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Jon Rauhouse – Steel Guitar Air Show (2002)

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oSteel guitar groupies and Bloodshot Records obsessives are already well-acquainted with Jon Rauhouse. He got his start with the Phoenix-based Grievous Angels, regularly backs Sally Timms and Kelly Hogan, and is probably best known as Neko Case’s steel player and straight man.
The sixteen cuts on this, Rauhouse’s first solo disc, find the sideman squarely in the spotlight. And while you may have no opinion on the relative merits of Jimmy Day versus Buddy Emmons — heck, you might not know Speedy West from Sneaky Pete — never fear. You’ll still find this Air Show plenty entertaining.
Rauhouse’s skill and versatility on pedal steel, quite possibly the most ridiculously difficult instrument in the western world, is on display throughout. Fans of the Bloodshot songstresses already know he’s a sensitive accompanist, but Case, Hogan and Timms all turn up here, and his work with them, specially his playful call-and-response with Hogan on “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive”, drives the point home. Over the course of seven original tunes and nine covers, Rauhouse pulls off nimble toe-tappers (“Can O’ Corn”), spaghetti themes (the Jon Langford-penned “Who’s The Baddie, Says Alan Laddie?”) and even 1920s beach-blanket reveries (“Hula Blues”) with equal aplomb.
Cactus-rock completists take note: Ten of these tracks were recorded in Tucson with the estimable rhythm section of Joey Burns and John Convertino, and such cuts as “Agent Burns” and “The Lonely Bull” capture Calexico’s dusty jazz sound to a tee.

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Zachary Richard – Coeur Fidèle (2012)

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zacWith Coeur Fidèle (Faithful Heart), Zachary Richard travels further in the exploration of lush soundscapes.Singer songwriter and poet, Zachary Richard (pronounced Ree-shard) was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. His music is influenced by the styles typical of the region : Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans rhythm and blues. But, Zachary has always gone beyond the limitations of any particular style.Zachary Richard began his musical career at the age of 8 years. As first soprano of the Bishop’s Boys Choir at Saint John’s Cathedral in Lafayette Louisiana, he discovered his love for singing.

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Craig Campbell – Never Regret (2013)

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CRGeorgia native Craig Campbell doesn’t mess with the formula too much on his second album, Never Regret, throwing in a honky tonk Friday night drinking tune or two, a ballad or two about love and love not working out, and a double-entendre song (“Topless” — ostensibly about driving a car with the top down), and all of it rides on his smooth-as-honey tenor baritone singing. Fans of his first album will find that this one matches up nicely.

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Gilbert Osullivan – In The Key Of G (1989) [Deluxe Edition – 2013]

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1989 album from the veteran singer/songwriter. In The Key Of G was Gilbert’s ninth album and his first since winning the groundbreaking legal case against former manager Gordon Mills in 1982. Featuring the singer songwriter in characteristic form, it was recorded over a period of five years in […]

Kim Richey – Thorn in My Heart [Bonus Work Tapes Version] (2013)

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Kim Richey’s Yep Roc debut album is a smart, sensual understatement that may be one of her best. The dozen songs themselves show that Richey’s still dreaming up fetching melodies that arc and bend in unexpected ways, and still discovering fresh angles from which to articulate matters of the heart. The array of top-tier guests […]

Kevin Selfe – Long Walk Home (2013)

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Band: Kevin Selfe: vocals, guitar Jimi Bott: drums, backup vocals (7) Allen Markel: bass, backup vocals (7) Mitch Kashmar: harmonica (2), vocals (5) Doug James: baritone sax (2) Gene Taylor: piano (1, 3, 7, 9) Lisa Mann: backup vocals (7) Joe McCarthy: trumpet (1, 3, 7, 9) Chris Mercer: tenor sax (1, 3, 7, 9) […]