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Sep 242017
 

Trigger – September 24, 2017 at 01:31PM
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With her third record, second generation alt-country performer Lilly Hiatt has offered up a career-defining album full of songwriting gems and inspired performances that is spirited to the heights of infectious listening by smart and considerate production. This personal and galvanized work finds the full realization of Lilly Hiatt’s vision, voice, and potential as a […]

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Sep 242017
 

Karen Miller – September 24, 2017 at 01:10PM
Tags:Podcasts,_AMERICANA

  • Eilen Jewell: You Gonna Miss Me (Down Hearted Blues,Signature Sounds)
  • The Wynntown Marshals: Low Country Comedown (After All These Years)
  • The Orphan Brigade: Town Of A Hundred Churches (Heart of the Cave,At The Helm Records)
  • Steve Grozier: Where The Roses Grow (A Place We Called Home,1232 Records)
  • The Grande: Country Blue (The Grande,self-released)
  • Dan Whitaker and The Shinebenders: Worth Your Time (Anything You Wanted To,self-released)
  • Western Centuries: Knocking Em’ Down (Weight of the World,Free Dirt Records)
  • Josh Ritter: When Will I Be Changed (Gathering,Pytheas Records)
  • Elliott Brood: The Widower (Ghost Gardens,self-released)
  • Danny & The Champions of the World: Everything We Need (Brilliant Light,Loose)
  • Blue Rose Code – Sandaig (Water of Leith, Navigator Records)
  • Donald Shaw: Islands on the Edge (Hebrides: Islands on the Edge,Vertical Records)
  • Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer: Is It Too Much (Not Dark Yet,Silver Cross Records)
  • Mark Selby: You (Dirt,Vanguard Records)
  • David Ramirez: Eliza Jane (We’re Not Going Anywhere,Sweetworld)
  • Matt Patershuk: Sparrows (Same As I Have Ever Been,Black Hen Music)
  • Heather Lynne Horton: Did You Feel That (Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy,promo)
  • The Westies: The Gang’s All Here (Six On The Out,Pauper Sky Music)
  • Michael McDermott: The Year It All Went Wrong (Hey La Hey,Oarfin Records)
  • Dori Freeman: If I Could Make You My Own (Letters Never Read)
  • Kate Ellis: Don’t Lie To Me (Carve Me Out,River Rose Records)
  • Caroline Spence: To Go Down (Spades and Roses,Caroline Spence / Tone Tree Music)
  • Ed Dupas: Some Things (Tennessee Night,self-released)
  • Willie Watson: Take This Hammer (Folksinger Vol. 2,Acony Records)
  • Colter Wall: You Look To Yours (Colter Wall,Thirty Tigers)
  • James Hodder: The Lover Before (In The Beginning,self-released)
  • Jeffrey Foucault: Hurricane Lamp (Salt As Wolves,self-released)
  • David Hershaw and Sandie Forbes: Badlands (Here Comes Tomorrow,self-released)
  • Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters: Late Summer’s Child (Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters,Organic Records)
  • Ron Sexsmith: Only Trouble Is (The Last Rider,Cooking Vinyl)
  • Big Sadie: Before Morning (Keep Me Waiting,Spindle Tree Records)


