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Blabber ‘n’ Smoke Reviews David Corley’s New EP

Please check out Paul Kerr’s splendid review of David Corley’s new EP below.

David Corley erupted into view at the beginning of 2015 with his tremendous debut album Available Light. An astonishing record, his deep voice carrying years of experience (53 years in fact), the music reminiscent of Southern soul and swampy blues, Available Light was an immediate hit with the roots music community in the UK, Ireland […]

via David Corley. Lights Out. — Blabber ‘n’ Smoke

April 28, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get on Board! John Doe is Coming Back to Seattle!

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John Doe, legendary punker/frontman/bassist/vocalist/singer-songwriter/author/actor/Renaissance Man, is coming back to Seattle for a couple of shows. One at Benaroya Hall on May 26 to celebrate Woody Guthrie; and another at my favorite venue, the Tractor Tavern on Wednesday, June 29.

Oh, you know I’ll be there.

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Some dork wanted her picture taken with Mr. Doe. You can imagine her saying, “Holy shit! I’m gettin’ my picture taken with John Doe!” and pointing at him, so people know that’s John on the right…

Here’s my review of his show at The Triple Door last June: http://nodepression.com/live-review/john-doe-reigns-triple-door-seattle-wa

More on the Triple Door show here: https://aplscruf.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/john-doe-reigns-at-the-triple-door-seattle-june-19-2015/

John’s New Book

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Under The Big Black Sun – For more info and to order the book, check his website here: http://www.theejohndoe.com/utbbsbook/

John’s New Album (he’s been busy)

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John Doe’s new album, “The Westerner”

To order his new album, check here: http://www.theejohndoe.com/music/

Read an article in Rolling Stone and stream the album here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-john-does-desert-influenced-new-album-the-westerner-20160422

X is also touring again soon. See all tour dates here: http://www.theejohndoe.com/live/

Here’s my article on X for No Depression: http://nodepression.com/live-review/all-i-want-x-mas

More pics of the X-Mas show: https://aplscruf.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/x-for-xmas/

April 26, 2016 Posted by | 2016, John Doe, X | , , , , | 2 Comments

David Corley’s New EP and Tour

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Cover art and design by Kari Auerbach

David Corley, whose triumphant story is now legendary among the world of independent music, has come back from the dead (literally) to produce a new 2016 EP entitled, appropriately, Lights Out. This EP, again produced by Hugh Christopher Brown, is a follow-up to Available Light, his debut album released near the end of 2014.

Where Available Light was quiet and introspective Americana with a couple of rockers, this new EP rocks and rolls, circa 1970. Corley doesn’t hold back on sing-talking his way through each song, with powerful, shaggy vocals in the forefront. There is such a great, up-tempo 70’s groove throughout the whole album. It’s heavy on guitar, organ (with a serious nod to early Petty), and drums, but still as lyrical and poetic as Available Light. He does slow down a bit and sings a country-blues tale of bad timing and missed opportunities on “Blind Man”, which includes the mournful whine of a harmonica, reminiscent of a Willie Nelson song.

Please check out Cara Gibney’s heartfelt article and interview with David, which includes the real-life story behind “Blind Man”, working with Sherman Holmes, and partner-love Kari Auerbach’s artistic interpretation of the album cover: http://nodepression.com/interview/lights-out-david-corley

Listen to and purchase the entire EP here: David Corley – Lights Out on Bandcamp

David is touring Europe starting this week in The Netherlands and moving to Ireland for Kilkenny Roots Festival over the weekend, starting May 1. Check out the incredible lineup here: http://kilkennyroots.com/

Check out David’s full tour here: http://davidcorleymusic.com/shows/

More articles on David Corley:

http://nodepression.com/interview/david-corley-wishes-right-star-and-debut-album-soars

http://nodepression.com/interview/david-corleys-irish-odyssey-moving-past-new-album

Official Video of “Easy Mistake” from Available Light:

 

 

April 26, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Americana, David Corley, Music, Rock | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Noam Weinstein’s Latest Videos

Noam Weinstein’s latest album, On Waves, made a splash with critics in 2016 (see my review here). Shawn Feeney produced a mesmerizing video to accompany the song, “Last Reincarnation” from the album.

