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Thursday, 06 January 2011
 

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"The Band owns none of its work.... they can pay the mortgage forever but they'll never own the house."

  • Courtney Love

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  • Limelight is the simplest way for artists and labels to clear any cover song. Powered by RightsFlow, a licensing and royalty service provider representing licensees (artists, labels, distributors and music services) and helping pay licensors (songwriters and publishers) worldwide.

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  • I 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.

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  • Carey 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.

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  • The 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.

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  • If 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!

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  • When 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!

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  • Grand 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.

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  • Richard 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 great listen.

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  • Treme, 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 included.

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  • Trey 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.



 

A Selection

From My

Collection

 


Steve 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!




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