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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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Book 33 – Me of Little Faith

Book 33 for the year is a collection Lewis Black’s thought about religion Me of Little Faith. The book is hilarious and at times makes me laugh out loud as Black takes on all religions including his own!  I’ve said before that Black is one comedian who consistently cracks me up and I can watch the same concert performance over and over and laugh all the time “If it wasn’t for that horse. I wouldn’t have spent that year in college”.  John Stewart and George Carlin’s praises on the back of the book cover are so true!

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Folk Monday – Peter Bradley Adams and Trevor Alquire!

So I was out again today surveying the situation up in West Trenton. When I got home I reviewed the Roots Music Report Folk Chart and found a name I was not familiar Peter Bradley Adams and gave a listen to his album Traces . Nice soft folk music. I am listening now to another of Peter’s albums Leavetaking again the music and the vocals sound good. Looking at Peter’s biography I see that he was one half  of the duo, Eastmountainsouth. I have their album in my collection and have enjoyed their music. Adam’s music has also appeared in  many films and television shows including  CBS’ “The Mentalist” , CW’s “One Tree Hill”, ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” as well as the film “Everbody’s Fine” starring Robert De Niro. I really have only given the album a one listen but I really did like the first two tracks “Family Name” and “For You”.  “Darkening Sky was also a track that stood out on the first listen. I’ll give the album a few more listens through the week and write more later!

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Tommy Castro – Hard Believer

So this morning I had the mp3 player on shuffle and was listening to some of the music I’ve been listening to over these last few months. Some blues came on and  it took me a minute before I recognized Tommy Castro and his latest release Hard Believer.(actually I didn’t remember that I still had the album on the player) So when I went to the store I listened again to the great album! I’ve enjoyed Castro’s music since I picked up a cassette tape of his first album Exception to the Rule. Exception to the Rule and Painkiller are in my collection but I’ve listened to many of the other albums.I’ve always enjoyed his guitar work but his vocal styling may be what sets him apart from other bluesmen.

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Book 32 – The Codex

So last night I didn’t do whole lot of music listening rather I was caught up in the jungles of southern Honduras finishing Douglas Preston’s latest solo book (Preston being one-half of the writing team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child) The Codex. Some once asked why read fiction well aside from being exciting and mysterious it also takes me places I’ll never go and then sometimes teaches me about the culture.  This book takes you to the jungles of Honduras and a lost Mayan city.

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Mike Younger and the Marksmen – Hustled by Squares


So sometime around 1998 music from a musician working in New Orleans crossed the Nashville desk of Rodney Crowell and in 1999 Rodney produced Mike Younger’s first album Something in the Air fast forward a few years and I too discovered the music of Mike Younger, in the budget bin of my favorite used CD store. The album looked interesting and when I took it home and listened I was blown away by the album! I felt that comparison to Dylan or Springstein were right on and the album stayed in my CD player for a long while! In 2005 Mike released his second album Every Stone You Throw while it was a good album I didn’t think it measured up to the first album. This summer Mike has a new band The Marksmen and has released a really strong album Hustled by Squares . The album is a little more rock than I remember Something in the Air being (and I have to remember because the CD cover is empty and I think the ripped CD is on an external hard drive that decided not to work!) Anyway from his biography on his website:

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Reconnecting with Robben Ford

So the last two days I’ve been up early and out all day in that pollen ladened air surveying and at night I have been tied and itchy and not in the mood for writing, more in the mood for sleeping! Anyway Blues Wednesday has come and gone as well as Thursday which is often a jazz day so this afternoon I decided to listen to someone who combines the two blues jazzman guitarist Robben Ford! I first listened to the album that introduced me to Robben Ford Discovering the Blues released in 1997 by Avenue Jazz Vault Classics the album features live recordings from 1972. The album opens with a cover of B.B. King’s “Sweet Sixteen” and a great Ford guitar solo! The other six tracks on the album include a cover of John Lee Hooker’s “It’s My Own Fault”, The track “You Don’t Know What Love is” a jazz vocalist standard showcases Ford’s saxophone prowess. “Raining in My Heart” is a Chicag blues number that showcases the other band members Phil Nagle on keyboards, Sam Poplin on bass and Jim Baum on drums. All in all a good listen!

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Twang Tuessday from Grasstowne to .357 String Band!

So this Twang Tuesday started out with one of the albums I picked up at the Princeton Record Exchange The Other Side of Towne the most recent release from Grasstowne. This is a really good bluegrass album from some excellent musicians. The album has songs about hard workin’, heartbreaks, momma and the Lord! The good picking comes from one of the best mandolin players Alan Bibey. Alan was named the 2010 Mandolin Player of the Year at the SPBGMA (Society for thr Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) in February of this year. Steve Gulley provides the lead vocals and guitar. Gulley is an award winning musician was a founding mermber of Mountain Heart, another really good band! Looking at the website it appears they have a new bass player Travis Greer, Justin Jenkins plays banjo and Adam Hayes’ fiddle rounds out the band. So if you like good bluegrass check them out!

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Folk Monday – Andersen and Rush

So on this lazy Labor Day I listened to some old folk by a couple of favorites. First, I was looking at some vinyl and was going to use my new cleaning solution and then record some music and I came across The Best of Eric Andersen and since it’s a favorite I decided to record it. I listened to the first side and then recorded the second side without listening. When it was done I discovered that I had not even started the recorder to record either side! So I listened and recorded the first side again! That side is probably the most played side of the two album set with the first three songs being the favorites: “My Land is a Good Land”, “Hey Babe, You’ve Been Cheatin'” and my favorite “Thirsty Boots” and the last song “Close the Door Lightly” is also a favorite!

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Sunday’s Music – Stalling, Cleveland and Corritore

Well my emusic downloads refreshed the other day and I have been checking the new stuff they’ve added in the last month. It seems that they’ve added a lot of new stuff from Rounder Records so a lot of new folk albums. So did I download any of thing  from Rounder? No I did not. I download three albums: Max Stalling’s  new album Home To You, Michael Cleveland’s  album Flamethrower from 2002 and Bob Corritore and Friends album Harmonica Blues. I’ve been a Max Stalling fan for a while and have four albums in my collection. The first and probably my favorite is Wide Afternoon. I just listened to Michael Cleveland’s music for the first time last month and Bob Corritore’s album has been on the Roots Music Report for the last several weeks and I took a chance mainly because I really do like harmonica blues!

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