Thursday, 21 September 2017
And now for something completely different.
As an antidote to the wall to wall Americana I have been serving up recently here are Stanley Odd an Edinburgh based hip hop collective.
A couple of songs from their 2013 album Reject focusing on politics and in particular the debate around Scottish independence.
Although things have moved on since 2013 there is a lot of what they are saying still relevant today
The advent of Trump and Brexit should give them plenty of new material to vent their spleens.
Stanley Odd - Antiheroics
Stanley Odd - Marriage Counselling
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Let's start with Neil Young with his song from 1989's Freedom album. Rather unkindly described on a list I googled as an absolute dumpster fire .Not as bad as that but not one of his strongest songs and certainly not a patch on the cover by Emmlou
Neil Young - Wrecking Ball
Neil is followed by an artist who never disappoints the great Gillian Welch with her song being the final track on her 4th studio album from 2003 Soul Journey
Gillian Welch - Wrecking Ball
I'm slightly cheating with my last offering given that it is titled My Wrecking Ball but that is close enough I reckon.You will recognize the voice as being that of Ryan Adams.
From his self titled 14th album from 2014.
Is it only me or does anyone else get annoyed when a band or artist releases anything other than their debut album eponymously?
Ryan Adams - My Wrecking Ball
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
I'll have a P please Bob.
Right you are - this week brother and sister acts beginning with the letter P
The brothers this week are Joe and Bob Pernice who along with others constitute the fine band imaginatively known as the Pernice Brothers.
Here is the first track from their third album from 2003 Yours, Mine & Ours released on the Ashmont Records label
Pernice Brothers - The Weakest Shade of Blue
A welcome, if temporary, break from Americana as we join Soul/pop sisters Anita, June and Ruth Pointer from 1991 on their fourth album Black & White. This song reached number 13 in the US Billboard charts and number 50 in the UK singles charts
Another sister Bonnie has also performed with the band
June died in 2006. Anita and Ruth currently perform as part of a rotating trio along with Ruth's daughter Issa and granddaughter Sadako
Pointer Sisters - Should I Do It
Monday, 18 September 2017
Step Inside This House from 1998 is the 7th album by Lyle Lovett and unlike it's predecessors which consisted mostly of self-penned tunes this one is an album of cover songs written by fellow Texans.
Lyle plumped for those artists who were relatively unknown.
The title track is by Guy Clark.Part of me would rather he had had a go at Slip Inside This House by fellow Texans The 13th Floor Elevators.
Flyin' Shoes is of course the title track of an album by the late great Townes Van Zandt.
My copy of the traditional Texan River Song cuts out at 3 minutes 53 seconds as opposed to the intended 4 minutes and 9 secons so you probably miss a a Fa La La Lee. My apologies
Lyle Lovett - Step Inside This House
Lyle Lovett - Flyin' Shoes
Lyle Lovett - Texas River Song
Sunday, 17 September 2017
Yes, yes I know that I have featured some Charley Pride on vinyl relatively recently.(just checked it was the 25th of June so not quite as recently as I first thought).
However when Mrs CC came in with a couple of compilations by him at 50p a pop it led my to thinking that another airing was justified.
A compilation from 1972 the year after he was chosen as the artist of the year and the best male country vocalist of the year by the Country Music Association and the top male country artist by Billboard and Cashbox.
His greatest accolade though will always be that he became the first black artist (and pretty much the only black artist) to be recognised as a major country and western artist.
His talent sure burst down a whole number of barriers.
Charley Pride - Was It All Worth Losing You
Charley Pride - This Highway Leads to Glory
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Nick Curran was an extremely talented blues singer and guitarist who died in 2012 from oral cancer at the tender age of 35.
He released 5 albums from 2000 to 2010 with his band the Nitelites. Dr Velvet is the middle one from 2003 on the wonderfully named Blind Pig Records from San Francisco.
He also played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds from 2004 to 2007 and in the band Deguello where he played the drums standing up.
A true talent taken far too early
Nick Curran & the Nitelites -Doctor Velvet
Nick Curran & the Nitelites - Can't Stop lovin' You
Friday, 15 September 2017
I'm off to a sold out Hug and Pint tonight for an album launch event for Returned to Sea the debut album by Sister John on the Last Night From Glasgow label.
Some lucky folk were there last night.
It is an absolute belter - my album of the year so far.
All songs written by lead vocalist Coatbridge lass Amanda McKeown.
Drew gave the album an excellent review recently as did the Scots Whay Hae website so it saves me doing it.
If you get the chance buy it from the LNFG link above but be quick as it as it is limited to 500 copies.
As well as the music the gatefold sleeve is a thing of beauty with a great photo of the band in the University Cafe on Glasgow's Byres Road
Sister John - Sweetest Moment
He Came Down is currently my favourite track (today!)