Monday, December 31, 2012

Indie Adams Morgan Music Series 2013

On January 3rd, check out the Indie Adams Morgan Music Series launch party sponsored by Indie Adams Morgan, Cosmic Vibes Live, and Sixpoint Brewery. That gives you three days to recuperate from New Year's Eve. The Club Heaven party features Heather Mae, TheRuinCity and Vasudeva and all Facebook fans for Indie Adams Morgan are automatically on the VIP list for $5 entry. Come on out and support live music. Here's what you can expect.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Album Review: JD Hobson's Outlaw Country Blues: Where the Sun Don’t Shine

It's no secret that we love our Americana and Blues genres and recently we were sent a CD of an artist that combines the two - the  JD Hobson Band (Dan Infecto on upright bass and Nick Auckland on drums). Their latest release, Where the Sun Don't Shine is part country blues, part outlaw country - but all good.  t's starts outlaw-ish in Last Kind Words and Carter Cain; then slowly turns turns to soulful country blues before turning boogie-woogie in Blues in the Bottle. My favorite tracks are Sick in My Soul and Nobody's Dirty Business - so listen to the end. There seems to be a lot of good music coming out of Seattle  and JD Hobson surely enhances that city's music scene. 

“This music is about reaching down deep and coming up with something authentic and timeless. The trials, sadness, and triumphs of people here in America continue on today only dressed in different clothes. Times have changed, but we inherit the blues.” - JD

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Emily Hurd Brings Some Sanity to the Christmas Song Market

Chicago based singer-songwriter Emily Hurd started Christmas early this year by spending the month of October drafting ten original songs for her new Christmas CD, Any Given Day.  And I mean original. No overplayed Christmas or seasonal references here. Instead, we get her bluesy, soulful vocals reflecting on love and relationships - all wrapped around this glorious season. Take Glögg - a reference to mulled wine, but a song referring to a couple spending quality romance together. Or In the Spirit of Giving, a powerful song of the reconciliation of the soul. And we all want to believe in magic - Children Believe. Love Chain of Light as well. Did I mention the accompanying musicians: Gerald Dowd, Gregg Ostrom, and John Abbey.  Outstanding. In fact, this is such an enjoyable CD, I want to listen all year; you won't find it being boxed up with our other Christmas CDs and ornaments. Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Rocks Jammin Java

Last weekend we saw The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band put on a classic show at Jammin' Java - illustrating why they are easily the best live show around. And they showcased this act to the largest audience I've seen at the venue in a long time. Here's a sample of what may have missed with more video and photos available at the MyJoogTV YouTube channel and Gallery.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield - The Sibling Rivalry Tour

Here's an interesting show, Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield - The Sibling Rivalry Tour - next stop - Jammin Java in Vienna, Virginia. 
Siblings and best friends Jessica Lea Mayfield and David Mayfield will tour together this winter, playing 13 shows in the eastern United States.

Growing up in Kent, Ohio, the Mayfields were surrounded by bluegrass and folk music. Both David and Jessica first performed with their family band One Way Rider, traveling across the country in a 1956 tour bus once belonging to Bill Monroe, Kitty Wells, and Ernest Tubb. David began performing at age 12, while Jessica joined a few years later at age 8. Most of their time growing up was spent singing and absorbing the stories and lessons taught by veteran musicians.

By the time he was a teenager, David had won several national awards for his guitar and mandolin playing. He showed Jessica how to play a few guitar chords, and then she began writing her own songs at age 11. The two played open mic nights together, usually playing for tips. Then David got his first big break when he successfully auditioned for country artist Andy Griggs, which led to David's first appearance on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage.

When David was 21 and Jessica was 15, they recorded Jessica's first EP White Lies in David's bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). After an introduction, Jessica and Auerbach hit the studio, laying the foundation for her debut album With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, on which David played bass.

Over the next two years, David continued to play bass with Jessica, as she toured incessantly in support of With Blasphemy, playing major festivals like Bonnaroo, and opening for bands like The Avett Brothers, with whom they forged a strong friendship.

During this time, David also toured as a vocalist, songwriter, and lead guitarist for the folk rock band Cadillac Sky, but it was while on the road with Jessica that the Avetts encouraged David to make a record of his own, and so he did. David released his solo debut The David Mayfield Parade in 2011, which features songs co-written with Jessica, and vocals from Scott and Seth Avett.

