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SAM BAKER —COTTON (Music Road Records)

www.sambakermusic.com

Singer-songwriter Sam Baker has a tale or two to tell, and with Cotton the third album of a trilogy it has Baker more than at any other time though still spare and intimate, broaden his sound.

Apart from playing guitar left handed after losing use in his fingers he adapted to performing the other way round, and though restricted like his scratchy vocals compliment his spare style of writing. That often as not are like prose set to music. Stories, that like subtle… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 19, 2009 at 18:27 — No Comments

BAP KENNEDY —HOWL ON (Lonely Street Discs)

It is forty years since man walked on the moon and longer since JFK was the American president, and like in his song ‘Cold War Country Blues’ took the music of Hank Williams to the moon! Kennedy has always impressed me, right from when he was the lead singer (and songwriter) in Energy Orchard and then when turning solo. That saw him under the guidance of producers Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy and Nashville pickers debut with the fabulous Domestic Blues. A bunch of them had played on Earle’s… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 14, 2009 at 21:01 — No Comments

CATHERINE MacLELLAN —WATER IN THE GROUND (True North)

www.catherinemaclellan.com

www.truenorthrecords.com

When it comes to extraordinary talent, it pumps through the veins of Canadian singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan like a piston of stoked-up steam train. She is good al-right, and, with Water In The Ground joined by her debut record Dark Dream Midnight previously only available mail order as a bonus disc you just can’t go wrong. For it alone is well worth the asking price!

With a voice smooth as silk, and lyrics like poetry… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 14, 2009 at 20:37 — No Comments

JJ CALE —ROLL ON (Rounder)

www.jjcale.com www.rounder.com

Guitar blues, country, jazz and rock veteran JJ Cale has made a host of recordings over the years and is a master of crafting a killer groove of which his latest album has a health selection.



With Cale playing all the instruments on all cuts apart from four, there is a remarkable tightness to the… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

RHONDA VINCENT —DESTINATION LIFE (Rounder)

www.rhondavincent.com

www.rounder.com

Top bluegrass act, Rhonda Vincent isn‘t only a terrific mandolin picker and vocalist, but a bandleader. Such is the wealth of talent on offer in her band, The Rage they take bluegrass music to another level a remarkable feat when taking into consideration the pickers that there has been and, still doing the business. On scouring not only bluegrass writers for material but reaching back in time for the old country standard ‘Stop The World And Let… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on July 8, 2009 at 7:24 — No Comments

SLAID CLEAVES —EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BE TAKEN AWAY...(Music Road Records)

www.slaid.com

Co-produced by Gurf Morlix, this is Slaid Cleaves first album in quite some time (regards songs from his own hand, 2004 and his album, Wishbones) — and, like with all his other records the wait has been worth it. With regulars Rick Richards, Charles Arthur, Billy Harvey, Michael O’Connor and of course, Gurf himself aided by guest slots from Gene Elders and vocalist Trish Murphy Cleaves’ songs are as sharp as ever. Hence, the music races out of the chute in exciting fashion.… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 28, 2009 at 17:32 — No Comments

JOHNNY CASH —JOHNNY CASH’S AMERICA (Sony) CD/ DVD

www.Johnnycashonline.com

Rich in emotive edge, honesty this selection of fare from the late Johnny Cash may for the main part be familiar to his followers but there are a handful of songs seeing daylight for the first time. We are talking about rousing live versions of ‘Children, Go Where I Send Thee’ (featuring Carl Perkins), Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and the previously unreleased studio tracks ‘Come Along And Ride This Train’ —that, marked with typical chicka-boom rhythm… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 28, 2009 at 17:09 — No Comments

RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES — ROADHOUSE SUN (Humphead)

www.humpheadcountry.com

If the music of Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen are part of your diet then now you now have another flavour to spice up your life! Since, young aspiring Texas singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham is straight out of the same stable, honest and ragged, vocally he is capable of going the distance.

