From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent established themselves as fresh voices in traditional music. Their vocal blend, unique and powerful, rivaling any blood-related sibling harmony group, has gained them attention from bluegrass, gospel, and traditional country fans and critics alike, garnering them two Grammy® nominations, and 13 IBMA awards. Young but seasoned veterans, Dailey and Vincent have built on the experience and knowledge gained from working with Doyle Lawson (Dailey) and John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs (Vincent) to forge their own distinct career path. With ‘Brothers of the Highway,’ the duo takes a compelling step forward, with original songs, as well as tunes by The Louvin Brothers, George Strait, Vince Gill, and the father of Bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe. ‘Brothers of the Highway’ is a well crafted, hard driving, and evocative work which plants the Dailey & Vincent flag even deeper into the rich soil of American music.
FLAC | 240 MB | UL
These 12 songs were recorded by Twin Engine in 1971 with the intention of getting an album together for release on United Artists, but they weren’t issued until more than 30 years later. The music has very much of a 1970 aura, mightily influenced at different points by the Let It Be-era Beatles (particularly in the guitar sound of “Give My Love a Chance,” “The Time Is Now,” and “Mistress of the Morning”), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (a riff in “The Time Is Now” seems airlifted directly from Neil Young’s “Cowgirl in the Sand”), American Beauty-era Grateful Dead, and the country-rock being laid down by the Flying Burrito Brothers/Byrds axis in Southern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. (That last influence may not have been entirely due to chance, as Byrds and/or Burritos members Chris Hillman, Clarence White, and Sneaky Pete Kleinow are all referred to in the packaging as having played on the sessions, though it’s not specified who played on what track). It’s very accomplished, and Twin Engine’s duo harmonies are quite cheerful and invigorating. What it lacks is a sound of its own, and it’s easy to see that a label of the time might have passed on it due to its similarity to some other bands of the era, or at least encouraged the pair to keep working up material until something more distinctive evolved. Now that competing in the marketplace isn’t a concern, it’s actually a pretty pleasant listen — derivative, yes, but considerably stronger and more polished than most albums that are heavily derivative of their surrounding times and styles. There are the makings of a solid country-rock band here, albeit one more pop-influenced than most, like a less-slick Eagles. While it’s too bad they didn’t get any further, this relic of their abortive flight isn’t at all bad.
Tessa Douwstra – vocals, guitar
Frank van Kasteren – guitar, vocals
Ralf Pouw – bass, vocals
Viktor van Woudenberg – drums, vocals
Bernadette Evers – trombone
Coos Zwagerman – trumpet
Morris Kliphuis – horn
Bands: Christian Nove – Vocals, Bass, Rhythm-Guitar, Keyboards Peter Viertel – Lead and Rhythm-Guitar Jens Lubeck – Saxophon, flute Thomas Hanke – Harp Ramona Nove – Background Vocals Tom Tomson – Drums FLAC + Covers | 428 MB | UL
Another in the continuing series of new music from other countries that might be hard to find, here comes Norway’s own The Yum Yums. They are back in action with another hopping, bopping, power-popping collection of fun filled chewy bubblegummy sweetness! They know what their strengths are, and they exploit them to the tippity top. […]
Named after the Neutral Milk Hotel song, Communist Daughter has been based in Wisconsin and claimed by Minnesota as sweet, smoldering folk-rock on par with Bon Iver and DeYarmond Edison. Even though frontman Johnny Solomon’s poignant songwriting has touched chords in the Midwest for years, the band still remains largely unknown outside of that region. […]
For years, the Deadstring Brothers lived up north while channeling the bluesy, swampy sound of the south. That changed in 2010, when frontman Kurt Marschke moved the group from Detroit to Nashville. It took another handful of years for the Deadstring Brothers to record their first album in Tennessee, though, a process that helped ramp […]
Tracks: 1 Otis Rush – All Your Love (I Miss Loving) 2 Willie Mae ‘Big Mamma’ Thornton* – Hound Dog 3 Little Walter – It Ain’t Right 4 Big Bill Broonzy – Hey, Hey 5 Elmore James – I Can’t Hold Out 6 Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Mean Ole Frisco Blues 7 Eddie Boyd […]
Alan Morse / Guitar & Vocals – Dave Meros / Bass, Bass Pedals, Keyboards & Vocals – Ryo Okumoto / Keyboards & Vocals – Ted Leonard / Lead Vocals & Guitar – Jimmy Keegan / Drums & Vocals Tracks: 01. Hiding Out (7:15) 02. I Know Your Secret (7:42) 03. A Treasure Abandoned (8:57) 04. […]