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was fortunate enough to see John Hartford several times. He enjoyed
what he did. Now nearly a decade after his passing, Memories Of John
(Compass Records), has been released. Memories Of John was recorded
to commemorate his life and music. The core of this project is The
John Hartford Stringband that toured and recorded with him the last
few years of his life. They are joined by a who's who list of
special guest. John appears as well on several previously unreleased
tracks. Memories Of John is a loving tribute to one of the most
influential musicians of his time.
Ott has released his second solo album, Human Heart (DiscoverRock),
with an amazing 20 tracks (73 minutes). "I want to start a
dialog about people and issues and causes that I'm passionate
about," says Ott. This isn't just Ott's story, it's your story
too! Human Heart is about the Human Experience. Love, Loss, Empathy,
Highs, Lows, Pains, Joys, Lies and Truth! Ott's music can't be
pigeon holed into any single genre as it goes from pop to rock to
Americana with electronica, blues and soul. This is perfect for
those into introspective singer/songwriter material.
good folks at OZ Music turned me on to The Walkmen's Lisbon (Fat
Possum Records). This was my first exposure to this outstanding
group. Lisbon is not in your face rock and roll. It is more of rock
with a atmospheric nature with vintage instrumentation. There is
some oddities, all enjoyably different, like the drum work on
"Angela Surf City" and horn on "Stranded". The
Workmen have a specific sound with a unique vibe, intuitive toward
the dark side with blue lyrics.
you keep an eye on Billboard's Blues Charts, then you know British
Blues sensation, Joanne Shaw Taylor, has already hit and climbing.
Joanne Shaw Taylor's hot release, Diamond In The Dirt (Ruf Records),
showcases her smoky vocals and fantastic telecaster work. If I find
any fault in this album is the fade out on many of the tunes
endings. Does the powers that be think we can't take a song over 3
minutes? I guess I want more of her. This is an album that you don't
want to end. Joanne Shaw Taylor is destined to be a household name
in the blues world. Terrific listen!
you pick up an album and read that it is produced by famous
Clarksdale blues maven Jimbo Mathus, you can give odds it's going to
be exceptional. Retro Deluxe's release, Watermelon Tea (Rinkled
Rooster), is exceptional. This is rockabilly blues with a raw groove
that is played to perfection. All of the 16 tracks are originals.
It's all good!
Marquis has released Hold On To Me (www.grandmarquis.net) with it's
Kansas City style swinging blues-driven jazz. It matters not whether
you call their music jazz, blues or swing, it's from the heart and
soul of these fine musicians. This is music that was played in the
speakeasy joints during Prohibition. This is music that puts you in
a good mood. Hold On To Me can be had at CD Baby.
Julian has released, Girls Need Attention (Compass Records), which
is seductive and moody. This gifted singer/songwriter has a distinct
sound all his own with soulful melodies and stark sophisticated
music. Girls Need Love was recorded in Norah Jones home studio. He
also tours with Norah Jones. Julian has a wonderful voice that comes
across on these songs of heartbreak and makes them almost magical. A
Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 1 (Geffen Records) has
been released. The HBO series Treme, named for the historic
neighborhood where jazz was born, chronicles the rebuilding of a
unique American culture where music plays an integral role in the
city's way of life. The show and soundtrack capture the sounds of
many of New Orleans' extraordinary musicians and other artists. From
Dr. John to Allen Toussaint, many of New Orleans greats are
Lockerbie toured with Josh Kelley for over a year. Now he has
released his EP, Light Therapy (self released), a collection of four
songs that were written as poems while he was touring. Born and
raised in North Carolina and now resides in Nashville. Well crafted
lyrics over mellow music.
Cropper, Pop Staples and Albert King Jammed Together (Stax Records)
was originally released
on vinyl in 1969, re-released in 1988 and remastered &
re-released in 2007. Three great guitar players, each with his own
style, get together and jam. It's loose with the guitar interplay
between these three performers, awesome. It's mainly instrumental as
would be expected. Three masters jamming with a 60's garage band
feel. Awesome listen!