June 7, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: June 7, 2012

Guest fiddler Sam Bush and drummer Scott Babcock supplement the sturdy Americana sound of The Refugees’ Three featuring the trio of Cindy Bullens (guitars, mandolin, harmonica), Deborah Holland (bass, accordion, piano), and Wendy Waldman (guitars, Dobro). While the three singing and songwriting women have years of experience (with 19 solo albums between them!), The Refugees is a Los Angeles-based collaboration formed in 2007.  The distinctive group has spun many heads with their keen ability to build upon each musician’s strengths revolving around songwriting, instrumental prowess, vocal blend, humor and showmanship. A former backup vocalist for Elton John, Cindy Bullens has also written songs, scores and musicals.  A prolific writer, Deborah Holland was the singer and songwriter for Animal Logic, and she currently teaches music at Vancouver, B.C.’s Langara College. Wendy Waldman’s band Bryndle debuted in the 1970s, and she’s also found success as a soloist, songwriter and music producer. Their current aptitude and craftsmanship are fully displayed in the band’s repertoire influenced by folk, blues, country and rock. The cooperative effort may be best displayed in those five songs jointly written and arranged by the ladies (Catch Me If You Can, I Don’t Care At All, 5th of July, Rosalinda, Every Body and Soul). At the same time, tune into each songwriter’s moxie and individualism in their self-penned numbers such as Waldman’s “Can’t Stop Now,” Bullens’ “January Sky,” and Holland’s “My Favorite Joe.” The only song from public domain, “Green Rocky Road,” has been recorded by many including Emmylou Harris, and it’s a perfect cover for a trio that emphasizes sumptuous vocals. It’s a lean song, in a spare setting, to recount the story of Little Miss Jane runnin’ to the ball. The Refugees’ vocals are sure to have the same impact on you.  Building their regional fan base for several years, I think it’s time for The Refugees to put a bigger dent in the public consciousness. “Three” is an impressive effort with considerable vigor and downright brawn. Without too many gimmicks, the music is clever. With a nice final hook, they get their groove on in their closing statements about finding “a way to follow the dream” and “time to put a message on the line.” It could be the story of their lives, careers and music.

mp3 160 kbps | 92 MB | DF

Webb Pierce was one of the most popular honky tonk vocalists of the ’50s, racking up more number one hits than similar artists like Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Lefty Frizzell, and Ernest Tubb. For most of the general public, Pierce — with his lavish, flamboyant Nudie suits — became the most recognizable face of country music, as well as all of its excesses; after all, he boasted about his pair of convertibles lined with silver dollars and his guitar-shaped swimming pool. For all of his success, Pierce never amassed the reputation of his contemporaries, even though he continued to chart regularly well into the ’70s. Webb’s weakness for gaudy ornaments of his wealth, as well as his reluctance to break away from hardcore honky tonk, meant that he had neither supporters in the industry, nor the ability to sustain the ever-changing tastes of a popular audience. Nevertheless, he remains one of the cornerstone figures of honky tonk, both for his success and his artistic achievements.

mp3 320 kbps | 115 MB | DF

n case you were waiting for the perfect Rory Block album to come along, the one where every song is an organic, lean and lethal symphony to a higher power, I Belong To The Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis just might be that album. Mark your calendar; the album from the top female interpreter of traditional country blues comes out Tuesday, May 29th. On I Belong To The Band…, Block continues to pay tribute to the blues musicians that have served as her muses throughout her continual growth as an artist. It is the third in her series saluting blues masters who influenced her as a musician, following the release of tributes to Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell.In his youth, eventual blues legend Gary Davis (1896-1972), also known as “Blind Gary Davis,” took to the guitar and assumed a unique multi-voice style produced with his thumb and index finger. He specialized in playing ragtime, blues, and traditional tunes in a unique four-part harmony. By the 1940s, Gary Davis had become an ordained minister. Following his ordination, Davis continued his music-making and displayed a definite preference for inspirational gospel music. On this album, Rory Block honors the man and his music.

mp3 320 kbps | 120 MB | DF

All Fall Down is Colvin’s eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke). Recorded in Nashville, with a group of stellar musicians, All Fall Down features performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller, among others.

mp3 320 kbps | 99 MB | DF

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