Posts Tagged ‘voice’

Declan McGarry – Self-Titled Debut – (LT Records)

Declan McGarry – Self-Titled Debut – (LT Records)

Declan McGarry is obsessed with summertime and being seventeen again. That’s what you might think on on the opening “Summer Heat” and subsequent songs like “Seventeen” and “Summers of My Life.” But hold on. This 25-year-old Canadian who hails from Winnipeg — hometown of the legendary Neil Young and an early influence — has much […]

Willie Nelson "American Classic" Blue Note

Willie Nelson "American Classic" Blue Note

There’s no mistaking Willie Nelson’s voice.  It’s an old friend, and it’s a wonderful thing to hear that voice taking on pop standards like “Ain’t  Misbehavin’” and “On the Street Where You Live,” among others.  It was brilliant when he did it on “Stardust,” and the hope must have been to create something similar to […]

Sidewalk Dave – "Songs for Cowards" – (Sidewalk Dave)

Sidewalk Dave – "Songs for Cowards" – (Sidewalk Dave)

Right off the bat, a plaintive voice confesses “I’m a coward.” So begins Sidewalk Dave’s Songs for Cowards, the latest effort from this Connecticut four piece. The same narrator on the album’s final cut — his voice scarred by experience and emboldened with newfound confidence and resolve — announces “I’m no coward.” Quite a lofty […]

Patty Loveless – "Mountain Soul II" (Saguaro Road Records)

Patty Loveless – "Mountain Soul II" (Saguaro Road Records)

The twenty year stretch from the release of Urban Cowboy to O Brother, Where Art Thou was an interesting time in country music. For decades all the major record labels had offices in Nashville, but it was during this period that they seriously began to contribute to the corporate profits of their parent companies, and […]

The Sweet Sounds of Jameson: Aug. 13 at the Gypsy Lounge

The Sweet Sounds of Jameson: Aug. 13 at the Gypsy Lounge

When you walk in to a dark bar and see a stage with a Matchless Amplifier, a beautiful guitar, a microphone and a stool with a shot of whiskey and a beer you know you are in for a good night. This is the arsenal of Jameson as a solo act. Orange County, California’s local […]

Joshua James "Build Me This"

Joshua James "Build Me This"

Joshua James—Build Me This—Intelligent Noise—2009 Yes, I know it’s hard to get past that album cover. Is that Noxema? Has he rolled himself in flour? If this reverse minstrelsy? Is he covering his face with curdled milk like Halle in Beloved? Or is he just trying to illustrate that he’s more tortured by the burden […]

Jewel San Manuel Casino

Never before have I seen the snaggle-toothed queen of hippie-folk-pop-(and now country) perform live, but alas the smoke filled San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino decided to accommodate as many Southern California fans as would come when they showcased a performance by Jewel last Thursday. Prior to the show I was not quite sure how […]

Centro-matic/South San Gabriel – interview

Centro-matic/South San Gabriel – interview

by Brad Tucker The easy misconception when one first encounters Centro-matic and South San Gabriel is that they are the same band; both are led by guitarist and singer Will Johnson, and South San Gabriel’s line-up features all four Centro-matic members, plus two. The groups are touring together for the first time in the U.S., […]

The Lynn Morris Band "Shape of a Tear" Rounder Records

The Lynn Morris Band "Shape of a Tear" Rounder Records

by Andy Warrener Hats off to Rounder Records for their release of The Lynn Morris Band’s “Shape of a Tear”. A finely crafted album full of Smoky Mountain, bluegrass music. They’re not your typical quartet, bass, banjo, mandolin, vocals. No, Lynn Morris is a musician who learned to sing and not a singer who learned […]

Invite Alison Krauss Into Your Living Room

Invite Alison Krauss Into Your Living Room

by Bill Conger If there’s one thing better than hearing the angelic voice of Alison Krauss, it’s seeing her perform. The lovely and multi-talented singer/instrumentalist/producer collaborates with a who’s who of music on her new DVD, “A Hundred Miles or More: Live From The Tracking Room (Rounder Records), which arrives in stores Nov. 11. Cameras […]

Emmylou Harris “All I Intended to Be” Nonesuch Records

Emmylou Harris “All I Intended to Be” Nonesuch Records

County Legend Emmylou Harris, a self-described “finder of songs and gatherer of songs” has outdone herself with what deserves to be regarded as one of the year’s most remarkable country albums. Her first solo album since 2003, “All I Intended to Be” showcases Harris’s unparalleled gift for song selection. The album’s thirteen tracks are masterfully […]

Ryan Adams "Easy Tiger" Lost Highway

Ryan Adams "Easy Tiger" Lost Highway

Jesse Hill Imagine the prettiest damn banjo picking you ever heard. And an angelic, toughly vulnerable voice sings: Blue eyes for miles, pretty as a peach Glorious, kind and always on time, never far out of reach Tomorrow’s on its way, there’s always new songs to sing Glorious, kind and always on time, pearls on […]