VA – Artist’s Choice: Lucinda Williams – Music That Matters to Her (2003)

lucLucinda Williams is really an ideal candidate for Hear Music’s Artist’s Choice, and this collection has to be one of the strongest in the entire series. In her own work, Williams offers a winning and sometimes complex combination of passion, perfectionist tendencies, and poetic intelligence. Similarly, her 16 eclectic choices on this disc provide the same overall balance of wit, charm, craft, and passion, with different qualities predominating from song to song and artist to artist. While many of the participants in the Artist’s Choice series choose to reintroduce us to old standards which were a part of their early creative development, Williams brings a connoisseur’s ear to her assignment, and while she pays homage to a few artist from earlier decades, she selects nothing prior to the ’60s (with the exception of Chet Baker’s version of “My Funny Valentine,” which she heard in her parents’ home when she was growing up). Many of her choices come from recordings of the last five to six years. Better yet, none of them are obvious or predictable.

01. The Band – It Makes No Difference
02. Paul Westerberg – Good Day
03. Patty Griffin – Mary
04. Anne McCue – These Things
05. Tex Perkins – To Us
06. Gregg Allman – These Days
07. Yo La Tengo – Tears Are in Your Eyes
08. Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
09. Nina Simone – Don’t Explain
10. John Coltrane ‎ – Say It (Over and Over Again)
11. Ryan Adams – Sylvia Plath
12. Chuck Prophet – No Other Love
13. Judy Collins – La Chanson des Vieux Amants
14. Ron Sexsmith – April After All
15. Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine
16. Joгo Gilberto – Eclipse

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Alcoa – Bone & Marrow (2013)

alcoaLead vocalist and solo artist for Alcoa is no stranger to the limelight and the music scene; Derek Archambault has spent the last four years touring with his punk/progressive hardcore band Defeater. But with the decision to finally record this full length album, it really showcases his talents as a songwriter and performer as well and lets him finally get these songs out for people to hear.The album has some great sounding intricate songs like ‘Rilke’, ‘Lucky Me’ and ‘Family Tree’ all utilising every sound aspect of the whole album. As acoustic guitars power through, lap guitars add a different feel, lead guitars add more layers and the slow emotive voice of Derek, all of which blends well and works together. The country style feel to all of these songs really shine through and show off the Tennessee musical style. Slower songs like ‘Cab Rides and Cigarettes’ and ‘Whiskey and Wine’ let Derek show off his lyrical skills as he sings “I heal my wounds with whiskey and wine” showing off his emotional and vulnerable side.It’s a great album and from what I hear on this album a lot of Derek’s fans who follow his band Defeater will be certainly impressed by this effort. With the sound of a soothing voice with an acoustic guitar, lap guitar and banjo, he utilises all the aspects and brings together some great sounding songs. For any fans of Defeater, Frank Turner or The Gaslight Anthem then you should check this out as you’ll certainly be impressed.

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VA – Artist’s Choice: Norah Jones – Music That Matters to Her (2004)

noSpend an hour with Norah Jones’ record collection. We caught up with Norah Jones in New York City where she took some time to sit down and talk to us about the musical influences in her life – the songs she heard in the car when she was a kid, the importance of Ray Charles, and why she loves the sound of Levon Helm’s voice.

01. What Would I Do Without You – Ray Charles
02. What A Little Moonlight Can Do – Billie Holiday
03. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know – Donny Hathaway
04. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
05. Can I Sleep In Your Arms – Willie Nelson
06. I Still Miss Someone – Johnny Cash
07. Fruits Of My Labor – Lucinda Williams
08. I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James
09. Today I Sing The Blues – Aretha Franklin
10. Slick Chick (On The Mellow Side) – Dinah Washington
11. Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) – Sarah Vaughan
12. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl – Nina Simone
13. Lovesick Blues – Hank Williams
14. Dear Someone – Gillian Welch

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Kicca & Intrigo – Senso Contrario (2012)

kiKicca – vocals, tambourine, hand claps, background vocals
Oscar Marchioni – Fender Rhodes piano, triangle, hand claps, background vocals
Salah Khaili – drums, background vocals
Herve Samb – electric guitar
Bertrand Luzignant – trumpet, trombone
Cedric Ricard – tenor saxophone

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Donovan Wolfington – Stop Breathing (2013)

donoNew Orleans based Donovan Wolfington are debuting their first full length record, “Stop Breathing” coming Spring 2013. The record features 32 minutes of angst-filled, nostalgic punk and emo with a dash of 90’s rock spread across 10 blistering new tracks, presenting a sound that is the perfect blend of throwback loyalty and forward thinking ingenuity. Stop Breathing updates and expands upon the sound laid forth on earlier recordings, and reflects the members’ struggles and successes with growing up and leaving home, all while trying to make a rock record they can be proud of.