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Sep 242017
 

Karen Miller – September 24, 2017 at 12:45PM
Tags:Podcasts,_AMERICANA

  • Eilen Jewell: You Gonna Miss Me (Down Hearted Blues,Signature Sounds)
  • The Wynntown Marshals: Low Country Comedown (After All These Years)
  • The Orphan Brigade: Town Of A Hundred Churches (Heart of the Cave,At The Helm Records)
  • Steve Grozier: Where The Roses Grow (A Place We Called Home,1232 Records)
  • The Grande: Country Blue (The Grande,self-released)
  • Dan Whitaker and The Shinebenders: Worth Your Time (Anything You Wanted To,self-released)
  • Western Centuries: Knocking Em’ Down (Weight of the World,Free Dirt Records)
  • Josh Ritter: When Will I Be Changed (Gathering,Pytheas Records)
  • Elliott Brood: The Widower (Ghost Gardens,self-released)
  • Danny & The Champions of the World: Everything We Need (Brilliant Light,Loose)
  • Blue Rose Code – Sandaig (Water of Leith, Navigator Records)
  • Donald Shaw: Islands on the Edge (Hebrides: Islands on the Edge,Vertical Records)
  • Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer: Is It Too Much (Not Dark Yet,Silver Cross Records)
  • Mark Selby: You (Dirt,Vanguard Records)
  • David Ramirez: Eliza Jane (We’re Not Going Anywhere,Sweetworld)
  • Matt Patershuk: Sparrows (Same As I Have Ever Been,Black Hen Music)
  • Heather Lynne Horton: Did You Feel That (Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy,promo)
  • The Westies: The Gang’s All Here (Six On The Out,Pauper Sky Music)
  • Michael McDermott: The Year It All Went Wrong (Hey La Hey,Oarfin Records)
  • Dori Freeman: If I Could Make You My Own (Letters Never Read)
  • Kate Ellis: Don’t Lie To Me (Carve Me Out,River Rose Records)
  • Caroline Spence: To Go Down (Spades and Roses,Caroline Spence / Tone Tree Music)
  • Ed Dupas: Some Things (Tennessee Night,self-released)
  • Willie Watson: Take This Hammer (Folksinger Vol. 2,Acony Records)
  • Colter Wall: You Look To Yours (Colter Wall,Thirty Tigers)
  • James Hodder: The Lover Before (In The Beginning,self-released)
  • Jeffrey Foucault: Hurricane Lamp (Salt As Wolves,self-released)
  • David Hershaw and Sandie Forbes: Badlands (Here Comes Tomorrow,self-released)
  • Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters: Late Summer’s Child (Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters,Organic Records)
  • Ron Sexsmith: Only Trouble Is (The Last Rider,Cooking Vinyl)
  • Big Sadie: Before Morning (Keep Me Waiting,Spindle Tree Records)


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Sep 242017
 

Maurice Hope – September 24, 2017 at 12:17PM
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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 with Fairport Convention (1970) or recorded with Linda Thompson (1974 –1975).

 

Others are previously unreleased tunes, not only by Thompson but anyone else. The collection starts with Thompson in commanding mood, and something of a hurry in the form of the unreleased “What If”; and with it soon followed by a dark, evocative tale previously recorded by Blair Dunlop, “Seven Brothers” that offers a power and clarity (both lyrically, and regards his forceful playing) that’s long been a trademark of the folk master. Easing his foot off the pedal he follows it with “Rainbow Over The Hill” (Albion Band), and on placing a dark sombre edge to the music Linda and his “Never Again” enjoys some additional box playing. Of a stripped-down presentation “I Must Have A March” weaves effortlessly in and out of moods as folk of old (and cabaret stage show) is revisited.

 

Better still he revisits a song from his 1972 album, Henry The Human Fly by way of the roving “Poor Ditching Boy”; warmed in accordion etc and with an adventuress edge it lifts the album! “Alexander Graham Bell” not surprisingly contains more of the cabaret stage show mentioned above, and I hasten to add some classy jazz swing guitar. Tasty.

 

Accompanied and not for the one and only occasion Thompson has some help on vocals on “Sloth”, and it works perfectly. For it cushions his earthy / sometimes abrasive leaning tones. It features some picking too. A previously unreleased “Push And Shove” comes out the traps in explosive fashion, and though lacking the finesse and beauty of “End Of The Rainbow” (originally on Richard & Linda Thompson album I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight) it is the business. While the wondrous, and most soothing in every department “She Played Right Into My Hands” is a (previously unreleased) treasure if ever was one! For a song stout as an old English oak he tenders a cover of “Poor Will And The Jolly Hangman”, and though it isn’t a happy song the playing warms the heart.  

