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STEPHEN KELLOGG - "BLUNDERSTONE ROOKERY"


His music has been described as Americana, Country-Rock, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, and, somehow, pop. He produced Blunderstone Rookery in conjunction with long-time musical collaborator, Kit Karlson. Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of  Folk) mixed the album. The music was played by a number of friends of, some of them play in bands you may have heard of (Travis McNabb and Annie Clements from Sugarland, Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek, Jerry DePizzo from OAR). And the album is very good.

 

 


 

AD VANDERVEEN - "DRIVEN BY A DREAM"

23 March 2014

AD VANDERVEEN - "DRIVEN BY A DREAM"
Ad Vanderveen has earned a reputation as one of the finest singer/songwriters in the new folk and roots genre. Since the days before it was called Americana Ad has been exploring his songwriting muse through a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country, working in many bands before finding his own voice as a solo artist in the early 90s.

His music covers a wide range of styles, from intimate acoustic songs as a solo performer, with singer and companion Kersten de Ligny, to expressive and extensive electric improvisation with his garage band The O’Neils, as well as everything inbetween.

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SHANNON WHITWORTH & BARRETT SMITH - "BRING IT ON HOME"

23 March 2014

SHANNON WHITWORTH & BARRETT SMITH - "BRING IT ON HOME"
Shannon Whitworth has one amazing voice and on this album she is joined by Barrett Smith as they wade through a number of covers......

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THE HENRY GIRLS - "DECEMBER MOON"

23 March 2014

THE HENRY GIRLS - "DECEMBER MOON"
Delightful contemporary folk mixed with Americana & Elvis Costello......three sisters from Ireland are The Henry Girls.

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JARROD DICKENSON - "THE LONESOME TRAVELLER"

29 March 2014

JARROD DICKENSON - "THE LONESOME TRAVELLER"
Who is Jarrod Dickenson?......... Well he is in the style of Steve Earle and Guy Clark and The Lonesome Traveller IS EXCELLENT!

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KIM RICHEY - "THORN IN MY HEART"

29 March 2014

KIM RICHEY - "THORN IN MY HEART"
Although this collection from Kim Richey leans more on the country side, the shades blend also towards Americana, folk and pop traditions and the melodies she pulls out of heartbreak are outstanding.....

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DARRYL PURPOSE - "NEXT TIME AROUND"

23 March 2014

DARRYL PURPOSE - "NEXT TIME AROUND"
This is a stunning album from 2012 by Darryl Purpose! His voice can be gentle or rugged and his guitar playing is outstanding....After 7 years away from the singer- songwriter scene, Darryl Purpose is back to making music, with a new energy and a new flair for connecting with audiences.....

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GRETCHEN WILSON - RIGHT ON TIME

Gretchen Wilson is known as a "Redneck Woman" . This album shows that there is much more to her than that.  There's rock, country, blues, a little R&B.......excellent. ROR RECOMMENDS!

 


 



SPOTLIGHT

AMY SPEACE - HOW TO SLEEP IN A STORMY BOAT

08 March 2014

AMY SPEACE - HOW TO SLEEP IN A STORMY BOAT
Amy Speace is a fine songwriter and a very good performer........the title track is simply beautiful: a lovely tune, very well sung and perfectly produced......How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat is a wonderful experience..... ROR RECOMMENDS!

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BLITZEN TRAPPER - VII

08 March 2014

BLITZEN TRAPPER - VII
Blitzen Trapper's journey into  alt-country, hip-hop with Buffalo Springfield/Byrds/Beatles/ Band roots is very good! ROR RECOMMENDS!

 

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AOIFE O'DONOVAN - FOSSILS

24 December 2013

AOIFE O'DONOVAN - FOSSILS
Aoife O'Donovan's work with Crooked Still, the progressive Boston-based quasi-bluegrass quintet is well known. In this album, her first full-length record as a solo artist, she puts her greatest strength, song writing skills, at the forefront. The instrumentation is markedly different than her previous work. Banjo is barely present on a tune or two, and there's no fiddle or cello to speak of.....

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GUY CLARK - MY FAVOURITE PICTURE OF YOU

27 October 2013

GUY CLARK - MY FAVOURITE PICTURE OF YOU
Guy Clark is one of the rare American songwriters who can paint a picture and evoke a specific emotion with perfectly simple, profound verses. His latest collection of songs has a sense of poignancy that can only be achieved with the reflection that comes with age.

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WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY - LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE

12 September 2013

WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY - LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE
Willie Nelson is the natural Texan descendent of the great Texas/Western Swing bands of the 1930s and 1940s. This album is a timely reminder of the eclectic influences of classic country music.

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UP AND COMING

RACHEL BROOKE - A KILLERS DREAM

09 March 2014

RACHEL BROOKE - A KILLERS DREAM
Incendiary young country singer and songwriter Rachel Brooke channels the darkest nights of American Southern music, pulling forth influences from raw, early country singing to Chicago blues greats, vintage New Orleans “jass” bands to old animated cartoons, all tied together in the framework of her old-fashioned melodies.

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WORTH CHECKIN' OUT

LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW - THE WAY WE MOVE

09 March 2014

LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW - THE WAY WE MOVE
 This is such a great album from beginning to end.  Scolnick's voice is so raw and so emotional, filled with such honesty that few can match..... ROR RECOMMENDS!

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - HIGH HOPES

06 February 2014

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - HIGH HOPES
Here on "High Hopes" we really get a few gems mixed in with a decent amount of filler.  As a mixed bag of misfit songs I found it enjoyable. If you're looking for a cohesive Bruce Springsteen record then you might be disappointed.......

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MISSED TREASURE

THE LOUVIN BROTHERS - "THERE'S A HIGHER POWER"

23 March 2014

THE LOUVIN BROTHERS - "THERE'S A HIGHER POWER"
A 2CD remastered release of The Louvin Brothers early originals......a must for lovers of those country harmonies.......old country when it really was country!

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ROOTS DEBUT CHOICE

THE BLACK WIDOWS - "LOVE & LUST"

29 March 2014

THE BLACK WIDOWS - "LOVE & LUST"
The Black Widows have been described as "Like Graham Parker fronting the Waco Brothers" and Love & lust is great fun!

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NEWS - BITS AND PIECES

2014 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION

24 January 2014

2014 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION

2014 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION

ANNOUNCES JUDGING PANEL AND MENTORS

 

Neon Trees, David Crowder, Rosanne Cash, Of Monsters and Men, Dustin Lynch, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) And More Sign On As Judges........

 

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THE BELLE SOUNDS

 

 



Noëlle Hampton sings like a wistful angel, her warm honeyed tones dripping with tender resignation. She’s released four albums under her own name, all marked by uplifting melodies, insightful lyrics, her quietly powerful vocals and the understated guitar virtuosity of her husband and musical partner, André Moran. With their new band, The Belle Sounds , she continues exploring deep emotions with a collection marked by her characteristic insight and compassion....

SPECIAL PROFILE 


PHIL LEE - THE FALL & FURTHER DECLINE OF THE MIGHTY KING OF LOVE

 
The Fall and Further Decline of the Mighty King of Love - Phil Lee 


 Phil Lee is true to his unique and singular mission; to write songs that try to make sense out of this world, open some eyes, call out some fools and ring out some hard truths. Yet, admirable as such pursuits may be he’s simply being true to who he is. Phil Lee’s music will make you think and laugh and maybe shed a tear or two but it also provides hours of playtime fun because all of those things are part of the package. He couldn’t do it any other way.
 
 
 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   


           

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