July 13, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: July 13, 2013

flattFlatt Lonesome is compelling evidence that the future of bluegrass music is in talented, capable and passionate hands. On this, their debut release on Pisgah Ridge Records, they play with a nostalgic, traditional feel, the result being an authentic homage to their predecessors.
Their vocals shine with a “family” flavor that only siblings seem to naturally and inherently possess. Kelsi, Charli and Buddy Robertson sing three part harmony with the ease of having been born to do it, and in my humble opinion, they have the potential to one day be as good as the Whites or the Isaacs. As young as they are, and as good as they are, it’s only a matter of time.
All three take their turn at singing lead, with the other two harmonizing wonderfully, but, I especially like to hear Charli sing lead and Kelsi sing the harmony under, rather than over, the lead vocal. It makes for a sound not unlike the Everly Brothers had, and Buddy seems to slide in and out between the other two parts at will, adding a third completely individualistic texture to their vocal blend. These familial vocals are the bands primary asset.
Instrumentally, Kelsi plays mandolin, Buddy is on guitar and Charli handles the fiddling. They are joined by Michael Stockton on resophonic guitar, Dominic Illingworth on upright bass and Kelsi’s husband, Paul Harrigill, on banjo. Their combined musicianship is their second major asset.

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Celia Pavey was the second runner up on The Voice 2013, and was mentored by Delta Goodrem. Her voice mesmerized audiences and people were drawn to her from her first audition. Week after week her outstanding performances continued to impress the coaches and fans

Tracks:

01. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
02. A Thousand Years
03. Woodstock
04. Jolene
05. Edelweiss
06. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
07. Xanadu
08. Candle in the Night
09. Believe Me
10. Feel Good Inc.
11. Moonshadow

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heMusician and songwriter Jerry Vessel is at it again. Working under Heirlooms of August, one of his many ongoing projects, Vessel this time sets to marry poetry and simplicity in Heirlooms’ sophomore album, Down at the 5-Star. Described as “chamber Americana,” Down at the 5-Star is just that – one part skilled, technical composition and another twangy, hollow pieces with simple stories that sing of relatable subjects. The album is without the heavy tinge that surrounds the Americana image, however. It is softer, more melancholic, almost as if the group were trying to create a heartland caricature around their string-driven, melodious core. Simple, observant lyrics mask heavier emotion and a more nuanced soul. Their poetry is in their imagery, taking small depictions and moments and making them stand out against the whine of the strings, setting something remarkably humble against the chamber-esque, old world tones that form the album’s backbone.

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wiThe title of Night, Sleep, Death augurs an album full of endings, but the third long player by the Wingdale Community Singers imparts a more irresolute experience. It’s by turns attractive and off-putting, like a person whose every persuasive invitation to hang out is countered by an action that makes you want to head for the door.
The Singers are a trio of heavyweights playing it light. Hannah Marcus, a singer whose solo albums have been enthusiastically boosted by the likes of Mark Kozelek and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Rick Moody, the novelist who has authored The Ice Storm and Garden State, share lead vocals and songwriting. David Grubbs (Gastr Del Sol, Red Krayola, Bastro, Squirrel Bait) takes care of business, contributing guitar, harmony vocals, and the record label that put this LP out. A posse of moderately well known people, including Tanya Donelly, Jolie Holland and Kid Millions, add extra voices and instrumentation. The group’s name makes it sound like a part-time endeavor, the sort of thing you’d rehearse once a week so you can sing to the neighbors come holiday time, and the music fits into the lineage of harmony-heavy urban folk rock epitomized by the Roche Sisters.

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WAJoni Mitchell may not have been the biggest-selling singer/songwriter star of the early ’70s, but her influence, particularly on women performers, can’t be denied. As the title of this compilation indicates, the artists on this collection of mega-rare cuts by female singer/songwriters of the era are often in a Joni Mitchell mood. Confessional and narrative lyrics, predominant folky acoustic guitars, warm rolling piano, wide and sometimes swooping vocal ranges — all of those characteristics are here to some degree, even if only a few of the 14 tracks (especially Caroline Peyton’s “Engram,” Judy Kelly’s “Window,” and Barbara Sipple’s “Song for Life”) make the inspiration inescapably blatant. Also, to be frank, all of this has far less of an edge (and musical sophistication) than Mitchell’s early work, and some of it treads close to the bland side, sometimes with awkwardly earnest lyrical homilies. Still, as an anthology of pleasant woman-sung mild folk-rock from the period with a slight aura of haunting mystery, this is pretty respectable. There’s little spaciness on the order of cult artists like Linda Perhacs — Collie Ryan’s reverb-swathed “Cricket” comes about the closest — though a few of the other tracks are a bit strange, like Shira Small’s funk-jazz-inflected “Eternal Life,” which boasts wildly optimistic cosmic lyrics. Another slight oddity is “Wildman” by Ginny Reilly, whose vocal is something like a combination of Mitchell’s phrasing and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s vibrato. All of these tracks are taken from scarce private pressings save Ellen Warshaw’s closing cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Sister Morphine,” which is by far the hardest-rocking cut on the CD, and one of the best.

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roThree years previously, Texas songwriter Robyn Ludwick’s debut album, For So Long, appeared like a stunning blast of central Texas summer heat from the hill country outside Austin. It stands as one of those shocks to the system that makes a listener sit up, take notice, and get slain by. It is sophisticated but uncompromising; it’s as sensual as the moisture from a lover’s lips on a hot humid night, and as raw as a fresh tattoo. It can’t hurt that her brothers are Bruce and Charlie Robison, her sister-in-law is Kelly Willis, and her husband is bassist John Ludwick. But the songs are all hers. Too Much Desire mirrors its title perfectly: its songs are full of the extremes in human emotion and behavior, reflecting the thoughts that occur to us while keeping the night watch restlessly awaiting the dawn. Ludwick’s songs are rooted in Texas country music, folk, and even country gospel and rock. Her voice is full and rich, a deep contralto that is as Southern and rugged as the terrain she comes from; it goes deep like Lucinda Williams or Rosanne Cash, yet is as lonesome, rich, and expressive as Stevie Nicks at her best. Husband John and brother-in-law Mike Hardwick (who play bass and guitar, respectively) produced the set, with Eddie Cantu on drums and guitarist Andrew Nafziger completing the band. There are one-offs by friends and more family. Michael Ramos, Warren Hood, Willis, Eliza Gilkyson, Thomas Robison Ludwick, her brothers, and Eleanor Whitmore also appear.

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