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VHS Video Tape
MP3 CD a CD with songs in MP3 format
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10327 RUSSELL, RENE
Freeverse
(none) 56:28 s/s CD
Here's a damned good singer/songwriter from South Carolina. She doesn't play an instrument here, but she has collected a truly killer bunch of musicians to back her. She's an excellent singer, though. She tries too hard to look like kd lang.
URL: http://renerussell.com/

10326 IGOR PRADO BAND AND DELTA GROOVE ALL STARS
Way Down South
Delta Groove Records DGPCD167 53:22 BLUES CD
Promo calls Prado "The leader in West Coast blues." The songs are all covers by the likes of Ike Turner, McKinley Morganfeld, Elmore James among others. Guests: Kim Wilson, Junior Watson, Mud Morganfeld among others. A but muddy sounding.
URL: http://www.igorpradoband.com/

10325 MY OWN HOLIDAY
Reason to Bleed
Electro Groove Records EGRCD517 44:17 rock CD
PR says don't think of them as a rock band, but that's exactly what they are. Think Creedence Clearwater Revival with just guitar and drums. The music has a propulsive drive and a relentless groove. Excekkent lyrics, too.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/p4hs9pa

10324 MARSHALL, ERYNN & JOINES, CARL
Sweet Memouris... Never Leave
Dittyville Music Dittyville 006 39:12 old time CD
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones sing and perform on fiddle and guitar. Their harmonies are sweet and their playing together is truly wonderful. About hallf the songs are originals that sound like they could have come out of the mountains in the 30s.
URL: http://dittyville.com/

10323 PERRAS, ELI & BILL
Two Voices, one Guitar
none 35:53 s/s; duo CD
This is the third recording project for this husband and wife duo. It's stripped down to just one guitar and two voices. The songs, for which thet share writing credit, are typical lefty protest songs. The guitar picking is excellent.
URL: http://perrasmusic.com/

10322 XY QUARTET
05
(none) 50:32 free form jazz CD
This quartet from Italy consists of alto sax, acoustic bass guitar, vibes and drums. They perform free-form jazz in a style that quite frankly gives me a headache.
URL: http://www.xyquartet.com/

10321 JACOBS, NEIL
The Peasant Sabbatical
(none) 39:54 instrumental acoustic folk CD
Thirteen instrumental acoustic music tracks either traditional or composed and arranged by Jacobs in Balkan, Celtic, Gypsy, Americana and Sevdah styles. Jacobs playing the plectrum instruments is backes variously by one or two other musicians.
URL: http://neiljacobs.com/

10315 NEPTUNE'S CAR
The 45th Parallel
(none) 32:36 s/s; duo CD
Neptune's Car is the duo of Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes. The album is a trip across the northern tier of the US with 9 original songs and one cover by Sandy Denny. This is the 3rd CD by this excellent songwriting duo. The production is great.
URL: http://neptunescar.com/

10314 COTTER, CAROLINE
Dreaming as I do
Bells Blue Records BBR007 32:36 s/s CD
Cotter has lived and worked in such diverse places as Thialand, Spain, Peru and Portugal whoch gives her a wide perspective from which to write her well-crafted story songs. There are a number of diverse styles here. This is her 1st narional release.
URL: http://www.carolinecotter.com/

10313 THE LEVINS
Trust
SSU 9609 47:24 s/s; duo CD
Julia and Ira Levin are a married couple. Their songs have well-honed lyrics, seamless harmonies and tightly blended unison vocals. Engineered by Mark Dann, guests include Sara Molinivich on violinSean Dixon & David Moss on cello. Excellent CD.
URL: http://thelevinsmusic.com/

10312 PARSLEY, MARCUS
SUNDAY Strollin'
Rondette Jazz RJ1010 53:26 jazz; trumpet CD
Parsley's trumpet is both lush ans soulful. He's recorded with some of the best known jazz artists. This is a collection of tunes from the American Songbook and a couple of originals. Features Ian H. Smith (on sax (Tonight Show) & bassist James Genus.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ovc4g5a

10311 JACOBS, PI
Hi-Rise Ranch
Thatcrazychick MusicTCCMD005 22:41 s/s EP-CD
This is a 6-pack EP from a pretty good LA based female singer/songwriter. Pi Jacobs. Jacobs plays all the guitars on the album, with production and Keyboards by Eugene Toale (Kanye West), and Beastie Boys' drummer Fredo Ortiz.
URL: http://pijacobs.com/

10310 BROWNE, MICHAEL JEROME
Sliding Delta
Borealis Recording Co BCD233 50:44 delta blues CD
This is a fine CD of Delta Blues acoustic covers played in a laid back slow style and sung with Browne's fine tenor voice. Just browne and his guitar and song by John Hurt, Fred McDowell, Memphis Minnie, Blind Lemon Jefferson, among others.
URL: http://michaeljeromebrowne.com/

10309 HUBER, ANDREW D
Mercury gets a Moon
Northlight Records NLR011 51:27 s/s CD
This is a collection of just sort of OK songs. The album doesn't seem very coherent with jarring changes between song styles. The lyrics are rather juvenile and a bit trite. Backed by musicians who seem to be fighting each other for attention.
URL: http://andrewdhuber.com/

10308 SEAHORSE
The Fire;s Heart
(none) 37:27 s/s CD
Seahorse is Salem, OR, songwriter Rich Swanger. His songs are fictional stories and they're damned good with realistic characters and great melodies. He's backed by some very good musicians here, members of the bands Norman & Easterly.
URL: http://seahorselovesyou.com/

10299 MORGAN, JOHN
Motionography
(none) 38:34 solo fingerstyle guitar CD
On this disc Morgan gives us a series of musical representations of different types of movement. While Morgan is a very fine guitar player, hos music is too repetitive for my taste.
URL: http://morganguitar.com

10298 MORGAN, JOHN & FRIENDS
Stories
Grandma Katherine's Music GKM71225 1:02:39 instrumental folk CD
This is an album of pieces for acoustic guitar, bass percussion, flute and voice. These pieces are a bit repetitive and noodly. I'm not terribly inpressed with this one.
URL: http://morganguitar.com

10297 MORGAN, JOHN
The Journey
(none) 43:42 solo fingrestyle guitar. CD
Morgan is an excellent fingerstyle guitar player. This album is a series of instrumental pieces abour growing up In southeastern Ohio. A gorgeous fingerstyle guitar CD.
URL: http://morganguitar.com

10296 DIMICELE, ALICE
Swim
Alice Otter Music AO/013 47:15 s/s CD
Alice DiMicele has been touring her 'groove folk" and "acoustic soul" music for nearly 30 years. This, her 13th album, is a mix if folk, jazz, funk, rock and soul. Thje backing band is killer with well known players and the production is first rate.
URL: http://www.alicedimicele.com/

10294 ALDRIDGE, DARIN & BROOKE
Snapshots
Mountain Home Music MH15762 39:30 country; bluegrass CD
This is a country album with a strong bluegrass influence, but it's not bluegrass per se. The guest list includes Steve McMurry, Doyule Layson, Sam Bush and Ricky Skags attesting to the esteem in which the bluegrass community holds this duo.
URL: http://www.darinandbrookealdridge.com/

10288 CATALLO, DAVID
La Fuente a El Arroyo
(none) 25:49 flamenco and classical guitar ep-cd
Eight short falmenco and classical guitar pieces composed by Catello. This Canadian has a very sweet touch on the nylon string guitar.
URL: http://www.davidcatalloguitar.com/

10284 LA LUCHA FEATURING JUN
Standards, Not-Standards
Blue Line Music BLM0814 67:10 jazz CD
La Lucha is a trio with piano (or rhodes), bass, and drums that didn't grow up with jazz, so they put their very refershing interpretations on it. Here thay have added the beautiful, crystal clear soprano vocals of Jun Bustamante. This is an unusual CD.
URL: http://laluchamusic.com/

10283 GOPOIAN, DAVID
Sleeping in a Tree
(none) 47:59 s/s; jazz CD
This is a dream-filled work with intelligence that switches from the comic to the cosmic. Gopoian is an excellent vocalist who also plays piano. He's accompanied by some excellent sessioneers on on guitar, bass, drums and horns. Nice CD.
URL: http://davidgopoian.com/