 

He also has a new political endorsement song out (satire, folks–no nasty political trolling, please! :) )

April 25, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Noam Weinstein | , , , | 1 Comment

Jeremy Nail – My Mountain

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Jeremy Nail, native Texan and singer-songwriter, just released My Mountain, eleven alt-country / Americana gems set in solid gold and produced by Alejandro Escovedo. I will direct your attention to my friend Paul Kerr’s review, a work of poetic prose:https://paulkerr.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/jeremy-nail-my-mountain/

Also, Cara Gibney posted an insightful interview with Jeremy on Rocking Magpie’s site here: https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/jeremy-nail-exclusive-interview-by-cara-gibney/

Watch the official video of the title track, “My Mountain”:

 

Photo Credit: Stevan Alcala

 

April 25, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Alejandro Escovedo, Jeremy Nail, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Will Kimbrough – No Gimmicks on Latest Album, “Live At Coast”

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Will Kimbrough produced a brilliant live album that dropped last fall. See my No Depression review here: http://nodepression.com/album-review/will-kimbrough-and-his-guitar-no-gimmicks

Photo Credit: Tamarind Free Jones

 

March 4, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Will Kimbrough | , , , , , | Leave a comment

RIP, Harper Lee

Our friend Will Kimbrough wrote this song inspired by To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s a beautiful tribute, and a fitting video to post today, after hearing of Ms. Harper Lee’s passing.

February 19, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Greg Townson – “My Friend The Night”

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Greg Townson‘s latest self-produced solo album, My Friend The Night, is a sweet blend of 60’s pop heart-warmers and heartbreakers. This is a nice album to listen to while cuddled up in a warm blanket, or twisting the night away with a warm friend. He gets to the point with most of the 12 songs clocking in right around three minutes, long enough to heat things up or pull in close for a slow dance.

Todd Bradley, co-producer (along with John DeAngelis), is his partner in crime in another band called The Hi-Risers. He also helps out on harmonizing vocals, bass and drums. Bradley shares writing credit with Allyson Bice on “Could Have Should Have Been”, showing off smooth, classic harmonies with Townson. Gussy Popp (vocals) and Anna Liebel (snare) also make an appearance on a couple of songs.

Greg’s alter ego, Gregorio El Grande plays a much meaner guitar with Los Straitjackets, although some of those surf sounds ring out a few times on this album, including Greg’s fun cover of “Linus and Lucy” (Guaraldi). Greg’s guitar skills are top-notch, whether he’s shredding his DiPinto at a Los Straitjackets show or caressing the chords, as evidenced on “North American Town”:

Greg Townson resides in Rochester, NY, where temperatures dropped below freezing there and all over the East Coast this winter. Grab a parka and a sweetheart, and hit one of his shows in New York before he jets off with Los Straitjackets to California in March. Check Greg’s show calendar here: http://gregtownson.com/ and Los Straitjackets dates here: http://www.straitjackets.com/shows

Support the independent artists who venture to your city and play small clubs and venues.  Support quality music.

Check out a few more reviews of Greg with Hi-Risers and LSJ here:

https://aplscruf.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/best-show-of-the-year-ii-los-straitjackets-and-deke-dickerson-at-the-tractor-11-21-14/

https://aplscruf.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/viva-los-straitjackets-the-rest-of-the-story/

https://aplscruf.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/meet-the-hi-risers/

 

 

 

 

 

February 17, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Greg Townson, Los Straitjackets, The Hi-Risers | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

John Doe – “Get On Board”

From John Doe’s long-awaited upcoming album, The Westerner dropping April 29. See the article on NPR’s “Songs We Love” here: http://www.npr.org/2016/02/16/466316620/songs-we-love-john-doe-get-on-board

Check out John Doe’s revamped website for more info: http://www.theejohndoe.com/#new2016

Support his new album and get some perks: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/johndoe

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John Doe’s upcoming album, “The Westerner”

 

 

 

February 16, 2016 Posted by | 2016, John Doe | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Mr. Sunshine” – New Video by Peter Bruntnell

Peter Bruntnell is currently touring the UK with Jeff Finlin and Clive Barnes. Peter has a new album dropping April 1 entitled Nos Da Comrade. Check his website for pre-order information, tour dates, and other news. “Mr. Sunshine” is one of the songs that will be featured on the album. I also posted it to No Depression this week. See the YouTube caption for more information and the history behind the song. Although the video is hilarious at times, the message in the lyrics is dead serious.

 

February 6, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Clive Barnes, Jeff Finlin, Peter Bruntnell | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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