VA – Goin’ Home – A Tribute To Fats Domino (2007)

TRFats Domino’s decision to stay in his home in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina nearly cost him his life. The home was flooded and sustained major damage and the rock & roll pioneer had to be airlifted by helicopter from his roof. Age 77 when the storm hit, Domino was no longer performing as often as he once did, but he emerged proud and resolute and even recorded a new album, whose proceeds he donated to an organization aiding musicians hurt by the disaster. Just how loved Fats Domino is by the music community is borne out by the A-list names who’ve contributed to one of the more remarkable tribute albums to surface in recent years. Spanning the worlds of rock (Neil Young, Elton John, Los Lobos, Tom Petty), blues (B.B. King), country (Willie Nelson), jazz (Herbie Hancock), and even reggae (Toots & the Maytals, who just nail “Let the Four Winds Blow”), 30 artists are represented on the two discs, along with — of course — a healthy sampling of New Orleans artists of various grooves, among them Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Art Neville, and others. It’s a celebratory affair, for sure, and it would have to be, as Domino’s music has always tilted toward the upbeat, and you can bet he wouldn’t want it any other way. The project gets moving with one pulled up from the past, no less than the late John Lennon, who cut Fats’ “Ain’t That a Shame” for his 1975 Rock ‘n’ Roll album. Lennon’s former bandmate Paul McCartney teams up with NOLA mainstay Allen Toussaint for a duet on the jaunty “I Want to Walk You Home,” one of a number of inspired pairings of seemingly mismatched artists who find common ground in the Fat Man. Both Joss Stone and Buddy Guy hook up with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for an electric “Every Night About This Time,” Ben Harper meets the Skatalites for — what else? — a zippy ska version of “Be My Guest,” and, in one of the album’s most surprising and satisfying moments, Robert Plant and the Soweto Gospel Choir collaborate on a stunning and haunting a cappella “Valley of Tears.” Of the individual performers, Randy Newman presents “Blue Monday” faithfully, Norah Jones applies her signature quasi-jazzy style to “My Blue Heaven,” and Corinne Bailey Rae’s live “One Night of Sin” — penned by Domino’s writing partner Dave Bartholomew, as are so many of these classics — returns to the song the danger removed by Elvis Presley when he cut a cleaned-up version and had a smash hit with it. There really are no clunkers here — these artists have done Fats Domino proud. And it’s a blessed thing that he stuck around to hear it.

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David Olney – Predicting The Past – Rootsy Approved: Introducing Americana Music Vol. 2 (2013)

dNEW 2-CD “Rootsy Approved” set of new and retrospective David Olney music. CD #1 features “PREDICTING THE PAST” – an album of 16 new songs produced by Mr. Paul Burch (a notable performing artist and songwriter, himself) and features Grammy-award winner Dennis Crouch, Jen Gunderman, Fats Kaplin and Mr. Sergio Webb, among others. CD #2 includes a retrospective of songs released from 2000-2012.

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Padraig Rynne, Donal Lunny & Sylvain Barou – Triad (2013)

PDónal Lunny (Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin etc) teams up with Irish musics biggest young star Pádraig Rynne on concertinas and Breton flautist Sylvain Barou for a groundbreaking album.The material used on this album is a mix between old and newly written music by the trio as well as Eastern, sweedish and Breton pieces.

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The LeRoi Brothers – Check This Action! (1983)

leroi-bros-check1The LeRoi Brothers are the quintessential Texas roadhouse band, playing backseat, backbeat-driven rhythm and blues, rockabilly and blue-collar rock’n’roll with the grit, grease and power.The Leroi Brothers are somehow overlooked while jokers like Bryan Seltzer hog the limelight.  Rock & Roll had its day in the sun. Despite the weed like growth of retro this, retro that and retro everything, it’s still as hard to find good Rock and Roll as it is to find good jazz or blues–if not harder.

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Nancy Elizabeth – Battle and Victory (2007)

naWith an intuitive understanding of melody and dynamics, Nancy Elizabeth brings a refreshingly Northern turn of phrase to her debut album, Battle and Victory.
The Lancashire-born singer’s down-to-earth songs are brought to life by her warm and unaffected voice. Unpretentious but effortlessly ambitious, Nancy turns the retro, less-is-more aesthetic of the current acoustic revival on its head. Not content with writing and singing all the songs herself, the 23 year-old also plays most of the instruments, including guitar, khim, Indian harmonium, Appalachian dulcimer and bouzouki, amongst many others.
Prominently featured is a 22-string Celtic harp, which she first picked up a little over two years ago, after an inspirational chance meeting with a harp player at a Liverpool gallery. Not long afterwards she received a modest award from a music foundation, and within days had spent it all on the perfect instrument, which has become a cornerstone of her performances.
The album was recorded in a 17th Century white stone cottage in the remote Welsh countryside, and a village hall outside Manchester, resulting in an intimate, uncontrived gem of a record. Using a minimum of recording equipment, the heartfelt honesty of her songs is revealed, extending to grander, more complex arrangements when the occasion calls, and bringing in friends to add cello, horns and percussion. While her work is never in thrall to any particular artist or genre, Nancy’s music calls to mind aspects of artists as diverse as Nina Nastasia, The Incredible String Band, Radiohead, Jacqui McShee, Mogwai, Talk Talk and Led Zeppelin.

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