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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Sierra Hull

 

No American musical style is as intergenerational as bluegrass. At festival jams you regularly find 10-year-olds playing with 80-year-olds. Sixteen-year-old Sierra Hull is a product of this tradition. By the ripe old age of eight, she was making the rounds in advanced picking circles at festivals. She debuted on the Grand Ol Opry at 11, […]

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Rene Mailhes Trio – Chtildo

 

René Mailhes is a holdout. On any night in Paris, you can hear young Gypsy tyros tearing up the fretboards playing hot Gypsy jazz in emulation of Django Reinhardt’s early classics. Mailhes, on the other hand, plays Gypsy bebop, inspired by Django’s all-but-forgotten late 1940s and ’50s recordings. His music is funky and unique, music […]

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Vance Gilbert – Up On Rockfield

 

Vance Gilbert is a true student of the art of songwriting, and his latest CD demonstrates his fervor for composing is as powerful as a Colorado thunderstorm. Although Up On Rockfield isn’t a concept album – one long story broken up into individual chapters or songs – it does have an overriding theme. Each song […]

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Cadillac Angels – Two Blocks Off Main

 

Guitarist Tony Balbinot employs an array of classic Gretsch guitars to make his band’s distinct rockabilly music. Sure, they wear the derigueur cowboy gear and sideburns, but they treat the music seriously, as a vital branch the rock and roll family tree. And they do it without guile. Balbinot is capable of impressive pyrotechnics, but […]

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Drew Emmitt – Long Road

 

Drew Emmitt has been making music for more than 25 years. His first band, Leftover Salmon, developed a cult following and though it still plays gigs during festival season, its members have moved to other projects. Emmitt began his career as a bandleader in 2002. His third solo release displays the full breadth of his […]

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Loe & the Nastys – Loe & the Nastys

 

Loe and the Nastys deal in music that isn’t popular with young folks anymore; equal parts jazz, Jobim-influenced Latin music, and even a little Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, this quartet has a smoky sound that evokes a feeling as cool as the other side of the bed. “Loe” is Loe Nudell Lee, who […]

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Love – Out Here, False Start

 

Some consider these albums minor releases in the Love canon. But neither might have been considered so if the magnificent Forever Changes hadn’t set the bar so high. While they may not meet that high level, each has plenty to recommend it. False Start opens with a rare and brief guest shot from Jimi Hendrix […]

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George Jones – The Hits…’Till Now

 

Unlike some country greats, George Jones is no au courant object of fashion, and he’s not part of today’s you-can-hardly-tell-it’s-country music. From his earliest hits, when he was basically imitating Hank Williams, until the day before yesterday (this chronological collection ends with 2001′s “Tramp On Your Street”), he has been an unyielding champion of drinkin’/weep- […]

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Denise Franke – Gulf Coast Blues

 

Texas songwriter Denice Franke’s fourth solo disc sounds as though its inspiration could have come from nowhere but that mystical area the title references, where cowboy country meets the ocean; where “big” gives way to the unfathomably immense and creative thoughts are reduced, but not lessened, to an elemental uncomplicated naturalness. Franke’s straightforward approach to […]

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Alejandro Escovedo – Real Animal

 

Long a favorite of critics, the former member of the Nuns takes us through a personal history put to musical styles that show his best traits, lyrically and vocally. His music at times is Springsteen-esque, as on “Always a Friend,” while cuts like “Sister Lost Soul” are more like stripped-down Phil Spector. There are soulful […]

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