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Americana, Blues, Folk, Roots and more. TMEfm Radio Favorite Albums of 2018
Playing hundreds of albums every year makes choosing 20 very difficult, so you chose more than 20.
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Thanks to reviewers whose snippets I have used, Thanks for album art, thanks for videos and most important Thanks to the Artists for their music.
More albums may be added but they will start at #22.Sep 08, 2019 - katieknipp.com - 1
Katie Knipp is equipped with powerful vocals and plays a variety of instruments from boogie woogie piano to slide guitar, to honest harmonica laden stories in between. She has opened for Robert Cray, Joan Osborne, Jimmie Vaughan, Jon Cleary, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds, The James Hunter Six, and more. #10 on Blues Albums Billboard and 2019 SAMMIE award winner for best blues artist.1UpvoteReact with Emoji02
Mary Gauthier - Rifles & Rosary BeadsSep 08, 2019
Co-written with U.S. veterans and their families, the eleven deeply personal songs on this album reveal the untold stories, and powerful struggles that these veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home.
_"You’ll be hard-pressed to hear a more powerfully moving work than Rifles & Rosary Beads this year — or any other.”
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- LA Times_
Last year we saw the release of Jim Allchin’s Decisions album which garnered good critical review for it’s great songs and musicianship. Allchin returned to the studio this past Spring to once again collaborate with Tom Hambridge and his team. Hambridge has produced Grammy winners before and to make things even sweeter he and Allchin invited Mike Zito, Bobby Rush and The Memphis Horns to join them on this production.
The output of all that is 14 new songs, 3 penned by Allchin alone and the other 11 were collaborations between Allchin, Hambridge and a couple of other folks here and there. In addition to Allchin on vocals and guitar are Bob Britt, Kenny Greenberg and Rob McNelley on rhythm guitar, Hambridge on drums, Kevin McKendree on keys, Glenn Worf on bass, Mycle Wastman on backing vocals and the aforementioned guest musicians.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 08, 2019 - peter-rowan.com - 0
Peter Rowan has paid his dues, spending more than 50 years in and around bluegrass, sharing the stage with everyone from Bill Monroe and Jerry Garcia. Now, he’s paying tribute.
His new CD on Rebel Records is called Carter Stanley’s Eyes. But the title cut isn’t the only nod to the man many consider the best lead singer in bluegrass. Cut after cut, including two written by Carter, two written by his brother Ralph, and one by Monroe, the songs conjure up memories of the artist who left us far too soon, in 1966.
But the title cut, one of three songs on the CD written by Rowan, seals the deal. The Light in Carter Stanley’s Eyes recounts the day in 1965 when Monroe and Rowan — a member of the Blue Grass Boys who wasn’t yet old enough to vote — visited Carter near the end of his tragically shortened life.
The song includes a spoken part, in which Rowan recalls Monroe telling Stanley that he had been one of his favorite Blue Grass Boys, and his favorite lead singer. It also recounts Stanley asking Rowan if he was “going to stick with it,” which Rowan answered affirmatively. Given that more than half a century has passed between the question and this new project, Rowan clearly kept his end of the bargain.
The song, with it’s built-in oral history of an important moment in bluegrass history, will help make Carter Stanley relevant to new generations of pickers. And it should add momentum to the push to add Carter and Ralph to the Country Music Hall of Fame, an oversight that frankly should have been corrected long ago.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 08, 2019 - buddyguy.net - 0
Buddy Guy stands as one of the last true traditional blues legends of his time; an era that predated the rock ‘n’ roll explosion of the mid-1960s. Few remain, and even fewer are still releasing albums that remind us as to why they have enjoyed such a lengthy and illustrious career. The Blues Is Alive And Well is very much one of those albums. As a follow-up to his 2015 release, Born To Play Guitar, and his eighteenth solo studio album, The Blues Is Alive And Well features collaborations with Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger, and is certainly one of the best blues records to be released this year.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 10, 2019 - beckybuller.com - 0
Becky’s body of work is already vast and impressive, as a songwriter and as artist, and she has the awards and accolades to back it up. But, as Crepe Paper Heart demonstrates, she’s not about to rest on her laurels.
