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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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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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