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 29, 2012

Rodriguez - Crucify Your Mind

Need to watch Searching For Sugar Man - Rodriguez.

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:  www.scottkurt.com

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.