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West-coast singer Linda Ronstadt came along at a hugely creative time in her region. With her folk, country and rock influences merged as one, her vibrant singing voice was nothing less than remarkable. Country rock was making its name and with such hot pickers as Clarence White, Red Rhodes, and Earl Ball on the recording Hand Sown… in 1969 and a year later top Nashville session men Charlie McCoy, Pete… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 30, 2009 at 18:00 — No Comments

TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS 4 —With Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain (Whirlie DVD)

What a fantastic showcase for acoustic music from both sides of the Atlantic the now legendary Transatlantic Sessions have become. For it has not only proved to be a fantastic showcase for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Iris DeMent, Kate and Anna McGarrigle and Irish songbirds, Mary Black and Dolores Keane but the likes of stellar musicians Stuart Duncan, Phil Cunningham, Donal Lunny, Russ Barenberg,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 19, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments


In tribute to old-time musician, hard drinking womanising banjo playing vocalist Charlie Poole (1892-1931), American folk legend Loudon Wainwright once married to fellow folk artist, Kate McGarrigle and father of Rufus and Martha Wainwright who are now forging careers of their own dips back in time for material on this album. Plus, along with songwriter-producer Dick Connette written nine new songs to go with the other twenty… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 19, 2009 at 10:00 — 1 Comment


Raised in North Carolina in the USA, Heather Bristow prior to relocating to the UK, where in her adopted county of Bath in Gloucestershire she gained a master’s degree in poetry from the Spa University. On combining her poet talent with a love for the sparse, folk and bluegrass world, Bristow in the company of a wonderful set of musicians decorates the album with her self-penned songs in stylish… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 13, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin and Pete Molinari, Jumpin’ Hot Club@The Cluny2, Newcastle

Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin and Pete Molinari, Jumpin’ Hot Club@The Cluny2, Newcastle10:32am Thursday 10th December 2009

TO celebrate its 24th birthday, the Jumpin’ Hot Club had Americana singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt and his tour partner, Carrie Elkin, open. Although London-based Pete Molinari, fresh from five months recording and playing in America, topped the bill, but it was Schmidt and Elkin who… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on December 12, 2009 at 2:30 — No Comments


Singer-songwriter, producer and picker Paul Curreri is an all rounder of that there is no doubt about it. His latest album California was inspired through him having to take time off the road due to a vocal-cord injury and on hearing the product —his time could not have been better spent. Thankfully, he soon put his problems behind him to… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 29, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments



Fronted by Shaun Hennessy (guitars, banjo, backing vocals) and Ian Keane (lead vocals, drums) and partnered by Carl Storey (guitars, backing vocals), Spencer Brown (bass) and producer Nick Beere, who also guests on Hammond organ Nowhere Fast is very much of an Americana feel.

Despite the fact the album was recorded in a small Wiltshire studio the music from Hennessy Keane is strong in American… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

CHARLIE POOLE —THE ESSENTIAL CHARLIE POOLE (Proper Records) 4 disc box set and Ramblin' Boys: A Journey - The Martin Stephenson/Charlie Poole connection (media)

North Carolina-born, Charlie Poole was undoubtedly one of the most colourful characters of his age, and for that matter a good few more since then. In some ways he was like the Hank Williams of his day, but singing old time music and not country. He drank heavily and was prone to go missing for days if not weeks —sounds like George Jones and suffered health problems because if it. Poole’s music was recently the focus… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments


Produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson etc) Shimmer is a seven-track collection of stripped demos by Pieta Brown. The daughter of famed Iowa singer-songwriter, Greg Brown who too is with Red House Pieta has inherited much of her father’s talent. Beautifully presented, with Bo Ramsey electric guitar (slide) and… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 27, 2009 at 8:00 — No Comments

CHIP TAYLOR —YONKERS NY Train Wreck (media)

Chip Taylor is a legend! Nothing less, and once you have seen him put on a show and listened carefully to his records and no longer take him solely as songwriter you will also agree. He has penned such songs as ‘Wild Thing’, ‘Angel Of the Morning’, ‘Son Of A Rotten Gambler’ and ‘I Can’t Let Go’ among others but it is not until you acknowledge his worth as a recording act in his own right that you will… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 22, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments


Here we have yet another superb album from singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe. Spitting out lyrics like bullets from a shogun, his rough-hewn vocals and acoustic guitar aided by the likes of his good friend Jared Tyler (dobro) plus Tim O’Brien (bouzouki, fiddle, banjo and mandola), Lynn Williams (drums) and David Roe (upright bass) he delivers an amazing set of songs.

Working… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 22, 2009 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

MARTHA ANN BROOKS —LATELY…. Own label (media)


Martha Ann Brooks is singer-songwriter originally from Montgomery, Alabama but raised in Augusta, Georgia who blends folk, country, and jazz with pop and has a wonderful controlled singing voice. Unlike all too many today she really can sing, and is a natural storyteller and an accomplished visual artist in the bargain!

