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MARTY STUART —NOW THAT’S COUNTRY! THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION VOL. 1 (Humphead Country) Two Cds

 

www.humpheadcountry.com

 

Country music favourite, and champion of the cause Marty Stuart sees a wonderful 44-track compilation of his work, a feast in fact of music from 1991 to his latest album, Way Out West adorn this…

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Added by Maurice Hope on October 20, 2017 at 14:11 — No Comments

AGS CONNOLLY & JEREMY PINNELL @ PROHIBITION CABARET BAR, GATESHEAD 16/10/17

AGS CONNOLLY & JEREMY PINNELL @ PROHIBITION CABARET BAR, GATESHEAD 16/10/17 

On walking into this small but accommodating venue I was impressed in the way those running it presented themselves, and taken by the set up of it all.

 

Though as already noted the Prohibition…

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Added by Maurice Hope on October 19, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

DANA COOPER —INCENDIARY KIND (Travianna Records)

http://www.danacoopermusic.com

 

Americana singer-songwriter, Dana Cooper contains similarities in his precise style as the likes of Texas singer-songwriter Darden Smith, this as cultured folk, pop and country are stylishly…

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Added by Maurice Hope on October 16, 2017 at 17:27 — No Comments

TIM HENDERSON —THE LEGACY COLLECTION: VOLUME 1, GONE TO TEXAS (Self-Released)

 

http://www.timhenderson.com

West Virginia born, adopted Texan, singer-songwriter Tim Henderson may not be a member of Nashville’s Singer-songwriter Hall Of Fame or recipient of any Grammy Award, but he was an honest as the day…

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

JIM REEVES —THE HIT LIST..and then some 1953-1962 (Jasmine Records) 2cds

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

 

Here we have a bumper section if ever there was! Sixty-four songs, and with Gentleman Jim at the top of his game the listener, both old and new fans of one of country music’s true legends…

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Added by Maurice Hope on October 8, 2017 at 16:49 — No Comments

SUMMER BROOKE AND THE MOUNTAIN FAITH BAND —SMALL TOWN LIFE (Travianna Records)

http://www.summerbrookemusic.com

 

Sweet-voiced, modern-day bluegrass / country singer, songwriter and fiddle player too, Summer Brooke shows off her talent (although they brought in Tim Crouch to play fiddle on this…

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CARLY SIMON—HAVE YOU SEEN ME LATELY? * LETTERS NEVER SENT (Floating World)

http://www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

http://carlysimon.com

Originally released in 1990 and 1994, respectively, the music found on this twin-cd set is a good…

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

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD —TELL THE DEVIL I AM GETTING THERE AS FAST AS I CAN (Bordello Records / Thirty Tigers)

ANOTHER ALBUM OF THE MONTH

http://www.raywyliehubbard.com

 

Texas-based Americana singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard when it comes to music, and his life too is he's a living phenomena.…

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

RICHARD THOMPSON —ACOUSTIC RARITIES (BEESWING)

http://www.richardthompson.com 

 

Acoustic Rarities follows Richard Thompson’s Acoustic Classics Vol.11 as he performs an eclectic selection of songs. Some of the material originally featured on albums when he was…

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SOPHIA MARSHALL —BYE BYE (Self-released)

 

www.sophiamarshall.co.uk

 

English Americana singer-songwriter Sophia Marshall has performed a good many festivals, including Austin, Texas' SXSW and Summer Sundae in the UK, plus Marshall also got to sing the Emmylou parts at a…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 20, 2017 at 7:29 — No Comments

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL —TEN * GREATEST HITS; LIVE & KICKIN’ * WESTERN STANDARD TIME * KEEPIN’ ME UP NIGHTS (BGO Records) 2CDs

www.bgo-records.com

 

Wow! What a treat this is. Four albums on two cds by the finest purveyors of western swing of the last forty plus years, now that can’t be bad. Fronted by their inimitable giant of a bandleader, Ray Benson the ensemble as ever are at the top of their game.

 

Originally released between 1987-1992 the Wheel have long been associated with Austin, Texas, but they were actually…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 18, 2017 at 18:17 — No Comments

JIMMIE DAVIS —DON’T TAKE MY SUNSHINE AWAY (Jasmine)

 

www.jasmine-records.co.uk

 

Listed on the package as Vintage Hillbilly Blues and Ballads 1932-1949, the 28-track compilation offers excellent value. Born in Louisiana, Davis enjoyed great success with “You Are My…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 18, 2017 at 18:07 — No Comments

WILLIE WATSON —FOLKSINGER VOL. 2 (Acony)

 

www.williewatson.com

 

 

On hearing of the album’s title the listener could be forgiven on musing that we simply have another Folksinger (Vol.1) record from the former Old Crow Medicine Show act, but this is not…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 18, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

THE REMEDY CLUB —LOVERS, LEGENDS & LOST CAUSES (High Flying Disc Records)

 

www.theremedyclub.ie

 

The Remedy Club is made up of Irish husband and wife team of KJ McEvoy and Aileen Mythen. Steeped in Americana roots the couple are both strong lead vocalists, songwriters, and are in possession of tight as they…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 16, 2017 at 9:19 — No Comments

VARIOUS —PLEASE RELEASE ME THE SOULFUL SIDE OF COUNTRY (Jasmine Records)

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

 

When it comes to soul music meeting country music there have been a number of golden eras; at the top of the list there’s performances heard on this star-studded compilation that is…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 10, 2017 at 12:26 — No Comments

THOMM JUTZ —CRAZY IF YOU LET IT (Mountain Fever Records)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH 

 

www.thommjutz.com

 

Multi-talented Thomm Jutz has made great strides in the world of bluegrass, with both the songs he’s written and played on (some recorded in his Nashville studio) and,…

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LYNNE HANSON —UNEVEN GROUND (CSR Records)

 

www.lynnehanson.com

 

Uneven Ground is Ottawa Canada singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson’s fifth full length album, and with it warmed in strains of blues, folk and country Hanson’s thoughtful songs, some more moody and earthy than…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 10, 2017 at 8:44 — No Comments

LESLEY KERNOCHAN —A CALM SUN (Self-Released)

 

www.lesleykernochan.com

 

 

California singer-songwriter, Lesley Kernochan has an amazing set of players accompany her on her latest album A Calm Sun. On combining elements of folk, country and pop her beautiful…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 10, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

ROBERT EARLE KEEN —WALKING DISTANCE * PICNIC (Floating World) 2CDs

 

www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk

   

Floating World aren’t usually known for releasing singer-songwriters, never mind Texas singer-songwriters! Now, at long last we have a double helping of country folk from the erstwhile Robert Earl Keen (I…

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Added by Maurice Hope on September 9, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

HANK LOCKLIN —FOURTEEN KARAT GOLD (Jasmine Records)

 

www.jasmine-records.co.uk

 

 

Classic Recordings 1951-1957 is the subtitle; as regards the classic bit they pretty much have it right. Locklin’s easy flowing tones wrapped in pedal steel guitar and country guitar the…

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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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