10282 PARESCHI, BRIAN AND THE BP EXPRESS
Brian Pareschi and the BP Express
(none) 56:17 jazz; trumpet CD
This is trumpeter Brian Pareschi's debut release as band leader. He has cut his chops as a first call sideman in NYC. He's fronting an octet/nonet band full of excellent players, but I think he should be giving some of them more time to shine here.
URL: http://brianpareschi.com/

10271 PJ ROGUE
Standing in Front of the World
(none) 54:49 s/s CD
PJ Rogue is Boston-area singer/songwriter Paul Rogoshewski. He writes clever songs and has a nice singing voice. The song are a mix of styles (pop, jazz, Latin, folk). The album is well produced. Downside: there are 1000 others doing this.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/q86xkuc

10270 MORIN, CARY
Tiny Town
(none) 41:53 s/s CD
Morin calls this "Native Americana Fingerstyle folk & blues." That's pretty apr. He wrote all the very soulful songs. He plays a very mean acoustic guitar. Acconpanied by sone incredibly sweet harmonica by Vincent Perrot. This is one very cool CD.
URL: http://carymorin.com/

10269 LLEWELLYN, DAVID & KIRSTIN, IDA
Songs around the Kitchen Table
Dabhand Records IKP201101 35:48 s/s; duo CD
This is one of the very best boy/girl harmony CDs I've heard in a very long time. It's acoustic with half the songs written by the duo and half by others. The songs are good, but it's the singing that makes this CD for me, that and the sweet guitars.
URL: http://davidandida.com/

10268 YONEMURA, PAUL
Reunion Trios
Girod Records GR-1002 67:57 jazz CD
This is an album od jazz pieces perdormed by three different trios (piano bass and drums) each with Yonemura on drums. The music is interesting and pretty free-form. Yo=nemura never hogs the spotlight. All of the players are excellent.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/k6x8vmf

10259 GILLEN, FRED, JR.
Wage Love
Dys Records dys0025 32:34 s/s CD
Fred Gillen, Jr,s, songwriting is rooted in the protest music of the 1960s. He's a fine and very intelligent poet, a good singer and a true believer. The production is so. So. The backing musicians are good, but the "fidelity" is rather low. Good though
URL: http://fredgillenjr.com/

10249 PERFORMART
The Art of Falling in and out the Circle of Time
TJRS 1304 1:02:23 electronica CD
PerformArt is a duo from Italy performing a mix of ambient electronica on electric and acoustic guitar and bass with loops, percussion and effects. The tracks are ebbing and flowing unmelodic sounds. It's interesting, but I'm not sure it's music.
URL: http://www.performarting.com/

10248 BONSIGNORE, SARAH
New Sky New Day
(none) 46:24 s/s CD
Sarah Bonsignore is a singer/songwriter from South Africa who lives in upstate New Your. Her songs are a somewhat wistful mix of African, Irish Appalachian and folk styles. She accompanies herself in piano and has some additional accompaniment.
URL: http://sarahbonsignore.com/

10246 HARDY, ANGE
The Little Holly Tree
Story Records STREC1655 06:38 s/s; holiday; Christmas ep-CD
A very nice little three track holiday EP with original songs
URL: http://www.angehardy.com/

10241 MCMURTRY, JAMES
Complicated Game
(none; adv) 55:30 s/s CD
James McMurtry, in my opinion, is the best "everyman" poet in America today. His songs peak to me like no one elses. This is his first album in six years and it's gritty, complex and beautiful. Producers CC Adcock & Mike Napolitano did good.
URL: http://jamesmcmurtry.com/

10240 KALDOR, CONNIE
Love Sask
Coyote Entertainment Group GEGCD1050 39:10 s/s CD
This Canadian singer/songwriter has been touring professionally since 1979. She is a great songwirter and singer, but I just can't get into this one. It feels fragmented and forced. The songs are OK, so likely the problem is in the production.
URL: http://www.conniekaldor.com/

10230 TUPLIN, JEREMY
Carry the Fire
(none) 25:24 s/s EP-CD
A 6-pack EP from a damned good singer/songwriter from England. His songs are intelligent and insightful and musically interestting with some sly humor. Raised until he was 13 in the middle east, then in England making for an interesting vocal accent.
URL: http://www.jeremytuplin.com/

10229 WIEDENHOEFT, FAE
Castle Walls
SSFW003 49:25 s/s; celtic CD
Fae Wiedenhoeft is a singer/songwriter from Washington state. She writes and performs in a distinctly Celtic style. Just a hint of an Irish accent when she sings. She is a proficient multi-instrumentalist. She is backed acoustically by fine sessioneers
URL: http://jetbutterfly.com/

10220 HOYER, JOSH & THE SHADOWBOXERS
Living by the Minute
Silver Street Records 56:39 soul; jazz; blues CD
This is a very funky mix of soul, jazz and blues, aometimes all in one cut. The production is big with sextet of instrumentalists plus a 3-member girl group backing. This sounds like black soul music, but the band and the singers are all white. Cool CD
URL: http://joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com/

10219 SHAWN MAXWELL'S ALLIANCE
Bridge
Chicago Sessions CS0022 32:20 progressive jazz CD
Shawn Maxwell's Alince is a 10-piece jazz orchesrta featuring saxes, flute, voice, vibraphine, french horns, basses and drums. It's not my favorite style of jazz, but Maxwell's alto sax work is truly amazing. There are 5 tracks totalling 32 minutes.
URL: http://shawnmaxwell.com/

10218 HAKIN, JOE
Imprints
(none) 47:42 piano jazz CD
Joe Hakin plays jazz piano and tracks himself on double bass in this release. He's accompanied by Matt Slokum on drums, making for a trio format with 2 people. All the tunes are original. I find the more melodic ones very compelling, some others not so
URL: http://joehakimmusic.com/

10209 RICHARDS,SARAH LOU
The Woman Behind the Curtain
(none) 50:14 s/s CD
This is Richards' first time recording with a full band, and I think she should have left the band at home. The songs are good, producer Gary Nichols has her straining to be heard over it. Her songa are country pop, but I think they need a softer sound.
URL: http://sarahlourichards.com/

10208 THE SWEET LOWDOWN
Chasing the Sun
SLD2014 38:03 s/s; trio CD
The Sweet Lowdown is Miriam Sonstenes (fiddle), Amanda Blied (guitar) and Shanti Bremer (banjo). They are from Victoria, British Columbia. They sing beautiful 3-part harmonies. Think: The Duhks meets The Wailin' Jennys. Aoo original songs.
URL: http://thesweetlowdown.ca/

10207 THE CHRISTMAS JUGBAND
Jugology - Greatest Near Misses (Best ot)
Globe Records GLO-045 1:17:07 Christmas, novelty CD
Wow this is fun. Sixteen swingin' secular Christmas songs from a musically excellent 12-member jud band that puts out one disc a year. Some songs are parodies of well-known songs, others are played straight. You won't be sorry with this one.
URL: http://www.christmasjugband.com/

10206 HAWKINS, DAVID
Everything that Brought you Here
(none) 48:01 s/s CD
An album of covers of this fine singer/songwriters favorite songwriters. 13 tracks includes tracks by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Townws Van Zandt, Dwight Yocum, Woody Guthrie, Jimi Hendrix, john Prine plus 3 originals. NICE DISC!
URL: http://hawkmanmusic.com/

10205 LAPPA, REBECCA
Ode to Tennyson
Lappa Music LM2014 39:26 s/s CD
An album of songs inspired by the poems of Lord Alfred Tennyson. The music runs through jazz, world, Celtic snd pop styles. This Canadian is not only a very fine songwriter she's an excellent singer with a ckear soprano voice. Excellent Production.
URL: http://rebeccalappa.com/

10204 LAWSON, DOYLE & QUICKSILVER
In Session
Mountain Home MH15732 33:37 bluegrass CD
Some of the greatest names in bluegrass have honed their chops as members of Doyle Lawson's Quicksilver. Lawson is known for perfection in both instrumental and vocal harmonies. This CD is no exception.
URL: http://doylelawson.com/

