Roots

New Bluegrass – Cabinet!!

So I extended my run to 4 miles this afternoon, still running at that 10 min/mile pace (you’re building your base, you are building your base). Anyway,  I put on an album that I’ve been listening to over the last couple of weeks the self titled/self released debut album by Cabinet. The album is currently number 40 on the Roots Music Report Bluegrass chart which is where I first saw the album.

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Folk Monday: Chuck Cheesman – Imagining Dancers

So last week I saw a name on the Roots Music Chart that I didn’t recognize Chuck Cheesman. So I downloaded his latest album Imagining Dancers and it only took the chorus of the first song “Drummer” for me to say hey this guy writes great songs!

the measure of a man is not the money in his hand,
I believe it’s more the love in his heart,
and the courage when he’s lost,
to swallow the cost,
and go back to the start.

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Sterling Koch – Slide Ruler

The second album that I listened to last weekend and through this week was the latest album by Sterling Koch (pronounced “Cook”) Slide Ruler. Koch us a nationally acclaimed lap steel guitarist from Cressona, Pennsylvania. I’ve seen this album on the Roots Music Blues Chart and others and was unsuccessful in finding the album on Rhapsody. I did listen to one of early albums Steel Guitar Blues though and enjoyed that so when I saw Slide Ruler on Napster I quickly put it on the iPod!

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A Blues Weekend Part 1 – Carlos Del Junco

so this weekend I downloaded and listen to two great blues albums. The first album was Big Boy from Carlos del Junco. Currently, Carlos’ new album Mongrel Mash with his band The Blues Mongrels is number 44 on the Roots Music Blues Chart. When I went to Napster that album was not available, so I chose Big Boy. Once again being in my own little blues world I had never heard of Carlos. Carlos was born in Havana and moved to Toronto at the age of one. Ah, there’s why I’ve never heard of him Canada is hiding him!!  But the opening notes from the first track “Heaven’s Where You’ll Dwell” told me that this guy can play the harp and a trip to his website confirmed my opinion, as Carlos was from 1997 to 2010 Harmonica Player of the Year. A total of SEVEN times out of the Canadian Maple Blues Award’s FOURTEEN year history, and his 2010 album Steady Movin’ has been nominated for a Juno award. From his website:

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Blues Wednesday – Vargas Blues Band

So last week I listened to the Voirth Blues Band from Croatia and today I traveled a little west from Croatia to Spain and listened to the Vargas Blues Band and their latest release Mojo Protection Revisited, which is a revision to an album released in 2008 in Argentina under the name of MOJO PROTECTION. The album includes new songs written by Tim Mitchell and Javier, engraved with the last band, composed by Javier, Tim, Luis Mayol (bass) and Peter Kunst. (drums)

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Twang Tuesday: Nu Blu – Nights

So last night before I went eclectic, I was listening to some bluegrass. I listened to two bands that have been on the player for a while the first is Nu Blu Bluegrass Artists so as not to be confused with the blues band. I have seen their names throughout last year and have never found the group on Rhapsody. Recently though I found the band on Napster and quickly downloaded the album.

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New Friend: johnsmith – Gravity of Grace

So one of the albums that I’ve been listening to over the last several days is johnsmith’s sixth album Gravity of Grace. Now johnsmith is another of those great artist unknown to me! I’ve seen his name over the last year on several charts and the album is currently number 42 on the Roots Music Report Folk Chart and once again shame on me! I really have enjoyed this album more on every listen. Great voice and great lyrics and the folks at Kerrville, Telluride, Rocky Mountain Folks, and Falcon Ridge folk festivals already know that because John has won numerous songwriting awards at those Festivals. The album was co-produced with Tom Prasada-Rao,(another artist who I’ve recently heard in the Village on XM Radio’s rotation) and was recorded in Dallas, TX, A bunch of my artists that I enjoy and have written about helped out on the album folks like: Tim O’Brien,Darrell Scott, Jonathan Byrd, and Jimmy LaFave. In addition Tom Prasada-Rao, Jagoda, Radoslav Lorkorvic, and Ray Bonneville (whose song “Run Juliene,Run” I know from Slaid Cleaves cover of the song) From his website:

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Old Favorite: Livingston Taylor

So back in the day one of my favorite albums was Livingston Taylor’s self-titled debut album. The albums is chock full of songs that I sang along to and the songs still float around in my head “Pocket of Good Times” is one. Here is Livingston performing one of the songs from that album and in fact the second songs he ever wrote! Followed by a funny piece concerning guitar playing becoming an Olympic sport!

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…..Something blue(s)

so the something blue(s) album was Blues De Ville! by the Viroh Blues Band. I found the album on Napster downloaded, listened and really enjoyed it! But trying to find out anything about the band now that was a challenge! The band is Croatian and they won the 2nd Annual Croatian Blues Challenge and will compete Memphis in 2012! I did find a few articles about the band and Google translated them from Croatian!

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