Monthly Archives: April 2013

Swampbilly Shindig – Rockabilly, Country and Soul from Deep South (2013)

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CD1:

01. Clarence Garlow – Bon Ton Roula
02. Jerry Lee Lewis – Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
03. Gene Simmons – Drinkin’ Scotch
04. Clifton Chenier – Ay-Te Te Fee
05. Lee Dorsey – On Your Way Down
06. Lefty Frizzell – The Long Black Veil
07. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Mojo Hand
08. Mac Rebennack – Storm Warning
09. Jimmy Reed – Bright Lights, Big City
10. Malcolm Yelvington – Have Myself A Ball
11. Joe Simon – Let’s Do It Over
12. John Lee Hooker – Trouble Blues
13. Sleepy LaBeef – Honky-Tonk Hardwood Floor
14. Johnny Cash – I Heard That Lonesome Whistle
15. The Staple Singers – This May Be The Last Time
16. Bobby Marchan – All In My Mind
17. Albert King – I Get Evil
18. Carl Perkins – Lend Me Your Comb
19. Jimmy Donley – Loving Cajun Style
20. Little Richard – Chicken Little Baby
21. Hank Williams – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
22. Ray Smith – Rockin’ Robin
23. Elmore James – Shake Your Moneymaker
24. Memphis Slim – Rockin’ The House (Beer Drinkin’ Woman)
25. Rosco Gordon – No More Doggin’

CD2:

01. Wilbert Harrison – Let’s Stick Together
02. Elmore James – It Hurts Me Too
03. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
04. Eskew Reeder – Green Door
05. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Every Beat Of My Heart
06. The Swan Silvertones – Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
07. Hank Williams – Honky Tinkin’
08. Albert King – Let’s Have A Natural Ball
09. Jimmy Donley – Born To Be A Loser
10. Allen Toussaint – Happy Times
11. Charlie Feathers – Bottle To The Baby
12. Jerry Lee Lewis – Ubangi Stomp
13. Jimmy Reed – Big Boss Man
14. John Lee Hooker – No Shoes
15. Lee Dorsey – Holy Cow
16. Arthur Crudup – Rock Me Mama
17. Champion Jack Dupree – Shim, Sham, Shimmy
18. Dr Horse – Salt Pork, West Virginia
19. Huey ‘Piano’ Smith – Little Liza Jane
20. J.B. Lenior – Do What I Say
21. Willie Nelson – Night Life
22. The Flatlanders – One Day At A Time
23. Little Richard – Rice, Red Beans And Turnip Greens
24. The Staple Singers – I’m So Glad
25. Ray Harris – Love Dumb Baby

mp3 320 kbps | 308 MB | UL1 | UL2

Richard Lindgren – A Man You Can Hate (2008)

riThis is a double CD with 18 new original songs. The music might be traditional in the Dylan/The Band/Young/Springsteen sense, but Richard Lindgren reaches new levels as a singer and as a songwriter. We’re not talking any light hearted feel-good songs here. In his songs Lindgren deals with love, hatred, loss, self loathing, doubt, dreams and nightmares. It’s dark, almost scary, but still enjoyable in a strange way.  The sound of ‘A Man You Can Hate’ is warm and comfortable, yet with an edge.

mp3 160 kbps | 94 MB | UL | CL

Ruth Moody – These Wilder Things (2013)

RUAlthough best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is a captivating artist with incredible depth and grace in her own right. She has garnered critical praise for her pitch perfect vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism and timeless songwriting, which displays maturity and wisdom that belies her age. Each song on These Wilder Things is an incredibly personal encounter.The nine originals on this record prove Ruth is a first-rate songwriter along the lines of Gillian Welch, while her stunning makeover of Bruce Springsteen s Dancing in the Dark would even leave The Boss s jaw on the floor.

Produced and engineered by David Travers-Smith; These Wilder Things features guest musicians including Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, Kevin Breit, and Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse of The Jennys.

mp3 320 kbps | 110 MB | UL

Sanders Bohlke – Ghost Boy (2013)

sanOn Sanders Bohlke’s new record, his evolution as a songwriter with lush soundscapes that layer brooding and billowy textures against his soulful voice; both beautiful and dark.The collection of eleven new songs, produced by Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), was recorded as a complete work – meant to be heard from start to finish – recalling what audiophiles miss about the  “album age.”  On their own, each track is a standout, every song an expansion of Bohlke’s unique style – sparse and ethereal, layered and complex, with lush soundscapes against a soulful voice.

mp3 VBR~217 kbps | 60 MB | UL | CL

Cherokee Red – Cherokee Red (2013)

cheWith a combination of noisy, floating instrumentals, folksy vocal harmonies, nostalgic audio clips from old newsreels, and the slow, lilting pace of the album makes  want to go to dark bar, drink absinthe and write poetry. In case it would be atrocious poetry, particularly on absinthe, but the craving is there as listen to this album!

mp3 320 kbps | 68 MB | UL

The Humble Servants – Down To The Bone (2012)

