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The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Damn Right Honey! (2013)

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Cover‘Damn Right Honey’ features two distinctive guest singers joining them for duets. Rockabillynstalwart Paul Ansell, the chosen vocalist of Scotty Moore, contributes to the single ‘Flying High, Moaning Low’. And Sparky Phillips returns to duet with Emanuela on ‘Northern Crown’. For the first time they’ve engaged a brass section, and are also aided and abetted by BJ Cole and Geraint Watkins amongst others. The album is again produced by Greg Townson of US bands The Hi-Risers and Los Straightjackets, and was recorded at Goldtop Studio in Tooting, South London.

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Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon (2013)

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THThom Chacon has garnered a worldwide fan base with his poignant blend of Americana and rock. This dark cowboy is a natural storyteller. The twelve songs on his new album traverse themes of gritty redemption and hard times, over a lush backdrop of acoustic guitar, harmonica, and Bob Dylan’s rhythm section (Tony Garnier, George Recile).

‘…I was instantly transported to a lowly barroom in southwest Colorado listening to the heart and soul of one of the most promising songwriters of our time…I detected the influence of Bob Dylan, but then my ear picked up on influences like John Prine and Steve Earle’ – Joe Mack, Currentland

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Rodriquez – Cold Fact (1969)

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rodThere was a mini-genre of singer/songwriters in the late ’60s and early ’70s that has never gotten a name. They were folky but not exactly folk-rock and certainly not laid-back; sometimes pissed off but not full of rage; alienated but not incoherent; psychedelic-tinged but not that weird; not averse to using orchestration in some cases but not that elaborately produced. And they sold very few records, eluding to a large degree even rediscovery by collectors. Jeff Monn, Paul Martin, John Braheny, and Billy Joe Becoat were some of them, and Sixto Rodriguez was another on his 1970 LP, Cold Fact. Imagine an above-average Dylanesque street busker managing to record an album with fairly full and imaginative arrangements, and you’re somewhat close to the atmosphere. Rodriguez projected the image of the aloof, alienated folk-rock songwriter, his songs jammed with gentle, stream-of-consciousness, indirect putdowns of straight society and its tensions. Likewise, he had his problems with romance, simultaneously putting down (again gently) women for their hang-ups and intimating that he could get along without them anyway (“I wonder how many times you had sex, and I wonder do you know who’ll be next” he chides in the lilting “I Wonder”). At the same time, the songs were catchy and concise, with dabs of inventive backup: a dancing string section here, odd electronic yelps there, tinkling steel drums elsewhere. It’s an album whose lyrics are evocative yet hard to get a handle on even after repeated listenings, with song titles like “Hate Street Dialogue,” “Inner City Blues” (not the Marvin Gaye tune), and “Crucify Your Mind” representative of his eccentric, slightly troubled mindset. As it goes with folk-rock-psych singer/songwriters possessing captivating non sequitur turns of the phrase, he’s just behind Arthur Lee and Skip Spence, but still worth your consideration.

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VA – The Unbroken Circle – The Musical Heritage Of The Carter Family (2004)

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Tracks: 1. Worried Man Blues – George Jones 2. No Depression In Heaven – Sheryl Crow 3. On The Sea Of Galilee – Emmylou Harris with the Peasall Sisters 4. Engine One-Forty-Three – Johnny Cash 5. Never Let The Devil Get The Upper Hand Of You – Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives 6. Little […]

Brad Dunn Band – Gravy (2013)

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The Brad Dunn Band was formed in Austin, Texas in 2009. Since the band’s demo, Evidently, was released in 2010, they have been invited to open for Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motorcars, Pat Green, Cory Morrow and Tracy Lawrence to name a few.”Gravy” is the second release from this Texas powerhouse. This release features […]