Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Jonah Tolchin mesmerizes audiences with his impeccable musicianship, foot-stomping rhythms, and lyrical original songs. At age fourteen he fell in love with traditional blues and began playing guitar and harmonica.
At fifteen he appeared at Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire with blues legend Ronnie Earl. Now he plays everything from roots and Americana music to old time folk & acoustic blues, but likes to settle down in the in-between places. From 2007-2011 Jonah was lead guitarist and vocalist in the New Hampshire band Uncle Fran’s Breakfast, and since then he has been touring as a solo artist, primarily in New England.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The last time I spoke with MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger for an interview was around the time that the recent reissue of Poor Moon came out (via the Tompkins Square label). Following a recently issued split 7" with Elephant Micah, Hiss Golden Messenger is releasing an interesting mix of material bundled together under the title Lord I Love The Rain. The new album is composed of home recordings, previously unreleased gems, and cover tunes. In addition to these releases, Hiss Golden Messenger has wrapped up a new album, called Haw, that is set to be released next spring.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Author David Menconi's Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown (out now via University of Texas Press) has already stirred up much heated talk regarding the work of Ryan Adams. In a recent book review by Mando Lines on No Depression, a number of comments poured in the message board from fans across the spectrum (ranging from die-hard/ "Ryan-can-do-no-wrong" loyalists to post-Heartbreaker detractors, etc.). Wherever you may fall along these lines between admiration, "burnt-out rock personality disdain", and/ or "Ashes and Fire-salvation" regarding Ryan's work, it leaves room for much conversation.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Long Distance Salvation: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska is a song-for song tribute/ charity album to arguably one of the best folk albums of all time. Springsteen recorded Nebraska in 1982 with an acoustic guitar, harmonica, and 4-track recorder. It is an immediate, haunting, and sparsely powerful work that has inspired many artists over the years.
Long Distance Salvation is donating 100% of the proceeds to Project Bread. It is a great record for a great cause. LDS and is available as a $5 download on bandcamp and an extremely limited colored-vinyl edition. The album collects such artists as Trampled By Turtles, Strand of Oaks, The Wooden Sky, Joe Pug, Joe Fletcher, Spirit Family Reunion, David Wax, Roadside Graves, Jonah Tolchin, Adam Arcuragi, Joe Purdy and Garrison Starr, Kingsley Flood, Juniper Tar, and Kyle Morton (Typhoon).
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Australian duo of Shane Nicholson and Kasey Chambers have returned with their follow-up to 2008's Rattlin' Bones with their new collection of songs, Wreck & Ruin. In the classic tradition of such greats as Gram and Emmylou and George and Tammy, Kasey and Shane have crafted two rewarding albums that only hint at each of their solo work. Both Rattlin' Bones and Wreck & Ruin are filled with tunes that only Kasey and Shane could conjure out of each other together and give life to together.