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All posts for the month January, 2016

coverFour-time Grammy nominee, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Steven Wilson follows up on his acclaimed Hand. Cannot. Erase. with the new interim album 4 ½ on 22nd January 2016. Produced and mixed by Steven Wilson, 4 ½ features a stellar group of musicians contributing to the LP including Adam Holzman (keyboards), Nick Beggs (bass), Guthrie Govan (guitar), Dave Kilminster (guitar), Marco Minnemann (drums), Chad Wackerman (drums), Craig Blundell (drums), and Theo Travis.

 

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Winnipeg’s long time traveller of the Hillbilly Highway, Scott Nolan, found himself in Silverhill one dark evening a short time ago, while touring with the legendary Mary Gauthier. They were performing at the Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm, a concert series in the tradition of Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles.He’s talking songwriting, generally. But the story in particular relates to the title track of the new, as yet unreleased record. The song is a beautiful ode to the community, with many locals name checked throughout the little five minute ditty. The album itself is, appropriately, titled Silverhill.

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Beyond The Rain, produced by Compass Records co-founder and Grammy-winning banjoist Alison Brown, is Quiles & Cloud’s debut record with the label. Their poetic minimalism and pristine harmonies bring to mind bands like Iron & Wine and The Weepies, but their musical portraits of American landmarks such as Deep Ellum and the Rio Grande are distinctly their own.The synergetic relationship between Maria Quiles (voice and guitar) and Rory Cloud (voice and guitar) is evident in the thoughtful songs they create together, both on recordings and on the stage. Stand-up bassist Oscar Westesson appears on Beyond The Rain and frequently joins Rory and Maria on the road, grounding the duo’s subtle style.

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After 10 years of no new material, Freakwater have released an eighth kickass album, Scheherazade. This Kentucky-recorded album is both haunting and alluring. Scheherazade is diverse in style but consistent in talent, an album divided between fiddling murder ballads like “What the People Want” and Southern-beachy-feeling tracks like “Velveteen Matador.” This electric-folk album presents a track that is instrumentally upbeat, and then the next is slow-going and grave. Lyrically, Scheherazade reflects on affliction and imminent death. With distant-sounding harmonies and soothing electric-sets, Freakwater manifests the best elements of a bluesy, electric, country-folk band.

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