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Hot Summer Night- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals- “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals”
Colour My Summers Blue- Lynne Hanson- “River Of Sand”
Hot Summer Nights- Son Of Dave- “Blues At The Grand”
Long Summer Day- The Tillers- “Hand On The Plow”
Rain In The Summertime- New American Farmers- “The Farmocology Sessions”
City Summer Blues- Pokey LaFarge- “Pokey LaFarge”
Summer In The City- Lovin’ Spoonful- “Greatest Hits”
Hot New Music:
Day Ain’t Done- Kevin Sekhani- “Day Ain’t Done”
Beautiful You- The Waifs- “Beautiful You”
Ain’t Nobody For Me- Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams- “Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams”
Angeline- Sarah Gerritsen and the Shadow Catchers- “Angeline”
Ride On, Red, Ride On- Down Home Percolators & Friends- “Down Home Percolators”
Cherokee Shuffle- The Dustbowl Revival- “Lampshade On”
A Garden Grows- Jason Tyler Burton- “Headwaters”
Garden Gate- Jami Lynn- “Sodbusters”
Gardening At Night- R.E.M- “Eponymous”
China Garden Buffett- Eleni Mandell- “Dark Lights Up”
Plant Me A Garden- Jack Marks- “Blues Like These”
Down By The Salley Gardens (featuring Ruth Cameron)- Charlie Haden and Family & Friends- “Rambling Boy”
Rose Garden- Lynn Anderson- “The Essential Lynn Anderson”
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Hot Summer Night- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Singer, songwriter, and Hammond B-3 player Grace Potter grew up in Waitsfield, Vermont, where she began playing piano at the age of seven; informed by her parents’ extensive collection of some 4,000 LPs, she was gigging out locally by her late teens. She met drummer Matt Burr at an open-mike session while both were attending St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in 2002, and the two formed Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. The band, by then a trio with the addition of Scott Tournet on guitar, recorded its homemade debut album, Original Soul, in 2004 on its own newly created Ragged Company record label. Bassist Bryan Dondero joined just as the group began tracking a second homemade effort, Nothing But the Water, which was released in 2005. The album garnered a good deal of critical acclaim, thanks to its sturdy, throwback, rootsy sound and Potter’s impressive vocal work, which drew comparisons to everyone from Janis Joplin to Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Bonnie Raitt. Fiercely independent and in control of their own career, Potter and the band turned down several major-label offers before signing with Hollywood Records later in 2005.
-Steve Leggett, AllMusic.com
Colour My Summers Blue- Lynne Hanson
Trevor Raggatt – R2 Magazine – 5/5 ***** “Somewhere in the heartlands, in a town called ‘Americana USA,’ nestles a particular variety of singer-songwriter. Someone who views a melodic sensibility through the bottom of a whiskey glass. Canadian songstress Lynne Hanson could run for mayor of that town.”
Steve Wosahla – For The Country Record: “breathtaking album … In a world where authenticity is a disappearing commodity, “River of Sand” is like a precious metal that you just want to horde.”
Michael Barclay – The Cambridge Times:”She’s made the only roots rock record of 2014 to hold a candle to Rosanne Cash’s “The River and the Thread.”
Some have referred to her music as Americana, roots, and rough-around-the-edges folk, but Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers “porch music with a little red dirt.” Hanson songs are like a favourite pair of jeans. They’re rough around the edges, faded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired dirt ground into the seams.
Hanson grew up in Ottawa Canada, and starting playing guitar when she was 14, learning on a hand-me-down from her older brother. She released her award-winning debut album Things I Miss in 2006, and with many tales to tell, two more albums quickly followed: Eleven Months (2008) and Once the Sun Goes Down (2010). Each new release garnered critical praise, earning Hanson a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2009, an invitation to the Kerrville Folk Festival as a New Folk Finalist, and a year later the prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award handed out annually by the Ontario Arts Council.
Then … silence. A four-year hiatus from recording. Lynne took some time to take control of her personal life which also marked the beginning of a new approach to songwriting. Her fourth studio album River of Sand is the creative output of that very personal journey.
On River Of Sand she’s been fortunate to work with Juno-winning songstress Lynn Miles as producer. “The songs on this record are honest and fearless” says Miles. It’s still as Hanson has always described it, but there’s a little more dirt and the dirt is just a little bit darker. No topic is off limits, and the 11 songs run the gamut, painting a candid canvas of whiskey-soaked heartbreak and personal struggle, all contrasted against hope that better times are coming.
Photo by: Mick Rees Photography
Long Hot Summer- Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat
The Texas Blues guitarist has been playing professionally since the 1980s and has performed with a variety of Blues legends that include George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, AC/DC, Buddy Whittington, Billy F. Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Elvin Bishop, and Buddy Guy along with many other notable musicians. He resides in Dallas, Texas and plays locally in and around Texas’ major cities, especially Dallas/Fort Worth with his own band, “Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat”, in addition to the remainder of the United States and Canada. He and his band have also gained a large following in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, England and Ireland.
The current Monkey Beat lineup includes: Shawn Phares on keyboards/accordion (joined in 2000); Christopher Alexander on bass (joined in 2014); and Beau Chadwell on drums/percussion (joined in 2011). Former members include Jimmy Morgan & Paul Hollis (both on drums) and also Carlton Powell on bass guitar/vocals (co-founding member).
Since 1999, Suhler has been the rhythm/lead guitarist for George Thorogood & The Destroyers on all the band’s releases & tours.
Long Summer Day- The Tillers
The Tillers are Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, and Aaron Geil.
The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when they started thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street in the district of Clifton. The songs they picked were mostly older than their grandparents. Some came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines.
Their look didn’t fit the stereotype. They were clearly recovering punk rockers with roots in city’s west side punk rock and hardcore scene. The punk influence gave their sound a distinctive bite, setting them apart from most other folk acts- a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp that brought new pulse and vinegar to some very old songs. But their musical range soon proved itself as they floated from hard-tackle thumping to tender graceful melody, all the while topped by Oberst and Geil’s clear tenor harmonies.
Rain In The Summertime- New American Farmers
The nine tracks on The Farmacology Sessions showcase the intertwining harmonies and sharp songwriting that mark the work of New American Farmers. This Americana music duo of Paul Knowles and Nicole Storto have been crafting songs together for 10 years—many years as the project, “Mars Arizona” before changing their name to New American Farmers in 2012. Their first album as New American Farmers, Brand New Day was well-received and led a No Depression reviewer to rave, “At times, they sound like a current day reincarnation of Gram and Emmylou, what with their smooth harmonies and gilded sentiments.” The Farmacology Sessions is their 2nd album as New American Farmers.
City Summer Blues- Pokey LaFarge
Fusing the sounds of the past with the energy of the present day, Americana singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge makes old-time country-, blues-, folk-, and Western swing-influenced music. Born Andrew Heissler in Bloomington, Illinois in 1983, LaFarge developed an early interest in American literature and history, as well as roots music of the 20th century. By his teens, LaFarge was combining his passions into his own music, accompanying himself on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. After graduating high school, LaFarge adopted an itinerant lifestyle — as well as the nickname Pokey — and traveled around the United States, often performing on street corners.
-Matt Collar, AllMusic.com
Photo by: Joshua Black Wilkins
Summer In The City- Lovin’ Spoonful
Right on the tails of the Beau Brummels and the Byrds, the Lovin’ Spoonful were among the first American groups to challenge the domination of the British Invasion bands in the mid-’60s. Between mid-1965 and the end of 1967, the group was astonishingly successful, issuing one classic hit single after another, including “Do You Believe in Magic?,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Summer in the City,” “Rain on the Roof,” “Nashville Cats,” and “Six O’Clock.”
Like most of the folk-rockers, the Lovin’ Spoonful were more pop and rock than folk, which didn’t detract from their music at all. Much more than the Byrds, and even more than the Mamas & the Papas, the Spoonful exhibited a brand of unabashedly melodic, cheery, and good-time music, though their best single, “Summer in the City,” was uncharacteristically riff-driven and hard-driving.
-Richie Unterberger, AllMusic.com
Day Ain’t Done- Kevin Sekhani
“Whether spinning tales of sunburned roughnecks or heartsick losers in love, Louisiana singer/songwriter Kevin Sekhani makes the work look easy, and serves up his savvy song crafting in a tasty, regionally seasoned wrap.” ***** Stars
– Duane Verh – Roots Rock Report
“This is one fine piece of pure American music – a mixture of country, bluegrass, zydeco with some damned masterful playing and catchy songs”
Rob Ross – Pop Dose
“Fans of Country, Bluegrass and Americana? Then Kevin Sekhani’s day Ain’t Done is the album you are currently looking for”
Freddy Celis – Rootstime. be Belgium
“This is truly great American music’
Jan Willem Bos – Delta Rhythm The Netherlands
“If you like music that gets you dancing, this is an album you should add to your collection”
-Gary Schwind- AXS TV
“Sekhani’s alternative country gumbo of guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin and more can hang with the best of them”
-Herman Fuselier – Music Writer
“Day Ain’t Done is a rich organic blend of alternative country styled Americana textured with fiddle, accordion and dobro that showcases Sekhani’s Louisiana roots both musically and lyrically”
-Cody Daigle – The Daily Advertiser
As a 20 year veteran of the Austin music scene, Kevin Sekhani has done it all. From blazing rock-n-roll to Holy Ghost Honkytonk, for years Sekhani has entertained crowds with heartfelt enthusiasm and poignant lyrics. In Austin, Sekhani spent his time working with Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Patty Griffin), Andrew Duplantis (Son Volt), and Austin Chronicle’s three-time String Player of the Year winner Warren Hood. In 2010, Sekhani moved back to his home town of Lafayette, Louisiana to front The Mercy Brothers, a Gospel group walking the fine line of sinners and saints. Since the prodigal son’s return home, he has won over the hearts of Jazz Fest and Festival International audiences, landed a top 5 spot on the Americana charts in Europe with The Mercy Brothers debut release, toured Sweden, and signed his Gospel group to Louisiana Red Hot Records.
Kevin Sekhani’s veracious songwriting extends beyond Gospel into secular territory with his new solo album “Day Ain’t Done” set for release on Louisiana Red Hot Records early 2015. No Depression praises the album saying, “With a voice slightly reminiscent of a young Steve Earle, solid songwriting, and musicians that include a member of Son Volt and veterans of the backing bands of Patty Griffin and John Mellencamp, Kevin Sekhani’s Day Ain’t Done is one of the best debut albums I have heard in years”. Day Ain’t Done is layered with Americana staple instrumentation, taking the earthy tones of violin, mandolin, accordion and acoustic guitars to give the feel of a back porch jam on a Louisiana Saturday night. The album’s track “Oilfield Tan” has found its way into regular rotation on local Louisiana and Texas radio stations, resonating amongst an area all too familiar with the demanding industry of oilfield work.
Kevin Sekhani celebrates his Louisiana roots bringing Day Ain’t Down to the worldwide stage.
Beautiful You- The Waifs
Originally performing Bob Dylan covers in and around bars in their native Australia, the sister duo of Vicki and Donna Simpson were known as COLOURS. Formed in 1992 and touring constantly in their homeland, the pair hooked up with Josh Cunningham during a stop in August 1992. A year later, they changed their name to the WAiFS. From there, the group released a cassette of original material but decided to head for Melbourne, the mecca of Australian music. A loyal following and hectic touring pace resulted in three albums, the self-titled debut in May 1996 and 1998’s “Shelter Me.” Folk festivals across the United States and Canada also fell in love with their sweet harmonies and self-described “wholemeal” music.
-Jason MacNeil, AllMusic.com
It’s not a typical starting point for a new album, the band members asking each other to nominate the worst song they’ve ever written. Then again, there’s a lot about The Waifs that defies convention.
This unlikely scenario unfolded when Vikki Thorn, her sister Donna Simpson and Josh Cunningham got together in a studio in Western Australia last year. The three mainstays of The Waifs hadn’t seen much of each other since touring on the back of their last album, 2011’s Temptation. The reunion called for a break with tradition. Instead of writing separately, the formula that has served them so well for almost 20 years, it was time for total collaboration. The three musicians would work together as a unit until a bunch of songs emerged.
Much to their surprise, the three amigos drew a blank.
“It was all very exciting,” says Vikki. “We probably hadn’t sat together in a room like that for 15 years. We got out pens and paper and guitars. It felt like it should be an easy thing … but it wasn’t. We tried in earnest to jam and shape songs. We tried going through ‘what’s the worst Waifs song you’ve ever written?’ Even that became awkward because we couldn’t all agree which were the worst ones. It was all very intimate and personal. Then Donna one day got the shits and went off and wrote a song.”
We can be glad she did. That moment of frustration opened the floodgates to what has become The Waifs’ seventh studio albumBeautiful You, an exquisitely crafted collection of songs from the three songwriters that bears all the hallmarks of a Waifs classic.
Ain’t Nobody For Me- Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
Alhough they’ve been married since 1988 and have often collaborated on other people’s records, this Red House date marks the first shared album between session ace Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams. Campbell of course is renowned for his membership in Bob Dylan’s band, playing in Levon Helm’s group, and for his voluminous sideman and touring work. Williams, also a member of Helm’s band, has had her own career for decades — she first hired Larry in 1986 to back her at N.Y.C.’s Bottom Line — and has worked with Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Dylan, and Buddy and Julie Miller, to name a few. This is a righteous collection of originals and covers that ranges from classic stellar duet country to Americana, rural gospel, and blues with a lot of space in between.
-Thom Jurek, AllMusic.com
Larry Campbell has been a fixture in the roots music circuit for 40 years, as a three-time Grammy-winning producer for Levon Helm and more than a dozen other artists including Jorma Kaukonen and Richard Shindell, as a session player supporting everyone from Willie Nelson to the Backstreet Boys, and as a tour-band stalwart, highlighted by a seven-year stint as part of Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour”. Teresa Williams has built an equally varied and successful career, from embodying the role of Sara Carter in several theatrical and film projects, touring with artists such as Phil Lesh and Friends, and recording with an array of top-tier performers including Emmy Lou Harris, Mavis Staples, and Little Feat. Despite all this, the married couple of Campbell and Williams had not found the opportunity to work together in any extended manner until Helm called them with an invite to join in on his well-known Midnight Rambles sessions.
The seven years they spent as part of that ongoing project contributed to Helm’s late-career renaissance and served, for Campbell, as a capstone apprenticeship to a lifetime spent learning his craft. Campbell calls their time with Helm “the most pure musical experience I’ve ever had,” and credits the legend, who passed away in 2012, with giving him “the template for how to make music for the rest of my life”. Those lessons and that template are in full display on Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, the couple’s debut record, a pure distillation of blues, country, and gospel traditions and a serious contender for the title of this year’s best Americana album.
-Ed Whitelock, July 14, 2015, popmatters.com
Angeline- Sarah Gerritsen and the Shadow Catchers
The music of Sarah Gerritsen is written with a stirring narrative quality that speaks of a life well lived; tinged with the depths of mournful grief, and colored by the zeal of joyfulness. With vibrant profundity, lush three part vocal harmonies, and powerful soulfulness they infuse compelling storytelling and take Folk/Americana to uncharted territory.
Photo by: Jason Tang
Ride On, Red, Ride On- Down Home Percolators & Friends
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Cherokee Shuffle- The Dustbowl Revival
Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.
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A Garden Grows- Jason Tyler Burton
Jason Tyler Burton is a wanderer, a soul searching adventurer who writes songs about the journey. Originally from Kentucky, he is now a nomad in the American West where he works as a seasonal park ranger. His songs and stories are heart felt, reflecting a search for meaning and home, with a voice and lyrics that invite you to lean in a little, and really listen. From living rooms to music festivals, his live show engages audiences with excellent songwriting and stories and a compelling voice. His sophomore release, Headwaters was released in 2014 to great reviews and airplay, including syndicated shows such as Out of the Woods and NPR’s Fresh Folk.
Photo by: Eric J. Reed
Garden Gate- Jami Lynn
In a few short years, folk, jazz, and blues songstress Jami Lynn has made her mark on the Midwest. Hailing from the Great Plains of eastern South Dakota, the singer/songwriter began performing folk and bluegrass music at the age of thirteen. It took little coaxing from her grandfather to make the transition from the audience to the stage, where old-time country, polka, and regional folk music reigned supreme. At the age of sixteen, Jami began accompanying herself on guitar and writing her own music. After high school, Jami Lynn attended the University of South Dakota majoring in Vocal Performance. It was during these years that she met up with members of Sioux Falls folk-rock band Snakebeard Jackson, and recorded her first album, Dreamer, as Jami Lynn & The Aquila Band.
Shortly after releasing and touring behind her first album, Jami Lynn spent a semester at Tennessee State University in Nashville to study Commercial Music and immerse herself in the music scene.
Gardening At Night- R.E.M.