10203 BELGRAVE, JOAN
Merry Christmas Baby
(none) 19:01 jazz singer; Christmas EP-CD
4-tragk EP with blusey/sexy interpretations of "Merry Christmas Baby," "Little Grummer Boy (Girl)," "Santa Baby" and "Let it snow, Let it Snow." Excekkent sessioneers backingMarcus Elliott's Tenor sax is to die for.
URL: http://joanbowbelgrave.com/

10202 OLLMAN, BARRY
What'll it Be?
(none) 40:46 s/s CD
Just WOW! This is the debut album for this absolutely stellar songwriter. He's a moddle aged guy who has been collecting and listening all his life and he's learned we.. Guests" Gary Tallent, David Amran, Graham Nash, Rad Lorkovic, among others.
URL: http://barryollman.com/

10193 TOBIAS, TOBY
Africa You Belong to Me
(none) 44:33 s/s CD
Tobias was born in South Africa and lives now in Northport, Long Is., NY. His music has s bit of a South African feel to its rhythms and vocal harmonies. He's a fine guitar player and a decent singer. He performs whth his regular band here. OK CD.
URL: http://www.tobytoby.com/

10192 SHAE
Can you Feel the Music
Tarpan Records TAR-0007 43:45 s/s; pop rock CD
This is a pop/rock album in the vein of Miley Cyrus, et. Al. Shae (Shaney Johnson) co-wrote the songs with producer/engineer Narada Michael Walden. It seems that the backing music is all created from samples and synthesizers by Walden.
URL: NO WEB SITE FOUND

10191 CHIAZZOLINO, DARIO "RAINOTE"
Paint your Life
(none) 51:26 jazz CD
This is an instrumental jazz quartet from Itsly featuring guitar tead plus piano, bass and drums. Guitarist Dario Chiazzolino has won numerous awards in Europe for his playing. All of the players are killer players here. Sound beautifully balanced.
URL: http://www.dariochiazzolino.com/

10185 KREITLOW, MARIENNE
Like Noah's Dove
(none) 67:36 s/s CD
How could I have been around the singer/songwriter music scene for so long and have not heard of this wonderful performer. These are some of the best arrangements of these mostly traditional somgs I've ever heard, and what a voice!!! GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
URL: http://marienne.com/

10184 HUNTER, BEN & SEAMONS, JOE
Take Yo Time
(none) 49:43 folk; CD
This is a collection of early 20th Century folk music performed mostly on banjo, guitar or fiddle. It's the kind of stuff the Carolina Chocolate Drops did before they split up. Hunter and Seamons' vocal harmonies seem very natural. GREAT CD.
URL: https://www.facebook.com/benjoemusic

10182 MORGAN, JOHN
Quiet World: Sound between the Silence
(none) 60:16 acoustic fingerstyle guitar CD
A collection of 16 mostly wordless songs for acoustic guitar that grew out of John's work as artist in residence at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. These are some truly gorgeous melodies, being featured on NPR's "Echos" radio show.
URL: http://morganguitar.com

10181 SAVAGE, TOM
History of a Common Man
Tom Savage Music TSM 014 48:40 s/s CD
Here's another excellent songwriter from Canada. As the title implies, ths theme of this disc is "everyman" and the hard times he sees. It's a mix of country, folk and rock. Savage is a good singer and the band id good. Even the rock is laid back.
URL: http://www.tomsavage.ca

10180 APPLE OF MY EYE
Seven Tides
POL002CD 48:41 s/s; folk; Harmonies CD
This is a folk septet who live in London, though most are from maore maritime areas of England, and their songs reflect that in the theme of the sea that runs through this excellent CD. They sing beautiful vocal harmonies. Niuce CD.
URL: http://applesinlondon.com/

10178 EHUD ETTUN TRIO
Raw Gestures
(none) 53:57 jazz CD
Ehud Ettun, Daniel Schwartzwald and Matan Asayag perform some very nice jazz on piano, bass and drums. It's mostly original amterial with soome covers of Bartok, Hacohen and Gavrielcv. The production is beautiful, with perfect balance.
URL: http://www.ehudettun.com/

10174 AUSTIN, JEFF
The Simple Truth
Yep Roc CD-YEP-2393 36:35 /s CD
This is very good for a debut CD. Austin, covers a buch of styles. His songwriting is intelligent, insightful and guite poetic. The sound is rootsy for the most part. Gursts include Danny Barnes, The Royal Horns among others. Nice piece of work.
URL: http://www.jeffaustin.com/

10173 NEW LATITUDE
Convergence
(none) 39:01 acoustic, inst, guitar duo CD
New Latitude is an acoustic instrumental guitar dou form Golden, Colorado. Their sound is as big and bold as the Rocky Mountains where they live. They are augmented here with acoustic bass on all songs and drums on one. Beautiful CD.
URL: http://www.newlatitudemusic.com/

10172 WHITE, EMILY
Staking Flags in the Valley
(none) s/s CD
Emily White is a damned fine songwriter from Chicago. This is the first album where White has felt really comfortable with her songwriting and it shows. The songs run tha gamut of moods amd style. The production by Kai Welch is near perfect.
URL: http://www.emily-white.com/

10171 EMPIRE ROOTS BAND
Music from the film Harlem Street Singer
Acoustic Sessions Recordings ASC 220 46:03 soul; b;ues CD
The Empire Roots band s Dave Keyes ((piano, vox), Bill Sims, Jr. (Vocals), Woody mann (guitars, vox) and Brian Glassman (bass). Sims has a wonderful singing voice for these songs celebrating Rev. Gary Davis. Unedited takes from the film.
URL: http://www.harlemstreetsinger.com/

10170 MACRONALD,\ CASSIE & MAGGIE
Sterling Road
CMM 002 43:30 Celtic; folk; inst CD
These sisters from Nova Scotia are very fine musicians. Cassie, plays Cape breton style fiddle and Maggie plays guitar and piano. They both sing, but this album is about excellence on their instruments. A mix if jigs, reels, polkas and ballads. Nice.
URL: http://cassieandmaggie.com/

10169 ELLIOTT, NANCY
Selections
(none) 45:37 s/s; CD
This is a mix if original material snd covers from this performer from Arizona. The theme seem to be "everyman" stories. Elliott is a fine singer and she has chosen the songs well for this album. She's backed mostly by 1 other musician. Nice disc.
URL: http://katycreek.com/

10167 BERG, MAGNUS
Cut Me Loose
(none) 44:03 s/s; blues CD
Magnus Berg plays a mean blues guitar. It's pretty fuzzed out, but not too much so. He's a good singer and songwriter, too. He's a young guy playing with a bunch of killer older musicians. "Daffy" Larson's harmonica is particularly intriguing.
URL: http://www.magnusbergmusic.com/

10166 SPENCER, BOBBY
Hurricane Unleashed
R. Music,\Inc. 49:23 s/s; blues CD
Bobby Hurricane Spencer plays a mean yenor sax and sings with a smooth voice on this excellent CD of laid back easy going blues. He's backed by excellent sessioneers. Lester Lands' guitar is particularly sweet. This is a very nice album.
URL: http://bobbyhurricane.com/

10156 SHERIDAN, COSY
Pretty Bird
Waterbug Records WBG 0116 31:27 s/s CD
This is the most personal album Cosy has recorded in a long time. Last year ther long-time musical partner and significant other died, and these songs deal with that. This songs are strong and forwarrd looking but also somewhat sadder than usual.
URL: http://cosysheridan.com/

10154 BRUCE KATZ BAND
Homecoming
American Showplace Music ASM1114 1:02:11 Blues CD
Bruce Katz cut his teeth as a sideman for Greg Allman, Delbert McClinton, John Hammond and others. He's a very fine keyboard player. His B-3 playing is particularly sweet. This is a very tight and funky band. Lots of fun with good lyrics.
URL: http://brucekatzband.com/

10153 SMITH, ZAK
Signs of Life
Precambrian Records PR-006 38:10 s/s CD
Zak Smith is a very competent singer/songwriter. Problem is, there are too many folks out there that write about what he's writing about and sound just like him. The songs are good. The\performance is good. There is nothing to disappoint.
URL: http://zaksmithband.com/

