Posts Tagged ‘Americana’

Album review of Jolie Holland: Pint of Blood

Album review of Jolie Holland: Pint of Blood

Jolie Holland is a supremely talented singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas. Her latest album Pint of Blood, released June 28, 2011, is a brilliant collection of ten beautiful, yet haunting songs that inhabit your consciousness with their melodic and melancholy deliverance. Holland’s music is not easily categorized as she draws elements of folk, country, rock, and […]

Album Review: Matt Bauer – “The Jessamine County Book of the Living” (Crossbill)

Album Review: Matt Bauer – “The Jessamine County Book of the Living” (Crossbill)

Matt Bauer, a Kentucky-born recording artist and songwriter, is awaiting the release of his second album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living (Crossbill Records, June 7, 2011). Bauer’s style could be described as neo-industrial folk, and his vocal delivery can best be articulated as a raspy whisper that makes Bill Anderson sound like a […]

The Band of Heathens “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son” BOH Records

The Band of Heathens “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son” BOH Records

On their newest album, “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son,”  The Band of Heathens continue to refine their kitchen sink approach to southern music.  Combining elements of rock, country, soul, blues, funk, gospel, and whatever else that might come up in the process and with whatever instruments deemed appropriate (lapsteel, resonator guitars, piano, organ, […]

Album Review: Andy Friedman – “Laserbeams and Dreams” (City Salvage)

Album Review: Andy Friedman – “Laserbeams and Dreams” (City Salvage)

Rare is the album that grabs you from the start, from the first plucked notes, the initial poetic sentence, with promises of deeply felt stories and engaging tunes. This album is one of those, and like the proverbial metaphoric onion, the layers are many. Laserbeams and Dreams, Andy Friedman‘s third studio release, opens with the […]

53rd Annual Grammy Award Nominees — Our Picks: How’d We Do? Not So Well

53rd Annual Grammy Award Nominees — Our Picks: How’d We Do? Not So Well

In case you hadn’t noticed (or you’re just not into award ceremonies altogether), here is most of the official and exhaustive list of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Award nominees. (Broadcast on CBS this Sunday, 8pm ET). We omitted categories in which we were unfamiliar with the nominees (Classical, Latin, Chamber Music, Opera, Rap, etc.). We […]

Elvis Costello Performs National Ransom at NY Public Library

Elvis Costello Performs National Ransom at NY Public Library

Back in November, Elvis Costello performed an exclusive show at the Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The evening was a celebratory kickoff for his latest effort, National Ransom (our choice for #1 Album of 2010), and, along with The Sugarcanes, Costello ran through most of the […]

Sarah Jarosz Releases “The New 45” – Austin City Limits Preview

Sarah Jarosz Releases “The New 45” – Austin City Limits Preview

Since the release of her 2009 debut record Song Up In Her Head, 19-year-old Sarah Jarosz has firmly established herself as one of the most talented and exciting young musicians in the diverse world of Americana music. In the past year, she has played Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, performed on A Prairie […]

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day Two As the second night of America’s premier annual roots music festival, The Ponderosa Stomp, kicks off at the House of Blues in New Orleans, I am excited by two things. First is the Stomp’s line-up itself. While Day One focused strongly on Cajun, […]

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

By Brian Lightfoot Railroad Earth’s self-titled release is a comfortable and confident layering of Southern rock, country and bluegrass. It is an undeniably American record with very naturally performed and recorded songs. Mixtures of sparkly acoustic instruments and twangy-to-growling telecaster tones matched with driving drum beats, semi-bluegrass bits, and some surprisingly funk- and rock-driven rhythms […]

Free CD Giveaway: Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” – (Rounder)

Free CD Giveaway: Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” – (Rounder)

CONGRATS TO ADAM S. !! He won the Robert Plant CD! Everyone else can scroll to the end of this review to hear sample tracks from Band of Joy. There is, of course, that unmistakable voice. Call it The Mystical Pipes of Plant. Although slightly deepened with age, Robert Plant’s vocals still have that compelling […]

Kingsley Flood Sneak Peek: “Quiet, Quiet Ground” on Upcoming Album

Kingsley Flood Sneak Peek: “Quiet, Quiet Ground” on Upcoming Album

One of our new favorite bands, Kingsley Flood (check out our review of their debut album Dust Windows) is hard at work on their next album. They sent us this video, so we caught up with bassist Nick Balkin to ask him about it. “We shot this video for ‘Quiet, Quiet Ground’ for our upcoming […]

Album Review: Sally Spring – “Made of Stars” – (Sniffinpup Records)

Album Review: Sally Spring – “Made of Stars” – (Sniffinpup Records)

Don’t let her petite and pixieish looks fool you. Sally Spring is a bold songwriter with rock-solid vocals. A veteran who cut her performance teeth on the coffeehouse circuit of the 1970s, Spring has played with such luminaries as the Byrds, Doc Watson, Guitar Shorty, Rev. Gary Davis, Taj Mahal and Odetta. On Made of […]

Kingsley Flood – Dust Windows and Awkward Dancing

Kingsley Flood – Dust Windows and Awkward Dancing

Boston’s Kinglsey Flood, the punk-rock/roots/Americana/folk phenom that’s been tearing up the charts, were featured last week on NPR’s Weekend Edition where they discussed Americana music, death and awkward dancing. After the broadcast, sales of their debut CD (Dust Windows) shot up to #1 on Amazon’s most downloaded roots-rock albums for the week, briefly hit #1 […]