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Dr. John – Locked Down (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

The collaboration between the New Orleans legend and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach is inspired, with the younger garage-bluesman placing the 71-year-old’s blues and fire in a perfectly retro-modern frame. No differently to the Black Keys, 21st-century production techniques make sounds as old as the hills seem box-fresh. But no one makes music like this: the Night Tripper rampages inimitably through swamp blues, voodoo funk and Afrobeat, with his trademark piano. Vocals veer from soulful cries of “Can I get a witness?” to narratives about crack houses, but this is more than just a retro retool. The slow response to Hurricane Katrina is assaulted with fury on Revolution, which surveys a landscape of homeless children, raped women and “religious delusions”, and concludes that “rebellion, revolution, is the final solution”. It all powers along on tunes from his top drawer, from the instantly funky title track to the irresistible grooves of Ice Age and redemptive soul of God’s Sure Good. Terrific stuff.

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Grayson Capps – Best Of Grayson Capps: A Love Song For Bobby Long (2011)

Posted by Zorn on March 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

A literate and impassioned songwriter whose song characters are often caught barely hanging on at the edges of American life, Grayson Capps is a bit like a New Orleans version of Tom Waits, albeit more of a roots rocker in actual musical execution. Capps was born April 17, 1967, in Opelika, Alabama, the son of a Baptist preacher and an Auburn University student. After his birth, both of his parents ended up being teachers in Brewton, Alabama. They moved to Fairhope, Alabama when Capps was in the seventh grade, and it was there that he developed a lifelong fascination with theater, eventually earning a partial scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans to study acting, graduating with a B.F.A. in 1989. But acting wasn’t the only thing Capps studied at Tulane.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Grifter’s Hymnal (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 28, 2012 with No Commentsas

Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s got a bad case of Richard Thompson syndrome: uniformly excellent recordings that make the craft of songwriting appear so effortless as to fool the average poet-strummer into thinking that a conversation with a silver-tongued devil is all it takes. Hubbard knows that’s not true, but he’s willing to play along. At a time when Hubbard needs to prove nothing, The Grifter’s Hymnal deals a wicked hand – an ace of spades on “Red Badge of Courage” and diamonds and hearts for “Lazarus,” in which Hubbard concludes slyly, “At least we ain’t Lazarus and had to think twice about dying.” Hubbard keeps slamming the good stuff on “Coricidin Bottle” while recruiting Ringo Starr on “Coochy and blowing 78704 a kiss on “South of the River.” All that and “Mother Blues” is still the track, an autobiographical, tell-on-himself valentine to his now-wife (“that Mother Blues door girl”), a stripper ex-girlfriend, and a gold-top Les Paul now in the hands of his son. It’s Ray Wylie Hubbard at his best, candid, shrugging, unapologetic, and dispensing rock & roll philosophy in words that matter: “And the days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days.”

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Marissa Nadler – Discography (2004-2009)

Posted by Zorn on March 27, 2012 with No Comments
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2004 – Ballads Of Living And Dying 2005 – The Saga Of Mayflower May 2007 – Songs III. Bird On The Water 2009 – Little Hells Flac | 929 MB | DF1 | DF2 | DF3 | DF4

The Hobart Brothers & Lil’ Sis Hobart – At Least We Have Each Other (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 26, 2012 with No Commentsas

A collaboration featuring acclaimed singer-songwriters Jon Dee Graham, Freedy Johnston and Susan Cowsill. Freedy Johnston is a New York City-based singer-songwriter. Having scored several minor hits since the early 1990s, Johnston’s songs are often about troubled loners, and cover topics like heartbreak, alienation and disappointment. Known for the craftsmanship of his songs, he has been […]

Loudon Wainwright III – Older Than My Old Man Now (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 26, 2012 with No Commentsas

No less than 5 generations of Wainwrights make contributions to this new album with duets with Rufus, Martha, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lexie Kelly Wainwright, Suzzy Roche, along with other esteemed guests John Scofield, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Dame Edna Everage.As his new album’s title relates, Loudon Wainwright III is Older Than My Old Man Now […]

BettySoo & Doug Cox – Across the Borderline: More Lies (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 25, 2012 with No Commentsas

Change is good. Sometimes, you just need a little shake-up to get things to how they always ought to have been. With Heat Sin Water Skin, BettySoo adds some welcome edge and grit to the heartbreaker ballads and bell-pure vocals she’s come to be known for.Teamed with seasoned producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, […]

Raul Malo – Around the World (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 24, 2012 with No Commentsas

When it comes to serving up what the public craves, Raul Malo of the Mavericks knows it better than most. His wonderful, hugely distinctive baritone voice is able at a heartbeat, to stop you in your tracks. His ability to transform a song and shape it to suit himself has long made him a favourite […]

