Roots (Country, Folk, Americana)
Title I Don't Want To Let You Down EP
Van Etten and a sterling crew of collaborators offer documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing. The gorgeous ‘Just Like Blood’ manages to capture all four facets in less than five minutes.
Produced by Van Etten and Stewart Lerman, who also helmed ‘Are We There’, these songs are as sophisticated and evolved as anything Van Etten has ever done.
Title Sunshine Boy: Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos
Disc One of this 2CD set features outtakes and alternate versions from these albums, while disc two contains rough demos recorded prior to entering the studio.
MOJO ***** (five) “Holy Grail stuff”
Uncut 10/10 “about as good as anything in this world gets”
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Title Bluegrass Bonanza 4CD
Title Bob Harris Presents Americana
Title Fargo Collection Ete 2006 2CD
Yup, yet another cheap label sampler, this time from the Fargo stable, two CDs of what they’re best at, ft. Clem Snide, Neal Casal, Beulah, Great Lake Swimmers & Andrew Bird amongst others.
Title Folk Awards 2007 3CD
Title Folk Off 2CD
Label Sunday Best
2CDs of music, this is the Sunday Best label’s summing up of the best in contemporary folk music, though it’s definitely broader than that, what with appearances from Jakokoyak, Animal Collective and the Acid Casuals, as well as the more guitar-based songs from Clayhill, Marissa Nadler and Vashti Bunyan. CD1 is UK artists and CD2 is US artists. See review for full tracklisting.
Title Meet On The Ledge - An Island Records Folk-Rock Anthology
Title The Empire Strikes Back
Title The Music Of Wales - Folk Collection
Title The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferon
Label American Roots Publishing
Title You Done Me Wrong
Title The Inner Flame
Near the end, during his final interview, when asked the impossible question of what he thinks we are all doing here in this life, Rainer answered without hesitation: "to love away the pain".. If you don’t find that touching then this isn’t the music for you.
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Title Constant Sorrow
Label Fantatstic Voyage
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Title Folk is Not a Four Letter Word Vol 2
Label Finders Keepers
Title Soul Jazz presents: Delta Swamp Rock Vol. 2
Label Soul Jazz
Featuring Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tony Joe White, Bobby Gentry, Joe South, Area Code 615 and many more.
Title Bandera Rockabilly and Country Roots
Title Constant Sorrow - Bluegrass From Root To Flower (3CDm set)
Label Fantastic Voyage
Charmingly known as “Old Time Music” or just “Old Timey”, the hillbilly precursor of bluegrass did indeed have a long history stretching back across the Atlantic to the pre-record folk music of Britain and Victorian parlour songs. As a direct result of the enormous growth of the recording industry in America in the 1920s and 1930s, many rural markets were exploited by the early phonograph companies. It was out of this music that bluegrass evolved.
Brother acts were immensely important among the roots of bluegrass. Living, playing and singing together day after day produced recordings that feature the most intricate musical interplay and vocal harmonies ever heard. A notable brother act was The Monroes. Charlie and Bill would ultimately form their own groups, with Bill being acknowledged as the father of bluegrass for his recordings with The Blue Grass Boys.
The Stanley Brothers (Ralph and Carter) formed their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946 in emulation of Monroe’s new Blue Grass Boys. The brothers’ legacy has been acknowledged by Emmylou Harris, and Ralph continues to inspire at the age of 83, reaching a whole new audience through his involvement with the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
Other notable contributors to Constant Sorrow include Uncle Dave Macon, Mainer’s Mountaineers, The Delmore Brothers, The Carlisle Brothers, Roy Hall’s Blue Ridge Entertainers, Jimmie Skinner, The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys, Mac Wiseman, The McCormick Brothers, Joe Maphis and Jimmy Martin. Classic bluegrass numbers include “I’m A Man Of Constant Sorrow”, “Footprints In The Snow”, “Orange Blossom Special”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Angel Band” and “Feudin’ Banjos”.