10152 WHITE JIM VS. THE PACKWAY HANDLE BAND
Jim White vs. Thje Packway Handle band
Yep Roc Records CD-YEP-2409 37:13 s/s CD
Packway Handle Band sought out southern-gothic icon White to produce an album and ended up making an album of Jim's bluegrass songs instead. This is very high energy pickin' that keeps yout toes tappin with kick-ass lyrics that keep you smilin'.
URL: http://jimwhitevsphb.com/

10151 DEVEAUX, QUINN & THE BLUE BEAT REVIEW
Originals
QDV Records 44:38 s/s; delta bl;ues CD
Quinn Deveaux has a fine tenor singing voice and his songs have a strong NOLA sound to them. His main influences: Biww Withers and John Prone. The Blue Bear review is a fine band with some sweet female harmony singers. NICE disc.1
URL: http://quinndeveaux.com/

10150 TAAFFE, BRENDAN & THE NEW LINE
Can't Hold the Wheel
(none) 45:30 s/s CD
This is 2013 release songwriter Brendan Taaffe. The album stays close to the New England roots of Taaffe and New Line by covering themes relevant to that region. Musically, the sound is pure acoustic. The band is comprised of some of New England's best
URL: http://brendantaaffe.com

10149 ANNIE LOU
Tried and True
Annie Lou Music AL003 39:27 s/s; folk CD
Annie Louie Genest is a songwriter who lives in British Columbia and who crew up in rural areas in Canada. Her songs are intelligent and insightful slices of life, similar in style to Hazel Dickens without the W. Va. accent. A beautifully produced CD
URL: http://www.annielou.ca/

10148 THE SHOW PONIES
Run for your Life
(none) 17:55 acoustic rock EP-CD
This is an acoustic rock quintet who write good songs and play very well. The have a male and a female lead singe and do good harmonies. Special guest is banjo master Noal Pikelny. Nice EP.
URL: http://www.theshowponies.com/

10146 GALLAGHER, LEE AND THE HALLELUJAH
Lee Gallagher and Thw Hallelujah
(none) 39:42 s/s; rock CD
Lee Gallagher and Thw Hallelujah are an organ and guitar driven psychedelic Americana rock band. Gallagher writes the excellent songs and sings lead in a high falsetto voice. The band is a very tight unit that kicks ass from start to finish.
URL: http://www.leegallaghermusic.com/

10136 DBG
Verdades
Iscream Records ISCD013 30:11 s/s CD
DBG is UK songwriter Dabiel Barnaby Goddard. Verdades meand "truth" in Spanish. This is an album of songs in Spanish that were written from interviews DBG recorded in Barcelona and Salamanca Spain. It's an OK album, Better if I spoke Spanish?
URL: http://www.dbgmusic.com/

10135 YURKOFSKI, DAN
Hoverhill: The Songs of Dan Yurkofsky Volume 1
(none) 28:33 s/s EP-CD
Seven tracks on this EP-CD of original songs by an NYC singer/songwriter. It's another moody album, but these songs could have been written for a Broadway show. This would be very nice listening on a dark rainy day.
URL: http://www.hoverhill.com/

10134 FARMER JASON
Christmas on the Farm with . . .
Corageous Chicken Entertainment CCE-CD015 40:42 Christmas; kids CD
Farmer Jason is Jason Ringenberger, the front man of Jason & The Scorchers. Here he performs an album of tacky Christmas songs for kids. It's a very fun CD with excellent sessioneers backing. It's an even split of 6 originals and 6 covers.
URL: http://www.farmerjason.com/

10133 LAC LA BELLE
A Friend tooLong
Double Lot Records DL002 43:19 s/s; doots; duo CD
Lac La Belle is multiinstrumentalists Jennue Knagga and Nick Schillace. To represent "our modern timein all its beautiful, ugly and naked realities", the album is set in Detroit. The songwriting is excellent and the musicality is very high.
URL: http://www.laclabellemusic.com/

10132 THE DON DARLINGS
The Don Darlings
Hep Town Recirds HTR738-CD 40:02 Americana CD
This is an album if dark, dark songs written bt various members of the band. Nick Cave, David Olney, and Tom Waits would probably love this. The electric band is very good with great playing and vocal harmonies. Dark Southern Americana made in Germany.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/le7pdmk

10130 STEELE, SKYE
Up from the Bitterroot
(none) 53:13 s/s CD
These are intelligent and well-written, but moody songs that are performed and sung well. While there are backing musicians in places, most of the CD is just voice and guitar. The tracks were recorded live in the studio over a 2 day period.
URL: http://skyesteele.com/

10129 BONDS, GEORGIE
Stepping into Time
(none) 54:09 blues CD
Binds says, All I'be ever wanted to be in my life is a cowboy and a singer." This albun proves that he's accomplished the latter. He's fronting a very tight Chicago style blues band and he belts out the songs. Production is excellent.
URL: http://georgiebonds.com/

10128 ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND
Cryin' Mercy
Omnivibe Records OVR0001 43:29 chicago blues CD
This is a very good Chicago blues band from Milwaukee, performing the songs of their guitar player, Jeff Schroedl. Lead singer, Jeff Taylor, has a great dinging voice. The pand is tight and the production by Tom Hanbridge is excellent.
URL: http://www.alteredfive.com/

10127 PATCHY SANDERS & THE WILD PEACH FOREST
Patchy Sanders & The Wild Peach Forest
(none) 55"53 s/s; quinter/ folk CD
Patchy Sanders is an acoustic folk rock quintet performing the music of Sara Wilbur. This is one damned good band ant it's preforming damned good music. Great lyrics and singing, too. I don't know what more to say, one of the best I've heard in a while
URL: http://www.patchysanders.com/

10125 TUNTO
Huvi
Aani Records AA-X-020 48:57 inst. Modern jazz CD
Tunto plays the music if Finnish musician Matti Wallenius. The sound is a sort of dissonnant jazzy carnival music driven by the reed playing if Petri Heimonen. I said carnival music, but it's mellow, more for very late at night moods. Very nice.
URL: http://tunto.net/

10117 EVINGSON, CONNIE & THE JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET
All the Cats Join in
Minihaha Music MM2010 55:37 jazz vocalist CD
This is a trip through the American Songbook by a killer singer backed by a truly sublime quintet. These folks make near perfection feel truly effortless. Jorgenson is a great guitar player and his sweet clarinet compliments Evingson perfectly.
URL: http://connieevingson.com/

10116 BENNETT, ELI
Breakthrough
Addo Records AJR024 59:55 jazz; sax CD
Eli Bennett is a tenor sax man and a film composer. This album of groove based mostly original pieces combines those talents well. I can just see my fave movie actors while listening to these. It's quartet format, sax, piano, bass and drums.
URL: http://elibennett.com/

10115 MUIRHEAD, AL
It's about Time
Chronograph Records CR-041 50:57 jazz CD
Muirhead was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1935 making him 79 years old. He's still blowing nhis trumpet very sweetly, During his career he's performed with many jazz legends. This album would be nice as very late-night background music.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/n85do7a

10114 TEASLEY, TOM
The Love of the Nightingale
(none) 41:07 world jazz CD
Tom Teasley is a percussionist and, if this is any indication, a musical genius. These tracks are in various styles with the percussion (hand druns) out front accompanied by various flutes and keyboards. He travels and performs as a USAID envoy.
URL: http://tomteasley.com/

10113 BEYOND THE FIELDS
The Falcon Lives
BTF 2014 46:45 progressive folk CD
Musically, I like this quintet. Their songs (songwriting credited to the band) are melodic, some mellow, some rocking. Andre Bollier, their lead singer, though is way terrible with a gutteral voice that can't carry a tune which makes it hard to listen to
URL: http://beyondthefields.com/

10102 CASSITY, MARCA
Songs from the Well
(none) 42:17 s/s; roots CD
Cassity grew up on the Osage reservation on Oklahoma. This album, funded by the Osage Nation, speaks to overcoming hardship through resiliance, nature, humor love and compassion. She is an excellent songwriter and a fine singer.
URL: http://marcacassity.com/