From the opening notes of Another Love Gone Wrong to the closing of Phoenix Arise, the 12 songs will take you on an emotional roller coaster of thrills, tears, longing and loss. The stories are compelling, as her songs tend to be. And the performances are top drawer. Again, that’s no surprise if you’ve followed her on stage and on record. With the collective strength of her band and an all-star lineup of guests, anything less would be shocking.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 10, 2019 - nickibluhm.com - 0
Heartbreak is never any fun, but it sure seems to be good fuel for the creative process. Nicki Bluhm first found an audience for her rich, smoky voice while making music with her husband Tim Bluhm, who produced her early albums and co-founded their band, the Gramblers. But in November 2015, the Bluhms revealed they were getting a divorce, and their creative partnership ended along with their marriage. Splitting up was clearly not a pleasant experience for Nicki, and she lays out all her hurt and disappointment on her 2018 album, To Rise You Gotta Fall. This is a breakup album if there ever were such a thing, but Bluhm doesn't sound like the experience has weakened her. There are bittersweet moments in "Staring at the Sun" and "Last to Know" where Bluhm reveals her emotional wounds, but more often she sounds clear-eyed in her postmortem of her relationship ("Something Really Mean") or defiant as she moves past the wreckage ("Can't Fool the Fool" and "Things I've Done"). Musically, To Rise You Gotta Fall is steeped in vintage R&B and soul with a dash of country for seasoning, and the bluesy angles of the music are a perfect match for Bluhm's ruminations on a love that used to be. The album was cut in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Studio, and producer Matt Ross-Spang has put together a band that can evoke the sounds of R&B past without sounding dated or falsely nostalgic. And To Rise You Gotta Fall features some of Bluhm's finest vocal work, filled with passion and nuance at the same time, and for all the powerful emotions in play here, she doesn't overplay, and the focus and restraint only make this music more intense. Hopefully Nicki Bluhm won't have to get dumped again for her to make an album this good, but at least she found a way to put her broken heart to good use, and To Rise You Gotta Fall ranks with her best music to date.UpvoteReact with Emoji08
Kinky Friedman - Circus of LifeSep 08, 2019
Before he was a novelist, and before he ran for governor of the state of Texas, Kinky Friedman was known as a musician. Proof of that can be found in his first new album in close to four decades, Circus of Life, being released on his own Echo Hill label.
As the lead singer of Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys he was responsible for such country classics as “Asshole from El Paso” and “They Don’t Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore”. The band also hold the distinction of being one of the few who were filmed for the famed TV show Austin City Limits but whose segment was never aired. (It is available on DVD if you look hard enough).
While Kinky has mellowed somewhat since those halcyon days, only “Little Jewford” Shelby (piano) still rides with him, and his songs aren’t as in your face as they used to be, none of that impacts on the quality of the material you’ll find on this album. For while the twelve songs on the disc only add up to just over 35 minutes of music, their substance can’t be measured by how much time they take up.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 08, 2019 - johnprine.com - 0
A new album from John Prine is always reason to celebrate, but an album in which he wrote or co-wrote all the songs is an even bigger reason to rejoice. The Tree of Forgiveness is the first album since 2005’s Fair & Square where Prine has written the songs. He has issued albums since then, but like Bob Dylan, they have been albums of cover versions, but this album is Prine and, I would argue, Prine at his best.
Prine co-writes with old friends and longtime collaborators on this album. He even wrote a song with Phil Spector — he started writing the song, “God Only Knows”, decades ago. Pat McLaughlin, Roger Cook, and Keith Sykes have worked with Prine in the past. He has made some new friends too in Dan Auerbach, who co-wrote the brilliant “Caravan of Fools”, and Brandi Carlile, who duets with Prine on the beautiful “I Have Met My Love Today”.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 08, 2019 - hambridgetunes.com - 1
When Nashville-based singer/songwriter/producer Tom Hambridge decided to pay tribute to the city of New Orleans with this CD, he had no trouble recruiting several of the biggest names in Big Easy music – including Ivan Neville, Sonny Landreth and the late Allen Toussaint — to help him. But that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s aware of the rich legacy he’s already created in the worlds of blues, country and rock.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., who graduated from Berklee College Of Music and spent three years on the road as the percussionist for guitar legend Roy Buchanan, Hambridge has earned Grammys as a producer of Buddy Guy’s Living Proof and Born To Play Guitar albums as well as more nominations for his collaboration with a who’s who of entertainers, including Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Johnny Winter, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, George Thorogood, Susan Tedeschi and many others.UpvoteReact with Emoji011
Mark Knopfler - Down the Road WhereverSep 08, 2019
Mark Knopfler’s ninth solo studio album ‘Down The Road Wherever’ features unhurriedly elegant new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including his early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray football fan lost in a strange town, and the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow. Mark has a poet’s eye for telling details that infuse his songs with his unique psychogeography – ‘where the Delta meets the Tyne’ as he describes it – and his warm Geordie vocal tone and his deft, richly melodic guitar playing are as breathtaking and thrilling as ever.UpvoteReact with Emoji012
JP Harris - Sometimes Dogs Bark at NothingSep 08, 2019
JP Harris doesn’t fancy himself a musician as much as a carpenter who writes country songs. With his forthcoming album, Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing (out October 5 on Free Dirt Records), Harris is back after a four-year hiatus to remind us what it's like to actually live the stories we hear so often in country music. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Harris left home at 14 and traveled the country hopping freight trains, working the odd job, and living without electricity or running water for over a decade. For this record, his third full-length, he tapped a handful of his favorite players and called on the production prowess of Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show) to capture the stories of his stranger-than-fiction life. Dripping with pedal steel and telecaster twang, the record has the rugged edges of outlaw, the danceability of honky tonk, and classic country's beloved emotional candor. After more than a decade in the trenches, Harris is more in love with country music than ever. If he hasn't already, his latest effort will make you a believer.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 08, 2019 - steveforbert.com - 0
Steve Forbert’s new album ‘Magic Tree,’ recorded in Meridian (his birthplace in Mississippi), Nashville, New York, New Jersey and Virginia, is a collection of his own songs and the music loses nothing in its quality of production despite the country wide recording venues. Throughout the album his folk roots shine clear, as does his song writing ability honed over his forty years in the music industry.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 10, 2019 - paulthorn.com - 1
It might be naive to think you can detect authentic music without being familiar with the particular genre. Paul Thorn’s Don’t Let the Devil Ride, is an incredible gospel and gospel-influenced album that sounds like the real deal: From its production, which sounds like it was recorded inside an old hot wooden church stuffed full of sinning parishioners, to the songs, which make the listener feel like they’ve stumbled into perhaps the South’s most exciting church service. It’s all the more amazing given that Thorn isn’t a gospel artist.
