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Maurice Hope's Blog – August 2016 Archive (18)

JOHN WORT HANNAM —LOVE LIVES ON (Rebel Tone Records)

http://johnworthannam.com

 

Alberta, Canada singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam writes beautiful, easy to absorb lyrics. He also sings good. Steeped in the history of where he was raised (although he was actually…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 29, 2016 at 18:40 — No Comments

MARTHA L. HEALEY —TO BE FREE (Self-Released) 4 track EP

 

To Be Free is released an interim project between her debut and second album. While I never heard her first record, Nashville recorded Better Days this wee appetiser is just what the doctor ordered. Glasgow-born, aspiring young act Healey is an excellent…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 29, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

ERIKA KULNYS —RISE UP (Self-released)

 

www.erikakulnys.com

 

Nova Scotia act, singer-songwriter Erika Kulnys is a much-travelled individual. For after studying music composition, piano and creative writing at the United World College (NM), Oberlin…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 29, 2016 at 9:40 — No Comments

ANNIE KEATING —TRICK STAR (Self-Released)

 http://www.anniekeating.cm

 

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Annie Keating has put out a string of excellent albums the last eight years, ever since her brilliant debut record Belmont she has impressed with her…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 29, 2016 at 9:02 — No Comments

DAN FOGELBERG —HIGH COUNTRY SNOWS / EXILES (BGO Records) DIGITALLY REMASTERED

 

http://www.bgo-records.com

 

Contemporary act Dan Fogelberg on the first of the two albums featured not only does he take one step towards country music, but keeps on going till he is right in the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 22, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

STEVE BROOKS —I’LL TAKE YOU HOME (Frog Records)

 

www.stevebrooks.net

 

 

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter, Steve Brooks is quite a journeyman, for not only was he born in Chicago, and raised in York, Pennsylvania he also lived for a spell in California before returning East,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 22, 2016 at 17:51 — No Comments

MARIANNE FAITHFULL —NORTH COUNTRY MAID / LOVE IN A MIST (BGO Records) 2CDs + bonus tracks

 

www.bgo-records.com

 

Marianne Faithfull has had a long, and somewhat indifferent association as a musician. From her formative years as heard on these 1966-1967 albums to recent times where her vocals, now husky…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 22, 2016 at 17:32 — No Comments

HIGH PLAINS JAMBOREE —HIGH PLAINS JAMBOREE (Self-Released) 7-track EP

 

www.highplainsjamboree.com

 

Texas-based High Plains Jamboree is a four-piece that combines bluegrass and country with effortless ease. A band that is country as it is bluegrass, bluegrass as it is county. With Noel McKay and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 19, 2016 at 19:52 — No Comments

JIMMY MARTIN —GOOD ‘N’ COUNTRY & COUNTRY MUSIC TIME (Jasmine) 2 Lps On One CD

http://www.jasmine-records.co.uk

 

In pairing Good ‘N’ Country (1960) and Country Music Time (1962) the listener has the opportunity of not only owning the late King Of Bluegrass legend, Jimmy Martin’s…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 15, 2016 at 18:53 — No Comments

RICHIE STEARNS & ROSIE NEWTON —TRACTOR BEAM (Self-Released)

 

www.richieandrosie.com

 

www.rosienewtonmusic.com

 

 

I did not get to hear this record when it was originally released, but now with it being reissued and a UK…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 15, 2016 at 17:43 — No Comments

GREGG ALLMAN —NO STRANGER TO THE DARK THE BEST OF GREGG ALLMAN (Floating World)

http://www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

 

Oh, boy what a treat. While I had never really studied Allman’s music to any great depth, I knew who Gregg Allman was, and the history of the Allman Brothers Band (elected into the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 12, 2016 at 9:06 — No Comments

CHARLEY PRIDE —THE HAPPINESS OF HAVING YOU / SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLEY PRIDE / SHE’S JUST AN OLD LOVE TURNED MEMORY / SOMEONE LOVES YOU HONEY (BGO Records) 2 CDs

http://bgo-records.com

 

What, another twin-cd set from American country singer Charley Pride? To answer my own question it sure is; again you have four albums spread across the collection. Great value, and with…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 8, 2016 at 17:35 — No Comments

GEOFF MULDAUR —THE SECRET HANDSHAKE & PASSWORD (Floating World) 2CDs

http://www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

Two ‘classic’ albums The Secret Handshake and Password make up this package, recorded in 1998 and 2000  on Hightone respectively, the release comes with full original liner…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 8, 2016 at 17:14 — No Comments

LERA LYNN —RESISTOR (Self-Released)

http://leralynn.com

 

After the acclaim, and enjoyment savoured with her recent album her follow-up Resistor will be viewed by some a disappointment. After seeing her live two or three years…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 8, 2016 at 16:51 — No Comments

CHRISTY MOORE —LILY (Columbia Sony Music)

http://christymoore.com

 

Irish singer-songwriter Christy Moore has long held a special place in my heart, and though for the most part he has gone for material penned by others Moore’s magical edge remains. Lily was…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 8, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

SHEB WOOLEY —GOODBYE TEXAS HELLO TENNESSEE 1950-1962 (Jasmine Records)

http://www.jasmine-records.co.uk

 

Singer, songwriter and actor Sheb Wooley is best known to many for his role as drunken singer Ben Colder and wealth of recordings (most being parodies of hits of the day), but…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 8, 2016 at 16:28 — No Comments

THE HONEYCUTTERS —ON THE ROPES (Organic Records)

 

www.organic-records.com

 

When I listen The Honeycutters my mood invariably gains a lift. In little time a feel good ambiance washes over me. A five-piece, the North Carolina ensemble is made up of Amanda Anne Pratt (lead,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 2, 2016 at 16:29 — No Comments

BROTHERS OSBORNE —PAWN SHOP (EMI Records Nashville / Humphead Country)

http://www.humpheadcountry.com

 http://www.brothersosborne.com

Brothers Osborne (John and TJ Osborne) are a new act coming out of Nashville, and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 2, 2016 at 16:12 — 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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