 

                                                            Maurice Hope   

 


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Sep 242017
 

Calvin Powers – September 24, 2017 at 08:17AM
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Dallas’s Charley Crockett’s artful blend of blues, R&B, Zydeco and honky tonk is the centerpiece of both his new album In The Night,

“I Am Not Afraid” by Charlie Crockett” originated from Americana Music Show.


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Sep 242017
 

madmackerel – September 24, 2017 at 06:43AM
Tags:singles,_AMERICANA

  1. Angel Olsen – Special
  2. Screaming Females – Black Moon
  3. Hiss Golden Messenger – John The Gun
  4. The Cornshed Sisters – Running
  5. Torres – Helen In The Woods
  6. Deep Dark Woods – Fallen Leaves
  7. Weaves featuring Tanya Tagaq – Scream
  8. Kevin Devine featuring Half Waif – I Was Alive Back Then
  9. Laura Baird – Pretty Polly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 242017
 

Zorn – September 24, 2017 at 05:40AM
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Third release by Western Canadian songwriter Eric Westbury titled “Atomic Wilderness” was produced by Juno award winner Russell Broom.Eric Westbury, a gravel-voiced purveyor of Americana with a hint of Punk and a lot of keen social observation. If you like your songs tight, well-crafted and punchy, Eric Westbury is your man. First track The Cavalcade is a bouncing, easy melody that sets the scene for a hugely impressive group of songs.


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Sep 242017
 

exy – September 23, 2017 at 11:16PM
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ValparaisoThis French collective rose from the corpse of Jack the Ripper (the French Band – named for the Nick Cave song) and provide a particularly Gallic flavoured brand of Americana. The four corners of their world are populated by Giant Sand, Spain (both Howe Gelb and Josh Haden guest), PJ Harvey and the Tindersticks, so it’s slow burning Desert rock with an overcoat and a bucketful of attitude. It’s produced by John Parish (who also appears) and it sounds beautifully organic, suffused with as much atmosphere as a Joseph Conrad novel.
Shannon Wright turns in a typically committed performance for the excellent Bury My Body, which churns with unease, and Wright turns up again along with John Parish on The River where taut strings take us down to the damp foggy…

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…banks of the Seine where Louis Malle is filming a Leo Malet novel. The record opens with the increasingly gravelled voice of Howe Gelb, offset by the rather more dulcet Phoebe Killdeer (Nouvelle Vague) and they proceed to swap lines like Isabella Rossellini and Stuart Staples only in a more twisted darker way.

Given that this is very much a collaborative album it’s no surprise that the newly reinvigorated Howe’s performances sound like Howe performances: The Allure of Della Rae contains all of his usual unusual phrasing, sounding as well as he’s sounded for years, and after around three minutes the song breaks down the bass, drums step backwards and there’s a torrent of guitars released a squeaky liquid wash of colour. Josh Haden never sounds unlike Josh Haden and Constellations has all of his usual trademarks, the descending melody and the halting vocals, albeit this time he’s in a dark Parisian cellar rather than his usual haunts.

The spoken word Fireplace with Rosemary Standley (Moriarty) drips with glistening drops of melody when she sings the (kind of) chorus, and the narration sounds like something Luc Besson might dream up, the dream apposite because the weirdness along with the woozy strings makes this seem like it has leaked from the subconscious. The title track features Phoebe Killdeer and features more of the dark type of indie-rock that seems to have passed out of fashion, being replaced by the new orthodoxy of authenticity – well this is authentic, the atmosphere is near tangible, the strings yearn epically. It contains quite an emotional heft.

Killdeer and Wright both emerge with great credit here; the version of Wild Birds (the version below is from an earlier release) is more refined and filled out. This truly is a collaborative work – there is a thread of consistency of aesthetic and texture throughout, always dark and thick with atmosphere. Though each performer provides their own window dressing, the drama is consistent. — americanaUK


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