The album kills because it’s intense without being noodle-y. Every song sounds like great musicians trying–somewhat unsuccessfully–to hide just how talented they are. As is often the case with gospel, much of this comes from the organ, which propels many of the songs here. The album kicks off with “Come On Let’s Go,” which is propelled by that organ, as mentioned earlier. An infectious hand-clap keeps the beat, with horns popping in and out of gospel-tinged background vocals. The song builds to a manic climax before collapsing into a swirl of organ. Truthfully, if Thorn had ended the album on that first song, everyone would have felt like they got their money’s worth.UpvoteReact with Emoji015
Sugarcane Jane - Southern State of MindSep 08, 2019
Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based husband and wife duo of Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee have recorded Southern State Of Mind with producer Buzz Cason. The recording starts off with a rousing "Cabin On The Hill", already a favorite with Sugarcane Jane fans. It is followed by "Campfire", the first single. The thought-provoking, fresh and exciting "Man Of Fewest Words" precedes the title track, "Southern State Of Mind", the tale of the joys of Southern living. "Destiny", a raw rocker, is foreshadowed by the inspirational "Rainbow". "Red Flags Warning", a true gem from the pen of Anthony Crawford is cut #7. Savana Lee is featured beautifully on "The One Before Me". "How Do You Know" and "We Can Dream" wrap up this eclectic collection of songs from the duo.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 08, 2019 - anaegge.com - 0
Brooklyn based but with a somewhat nomadic background, Ana Egge is one of those songwriters who seem to hover around the edge of the mainstream. She gets great reviews but she’s certainly not a household name even in the most dedicated of Americana infested households. Her album with The Stray Birds, ‘Bright Shadow’, did cause a bit of a buzz, perhaps down to that trio’s reputation but we can safely say here that ‘White Tiger’ is a much more multi faceted affair than the folky infused ‘Bright Shadow’, bursting as it is with imaginative arrangements adorned with horns and synths.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 08, 2019 - tascru.com - 0
Tas Cru’s bio begins like this, “Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru’s songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today. ”UpvoteReact with Emoji018
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Downey To LubbockSep 08, 2019
DOWNEY TO LUBBOCK was born by immaculate inspiration from live shows Grammy winner Dave Alvin and Grammy nominee Jimmie Dale Gilmore performed together in 2017. Just the two of them were swapping songs and cutting up, each with a guitar and a heart full of soul, musicians who’ve been on the road their entire adult lives. The result is an album of blues, rock and folk inspired tunes that both of their fans will enjoy.
The album contains 12 songs - 10 covers and two originals - and is destined to be a classic Americana album from two Americana legends.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 08, 2019 - joyannparker.com - 0
Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, songwriter must-hear lead guitarist, currently endorsed by Heritage Guitars in Kalamazoo, MI. She has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 10, 2019 - travisbowlin.com - 0
For one so young (he was born in 1988), Travis Bowlin has already achieved a hell of a lot. Not only can he play the guitar, he can make them too! At first he made cigar box guitars for his own use but people seeing him use them, created a demand that he now meets through his separate business, Bowlin Box Instruments. Travis was born near Cincinnati and raised in a household full of many genres of music…so he soaked up blues, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and country. He got his first guitar aged 15 and very soon started to perform around his home and surrounding states. To take his devotion a step further, he moved to Nashville and released his first album in 2014, called See You Again. His influences have a wide range as he cites Led Zeppelin, BB King, Robert Johnson, Prince, Steppenwolf, 3 Dog Night and Albert King amongst others.
