Bluegrass

Rockin’ Acoustic Circus – Lonestar Lullaby

So move over Old Crow Medicine Show, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Crooked Still and all you other Americana Bands because there’s some new kids in town! The other day while browsing the Roots Music Report I came across the name Rockin’ Acoustic Circus (RAC) and their new album Lonestar Lullaby one listen to some of the clips from the album sent me to Amazon to download the album and I’ve been listening and marveling at the musicianship since! The six piece band hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is lead the band’s musical mentor Rick Morton. Morton has been around the music scene for many years, in 1988 he teamed with Ronnie Dunn (of the famous duo, “Brooks & Dunn”) and they won first place in the national “Marlboro Talent Round-up Contest” held in Nashville, TN. He followed that up in 1989,and toured and played with Ricky Skaggs, George Strait and Kathy Mattea. He was also part of the “Tractors,” whose country music CD sold over 3 million copies.

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Twang – Part 1 – Blue Moon Rising!

So in the last couple of days I’ve been listening a couple of really good new albums with an older sound! First was the traditional sounding bluegrass band Blue Moon Rising and second the traditional Outlaw sounding Whitey Morgan and the 78s.

Blue Moon Rising is a four man band from Knoxville, Tennessee composed of Chris West on lead vocals and guitar, Tony Mowell, bass and vocals, Brandon Bostic mandolin, guitar and vocals, and Owen Piatt on banjo. Chris West, who’s been with the band since their beginning, writes many of the band’s songs, that have populated thier first four albums and have become fan favorites. The songs include: The Hanging Tree, Crime I’m Guilty Of, The Old Time Preacher Man, Good Time for Going Home, Revival, He Arose. All of which I have to listen to because the album I listened to Strange New World is their fifth album! From this album you can tell they have the complete package, they write great songs, the vocals full of great harmonies and the all know how to play their instruments! I first saw their name on the Folk Radio DJ list for November airplay where the album is number 63. The two top songs were “Dust Bowl” and “Living Water”. “Dust Bowl” is one of my favorites, other favorites include: “Time to Be Moving On”. “My Sittin’ Window”, “He’s All Around”, and “What a Helluva Way to Go”. So if you enjoy good bluegrass check them out at the usual places like Myspace and Facebook

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Twang Tuesday – The Blackberry Bushes

So as I looked down the Folk DJ list of airplay for the month of October 2010 the group at number 25 (32nd Top Artist) caught my attention The Blackberry Bushes and their new release Little Bit of Grace. So I headed over to Rhapsody and downloaded the album onto the ZenV. Their music certainly fits in the Americana genre there music is high energy and infectious and certainly will set your toes a tapping. Here’s a description of their music from their Myspace page

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Weekend Retreat – Tim O’Brien – The Hackensaw Boys

So this weekend I went back in time to revisit some of the earlier work of Tim O’Brien. O’Brien recently received a nomination by International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as Male Vocalist of the Year for his latest album Chicken and Egg. Unfortunately he did not win the award. The winner was Russell Moore of IIrd Tyme Out. Anyway the album that I listened to this weekend was Tim’s 1995 album produced by Jerry Douglas Rock in My Shoe. I listened to the first several tracks so that I could hear my favorite track on the album “One Girl Cried”. A great track about what music is all about, making music that moves someone. Here’s the great chorus:

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Twang Tuesday – .357 String Band – Lightning from the North

So a while back I downloaded and have been listening to .357 String Band’s album Ghost Town.They are a strong progressive bluegrass band that plays a fast and furious brand of bluegrass that they call “Streetgrass”. From their website:

……..The .357 String Band pays homage to both the dark roots of Americana – the fatalistic murder ballads, sneering Outlaw Country and unforgiving Gospel – as well as their own background coming of age in Milwaukee’s Punk and Rockabilly scenes. The result is a faster, meaner folk music – something the band calls “Streetgrass.”

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Running with Town Mountain!

So this morning No Depression posted a link on Facebook for the lineup at the 2011 Merlefest. So I went to the site and checked out the line-up a few of the bands I’ve mentioned on this blog. Folks like Balsom Range, Sam Bush Band, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Casey Dreissen and many I know but haven’t mentioned. Then there’s that fairly large segment that I don’t know and over the next few weeks I know I’ll be listening to some of these bands. The first one that caught my attention was Town Mountain. I listened briefly to them this morning liked what I heard so this afternoon I loaded it up on the ZenV and it became the soundtrack for my four mile plus run! The run was good no pain in my right knee but the music was better!

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Cajun Twang Tuesday – Amanda Shaw – Good Southern Girl

So it started quickly with a little 12 second fiddle piece called “Interlude” then went right into a rollicking Cajun song “Johnny Can’t Dance” again the great fiddle was that the artist playing that fiddle?? Yes, it was Amanda Shaw on her new album Good Southern Girl which debuted at 33 on the Americana Music Chart this week! And after that first song she had me. But then came “Meek Maids Reel” and I knew that this album was going to be something special! So I quickly went to Amada’s webpage and discovered that at 19 years old:

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Twang Tuesday – Well not really!

Yeah, I know it’s Twang Tuesday that turned into twinge Tuesday as in what I felt as I turned around at the two mile marker of my four mile run tonight. That twinge has turned into a pain that has kept me hobbling about tonight! Anyway I did relisten a couple of times today to The .357 String Band’s album Ghost Town. But between my leg and the computer deciding that it only wants to move really really slowly tonight I ain’t writing tonight!

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