Monday, December 9, 2013

The Grammy Nominations & Categories To Follow

The 2014 Grammy Nominations were just announced and their are several friends of and artists we've covered in the past nominated.  While viewing the categories we skimmed over some that we were interested in (Rock, Gospel) all the way down until we found #45 Best American Roots Song.  You can forget about the Pop divas and so called Country stars; here are the outstanding artists we care about.And special congratulations to artists we covered this year such as Della Mae, The Greencards, The Boxcars, Jim Lauderdale, Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott. Who's your favorite?

45. Best American Roots Song

  • Build Me Up From Bones
    • Sarah Jarosz, songwriter (Sarah Jarosz)
    • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Invisible
    • Steve Earle, songwriter (Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses))
    • Label: New West Records; Publisher: Exile On Jones St. Music
  • Keep Your Dirty Lights On
    • Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, songwriters (Tim O'Brien And Darrell Scott)
    • Track from: Memories And Moments
    • Label: Full Skies Records
  • Love Has Come For You
    • Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
    • Track from: Love Has Come For You
    • Label: Rounder; Publishers: LA Films Music/Brick Elephant Music
  • Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed
    • Allen Toussaint, songwriter (Allen Toussaint)
    • Track from: Songbook
    • Label: Rounder; Publishers: Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc/Marsaint Music, Inc.

46. Best Americana Album

47. Best Bluegrass Album

48. Best Blues Album

49. Best Folk Album

  • My Favorite Picture Of You
  • Sweetheart Of The Sun
  • Build Me Up From Bones
  • The Ash & Clay
  • They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration
    • (Various Artists)
    • Chris Strachwitz, producer
    • Label: Arhoolie Records

Friday, December 6, 2013

Who Wants Some Whiskey Kisses from Erica Blinn?

You will - after watching this video and checking out the latest CD Whiskey Kisses from Erica Blinn. The music is part pop-rock, part county, sometimes bluesy, and at times, jamming. My favorite track is Sexy Mess - which really showcases her band - The Handsome Machine - with plenty of rockn' guitar, harp, and drums.  They can also slow it down gracefully with Need Someone Tonight and How Lucky I Am. Then back to the her harp and some punk rock and Home. There's something for everyone with this CD. Did I say the harp and guitar rock? Pretty cool. Pair with a Greenbroad Leaf and Schlafly Bottleworks Session IPA.