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Hadden Sayers – Rolling Soul (2013)

HSin City Soul and Blues Festival artist Ruthie Foster can be credited with bringing Hadden Sayers out of retirement. Sayers, a successful musician in the Houston area with a lot of promise, was burnt out on the music scene after a string of deals gone bad and the overall erosion of the business. After much soul searching, some unlikely friendships and inspirations along with a call from Foster found the bluesman back writing songs. Sayers and Foster shared a love of blues, Tejano, country, soul, gospel, and reggae music and he found himself in Foster’s touring band. In 2011 Sayers released his first album in many years, Hard Dollar, to rave reviews. The buzz was back, as Sayers was nominated in 2012 for Best Song at the Blues Music Awards. That song “Back to the Blues”, a duet and co-write with Foster, soulfully announced his return. Hadden will follow up Hard Dollar with Rolling Soul on February 26th, 2013. Early reviews are hailing it successful follow with much focus on Sayers strong songwriting.

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Big Joe Turner – Free And Easy (2013)


01. Honeysuckle Rose (2:47)
02. Love Me (2:41)
03. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (3:28)
04. Sweet Georgia Brown (4:28)
05. Rosetta (2:42)
06. I’m Crazy ’bout My Baby (3:11)
07. I’m In A World Of Trouble (7:25)
08. Ready For The River (3:06)
09. Isn’t It Romantic (3:03)
10. No Idea (3:41)
11. Feel So Fine (3:23)
12. Too Late, Too Late (9:36)
13. Smashing Thirds (2:40)
14. Joe’s Blues (3:12)
15. I’ve Found A New Baby (3:12)
16. Sunday Girl (2:59)
17. Roll ’em Pete (7:20)
18. Tea For Two (2:53)
19. I Want A Little Girl (3:17)
20. Honey Hush (3:20)

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Eamon O’Leary – Old Clump (2013)


1. Among the Blessed
2. Another Man About Town
3. Like a Dime
4. Traveling Companion
5. Sweet William
6. Hard by the Road
7. High Hills
8. Row House
9. Greatcoat
10. When the Dead Arose

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Chris Duarte Group – My Soul Alone (2013)

chrAn impressive and fiery Texas blues guitarist, Chris Duarte’s latest album, My Soul Alone, was recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, California with Aaron Haggerty on drums and Steve Evans on bass; Mads Tolling adds violin on one track (the final cut, “Carelessness”). Earlier in his career, Duarte was often compared to fellow Texas guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Johnny Winter’s name was tossed around, as well, but Duarte has been at this professional blues thing for a couple of decades now, and while he quite likely will never escape the Vaughan/Winter cul du sac, it’s obvious at this point that he has his own varied spin on the whole modern Texas blues thing, spicing it up with, at times, a jazz feel, and he even pushes into light psychedelia now and then. This newest release doesn’t break much new ground on that template, but it does spotlight Duarte’s songwriting (he wrote each of the dozen tracks here), and his guitar work shines like it always does. Highlights include the upbeat and almost pop “Yes, It’s You,” the slow blues “A Dollar Down and Feeling Low,” the smooth and flowing “Blue Jean Outlaw,” and the set closer, the edgy and almost eerie “Carelessness.”

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Benoit Pioulard – Hymnal (2013)

BENThe overlapping layers of symbology on Benoit Pioulard’s latest disc, Hymnal, shroud everything in an Earl Grey mystic fog. First, though the project title scans as a name, it’s a nom de guerre for American-born London resident Thomas Meluch. Though retained as signposts more than religious initiations, the disc is filled with Catholic ritual references. Plus, the album cover depicts a tree on the estate of poet Edward James, being consumed by black fungus. With some help from Kranky labelmate Felix on string arrangements and ambient whiz Kyle Bobby Dunn on guitar, Meluch swims through a deep sea, at turns surreal folk, mythic ambiance, and organic fade.
Blurred lines are essential to Hymnal, both musically and lyrically. The graveyard two-step of “Reliquary” creaks and rattles, layers of hissing tape, alt percussion, and floating strings bobbing to the top. “I can feel the features of my visage,” Meluch croons, though he adds that “it’s as though they were yours,” the difference of subject and object as murky as the music. Though the title “Gospel” suggests verbal revelation, the six-minute instrumental drone that ensues instead creates a portal to some wild heaven, birds chirping, and organs glistening. Meluch’s use of religious terminology is enough to set the stage for deep, connective experiences, but the music’s poetic depth.

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Josh Rouse – The Happiness Waltz (2013)

JSonically, The Happiness Waltz takes a trip back into Rouse’s early-2000’s period, a time when so many of his longtime fans really came on board. A number of the new tracks could easily find a home on the AM radio of the late 1970’s, nestled between some of the biggest songs of the day. Lyrically, The Happiness Waltz is very much an album in the present, featuring some of Rouse’s most personal songs to date. Rouse reunites with producer Brad Jones, who produced and engineered two of his most beloved albums, 1972 (2003) and Nashville (2005). The Happiness Waltz was recorded in Valencia, Spain at Josh’s studio Rio Bravo; with overdubs and mixing completed at Alex The Great in Nashville, TN.

