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Maurice Hope's Blog – November 2017 Archive (17)

CHARLEY PRIDE —COUNTRY CLASSICS/ NIGHT GAMES/ POWER OF LOVE/ BACK TO THE COUNTRY (BGO Records)

 

www.bgo-records.com

 

Another quartet of albums on 2 CDs from Sledge, Mississippi-born RCA recording country legend, Charley Pride; there was a spell, maybe more than one when the former baseball player outsold…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 26, 2017 at 18:01 — No Comments

TOMMY LEWIS —SILVER & STONE (Self-Released)

 

www.tommylewis.net

 

Texas singer-songwriter Tommy Lewis’ music is of the kind we could do with a whole lot more of filtering through. Warmed in pedal steel, fiddle, lead guitar and more it has a wonderful buoyancy. His blending of country with acoustic…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 26, 2017 at 17:48 — No Comments

GILL LANDRY —LOVE RIDES A DARK HOUSE (Loose Music)

 

www.loosemusic.com

 

Formerly of the band, Old Crow Medicine Show, singer-songwriter Gill Landry’s latest, and no longer brand new album Love Rides A Dark Horse finds him in reflective mood. Often sombre, Landry is…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 23, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

JIM REEVES —THE INTERNATIONAL JIM REEVES /KIMBERLEY JIM / MY CATHEDRAL / AND SOME FRIENDS (BGO Records) 2CDs

http://www.bgo-records.com

 

Jim Reeves was always a smoother styled country act; here he goes a step farther on The International Jim Reeves. Drawing on songs from Germany, South Africa,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 22, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

THE EARL SCRUGGS REVUE —THE EARL SCRUGGS REVUE LIVE AT KANSAS STATE —THE EARL SCUGGS REVUE—ROCKIN’ ACROSS THE COUNTRY—FAMILY PORTRAIT (2CDs)

http://www.bgo-records.com

 

Four albums (remastered) are included in their entirety on the two cds, and with a guest or two added The Earl Scruggs Revue is a venture well worth your perusal. Released in…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 22, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

DUANE ALLMAN —THE LEGEND AND THE LEGACY (Humphead) 2CDs

 

www.humpheadcountry.com

 

Thirty-six tracks decorate this compilation, and with one jaw dropping display on guitar, and Duane Allman wasn’t only a master on slide but he could also squeeze more out of a guitar standard. He raised the bar…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2017 at 21:04 — No Comments

BARNEY BENTALL —THE DRIFTER & THE PREACHER (True North Records)

 

www.truenorthrecords.com

 

www.barneybentall.com

 

Canadian singer-songwriter, Barney Bentall after a five-year hiatus is back with a new album. It is his 10th and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

LANGHORNE SLIM —LOST AT LAST VOL.1 (Dualtone Records)

 

Langhorne Slim is one of those artists who, live, is a captivating performer. To capture this on disc is a difficult task, and though on first listen I felt this was potently true, my stance has since softened. He is good on disc too! Whether as good as live, I would need to deliberate more on…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2017 at 18:14 — No Comments

DICKEY BETTS & THE GREAT SOUTHERN —SOUTHERN ROCK JAM (Floating World)

 

 

www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

 

Famed guitar slinger, Dickey Betts; the other half of the twin-guitar force of The Allman Brothers, alongside the late Duane Allman he helped set the standard. Betts also wrote a bunch of fine songs, as…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2017 at 12:43 — No Comments

ROY DRUSKY —SMOOTH COUNTRY: THE MERCURY RECORDINGS (2CDs)

 

www.humpheadcountry.com 

 

50 songs no less adorn this compilation, and though Drusky was a crooner, the Perry Como of country music he still owned in the hearts of many traditionalists. Even though he was no honky tonk,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2017 at 10:47 — No Comments

THE NOVEL IDEAS —THE NOVEL IDEAS (Self-Released)

www.thenocelideas.com

 

Massachusetts country folk quartet, The Novel Ideas possess a refreshing approach, as the first half of the self-titled album, The Novel Ideas vies between slow moving ballads to thrusting…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 12, 2017 at 17:29 — No Comments

CARLY PEARCE —EVERY LITTLE THING (Big Machine Records)

 

www.carlypearce.com

www.BigMachineLabelGroup.com

 

 

Kentucky-born, Carly Pearce is a new name on the mainstream country scene, and one who has already topped the Billboard Country…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 10, 2017 at 18:28 — No Comments

VARIOUS –CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS – DOWN COUNTRY LANES (Jasmine) 2CDs

 

www.jasmine-records.co.uk

 

As you will see from the cover we have a vintage set of country artists giving their own, unique spin on Christmas. From the Texas Troubadour, Ernest Tubb on through Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves by way…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 10, 2017 at 18:04 — No Comments

SHAWN COLVIN —A FEW SMALL REPAIRS (Sony Legacy)

http://legacyrecordings.com

http://shawncolvin.com

 

On the twentieth anniversary of Americana singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin’s Grammy Winning album,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 10, 2017 at 16:26 — No Comments

LUCINDA WILLIAMS —THIS SWEET OLD WORLD (Highway / Thirty Tigers)

www.lucindawilliams.com 

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original release of Sweet Old World singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams has released a re-recording of the album. Only this time she has added some new…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 5, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

JEFF CROSBY—POSTCARD FROM MAGDALENA (At The Helm Records)

 

www.jeffcrosbymusic.com

 

Americana singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby (Idaho-raised) is a powerful and intelligent act. Able to tug at one’s heart and ease into one’s thinking at a heartbeat. Lyrically hooky “Best $25 I Ever Spent”…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 5, 2017 at 9:46 — No Comments

PI JACOBS —A LITTLE BLUE (Travianna Records)

 

http://www.pijacobs.com

 

Singer-songwriter PI Jacobs strikes a reasonable balance as she combines serious, light and breezy humour with sharply penned lyrics, and snappy licks throughout her latest album, her 7th…

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Added by Maurice Hope on November 4, 2017 at 16:18 — 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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