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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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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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