So on the left sidebar there is a playlist of some of my favorite songs from a variety of albums, most of which were released in July August and September of 2014. There are a couple that I’ve added from earlier months basically albums that I didn’t get around to writing about but still really enjoyed! So here’s the list of the albums that the songs were taken from to make the playlist!
1. Milltowns - Mark Erelli – September 2014
I have only listened to this album of covers of Bill Morrissey songs once, and I had problems with it, mainly because Bill’s voice was so distinctive I have trouble hearing anyone else sing his songs
2. Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) - September
With thoughts of Rob Ickes swirling in my mind last night, I listened again to Cold Spell, the new release from Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, on the way to work at Target last night. Ickes is a guest on the album and as usual provides some great dobro to go with Solivan’s fine mandolin picking!!
Cold Spell is the third release from Frank and his band and with each release the band and Frank’s star has risen! Back in August, when the band released Cold Spell rel it rose to No 3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts! In addition, Frank and the band have been nominated for the following International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards…..
- Instrumental Group of the Year
- Male Vocalist of the Year (Frank Solivan)
- Mandolin Player of the Year (Frank Solivan)
- Banjo Player of the Year (Mike Munford)
Frank Solivan now calls Alexandria Virginia home and with Dirty Kitchen they play a blend of acoustic American Roots music with a bluegrass acoustic country base, flavored with blues, folk, swing and jazz! Sounds like my kinda’ music, doesn’t it!! Solivan’s powerful vocals and outstanding mandolin playing are what make the band stand out for me. But believe you me the rest of the band is powerful, too. The rest of the band includes Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette on guitar and Dan Booth on bass and throw IBMA’s instrumental Group of the Year!!
This afternoon I was listening to the latest release from Breaking Grass Just as Strong, after listening for a while, I went and found a video of the band seems that the band has everything I like fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass, wait! There’s no dobro! But I listened anyway and they are a damn fine band without the dobro and I will listen to Just as Strong a few more times before I write about it…. but thinking about the dobro got me thinking about Rob Ickes, and then I came across this post and thought I’d post it again!!!
So last night before listening to Cameron Milford again and reading that Rob Ickes had played on his album, I found this video of Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst performing one of my favorite songs “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad”.I was impressed by the guitar picking of Jim Hurst on the video, and of course, I always am impressed by Mr. Ickes! After watching, I went and read a little about Mr Hurst and discovered that he had been a member of Claire Lynch’s band …. From Jim’s biography at his website:
Charlie Robison is celebrating one of those big birthday years today, September 1st! He is turning 50 years young today!! Charlie is one of the Texas Country music artists that I discovered through the Texas Country Music list on Yahoo in the late 1990s. Among that group were Charlie’s brother Bruce, Jack Ingram and Pat Green…. Some background about Charlie from Wikipedia…..
After an injury in college ended a potential football career, Charlie Robison came to Austin, Texas in the late 1980s and had stints in the bands Chaparral, Millionaire Playboys, and Two Hoots and a Holler. He went solo with his album “Bandera” in 1996. He subsequently signed with Sony and released “Life of the Party” on Sony’s subsidiary Lucky Dog Records. The album gave him three of his biggest hits including “My Hometown.” His next release was a live disc called “Unleashed Live,” which is credited to Charlie, brother Bruce, and Jack Ingram. He then signed with Columbia Records for “Step Right Up” and another live album Read More
Last night after I came home from a run, I sat down at the computer and was trying to get back to normal, when my wife asked if I had watched the new parody video from Weird Al “Word Crimes”yet. I said that I hadn’t, she made me come out and watch the video. The video is very funny and probably funnier if you know the Robin Thicke song, which I don’t and never will, because I can not stand Robin Thicke. Shortly after that, my wife said, she now had the song stuck in her head. That set my mind to wondering about songs that get stuck in my head. The one that popped up was Gale Garnett’s “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”. So I went to Youtube to find a video of the song, which I did, from the 1964 Grammy Awards, but I didn’t like the video so I didn’t post it. But if you want you can watch it here.
