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Maurice Hope's Blog – August 2014 Archive (21)

JIM and LYNNA WOOLSEY —THE ROAD THAT BRINGS YOU HOME (Broken Record Records)

 

www.LynnaAndJimwoolsey.com

 

Recorded in Nashville the duo's first professional recorded venture was produced by Dobro, guitar and harmony vocalist Randy Kohrs. Rich in simple, critical musicianship vocalists Jim (plus acoustic guitar)…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 29, 2014 at 16:54 — No Comments

DEL BARBER —PRAIRIEOGRAPHY (True North Records)

 

http://www.delbarber.com

www.truenorthrecords.com

 

Canadian singer-songwriter Del Barber is like a breath of fresh air. He doesn’t follow the crowd or step back…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 29, 2014 at 16:45 — No Comments

DON WILLIAMS —ONE GOOD WELL * TRUE LOVE * CURRENTS (BGO Records)

http://www.bgo-records.com

 

Another excellent three lps on a twin-CD collection from country music’s gentle giant Don Williams. Like on the previous collections of Visions, Expressions and Portrait…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 27, 2014 at 7:42 — No Comments

TOWNES VAN ZANDT —TOWNES VAN ZANDT (Charly Records) Vinyl

http://www.charlyrecords.com

Recorded at Bradley’s Barn, Nashville, the 1970 original Townes Van Zandt was produced by Kevin Eggers and Jim Malloy. It has the genial and sometimes erratic singer-songwriter rerecord four songs…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 27, 2014 at 7:28 — No Comments

KAT DANSER —BAPTISED BY THE MUD (Outside)

 

www.katdanser.com

 

Guitar slinger, singer-songwriter Edmonton-based blues girl, Kat Danser is a keen student of the Delta blues and the whole Mississippi blues heritage of the last century. Baptised By The Mud is Danser’s…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 25, 2014 at 15:18 — No Comments

JENI & BILLY’S BIG PICNIC BAND —PICNIC IN THE SKY (Way Station Records / Independent)

 

www.Jeniandbilly.com

 

Los Angeles, CA produced country album rich in homely, old fashioned values, and with all songs penned by the duo of Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp and who have musicians Craig Eastman, David Jackson, Denny…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 24, 2014 at 9:51 — No Comments

THE STAPLE SINGERS featuring MAVIS STAPLES —THIS TIME AROUND (ACE / STAX)

www.acerecords.com

 

Originally released on vinyl in 1981 on Fantasy and not previously available in the UK on CD This Time Around featured among a bunch more albums issued by the label of old Stax material, some tracks remixed to complete…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 24, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

SHEESHAM & LOTUS & SON —THE HIGH STEPPING MUSIC OF SHEESHAM & LOTUS & SON (Sepia Phone Records)

www.SHEESHAMandLotus.com

 

Noted on the reverse of the cd sleeve it reads; there is a place half way up the mountain side where the Mississippi river folk meet Appalachian highlanders; the blues meet fiddle tunes…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 24, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

BILLY JOE SHAVER —LONG IN THE TOOTH (Lightning Rod/ Proper Records)

http://www.proper-records.com

 

Veteran country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is one of the all-time greats. Make no mistake about that, and though one or two cracks now showing, he can still whoop the ass off most…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 24, 2014 at 7:29 — No Comments

ROBERTO CASSANI & The Tickety-Two (Barbaville Records)

 

www.robertocassani.co.uk

 

Off the wall, totally, Italy-born and breed Roberto Cassani’s music shines like some headland beacon on a dark, dreary winter’s night on a deserted headland. He is a saviour to those bored with formal, manufactured…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 18, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

PETE KENNEDY —TONE, TWANG & TASTE (Independent)

http://peterkeneddy.com

 http://kennedysmusic.com

Genial guitarist Pete Kennedy is best known as a band member of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 16, 2014 at 14:40 — No Comments

TAMMY LYNN & MYLES HIGH —TURN MY MUSIC ON (Self-Released)

http://www.TammyLynnAndMylesHigh.com

 

Husband and wife act, Tammy Lynn and Myles High are a throw back, retro-esque act who run the gamut of old fashioned rock’n’roll, r&b, rockabilly and swing. They cover all…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 15, 2014 at 17:26 — No Comments

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE —TIGHTROPE (Yep Roc)

http://yeproc.com

 

North Carolina group, Chatham County Line bring a mixture of bluegrass, folk, blues and story telling to a musical world widely known as Americana. Good stuff, innovative, amazingly tight and strong…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 10, 2014 at 19:25 — No Comments

