2013 is an exciting year for Booker T. Jones, who helped shape soul music as organist of the tight, laid-back ‘60s combo Booker T. & the MGs. In April, he was honored to musical direct a PBS White House concert of Memphis soul. Really, it’s the rest of us who were honored by hearing this songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and four-time Grammy winner whose vision of soul music remains vital and fresh. This album announces even bigger news: after 43 years: Jones has come home to Stax, the resurrected, history-making home of soul-shaking records.
Sugar Hill Records has announced a a July 16 release for anew compilation project from the late Doc Watson.
The Definitive Doc Watson will contain 34 tracks on 2 CDs, covering selections from Watson’s time recording for both the Vanguard and Sugar Hill labels.
The Vanguard era began in 1962, and includes the early solo albums that launched this legacy performer to international stardom as a singer, guitarist, and folklorist. For many people, Doc’s music was their first glimpse into the folk music of the Appalachian region.
Later recordings, including several with his son, Merle, were released on the Flying Fish label. Both Vanguard and Flying Fish were acquired by the Welk Music Group, which also owns Sugar Hill. The last few Watson recordings were on Sugar Hill.
Taken together, Sugar Hill’s new compilation has access to Doc’s music from 1962 to 2005. Talk about a treasure trove!
This week we are going to once again remember the life and times of America’s Blue Yodeler, the Singing Brakeman, and the Father of Country Music: the late, great Jimmie Rodgers. On Sunday, May 26, Jimmie Rodgers will have been gone 80 years.
This week we have been, once again, remembering the life and times of America’s Blue Yodeler, the Singing Brakeman, and the Father of Country Music: the late, great Jimmie Rodgers.Tomorrow, Jimmie Rodgers will have been gone 80 years.
Album's guest spots, international tour dates to be announced later.
Veteran gospel act The Blind Boys of Alabama has signed with Sony Masterworks, Paste has learned. The band is now set to release a new album this fall, taking production notes from other than Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. An album title has not yet been released.
The album will feature a few unexpected guest spots, which will be announced later. Its release will be followed by an international tour.
The 'Searching For Sugar Man' star was praised for his 'musical genius'. Rodriguez, star of the Oscar winning film Searching For Sugar Man, has received an honorary degree from Detroit's Wayne State University.
The protest singer was honoured as a Doctor of Humane Letters yesterday (May 9) in his hometown. Sixto Rodriguez was praised for his "musical genius and commitment to social justice" at the university's commencement ceremony. He earned a philosophy degree from the same university in 1981, reports the Associated Press.
Rodriguez recently said that he is preparing to release his long awaited third album, his first since 'Coming From Reality' in 1971.
John Cloyd Miller (Red June) Wins MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Grateful Web Around that same time, Miller, Weinstein, and Straughan formed Red June (named after an heirloom apple variety), a group that emphasizes songwriting while...
With a bit of juke-joint loose blues strumming rising from a National guitar, Patty Griffin leans into “Don’t Let Me Die In Florida” with a tortured cry on what becomes a steamy track with a deep, surging pocket. Death and displacement are certainly themes onAmerican Kid. A more aggressive acoustic offering from the woman who rocked hard on Flaming Red, yet haunted on the spare folk of Poor Man’s House,American Kid creates its lean immediacy by enlisting the North Mississippi Allstars to strip down to their most organic.
Claire Lynch has a new album titled Dear Sister (Compass Records). Dear Sister presents Lynch and her band (Mark Schatz on bass, Matt Wingateon guitar, mandolin, Bryan McDowell on fiddle, mandolin, guitar) on a 10-song set of bluegrass, folk and Americana cuts.
The Mississippi-born bluesman shaped and transformed American music. If the blues is the backbone of American popular music, then Muddy Waters was the backbone of the blues. Sure, there were plenty of significant blues artists before him and others after his heyday, but Waters, who was born McKinley Morganfield in Issaquena County, Mississippi one hundred years ago this week, was a singer, guitarist, composer, and bandleader of such elemental power that he’s come to stand for everything that’s soul-stirring about the music itself. Without Waters, it’s safe to say, rock and roll and its many derivations would never have turned out the way they did. Listing those influenced by him would be a fool’s game, their number is so legion, but let’s just mention a band called the Rolling Stones, who in honor of their hero, named themselves after a classic Muddy Waters song.
Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan has a new album titled The Old School. “The Old School is a big school. It is where the tributaries of the river came from,” says bluegrass musician and GRAMMY-winner Peter Rowan of his new album.
Influenced by his experience with the dynamic and enigmatic father of bluegrass Bill Monroe and written with the “bluegrass code” in mind, the now 70-year-old Rowan recorded the album with an intergenerational cast of skilled players. Old masters such as Bobby Osborne and Del McCoury sat shoulder to shoulder with younger players including The Traveling McCourys, Michael Cleveland, Bryan Sutton and more, everyone playing and singing in a circle and recording old school style. It was an appropriate way to capture the raw spirit of bluegrass music and, for Rowan, the album became the perfect vehicle through which to explore the complex musical strands of the bluegrass tapetry.
Soul singer Sharon Jones tweeted that she is feeling fine and recovering well after undergoing surgery on a stage one tumor in her bile duct "Out of surgery and I am feeling better than I ever expected" Jones wrote "The nurses at the hospital are...
Music is in Davell Crawford’s blood. The grandson of the great James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, Davell has been an active member of the New Orleans music scene since single digits.
Crawford was raised in Baptist and Catholic churches, playing organ, piano, and directing and singing in choirs. Since his early years in the church, gospel has remained the driving force of Crawford’s music, but he is not one to shy away from detours into R&B, blues, soul, or funk.
With the help of Jack White's Third Man Records, Pokey LaFarge brings his St. Louis swing to the masses in this clip for "Central Time." It's the first offering from LaFarge's new album Pokey LaFarge, which boasts his inventive, energetic twist on American roots music.
Heavy numbers poured in Sunday to see The Avett Brothers close down Merlefest 2013, despite the calls for rain throughout the day, and their late afternoon set was alternately passionately energetic, to the point of raising the ire of some traditionalists, and sensitively quiet, with gorgeous harmonies, and beautiful cello moments that left some in the crowd in near rapture.
'So much chemistry' binds Sons of Bill South Bend Tribune James says the music of Sons of Bill could be called Americana or alt-country, but he feels it's more than that. “I've always respected bands that allowed their sounds to change,” he says.
If your a struggling musician I suggest you take a look at the career of Jim Lauderdale. Between early set backs as a Bluegrass banjo player and being marginalized in Music Row there were plenty of opportunities to chuck his guitar in the gutter and call it quits. But he persevered and used his songwriting as a musical dowsing rod to move him from always forward toward unexpected and exciting places.
On May 9, 1956 Jimmy Martin had his first recording session for Decca Records.
At an afternoon session at Bradley Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, Jimmy Martin recorded four songs Before the Sun Goes Down, Skip Hop and Wobble, You’ll Be a Lost Ball and Hit Parade of Love.
Supporting Martin [lead vocal/guitar] at the session were Porky Hutchins [baritone vocal/banjo], Earl Taylor (tenor vocal/mandolin), Howard Watts (Cedric Rainwater), playing bass, and Tommy Vaden [fiddle].
Guitarist and ethnomusicologist who played with an international array of musicians.
Bob Brozman, who has been found dead aged 59, was a guitarist, ethnomusicologist, songwriter and teacher, as well as an intrepid traveller and musical explorer fascinated by guitar styles from around the world. According to his long-time collaborator and producer Daniel Thomas, Brozman's "purpose in life was to follow the guitar to all the places that it got left behind, and see what it did in those cultures". His starting point was the blues, but he became an expert in Hawaiian and Caribbean styles and the music of India, Africa, the Indian Ocean and Japan.
Believing that "music is the universal language", he befriended international musicians with whom he collaborated in what he termed "hybrid music" (he didn't like the currently popular term "fusion").
The photo above appears as part of Visualizing American Roots Music, an exhibit presented by the Southern Folklife Collection of twenty rare and unique photographs of iconic musicians. On view in the Pleasants Family ...
West coast mandolin master John Reischman has a new album of instrumental music, which he calls Walk Along John. Like his varied career, the album’s 14 named tracks (with one secret) feature the stylistic mix his many admirers have come to expect.