Ok so I have posted a little less over the last several weeks and it is for a variety of reasons. First I have worked more at my full-time job and most of it has involved field work, which leads to one tired 62 year-old at the end of the day. Secondly on several Sundays we have made the short trip to Paulsboro to visit this little one, who seems to be growing by leaps and bounds – at almost two months, he is not a newborn any more!
and thirdly, we just found out yesterday, that my son Peter and his wife are going to give little Oliver a girl cousin to play with!! Last night, we went over to Peter and Missy’s new apartment in Maple Shade to celebrate!! As a result, when I came home last night around 9:30 or so, rather than write about the music that I listened to in the field yesterday, I feel asleep!!
So today is Willie Nelson’s 81st birthday, Happy Birthday Willie! From Wikipedia; Willie Hugh Nelson…
….was born in Abbott, Texas on April 29, 1933, during the Great Depression, to Myrle Marie (née Greenhaw) and Ira Doyle Nelson. He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded by doctor F. D. Sims on April 30. He was named Willie by his cousin Mildred, who also chose Hugh as his middle name, in honor of her recently deceased younger brother. Nelson’s ancestry includes English, Irish, and Cherokee. His parents moved from Arkansas in 1929, to look for work. Nelson’s grandfather, William, worked as a blacksmith, while his father worked as a mechanic. His mother left soon after he was born, and his father remarried and also moved away, leaving Willie and his sister Bobbie to be raised by their grandparents. Read More
Yesterday I saw that Glen Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago, was in his best interest, moved to a Care Facility. According to the family, it Campbell’s care became too much for them. You can read about it here. Today Glen celebrates his 78th birthday! Glen was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, a tiny community near Delight in Pike County, Arkansas. He was the seventh son of 12 children. Way back when, in the late 60s, along with all the rock, and folk music that I was listening to, Glen Campbell’s albums found their way into my music library! He was a great singer, an equally talented guitarist and a seemingly all around good guy. Four wives and the drug and alcohol abuse tell a different story for many years of his life, but bout 25 years or so ago he was able to put that all behind him for the most part. Here is a good article about Glen from The Telegraph. For those of you who don’t know Glen, or those who need some reminding – from Wikipedia…..
Alabama once sang “If you’re gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band”. I’ll change that and add “if you’re gonna make me happy, you better have a dobro in the band” and a fiddle and banjo wouldn’t hurt!! Well, The Infamous Stringdusters have a dandy dobro player, Andy Hall, fine fiddler Jeremy Garrett, a bouncy, bombastic?? banjo player in Chris Pandolfi in combination with the guitar of Andy Falco and bass of Travis Book and listening to their latest album Let It Go today made me very happy!! And obviously a lot of other folks Let It Go is No 1 on the Roots Music Report Bluegrass Chart, #8 on the Americana Music Chart and No 3 on the Billboard Charts. After emerging eight years ago, they’ve grown from wunderkids to established stars with chart toping albums and Grammy nominations! Each year they have grown a little more and increased their crossover appeal The band appears on stages as diverse as Telluride, Grey Fox, Bonnaroo and High Sierra. A quote on their website sums it up well…..
Over the last few weeks, I’ve made reference to listening to David Wilcox’s new album blaze, today I listened to it again and I think it’s time i write something about the album! For me David Wilcox has the whole package, he is an intelligent and thought songwriter, a great singer and a terrific guitar player. What more could one ask for? I’ve been listening to David since the late 80s when I heard him on the radio singing and discussing the titled track of his first album “The Nightshift Watchman” Which is a song about those people, who sit in underground bunkers watching the skies for a missile attack knowing full well that if they do their job, their job and the world as we know it may be over!! You can read the lyrics here. Many of David’s eighteen releases can be found in my music library and I feel that blaze is one of his best albums.