Lately… is her second recording, following on from Simply… that contains her song ‘When… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 21, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments


As blues legends go Charley Patton is up there with the best, and seen by many as the most important figure of the pre-war Mississippi Delta blues scene through his rich, full-bodied music.

In comparison to the likes of Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Sun House among others he may often be over-looked, but that should not be the case as this Properbox set illustrates.

While the 4-CD set is… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 20, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

HEATHER MASSE —BIRD SONG - Red House (media)

First off I must state what a fabulously voice New York-based musician Heather Masse possesses and that she uses it beautifully. With support from her band of Jed Wilson (keyboards), Karl Doty (bass), Lyle Brewer (acoustic, electric and baritone guitar) and Joel Arnow (drums) plus, Crooked Still vocalist Aoife O’Donovan on harmony vocals simple… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 20, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments


Bluegrass singer and hit songwriter Claire Lynch has changed little since I first heard her in the early 1980s fronting the Front Porch String Band and for this I am well pleased.

Discernable hints of Emmylou Harris to her vocals once present are now long gone as the sometimes… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2009 at 9:00 — 1 Comment


Since breaking onto the scene, the Old Crows have made a huge impression with their blending of traditional country, folk, blues, jug band music and bluegrass fueled by a ton of energy . That has made them firm favourites at festivals in Europe as well as their native homeland, the US. Comprising of Ketch Secor, Willie Watson, Gill Landry, Morgan Jahnig and Kevin Hayes are, as this DVD illustrates an innovative ensemble who… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 15, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

DANNY SCHMIDT —on tour soon! Maurice Hope finds out all you need to know before you go (Media)

Texas-raised singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt is one of the most talented writers to emerge on the Americana scene this decade and counting. After him winning Kerrville’s New Folk Award in 2007 and critical acclaim of Little Grey Sheep the following year, 2009 saw him debut on Red House with Instead The Forest Rose To Sing.

Schmidt’ s rise to the position he now commands hasn’t as you are about to read been an easy… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 9, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments


Folk blues Americana act Chris Smither who has been writing great songs for a long time and had the likes of Bonnie Raitt pick up on his work seems to make class albums at will.

Since the beginning Chris Smither has consistently been making full-bodied music that fits the Americana category better than most any act I can think of, and he shows… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 8, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

BEN REEL —TIME TO GET REAL (B.Reel Records) Inspired by the likes of Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Ben Reel is a singer-songwriter from Silverbridge, County Armagh that merges his work with country rock Americana yet it is his passion and ability as a genuine story-telling that see him grasp emotions of the heart.

It is twenty years since as a teenager he formed his first band, Trim The Velvet but it is as a solo recording act his talent and writer of… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 8, 2009 at 18:00 — No Comments


When it comes to great Texas singer-songwriters, performers and recording acts then Lyle Lovett is up there with the very best, and to many he is the best! Such is his unique stylist qualities both as a vocalist and writer Lovett is an impossible act to follow.

Utilising the songwriting powers of the likes of Eric Taylor via his excellent… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on November 2, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

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January 2018Month
Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
1 63
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
2 61
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
*FB, *PK
3 60
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
4 51
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
5 42
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
6 34
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
7 29
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
8 27
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
11 26
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
12 22
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
13 21
14 21
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
15 19
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
18 19
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
19 18
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
20 15
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
21 14
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
23 13
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
24 12
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
RICHARD DOBSON / I Hear Singing / Brambus *JJC
DILLON CARMICHAEL / Hell On An Angel / Riser House *PHe
SELECT CAPTAIN / Off To Save The World / Soundchest *JJ
BRANDON ISAAK / Rise N Shine / Independent *RW
EINAR FLA / Silent String / Grappa *MB
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE / Sixpack / Self-released *PJ
JAMIE LEE WILSON / Jumping Over Rocks / Self-released *HdB
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *RH
WEST OF EDEN / Flat Earth Society / West Of Music *PH
JODYMOON / A Love Brand New / Self-Released *JF
ANDREW COMBS / Worried Man (Deluxe Edition) / Loose Music *GF
HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI BEANS / Hard Core Broken Heart /
Independent *MP
JONATHAN BYRD / Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys/ *JH
BILL SHANLEY / Midnight Mission / Cauldron Music *NC
MICKEY GALYEAN & CULLEN’s BRIDGE / Songs From The Blue Ridge /
Rebel *HD
JOE JACKSON / Fool / EarMusic *KG
TIP JAR / Onward / Independent *FS
KC GROVES / Happy Little Trees / Self-released *JH
TIMBER / The Family / Cornelius Chapel *

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