He has now released his follow up album called, rather neatly, Secundus, as it means second but can also, apparently, be used to mean ‘lucky’. It contains 12 all original tracks and shows a development from that first outing with its more developed, blues-oriented feeling and manages to cover virtually every emotion a human being can experience. There are many more flavours to be discerned and I can hear jazz and soul in the mix and I even picked up a hint of progginess in a Yes kind of way.UpvoteReact with Emoji0Sep 10, 2019 - sidelinebg.com - 1
In the past several years, Sideline has jumped from being a literal side project for some bluegrass A-listers to a fully-fledged band working its way to the top of the bluegrass world. With a few of those original “sidemen” on board, as well as the addition of several younger faces, Sideline has continued to up their game with the release of their new Mountain Home album, Front and Center.
Opening track Thunder Dan has captivated radio audiences with its catchy chorus and bluesy, mash-style grass. Penned by Josh Manning, it’s a take on the familiar “mountain man” story, featuring a title character with an itchy trigger finger and strong vocals from Troy Boone. The song hit number one last month and was back at the top spot on the Bluegrass Today chart this past week. Lysander Hayes is another rough character, keeping his mama up worrying and praying while he picks and drinks and runs around. Skip Cherryholmes pulls out the clawhammer banjo for this song, which along with Nathan Aldridge’s fiddle, makes for a nice old-time-with-drive vibe.UpvoteReact with Emoji0
Yesterday I started our affiliate web site “Song of the Day” with the song “Do Ya” from the Austin fella’s album “Neon Headed Fools”. After listening to the rest of the album and not having replaced our ex-expensive reviewer it’s down to me to cobble one together.
First impression left me with the Austin Chronicle headline “Texas Trampled by Turtles” and I will probably regret writing that. The band describe their foot-tapping,finger-clicking and head-bobbing music “browngrass, dirtier than Bluegrass”, 10 out of ten for the catchphrase fellas.
With Swiss yodeling, East European influences, Tejano accordion and fiddles fiddling it sure is different Bluegrass but in an inventive, wanting more way. It’s fun and funny, light heartening funny, Fred Eaglesmith funny, you know what I mean and if you don’t go get a copy and dance round kitchen while making breakfast, guaranteed good day to follow.
No filler songs gets Sour Bridge another 10 out of ten. Left-handed banjo’s another 10, Pucci, punchy lyrics yet another 10. In fact 10 out of 10’s all round so I have to knock the artwork as not being up to the standards of the rest of the production.
What amazes me is that the band has passed me by for the last 9 years, must get their back catalog, maybe if they read this they will send me .WAV files of them, doubt it, the reading not the sending.
It is difficult to give an album 10 out of ten, in fact there are very few out there and they have reached 10 after years of listening, so thanks to the cover work Neon Headed Fool gets a NINE out of Ten, (95%), one in a million rating here at TMEfm radio.
YEP CHANGES here at TMEfm. New widgets on the web site courtesy of Online Radio Box
A new player which gives you a much larger list of songs played. A top ten songs chart exclusive to TMEfm (OK it will take time to show a true chart, be patient)
Still don’t know what I was waitin’ for
And my time was runnin’ wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test
If you use the link to Online Radio Box you get the radio’s page where there are lots of interesting clicky things to click, get going and explore.
Turn and face the strange
Don’t want to be a richer man
Turn and face the strange
There’s gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
And so the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re goin’ through
As for the Schedule, it’s changed, finally we are officially under the genre of BLUES at ShoutCast so that means we have said bye bye to Country music show, not to Harry just Country music. If you go to Online Radio Box via the link above you will not find schedule but you will find program, click it and see what happens.
Turn and face the strange
Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it
Turn and face the strange
Where’s your shame?
You’ve left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can’t trace time
Strange fascinations fascinate me
Ah, changes are takin’
The pace I’m goin’ through
What is Harry going to do then?
He has a new show called “Harry Spins the Singles”. Yes you guessed, songs that are, have and will be on the RMR SINGLE charts. He has a good choice, there are over 200 charts on RMR and Shane and his Dad started RMR in 1998, that’s a lot of singles.
Turn and face the strange
Ooh, look out you rock ‘n’ rollers
Turn and face the strange
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time
Any more CHANGES?
Well I trimmed my beard this morning, as for more browse the site and see if you can find any.
Any offence to Country Music lovers was unintentional and there will still be some Country songs played on TMEfm, guess you will have to stay tuned in.
Any bias toward Blues musicians and their PR companies is intentional as they send most of the music we receive, thank you!
Thanks to Helen Green for the best GIF ever and will be so forever and ever and to the late, great David Bowie for being David Bowie and never CHANGING.
