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Maurice Hope's Blog – November 2009 Archive (16)

PAUL CURRERI —CALIFORNIA - Tin Angel (media)

www.tinangelrecords.co.uk

www.paulcurreri.com

Singer-songwriter, producer and picker Paul Curreri is an all rounder of that there is no doubt about it. His latest album California was inspired through him having to take time off the road due to a vocal-cord injury and on hearing the product —his time could not have been better spent. Thankfully, he soon put his problems behind him to… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 29, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

HENNESSY KEANE —NOWHERE FAST (Own label)

www.hennessy/keane.com

Fronted by Shaun Hennessy (guitars, banjo, backing vocals) and Ian Keane (lead vocals, drums) and partnered by Carl Storey (guitars, backing vocals), Spencer Brown (bass) and producer Nick Beere, who also guests on Hammond organ Nowhere Fast is very much of an Americana feel.



Despite the fact the album was recorded in a small Wiltshire studio the music from Hennessy Keane is strong in American… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

CHARLIE POOLE —THE ESSENTIAL CHARLIE POOLE (Proper Records) 4 disc box set and Ramblin' Boys: A Journey - The Martin Stephenson/Charlie Poole connection (media)

www.properuk.com

North Carolina-born, Charlie Poole was undoubtedly one of the most colourful characters of his age, and for that matter a good few more since then. In some ways he was like the Hank Williams of his day, but singing old time music and not country. He drank heavily and was prone to go missing for days if not weeks —sounds like George Jones and suffered health problems because if it. Poole’s music was recently the focus… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

PIETA BROWN —SHIMMER (Red House)

www.redhouserecords.com

www.pietabrown.com

Produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson etc) Shimmer is a seven-track collection of stripped demos by Pieta Brown. The daughter of famed Iowa singer-songwriter, Greg Brown who too is with Red House Pieta has inherited much of her father’s talent. Beautifully presented, with Bo Ramsey electric guitar (slide) and… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 8:00 — No Comments

CHIP TAYLOR —YONKERS NY Train Wreck (media)

www.trainwreckrecords.com/

Chip Taylor is a legend! Nothing less, and once you have seen him put on a show and listened carefully to his records and no longer take him solely as songwriter you will also agree. He has penned such songs as ‘Wild Thing’, ‘Angel Of the Morning’, ‘Son Of A Rotten Gambler’ and ‘I Can’t Let Go’ among others but it is not until you acknowledge his worth as a recording act in his own right that you will… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 22, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

MALCOLM HOLCOMBE —FOR THE MISSION BABY - Echo Mountain Music (media)

www.malcolmholcombe.com

Here we have yet another superb album from singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe. Spitting out lyrics like bullets from a shogun, his rough-hewn vocals and acoustic guitar aided by the likes of his good friend Jared Tyler (dobro) plus Tim O’Brien (bouzouki, fiddle, banjo and mandola), Lynn Williams (drums) and David Roe (upright bass) he delivers an amazing set of songs.



Working… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 22, 2009 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

MARTHA ANN BROOKS —LATELY…. Own label (media)

www.marthaannbrooks

Martha Ann Brooks is singer-songwriter originally from Montgomery, Alabama but raised in Augusta, Georgia who blends folk, country, and jazz with pop and has a wonderful controlled singing voice. Unlike all too many today she really can sing, and is a natural storyteller and an accomplished visual artist in the bargain!

Lately… is her second recording, following on from Simply… that contains her song ‘When… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 21, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

CHARLEY PATTON —THE DEFINITIVE CHARLEY PATTON PROPERBOX - Proper Records (media)

www.properuk.com



As blues legends go Charley Patton is up there with the best, and seen by many as the most important figure of the pre-war Mississippi Delta blues scene through his rich, full-bodied music.

In comparison to the likes of Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Sun House among others he may often be over-looked, but that should not be the case as this Properbox set illustrates.

While the 4-CD set is… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 20, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

HEATHER MASSE —BIRD SONG - Red House (media)

www.heathermasse.com

www.redhouserecords.com

First off I must state what a fabulously voice New York-based musician Heather Masse possesses and that she uses it beautifully. With support from her band of Jed Wilson (keyboards), Karl Doty (bass), Lyle Brewer (acoustic, electric and baritone guitar) and Joel Arnow (drums) plus, Crooked Still vocalist Aoife O’Donovan on harmony vocals simple… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 20, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

CLAIRE LYNCH —WHATCHA GONNA DO (Rounder)

Bluegrass singer and hit songwriter Claire Lynch has changed little since I first heard her in the early 1980s fronting the Front Porch String Band and for this I am well pleased.

Discernable hints of Emmylou Harris to her vocals once present are now long gone as the… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2009 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW —LIVE AT THE ORANGE PEEL AND TENNESSEE THEATRE LIVE (DVD) Nettwerk (Media)

Since breaking onto the scene, the Old Crows have made a huge impression with their blending of traditional country, folk, blues, jug band music and bluegrass fueled by a ton of energy . That has made them firm favourites at festivals in Europe as well as their native homeland, the US. Comprising of Ketch Secor, Willie Watson, Gill Landry, Morgan Jahnig and Kevin Hayes are, as this DVD illustrates an innovative ensemble who… Continue

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

DANNY SCHMIDT —on tour soon! Maurice Hope finds out all you need to know before you go (Media)

Texas-raised singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt is one of the most talented writers to emerge on the Americana scene this decade and counting. After him winning Kerrville’s New Folk Award in 2007 and critical acclaim of Little Grey Sheep the following year, 2009 saw him debut on Red House with Instead The Forest Rose To Sing.

Schmidt’ s rise to the position he now commands hasn’t as you are about to read been an easy… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 9, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

CHRIS SMITHER —TIME STAND STILL (Signature Sounds)

www.smither.com

www.signaturesounds.com

Folk blues Americana act Chris Smither who has been writing great songs for a long time and had the likes of Bonnie Raitt pick up on his work seems to make class albums at will.



Since the beginning Chris Smither has consistently been making full-bodied music that fits the Americana category better than most any act I can think of, and he shows… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 8, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

BEN REEL —TIME TO GET REAL (B.Reel Records)

www.benreel.com Inspired by the likes of Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Ben Reel is a singer-songwriter from Silverbridge, County Armagh that merges his work with country rock Americana yet it is his passion and ability as a genuine story-telling that see him grasp emotions of the heart.



It is twenty years since as a teenager he formed his first band, Trim The Velvet but it is as a solo recording act his talent and writer of… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 8, 2009 at 18:00 — No Comments

LYLE LOVETT —NATURAL FORCES (Hump Head)

www.lylelovett.com

www.humpheadcountry.com

When it comes to great Texas singer-songwriters, performers and recording acts then Lyle Lovett is up there with the very best, and to many he is the best! Such is his unique stylist qualities both as a vocalist and writer Lovett is an impossible act to follow.



Utilising the songwriting powers of the likes of Eric Taylor via his excellent… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 2, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

SAM BUSH —CIRCLES AROUND ME (Sugar Hill)

SAM BUSH —CIRCLES AROUND ME (Sugar Hill)



www.sambush.com

www.myspace.com/sambushband.com



This could well be Sam Bush’s best solo album to date, for his vocals have never sounded better with as always the instrumental work of another class! As Sam (mandolin, fiddle, lead vocals) in the company of Byron House (electric and acoustic bass, harmony vocals), Chris Brown… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 1, 2009 at 18:00 — 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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