NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

CURTIS MCMURTRY - THE HOR...

CURTIS MCMURTRY - THE HORNET'S NEST

Curtis McMurtry (from the album The Hornet’s Nest

Curtis McMurtry erases any views of Folk music as one-dimensional on his recent release, The Hornet’s Nest. The album presents words and music as a kaleidoscope of possibilities. Curtis opens up his heart within the story lines and widens the scope of melodies in the songs with his own use of multiple stringed instruments as he is backed by cello, upright bass, and trumpet. The Hornet’s Nest buzzes with all of the diversity f...

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ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE F...

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND - GOT SOUL

Robert Randolph and the Family Band (from the album Got Soul available on Sony Masterworks)

On his recent release, and Sony Records debut, Robert Randolph Got Soul. Soul music as a style, and all secular music, came to Robert later in life. Though many musicians mixed church choirs with outside music on the radio, Robert Randolph’s sole influence as a child was the music in church. He learned the pedal steel guitar as a family hand-me-down in the little-known gospel tradition of the sac...

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REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAM...

REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND - THE FRONT PORCH SESSIONS

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (from the album Front Porch Sessions)

Reverend Peyton preaches his Country Blues from a acoustic pulpit as he bare bones the Blues for The Front Porch Sessions with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The album continues the Reverend’s love for hand-made American music. The rustic Blues of Front Porch Sessions mirrors the rural upbringing of Reverend Peyton while echoing the traditions set in place by Blues icons such as Bukka White, Charlie Patt...

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NEW VIDEO FROM THE ETHER

LILLIE MAE - OVER THE HIL...

Lillie Mae is the bridge between downtown rock’n’roll guitar licks and the breezy strings of mountain music in her song “Over the Hill and Through the Woods”. The track is from Lillie Mae’s recent Third Man Records album, Forever and Then Some.

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TRAINWRECKER - SCOTT H. B...

It takes a drone to keep up with Scott H. Biram to capture his guitar’s notes and chords as he plays the role of “Trainwrecker” in his song and video. The soundtrack bleeds out on blend of Punk, Folk, Metal, and Country on a track from his recent Bloodshot Records release, The Bad Testament.

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RENCH - MUGSHOT

Brooklyn-based guitar man, Rench, draws a line from the Song of the South to the streets of South Central with music he dubs Ganstagrass. For the video of “Mugshot”, Rench tells the tale of getting hassled by the law as he shows the hustle of his sock monkey crew.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

TRAVIS LINVILLE - UP AHEA...

TRAVIS LINVILLE - UP AHEAD

Travis Linville (from the album Up Ahead)

An open letter to love and the many paths it can take is penned by Travis Linville as he describes “Finding My Way” on the track from his recent album release, Up Ahead. The theme could be a template for Up Ahead as Travis strums with an easy confidence on the title track, admitting that he is comfortable with his world view and advising to stay happy as long as your heart is pounding. Travis Linville counts “Two Times the Fool&rdquo...

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ELVIN BISHOP'S BIG FUN TR...

ELVIN BISHOP'S BIG FUN TRIO - BIG FUN TRIO

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio (from the album Big Fun Trio on Alligator Records)

Three times a good time is better than a solo run as Elvin Bishop (guitar/vocals) partners with Bob Welsh (guitar/piano) and Willy Jordan (percussion/vocals) for Big Fun Trio, the recent release from the three Bluesmen. The unique sound of Big Fun Trio is the blend of voices and guitars with a secret ingredient provided by Willy Jordan as he brings along the South American percussion instrument, the Cajon, fo...

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SCOTT H. BIRAM - THE BAD ...

SCOTT H. BIRAM - THE BAD TESTAMENT

Scott H. Biram (from the album The Bad Testament on Bloodshot Records)

We all have preconceived ideas for words and phrases that we hear. If the term one-man band conjures up a street corner busker, a little readjustment is needed to get the full picture of Scott H. Biram. All of the traditions of one man, one guitar are in place and accounted for on The Bad Testament, the latest release from Scott H. Biram. A good example of what lies behind his Folk music would be a tiger cub. Damn, they ar...

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FROM THE VAULTS

ROBERT PLANT - ALISON KRA...

ROBERT PLANT - ALISON KRAUSS - RAISING SAND

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (from the album Raising Sand) - It was an unlikely duo, put together by a producer renowned for left-of-center projects. When Robert Plant and Alison Krauss released Raising Sand, the T-Bone Burnett-produced album immediately had critics tripping over their tongues, becoming fans once again for a pairing that got attention. T-Bone Burnett curated the tracks on Raising Sand, hearing the songs as perfect vehicles for the marriage of a Bluegrass Country star (Alison...

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CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVI...

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - ULTIMATE CLASSICS

 

 

 

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Ultimate Hits

Right now, with the words below, you could be reading about a band called Muddy Rabbit, Gossamer Wump, and Creedence Nuball and the Ruby. The Golliwogs never really liked the name that Fantasy Records had given them when they inked a record deal in 1964. When the label changed hands in 1967 the new owner Saul Zaentz wanted a full length album but needed a name change. The band agreed and though the possible monikers ...

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GRACIE CURRAN - PROOF OF ...

GRACIE CURRAN - PROOF OF LOVE

Gracie Curran and the High Falutin' Band (from the album Proof of Love) - Can I get an AMEN? Gracie Curran and her mates, The High Falutin' Band have been touring around New England and up and down the East Coast for a couple years now. They've shared the limelight with some notable luminaries including Shemekia Copeland,Toni Lynn Washington and Sugar Blue and took home the prize as Boston's Best Blues Band in 2012.

Their debut album, Proof of Love, tears open your chest and breathes into you...

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MAKING THE LIST

TEN REASONS WE LIKE DUANE...

TEN REASONS WE LIKE DUANE ALLMAN

Duane Allman was gone before the music he made took over the world. The brothers Allman, Duane and younger brother Gregg, were from Macon, GA. Gregg got a guitar first but Duane learned quicker. The brothers went to Nashville for summers to visit grandma, seeing B.B. King and soaking up sound. As time went on Duane immersed himself in the guitar, quitting the high school to stay home during the days and learn his instrument. The brothers formed The Allman Joys moving the band to Nashville then...

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TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEONA...

TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEONARD COHEN  (1934 - 2016)

Top Ten Reasons We Love Leonard Cohen (9-21-34 to -11-7-16)

The written words of Leonard Cohen came from the pen of a man who considered himself a poet and novelist. His writings began in the 1950’s and kept Leonard behind a typewriter until Folk music became the vehicle for his art. Leonard Cohen moved to NYC to work as a musician, playing live at the urging of Judy Collins, who had a hit with “Suzanne” from his first recording, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967). The words of L...

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TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEON ...

TEN REASONS WE LOVE LEON RUSSELL

Top Ten Reasons We Love Leon Russell (4-2-42 to -11-13-16)

The keyboard work and vocals of Leon Russell put the Oklahoma musician on the radio under his own name though his true work in the music industry was backing other artists on stage and studio. Leon began playing in a band at fourteen years old with his band The Starlighters. Alongside other Tulsa, OK teens such as J.J. Cale, Chuck Blackwell, Leo Feathers, and Johnny Williams, the group was influential in tin 1958, becoming a member in...

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