Category: Folk

Dave Alvin “Blackjack David’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#808 in the Series) is Dave Alvin, Blackjack David I’d like to write a little about Dave Alvin. Because I LOVE Dave Alvin. Not in a physical way you understand, I don’t even know the man after all and neither of us are that way inclined (as far as I’m aware). Nevertheless, as a fan, an admirer and purchaser of his superb music, an attendee of (sadly only) one of his shows, I love Dave Alvin. The guy’s bloody brilliant. Oh and, specifically, I’d like to write a little bit about Dave’s crowning glory, his masterpiece, and of the very best albums of the last 20 years or so – Blackjack David....

Iris DeMent ‘Sing The Delta’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#805 in the Series) is Iris DeMent, Sing the Delta  Well, we’re into November now (already!) and to be honest I was starting to get my head around compiling my Albums Of The Year list. There are a few weeks to go but I thought we’d had all the good stuff and it was wind down time, compilations and reissues to the fore in the bid for our Christmas present cash. Then this little gem appeared like a bolt from the blue and took me over. It’s a delightful treat which has held me enthralled all week and has, naturally, caused me to rethink that list…….. I knew Iris DeMent had to be something...

Eddie Holstein ‘Eddie Holstein’

    Today’s Cool Album of Day (#802 in the Series) is Eddie Holstein, Eddie Holstein When Eddie Holstein sings “I’m goin’ down to Morton Grove, baby do you want to go?” the answer is yes.  And that is just how it is, after all these years and clubs and sing-a-longs and tributes, Eddie Holstein still makes you want to go. The slightly fat sound of his free finger picking style on the folk guitar and the weathered but still potent voice takes you back to the days when folk singing was the bomb. Or, against the bomb.  But he isn’t singing strident protest tunes on this set; no full-throated, head back sincerity ala Bob Gibson or Joan Baez....

Cat Stevens “Catch Bull At Four”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#799 in the Series) is Cat Stevens, Catch Bull At Four  Catch Bull at Four was, surprising to me, Cat Stevens most popular album in the United States. If forced to guess I would have named Tea For The Tillerman or Teaser and The Firecat.  Most listeners I know consider those albums superior to this one. They directly preceded this one and I’m sure that the sales here were caused as  a result of those albums popularity. Tea For The Tillerman peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Teaser and the Firecat reach all the way up to #2 on the strength of three huge singles, “Morning Has Broken,” “Moonshadow” and “Peace Train.” By...

Alexi Murdoch ‘Time Without Consequence’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#787 in the Series) is Alexi Murdoch, Time Without Consequence. Alexi Murdoch is a perfect example of the new paradigm music industry success story. He released a self produced EP Four Songs in 2002 on CDbaby.com, sold over 50,000 via download (CDbaby’s all time best seller) and started his own record label, Zero Summer. Time Without Consequence, released in 2006, is his first full album and includes three of the Four Songs from his start up EP. He’s been able to achieve international acclaim while turning down numerous offers from major record labels. Alexi’s voice is reminiscent of Nick Drake. He has the kind of control of his acoustic guitar that reminds me...

John Fullbright “From The Ground Up”

  Today’s Cool album of the Day (#744 in the Series) is John Fullbright, From The Ground Up. (Blue Dirt Records) I would venture to say that most of you have never heard of John nor this album as of yet and  I think that’s a big yet. I happened to catch a review of the record on NPR’s website. When I see a record review that mentions the names Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman in one sentence – I kind of had to take notice. But I don’t want you to think that this is a record that doesn’t stand on its own merits. To say that Fullbright was just relying on those influences would...

Live Streaming of Sunday’s “Earl of Old Town” Reunion Concert from FitzGeralds Night Club.

Posted 23 Jun 2012 in Folk, Music + TV News

  Live Streaming of Sunday’s Earl of Old Town Reunion Concert from FitzGeralds. This should be a real treat! This weekend, Saturday actually, is Earl Pionke’s 80th birthday. Earl is a legend of the Chicago scene. He founded and ran The Earl of Old Town for many years.  The Earle of Old Town was more than just a folk club decades ago. It was a club that launched the careers of many of the greats of the folk / singer –songwriter genre.  Names like John Prine, Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc, Ed and Fred Holstein, Harry Waller, Michael Johnson, Jim Post, Bryan Bowers and John Burns all kicked off lengthy careers at the club. Many of those names are going...

Bonnie Koloc “Rediscovered”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#715 in the Series) is Bonnie Koloc, Rediscovered Bonnie Koloc arrived in Chicago from Iowa in 1968. Although she was closely associated with the Earl of Old Town, her first club date was at the Quiet Knight, which was then located on Wells Street at that time. 1973 marked the release of her first record on Ovation. Many albums followed with the current release, Rediscovered. Representing her 15th recorded outing, Bonnie has been known for her original material along with her fine interpretations of songs by other songwriters. Her repertoire crosses many musical genres from folk to jazz and blues, giving her wide appeal to a broad based audience… Time for full...

Pat Green “Songs We Wish We’d Written II”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#706 in the Series) is Pat Green, Songs We Wish We’d Written II In 2001, Pat Green, Texas Troubadour and “Grasshopper” to Texas Hill Country “Sensei’s” Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe Ely, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Tommy Alverson, released an album along with Cory Morrow that was called Songs We Wish We’d Written. The record as the name implies included an eclectic stable of songs that had become standards in their respective live shows and were tunes that had artistically influenced both of the young singer-songwriters.  Some of the songs featured were straight up country classics like the Waylon Jennings hit “Are You Sure Hank Does it That Way” and the Jerry Jeff...

The Roches “Keep on Doing”

Posted 28 Apr 2012 in Albums of 1982, Albums of the 80s, Folk, Prog-Rock

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#689 in the Series) is The Roches, Keep on Doing. I recently heard a song by The Roches on the radio and then it hit me, man I hadn’t thought about them for a long time (Sorry ladies if you’re reading this. I’ll make it up to you!), What a shame, I really like their music.  It’s been too long! What did I like about them? I think it was the melting of sounds that intrigued me when I first had this album thirty years ago. That and the sense of humor that is clearly visible in these songs. The Roches were a New York band that began in the late ’70....

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