Also in 2011, Nonesuch Records signed Jessica and released her second album Tell Me, also produced by Dan Auerbach. The album received rave reviews from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Pitchfork, among others, and led to Jessica's network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. Later that year, the Americana Music Association nominated Jessica as "Best New Artist."
Now, with new albums on the horizon from both David and Jessica, the two siblings hit the road together again.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Mavericks - Celebrating 20 Years - In Time

Raul Malo and The Mavericks will be celebrating the new year with a new album, In Time, scheduled for a January 29th release. This date also coincides with the band’s 20th anniversary of their first major label album release. I'm getting old - but not these guys. Check out their performance at the 2012 Americana Music Festival:

The Mavericks "Come Unto Me" at the 2012 Americana Music Festival from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Garden & Gun Magazine's Back Porch Sessions

JJ Grey courtesy of
Garden & Gun Magazine
Today we received our weekly email from Garden & Gun Magazine and noticed a link to their Back Porch Sessions.  The current session is a solo acoustic set from JJ Grey sans Mofro, which includes Hide & Seek as well as some new tunes.Previous sessions include The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile and The Avett Brothers. Pretty cool.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Album Review: The Highballers - Soft Music and Hard Liquor

Do you like songs about drinkin' and then apologizing afterwards. Does that happen to you often? Well, our favorite local old school country band, The Highballers, are sitting on a brand spankin' new album of original songs that pretty much reflect that lifestyle. Soft Music and Hard Liquor is a collection of classic honky tonk, rippin' guitar, and subtle harmonies that work as much today as in the past. No need to go past the opening track, Juneen, to hear what I mean. Sean Lally (Lead Guitar), Drake Sorey (Drums), and Michael Barrientos (Bass) provide the framework to frontman Kendall Jackson and backing vocalist Victoria Patchen country vocals.  Lally takes charge in I Didn't Mean to Get Drunk Last Night, Doing Time in Pennsylvania, and I Take Pride in My Drinkin' - notice a trend? Live to Let You Down is a classic country duet - showcasing the chemistry between Jackson and Patchen. But my favorite tracks are those with the more laid back melodies: The Price You Pay, Virginia, and Better Man. These are songs where the band's cohesiveness really shines with no one member overshadowing the others. The album will be officially released January 12, 2013 at IOTA Club & Cafe in Arlington, so make sure you put that date on your calendar.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Decisions, Decisions for Saturday Night - November 10th

I wanted to get out this Saturday to see some live music and now I'm completely torn; there are so many good shows that evening. Closest to home, jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter is performing at Jammin' Java. But then Ani DiFranco and Stephanie Mills are playing at the area's two most popular larger venues, the Nightclub 9:30 and The Birchmere respectively.  But I love the blues and the The Smokin Polecats are set to play The Zoo Bar. Then again, some rock n' roll might be nice with Justin Jones at the Rock & Roll Hotel.  And finally, our friends, William Walter & Co. return to town for their monthly gig at Whitlow's On Wilson. Any suggestion?

Update: And how could I forget the fiery Tinsley Ellis at The State Theatre.

Monday, November 5, 2012

PodOmatic: The Ongoing History Of The Blues

Any blues lovers out there? Then check out The Ongoing History Of The Blues hosted by Dave Reynolds and available via PodOmatic. The series starts with the Roots, then moves on to Chicago, Memphis, Texas, and the latest episode, British Blues. Each episode is fairly long, at least an hour, so give yourself a large listening window. Here's the summary of what to expect:
Though the blues is an American music form, its origins are most assuredly African. Come with me as we journey through the music's roots in West Africa, where slaves were loaded onto ships bound for America through the cotton fields and the Mississippi delta to Chicago and Detroit and all stops in between.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Brite Session: Kasey & Shane - "Adam and Eve"

A Brite session at AmericanaFest featuring the married duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson performing "Adam & Eve". This session is part of a special on-going video series produced by Brite Revolution in conjunction with the Americana Music Association and featuring many of the emerging and noted artists from the 2012 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Album Review: Matthew Perryman Jones - Land of the Living

