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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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May 2018

1
John Prine
67 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
JJC,MB,SP,RM
2
Levi Parham
58 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
CRS,JB,TK
3
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
55 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
HDB,CVL,DHO
4
Michael McDermott
54 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
JDO,LK,BK
5
Sam Morrow
48 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
MA,JBO,HB
6
Caleb Caudle
39 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
7
Western Centuries
36 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
MF
8
Carter Sampson
34 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
9
Charley Crockett
30 pts.
Lonesome as a Shadow
Son of Davy/30 Tigers
 
10
Courtney Marie Andrews
28 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
JV
11
Ed Romanoff
27 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
 
Joan Baez
27 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
HD
 
Pharis and Jason Romero
27 pts.
Sweet Old Religion
Lula Records
SZ,LM
14
Gretchen Peters
24 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
KG
 
Old Crow Medicine Show
24 pts.
Volunteer
Columbia Records
GF
 
Will Stewart
24 pts.
County Seat
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
17
Ben Reel
22 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
GC,FC
 
Birds Of Chicago
22 pts.
Love In Wartime
Signature Sounds
 
 
Emily Herring
22 pts.
Gliding
Eight 30 Records
RST,RH
20
Jenny van West
21 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
PJ,FS,JJ
 
Mary Gauthier
21 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
22
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
20 pts.
Years
Bloodshot Records
FCE
23
David Starr
19 pts.
South And East
Independent
HM
24
Cold Tone Harvest
18 pts.
After You
Independent
 
25
Grant Peeples
17 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental

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