10101 JAMES, NATHAN
Hear Me Calling / Natural Born that Way
Sacred Cat Recorcings SCR0915 & SCR0916 40:55 & 39:13 blues 2 CD set
Two CDs, Two styles. One disc is traditional Delta bluse played acoustically, the other is a mixture of NOLS street blues, Swamp pop,\early 60s soul and Juke Joint blues. James is a killer blues artist. This is a must for anyone's blues collection.
URL: http://nathandjames.com/

10100 JONES, CHRIS & THE NIGHT DRIVERS
Live at the Old Feed Store
GSM Records 103 47:49 bluegrass CD
This is some very sweet bluegrass picking. It's pretty much a bluegrass supergroup with Jon Weisberger, Ned Luberecki and Mark Stoffel. They bare all killer pickers. The only downside is that Chris jiones is a very low energy vocalist.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/moh2mle

10099 BUTTERILL, KENNY
Troubadour Tales
NoBullSongs NBS777 48:58 s/s CD
This is na very fing album from a gray bearded folkie singer songwriter. He's a fine singer and guitar player. His songs are a mix of styles, some rock, some ballads all acoustic. Excellent production with varying sessioneers from song to song.
URL: http://www.kennybutterill.com/

10098 COOLE, CHRIS & ROSENBERG, IVAN
Return to Tron
Vole-o-Tone 004 33:21 folk CD
The only dobro and banjo duo in the known universe. These two are excellent musicians, playinf a mix of folk and contemporary covers. This is the kind of an act that makes you want to listen to every note they play. Nice vocal harmonies, too.
URL: http://dobroandclaw.com/

10097 SUMMIT, MASON
Loud Music & Soft Drinks
(none) 30:20 s/s CD
This is the second album from an eighteen-year -old singer/songwriter. He's a clever musician and lyricist with a lot of potential, though his songs don't have much depth. He's a good singer and guitarist. He produced the album and did a great job.
URL: http://masonsummit.com/

10096 FACCINI, PIERS & SEGAL, VINCENT
Songs of Time lost
Six Degrees 657036 121829 1:15:15 world CD
Faccini and Segal waited 25 years to record this beautiful album together. It's a mix of original songs, contemporary covers, and traditional material using a mixture of languages and only 1 vioce, one guitar and one cello. Sureal a "Best of" candidate.
URL: http://www.piersfaccini.com/?

10079 TAYLOR,\ LYNNE
When Lightning Strikes
(none) 49:06 s/s CD
Lynne Taylor has been performing her songs in New England for the past 30 years, she's a pro and it shows both in her songwriting and her performing style. Ths political song "Grand Empire" alone is worthe the price of admission tho this album.
URL: http://lynnetaylormusic.com/

10078 FOLKAPOTAMUS
Whisperes Words
Phatcat Records 55:56 s/s; duo CD
Folkapotamus id the Bostton-area songwriting dio of Penni Hart and Tony Trites. Musically, their songs are very nice and their songs are intelligent, but they tend to grab for the easy rhymes and clichés. The album in nicely produced.
URL: http://folkapotamus.com/

10077 CONNORE, BRITT
Warmer Season
(none) 43:36 s/s CD
An appealing mix of rock, country, roots, NOLA street style and just plain fun from this woman from Boylston, MA. This is feel good music, full of love and hope. She's backed by a raft-load of excellent Boston-area jazz musicians. Great stuff.
URL: http://brittconnors.com/

10076 STORCH, TERESA
Come Clean
none) 46:02 s/s CD
Teresa Storch has a degree in applied physics. Don't let that scare you, though because she is a very clever aind insightful songwriter, think Bonnie Raitt or Greg Brown. She's a fine singer, too. The production on the album is excellent.
URL: http://www.teresastorch.com/

10075 STRINGS, BILLY & JULIN, DON
Fiddle Tune X
(none) 58:26 Appalachian folk CD
22 year-old guitarist and singer, Billy Strings, and gray bearded mandilinist and singer, Don Julin, tear up these Appalachian folk and bluegrass songs and tunes. Just 2 instruments and 2 voices. The musicality here id very very high.
URL: http://donjulin.com/billystrings.html

10074 AINSLIE, SCOTT
The Last Shot Got Him
Cattail Misoc Cattail 2014 49:49 s/s CD
Ainslie covers John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Irving Berlin, Oliver Wallace, Fats WallerYip Harburg and himself on this very sweet blues album. He plays it all on his 1934 Gibson L-50 guitar and his sweet singing voice. This is an excellent CD.
URL: http://scottainslie.com/

10073 THE EARLY MAYS
The Early mays
Bird on the Wing Recors BWR002 49:49 s/s; folk, harmonies CD
The early Mays are Judith Avers (guitar, vox), Ellen Gozion (banjo, Hammond C2 organ, vox) and Emily Pinkerton (acoustic & Electric guitars, fiddle banjo, vox) plus Jasom Rafalak (bass, mandolin). Beautiful vocal harmonies, orifinal songs.
URL: http://www.theearlymays.com/

10072 ROBINSON, NELL & THE ROSE OF NO-MANS LAND
An American Family's Musical Journey
Compass 7 4638 2 1:37:41 folk CD
Soundtrack of a PBS program that followed an American family for 250 years from the Revolution to the present day. It Features Robinson with Kris Kristofferson, John Doe, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Creig Eastman (violin) among others. Excellent.
URL: http://nellrobinsonmusic.com/

10071 HALL, TREVOR GORDON
Mind Heart Fingers
(none) 44:09 solo fingerstyle guitar CD
This is a beautiful album of compositions for solo fingerstyle 6-string guitar and Kalimba. Hall has the kalimba mounted on his guitar so he can play both instruments at once. Produced by Will Acjerman, Tom Eaton and Hall. This is one very fine album
URL: http://trevorgordonhall.com/

10070 ESTES, JARED
Insomnia Café
(none) 32:32 s/s CD
This is a very painful CD to listen to. Estes is a terrible songwriter, whose songs arre repetitive and full of parinoia. He strums on his guitar with absolutely no variation and he tries to imitate Dylan on the harmonica. Doesn't work for me at all,
URL: http://www.reverbnation.com/musician/jaredjestes

10056 JONATHON, MICHAEL
Looking Glass: Live Concert Album
Poet \man Records PMR70021 1"03:48 s/s; folk CD
Thiere is no one whos is currently alive who has done more to preserve southern folk music than this man and no one who I'd rather hear perfoem it. These tracks are all from live concerts wns he is accompanied by his significant other, Melissa. Beautiful
URL: http://michaeljohnathon.com/

10055 BEUTEL, FOREST
If You Label Me, You Negate Me
(none) 28:41 s/s EP-CD
Beutel plaus clawhammer style banjo and sings with a gruff voice. The songs are fun and well-written. This is motly just Beutel's vox and banjo, with one other musician on 3 of the eight tracks. It's\much better than I expected it to be from the title.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/p3csymv

10054 RAY, DAVE
Legacy
Red House Records RHR-CD-276 3 1/2 hrs blues 3 CD set
55 previously unreleased tracks from Dave "Snaker" Ray, influential bluesman who started in career in the 1960s in Minneapolis. Covers 1962-2002. This 32 page booklet should make the review writing pretty easy. This is a honey of a set of music.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/koqnh2a

10053 BYRD, JONATHAN
You Can't Outrun the Radio
Waterbug Records WBG118 36:55 s/s CD
Waterbug Records knows how to pick and record truly great singer/songwriters and Byrd is one of the very best wordsmiths out there. Hos songs are jam packed with heart and soul. Excellent production and fine sessioneers backing.
URL: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/

10052 LEDBETTER, PHIL
The Next Move
Pinecastle Records PRC1192 43:14 bluegrass CD
Phil\Ledbetter is a killer bluegrass dobro player. This is an album of covers with different special guests on each track including John Cowan, Sam Bush, Steve Gulley, Dale An Bradley, Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Shawn Camp, among others.
URL: http://unclephilonline.com/

