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DAVID RAWLINGS —POOR DAVID’S ALMANACK (Acony Records)

 

www.davidrawlingsmusic.com

 

Here we have the third album release by David Rawlings under his own name to go with five studio records with his musical and otherwise partner, Gillian Welch. The mercurial…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 20, 2017 at 18:52 — No Comments

OVER THE MOON —MOONDANCER (Self-Released)

 

www.overthemoonband.com

 

 

Canadians Suzanne Lavesque (vocals, bass) and Craig Bignall (vocals, guitars, banjo, percussion) make up the duo, Over the Moon. While they have been playing for quite some time, Moondancer is…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 20, 2017 at 8:46 — No Comments

MARTIN SIMPSON —TRAILS & TRIBULATIONS (Topic Records)

 

www.martinsimpson.com

 

British folk guitarist, singer-songwriter Martin Simpson has been making music for forty years, and he has in Trails & Tribulations his 20th solo album. Simpson has seen…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 17, 2017 at 7:23 — No Comments

PAUL BRADY —UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Proper Records)

 

www.proper-records.com

 

www.paulbrady.com

 

On his day, the timbre of his voice resonates better than almost any other of his genre, and then there are his songs! Belfast-born…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 17, 2017 at 6:51 — No Comments

TOM RUSSELL —FOLK HOTEL (Proper Records)

 

www.proper-records.co.uk

www.tomrussell.com

 

 

Over the last 25 – 30 years there have been few artists, now termed Americana musicians who have been as prolific and…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 13, 2017 at 17:22 — No Comments

RACHEL LAVEN —LOVE & LUCCHESES (Self-Released)

 

www.rachellevanmusic.com

 

Young Texas singer-songwriter Rachel Laven is making waves in her home state, and with her winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Award last year and a finalist of the Larry Joe…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 9, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

JEFFERSON ROSS —LIVE at HILLBILLY HAIKU (Self-Released)

www.JeffersonRoss.com

 

Atlanta, Georgia singer-songwriter Jefferson Ross is partnered by esteemed Nashville session musician, sideman and producer, recording act, guitarist Thomm Jutz on this House Concert in…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 8, 2017 at 7:08 — No Comments

WHEN RIVERS MEET —LIBERTY (One Road Records)

 

www.whenrivemeet.co.uk

 

When Rivers Meet is British husband and wife team, Grace Bond (vocals, mandolin, violin, viola) and Aaron Bond (vocals, acoustic guitar); and they have one previously EP to their name. Produced by Chris West,…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 5, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

THE 19TH STREET BAND —THE THINGS THAT MATTER (Self-released)

 

www.19thstreetband.com

 

Wonderful tempered energy has the duo open this 6-track EP, and with their own acoustic, electric guitars (Caolaidhe Davis) and fiddle, mandolin (Megan Davis) aided by Brian White (bass), Patty Dougherty (drums) and…

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DARDEN SMITH —EVERYTHING (Compass Records)

 

www.dardensmith.com

www.compassrecords.com

www.songwritingwithsoldiers.org

 

Singer-songwriter, Texan Darden Smith is a true professional. A man who is meticulous in what he does, not least are the songs he writes. To go with his self-penned tunes the album also has co-writes with self-minded…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 5, 2017 at 15:58 — No Comments

CATHERINE MACLELLAN —IF IT’S ALRIGHT WITH YOU –THE SONGS OF GENE MACLELLAN (True North Records)

 

www.catherinemaclellan.com

 

www.truenorthrecords.com

 

Canadian singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan comes from good stock when it comes to someone of her trade. Her…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 5, 2017 at 15:47 — No Comments

WILL HOGE —ANCHORS (Edlo Records / Thirty Tigers)

www.willhoge.com

www.thirtytigers.com

 

Nashville-based Will Hoge has been making records since 2001, and up till recently had gained critical acclaim but not the recognition…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 2, 2017 at 11:14 — No Comments

ALICE HOWE —YOU’VE BEEN AWAY SO LONG (Self-Released) EP

 

www.alicehowe.com

 

 

Immediately I heard the voice and beautiful, organic sound wafting from the speakers on placing Alice Howe’s album on my player I became hooked. Whisked away to another place. Taken in part, back in time she…

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Added by Maurice Hope on August 1, 2017 at 7:01 — No Comments

DEBORAH BONHAM —SPIRIT (Sound Discs)

 

www. deborahbonham.com

 

 

1970s styled blues-rock act Deborah Bonham is a hugely accomplished songwriter and performer, the kind of girl that gets your juices going with her uncompromising music. Sister of the late John Bonham, famed drummer with Led Zeppelin she has herself been…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 30, 2017 at 19:16 — No Comments

STEVE EARLE —SO YOU WANNABE AN OUTLAW (Warner Bros Records)

http://www.steverarle.com

 

Where do you start when it comes to Steve Earle? Either as a human being or as a recording act. With such a wealth of fine recordings to his name there is always a fear Earle…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 30, 2017 at 8:52 — No Comments

AMBER CROSS —SAVAGE ON THE DOWNHILL (Self-released)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH 

 www.ambercrossmusic.com

With Savage On The Downhill produced by esteemed musician (guitar, harmonica) singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville Amanda Cross’ music could not be in better hands. She may not be…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 27, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL AT THE SAGE GATESHEAD 21 – 23 JULY 2017

http://www.summertyne.com

 

The SummerTyne Americana Festival and the Sage Gateshead looks forward to welcoming a great line-up of artists for what promises to be a memorable weekend.…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 18, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

CHARLIE RICH —MIDNIGHT BLUE THE EARLY RECORDINGS 1958-1960 (Jasmine)

http://www.jasmine-records.co.uk

The Silver Fox Charlie Rich made a number of timeless recordings, some he wrote and was the case with “Big Man” some came from others (Dale Fox). Rich was pretty much near, if not…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 9, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

HANNAH ALDRIDGE —GOLD RUSH (Rootsy Music)

 

www.hannah-aldridge.com

 

 

Hannah Aldridge is daughter of Muscle Shoals producer, musician and hit songwriter Walt Aldridge. He has supplied a bunch of country acts as in Earl Thomas Conley, Barbara…

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Added by Maurice Hope on July 9, 2017 at 6:30 — 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
 
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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