Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Conversation With The Legendary and Prolific Lucinda Williams



Lucinda Williams is one of the most prolific and brilliant songwriters you are ever likely to listen to. Her Grammy-winning Car Wheels On A Gravel Road is legendary and is often regarded as a modern classic. But Ms. Williams has been consistently writing and producing a collection of impressive classics ever since. 

Her excellent new album, Blessed, will be released on March 1st, and will also be available as a limited edition 2-CD deluxe set. The 2-CD edition pairs the studio album with The Kitchen Tapes, which is comprised of her original demo versions of each of the songs from Blessed.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Eddie Spaghetti (of Supersuckers) Talks New "Sundowner" LP

  
As a longtime Supersuckers fan, who has been following the band since it's classic La Mano Cornuda album, I got turned onto them when punk-rock records made up a sizable percentage of my music collection. And coincidentally, as luck would have it,  I began getting turned onto more country-ish music right around the time when the Supersuckers dropped their first country long-player Must've Been High. It's one of the records that, among a select few, directly lead me to discover Steve Earle. And how can you go wrong with that?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meet Michael Chapman


Guitarist extraordinaire and virtuoso, Michael Chapman has a long and prolific history of recording and touring, but tragically- he remains a rather obscure figure here in the United States. Well, after touring extensively with the late great guitarist Jack Rose, and an an interview last year with Thurston Moore for Fretboard Journal, his star seems to be rising on the shores of the US as two new exciting releases have just landed.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rebel Records to Digitally Reissue Two Classic Ralph Stanley Albums


February 22, 2011 marks a very special anniversary for Rebel Records.  It was on this date forty years ago that Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys walked into Roy Homer’s studio to cut their very first recordings for Rebel Records.  In honor of this occasion, Rebel Records will be offering two more Dr. Ralph releases as this month’s installment in their campaign to reissue classic Rebel albums for digital download:  Something Old, Something New and I’ll Wear a White Robe will be available at major digital stores including iTunes and Amazon MP3 on February 22nd.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rebel Records To Release New Ralph Stanley LP on April 19th


Ralph Stanley, will release A Mother’s Prayer, a newly recorded collection of hymns and spirituals, via on Rebel Records on April 19th.

Read the official press release from Rebel Records after the jump:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Interview: Sam Amidon, Speaking In His Own Voice

These are the facts: Sam Amidon is a native of Vermont. He is the son of folk artists Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, and the brother of professional drummer Stefan Amidon. He plays a variety of instruments including, but not limited to the fiddle, banjo, and guitar.

When I discovered 2008's All Is Well, I was captivated. I heard songs that I thought I knew, but clearly- I was dearly mistaken because I had never heard them sound anything like this. His new album, 2010's I See The Sign, is equally as engaging and definitely worth an attentive listen.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Uprooted Album Revue: 2/5/2011

Welcome to the first installment of a new feature I am calling the The Uprooted Album Revue. My goal is to highlight new releases, reissues, and new discoveries I have made in the hopes of sharing works that I find moving and encourage you to check out for yourself.


Friday, February 4, 2011

The Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Release Joint Album


The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will release their collaborative American Legacies project on April 12th via McCoury Music and Preservation Hall Recordings. American music fans will have an unprecedented opportunity to hear two masterful groups explore the common ground where bluegrass and jazz meet.

Inspired by the success of the Del McCoury’s participation on 2010’s PRESERVATION, a PHJB project made with multiple artists to benefit New Orleans’ unique Preservation Hall venue and its Music Outreach Program, the set offers a dozen songs filled with deep respect and joyful virtuosity.  

Complementing the release, the two groups have announced a joint tour that will feature them performing on their own and together in a groundbreaking concert experience.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bill Callahan's "Apocalypse" Is Coming In April


Drag City has just announced that Bill Callahan's new album, Apocalypse, will be released on April 19th in CD, vinyl, and digital formats. This is Mr. Callahan's first studio album since his excellent Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle, and as you may or may not know, the artist is the man who was formerly known as Smog (check out Knock Knock via Drag City among many others). My review of his live album, Rough Travel Is A Rare Thing, can be viewed here.