HUThe Humble Servants are serving music that conveys many moods performed by two of Norway”s finest vocalists. It”s beautifull, strong melodies and lyrics and the band are inspired by Celtic/ British folk and pop, but also by country music and Americana.The Humble Servants started out as a studio project , in which Lars F. Beckstrøm invited good friends to the music studio. The project has evolved to become a band consisting of Paal Flaata og Live Miranda Solberg on vocals, Lars F. Beckstrøm on various string instruments, Marius Kristiansen on guitar, Tov Ramstad on dobble bass, Gøran Grini on piano, Jørn Raknes on pedal steel, Lise Voldsdal on fiddle and Rune Lindstrøm on drums.

mp3 320 kbps | 106 MB | UL

Besides Daniel – This Marvelous Grief (2013)

BEBesides Daniel is Daniel Brewer, an Atlanta singer/songwriter/and musician.In the words of the man himself, Daniel Brewer, the album “is a collection of songs that create a particular landscape of relational brokenness, with ourselves, others, and God. I found this as a thread running through the entirety of this album-a retrospective enlightenment. I have found these songs to orbit the imperfections in our love and the struggle to forgive ourselves, our companions, our family, and God.”

At the time of our interview, he stated he was going to use thirteen of the 40+ songs he had written. Another track snuck in as This Marvelous Grief comes in with 14 tracks. The influences and different styles are evident throughout. Whether it is the Graceland era Paul Simon-like “The Center of Georgia,” the Beck-esque “Grand Canyon,” or the distinctly Eleanor Rigby-ish strings on “Penny Queen,” you can see how Brewer morphs it all into something that is 100% “Daniel.”

mp3 320 kbps | 160 MB | UL | CL

Duncan Overmeer – Rumour Mill (2013)

DUScottish singer songwriter based in the remote West Highlands. A sound that blends folk, roots music & alt country with the storytelling spirit of the west coast.The five songs ep has received airplay on Radio Scotland, Cuillin FM, 2Lochs Radio & was named record of the week on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s music show ‘Rapal’.

mp3 160 kbps | 46 MB | UL

VA – Remembering Patsy Cline (2003)

REMTracks:

01. Natalie Cole – I Fall To Pieces
02. Norah Jones – Why Can’t He Be You
03. Amy Grant – Back In Baby’s Arms
04. Diana Krall – Crazy
05. Michelle Branch – Strange
06. Lee Ann Womack – She’s Got You
07. k.d. lang – Leavin’ On Your Mind
08. Terri Clark – Walkin’ After Midnight
09. Rebecca Lynn Howard – You’re Stronger Than Me
10. Patty Griffin – Faded Love
11. Jessi Alexander – So Wrong
12. Martina McBride & Take 6 – Sweet Dreams {Of You}

FLAC | 290 MB | UL | TB

Allan Taylor – The Travaller (1977)

ALLANAllan Taylor is one of England’s most-respected singer/songwriters. His songs have been covered by artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Don Williams, Frankie Miller, Fairport Convention, Dick Gaughan, the McCalmans, the Fureys, the Clancy Brothers, and De Dannan.

Musicians:

Allan Taylor – 6 and 12 string guitars, cittern, dulcimer
John Kirkpatrick – melodeon, accordion
Colin Ross – Northumbrian pipes
Ian Fairbairn – fiddle
Bill Mitchell, Stu Lackley, Bob Fox –  singers

mp3 320 kbps | 84 MB | UL

Patty Griffin – American Kid (2013)

pA press release also notes that it’s the first album of Griffin’s that’s completely rooted in the Americana sound. “It was recorded in Memphis,” Griffin said. “Part of the reason was the chance to get away from what I’d been doing.” The album includes appearances from the North Mississippi Allstars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson, and was co-produced by Craig Ross.

mp3 320 kbps | 110 MB | UL | CL

Bering Strait – Bering Strait (2003)

berNashville has long been abuzz about Bering Strait, six classically trained Russian musicians who play country and bluegrass music as if they grew up in Omaha, not Obninsk. But after four years and five record labels with no record released, do Bering Strait live up to the hype? Well, there’s no question about their chops. The album’s one instrumental, the Grammy-nominated “Bearing Straight,” proves it in a Béla Fleck fusion sort of way. Yet mostly this debut aims for the solidly mainstream target audience, in songs about love, sensuality, and romance, whether shattered or shared. Lead vocalist Natasha Borzilova delivers poised and nuanced readings, and almost all the songs were written by bankable Nashville tunesmiths, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Mary Ann Kennedy, and Pam Rose among them. The only hints that these kids hail from somewhere outside the WSM listening area come from brief, spoken dialogue and a traditional Russian folk song (“Porushka-Paranya”). What’s missing is a little more personality, a few more original tunes (the best, “Only This Love,” finds band member Ilya Toshinsky at the head of the credits), and a lot more of that aforementioned hot picking.