Following on from his debut album Mescalito, Bingham has come up with a strong collection of tunes, and he wrote them all. Yes, he does on occasions become a little too… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 28, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

J.B. BEVERLEY & THE WAYWARD DRIFTERS —WATCH AMERICA ROLL BY (Hell Train Records)

www.jbbeverley.com

www.helltrainrecords.com

www.myspace.com/jbbbeverleyampthewaydrifters

Coming undiluted straight from the bottle (‘an organic road record that may as well have soil falling off it’s roots’), J.B Beverley and his band, the Wayward Drifters produce a sound that takes me back years! Since JB’s lead vocals possess a great likeness to one-time 1970s top country music earner Roy Clark, and then there are the pickers who, in donating huge slices of dobro, steel guitar,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 28, 2009 at 15:51 — No Comments

EILEN JEWELL —SEA OF TEARS (SIGNATURE SOUNDS / CRS)

EILEN JEWELL —SEA OF TEARS (SIGNATURE SOUNDS / CRS)



www.eilenjewell.com

www.signaturesounds.com



Built around a tight, easy to define band of four including her self, Eilen Jewell goes back to the basics for this album. That is if she had ever strayed in the first place.

Accompanied by Jason beck (drums, percussion, vocals), Jerry Miller (various guitars,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 12, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

GRETCHEN PETERS with TOM RUSSELL —ONE TO THE HEART, ONE TO THE HEAD (Scarlet Letter)

GRETCHEN PETERS with TOM RUSSELL —ONE TO THE HEART, ONE TO THE HEAD (Scarlet Letter)



www.gretchenpeters.com

www.tomrussell.com



Now here is an interesting project. Not only because it combines the talent of singer-songwriters Gretchen Peters and Tom Russell (percussion, vocals and co-producer) but also due to the fact it is apart from Russell’s own Guadalupe an album… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 9, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

NANCI GRIFFITH —THE LOVING KIND (ROUNDER)

NANCI GRIFFITH —THE LOVING KIND (ROUNDER)



www.rounder.com

www.nancigriffith.com



Nanci Griffith after a little wandering in the songwriting wilderness and not being able to or posses the hunger to write, and previously loose her spark The Loving Kind sees her return to music of the people. Covering aspects of life and of the country itself with an affection and simplicity… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on June 7, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

VARIOUS ARTSTS —MAN OF SOMEBODY’S DREAMS (YEP ROC)

Originally, Dave Alvin had intended to record and release this album while his friend, Chris Gaffney (1950 – 2008) was still around.



Quantcast Unfortunately, it failed… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on May 16, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

DAVE ALVIN AND THE GUILTY WOMEN —YEP ROC

After many years playing in front of the Guilty Men that featured Dave long time friend, the recently deceased Chris Gaffney he found the old memories too hard to shake, hence he has changed direction a little and formed an all-woman band.…



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Added by Maurice Hope on May 16, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

WYATT EASTERLING —WHERE THIS RIVER GOES (HIGH HORSE RECORDS)

http://www.highhorserecords.com/page/Wyatt_Easterling



The instant I heard the melodic tones of Wyatt Easterling I was taken by both the guile of his songwriting, and his vocal styling possessing hints of… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on May 9, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

VARIOUS ARTSTS —THE LITTLE RED BOX OF PROTEST SONGS (PROPER RECORDS) 4 Disc Box Set

Brim full of political rooted treasures, www.properuk.com

The Little Red Box
features three cds of 20 tracks each and the DVD ‘Talking Protest’. Featuring Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Leadbelly among others and, with many songs possessing… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on May 9, 2009 at 13:00 — No Comments

STEVE EARLE —TOWNES (NEW WEST)

www.newwestrecords.com

In more ways than one this album sees rambling boy Steve Earle return to his roots and when he first began making music. Presently, living with his wife, fellow singer-songwriter Allison Moorer in Greenwich… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on May 9, 2009 at 13:00 — No Comments

HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN / WISHFUL THINKING (Proper Records)



More great music from UK record distributors



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More great music from UK record… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 13, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments

JESSE WINCHESTER LOVE FILLING STATION (Appleseed Recordings)

Oh, what have I done to deserve a ‘new’ record from Jesse Winchester? Love Filling Station is Winchester’s first album since ‘Gentlemen Of Leisure’ (1999) on Sugar Hill and only his third studio recording since 1981 and from the first note it sounds like it is something he does everyday and never tires off.… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 13, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments

NICK LOWE —QUIET PLEASE.....(Proper records)

Spanning the years, 1974-2007 the 49-track twin-cd collection is aided by a DVD featuring seven rare videos and a live performance —that finds him and the band in outstanding form and, like with the CD selections the good ones just keep on coming. Lowe, if you like is a spiritual… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on April 13, 2009 at 10:00 — 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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