Here at TME.FM Radio we always try to avoid favoritism when choosing an Album of the Month, be it a Country, record label, PR company, sex of artist or genre. All we do is choose a favorite album of ours over the last few months.
This month we have another Australian taking the place of Liza Ohlback June’s Album of the Month, Simon Kinny-Lewis and his album of covers A Day In San Jose.
Seeing as we still have not replaced our review writer and this is not a Blind Raccoon record I will copy/paste from Simon’s Bandcamp Page
the excellent review by Ethan Burke of The Blues Source.
Simon Kinny-Lewis (SKL) is the full package. If you get the pleasure of seeing him live (either solo with his acoustic guitar, or with his full band) he beams with energy, soul and passion for the music. His vocals have been compared to Joe Bonamassa’s, but his overall style and delivery is unique and peppered with character. Also, Simon’s guitar playing is up there with the best guitarists of today, conveying all of the right elements that make an enthusiast satisfied, including tastefulness, technique and great tone.
Although one of SKL’s strengths is song-writing too (be sure to check out his albums ‘Street Blues’ and last year’s ‘Bad Whiskey’), we were ecstatic to hear that the next album would be Blues standards, classics and covers. And where would an Australian Blues-man go to record such an album? The Home of the Blues – the U.S.A., of course.
The successful and well received 2018 tour of the states saw Simon and his also Aussie drummer Tony Boyd team up with Californian musos Nate Ginsberg (keyboards), Dewayne Pate (bass), Andy Just (harmonica), and Walter Jebe (slide guitar), for a one day session at premiere studio Reeds Recordings. The resulting new album – ‘A Day in San Jose’ – is magnificent and a golden highlight in Simon’s discography.
It could have been a risky affair executing an entire album of covers of Blues classics. Blues purists might throw a phrase like: “Muddy got it right the first time,” but these are the closed-minded ones, scared of the new. What Simon is doing is paying tribute to some of his heroes, with the help of an experienced and respectful group of musicians. Nothing sounds old or tired either. Freshness circulates through each track as Simon offers every slice of his individual talent and energy to the performance, while keeping true to the soul of the originals.
We get a hard-driving ‘Crossroads’, before the laid-back cool of Robben Ford’s modern classic ‘Chevrolet’, followed by Blues favourites such as ‘Further On Up The Road’, ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’’, and ‘Walking Blues’, the latter two of which are perfectly complimented and supported by the slide guitar skills of Walter Jebe.
Freddie King’s ‘Have You Ever Loved a Woman’ is carried along by Just’s raucous honking mouth-harp as the band swings and struts, before the album closes with a cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s gospel Blues masterpiece ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’. Led Zeppelin already had a turn with this song on their 1976 album ‘Presence’, but Simon’s arrangement of the song makes it the most impressive track on the album, sounding like no other cover we’ve heard of this song before.
Nate Ginsberg’s keyboards flow like a zephyr in the background, while Simon’s sustaining guitar pierces through in spires of tone. And leading towards the climax, we get an impressive and funky bass solo from Dewayne Pate.
Along with others such as Ray Beadle and Matty T. Wall, Simon Kinny-Lewis is a shining beacon of musicianship and talent on the Australian Blues scene, now making a crossover to pleased U.S. audiences. Awesome releases like ‘A Day In San Jose’ simply support that the Blues is still a genre of strength to keep your eyes and ears on.
Simon Kinny-Lewis – Vocals/Guitar
Tony Boyd – Drums
Nate Ginsberg – Keys
Dewayne Pate – Bass
Andy Just – Harmonica
Walter Jebe – Slide Guitar
Produced by Simon Kinny-Lewis
Engineered by Adam Reed at Reeds Recordings San Jose, CA, USA
Mixed and Mastered by Simon Cotsworth
All songs arranged by Simon Kinny-Lewis except #3 Walking Blues and #7 Rollin’ And Tumblin’ by Walter Jebe
Photography by Kevin Case, Paul Rutigliano, John Mcdonald, Rachel Kumar, Brian Phillips
Artwork by Simon Kinny-Lewis
Yes we have said goodbye to 2018 releases on our main chart rotation, time to move over and let the 2019 releases have their day (or year).
There have been too many wonderful albums over the last year to mention them all so we will mention none but they know who they are.
The good news is any 2018 song still in the singles charts will still get airplay so we do not completely forget them.
Of course if the PROGRAM DIRECTOR decides to add a song from 2018 so much the better.
PLAYLIST BELOW OF SONGS THAT WILL ALWAYS BE AROUND ON TME.FM RADIO. (NOT ALL OF COURSE)
Some opportunities in life are just too good to miss. When UK-based Winter Wilson were invited to appear as special guests on Fairport Convention’s Winter Tour 2018, the couple immediately recorded Far Off on the Horizon, which soon became their best-selling album to date. Welcomed into the heart of the Fairport family, both by the band and their die-hard fans, the tour was a huge success for Winter Wilson, culminating in their playing with Fairport on the stage at Cropredy Convention, in a tribute to the late Sandy Denny.