We finally got around to listening to the latest from Matthew Perryman Jones and now I'm kicking myself why it took so long. The Land of the Living is cerebral - takes a couple of listens to recognize its themes and genius. What else could you call a set of recordings influenced by Vincent Van Gogh (O Theo & Land of the Living), Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, and Persian poet Rumi (Land of the Living). There is no way these songs should even compete with the mindless pop crap that monopolizes are airwaves. The CD starts off with a haunting stories in both Stones From the Riverbed & Poisoning the Well leading to O Theo - easily the best track of the CD. The song weighs on your conscious:
In the half light of the city, She took off all of her clothes, I flew from the height of the mountain, Into the valley of dry bones- all alone, And my heart was still unknown, I was drunk and full of sorrows, I was longing for a home, With nowhere to go, O Theo.

Powerful. But don't stop there. The first rockin' song kicks in with Waking the Dead and then reverses itself in Keep It On the Inside to the title track. All are heavy, thought provoking songs - "You are beautiful and true, Dark and lovely, You stole my heart before I could give it away, I’ve said enough."

Friday, October 19, 2012

Support Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 Kickstarter Project

Our favorite local rock band, Scott Kurt & Memphis 59, is ready to record a new CD. The issue. Like most musicians - funds. You can assist their effort by supporting their Kickstarter Project as they attempt to raise $2,500. Here's the scoop in Scott's own words. You can also see the band tomorrow, Saturday October 20th at Tarara Vineyard & Winery for a free concert.
Hello friends,

Singer/Songwriter Scott Kurt here and I'm in the process of putting out a new album.  I've been working with some award winning musicians, engineers and producers who have also collaborated with artists like Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, and Rodney Atkins.  I've spent hours, days, weeks and months working on the lyrics, melodies and arrangements.  Luckily when I emerge from the studio my wife remembers what I look like!

Most of the record has been recorded, but I need your support to finish the project and bring it to life. There is still a lot of work to be done such as mixing all of the recorded music into songs, having those songs mastered, choosing the artwork for the album, and finally the duplication of the CD's.

My goal is to raise $2500 to cover these expenses.  This is a fully independent project which means there is no big record company funding the album, which is why your help is so important.  I've come up with some great incentive packages for you to choose from and any support is appreciated.  From $5 to $500, every bit helps.

Please spread the word to any music lovers out there and I want to thank you for your time and support.


To see me online visit:

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Greencards Return to Wolf Trap, Brittany Haas in Tow

We wanted to pass along news that our friends The Greencards will be performing at The Barns of Wolf Trap next Wednesday night, October 17. The performance is particularly news worthy since the talented fiddler Brittany Haas from Crooked Still will be joining Carol, Kym and Carl onstage.Now that's a nice addition. Tickets are $20 and still available from the box office.  Here's a sneak peak what to expect. Cheers.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Album Review: Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: Old Time Music from the Evergreen State

We recently received a preview copy of Our Lady of the Tall Trees from the Seattle based duo - Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. And let me tell you, this is an excellent listen - from the vocal harmonies to the mandolin, banjo and guitar.  Just listen to the first two tracks: Stone to Sand & A Lady Does Not Often Falter. Who knew Seattle was a breeding ground for American roots music. And make sure you listen all the way to the instrumental Red Prairie Dawn - pretty good stuff.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Album Review: Jimmy Herring - Subject to Change Without Notice

Jimmy Herring - Subject to Change Without Notice
Widespread Panic lead guitarist Jimmy Herring has just released his 2nd solo album, Subject to Change Without Notice, which is the most complex instrumental release we've heard in our many days of scouring music. Sorry John Jorgenson. As Herring relates on his website, "he plays guitar - buts wants to be a singer". Well this release sings to us. Harrison's Within You Without You is self evident, and Kaleidoscope Carousel is simply mesmerizing. The jam band comes around in Jimmy McGriff’s Miss Poopie; alt-country Americana in Curfew; and Blues-Rock-Jazz in Bilgewater Blues. Outstanding. This is one CD which never tires from fatigue. And the Jimmy Herring Band (Jeff Sipe - Drums, Matt Slocum - Piano/Keyboards, and Neal Fountain - Bass)  hit the road in November- see you at The State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia on the 9th.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Album Review: The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Between the Ditches

