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Bob Dylan’s Triplicate

April 21, 2017 Leave a comment

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In 2015, Bob Dylan released Shadows in the Night, an album of standards. Fans were a bit puzzled by the move, but Dylan later explained saying, “Now that I have lived them and lived through them I understand them better…These songs are cold and clear-sighted, there is a direct realism in them, faith in ordinary life.”

Now, Dylan is back with another standards collection titled Triplicate, a three-disc studio album featuring 30 recordings of classic American tunes. As Dylan’s website explains:

Triplicate showcases Dylan’s unique and much-lauded talents as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader on 30 compositions by some of music’s most lauded and influential songwriters. The Jack Frost-produced album is the 38th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since Fallen Angels, which was released in early 2016.”

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Best of Old Crow Medicine Show

April 14, 2017 Leave a comment

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Twelve years ago, Old Crow Medicine Show dropped it’s debut album, O.C.M.S. Since then, the band has become one of the standout new roots acts, blending bluegrass and folk with punk rock energy.

The band recently released a collection with studio highlights and unreleased tracks. Songs include “Down Home Girl,” “I Hear Them All,” “Black-Haired Québécoise,” “Heart Up in the Sky,” and, of course, the platinum-selling, crowd singalong favorite, “Wagon Wheel.”

From Folk Radio U.K.:

“With a career stretching back to 1998, nine albums released, a pretty relentless gig schedule and countless festival appearances, Old Crow Medicine Show has been in the vanguard of developing a 21st Century take on old-time, string band music. The band has been recognised and honoured with induction into the Grand Ole Opry in 2013, and the 2014’s Remedy won the Grammy for Best Folk Album, so a “best of” album might be considered a little overdue. Between 2004 and 2008, the band recorded with Nettwerk Records. They released three albums, Old Crow Medicine Show (2004), often shortened to O.C.M.S., Big Iron World (2006) and Tennessee Pusher (2008) and it’s these albums that Nettwerk has been able to draw on for Best Of, along with an EP track from 2006 and two previously unreleased tracks.”

Tracklist:

01. Wagon Wheel
02. Tell It to Me
03. Down Home Girl
04. Alabama High-Test
05. Big Time in the Jungle
06. CC Rider
07. Take ‘Em Away
08. Humdinger
09. Fall On My Knees
10. My Good Gal
11. I Hear Them All
12. Caroline
13. Black-Haired Québécoise
14. Heart Up in the Sky

Fresh Stuff from Real Estate

April 12, 2017 Leave a comment

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The band Real Estate gets tossed into the indie-rock genre, but the band has a reputation for crafting clean, orchestral pop gems that goes far beyond the usual rough-around-the-edges indie rock sound.

On its latest release, In Mind, the band furthers its clean, polished sound, while pulling in elements of psych, classic rock, dream pop and more. As Consequence of Sound reports:

“In Mind is a thorough portrait of Real Estate’s comforting scripture. The touching points are pretty much the same as before — the psych-tinged ‘60s rock of The Beatles and The Byrds through to the Pink Floydian prog touches and the misty guitar lines of ‘80s groups like Galaxie 500 and Echo & the Bunnymen — but the six-piece bring their own hazy lucidity. There’s the odd bit of reverb, but the band don’t douse their arrangements in it. Instead, it’s the clear symphonies, lustrous melodies, and singer Martin Courtney’s sweet vocals that take you into a kind of hallucination. In Mind invites you deep into the narrator’s subconscious. Grasping with these songs is like trying to reconstruct a dream you had the night before.”

Tracklist

01. Darling
02. Serve The Song
03. Stained Glass
04. After the Moon
05. Two Arrows
06. White Light
07. Holding Pattern
08. Time
09. Diamond Eyes
10. Same Sun
11. Saturday

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Fresh Stuff from Alison Krauss

April 7, 2017 Leave a comment

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Fiddle master, vocalist and bandleader extraordinaire Alison Krauss has been holding bluegrass court for decades. In that time, fans have seen her go from traditional bluegrass artist to being one of the artists pushing the genre into the mainstream.

For the last couple of decades, Krauss has recorded with her all-star band, Union Station. On her latest release, Windy City, however, Krauss returns to her roots as a solo artist.

The album sees her covering classic country numbers, including “All Alone Am I,” the hit by Brenda Lee, John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind,” and Willie Nelson’s “I Never Cared for You.”