VARIOUS —AMERICAN HEARTLAND LEGENDS OF COUNTRY (Sony Music) 3cds

VARIOUS —AMERICAN HEARTLAND LEGENDS OF COUNTRY (Sony Music) 3cds

 

What can you say about a 3cd, 60 track compilation of country music stretching from 1954 to 1985 which has a rich vein of great songs and acts who live up to the tag of legend. Not least among the list you have Johnny Cash,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 10, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ —THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION; The Mercury Years (Humphead Records) 2LPs

 

www.humpheadcountry.com

 

Johnny Rodriguez could do no wrong back during the 1970s as in quick succession one hit followed another (six of which were No 1 country hits between 1972-1978). It was also a wonderful period in time…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 10, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

DAVE ALVIN AND PHIL ALVIN —COMMON GROUND; DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN PLAY AND SING THE SONGS OF BIG BILL BROONZY (Yep Roc)

http://yeproc.com

Californian brothers Dave and Phil Alvin have never forgotten their roots, and first love in music the blues! Full of sibling rivalry the brothers after splitting up as founder…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 10, 2014 at 15:48 — No Comments

MARTY ROBBINS —20TH CENTURY DRIFTER THE MCA YEARS (2CD set) Hump Head Country

 

www.humpheadcountry.com

 

 

Country music legend, Martin Robertson to give him his given name was a true music icon. Best known as a western balladeer and hit songs “Singing The Blues”, “Devil Woman”, “Begging To You”,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 10, 2014 at 15:35 — No Comments

CHIP TAYLOR –GASOLINE (Floating World)

 

www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

 

 

Americana singer-songwriter extraordinaire, singer-songwriter, hit maker Chip Taylor has enjoyed phenomenal success during his lengthy career dating back to pop hits (for others) “Wild Thing” (The…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 9, 2014 at 16:36 — No Comments

TOWNES VAN ZANDT —LIVE AT THE OLD QUARTER MOON, HOUSTON, TEXAS (Charly Records) Vinyl issue; 2lps

http://www.charlyrecords.com

 

Recorded in July, 1973 in seedy, downtown Houston in Rex Bell and Dale Soffar’s Old Quarter this twin-cd recording of Texas poet laureate Townes Van Zandt (1944-1997) is just him and guitar and not…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 9, 2014 at 16:11 — No Comments

TOM PAXTON —THE COMPLEAT TOM PAXTON Recorded Live (BGO Records) 2 CDs

http://www.bgo-records.com

 

Recorded over two shows in 1970 at New York’s Bitter End and released a year later (on Warner Reprise) it was period of time during which Paxton struggled to gain respect from record companies. After all he wasn’t hit record driven but an artist with a social conscious, a man who cared for and saw the mistakes made in the world by those in power. What you would call a…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 6, 2014 at 7:40 — No Comments

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November 2017

1
JW Roy & The Royal Family
80 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,BH,RST,LK
2
Chris Hillman
79 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
BP,FS,HD
3
Turnpike Troubadours
46 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
HM,TK
4
Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton
36 pts.
Wildflower Blues
Cinquefoil Records
TJ
5
Eilen Jewell
34 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
 
6
Lucinda Williams
31 pts.
This Sweet Old World
Highway 20/Thirty Tigers
BR,MW
7
JD McPherson
29 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
JS
8
Mark Martyre
26 pts.
Rivers
Independent
FC
 
Tom Russell
26 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
SP
10
Anna Tivel
25 pts.
Small Believer
Fluff And Gravy Records
MG
 
Margo Price
25 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
JB
12
Fred Wickham
22 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
RK
 
Joe Henry
22 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
HVB,PJ
 
Whitney Rose
22 pts.
Rule 62
Six Shooter/Thirty Tigers
 
15
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
HDB,JJ
 
Jim White
18 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
LM,SZ
 
Peter Gallway
18 pts.
Feels Like Religion
Gallway Bay Music
CVL,DHO
18
Thomm Jutz
17 pts.
Crazy If You Let It
Mountain Fever Records
 
19
Kris Delmhorst
16 pts.
The Wild
Blue Blade Records
 
20
Daniel Crabtree
15 pts.
In The Shadow Of His Wings
Independent
 
 
Jeremy Pinnell
15 pts.
Ties Of Blood And Affection
Sofaburn Records
 
 
Julien Baker
15 pts.
Turn Out The Lights
Matador
EZ
23
Amber Cross
14 pts.
Savage on the Downhill
Independent
 
 
Chris Blevins
14 pts.
Better than Alone
Horton Records
 
 
David Rawlings
14 pts.
Poor David's Almanack
Acony Records
 
 
Grainne Duffy
14 pts.
Where I Belong
Independent
GC,RW
 
Jeff Crosby
14 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records

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