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Maurice Hope's Blog – December 2012 Archive (14)

DAVE ALVIN —BLACK JACK DAVID & OUT IN CALIFORNIA (Floating World)

http://www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

 

Americana singer-songwriter, blues, rock, folk country guitar totting Dave Alvin is a man steeped in west coast music history; first he figured, alongside his elder brother Phil Alvin…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 22, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

JAMEY JOHNSON —LIVING FOR A SONG A TRIBUTE TO HANK COCHRAN —(Mercury )

http://www.jameyjohnson.com

http://www.umgnashville.com

Jamey Johnson is one of the current acts country music can be most proud. His music is steeped in…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 15, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

STEVE GOODMAN —STEVE GOODMAN / SOMEBODY ELSE’S TROUBLES (BGO Records)

 

www.bgo-records.com

 

Now here is a rarity, a reissue of material from the late Steve Goodman seeing a UK release, and boy isn’t a fine one! Originally released in 1971 and 1972, respectively on Buddha records the…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 15, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

MARY GAUTHIER —LIVE AT BLUE ROCK (Proper Records)

 

www.properrecords.com

 

 

It isn’t always easy to continue to build on one’s repertoire or match the standard set early in one’s career. Or as was the case with Gauthier when she eventually broke onto the music scene.

 

A…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 15, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

DEREK HOKE —WAITING ALL NIGHT (Electric Western Records)

http://www.electricwesternmusic.com

 

Snapshots, sharp, incisive —that doesn’t beat about the bush, immediately up and at you kind of music. That is Derek Hoke. 

 

I love the cultured approach. The clever little grooves as…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 9, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

THE STATLER BROTHERS —THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION MCA YEARS (Humphead)

 

www.humpheadcountry.com

 

When it comes to bargains, no, make that steals of the year this is it! Fifty of the Mercury (and not MCA as the title suggests) recording act's finest songs come on this 2cd…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 9, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER —MUSIC TO MY EARS (Skaggs Family Records)

 

www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com

 

 

Music To My Ears is made up of newly written songs plus a well selected cover or two. Bluegrass country music legend Ricky Skaggs (an amazing picker of mandolin, guitar, banjo and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 8, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

ROSIE FLORES —WORKING GIRL’S GUITAR (Bloodshot)

 

www.bloodshotrecords.com

 

I have long enjoyed the honest, well-honed energy of Rosie Flores’ music. The Rockabilly Filly is well named; for rock‘n’roll, west coast country dashed with sprinklings of other genres, Texas blues among…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 7, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

STEVEN GRAVES —LET IT RIDE (Self-Released)

 

http://www.stevengravesmusic.com

 

American singer-songwriter Steven Graves made this six-track EP out in Santa Cruz, California with help from a talented (one or two of whom are illustrious) set of…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 7, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS —CLOSE UP THE HONKY TONKS (BGO Records)

 

www.bgo-records.com  

 

The Flying Burritos were the most influential country rock ensemble bar none. And it is easy to see why. For not only did they have Gram Parsons on lead vocals (albeit he did not stay with the throughout the band’s musical…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 2, 2012 at 17:09 — No Comments

ALABAMA —MY HOME’S IN ALABAMA / FEELS SO RIGHT (Hux Records)

 

www.huxrecords.com

 

When it comes to top country bands there are non able to hold a candle to Alabama, the Southern band bust onto the scene in 1979 when the title-cut of their debut album My Home’s In Alabama made Billboard Country charts…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 2, 2012 at 15:43 — No Comments

HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN — RENDEZVOUS OF RHYTHM (Gold Strike Records)

 

Texas swing trio, Hot Club Of Cowtown are one of those acts who from the off set their benchmark high and it has just got higher with each passing album. Give or take the occasional one.

 

Members Elena James, Whit Smith and Jake Irwin are so well versed in one another’s playing they are…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 1, 2012 at 20:47 — No Comments

THE KENDALLS —TWO HEART HARMONY / THANK GOD FOR THE RADIO (Hux Records)

 

www.huxrecords.com

 

Father and daughter duo, Royce and Jeannie Kendall were a hot act back in the late 1970 / early and mid-1980s (both lps are 1985 originals) as they combined the traditional side of country music with contemporary strains.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 1, 2012 at 18:19 — No Comments

SANDY DENNY —THE NOTES AND THE WORDS (Island / Universal) 4 CD Box Set

 

www.sandydennyofficial.com

 

 

Here we have a beautiful ‘work of love’ Box set that comes complete with notes and array of photos of the tragic British folk singer. What a voice, what talent and how sad it is she left us…

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Added by Maurice Hope on December 1, 2012 at 10:30 — 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
 
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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
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37 pts.
For Better, or Worse
Oh Boy Records
FS,MB
21
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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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