But what really sets this pair apart (and convinces so many venues to book them time and time again) is their live performance. “We’re very aware that we’re in the business of entertainment,” says Kip. “When people pay their hard-earned money for a concert, they want to hear good music, obviously, but it’s more than that. Some of our songs can be pretty hard hitting, so it’s important that the bits in between lift people up again.”
Dave adds, “It has been suggested that we go into stand-up comedy. I’m not sure whether the chap thought we were really funny, or he just didn’t like the songs. Either way, it’s just what we do. We both like a laugh, often at each other’s expense, and it tends to come out on stage. It’s not rehearsed; it just happens.”
With all this in mind, a live album seemed a no brainer, especially when that live album could feature the talents of Fairport Convention.
Myself a Lover featuring the unmistakable fiddle of Ric Sanders). Unusually for Winter Wilson, there’s also a cover but then, if you were invited to sing Sandy Denny’sIt’ll Take a Long Time in front of almost 20,000 people, you’d probably want to shout about it too. The album will officially be launched at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention in August 2019.Winter Wilson continue to tour throughout the year, including their first trip to Canada in September. As gap years go, there’s been worse.
WOW our web site editor went over the top with that poster.
With so many great albums albums arriving at the moment the choice for Album of the Month was very difficult so using democracy I decided and the others followed.
We still have not replaced our overly expensive reviewer so if you want to read a great review Google Liza Ohlback – Mercy Train, that’s what Google is for and cheaper than paying for a reviewer. Below are a couple of tracks from album so you can all review it yourselves.
Originally from Tasmania , Liza started out in Classical music playing Cello
and singing in her mum’s Gospel singing group. She grew up in the Blue Mountains
supporting touring bands at a very young age, and then she moved to Sydney where
her love of artists such as Ann Peebles, Gladys Knight and Tony Joe White led her immerse
herself in the Blues, Jazz, Soul and Funk scene.
This triple Chain Award winner has been a force on the Blues Scene for years now, with her distinctive style Of Jazz laced Blues with a Gospel spirit. She has a stunning voice inspired by the great Southern singers including Etta James, Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, and her performances are embellished with witty tales and wrapped up with emotionally driven performances like that of a 1940’s Torch singer.
Her last Album “Give you Hell” reached no 2 on the Australian Blues Charts and saw her as a finalist in Australian Blues artist of the year, and got to no 12 in the UK. She has also performed at the Sydney opera House for the Billy Holiday 100 year anniversary and the Ella Fitzgerald 100 year anniversary and played the lead of Janis Joplin in the successful Theatre Rockumentary Pearl – The Janis Joplin Story.
Her new CD”Mercy Train” was released in late November to rave reviews and in 2019 for the rest of the world to enjoy, and is now no 1 on the Australian Blues Charts – a mix of New Orleans Blues/Jazz with plenty of Sass and funk, a wicked Brass section , Gospel style Harmonies and featuring some of the finest musicians around, including Internationally renowned organ Whiz Clayton Doley (Harry Manx) and Rick Melick (Jo Bonamassa) who cowrote some of the songs plus Eric Rasmussen (Heatwave) plus the Mercy Train Gospel singers.
of the world, and is now no 1 on the Australian Blues Charts – a mix of New Orleans Blues/Jazz with plenty of Sass and funk, a wicked Brass section , Gospel style Harmonies and featuring some of the finest musicians around, including Internationally renowned organ Whiz Clayton Doley (Harry Manx) and Rick Melick (Jo Bonamassa) who cowrote some of the songs plus Eric Rasmussen (Heatwave) plus the Mercy Train Gospel singers.
Yes Kelly Slot (as they are known here at TME.fm) are back and in style, probably their finest work to date but only been listening and playing on radio a couple of weeks so the final verdict is not in yet.
Released on the 17th of MAY “Can’t Take My Soul” is already climbing the charts and heading for a Top 5 spot real soon, thanks in part to Betsie the Blind Raccoon, all the radio stations playing the album and of course Ms. Zirbes and band members great work getting the Self-Released album out for the world to enjoy.
We finally decided to get rid of our expensive one word reviewer and use the review provided by the PR Company and written by Rick J Bowen, the king of Blues reviews.
Los Angeles-based Kelly’s Lot celebrates 25 years of delivering West Coast Soul with a Texas Heart, an eclectic mix of blues, roots, rock & Americana with their 14th album, “Can’t Take My Soul,” containing 12 original compositions that highlights Kelly Zirbes’ smokin’ hot alto. The mix of original songs written by Kelly and her longtime partner in crime, guitarist Perry Robertson, speaks truth to the issues of the day, from our political climate and world struggles to tender matters of the heart, real-life inspiration and tragedy.
