To the delight of anyone who stumbled over Cottee’s 2013 debut Stations, with his deep dark truthful voice, the singer continues to paint from a rich sonic palette that’s decorated by gentle pedal steel guitar, sweet acoustic strums and restrained electronica. Oddly, for a Manchester indie kid (he used to front Noel Gallagher buddies Proud Mary) his voice brings to mind Bobby Charles, even Johnny Cash, and there’s a stack of suffering implied in the voice, but kindness also.
Blind Pig Records has announced the signing of award-winning guitarist, organist, singer, and songwriter Zac Harmon. His distinctive style combines the best of old-school soul-blues artists with modern lyrics and themes that bring the blues into a new century.The first release under the pact, Right Man Right Now, is contemporary music that proves just how alive and relevant the blues is today. Addressing issues straight from today’s headlines, Zac presents them in a fresh original style built on the best blues tradition. And he has some incredibly talented musicians helping him – guests include Bobby Rush, Lucky Peterson, Anson Funderburgh and Mike Finnegan. Zac’s first CD in six years.
The first CD is fresh, live recordings from four nights recently recorded at four venues in the LA area. With his current band –longtime bassist, collaborator and friend Richard Cousins, keyboardist Dover Weinberg (who was in Cray’s first band) and drummer Les Falconer (O’Jays, Keb ‘Mo) ‘ Cray fronts a group that is solid, seasoned and vital. The playing is in the moment, and the sound is singular.
The bonus CD is a revealing glimpse of Cray’s early career and the promise of a future that would reward fans for decades. Selected from the band’s set at the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival and a 1987 appearance on the Dutch TV Show ‘Countdown,’ the music captures the band’s youthful presence and its ability to revive the blues without abandoning it. Included are favorites from the Cray’s Band 80s set lists; ‘Smoking Gun’ and ‘Too Many Cooks.’
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“a piece of exquisite delicacy and tenderness;respect, delicacy of performance and emotion;miniature masterpieces of allusion to traditional song style”
On Friday, Nashville’s Brighton, England transplant, Adam Stockdale – under the banner of Albatross – released his latest album, Desperate Times Best Forgotten. Similar to Stockdale’s previous work, the album maintains a poppy folk thread throughout, yet he’s been influenced by his new surroundings and has layered in a Nashville sound.
“I think the interjection of bluegrass and country in my music has been the best thing to happen to it thus far,” he said. “The quality of Nashville players is beyond excellent. And they all have this unspoken repertoire of songs which are so fundamental to the roots of this great country’s musical culture.”
The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you’ll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eagelsmith have recorded Rod Picott songs. A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released CDs over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer.
Rod Picott’s eighth studio album ‘Fortune’ takes a dramatic about-turn from his usual style, but it’s not as evident in the sonics of the 12-track record. Instead, changes in the lyrics and themes take precedence, as the singer/songwriter has become known in the Americana field for writing about other people, and now finds himself tackling his own experiences, joys and problems for an authentic look at one man’s journey through life.