Grascals – Life Finds A Way (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 21, 2012 with No Commentsas

Life Finds a Way implies a journey. From multiple IBMA Entertainer of the Year awards to multiple Grammy® nominations, the Grascals have had an epic one.Now they are back with the highly anticipated signature release that will remind fans why they love this group. From the classic “Sweet Baby James,” to the instrumental “Eleven Eleven,” […]

Holly Golightly feat. The Brokeoffs – Long Distance (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 21, 2012 with No Commentsas

Holly Golightly has been around the music scene for nearly 20 years, releasing numerous albums as a solo artist, collaborating with others and more recently with her band The Brokeoffs. Off the radar of the major labels, she has managed to plough a furrow with a dedicated fanbase and a work rate that would put […]

The Del Fuegos – Silver Star (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 19, 2012 with No Commentsas

Kicking up a ruckus on the more garage-oriented side of the 1980s’ roots rock boom, the Del Fuegos were a four-piece band from Boston who (at least for a time) won critical favor and a loyal cult following at home and on the road for their passionate, no-frills style. Formed in 1980, the Del Fuegos […]

Samantha Martin & The Haggard – Samantha Martin & The Haggard (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 19, 2012 with No Commentsas

The first thing that hits you is the voice. Samantha Martin‘s is a force of nature, one of those voices that grabs you by the throat while causing the hairs on the back of your neck to tingle. The likes of her friend Serena Ryder and Janis Joplin come to mind as reference points. Martin […]

Eastbound Jesus – Holy Smokes (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 14, 2012 with No Commentsas

Eastbound Jesus is a phenomenal new band. Holy Smokes! displays some fantastic talent both in the instrumentation and the lyrics. They have drawn from all corners of the musical landscape, at times that aforementioned bluegrass influence shines through right alongside some garage rock, jamband and straightforward country sounds.Present on the album are a guitar, bass, […]

Trampled by Turtles – Stars and Satellites (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 14, 2012 with No Commentsas

Minnesota quintet Trampled By Turtles is what happens when members of various punk and rock bands get together to start a bluegrass group. Originally forming in 2003, the band channeled their punk-inspired energy into acoustic instrumentation—including acoustic guitar, banjo and fiddle—which resulted in 2010’s widely praised Palomino and a devoted live following. On April 10, […]

Shooter Jennings – Family Man (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 11, 2012 with No Commentsas

The proud son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter says, “This album was really the first time that I took the creative process entirely in my own hands. I had formed a new band, The Triple Crown, after reuniting with an old friend Erik Deutsch, who plays keys in the band, and […]

Cowboy Junkies – The Wilderness (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 9, 2012 with No Commentsas

On The Wilderness, Cowboy Junkies bring their four-album Nomad Series to a stunning end with one of their finest records to date. The band has always been at their best when the music and songwriting dance together like two lost souls clinging to a shadow of hope. Lay It Down (1996) and At The End […]

Martin Zellar & The Hardways – Roosters Crow (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 8, 2012 with No Commentsas

Singer/songwriter Martin Zellar is marking the 25th anniversary of Minneapolis alt-country pioneers Gear Daddies, for whom he sang lead on country-tinged portraits of life, love, and regret. He’s doing this with Roosters Crow, which follows up his 2002 solo effort Scattered.Recorded at the (awesome-sounding town name of) Dripping Springs, Texas by engineer/producer Pat Manske, the […]

Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 7, 2012 with No Comments
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Drifting pleasantly through the US charts and branches of Starbucks, 2009’s Noble Beast was a deserved commercial breakthrough for Andrew Bird – a record whose strangeness and complexity you could easily miss. Much the same is true of its successor. A deeper current of sadness runs through tracks such as “Desperation Breeds” and “Lazy Projector” […]

Drew Nelson – Tilt-A-Whirl (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 5, 2012 with No Commentsas

Red House Records is pleased to announce the February 14, 2012 release of Tilt-A-Whirl, the label debut of  Michigan songwriter Drew Nelson. An artist with an  international reputation and several critically acclaimed albums under his belt, the folk/Americana artist writes as a  witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the […]

Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Will Johnson and Anders Parker – New Multitudes [Deluxe Edition-2CD] (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 3, 2012 with No Commentsas , ,

Woody Guthrie’s muse lives on. Just ask Wilco and Billy Bragg, who collaborated on a Grammy-nominated album built around Guthrie’s leftover lyrics. Now comes a group of friends who’ve borrowed more unused lyrics from Guthrie’s daughter-archivist, Nora, to create this enticing mix of spare, emotive folk-rock. It marks the centennial of Guthrie’s birth and is […]