It seems like each year we celebrate the release of a new CD from The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Last year it was there salute to Charley Patton with Peyton on Patton - and reviewed on MyJoogTV. This year its Between the Ditches - a collection of songs which extend their persona beyond traditional country blues towards a more rockin' blues sound.  There's still the Reverend's baritone croaky vocals and amazing handling of various guitars, from the 30's national guitar found hanging on a restaurant wall to a new cigar box guitar. Breezy provides more backing vocals which are always a plus considering her angelic voice. And distant cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger keeps the rhythm on the drum kit. But rockin' is the new standard with the first few tracks on this CD - gritty, sometimes angry, and in your face. They return to old country blues in Shut the Screen and continue in the vein until the best song of the CD, Brown County Bound - a soft ballad showcasing The Reverend's picking and vocal harmonies with Breezy. Makes you completely forget the harder edge opening tracks.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Texas Country Takes over 2012 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

 The 2012 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion has come and gone and once again reinforced why this is the best music festival in the country. The lineup is always impressive, with Robert Earl Keen and Billy Joe Shaver the main headliners; but how many times do you have the opportunity to listen to a banjo playing priest (Father Edward Richard) while sipping a local brew. Or watch college football while listening to the most soulful guy in Nashville, Sam Lewis. Or listen to Slaid Cleaves in a historical theater.  Only in Bristol.  There was also Ha Ha Tonka, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, the beauties of Della Mae, local legends Ed Snodderly and Roger Rasnake; and new favorites The Apache Relay.

But with the large contingent of Texas performers, Lone Star Beer should have been in the house and not just for Dale Watson - he brought his own. With REK, Shaver, Watson, Cleaves, and Uncle Lucius - Texas music and "real" country music was on full display. REK was energetic; Shaver was his wily self; Watson - deviant and entertaining; and Cleaves- just impressive. Even Girls Guns and Glory got into the act by playing their rockin' version of traditional country - New England style.

More photos are available at our Facebook page and here's what you missed:

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Night at Jammin Java with Ingram Hill & the Sam Grow Band

Last night I finally got out to see some new music courtesy of Ingram Hill. The threesome was performing at Jammin Java along with the Sam Grow Band and Jared McCloud. My first impression - wish I was a dozen years younger based on the beauties in attendance. My second impression was digging Sam Grow until they through a curveball with Michael Jackson. Now I can't get Billie Jean out of my mind. My final impression is I think I enjoy the tracks from Ingram Hill's self titled CD, Ingram Hill, more than their previous work. A little bit more country and a little less pop-rock. They have a good sound - only complaint is they seem to lose the audience between songs.  But all three are traveling together for the next couple weeks. Check them out. Cheers.

Friday, August 31, 2012

“Day By Day” with the Downbeat Project

Over at VirginiaWineTV, we pair our wine videos with local Virginia based artists and for September, Charlottesville based The Downbeat Project is the featured artist. We first heard this band playing at the Devils Backbone Brewery during The Festy, and spent some time in the brewpub enjoying their funky sound over a few pints of ale. Fast forward to today and our subject at CrossKeys Vineyards & Estates requested The Downbeat Project provide the intro music to their video. We readily agreed and after sampling and then downloading their latest EP, “Day By Day”, decided to feature the band for our remaining videos of the month. We used the third track, In Your Arms, because of it's crystal clean opening; but this is a powerful song throughout. And to understand the rockin'-side of the band, listen to Shakedown - it's easy to discover why the Downbeat Project rocks out live shows. The EP is just $5 online - so this is a no brainer. Cheers to local wine and local music.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Melody Walker - Gold Rush Goddess

We recently received Gold Rush Goddess, a very cool release from Melody Walker that we can only subscribe as soothing vocals with a bad-ass attitude.  Just listen to the title track; the blues-infused Get Back; or the a capella turned bluegrass ramble in Do What You Love Blues. You want soothing; then check out the mini-lullaby in Stars Align, the hypnotic Martinez, and the only cover, Dreaming. Ms. Walker and partner Jacob Groopman fuse Appalachia with various West Coast sounds to form a very impressive set of music.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Album Review: River City Extension - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

