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Lincoln Durham – The Shovel vs. the Howling Bones

dinsdag, januari 24th, 2012

www.lincolndurham.com

Overwhelming debut.

Singer-guitarist’s Lincoln Durham’s first cd contains eleven songs. It is easy to categorize them as blues, but that would do Durham wrong.

Influences from country-blues are clearly present because of his many different, mostly old guitars, but his often swinging, logically rounded melodies mix a sizeable quantity of singer-songwriter through that. That is a long way away from the Texas State Youth Fiddle Championship, which he won when he was ten.

Durham is only accompanied by two different guitar players, among whom producer Ray Wylie Hubbard, while drummer Rick Richards firmly holds the songs together.

That results in an intriguing combination: (more…)

Gerry Griffin – Moment to Moment

dinsdag, januari 3rd, 2012

www.gerrygriffinmusic.com

Moving.

Canadian Gerry Griffin has been a professional musician since 1963, but as a harmonica player he always stood in the shadows, although it was in Long John Baldry’s and Willy Dixon’s among others.

In 1996 he recorded his debut,  Hour Glass. Apart from the harmonica, he sang and played   the acoustic guitar and the mandolin in ten songs, recorded live with a band in the studio. He got inspiration for these semi-electric, already often folky songs during an unjust prison sentence in Northern Africa and Spain.

Although he regularly played live with his partner in music and life Heather Houston afterwards, his work as a recording engineer, producer and composer of sound tracks stood in the way of a second record.

That gave his songs time to mature, because Griffin plays the ten songs on this second cd in (more…)

Anna Coogan – The Wasted Ocean

dinsdag, november 8th, 2011

Masterpiece.

Anna Coogan’s solo debut The nocturnal among us made an impression and so the American singer-songwriter already toured the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany, despite the fact that the record was self-released. On the basis of these ten songs on this second cd she (more…)

Johnny Max Band – It’s A Long Road

donderdag, augustus 25th, 2011

JMB 024

www.johnnymaxband.com

Go Johnny, go!

Canadian singer Johnny Max has already had a radio programme for six years that is somewhat misleadingly called The Sunday Morning Soul. That is because he prefers the blues, although he is not narrow-minded, just like on predecessor A Lesson I’ve Learned.

He sings twelve songs on his fifth record, mostly written together with drummer Vince Maccarone, bass player Wayne Deadder and guitar player John Findlay. They and keyboardist Jesse O’Brien draw enthusiastically from blues, soul, jazz and funk.

The four new, but experienced band members play (more…)

Johnny Max Band – A Lesson I’ve Learned

dinsdag, augustus 23rd, 2011

www.johnnymaxband.com

Graduated.

Canadian Johnny Max is the singer of a five piece blues band, but also the deejay of a rootsy radio show. That may explain the eleven versatile compositions, which were mostly written by him and keyboardist Martin Aucoin.

They play traditional Chicago blues as good as the title track’s soul blues and funky New Orleans-shuffles just as authentically as Write Your Name, the piano ballad inspired by Ray Charles. Apart from that (more…)

Jude Johnstone – Quiet Girl

dinsdag, maart 1st, 2011

BoJack Records

www.judejohnstone.com

Justice at last?

A little over two years ago Jude Johnstone’s fifth solo-CD Mr. Sun once again did not bring her the recognition that she has deserved for years. She does get it in music circles, because not only did Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris amongst other have hits with her songs, in these then new ones Jimmy LaFave, John David Souther and Rodney Crowell sing background vocals plus Emmylou Harris once again. Moreover: in Don’t Wake Me Up,  a song that is a little too radio friendly, Springsteen saxophone player Clarence Clemons, who discovered her, plays a solo.

It is the only song in which Johnstone makes concessions to a certain extent, hoping (more…)

Hey, hi

vrijdag, december 24th, 2010

Nice of you to call! It’s been quite a while since the last time. No, I do understand: on your site were many shows in the North and the West. Great that they also book you in other states, really. Over in your town there are many clubs, but still…..  We only see you very rarely that way and of course we do not travel that easily anymore. Besides: I wouldn’t dare to go out into the streets over with you at night. What you see about that on t.v., is it really that bad? It’s ashame that you don’t have fans over with us. Left the church choir, didn’t you?

What? You want to go back to the studio again? Record your third CD? (more…)

Launch Contemporary classics category

woensdag, december 22nd, 2010

Just because any categorisation is arbitrary, we follow our own taste and we beg you to differ, although we do ask you to consider if our choices couldn’t be yours as well. 

That is why we created the category we call Contemporary classics. Our personal preferences are in that category: records that should surely stand time and be just as good in ten years’ time, or longer still. 

You will understand that the artist’s reputation is not the reason we picked the record. It is the music itself and first and foremost the feeling we get every time we take the trouble to really listen to it. 

If you don’t know these records, that is just what we advise you to do: listen to them, as long as you are aware that you might get addicted to them.

Rob Jungklas – Mapping The Wreckage

dinsdag, december 7th, 2010

www.robjungklas.com www.madjackrecords.com

Triptych.

Rob Jungklas was on the brink of musical success at the end of the eighties, but married and found a job. As a result of the divorce of his wife and son and the purchase of a second-hand guitar the English teacher from Memphis made an overwhelming come-back in 2002. Arkadelphia, the CD with which he tore apart the silence, still is of an unknown, timeless ferocity, just like Gully, which was released five years later.

In the ten songs on his third CD there is no way of comparing Jungklas to (more…)

Erik Göransson – These Will Be The Days

zondag, december 5th, 2010

www.erikgoransson.com

Talented expat.

The Swedish singer-songwriter Erik Göransson, who operates from Barcelona, self-released this twelve song-debut earlier in 2010.

With his good English pronunciation and his thorougly structured songs his folky pop immediately appeals. Both his up-tempo songs and his intimate ballads are (more…)