…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 15, 2011 at 16:27 — No Comments
Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are one of those acts that are mind-blowing live. One of those shows you can’t take your eyes off. Such is the band’s quirky, innovative style as the listener is taken back in time to the 1930s and on occasions, the 1920’s as images of old Mississippi riverboats are envisaged. As fun loving rag time and New Orleans jazz music spills forth like the ol' Big…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 13, 2011 at 7:40 — No Comments
Former Blasters member, guitar slinger Dave Alvin is an astounding talent. For he is a great songwriter, recording act and performer. His hard-knuckle approach to music has…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 10, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments
Originally the project was a Christmas present from Tom T. that he gave to his wife, Dixie a few Christmases ago and then made available to the public when released in the States on their own Blue Circle label. While Hall, tagged as the Storyteller by his…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 10, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments
Australian-born Kasey Chambers has come a long way since she was in the family band, The Dead Ringer Band —for Little Bird is her 6th full-length solo record.
Chambers is one of today’s genuine Americana acts with her music,…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 9, 2011 at 20:00 — No Comments
Lead vocalist in the band, Tiger Army Nick 13 has come through with a record rich in old country sounds, as pedal and lap steel, fiddle, dobro, upright bass and more besides join him as he breezes through a fine set of self-penned material.
Recorded in North California Nick 13 carries on the age-old tradition with verve and no…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments
Americana singer-songwriter Zoe Muth is a great find, a shrewd storyteller who isn’t a million miles away from Laura Cantrell when it comes down to her stylist qualities. As she doffs her hat to country music of old. Particular favourites of this being ‘If I Can’t…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments
Nashville songwriter Byron Hill and as is the case here, occasional recording act has enjoyed great success via covers by everyone from Georges Jones and Strait to Ray Charles by way of newer country acts Joe Nichols and Gary Allan plus Canadian songbird Anne Murray and countless others. As a vocalist his voice has a warmth and…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments
Blind piano playing, singer-songwriter country music recording act Ronnie Milsap possessed one of the slickest sounds in the 1970s and beyond and through hit singles ’20-20 Vision’ and the instantly connecting…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 3, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments
Gillian Welch and her partner David Rawlings (albeit The Harrow & The Harvest is released as a Gillian Welch record)…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 3, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments
High Atmosphere marks noteworthy three albums in a row singer-songwriter Diana Jones has produced since her career started in earnest in 2006. Jones’ dark, stripped bare approach have seen her gain an audience of similar…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on July 3, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments