Let’s let the music do the talking this week- here is what I was listening to while driving, thinking, reading, and yes, listening.
Marty Stuart- Ghost Train Marty seldom disappoints me. Another masterful set. Words aren’t necessary; just listen.
Joe Whyte- When the Day Breaks Enjoyed working to this one this past week.
Kim Beggs Streetcar Heart and Blue Bones I just love her voice, her phrasing.
Will White- Rise Above I’ve been returning to this one regularly, partly because we’re (Waskasoo Bluegrass) presenting Will and his trio October 2 at the Matchbox in Red Deer but mostly because it is such a good, solid listen. The writing works as Will doesn’t force anything. Similarly, his voice seems born to sing songs of the past- even when the song is only reflecting on a person’s past.
Dave Carter with Tracy Grammer- When I Go
Eric Bogle- The Dreamer If only for “Bringing Buddy Home,” this is a must have disc. I discovered Bogle late, about 10 years ago at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. I haven’t stopped listening- or been disappointed- since.
Danny Barnes- Daytrotter Session I hear some “Walk this Way” in there.
John Anderson- Nobody’s Got It All Heard “Atlantic City” on Sirius this past week, and dug this one out when I got home. The album is full of good songs, like most Anderson albums.
The Acorn- No Ghost There is a lot of modern music that I can’t be bothered to think too much about- mostly because I don’t understand the music in the way I understand most roots music- but always enjoy. This is one of those bands.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings- Let’s Frolic Again Dang, I like this album. “Something on my Mind,” indeed. Gifted this album to a friend this week.
Kevin Welch- A Patch of Blue Sky
Jason & the Scorchers- Halcyon Times
Eilen Jewell- Butcher Holler and Heartache Boulevard Butcher Holler makes Loretta Lynn songs sound like I wished they did when I play my L.L. compilations.
John Stewart- Blondes and The Piano Album These ones just popped up on eMusic. Blondes is stronger than I remember it being on vinyl- the cover always turned me away from the album, I think.
Mary Kastle- Beneath the Folds
Uncut August 2010 We Shall Shine On I seldom listen to the CDs that arrive with the British mags, at least all the way through and simply because I never make them a priority. This one was the exception that kept my attention all the way through. A guy from Edmonton Eamon McGrath is featured, but the music of Pete Molinari, Ganglians, Los Lobos, and Thee Oh Sees- three of whom I had never heard of before- really grabbed me.
Almost through the Bs on the floor:
Big Star- Columbia, Live at Missouri University 4/25/93
Broken Social Scene- Forgiveness Rock Record
The Besnard Lakes- Are the Dark Horse and Are the Roaring Night While listening to these while sitting in the sun room reading and watching the trees sway in the breeze, I heard things I hadn’t noticed before. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what I wanted to share. I’ll need to listen again, but I sure enjoy these albums.
Dierks Bentley- Up on the Ridge Until Marty Stuart’s Ghost Train, possibly my favourite country album of the year.