NPR describes the album, which features Union Station musicians Ron Block and bassist Barry Bales, along with Hank Williams, Jr., Jamey Johnson, Sidney and Suzanne Cox and Dan Tyminski, as “pros romping through their repertoire, with Krauss making each song charmingly personal.”

Tracklist
Losing You
It’s Goodbye and so Long to You
Windy City
I Never Cared for You
River in the Rain
Dream of Me
Gentle on My Mind
All Alone Am I
Poison Love
You Don’t Know Me
Windy City (Live)
River in the Rain (Live)
Losing You (Live)
I Never Cared for You (Live)

Gary Clark Jr. Live

April 7, 2017 Leave a comment
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Gary Clark Jr. kind of has to be seen to be appreciated. His studio albums are impressive, but until you’ve experienced his showmanship and impressive guitar chops live —even via YouTube videos— it’s hard to appreciate his immense talent.

 

Clark’s latest offering, Gary Clark Jr. Live North America 2016, showcases the artist at his finest, pulling emotion and masterful guitar work together into a raw and revealing collection of original material and cover songs, including Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I do” and Elmore James’ “My Baby’s Gone.” As All About Jazz reports:

 

“In its pure unadulterated emotional and sonic form, sans overdubs of any kind, the honest power of Clark and his band’s musicianship sheds a discernibly different light on the polished likes of the…studio work. [T]he guitarist/vocalist depicts how forcefully he can parlay this music in practiced, natural collaboration with guitarist Eric ‘King’ Zapata, bassist Johnny Bradley and drummer Johnny Radelat. And while the cacophonous closer, “Numb,” is a carryover from the prior double live release, it still sounds so close to the artist’s heart and soul; as such, it will be sure to satiate the appetites of the most ravenous guitar hero-worshipers.”

 

Tracklist
01. Grinder
02. The Healing
03. Our Love
04. Cold Blooded
05. When My Train Pulls In
06. Down To Ride
07. You Saved Me
08. Shake
09. Church
10. Honest I Do
11. My Baby’s Gone
12. Numb

Tedeschi Trucks Band Live

April 5, 2017 Leave a comment

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of the best live bands around. With Susan Tedeschi taking frontwoman duties, guitar wizard Derek Trucks holding down lead duties, and a massive, all-star band that takes the power-couple from great to freaking amazing, the band is a must-see for anyone who loves that sweet spot where rock, blues and jam collide.

The outfit’s latest release is a live album and film titled Live From the Fox Oakland. Recorded and filmed on September 9th, 2016, the album and film provide what the band’s website describes as an “in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the touring juggernaut.”

Tracklist

1. Don’t Know What It Means
2. Keep On Growing
3. Bird On The Wire
4. Within You, Without You
5. Just As Strange
6. Crying Over You
7. Color Of The Blues **Film only
8. These Walls (featuring Alam Khan)
9. Anyhow
10. Right On Time **CD only
11. Leavin’ Trunk
12. Don’t Drift Away
13. I Want More (Soul Sacrifice outro)
14. I Pity The Fool
15. Ali ** CD only
16. Let Me Get By
17. You Ain’t Going Nowhere **film only

 

 

Fresh Stuff from Valerie June

April 5, 2017 Leave a comment

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In 2013, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June released her major label debut album, Pushin’ Against a Stone. June immediately caught the attention of roots fans for her fresh take on blues, folk, soul, gospel, country and bluegrass.

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, June is one of the most extraordinary artists around, reworking traditional music into something entirely unique.

Her new release, The Order of Time, sees June furthering her exploration of disparate sounds. As PopMatters reports:

The Order of Time continues June’s fusion of a diverse set of influences into a modern eclectic style. The title defines the album’s driving force as time and the joys, heartbreaks, and pain one naturally encounters in life. Lyrics explore those elements, and June’s unique vocals stands as strong as on her debut, but the rhythmic background and integration of a strong series of organ performances creates a sonic quality for time that personifies the album’s theme.

Tracklist:

01. Long Lonely Road
02. Love You Once Made
03. Shakedown
04. If And
05. Man Done Wrong
06. The Front Door
07. Astral Plane
08. Just In Time
09. With You
10. Slip Slide On By
11. Two Hearts
12. Got Soul