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Author: David Menconi

Waxed - Record Review from Issue #74 March-April 2008

Michael Holland – Simple Truths And Pleasures

All siblings have their differences, even twins. Consider twin brothers Mark and Michael Holland, who have taken divergent paths since their former band, Jennyanykind, dissolved in 2003. As Jule Brown, Mark still makes mystic, blues-toned roots-rock that’s a logical extension of Jennyanykind. But Michael has pursued a folksier course on his three solo albums, including [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #73 Jan-Feb 2008

Jon Shain – Army Jacket Winter

Jon Shain’s voice is the aural equivalent of a sly nod and a wink. Your initial response might be to wonder if he’s putting you on with his ramblin’-folksinger persona — but then you notice how good a guitar player he is, and that you’re humming along. Coming off an informal apprenticeship with Fairport Convention [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #73 Jan-Feb 2008

Seth Walker – It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Sing

Based on his new self-titled album, you might expect Austin bluesman Seth Walker to have grown up in deepest Texas — sneaking off as a kid to hit the roadhouses and worship at the throne of Albert Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins and other masters of electrified Texas blues. In fact, Walker’s background was a world away [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #73 Jan-Feb 2008

Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala

Had he come along in 1970, Jens Lekman would have been covering Jimmy Webb songs and finding a way to make them even more perverse (I’m thinking “MacArthur Park” here). Today, Lekman perfectly fits a niche for those who favor left-field drama with their pop. Combine the writerly tendencies of Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt with [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Meshell Ndegeocello – The World has Made Me the Man of My Dreams

Meshell Ndegeocello has never been one to make things easy, either for herself or her listeners, and that dynamic applies to her seventh album. The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams opens on a puzzling note with “Haditha”, 90 seconds of end-times speechifying by Muslim scholar Hamza Yusuf (a not-very-interesting spiel few [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Martin Stephenson – Hell’s Half Acre

In recent years, Englishman Martin Stephenson has become something like a musical Civil War re-enactor. It’s a destination one never would have predicted for him, based on his initial impression with the 1980s-vintage postpunk band the Daintees. But Stephenson’s heart seems to be in Appalachia nowadays, especially the North Carolina mountain country that produced Doc [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Tom Gillam – Too busy singing to put anybody down

Somewhere in New Jersey, there’s a hospital worker Tom Gillam wants to meet, because he owes this person his life. It was March 2006 and Gillam had just had his third heart attack. This one was so serious, it looked like he wasn’t going to make it. “I was told after the fact that someone [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Tim Lee 3 / Brent Best – Hideaway (Raleigh, NC)

“WWLD, ‘What would Larry do?’” Tim Lee asked onstage in Raleigh. “I think every songwriter who ever read him would ask themselves that.” Lee was talking about Larry Brown, the late Mississippi grit-lit novelist and subject of a fine Lee-produced tribute album, Just One More (released in May on Bloodshot Records). This show was to [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Patty Hurst Shifter – Fugitive Glue

BAR BAND (compound noun) — A workmanlike, blue-collar musical assemblage most often comprised of four players (usually male) wielding, in order of importance, guitar, drums, vocals, bass (and sometimes but not often, keyboards). Frequently cited reference points include the Rolling Stones, Small Faces, Chuck Berry, Crazy Horse, and other acts working in guitar-based four-four blues-derived [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Ben Lee – Ripe

Ben Lee is easy to find annoying — a child of alt-rock privilege who’s been moving in the rarefied world of Beastie Boys and actress girlfriends since he was a teenager. Put the gossip-column stuff aside and just consider Lee’s music, however, and it takes real effort to dislike him. He’s never made either a [...]

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From the Blogs

  • SummerTyne Americana Festival #9 - Jumping Hot Club Stage (Gateshead, U.K. - July 18-20, 2014)
    Wow, it’s taken nearly two weeks for me to get my breath back after another frantic and wonderful SummerTyne Americana Festival. As I say every year, the crowds turn up not knowing anyone on the Jumping Hot Club Outside stage and go away with their favourite new artist of the year. Starting at noon on Friday, the outside stage hosted seven local acts, all wi […]
  • What Happens When a Band on the Rise Finds Out Its Name Is an Obscure Racial Stereotype? Meet Parsonsfield (Formerly Poor Old Shine).
    For Poor Old Shine, it started with a song… a traditional prison work song of the American South, called “Ain’t No Cane on This Brazos.” It’s been interpreted by everyone from Dylan and the Band, to the Low Anthem, Lyle Lovett and the Wood Brothers. And it was the song in one of the great scenes in the movie “Festival Express,” as a completely blotto Rick Da […]
  • Getting to Know Wendy Cahill -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    Wendy Cahill has a voice.  She’s got a voice that is captivating and beguiling.  She’s got soul.  And like I said above, man-oh-man, she has got a Voice.  It’s raw and powerful and is definitely meant to be heard! Wendy Cahill is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  The Emerging Artist showcase is always one of the h […]
  • The Post-Newport Earthquake: Watkins Family Hour
    Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time.  Sunday night […]
  • Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Album Review)
    “This music proves that a white man with white hair can really play the blues,” Pete Townsend says in the booklet that accompanies True To the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, the four-CD box set retrospective of Winter's career just out on Columbia /Legacy. But age had nothing to do with Winter's look or sound. Due to his albinism, Winter's ha […]
  • Americana Music Show Episode #200 Tribute to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill music scene
    On episode 200 of the Americana Music Show, I pay tribute to local bands and songwriters in the Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC area.  This week features over 30 local artists from the area including John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff, Lyn Blakey, Jefferson Hart and Ghosts of Old North State, Mandolin Orange, Jon Shain, Radar's Clowns Of Se […]

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