Archive for February, 2013

SXSW Preview – Luke Winslow-King – “The Coming Tide” (Bloodshot, April 23)

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Luke Winslow-King is a name that was on the periphery of my musical landscape. On a multiple choice questionaire I’d have been able to pick his name out as the one musician on the list but that’s about it. His music was mostly self-financed and self-released. That’s about to change with the re-release of his 2012 release The Coming Tide on Bloodshot Records. This is a great signing for Bloodshot as LWK is a perfect compliment to label mate Justin Townes Earl. Both have absorbed the New Orleans sound and made it their own. Both are photogenic, young and hip in a good way. And now both are on Bloodshot.

The title track is a good example of LWK combining and smashing genres. You’ll hear gospel, blues and folk on the track below. Bandmate Esther Kings’ vocals are a revelation on this song. Lots more info on Luke Winslow-King on Bloodshot here. Catch him and his band at SXSW at The Bloodshot official showcase Wednesday night at the Continental club.

The Coming Tide

PS You can hear another song from the new record on CMT here.

“The Coming Tide” performed live

SXSW Preview — Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison – “Cheater’s Game”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I’m a fan of both of these artists. They’re americana mainstays, Austin luminaries and now a married couple. Their new record together is called Cheater’s Game. The Bruce and Kelly Show will be playing SXSW at KDHX’s Twangfest along with acts like Kelly Hogan, Mount Moriah, Pokey Lafarge and Dale Watson. Along with the Bloodshot party this is one of the must see parties. Here’a song off the new record that features Kelly Willis as a wounded participant in the game of love.

Ordinary Fool

Small Houses – “Exactly Where You Wanted To Be” (New record, tour, SXSW)

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

I sometimes fail to write about releases from Yer Bird but I never fail to listen and have always been impressed by the curatorship of the label. Small Houses is the project of Philadelphia by way of Flint singer-songwriter Jeremy Quentin. A couple of excellent blogs have already done nice reviews/previews of the Feb 26 release of Exactly Where You Wanted To Be. They all focus on the starkness and simplicity of the recording and the songs. I can’t add anything there. They also all link to a song from the record so I’ll avoid doing that too. Instead I have a song from the record that was recorded live at WXPN for Folkadelphia. It’s even simpler and starker if that’s possible. Great to hear every strum, breath, whisper and rasp.

Preorder the new record here and catch the band on the upcoming tour or at SXSW (where I plan to see him).

Oh, Hiding Out

Bonus track (sort of the title track from the new record)

Our Sweet

“Our Sweet” Video

Tracy Huffman – “Pieces”

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

I should have written about this Tracy Huffman record months ago. I apologize to all parties involved. The record was produced by Charlie McGovern and recorded on an 8 track tape machine in Cosby, Mo (population 143). The music positively glows in a way that only an analog recording can. The dynamic range is huge although unlike most rock recordings you’ve literally got to turn this one up all the way to hear all the nuances.

“Pissin’ In The River” off of Pieces has a great almost acapella opening that quickly (d)evolves into a funky little honky tonker. Pick up Pieces (here) for yourself to hear one of the most unsung (and worthy) americana artists performing today.

Pissin’ In The River

Parquet Courts video for “Borrowed Time” and SXSW

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I have, what I think is, an irrational love of the band Parquet Courts and in particular the song “Borrowed Time”. I wrote about them and linked to this song here back in July. They are going to be down in Austin for SXSW and I will be trailing behind them like a lost puppy. Here’s a newish video for the song “Borrowed Time”

Danni Nicholls’ teaser EP “Time”

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

We’ll no doubt be hearing about Danni Nicholls this spring and summer. She has just finished recording her debut in Nashville with producer Chris Donuhue (Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller). In Fact I spotted her with Will Kimbrough and Emmylou Harris in some photos on her Facebook page. Chances are we are soon going to be enchanted by this British chantreuse. Why not get a head start with a little ep she recorded in a church in England that she has released as a teaser to the full length.

Danni has really captured that reverb soaked 50′s country sound – these are primarily ballads but she pulls them off with aplomb. Here’s a song off that new ep called “Between The River and The Railway”. Lots more info about Danni and the upcoming full length debut on Pledge Music here.

Between The River and the Railway

Pharis and Jason Romero – “Long Gone Out West Blues”

Friday, February 8th, 2013

It’s hard for me to find out about all the great new releases out there and I’m constantly looking/listening. Imagine how hard it is for even a very informed active music fan. Now imagine your typical NPR listening, Starbucks swilling suburban mom. I know they’ll never hear any of these great artists but I can try, can’t I?

Pharis and Jason Romero are a duo from the British Columbia town of Horesfly. They share their music and their passion for early country music in their recordings and in their banjo building company. Long Gone Out West Blues is the followup to their 2011 release A Passing Glimpse that I wrote about here.

These guys will get all the press and radio coverage they can handle in the acoustic, bluegrass, folk, and old timey country worlds – now if only we can help spread their music far and wide.

Sad Old Song