So I listened to a lot of bluegrass today. I started the day with XM Radio Bluegrass Junction and on the way to work I heard a song by Steve Gulley and I thought about the new album that I read about the day that he did with Tim Stafford. So I went to Rhapsody to look for it but they didn’t have it, actually, I don’t know if it has even been released yet. Anyway they did have other albums so I listened to Tim Stafford’s album Endless Line and then Steve Gulley’s album Sounds Like Home. Both albums were very good listens from two of bluegrass’ best! Tim Stafford was a founding member of Blue Highway, whose first album won IBMA’s Album of the Year Award in 1996. In the February 2010 edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine Endless Line was named one of the best Acoustic Guitar Albums of the last 20 years! and says that Tim Stafford is ‘…possibly the most influential guitarist in contemporary bluegrass.’. Other albums that were on the list that Tim appeared or worked on includes: Blue Highway’s Midnight Storm, Michelle Shocked’s Arkansas Traveler, Alison Krauss’s Now That I’ve Found You, and The Infamous Stringduster’s Fork in the Road.
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So I listened to a lot of bluegrass on this Twang Tuesday but at one point this morning when I was doing some writing and the bluegrass was put on hold and I listened to some jazz. I put on something different and listened to A Night on the Town an album by the Oscar Peterson Trio featuring Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass and of course Oscar Peterson on piano. Now I have listened to Oscar Peterson before and am not really a big fan mostly because I really don’t jazz piano all that much, but this album most have caught me in the right mood because I thought it was exceptional. Throughout the album both Ellis’ guitar and Peterson’s piano were great and a few times Brown’s bass playing was pretty darn good, too! All I know when I listen to bluegrass my foot is usually a tappin’ which it was also doing with this album
so this morning I found three names on the Roots Music Chart that weren’t familiar so I went to Rhapsody to check them out. The artists were Jason Spooner and the album that Rhapsody had was The Flame You Follow , Will Putman and his album 15 Hours of Driving , and Kim Beggs and her current release BLue Bones.While I enjoyed all three albums I wasn’t particularly blown away with any of them on first listen. (of course I reserve the right to change my opinion after further listening!) A little about each artist.
Paul Thorn is one of those musicians that an early album is found in my collection but then somehow you lose track of their career. Does the saying “too much music, too little time” sound familiar! But after listening today to his new album Pimps and Preachers I got some catching up to do, since Ain’t Love Strange the album in my collection is his second release, and Pimp and Preachers is number nine! I downloaded the album the other day and listened to the title track “Pimps and Preachers” an autobiographical songs about Paul’s upbringing and the dichotomy he faced between his father the preacher and his father’s brother the pimp! (Depicted by Paul’s painting on the cover of the album) So this morning I loaded the album up and gave it a listen at the store and my mind was not on the groceries I was buying, but the great songs that kept coming on song after song! The songs that really caught my attention on the first listen included “Better Days Ahead”, ” You Might Be Wrong” a song about religion that asks the some questions that I do!
The other day when I was listening and looking for Buffett music I came across a cassette tape of Tom Paxton’s 1994 release on Sugar Hill Wearing The Time and for the last few days it’s been sitting on the computer desk. Well this morning I looked at the tracks and realized that the album had a lot of good tracks so I put it in the tape player and gave it a listen! The neat thing about this cassette is that along with the great music Tom wrote a little blurb about each song. So here’s what he wrote about some of the tracks on the album.
So I spent last night watching the Eagles-Chiefs game and then the Phillies game up to the top of the tenth inning! I also finished Book 30 for the year The Rook by Steven James. The Rook is the second book in the series which features Patrick Bowers a special consultant to the FBI using his talents as an investigator Patrick tracks serial offenders using geospatial techniques. Place, location and time of the crimes versus motives. In this novel Patrick and his colleague Lien-hua Jiang are called to San Diego to consult on a series of of fires being set around town. Patrick brings along his stepdaughter Tessa. (whose mother died of cancer about a year prior and Patrick and Tessa are still working on their relationship). Meanwhile the character of Creighton Melice is introduced client who is out on bail is given a “new girlfriend” and is setup by a mysterious benefactor Shade in San Diego where he can do what he does which is filming women as he drowns them. Additionally, a defense contractor billionaire Victor Drake, is being forced by the government to provide the prototype of a device that he is working on for the Department of Defense.
So on our way to Trenton this morning, a meeting for me and Kathy was going to the State Archives to look for dead people (do genealogy research), I put on some Poco, a band we both like. As I listened to Poco, I thought about their predecessor Buffalo Springfield and how the members of that band had such a big effect on my musical listening over the last 40 years! I mean where would popular music but without Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer! No I obviously mean those other four guys that went on to make just a little good music. So where do you start with those guys I guess with Stephen Stills – obviously he went on to Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes that other guy.. and I have several of their albums. One of my favorite Stills tracks is 4 and 20 from Deja Vu. I also have some of Stills solo work. one of the favorite things that Stills did was the second side of Super Session with Al Kooper there’s a lot of good stuff on both sides of that album. But probably my favorite Stills release was the double Manassas album. There’s a lot of good music on that album including “Johnny’s Garden”, “It Doesn’t Matter”. Then there’s Neil Young I only have some of his early stuff Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, and his first album. But obviously through the years I’ve heard lots of his music!
So today on Blues Wednesday I listened to an album that I had put on the mp3 player a while ago and haven’t listened to for a bit. But as soon as I heard the opening track “Working Man” I remembered how much I liked Albert Cumming’s 2006 release Working Man. I think I came across Albert’s music on emusic where I read a review by Megan Frye of the All Music Guide. A excerpt from that review:
So last week I wrote that after listening to Colin Spring‘s 2005 release How I Came To Cry These Tears Of Cool I went to CDBABY and bought his new album Highballs for the Lowbrow and it’s been spinning in the iPOD since then and every time I listen I hear something new and I like the album more and more! In case you’ve forgotten or didn’t read the previous post, I found Colin’s name on the FAR Chart tied for 22 with a bunch of other artists. The album title sounded interesting so I thought I’d give him a try and I am glad I did. At first the album seemed a little to rock pop for me but that changed when I really started listening to the lyrics. The other thing I really like is that each song has a different sound from the hard driving “Good Looking Man” to the closing cover of “Chevy Van”. Again to refresh or inform from his website:
Ok so it’s time to bore you with the soundtrack of tonight’s four mile run!
The run started with “Sunday Morning Sunshine” by Harry Chapin fromniper and Other Love Song always a favorite! Then a little blues “Same Old Thing” – Coco Montoya – “Cindy’s Crying” a Tom Paxton classic. I couldn’t figure out who the next artist was the song was “Sucker for Love” and it was Debbie Davis – from her album of John Mayall covers. A pretty good album that I haven’t listened to for a while. Two other artists I haven’t heard in a while Mark David Manders and “Sam Houston” from Highs and Lows and “Woman to Me” by Phil Prichett, then a nice quiet song from Erica Wheeler’s Harvest album “Goodnight Moon”. Tift Merritt was next with “Trouble Over Me” from Bramble Rose, and then just when I needed to pick it up a nice quiet jazz piece from Pat Methany “As a Flower Blossoms” and the run ended with “I Can Drive” by Bruce Henderson.