Following in the tracks of Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard and George Strait, Caleb Caudle makes pure country music rooted in the genre’s glory days, back when melody, mood and message ruled the roost. Caudle’s music finds the middle ground between the classic twang of late-Seventies/early-Eighties country and the dusty stomp of modern-day Americana.Recorded at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC, Carolina Ghost mixes Caudle’s voice with the swoon of pedal steel, the swell of B3 organ, and layers of electric guitar.
Gene Watson is getting ready to release his 33rd studio album this month. What you see is what you get with Watson’s new record: It’s 13 songs that are exactly as advertised in the album’s title.“These are songs that still have fiddle, steel guitar and, quite honestly, soul,” Watson says in a press release. “I’m not one to bash what those younger artists are doing, but I can tell you a lot of what you hear nowadays isn’t country. Real. Country. Music. includes songs written by Kris Kristofferson (“Enough for You”), Bill Anderson (“When a Man Can’t Get a Woman Off His Mind,” a co-write with Sharon Vaughn) and Larry Gatlin (“Help Me” and “Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall”), among others.
Welcome to the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker’s second CD of old-time country for a brand-new age. The Sapsuckers are an old-time and country duo based in southwestern Wisconsin–the Ocooch Mountains that give this disc its title. They are Nikki Grossman, (guitar, vocals, fiddle) and Joe Hart (guitar, vocals), and they’ve built a following stretching across the Midwest for their lively and charming stage show and their stellar musicianship and songwriting.
RB sings and plays the harmonica, cigarbox guitar, slide- and rhythm guitar. He is accompanied by bass players Randy Coleman and Josh Fairman, drummer Terrance Houston and keyboard player Larry Van Loon. Guitarists Tim “Too Slim” Langford and Austin Young are guest players on one song each. Stone wrote the eleven songs on the album himself and it guarantees a solid piece of blues. There is nothing new, but it sounds more than excellent. Stylistically, you should think of pure Mississippi blues and boogie, nicely rocking and full of energy. Each of them are great songs.
With an alt-country feel and a penchant for haunting harmonies Pilot to Bombardier (aka Bryan Power) writes and performs songs that are both “suave and sophisticated.” (Salty Ink) His songs speak to the heart of the listener. With insightful musical observations on love and loss, explorations into our sense of place and our understanding of self, he is armed with music to captivate his audience.
Just over a year ago, Signal To Noise, the excellent album from twice Grammy nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson was released. Some great news for all of us who enjoyed that album – he is releasing a new album, again on the Esoteric Antenna label.The album is called 73 Days At Sea, and features guest appearances from former Van der Graaf Generator saxophonist David Jackson and Panic Room’s lead singer Anne Marie Helder.
Having played bass in post-punk legends Magazine, composed music for filmmakers Derek Jarman, David Lynch and Oliver Stone, not to mention his on-off membership of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Barry Adamson is something of the outsider’s outsider.
Though an in-demand collaborator, Adamson has also authored a host of varied solo albums – including the acclaimed Moss Side Story (1988) and the Mercury-nominated Soul Murder (1992) – and is now about to release his tenth, Know Where To Run, on February 19.
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