This week we learned about an exciting eight person band out of New Jersey,  River City Extension, and their completely entertaining CD Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Your Anger. I mean, this release has everything; a little Americana, Rock, Funk, Pop-Rock -> no two songs are the same. And there's even a rhythm section here and there as well as a simulated fife and drum corp (see Lord, I Have Changed - a favorite). There's love songs; apologizing songs, semi-gospels -> all with nice melodies, tight instrumentals,  and interesting songwriting - courtesy of front man Joe Michelini. When I first started listening, Michelini vocals reminded me of Justin Townes Earle and then when Golden Tongue (Thanatopsis) came on, the song could have been right out of The Good Life or Yuma. I was hooked.There's a lot more to be hooked on; the harp in There & Back Again; the subtle horns in the title track; and the final track, Lord, I Have Changed, seems a perfect closing. Get this CD.

Mike Costaney, Dan Melius, James Ramirez,
Patrick O'Brien, Joe Michelini, Jenn Fantaccione, Sam Tacon, Nick Cucci

Monday, August 20, 2012

Caroline Herring's CAMILLA coming August 28th

On August 28th, country -folk singer Caroline Herring will release her 6th CD, CAMILLA - ten songs that will depress, inspire, and reflect. They are songs of injustice, but also beneficence. "The album is filled with stories of people traveling long hard journeys who are ultimately rewarded by self-worth, resolution, or the promise of kindness." The CD is worth the cost simply for Traveling Shoe, a gospel hymn aiding by Mary Chapin-Carpenter and Aoife O’Donavan.  Simply Beautiful. As is Flee As A Bird.  The bravery of the 1961 Freedom Riders are encountered in White Dress, out right brutality in the title track, and kindness and perseverance in Black Mountain Lullaby. The agreeable and dis-agreeable nature of the human existence. The simple fact is that Herring is one talented songwriter and has the vocals to move the listener.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

John Prine & Emmylou Harris Duet at WolfTrap

Last night John Prine and Emmylou Harris were the co-bill for an awesome show at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. The night featured each artist performing separately with their bands, but also included duets between Prine & Harris with In Spite of Ourselves, Angel from Montgomery, and in the encore, Paradise. What a duo - I would love to hear an entire evening of them performing together - Prine's powerful songwriting and simple melodies combined with the angelic voice of Harris. Will Kimbrough sitting in again on the banjo would be an added bonus. Prine started the evening off like last time with Spanish Pipedream and made sure he included Lake Marie and on the complete opposite side - Lets Talk Dirty In Hawaiian. The most moving song in Harris' set was her tribute to Gram Parsons and when John Starling, formerly of The Seldom Scene and now fronting John Starling and Carolina Star joined her onstage. Thanks to both artists for appearing in the DC area.

Here's the only video I was able to capture last night before told to put the camera away.

Update:emmylunatic has posted a couple videos of the show on YouTube such as Angel from Montgomery.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

2012 Music on the Mountaintop Rounding the Corner

Time to start planning another trip to the mountains, this time to Boone NC and the 2012 Music on the Mountaintop - held August 24-26 at the Grandfather Campground. General admission tickets for the three days are $99.00 + fees with %50 single day tickets available for Friday\Saturday and $40 Sunday.

Those are the basics, here's why you should go. The host band is Railroad Earth and not only will the guys be performing, but they will be leading musical workshops throughout the weekend. The remaining lineup consists of Dr. Dog, Sam Bush, JJ Grey & Mofro, Greensky Bluegrass, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Futurebirds, The Hackensaw Boys, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, The Black Lillies, River Whyless, Rose’s Pawn Shop, Naked Gods, SalemSpeaks, and Monroeville.

We really look forward to seeing Holy Ghost Tent Revival, particularly after our MyJoogTV episode.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Floydfest XI - The Confluence of Music and Mountains

Another Floydfest, another short storm, and another long weekend of inspiring music and stories. I was hesitant planning a trip to the Blue Ridge this year, but the Friday night headliners of The Drive-By Truckers and Leftover Salmon were more than enough inducement to plan a road trip. And neither disappointed with the Truckers playing many old favorites - even when sometimes it seems recollection of the lyrics were a bit difficult.  But it didn't matter. Their sound was spot on, they looked relaxed and having fun - and we have Patterson Hood's solo CD Coming soon. Also seen on Friday were the rock n' roll of American Aquarium and Ha Ha Tonka as well as the folk music of Molasses Creek - a group that we saw many of their members the previous week in Ocracoke.