R.E.M. marked the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, “Radio Free Europe,” was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early ’80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Though there were no overt innovations in their music, R.E.M. had an identity and sense of purpose that transformed the American underground. Throughout the ’80s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-’80s to scores of alternative pop groups in the ’90s, who admired their slow climb to stardom.
-Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic.com
China Garden Buffett- Eleni Mandell
It all started with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where an innocent afternoon wandering the exhibits led acclaimed LA singer and songwriter Eleni Mandell on an unexpected journey of profound musical and personal self-discovery culminating in Dark Lights Up, her tenth and most captivating album yet.
Touring the world with her two young children in tow, Mandell has always tried to work educational and entertaining stops into her routing: national parks, museums, trains, waterslides. So during a tour stop in Nashville last winter, she brought the kids to the CMHOF to learn about some of her heroes like Hank Williams, George Jones, Buck Owens, and Tammy Wynette. Instead, she learned something about herself.
“It was a profound experience for me,” says Mandell, who’s earned raves everywhere from The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly to SPIN and the Associated Press for an eclectic catalog that spans nearly two decades and evokes everything from Tom Waits and X to Chan Marshall and Patsy Cline. “Seeing all their lyrics and guitars on display made me reflect on just how deeply I’d been influenced by classic country.”
Mandell’s kids fell in love with Roger Miller and refused to let her take his music out of the car’s CD player for the rest of the year.
“I was really struck by how simple his production was, and how central his voice and how open the sound on the record was,” Mandell remembers. “It was really organic. There aren’t a lot of layers, and the melody and his voice and the words—whether they’re some of the sillier songs or more poignant ones—I thought they were more beautiful for it. It made me want to de-clutter and strip away and make something simple that still sounded full and beautiful.”
Plant Me A Garden- Jack Marks
I bet Jack Marks often gets asked who wrote the song he just played, because many of his tunes sound like classics, found rather than written. Rest assured he wrote all the material on his third album, Blues Like These, even if some of it (Hammond B3-drenched Maggie’s Hardware Store and Milk Thistle, for example) sounds uncannily like 70s Bob Dylan.
-Sarah Greene, June 20, 2013, nowtoronto.com
Down By The Salley Gardens (featuring Ruth Cameron)- Charlie Haden and Family & Friends
Saying that Charlie Haden’s Rambling Boy is a personal album is an understatement. In essence, this album is a tribute to his mother and father whose own vocal group — made up of Haden and his siblings — performed on radio programs in both Shenandoah, IA and Springfield, MO, where they hosted the live variety show Korn’s-A-Krackin (sic), which was modeled on the Grand Ole Opry. Haden began his musical career at the age of two, singing live on the radio; he was fortunate enough to have Mother Maybelle Carter play in his living room, and to have met the rest of the Carters, Porter Wagoner, Chet Atkins, and numerous others on their way through town to play the show.
-Thom Jurek, AllMusic.com
Rose Garden- Lynn Anderson
Best known for her Grammy-winning smash “Rose Garden,” Lynn Anderson was one of the most popular female country singers of the early ’70s, helped by her regular exposure on national television. Anderson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and grew up in Sacramento, California; her mother Liz was a professional songwriter best known for penning Merle Haggard’s early hits “(All My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “The Fugitive” (the latter with her husband, Carey). Naturally, Lynn picked up music too, and performed as a singer and guitarist during her teen years.
In the mid-’60s, her mother got a recording contract of her own based on her demo tapes, some of which featured Lynn singing background vocals. When the two traveled to Nashville, Lynn wound up recording for the small Chart label, cutting a duet with Jerry Lane as her first single. Her first solo single was 1966’s “In Person,” and in 1967 she scored her first Top 40 hit with her mother’s composition “Ride, Ride, Ride.” She burst into the country Top Five with 1967’s “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away),” 1968’s “Promises, Promises,” and 1969’s “That’s a No No.” Her success helped her land a spot as a weekly regular on The Lawrence Welk Show for a time, and made her the only country singer of her time to fill such a slot on any TV program. She eventually departed amid objections to singing in stereotypical haywagon settings, but went on to appear on numerous other variety shows.
In 1970, Anderson moved to Nashville with her husband, writer/producer Glenn Sutton, and signed with Columbia. She quickly scored the biggest hit of her career with the Joe South-penned “Rose Garden,” which topped the country charts and went all the way to number three on the pop side. It won her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal, and proved a hit in 15 countries.
-Steve Huey, AllMusic.com