Stars in My Crown (2007)
It's interesting the way things go in circles. In the early '60s, Jorma Kaukonen (or Jerry, as he was then) played blues guitar in the coffeehouses of the South Bay Area, sometimes with Janis Joplin. Now, after stints with Jefferson ...
King of My World (2004)
A pioneering mandolin player, Sam Bush modernized bluegrass in the 1970s to the point of having his style coined "newgrass." True to form, Bush adds numerous stylistic nuances into the bluegrass template on 2004's KING OF MY WORLD. Here he ...
The daughter and granddaughter of coal miners raised in West Virginia, Kathy Mattea has had a lifelong and complex relationship with the element. In the aftermath of the Sago mine disaster in 2006, when 12 miners perished, Mattea was inspired ...
"I know compassion is all out of fashion/And anger is all the rage." So begins singer/songwriter David Wilcox' 13-part story of coming out from under and making it in the modern world. From the daily cynicism of the Alison Krauss-assisted ...
Break Me Open (2006)
Ten songs into Johnsmith's fifth album Break Me Open, the folksinger begins singing "Box Elder" by referring to a Federal Express delivery man. Never mind that the song is one of the few on the disc that Johnsmith didn't write ...
Midnight and Lonesome (2002)
Buddy Miller's fourth solo release (fifth if you count 2001's collaboration with wife Julie Miller) slots comfortably into the established formula around which he's structured all of his albums. Lots of honky tonk infused into heartfelt ballads (Jesse Winchester's "A ...
Goodbye Summer (2006)
Known primarily as a producer of independent artists, Goodbye Summer is Frosty Horton's first CD project under his own name. "It was finally time. I'd always been a songwriter, but that side was rarely seen, as I was always more ...
Chaos and Bright Lights (2007)
Recording information: Fool On The Hill Studios; Sound Stage, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Dean Tirkot.
Personnel: Nathan Chapman (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bob Britt (electric guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Byron House (upright bass); Adam Anders (bass guitar); ...
Before & After (2010)
With her rich alto voice and wise, meditative, and lyrically precise songwriting style, Carrie Newcomer has been going her own way along the contemporary music highway for a while now, and Before & After, her 12th album for Rounder Records, ...
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Love Snuck Up (2004)
Husband-and-wife team Buddy and Julie Miller spent the second half of the 1990s casually defining the alt-country/Americana sound, as documented on this compilation of their first seven years of recording for Hightone Records, both separately and together. Buddy is a ...
Salt Like City singer-songwriter Kate MacLeod, "One of the leading lights of the contemporary folk music scene" (AP) delivers a compelling collection of Western-themed story songs. Blooming was recorded live in the studio, produced by Tim O'Brien, who ad
Personnel: Kate ...
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Trumpet Child (2007)
Since the early 1990s, Ohio folk-rockers Over the Rhine have been turning out their idiosyncratic blend of singer-songwriter fare with jazzy, Rickie Lee Jones-ish touches and a dash of almost cabaret-like theatricality for a hardcore cult audience. THE TRUMPET CHILD ...
Pickin' on Aerosmith (2000)
Pickin' on Aerosmith is a continuation of the quirky Pickin On tribute series from the CMH label that applies bluegrass instrumentation to classic rock tunes. Unfortunately, the music of Aerosmith doesn't translate well to bluegrass and songs like "Sweet Emotion," ...
Broken Things (1999)
Julie Miller is a rarity among singer-songwriters. Her songs are eminently cover-able and have widely been afforded such treatment. But they are also so personal that they seem to be rolling out of her heart when she sings them. BROKEN ...
Not All Who Wander Are Lost (2001)
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
One has to marvel at the recording sessions the folks at Sugar Hill put together. Start with a young, hotshot mandolin player, Chris Thile, then ...
29 Dances (2006)
A quick glance at the simple photograph of Jan Smith on 29 Dances provides a preview of the music to follow: down to earth, acoustic, and without pretension. The instrumental backdrop of the opener, "James River," hints at bluegrass, with ...
Steeped in Americana, West Coast outfit the Waybacks are able to meld Appalachian or mountain music with a summery "jam band" feeling for most of this record. Whether it is the somewhat catchy "City Boy," with its somewhat odd bridge, ...
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Snow Angels (2007)
Track Listing: All I Ever Get for Christmas Is Blue; Darlin'; White Horse; Little Town; New Redemption Song; Goodbye Charles; Snowed in with You; North Pole Man; Here It Is; One Olive Jingle; Snow Angel; We're Gonna Pull Through;
Welcome to the world of Butch Baldassari and John Carlini, a place where acoustic string virtuosity and wide-ranging musical influences merge and diverge to create haunting aural images at once familiar and brilliantly explorational. Imagine Bill Monroe's hardscrabble roadhouse mandolin ...
Refuse to Be Afraid (2003)
Recording information: SOund Kitchen, Franklin, TN; Studio Smecky, Prague, Czech Republic; WindSong Studios, Hendersonville, TN.
Photographer: Dean Dixon .
Arranger: Wayne Haun.
Personnel: Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar, banjo); Jeff King (electric guitar); Scott Sanders (dobro); Andy Leftwich (mandolin); Jim VanCleve (fiddle); Anthony ...
Pickin' on U2: A Bluegrass Tribute (2001)
Tribute albums always have dodgy prospects about them, since it's quite rare to find another artist who can either capture what's worthwhile about a band or perform their music in significantly different ways. Given the contrast between U2's first decade ...
Move On (1996)
Pricipally recorded at The Reflections, Nashville, Tennesee; Sounds Unreel, Memphis, Tennessee; Burns Station Sound and Grandpa's Farm, Burns, Tennessee; The Plant, Sausalito, California. Includes liner notes by Jim Ridley.
The third album in Tracy Nelson's '90s comeback, Move On finds her ...
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Personnel: Brandon Rhyder (vocals, acoustic guitar); James Hertless (vocals, bass guitar); Charlie Richards (guitar, lap steel guitar); Radney Foster (acoustic guitar); Eric Borash, Bob Britt (electric guitar); Mike Daly (steel guitar); Ron D'Argenio (harmonica, accordion, keyboards); Ian Fitchuk, Phil Madeira ...
Soul'd Out (1990)
SOUL'D OUT is a 1986 EP of R&B standards repackaged with five newly recorded covers.
Former New Grass Revival member John Cowan adds his own twist to some solid soul tunes. A strong vocalist with an amazing amount of control, Cowan ...
Kathy Chiavola's international reputation as one of the most respected vocalists in bluegrass and acoustic music is secure. She's recorded with some of the world's outstanding musicians, including Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, ...