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As with Volume two this is another 16-track extravaganza from contributors to last year’s BBC4 and RTE (Ireland) Transatlantic Sessions as you have the likes of Eddi Reader, Alison Krauss, Declan O’Rourke, Eric Bibb, Sam Bush and Sarah Jarosz gain support from the cream of musicians who fall…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 31, 2012 at 9:18 — No Comments
Broadcast on BBC4 and in Ireland, RTE the on going Transatlantic Sessions presented by Dobro legend, Jerry Douglas and Scottish fiddler Aly Bain has become a fixture in the music calendar. What a joy these gatherings are. Visual and audible plus in recent years the accompanying tour in January…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 27, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments
After their 4 EP box set, sisters, Rebecca and Megan Lovell and their band, Larkin Poe bring out another 7 song cd. Only this time there is special edition version and it is something else. The 16-track DVD includes 14 live recordings and the official videos of their new single ‘Play On’ and ‘Long Hard Fall’. Recorded in Norway, at an intimate wine cellar venue the girls dress up…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 27, 2012 at 10:56 — No Comments
Good Day is AJ Downing’s third album and what a fine one it is. Downing’s music isn’t too far away from that of Jack Ingram, hearty, gritty and it has a swagger. An observational writer like Ingram plus, he has lived quite a bit. For AJ has spent time living in California, Michigan and Nashville. He has played the Bluebird Café a time or two, met in 1989 (he was just 19 at the time) Steve Earle…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 26, 2012 at 18:41 — No Comments
Unrelenting, raw-boned, full of thrusting surges of powerful playing and impassioned vocals The Shovel (vs) The Howling Bones is a chip off the old block. The block I am talking about is the young Lincoln Durham’s mentor, Texas-based singer-songwriter, producer and recording act Ray Wylie Hubbard. And, to cap it all…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 25, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments
Few country legends have shown such vitality and enthusiasm for their music as Bakersfield’s Buck Owens (1929-2006); best known by some for his huge hit ‘Act Naturally’ and when in 1986 he came out of retirement to record a remake of ‘Streets Of Bakersfield’ with then New Traditionalist Dwight Yoakam as he rolled back the years!
Country fans will of course also have fond memories…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 24, 2012 at 17:56 — No Comments
Here we have traditional, English folk music possessing a rare sharp as a tack feel that transcends the norm. In keeping to the age-old style and tight as a drum vocal harmonies the trio of Sean Cooney (songwriter), David Eagle (keyboards, piano accordion) and Michael (guitar) simultaneously bring to the table a feeling…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 21, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments
Originally released on Vanguard in 1963 and 1964, respectively the LPs see two previously unissued recordings added. An alternate version of ‘Cotton Mill Girl’ is added to the first album with ‘Who’s Going To Shoe (Them Pretty Little Feet)’ the second. Now issued in the UK on one CD by Ace records that over the years have kept the label in the frame via a host of product from Joan Baez, Doc Watson and…
Added by Maurice Hope on August 19, 2012 at 19:57 — No Comments
Mike Seeger (1933-2009) was a wonderful exponent of old timey traditional music, and as years rolled by lived and breathed the values of the historic Appalachians (that run through Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and up as far as Maryland and Washington DC) and the source of the tradition. England, Ireland and Scotland. Like Alan…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 18, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments
Tennessee singer-songwriter, Arthur Alligood has a disarming style that like the best of his profession reels the listener in. Such is his discerning lyrics which through his simple melodies they are drawn like a moth to the flame; one just can’t help become entangled.
One Silver Needle is produced by Mikal Blue and has an…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 12, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments
Now here is a surprise, a record primarily from Rodney Crowell but where another talent, author Mary Karr shares the songwriting duties. Plus Rodney has an elite group of vocalists sing lead! For years, near as long as Emmylou’s Hot Band (Harris being one of the above noted vocalists) of whom Crowell was a founder member he has…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 12, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments
Jerry Douglas' varied and eclectic taste (yes, he is the same guy whom with Scottish fiddler Aly Bain co-hosts BBC4’s Transatlantic Sessions) in part is what keeps his music so amazingly, sharp plus, he has a number of guests join him. As people ranging from Dr. John (piano), Bela Fleck (banjo), Sam Bush (harmony…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 5, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments
Four albums on two cds taken from the height of rockabilly country queen, Wanda Jackson’s career. Despite it seeing periods when she was deeply into gospel and in part country music it has always been of the former her fans in Europe especially associate her.
A recent visitor to this…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 4, 2012 at 18:48 — No Comments
When it comes to great and hugely influential old country (and gospel) harmony singing acts Charlie and Ira Louvin are optimy of the words; great, awesome and sublime when it comes to describing their talent. As for the four albums (1956 – 1960) found here on this twin-cd package the material, songs and music…Continue
Added by Maurice Hope on August 4, 2012 at 12:27 — No Comments