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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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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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1
The Devil Makes Three
70 pts.
Chains Are Broken
New West
FC,JB,RK,TJ,LK
2
Jimmy LaFave
65 pts.
Peace Town
Music Road Records
PKO
3
Malcolm Holcombe
48 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
FB,JBO
4
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47 pts.
3
Blue Rose Records
CVL,DHO
5
Jeffrey Foucault
43 pts.
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Blueblade Records
MB,SZ
6
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42 pts.
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Thirty Tigers
FCE,AL,MG
7
Martha Fields
40 pts.
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Independent
SP,DH,RST,RW
8
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35 pts.
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Must Have Music
DD,CRS,BM
9
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32 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music
LM
 
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32 pts.
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Blue Rose Records
 
11
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31 pts.
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Bloodshot Records
GS
12
Hadley McCall Thackston
28 pts.
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Wolfe Island Records
 
 
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28 pts.
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PK
14
Curse Of Lono
26 pts.
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Submarine Cat Records
MM,JF
15
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25 pts.
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High Moon
 
 
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25 pts.
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Locke Creek Records
TK,HDB
17
Jason McNiff
23 pts.
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At The Helm Records
 
 
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23 pts.
Time Flies
Yep Roc
 
 
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23 pts.
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Crowville Media
MP
20
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21 pts.
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KG,JJC
21
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20 pts.
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Concord Records
BH,JSM
 
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Thirty Tigers
JJ
 
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MW
24
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17 pts.
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Legacy
 
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16 pts.
Tree
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