10051 HILL, JAMES
The Old Silo
Borealis Recording Co. BCD230 40:50 s/s; roots CD
Old regrets, new beginnings, burning questions, beautiful women, horny geezers and gold diggers fill James Hill's songs. This is another of the killer Canadian songwriters who are blowing the Americam writers away right now. Great stuff.
URL: http://jameshillmusic.com/

10050 LONESOME RIVER BAND
Turn on a Dime
Mountain Home Records MH15632 1:28:12 bluegrass CD
The Lonesome River Band is simply one of the best bluegrass bands around. Their playing is nearly perfect and their vocals are sublime. They do some of the best harmonies in bluegrass. Deserves a review.
URL: http://lonesomeriverband.com/

10049 METCALF, SHEPLEY, & ROY, RON
Don't Bother to Knock
(none) 43:41 jazz; singer CD
Shepley Metcalf has a fine singing voice for these sexy jazz numbers. This is just Metcalf on vocals amd Roy on piano. Very spare and very, very nice. They cover some really excellent songs written by some of the lesser known jazz composers.
URL: http://shepleymetcalf.com/

10048 DANA LANDRY TRIO
Memphis Skyline
(none) 47:52 jazz CD
Piano driven jazz plus bass and drums. These are mostly covers (one original tune). Again, jazz style names elude me, but this would be nice to listen to in a lounge late on a Friday night/ The drummer is excellent.
URL: http://danalandry.com

10047 WADDELL, ANDY
Alive
Rhombus Records RHO 7124 jazz CD
This is a guitar driven jazz quintet (guitar, tenor sax, piano, bass and drums). I never know what to call these jazz styles. This one seemd very "noodly" to me. Each of the players is a fine musician. All the music composed by Andy Waddell.
URL: http://poptech.1flux2.com/

10046 HOLMES, C.
Peae Love and C. Holmes
Tarpan Records TAR0005 1:05:00 s/s CD
Christina Holmes writes rather simplistic poppy lyrics. The music in nice, but it's hard to listen to the same lyrics I've been hearing since the 1960s. She's just an OK singer. The production on the album is nice.
URL: http://www.christinaholmesmusic.com/

10044 AZARA & BROTHER SPELLBINDER
Curio Box EP
(none) 22:09 s/s EP-CD
A mix of acoustic instrumentals and vocal tracks written by lead singer Azara Getz. She has a trilly high soprano singing voice. The songs are interesting. Instrumentation: Ukelele, guitars, sax, harmonica, flute, bass, harp, cello and keys.
URL: http://www.brotherspellbinder.com/

10035 FIERCE BAD RABBIT
Living Asleep
(none) 27:27 pop folk rock CD
At 27 minutes I hesitate to call ths a CD instead of an EP, but it has 8 tracks of some pretty decent pop acoustic rock. The group is a quartet and they sing fine vocal harmonies. All the songs are written by the bandmates. The production is excellent.
URL: http://fiercebad.com/

10034 THE HELLO STRANGERS
The Hello Strangers
(none) 98:43 s/s; duo CD
The Hello Strangers are sisters Brechyn Chace and Larissa Chace Smith who wrote their first song together in 2006 in Austin. They certainly got it right. This is a killer rootsy disc with intelligent songwriting with great hooks, great vocal harmonies.
URL: http://thehellostrangers.com/

10033 THE ALT
The Alt
Under the Arch Records UTACD002 47:32 Celtic CD
The Alt is John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O'Leary. Each has his/her own successful singer/songwriter. Ahere they're performing mostly original Irish material This is a gread album. Acoustic, energetic and beautifully produced.
URL: http://www.thealtmusic.com/

10032 HOLLYWOOD TUBA 12
'Tis the Season TUBA Jolly!
Basset Hound Records BHR112-2 66:57 holiday CD
Your favorite,\mostly secular, songs performed by an orchestra made up of 12 of Los Angeles's top tuba players and arrangers. Whole the idea is novel, the music is seriously performed and is excellent. Music you can really "feel."
URL: http://jimself.com/

10030 ELIZA LYNN
Goodbye Nashville
(none) 37:02 s/s; americana CD
Eliza Lynn's music is rooted very firmly in the Appalachian tradition. She's a very fine singer, think Bonnie Raitt or Peggy Lee. She performs here with four musicians she met at the Perthshire Amber Festival in Scotland. Beautiful CD.
URL: http://elizalynn.com/

10029 KAHN, STEVE
These Things
(none) 40:46 s/s CD
Kahn is a good songwriter and a good singer. His sound reminds me a lot of Bill Staines and he look a lot like Cliven Bundy. This is his third CD. His songs are about love, hope,\ peace peace and social justice.He has a few uncredited musicians backing
URL: http://tinyurl.com/ph4rowp

10028 LARSON, BRETT
One of these Rfoads
House of Mercy Recordings MR033 32:48 s/s CD
This is a pretty sappy recording. The songs are OK, and Larson's not a bad singer, the backing musicians are pretty good, but there is so little energy throufghout this album that that is the only focus on.
URL: http://brettlarson.us/

10027 THE KENN MORR BAND
Afterimage
(none) 62:09 & 52:11 s/s; folk 2 CD set
This is an ok quartet with a pretty strong Jimmy Buffett vibe. Morr wrote all the songs which are just OK. The band is tight, but their vocals leave a lot to be desired. The instrimentain is mainly 2 guitars, bass and percussion. OK background music.
URL: http://kennmorr.com/

10013 THOMAS, DEREK & SKYLINE DRIVE
Beyond the Trestles
Soul Water Records 55:29 s/s CD
Thomas has a troubadour kind of sound, rootsy, sort of acoustic, but not quite. He writes songs in the vein of Jerry Jeff Walker. The production here is excellent with a mix if high energy stuff and laid back ballads. Nice vocal harmonies.
URL: http://www.skylinedrivemusic.com/

10012 COLERICK, BRAD
Tucson
Black 9 Records BN0405 44:47 s/s CD
You've heard Brad Colerick's songs even if you don't know his name. His songs have been recorded by BB King, Shawn Colvin, Buddy Guy, Amy Grant and Johnny Cash, among others. This is ab beautifully produced album with great songs.
URL: http://bradcolerick.com/

10011 GYPSY HILL
Our Routes
Batov Records BTR005 38:48 world roots CD
This is one very wacky CD. It's a infectious energetic mix of balkan brass, medeterranean surf rock, ska & swing with guitars, horns. Tuba, a scratch DJ and a mix of live and electronic beats. I'm loving this album. I hope someone reviews it.
URL: http://gypsyhill.net/

10008 IKO IKO
Bullets in the Bonfire Vol 1
Little Silver Records 73:43 s/s; cajun; blues CD
Florida's Iko Iko performs a mixture of blues and zydeco music. The songs are by band leader Graham Wood Drout. The songs are well written, fun and performed beautifully. This is a good time band, a septet that I wouldn't mind seeing live,
URL: http://iko-iko.com/

9999 HURRICANE RUTH
Born on the River
(none) 57:49 rock; blues CD
Hurricane Ruth Lemaster has a wailing voice that matches perfectly the wailing fuzzy guitars on this album. The band is a quartet (vox, guitar, bass and drums). The river in question on this Chicago blues album is the Illinois River. Hot album.
URL: http://hurricaneruth.com/

9998 BENITEZ, LAURA & THE HEARTACHE
Heartless Woman
Copperhead Records CR-2203 39:43 s/s; country CD
This is a mix of classic country, Rock & Roll and honky-tonk all but one song written by Benitez. She's a very good country songwriter. One mike mistake some of her songs for covers of other country artists. Great production, fine band.
URL: http://laurabenitezandtheheartache.com/

9997 MARKEY BLUE
Hey Hey
SoulOSound Records SOSRCD101 43:52 blues CD
Markey Blue is a high energy Indie Soul/Blues band from Nashville led by singer and song writer Jeanette Markey. These guys are white but they have a sound reminiscent of the ols Stax soul sound. Great production. Great CD.
URL: http://www.markeyblue.com/