Saturday was geared towards Scott Miller, the former V-Roys leader who has returned to the Commonwealth in order to spead the word of Virginia's greatness - and to run the family farm near Stanton. I love Miller's songwriting, music, humor, mojo, etc - so I made sure I was present for his early start on the Virginia Folklife Stage and in the Pink Floyd Beer Garden. It references an extremely sullen moment, but "Appalachian Refugee" is a must listen. Sandwiched between Miller at both stages were Doug & Telisha Williams, Justin Jones, Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun, and Chris Thile. Add in Danny Knicely, Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band, David Wax Museum, and Hoots & Hellmouth and its no wonder I never made it to the Dreaming Creek Main Stage all day. Why couldn't I hang for Anders Osborne?

The same held true on Sunday. The culprit was Darrell Scott who was performing at the Virginia Folklife Stage and then the Hill Holler Stage a little later. Also at these stages were Ricky Scaggs (with and without the Kentucky Thunder) and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Add in Glory on the Floor and Yarn in the beer garden and I never ventured to half the grounds all day. Getting back to Scott, he was as weary as us having just arrived from a flight from Scotland. Pretty relevant since his music resonates with the Scots-Irish traditions of the Appalachians. At the folklife stage he described his songwriter process in terms of "Double-Headed Eagle" and "East of Gary". Later we heard these songs and many more on the Hill Holler - showing why A Crooked Road is a must purchase with songs like "A Father's Song", "Long Wide Open Road", and the title track.

Ricky Scaggs was even more moving on the Folklife porch describing his days with Ralph Stanley, meeting Bill Monroe, and the life and times of PeeWee - his historic mandolin once owned by "PeeWee" Lambert of Stanley Brothers fame. Scaggs also talked about how relevant bluegrass music is today, and used Barry Gibbs of the BeeGees as an example. Gibbs appeared with him last weekend in Nashville at the Opry and Ryman and Scaggs is recording one of Gibbs songs on his upcoming CD.

Awesome weekend. Already thinking about next year. Here's Darrell Scott performing "Double-Headed Eagle".

Friday, July 27, 2012

Album Review: Town Mountain Rips Out "Leave The Bottle"

One of our favorite acts at The Festy a few years back was Town Mountain and now the band is back on our radar with their upcoming release, Leave The Bottle. And this CD reminds me why we loved their "original bluegrass and roots country" in the first place. Start with the title track. Written by Jesse Langlais, the song showcases their tight harmonies and individual musicianship in a classic country song. They then plow ahead with Robert Greer's Up the Ladder and hit deeper roots with Phil Barker's Lawdog - perhaps my favorite track. Or is it Bobby Britt's instrumental Four Miles or Langlais' Away From Home? As fans of the band will notice, these are all original tunes with the only cover provided by the Wood Brothers in Loaded.  These last two songs illustrates the band's easy transition from bluegrass to alt-country. Don't Go Home Tonight without listening to these songs. The CD will be officially released September 4th, 2012.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kasey Chambers Inspires Us with Storybook

You miss the old styled country vocals of Patsy Cline or Loretta Lynn? Well there's a contemporary artist who sounds quite similar, Australian Kasey Chambers. And on Monday July 30th, Sugar Hill Records releases her latest CD, STORYBOOK, a " fifteen song release of songs that inspired Kasey to become a musician".  There are several "iconic" songs from Gram Parsons (Return Of The Grievous Angel), James McMurtry (Too Long In The Wasteland), John Prine (Leave The Lights On), and Townes Van Zandt (If I Needed You) - among many others. Even Cyndi Lauper and True Colors; Chambers' vocals are something special with that song. My favorite, though, is Fred Eaglesmith's Water In The Fuel; but then there's Paul Kelly's Everything's Turning To White - quite the powerful song. And then Kelly joins her on Hank Williams' classic I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. An unbelievable duet.  Okay, there's something special with every song on this CD. Check it out. And for those in the Washington-Baltimore area she will be performing at the The Birchmere on August 10th and the Rams Head Onstage August 13th. Hope to see you there.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Preview Patterson Hood's "Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance" this weekend

Here's a press release via Thirty Tigers that we wanted to share.