mp3 128 kbps | 45 MB | UL

Bonnie Whitmore – Embers To Ashes (2011)

boBonnie Whitmore is a product of a pretty interesting childhood. Raised in Texas by a classically trained opera-singer mother and singer-songwriter father, along with a talented violin- and fiddle-playing older sister, Whitmore naturally became influenced by and drew inspiration from her family. At age 8, she started to play bass, joined the family band and toured Texas. Later, she learned to play acoustic guitar and cello, then, at 16, Whitmore began writing her own material and performing with local musicians. Her sophomore album, Embers to Ashes has all the trappings of great country music – the stories, emotion, and reality. It takes the listener on a turbulent journey from the beginning to the end of a relationship, chronicling the anger, heartbreak, pain, and loss. Although, mainly a country album, Whitmore does expand the sound with a rockabilly, Western swing influenced title track, rock-infused “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” and the Roy Orbison-like “Please Take the Words Back,” but it’s her ballads like “Cowboy Lullaby” and “Love Too Sweet” with their melancholic melodies and Whitmore’s tender yet aching vocals that standout the most.

mp3 256 kbps | 68 MB | UL

Federal – The Blood Flowed Like Wine (2012)

fedFederale’s The Blood Flowed Like Wine, the bands third full release, expands on their efforts to re-capture the haunting, violent atmosphere evoked by classic Spaghetti Western films. Two years in the making, TBFLW maintains Federale’s use of soaring operatic vocals, fanfare blasting trumpets, lonesome whistle, twangy reverb drenched guitars and swelling men’s choir. TBFLW expands Federale’s vocabulary to include lyric driven songs (feat. Alex Maas of the Black Angels and KP Thomas of Spindrift), and an expanded range of instruments, including string performances (Portland’s 45th Parallel Ensemble), flute, French horn and oboe (with members of the Oregon Symphony) and pedal steel (Paul Brainard of Richmond Fontaine). Spooky electronic textures and unusual exotic instruments add a beautiful haunted quality to many tracks.

mp3 VBR~267  kbps | 110 MB | UL | CL

Kinky Friedman – Bi-Polar Tour: Live From Woodstock (2012)

kinkyThis album was recorded live at The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock NY on Kinky’s East Coast Bi-Polar Tour, which took place in the spring and summer of 2012. The album features some of Kinky’s best songs (many of which have not been recorded live before this album release) as well as some of his best jokes and stories which you cannot hear anywhere else or on any other album!!! This album specially features The Ballad of Kevin Barry, a song which the Kinkster has never before performed or recorded.

mp3 320 kbps | 142 MB | UL

Brass Bed – The Secret Will Keep You (2013)

BRASSLafayette, Louisiana based band Brass Bed’s new album The Secret Will Keep You is a swift-moving, riverine composition of indie-rock teeming with the alluvial guitar bursts and thumping bass that are deposited along the banks of the ten songs that comprise the album. Brass Bed perfectly navigates the waters of flowing pop and upbeat song craft; sometimes this stream lazes by gently while at others it bubbles up into fast-moving rapids. The Secret Will Keep You is equal parts driving power pop and fluid sounds.

m4a 256  kbps | 80 MB | UL | CL

Oweihops – Viburnum (2009)

owOweihops is a band from the Pioneer Valley, MA lead by singer/songwriter Michael Metivier and features multi-instrumentalist Aric Bieganek and cellist Rebekah Dutkiewicz. Oweihops have recorded three albums: ‘05’s Chickadee, ‘07’s Cinquefoil EP and their most current album, ‘09’s Viburnum. Viburnum – which is the name of a species of ornamental shrub – is warm, organic, poignant and vibrant, capturing images of the nature and beauty found in rural western Massachusetts. Oweihops’ music is all about leisurely strolling along and taking the time to enjoy the small things in life.

mp3 192 kbps | 56 MB | UL | CL

Rebecca Pronsky – Only Daughter (2013)

reThe ten songs on Only Daughter, Rebecca’s 4th album to date, allow us to hear that voice in all its splendour; in fact the more you listen, the more you want of it.Mostly self-penned with the one non-original, Mark Kozelek’s ambiguous Glenn Tipton (it’s not often you get two members of Judas Priest, two American boxing legends and the ‘Polish Prince’ all name-checked in the same song), the songs range in style from the twangy call to action opener Rise Up, the Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac-inspired Honesty, the riff-laden hard rock of The Garden and the whimsical closer Please Forget Me, each weaving effortlessly around Rebecca’s flawless vocal delivery.
Produced by husband/musician Rich Bennett, with vocal contributions from Suzzy Roche and daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, the core band is made up of Rebecca and Rich both on guitars, Dan Shuman on bass and Russ Meissner on drums. Coming over pretty much a mainstream effort, despite the cowboy boots and vintage dress on the monochrome insert, the album certainly commands a listen and you shouldn’t be disappointed.

mp3 320 kbps | 73 MB | UL | CL

Tom Ovans – Dead South (1997)

tomTom Ovans is a Nashville-based, Boston-raised street rocker and song poet who is comfortable playing folk, blues, and hard-driving rock. His vocal style is eerily similar to that of Bob Dylan, with the power of Joe Ely.

Tracks:

01. Killing Me
02. James Dean Coming Over The Hill
03. 1945
04. Here She Comes
05. The Folksinger
06. Rita, Memphis & The Blues
07. Exile
08. Better Off Alone
09. Real Television
10. Pray For Me
11. In The Rain
12. Drowning Man

mp3 320 kbps | 139 MB | UL | CL