9995 MAGRAW, DEAN & GRAVATT, ERIC KAMAU
Fire on the Nile
Red House Records RHR-CD-273 46:32 jazz guitar & percussion CD
Jazz percussion legend Eric Kamau Gravatt and guitar virtuoso team up for an all instrumental album of free-form music. All the compositions are by the t musicians and they are performing strictly as a duo on the disc. Very cool stuff.
URL: http://deanmagraw.com/

9992 LOUISIANA SWAMP DONKY
Redneck Revival
(none) 34:18 swamp rock CD
"Donky," that's how they spell it. This is shit kickin' southern redneck music full of redneck themes. If you like Lynyrd Skynyrd, you's love these guys. This musicis a tribute to a way of life where huntin', fishin', fuckin' and drinkin are king.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/qa33nnz

9991 MERRITT, MIKE & DORIS
Detours
(none) 45:37 cowboy; gospel CD
This is cowboy style music as heard in the western movies if the 1940s and 50s but the subject matter is gospel based. The band is excellent and they sing very nice vocal harmonies. This might be a little too Jesus based for some, but an excellent CD.
URL: http://merrittcowboyministries.com/

9979 NEW AMERICAN FARMERS
The Farmacology Sessions
Big Barncat Records BBR002 33:17 s/s; duo CD
The songs here were written by Nicole Sorto and Paul Knowles. They are rockin' bits of Americana. The band includes Chuck Prophet on guitar and Howie Cockrill on mandolin. This is one very sweet folk rocker.
URL: http://www.newamericanfarmers.org/

9978 HARDIN BURNS
Down the Deep Well
Ithaca Records 5578 36:16 s/s; duo CD
Here'd a sweet CD. Texas guitarist Anderw Hardin and Ithaca New York vocalist Jeannie Burns (The Burns Sisters) have teamed of with an album of great hook-filled songs that they co-wrote. The production is excellent. This is their 2nd CD together.
URL: http://hardinburns.com/

9977 SCOTT, HILARY
Freight Train Love
(none) 38:40 s/s CD
Hilary Scott is a fine songwriter and a good singer with a strong voice. It's clear that she's a professional who has paid her dues. Hep music is "folk pop" with a bit of blues around the edges. The production is excellent with top-notch players.
URL: http://hilaryscott.com/

9976 THOMASON, JANE
September Road
Longshore Records 41:15 s/s CD
This English singer/songwriter writes songs that make me feel creepy. They're really hard to listen to. They aren't very melodic and her guitar playing is not too interesting and she sings in a flasetto voice that seems very strange. Debut CD.
URL: http://www.jane-thomason.com/

9975 CAREY, KYLE
North Star
Americelta Records ACR 102 49:29 s/s CD
"Americelta" describes Carey perfectly. Her songs are very clearly Americana, but her singing voice has just a hint if an Irish accent. The songs cover a number of styles. She has garnered some killer sessioneers including DirkPowell and Natalie Haas.
URL: http://www.kyleannecarey.com/

9974 ADLER & HEARNE
Second Nature
(none) 46:10 s/s; duo CD
Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne are a couple ai real life as well as a songwriting duo and a polished performing pair. Their songs are beautifully crafted and their vocal harmonies are excellent. Produced by Lloyd Maines, so t's near perfect.
URL: http://adlerandhearne.com/

9973 TAYLOR, DENNIS
Dayspring
adv 41:33 solo fingerstyle guiar CD
This is a very sweet solo fingerstyle guitar album that was originally issued in 1983. Grass-tops Records, owned by guitarist Kyle Fosburgh, will be reissuing a remastered version. What was sent was a "pre-mastered" version made from the album.
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vyQ3uEdBXc

9972 BASHO, ROBBIE
Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12
adv 50:57 solo fingerstyle guitar CD
This is a ressue of the 1979 Windham Hill recording. Actually what was sent was a burned, pre-remaster copy of the album. I'm not really sure what people say in Basho's noodly compositions, but ther they are in all their glory.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/o7awyt3

9971 KIRBY SEWELL BAND
Girl with a New Tattoo
Smelly Cat Records SCR003 38:37 s/s; blues CD
Songs here were written by Neil Gunhold the quintet's guitarist. Ths is an OK electric blues album, but it's just OK, nothing out of the ordinary. The production is good and the musicians are competent but the energy isn't there.
URL: http://kirbysewellband.com/

9970 GENERATION BLUES EXPERIENCE
Private Angel
(none) 41:19 Chicago Blues CD
Generation Blues Experience is a septet founded by 12-year-old singer/guitarist, Ray Goren, with septuaggearian, Sammy Lee, and octogenarian, Jamie Powell. This is great stuff that combines great expreience with the audacity of youth. Wow!
URL: http://tinyurl.com/pf5qwmd

9969 CHAMPION, GRADY
Bootleg Whiskey
Malaco Records MCD 7546 46:00 soul blues CD
This is Mississippi blues at it's best. Champion has a sandy singing voice and he's backed by one of the best blues bands I've heard in a while. The album was produced by Tommy Couch, the head of Malaco Records. Killer blues disc.
URL: http://gradychampion.com/

9968 TASERING TAN | ZHANG XAIOYIN
The Snow Leopard: Improvisations on Buddhist Hymn
Rhymoi Music RMCD1052 64:59 Tibetan Buddhist CD
Born to a shepherd family in Tibet, Tsering Tan is considered to be one of the chief ambassadors of Tibetan music in the west; Zhang Zaioyin is one of Asia's rising stars of the harp. This is the real thing and a truly beautiful musical experience.
URL: http://rhymoi.com/

9967 LENNY MARCUS TRIO
Second Set
LJM-023 58:23 jazz CD
Lenny Marcus, piano; Rick Eckberg, bass; Larry Scott, drums. These cats blend jazz explorations on classical themes including Beethoven's Appassionata piano sonata 23, the Emperor Piano Concerto plus some takes on jazz standards.
URL: http://lennymarcusmusic.com/

9966 KING WILLIAM JAZZ COLLECTIVE
King William Jazz Collective
BK-0003 70:00 jazz CD
Directed by saxist Bill King this is a big band with 13 players. They are playing smooth jazz covers from folks like Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Richard Rogers, etc. There are some killer trumpet riffs here and well as overall very high musicality.
URL: https://www.facebook.com/kwjc.jazz

9965 STOCKTON HELBING QUARTET
Handprints
Armored Records ARCD8029 75:15 jazz CD
Lead by drummer/composer Stocton Helbig, the quartet includes David Lown (tenor & soprano saxes), David Braid (piano) and James Driscoll (bass). Their music is thoughtful, sharp and very clean with large swaths of improvizaation. Excellent disc.
URL: http://stocktonhelbing.com/

9964 FRANK WALTON / YORON ISRAEL SEXTET
Live in Chicago
Han-Walproductions HW9002 78:00 jazz CD
Sextet lead by Frank Walton (trumpet) and Yoron Israel (drums). The other instrumentation is saxes, piano, bass and percussion. Walton's trumpet drives the music. He's performed with many of the jazz greats. 7 long tracks and lots of improv.
URL: http://yoronisrael.com/

9955 WENCE, BILL
Songs that make me Think about You
615 Records 34:58 s/s CD
Bill Wence is one of the premier writers and singers of roots style music. He is passionate about perfection and thyis album coms as close as possibel to that. He's backed by a ever varying cast of sessioneers, all of which are excellent players.
URL: http://billwencepromotions.com/

9954 KAIN & ABLE
Press Kit
(none) ??:?? s/s; pop Data DVD
This is a digital press kit from a not too bad pop s/s duo. It consists of a data DVD with 2 albums in MP3 format, 3 short videos, bio, song lyrics, photos, album art and contact info. The music is pretty good, but you have to play each tracks separately
URL: http://www.kainandable.com/

9953 CROWE, LAWSON & WILLIAMS
Standing Tall and Tough
Mountain Home Music Co. MH15022 37:03 bluegrass CD
Three bluegrass legends - JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams - capture the bluegrass feel of the 1950s and 60s on this disc. These old timers can still sing gorgeous 3-part harmonies. Additional musicians on fiddle, bass and dobro.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/o5dwzwe

