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Maurice Hope's Blog – July 2011 Archive (23)

WEBB PIERCE —FALLEN ANGEL / CROSS COUNTRY (Hux Records)

 http://www.huxrecords.com

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 31, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

CLOVIS MANN —METAMORPHIC (Self-released)

http://www.clovismann.com 

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.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 31, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

JEFFREY FOUCAULT —HORSE LATITUDES (Signature Sounds)

http://www.continental.nl

www.jefferyfoucault.com

www.signaturesounds.com

 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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 22, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

NATHAN STANLEY —MY KING OF COUNTRY (Nathan Stanley Entertainment)

 

http://www.nathanstanleyentertainent.com 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 22, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments

AUSTIN LUCAS —A NEW HOME IN THE OLD WORLD (Self-released)

 

www.austinlucas.com 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 17, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

SARAH JAROSZ —FOLLOW ME DOWN (Sugar Hill)

 

www.sugarhillrecords.com 

www.sarahjarosz.com 

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.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 16, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

MICHAEL STEGNER —FASCINATION NATION (CMA Records)

www.michaelstegner.com 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 16, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

JD SOUTHER —NATURAL HISTORY (ENTERTAINMENT ONE)

www.Eonemusic.com 

www.jdsouther.net/index.htm 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 16, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

RANDY TRAVIS —25TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION (Hump Head Records)

www.randytravis.com 

www.humpheadcountry.com 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 16, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT— HERE WE REST (Lightning Rod)

 

 

 

www.jasonisbell.com

www.lightningrecords.com

 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 15, 2011 at 16:27 — No Comments

POKEY LaFARGE and the SOUTH CITY THREE —MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE (Continental Song City)

 

 

www.pokeylafarge.net

 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 13, 2011 at 7:40 — No Comments

DAVE ALVIN —ELEVEN ELEVEN (Yep Roc)

 

www.yeproc.com

www.davealvin.com

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 10, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

TOM T. HALL —A GIFT FROM TOM T. HALL: TOM T. HALL SINGS MISS DIXIE AND TOM T (Drumfire)

 

www.drumfirerecords.com

www.bluecirclerecords.com 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 10, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

KASEY CHAMBERS —LITTLE BIRD (Sugar Hill)

www.sugarhillrecords.com

www.kaseychambers.com

 

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,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 9, 2011 at 20:00 — No Comments

NICK 13 —NICK 13 (Sugar Hill)

 

www.sugarhillrecords.com

 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

ZOE MUTH AND THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS —STARLIGHT HOTEL (SIGNATURE SOUNDS)

www.signaturesounds.com

www.continental.nl

 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

BYRON HILL —RADIO SONGS (Self-released)

 

 

www.byronhillmusic.com 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

RONNIE MILSAP —20-20 VISION / NIGHT THINGS (Raven)

 

 

www.ravenrecords.com.au

 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 3, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

GILLIAN WELCH —THE HARROW & THE HARVEST (Acony)

www.gillianwelch.com

www.daverawlingsmachine.com

 

Gillian Welch and her partner David Rawlings (albeit The Harrow & The Harvest is released as a Gillian Welch record)…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 3, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

DIANA JONES —HIGH ATMOSPHERE (Proper)

 

www.dianajonesmusic.com

www.properuk.com

 

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…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 3, 2011 at 9:30 — 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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