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Heidi Talbot – Angels Without Wings (2013)

HEHeidi Talbot was born in Ireland, became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish-American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Scotland, where she is married to the celebrated fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker. With a background like that, it’s hardly surprising she should develop a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana, especially as her remarkable backing band includes many of the cast of the Transatlantic Sessions. The 15 other instrumentalists and six other singers include American country and bluegrass heroes Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien, Mark Knopfler, and Scottish stars Karine Polwart, King Creosote and Julie Fowlis. Yet Talbot effortlessly dominates the set, with new songs co‑written with different band members, from the unashamedly emotional The Loneliest, to the charming Celtic swirl of The New Cajun Waltz and the fiddle, guitar and dobro-backed country weepie When the Roses Come Again. Exquisite.

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Lotte Kestner – Bluebird Of Happiness (2013)

LOTTELotte Kestner is the solo project of Trespassers William vocalist Anna-Lynne Williams. The Bluebird Of Happiness was recorded over the course of a year by Williams in a handful of bedrooms, as she transported her home studio from a number of locations around Seattle and nearby island Vashon. While retaining the delicate, intimate sound of her debut album, China Mountain, there are a handful of notable guest appearances on this new work. Damien Jurado duets on “Turn the Wolves”, Arnar Gudjonsson of Icelandic band Leaves accompanies on piano on “Pairs,” and Anomie Belle contributes violins to “Cliff.”

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Son Volt – Honky Tonk (2013)

 sonSon Volt, to release their first album in four years, Honky Tonk, on Rounder Records. The follow-up to 2009’s American Central Dust, Honky Tonk showcases a more acoustic- based side of Son Volt, in the tradition of classic Bakersfield honky tonk music.Farrar credits his time jamming on pedal steel with St. Louis band Colonel Ford with inspiring him to explore honky tonk music. But Farrar says this album is far from a nostalgia trip.“I wanted these songs to sound more contemporary and modern,” Farrar says. “There was no strict adherence to methodology of the past.”Instead Farrar says the band will explore the same lyrical vein they explored in American Central Dust.“Honky tonk music is about heartache, heartbreak, the road,” Farrar says. “I was always averse to using certain words in songs, including ‘love’ and ‘heart.’ But I started using them on American Central Dust, and now I guess the floodgates have opened.”

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The Shotgun Brothers Band – Have Fun. (2013)

SHOThe Shotgun Brothers Band is a unique blend of musical styles and sounds. Ranging from hard-driving, Bluegrass-inspired Rock, to Psychedelic electric instrumentation, to Vocal and lyric driven Americana, and everything between. There’s a certain nod the pioneers of jamming, the Grateful Dead, but swirled together with so many different influences, that nearly every song falls into it’s own genre. More than anything, the Shotgun Brothers Band is about having fun and interacting with each other and the audience.

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Fat Harry & Fuzzy Licks – Hard Lovin Man (2013)

01. Hard Lovin’ Man
02. Slippin’ & Slidin’
03. Jealous Man
04. Silicon Woman
05. Don’t Know You That Well (feat. Henry Oden)
06. Sweet Home Abudaldah
07. Tell Me Your Plan
08. As the Year Go Passing By (feat. Preston Shannon)
09. No One Wants to be the First to Cry
10. It’s All My Fault
11. Richmond, California
12. Shade Tree Mechanic
13. Vapotramp
14. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (feat. Preston Shannon)

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VA – Reason to Believe: The Songs of Tim Hardin (2013)


1. The Phoenix Foundation – Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep
2. The Sand Band – Reason to Believe
3. Mark Lanegan – Red Balloon
4. Diagrams – Part of the Wind
5. The Magnetic North – It’s Hard to Believe in Love for Long
6. Alela Diane – How Can We Hang On to a Dream
7. Snorri Helgason – Misty Roses
8. Sarabeth Tucek – If I Knew
9. Okkervil River – It’ll Never Happen Again
10. Smoke Fairies – If I Were a Carpenter
11. Gavin Clark – Shiloh Town
12. Hannah Peel – Lenny’s Tune
13. Pinkunoizu – I Can’t Slow Down

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Dolly Varden – For A While (2013)

“The band has just made what strikes many listeners as one of the best records of a distinguished career” – Chicago Tribune

“A set of songs that’s worthy of contention for album of the year, even though the year’s just barely begun” – Country Standard Time

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Green on Red – Gas Food Lodging & Green On Red (2003)

GREENWhen Green on Red, the self-titled CD in this two-title reissue, was released in 1982, the originally Arizona-based Green on Red were bracketed with Los Angeles’ Paisley Underground clique, then spearheaded by Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and the Bangles. Green on Red were always a little wilder. Though cheaply produced, Green on Red is a singular debut. By the time Gas Food Lodging was recorded, Green on Red had added guitarist Chuck Prophet, whose virtuosity anchored tracks such as “That’s What Dreams Were Made For” and “Hair of the Dog.” Sonic and spiritual followers of Neil Young and Creedence Clearwater Revival, Green on Red made music that still sounds remarkably fresh.

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