9951 ALBERT, CHRISTINE
Everything's Beautiful Now
Moon House Records MH2910 42:27 s/s CD
Christine Albert is one of the stars of the Austin music scene. Here she gives us 11 beautifully produced tracks, 5 originals and 6 contemporary covers. It's produced by Albert and hubby Chris Gage. Backed by a killer group od sessioneers.
URL: http://christinealbert.com/

9950 KROPF, HEATHER
Chrysalis
Reverie Records 203 45:11 s/s CD
This album of hopeful songs is the fourth LP release from Pittsburgh singer/songwriter, Heather Kropf. This is a beautiful studio recording with a pop sound. The songs are intelligent, and Kropf has a sweet voice that fits well with them.
URL: http://heatherkropf.com/

9941 SOUL'D
Soul'd
Narked Records NAR9380 3:11 jazz CD
This is a jazz single with a big band sound and a flute lead. I don't know why anyone would waste CD space to produce and distribute a 3 minute single.
URL: NO WEB SITE FOUND

9935 WINCHESTER, JESSE
A Reasonable Amount of Trouble
Appleseed APR-CD-1139 42:15 s/s CD
This is the final album by one of the greatest songwriters of our time. Jesse died of cancer last April. This is studio material that he already had recorded. Includes guests Jerry Douglas and Jim Horn. Liner notes by Jimmy Buffett. RIP, Jesse. :-(
URL: http://jessewinchester.com/

9934 MACLEAN, DOUGIE
Till Tomorrow
Linn Records CKD465 51:05 s/s; Scottish CD
Sweet voiced Dougis MacLean backed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra perforing 11 original songs by MacLean with orchestral arrangements by RSNO conductor, John Logan. The production is excellent.
URL: http://www.dougiemaclean.com/

9933 HOYT, LIZZY
New Lady on the Prairie
(none) 47:49 s/s; folk CD
This is truly a Canadian folk CD. Multi-instrumealist Hoyt is a fine writer and she covers styles ranging from Celtic, to blurgrass to Qubecois. She has a sweet singing voice. She certainly desrerves the awards she has run. Beautiful acoustic production.
URL: http://lizzyhoyt.com/

9932 FARRIS, MIKE
Shine for all the People
Compass 7 4637 2 42:46 soul; rock CD
Farris is one of the very best performers of the gospel shout genre. This man has more energy than an atom bomb. On the ballads he has a beautiful smooth tenor voice. His cover of Mary Gauthier's "Mercy Now" here is gorgrous, better than Mary's.
URL: http://www.mikefarrismusic.com/

9931 MAYFIELD, DAVID
Strangers
Compass 4636 47:40 s/s CD
David Mayfield's sound is a departure for Compass Records. It's more gurngy and electric than their usual folky fare. He's a kiler songwriter, covering a wide range if subjects, some of it quite spooky. The band is excellent, production, perfect.
URL: http://davidmayfieldparade.net/

9929 DR. JOHN
Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Sach
Proper Records CRE-35187-02 58:24 jazz CD
Dr. John's tribute to Satchmo featuring guests including Bonnie Raitt, McCrary Sisters, Shemekia Copeland, Blind Boys of Alabama and others, plus some of music's greatest trumpeters. This is a gorgrously produce album.
URL: http://sites.concordmusicgroup.com/radio/dr_john/

9922 LAURIE & KATHY
Sing the Songsof Vern & Ray
Spruce and MapleMusic SMM1012 55:39 folk CD
IN the 1960s and 70s the music if Vern & Ray largely foemed the basis for the Bluegrass repertorie in Californis and throughout their careers Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick have turned to them for material. This is a beautiful bluegrass/folk CD.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/p2tqbqj

9921 CASPER, STEVEN, & COWNGST
Endless Sky
(none) 22:22 s/s EP-CD
This is a 5-track EP. The songs are OK and the 5-piece acoustic rock band is pretty good and , as the name implies, has a "cowboy" sound.
URL: http://caspermusic.com/

9920 FAWCETT, DEREK
Feel Better
(none) 37:25 s/s CD
After performing in a number of bands, this is Fawcett's debut solo CD. The songs are upbeat and hopeful portraits of everyday life He has a very strong singing voice. My only complaint is that the sound is over-amped making the whole disc a bit muddy.
URL: http://www.derekfawcett.com/

9919 ROWE, DAVE
All of the Dreams
Vacationland Music VLM013 50:49 s/s CD
Twelve new songs from this Maine born and raised singer/songwriter. Dave's songs are topical stories full of hope that somehow this world wont fall apart completely. Sessioneers vary song to song. The production is excellent.
URL: http://www.daverowemusic.com/

9918 GRAND FATILLA
Global Shuffle
(none) 61:52 world jazz CD
This Boston based world jazz quartet performs music with a distinctly middle Eastern flair. The instrumentation is accordion, electric mandolin, double bass and Sintir, percussion and voice. The music is all accordion driven. Excellent players.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/njmm569

9917 ANDERSEN, MISSY
In the Moment
Main Squeeze Records MS 1202 50:13 blues singer CD
This is a mix of covers and original co-writes by Andersen and others. Andersen has big strong singing voice. The band is excellent, very tight and rockin'. The production is excellent with every note clear as a bell. This is a truly blues disc.
URL: http://missyandersen.com/

9916 DALE, JEFF & THE SOUTH WOODLAWNERS
Good Music
Pro Sho Bidness PSB4080 39:38 s/s; blues CD
Upbeat, lively album af Chcago style blues songs written by Dale. The songs are well crafted and Dale has a nice singing voice. The band is very tight and has Derek Phillips sweet keyboards on all the tracks. This is goodtime blues. Nice.
URL: http://jeffdaleblues.com/

9915 VARIOUS ARTISTS
Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie
Compass Records 7 4632 2 67:51 & &0:16 s/s; folk 2 CDSet
An amazing cast of artists celebrating 91 year-old Jean Ritchie by performing her original songs and her arrangements of trad material. 36 tracks with John McCutcheon, Janis Ian, Stuart Duncan, Kathey Mattea, Rachael Davis,rchie Fishr, many more.
URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Ritchie

9911 LYONS, JEREMY
Make it Better
(none) 39:08 s/s CD
This is an album of songs that stick with you in the most pelasant way. These are excellent songs that evoke the clarity of days outdoors. He has a nice singing voice. There is a sweet duet with Eilen Jewel on the title cut. Nice.
URL: http://deltabilly.com/

9910 PHOTOGLO, JIM
Halls of my Heart
(none) 31:26 s/s CD
Photoglo is a full-time songwriter who has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, The Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Leroy Parnell, Patty Loveless, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Kathy Mattea among others.
URL: http://jimphotoglo.com/

9908 SOLOMON, LENNY
Under my Hat
(none) 59:01 s/s CD
Solomon is a songwriter from Cambridge, MA. His songs are well crafted, but rather moody, He's become a very fine guitar player over the years. He doesn't perform much and this is his first CD in seven years. Production here is excellent.
URL: http://www.solomonband.com

9907 MARTIN, JEFFREY
Dogs in the Daylight
Fluff and Gravy Records FNG020 59:26 s/s CD
I REALLY like this guy. His songs are so incredibly down to earth and inspiring. Le hists Holden Caufield and Neil Young as his inspirations. His songs are somewhere between Josh Ritter, Chuck Brodsky, and John Prine. This is truly great stuff.
URL: http://jeffreymartinmusic.com/

9906 TUCKER, DARA
The Sueason
Watchman Music 005 51:30 s/s; jass CD
Dara Tucker is a good songwriter in the "American Songbook" style. She has a slightly sandy voice which is nice to listen to . She sings but doesn't play an instriment on the album, but she's backed by a killer jaz sextet. The production in great.
URL: http://daratucker.com/

9905 GINTY, JOHN
Bad News Travels
American Showplace Music ASM5002 91:00 rock DVD
Organist John Ginty has played with Citizen Cope, Santana, Dixie Chicks, Matthew Sweet among others. Special guests on this live in studio concert include Albert Castiglia, Alexis P. Suter, Todd Wolfe, Chris Jacobs, Jimmy Bennett. Very cool.
URL: http://www.johngintymusic.com/

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