Athens, GA – Patterson Hood will be releasing his third solo record, Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance, on September 11th on ATO Records. Hood co-produced the album with long time Drive-By Truckers’ collaborator David Barbe, who also plays bass on the album. All of his DBT band mates make appearances on the record (Mike Cooley, Jay Gonzalez, Brad Morgan and John Neff) as does Scott Danbom and Will Johnson from Centro-matic and Kelly Hogan. Hood’s father, famed Muscle Shoals bassist, David Hood also plays on the record.

Hood originally started out writing a book that was a half-assed fictionalization of a very turbulent period of his life when he was 27. The book eventually stopped coming but the songs continued to pour out. Most of this album comes from a short period of time between February and June of 2011. Hood says, “The songs begin in the period that the book was set in, but don't end there, as they really just were the impetus for writing about the life I am living now and contrasting it with the troubled times of two decades ago. It is in some ways the most personal album I've ever made. There has always been a lot of me in all of the albums we've done, but usually semi-disguised as character sketches and stories, but the first person narrative in this one is pretty firmly rooted in autobiography, albeit in two dramatically differing time periods.”

“I co-wrote this song with my dear friend Kelly Hogan, who also came in to sing it with me. She began the lyrics as a song for our late dear friend Vic Chesnutt and I re-wrote it with the intention of her recording it for her album. She ended up letting me put it on my album and it's a highlight to me.”


Hood and Downtown Rumblers will be previewing songs from the record with shows this weekend at XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia and the Bell House in Brooklyn. Their fall headline tour will be announced soon.

July 20           Winston-Salem, NC     Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art*

July 21           Camden, NJ                  XPoNential Music Festival*

July 23           Brooklyn, NY                Bell House*

Aug 03           Charleston, SC             Pour House**

Aug 16           Lexington, KY               Lexington Opera House** w/ Todd Snider

Sep 14            Pinnacle, NC                Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival*

Oct 12            Austin, TX                     ACL FESTIVAL*
*denotes shows with Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumbers
**denotes Patterson Hood solo shows

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sam Bush Becomes a Senior on SBTV

Legendary minimalist Sam Bush turned 60 last month (remember when you thought sixty years old was OLD) and celebrated by participating in Freshman Senior discount shopping days at the Kroger in Bellevue, Tennessee. You can check out these videos as well as his musical videos at SBTV. Love the video on his Gibson mandolins and the classic Bluegrass vinyls. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fairfax County Summer Entertainment Series

It's summer which means another season of excellent music courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Authority and generous contributions from local businesses and corporation.. The concerts are held in parks throughout the county and the performers range from big band, jazz, bluegrass, rock, classical and world music. My favorite park is Nottoway Park - only a few miles away - which features the strongest lineup. We are talking Ted Garber, The Seldom Scene, Andrew McKnight, Toubab Krewe, and Cathy Ponton King. Yes, Toubab Krewe - playing in Vienna on their trip down to Floydfest. Other significant artists are Ryan Montbleau Band, Cheryl Wheeler, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, The Nighthawks, and Sierra Hull and Highway 111.Here are some highlights:

Monday, June 25, 2012

David Lowery (Cracker) Responds to NPR

One week ago, David Lowery (Cracker) wrote an essay titled Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered in response to an NPR blog post I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With in which an NPR intern describes how she never pays for music downloaded online. All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton published a "review" of the discussion, somewhat excusing Ms. White's non-payments as "everyone does it" - but also links to resources that explain "Where To Buy Music To Get More Cents On The Dollar To The Musicians".  I agree more with Lowery's argument - and encourage all readers to take time to digest the entire topic.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2012 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Rolls Out Awesome Lineup

Bristol Rhythm & Roots
I know many of you (like us) haven't even planned your summer concert itineraries, but get ready for Fall - or September at least when the 2012 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion rolls out their strongest lineup yet. Tickets range from $40-$60 - depending on when purchased and that gets you three days of listening to this awesome lineup. Bristol has a long music tradition from the Carter Family through the Stanley Brothers to contemporaries such as Ed Snodderly and Roger Rasnake. You can check out our previous coverage of this festival here. And as always, expect great food and beer.