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Tift Merritt – Live From Austin TX (2007)

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tiIt’s a fine performance as Merritt mixes selections from both albums (six from Tambourine; four from her debut) backed by her terrific four-piece band, tightened through constant touring. Her voice is clear and strong, the sound is full and clean. It’s an appropriately classy show for classy roots music that encompasses country, folk, and even gospel, especially in the religious fervor of choruses from “Shadow in the Way” and “Tambourine,” the latter with Merritt shaking the titular percussion instrument like she’s leading a Baptist service. The only sticking point is that Merritt’s stage movements, especially early on, are overly exaggerated. It looks like she is trying way too hard to work the stage and the audience, resulting in a forced and somewhat phony presence. Merritt’s songs and band are sturdy enough not to need these kinds of shenanigans to make an impression. Thankfully, when she slows down for the ballads “Still Pretending” and “Supposed to Make You Happy,” she keeps the hair-throwing to a minimum and concentrates on the performance. But that is a minor shortcoming with music this impressive played with passion and obvious joy, both from the frontwoman and her group.

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Various Artists – Remembering Little Walter (2013)

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remThe virtuosic Little Walter is without doubt one of the most influential blues harmonica players of all time. Keith Richards calls him one of the best singers of the blues and a blues harp player par excellence. All five of these fine players share a deep love for and keen insight into the revolutionary force that Walter s music brought to bear on the Chicago blues scene of the fifties and sixties.


01. Mark Hummel – I Got To Go
02. Charlie Musselwhite – Just A Feeling
03. Billy Boy Arnold – You’re So Fine
04. James Harman – It’s Too Late Brother
05. Sugar Ray Norcia – Mean Old World
06. Charlie Musselwhite – One Of These Mornings
07. Mark Hummel – Blue Light
08. James Harman – Crazy Mixed Up World
09. Sugar Ray Norcia – Up The Line
10. Billy Boy Arnold – Can’t Hold Out Much Longer
11. Sugar Ray Norcia – My Babe

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David Kraai & the Saddle Tramps – High & Lonesome (2007)

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DAThis a great album… It is really well produced and even better than Kraai’s first album. The band sounds great and if you like Gram Parsons or 1970’s country rock, you will dig this album. It’s also got some nice elements of Dylan and Neil Young in there. You especially like the vocals and lyrics. Not to mention, there is banjo, mandolin and even Appalachian dulcimer on this.

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Teenage Octopus – The Mustachioed Pistachio (2013)

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After lead guitarist Bobby Lewis formed Teenage Octopus in 2009, the band wasted no time hitting the Ann Arbor music scene with their fresh, unique sound. Influenced by alternative-rock bands such as Radiohead, Wilco and Spoon as well as jam-band pioneers Phish, the four-piece from University of Michigan’s goal is to intertwine smart melodies and […]

The Ashtray Hearts – The Strangest Light (2013)

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The record references folk, Americana, and country while embracing the singer-songwriter aesthetic of early 1970s Asylum Records. Yet it retains the band’s signature sound—close harmonies, layered guitars, and eclectic instrumentation. Recorded at the Terrarium in Minneapolis, The Strangest Light captures the warmth of the Ashtray Hearts’ sound, infusing the songs with both hope and heartbreak.Band […]

Jerry Miller – New Road Under My Wheels (2013)

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For many years Jerry’s fans the world over have been eagerly anticipating a solo record – one that might show off his incredible rockabilly chops, his western swing sensibilities, his twangy surf-rock sounds, and everything that goes into Jerry’s inimitable style. Now at last that record is here. The band is superb and Jerry receives […]