Title Country Funk 1969 - 1975
Label Ligh In The Attic
What in the hell is country funk you ask? The answer is a complicated one, in part due to the fact that Country Funk is an inherently defiant genre, escaping all efforts at easy categorization. The style encompasses the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues, country hoedown harmony with inner city grit. It is alternately playful and melancholic, slow jammin’, and booty shakin’. It is both studio slick and barroom raw. And while these all may seem unlikely combinations at first glance, upon close listen, it all makes sweet sense.
Light In The Attic presents Country Funk 1969-1975, a melting pot concoction of the music of Dale Hawkins, John Randolph Marr, Cherokee, Johnny Adams, Mac Davis, Bob Darin, Jim Ford, Gray Fox, Link Wray, Bobby Charles, Tony Joe White, Dennis The Fox, Larry Jon Wilson, Bobbie Gentry, Gritz, and Johnny Jenkins.
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Title Country Funk Volume II 1967-1974
Label Light In The Attic
In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues; country hoedown harmonies cut with inner city grit. Compiled from tracks dating from the late ‘60s to the mid ’70s, Country Funk is the sound of country music blending with sounds and scenes from coast to coast, white America’s heartland music blending with the melting pot as the nation assessed its identity in advance of its bicentennial year.
The good news for the people who fell in love with the first volume of Country Funk is this: there’s plenty more where that came from. Light In The Attic has followed up that first 16-track disc with a second volume, Country Funk Volume II 1967 – 1974, and a new set of loose-talking, lap steel-twanging tracks. On the single CD / 2xLP volume you’ll find household names like Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Kenny Rogers, Jackie DeShannon, JJ Cale, Bobby Darin and Dolly Parton. You’ll also find obscure artists like Bill Wilson, whose lost Ever Changing Minstrel album was produced by the feted Dylan producer Bob Johnston, and Thomas Jefferson Kaye, noted producer of Gene Clark’s opus No Other. Gene Clark’s here too, as half of Dillard & Clark, wringing raw emotion from The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down”.
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Title Cowboys In Scandinavia
1. Allelujah-Christian Kjellvander
2. Mad Horse-The Lancaster Orchestra
3. Twisted Cowboy-St Thomas
4. Soul Rush-Nicolai Dunger
5. Power Failure-Mattias Hellberg
6. The Ghost Of Tom Joad-Junip
7. Defrag My Heart-Britta Persson
8. Quite Alright-Dusty Fingers
9. Oh Lord-Kristofer Astrom
10. Watching You Steal My Pain-Christer Knutsen
11. Don’t You Worry ’Bout A Thing-Tobias Froberg
12. To Hide This Way-Johanna Berhan
13. Dreamweaver-Thomas Dybdhal
14. Browngreen Pounding Eyes-Tarantula
15. Do They Let Me Kind In There?-Mikael Herrstrom
16. Family Values-Johnossi
17. Save Your Day-Jose Gonzalez
18. Take Care-Hederos & Hellberg
19. Theme From ’The Tussler’-Motorpsycho
Title Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Title Farewell to Ireland
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Title For A Decade Of Sin: 11 Years Of Bloodshot Records (2CD)
1. Blood Sweat & Murder-Scott H. Biram
2. De-Railed-Sixteen Horsepower
3. Glass Of Wine-Paul Burch & Ralph Stanley
4. Close Your House Down-Cordero
5. Ocean Size-Bobby Bare Jr.
6. Behind That Locked Door-My Morning Jacket
7. The Plan-Matt Mays & El Torpedo
8. Little White Pills-The Meat Purveyors
9. A Living Hell-The Bottle Rockets
10. Do You Want To Go Somewhere?-Richard Buckner
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Title Hot Guitars - American Guitar Tracks From 1920s - 1950s
Title Introducing Townes Van Zandt Via The Great Unknown
Label For The Sake Of The Song
Title Levitation, A South Wales Tribute To Jon Langford
This CD is an independently produced tribute to Langford with South Wales’ finest musicians giving their nod to this great talent.
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