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Maurice Hope's Blog – October 2009 Archive (9)

ROD STEWART —THE ROD STEWART SESSIONS 1971-1998 (Stiefel Entertainment -Warner Bros)

www.rodstewart.com

Scottish rocker Rod Stewart found there was life after the Faces, the band he fronted before and after he started out as a solo act. A born entertainer, songwriter and as has been underlined over the years a gifted producer. As demonstrated on among others his best selling album Every Picture Tells A Story.



A big fan of Bob Dylan his version of his ‘Girl From The North Country’ enjoys a good run out as Sessions… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 30, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

THE O’S –WE ARE THE O’s (Idol Records)

THE O’S –WE ARE THE O’s (Idol Records)



www.wearetheos



Understated and a little off-kilter Taylor Young and John Pedigo play a list of instruments between them as The O’s utilise traditional folk country in a good honest fashion.

On first listen their music for me doesn’t pull up any trees maybe it was because I feel I had heard it all before. As the likes of the Bad Livers and other string-based units Highwood… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 25, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

VARIOUS ARTSTS —DANCING ALONE (True North Records)

VARIOUS ARTSTS —DANCING ALONE (True North Records)



www.wmhawkins.com

www.truenorthrecords.com



Combining folk, blues, jazz and country a bunch of 22 songs of famed Canadian poet and songwriter, William Hawkins’ work gains an airing on this various artist 2-CD collection. If proof of the great worth of the Ottawa songwriter were needed then this is it.

Bill… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 25, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

NAOMI SOMMERS —GENTLE AS THE SUN (American Melody)



www.naomisommers.com

http://houseconcerthub.ning.com/profile/NaomiSommers Oh, I love the music this girl makes. Daughter of one-time lead vocalist and songwriter with Washington DC bluegrass ensemble The Seldom Scene, Phil Rosenthal Naomi Sommers is a splendid new act to emerge on the block. She is no over-night success, either since… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 20, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

JOHN FOGERTY —THE BLUE RIDGE RANGERS RIDES AGAIN

John Fogerty

The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again


Universal http://www.johnfogerty.com/

John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Rival Fame and a recording act in his own right (his solo debut in 1973 was recorded under the guise as The Blue Ridge Ranger where he played all the instruments) is one of the few people who could get away with making an album like this and also make it work. Since many songs on this… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 15, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

THE MOJO GURUS —LET’S GET LIT WITH...(Linus Entertainment)

THE MOJO GURUS —LET’S GET LIT WITH...(Linus Entertainment)www.mojogurus.com

Hard rocking fare that owes more to the 1970s Rolling Stones sound than Hank Williams but who is to say that is necessarily a bad thing. After all hasn’t the music of Mick, Keith and Ronnie stood the test of time better than a host of rock‘n’roll acts too many to mention. Another legend who plays a part in the music of the Tampa Bay, Florida… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 15, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND —SPEED OF LIFE (Sugar Hill)

www.nittygritty.com

www.sugarhillrecords.com

Speed Of Life is the first album in five years by one of the oldest true blue Americana bands around, yes they may have started out in the mid-1960s but boy their music still sounds fresh and sharp and true to the roots of the music.

Featuring band members Jeff Hanna (acoustic guitar, electric, resonator,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 10, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments

THE BAND OF HEATHENS —ONE FOOT IN THE ETHER (Blue Rose)

www.bluerose-records.com

www.bandofheathens.com

www.bohrecords.com

After last year’s DVD/CD release of the self-titled The Band Of Heathens it was always going to be interesting to see if they could live up to the promise, and immediately I pressed play One Foot In Ether blew my fears out of the… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 10, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments

TOM RUSSELL —BLOOD AND CANDLE SMOKE (Proper Records)

TOM RUSSELL —BLOOD AND CANDLE SMOKE (Proper Records)

www.proper-records.co.uk

Few, if any artist during the last twenty years has been as consistent in the singer-songwriter field as Tom Russell. As a result he has had the likes of Johnny Cash, Dave Alvin, Guy Clark, Ian Tyson. Iris DeMent, Joe Ely, k. d Lang, Dave Van Ronk, Gretchen Peters and Nanci Griffith cover his songs; plus Tom has yet to make a bad… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on October 4, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

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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
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24 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
KG
 
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24 pts.
Volunteer
Columbia Records
GF
 
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24 pts.
County Seat
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
17
Ben Reel
22 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
GC,FC
 
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22 pts.
Love In Wartime
Signature Sounds
 
 
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22 pts.
Gliding
Eight 30 Records
RST,RH
20
Jenny van West
21 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
PJ,FS,JJ
 
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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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