Kelly Z opens the album namechecking all her heroes from Muddy to Koko, and Buddy to Etta, on the rockin’ number ‘All I Ever Want Is The Blues.’ She then gets right to the point urging us all to “Don’t Give Up” on the political rebuke ‘All Hope Ain’t Lost.’ The gently swinging blues ‘Alyssa’ was inspired by a young woman born with a terminal illness, who defied the odds and lived to be 23 years old and became a medical pioneer as one of the world’s first to receive gene therapy for Canavan Disease. This song will live on as a loving tribute to her inner strength.
Eddie Baytos joins the crew on accordion and washboard for the Cajun dance party anthem ‘Woe Is Me,’ adding authentic Louisiana spice to the rue. The testament of love, ‘Safe And Warm,’ is delivered on a soft bed of acoustic underpinnings deftly delivered by this veteran band. The notorious French bluesman Jean-François Thomas (recorded by Martial Semonsut at Studio La Vallée in the Auvergne region of France) joins Kelly for a scalding duet ‘Rise Up (Leve-Toi)’ sparing with her in French and English about the fire burning deep inside forbidden love and the Revolution. Frank Hinojosa adds some greasy blues harp to the slinky R&B groove of ‘Broke Myself.’ The acoustic driven ballad, ‘Let It Breathe,’ has that distinct bittersweet and dusty Laurel Canyon feel only Southern California musicians know how to deliver.
Kelly opens a vein and exposes all her depth on the dynamic call for redemption and self-preservation called ‘Dirt,’ a simple title for an expansive and complicated song. She then goes back to her folk-singer roots on the sweet optimistic hymn ‘Little Bit Of This,’ before busting out the rabble-rousing surf rock ‘Can’t Take My Soul.’ We are transported to a sidewalk café in Paris for the final track of the album ‘Mon Ami.’ The lovely encore reveals a softer side of Kelly Z as she serenades us eloquently in French and then translates the images of love and devotion in English with graceful ease.
“Can’t Take My Soul” fully demonstrates the skills and variety in the repertoire Kelly’s Lot have developed over two and half decades performing as an acoustic duo, trio, an electric 5 to 8-piece that are now a mainstay on the Southern California music scene.
Rick J Bowen
‘All Hope Ain’t Lost is one of the new songs from our CD, ‘Can’t take My Soul’. The CD version has background vocals and B3 keys. Get your copy at www.KellysLot.com
One of the best parts of working with Blind Raccoon is they provide everything, not just the music but reviews, biographies and pretty pictures.
Kelly’s Lot was formed in 1994 by Kelly Zirbes (sounds like “service” – likes to go by Kelly Z), a folk singer/songwriter with a heart for the blues. With 14 albums and lots of touring in the USA and Europe, the band will celebrate 25 years since the first night they hit the stage at the Roxy in Hollywood. Kelly Z met soundman, Perry Robertson, in 1996 who soon produced their “Live At The Troubadour” album. Within a year he joined the band, started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the Southern Rock and Texas influences that have shaped their sound. As a duo or band, they have played coffee shops, theaters, festivals, clubs, house concerts and a variety of events.
In the last 15 years they have created a 5 to 8-piece band that is well respected on the American blues scene. Some of the larger festivals they have played are Waterfront Blues, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival, Lavaudieu Music Festival, to name just a few. In France, Jean Francois Thomas joined Kelly’s Lot to play in front of 18,000 for the Nuits De Sologne Festival.
Their songs have been heard in movies and television and covered by other artists. Kelly Z is currently working on songs for a couple film projects while still grabbing some inspiration from her fans on Facebook. Challenging them to look in their hearts and share just one word, she then challenges herself to choose a word and write a song in two hours. Perry Robertson, who shares the band leader title with Kelly Z, has recorded and produced most of the band’s music including the soon to be released ‘Can’t Take My Soul’. Releasing on May 17, 2019, the new CD features a lot of Blues but with a couple Folk and Roots/Rock additions. It’s a journey of messages, inspirations and some toe tapping rhythms. Mostly featuring a 4 piece of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, the CD also offers some accordion, harmonica, keys and even a Kelly Z whistle. As a duo, trio or 5 to 8-piece band they always pack a lot of energy while still getting to the heart of the listener.
Kelly and her band have opened for Tommy Castro, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, John Mayall, Curtis Salgado, Coco Montoya, to name just a few, and have hosted blues events for charities and for fellow blues musicians. With the support of European fans, the band toured across Belgium, France, Germany, England, Scotland, and The Netherlands.
So there you have all the inside info of the band a great review and pretty pictures, what more do you want?
Social media links, ok.
I will see what I can do about that.
Not the usual run of the mill interview?
