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Record Review from web archive January 5, 2009

Various Artists

Let’s say you lived in Kansas City between 1978 and 1981. The odds were great you still didn’t know much about the Titan Records label, which released eight singles and a compilation album in those years almost completely unknown to the general public and the rest of the world. This brings us to the Numero [...]

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Record Review from web archive December 30, 2008

The voices of Como…now

In the darkness of this last summer, when listening to music had become a reminder of things lost, and not of joys yet to be discovered, this simple album of unaccompanied voices singing to a god I do not worship…this album was a balm. It still is. Como Now was recorded July 22, 2006, at [...]

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Live Reviews from web archive November 2, 2008

N.C. Rocks For Change Concert

If you were a Barack Obama fan – or, heck, even if you were a John McCain fan who simply loves good independent music – you could’ve done a lot worse than to find yourself on the Graham Terrace patio next to Morehead Planetarium on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill Saturday [...]

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Live Reviews from web archive October 31, 2008

CMT Alan Jackson Tribute Taping

There was a party here in Nashville in mid-August marking Alan Jackson’s 50th birthday, and also his reaching the major milestone of 50 million albums sold. Granted that when it comes to discussions of even relatively contemporary country music, some seem content to reverse the old Elvis Presley hits package title and presume 50 million [...]

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Record Review from web archive October 9, 2008

The Imus Ranch Record

Benefit collections such as this are almost never going to get bad press because, well, who wants to put down a record made for a noble purpose? (In this case, the cause is talk-radio jock Don Imus and his wife Dierdre’s ranch in New Mexico which hosts children afflicted with cancer or serious blood disorders.) [...]

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Live Reviews from web archive October 1, 2008

Sin City All-Stars’ Tribute To Glen Campbell

Among the highlights of this year’s Americana Music Association festival were a pair of events involving Glen Campbell, who was the subject of both a documentary film screening at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon and a tribute show at the Cannery Ballroom on Saturday evening. At both events, Campbell himself made [...]

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Live Reviews from web archive October 1, 2008

Barcelona Accio Musical

Thousands thronged Las Ramblas and strolled the ancient blind alleys among the sepulchral stone walls of the Barri Gotic as the final night of the Barcelona Accio Musical (BAM) played out on the eve of the citywide Merce holiday. Every language could be heard on the streets, and nearly every genre could be found on [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #75 May-June 2008

Louisiana Showcase – Mint (Los Angeles, CA)

This year, the Grammys gave the first award for Best Cajun or Zydeco Album, the result of years of campaigning led by zydeco accordionist Terence Simien and his wife Cynthia. Simien’s Live! Worldwide was nominated, along with the Pine Leaf Boys’ Blues De Musicien, the Racines’ self-titled album, the Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Live A La [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #74 March-April 2008

Various Artists – Nashville Stars On Tour

Blame it on the Cold War. With America’s extensive European military presence, Armed Forces Radio playing country discs, and country acts touring those bases, it was inevitable European civilians would embrace the music. RCA Victor’s expert promotion machine in Europe stood ready to exploit that new audience in April 1964. With Beatlemania seemingly ruling the [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #74 March-April 2008

Various Artists – Tradition in transition

It’s Saturday morning at Merlefest in late April 2007, and the main stage is a whirlwind of rapid-fire musical collaborations. Leonard Podolak of Canadian string band the Duhks is playing ringmaster to what has been billed the “New Generation Super Jam” — an hour-and-a-half free-for-all featuring members of the Duhks, Uncle Earl, the Infamous Stringdusters [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Exclusive Premiere of Cowboy Jack Clement's "Let the Chips Fall"
    Cowboy Jack was one of the most beloved country and Americana artists of his generation. For proof, just look at the list of artists who showed up to lend a hand on his final album: John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlin […]
  • Easy Ed's Sideshow of Solos, Duets and Ensembles: Session #42
    Welcome to the 42nd installment of random thoughts, trivial facts. occasional fiction, poetry, haikus, photos, artwork, stories of fleeting fame and dastardly deeds, and videos or tunes that may have caught my attention or fancy of late. As you can see by the picture at the side, I've got dessert on my mind, and in particular...pies. The Oxford Companio […]
  • St. Vincent in Concert: As Performance Artist, Annie Clark Shows Her True Colors
    One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next? That’s what one high-strung son of someone was thinking for the rest of us while pressed up against the barrier leaving just enough breathing room between entertainer and her target audience as March wound down while that inevitable da […]
  • Lone Justice - This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 (Album Review)
    Much bootlegged, these landmark early studio recordings by Lone Justice are finally given an official release. By December 1983, performing their swashbuckling fusion of punk and country, Lone Justice were consistently playing ‘sold out’ sets in L.A.’s numerous rock clubs. That month Maria McKee (lead vocal, guitar), Ryan Hedgecock (guitar, backing vocal), M […]
  • Stace England & The Salt Kings – America, Illinois (Album Review)
    Let me tell you a little about Stace England.  Back in 2005 or so, Stace and the boys put out an album titled Greetings From Cairo, Illinois which music critic Greil Marcus put in his Top Ten albums of that year.  They followed it up in 2007 with Salt Sex Slaves, another historically apt musical look behind the facade of reality-as-told.  (Here is part of th […]
  • Young Brits Climbing the Ladder: Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas
    Ah, sweet  youth. Time for an update on Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas, two young British music talents that  I have mentioned before on these pages and who are worth keeping an eye on. Dunlop turned 22 in February. He is a folk-country singer with an impressive musical pedigree (his dad is British folk icon Ashley Hutchings) and who, I have just learned playe […]

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