You are a demanding reader but we will try our best for you.
An interview with Perry not Kelly Slot?
I don’t know what Kelly Z will say about that, I have it from a good source she is “a bit of a Tom Boy” she might come over to Spain and give me a good slapping!
Listen reader just go listen to Kelly Slot on TME.FM will you.
This post was made possible by Blind Raccoon.
Received this excellent album today and it will be getting lots of play time at TME.FM Radio.
Thanks to James at Highlander Records for making it available.
“Straight up blues rock guitar choogle that makes you wonder which came first, this music or the beer. With mostly originals leading the way, this is a fine example of how frat parties sound when Otis Day and the Knights are unavailable. Fun party stuff that does the job quite nicely.”~ CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Copyright 2019 Midwest Record
“A singing, song writing, guitar playing, showman sensation with great chops and a really hot band.”~ Modern Drummer Magazine
“…raucous, gritty wailing and upbeat blues…”~ Laura Dobbins, ATOMIC Magazine
“Start with honest emotions, mix with a selection of the finest support musicians you will find, season the whole dish with some New York attitude and get ready for some of the tastiest blues ever to be served up.”
~ Joe Grandwilliams Good Times Magazine
~Kerry Kearney’s style, music from the “Psychedelta”, is his own brand containing an upbeat mix of American Blues & Roots. The sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock and custom made guitars are as unique as his song writing and original melodies. His wailing, foot tapping style of blues, driven by tasty, inspired guitar riffs, electrifying slide and infectious rhythms, has allowed Kerry to amass a huge loyal following. The KKB have continued to experience an overwhelming, positive response over the airwaves, especially when performing live.
The Kerry Kearney Band recently celebrated 20 years to a sold-out show at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY.~Kerry was voted “Best Guitarist” & “Bluesman of the Year” & is the recipient of the prestigious Long Island Sound Award (L.I.S.A.) from the LI Music Hall of Fame and most recently he and his band mates were each inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
~Kerry Kearney has toured nationally & internationally with the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts, Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) and has performed with Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolf, BB King, Robert Cray with the Blind Boys of Alabama & The Blues Brothers….. Most recently seen rocking out with Kenny Wayne Shepherd at The Space in Westbury NY & with Legendary ZZ Top Frontman Billy Gibbons in NY and D.C. on the 2018 Big Bad Blues Tour…
THE LEVINS: HARMONY-DRIVEN CONTEMPORARY FOLK
The Levins (pronounced LeVINNs) are a NY-based, nationally touring acoustic duo known for sunsplashed, peace-filled music that connects on a universal level with lighthearted depth. This selfproduced NEW RELEASE (4/26/19) “CARAVAN OF DAWN” goes deeper by taking an aerial view of life’s ability to break the chains of darkness and light, to explore the sorrow inside joy and joy inside sorrow. Guitar (Ira Levin) and piano (Julia Bordenaro Levin), along with unique harmonies & tightly blended unison vocals, reflect the married couple’s own compatible musical & personal relationship. They closed 2018 with an original full-scale San Francisco musical theater/EuroCircus production based on their 2013 release, “My Friend Hafiz” and they’re looking forward to where this new collection will lead them.
“Caravan Of Dawn is a powerful distillation of the duo’s artistic forays, bringing together its varied musical and sonic explorations into a signature aesthetic. Adding to the album’s potency is The Levins’ careful album sequencing, offering the listener a smoothly curated experience, brimming with elegant touches of cello, lush soundscapes, passages with trumpets, and tasteful electric guitar textures. Together, the songs on Caravan Of Dawn orbit around transformative messages of healing. Ira shares,“These days people seem so divided and polarized—many people seek safety in bubbles. We want to offer people hope and a place to connect.” Julia concludes, “We hope the album reaches people through its openness and honesty, and that it helps people to move forward and not feel so alone.”
PRAISE FOR THE LEVINS…
“The Levins music…a much needed remedy for a hurried and
harried world. They serve to remind us of the old adage that says music and poetry can indeed be a soothing balm for troubled times.”
– Lee Zimmerman, No Depression
“The Levins tap into musical inspiration that is both inspiring and inspired. They seek to create a musical harmony meant to raise listeners to a higher plane. Caravan of Dawn is a gorgeous work!”
– Joltin Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere
“The Levins have scored another “win” with the release of “Caravan of Dawn.” Their trademark harmonies have never sounded better and the collection of uplifting songs serve up the perfect tonic for whatever ails we might be facing. Uplifting, inspiring and loving – their latest CD is a stunning production that gives us a chance to pause and celebrate the joys of life. A most welcome recording!”
– Ron Olesko, WFDU
“The open hearted songs of The Levins feed my soul. What the
world needs now more than ever is the poetry, spirituality, and humanity of their upliftng musicality.”
– John Platt, WFUV, NYC