If this show had to be described in a single word, “partnership” would be a strong contender. Both Mary Gauthier and Ben Glover have recently released albums that are collaborations; Gauthier’s Rifles and Rosary Beads with war veterans and on Shorebound Glover works with several of today’s finest artists. Both sets were enhanced by the contribution of a single musician; guitarist Colm McClean with Glover and virtuoso violinist Michele Gazich with Gauthier.
There is one other day that will live in infamy: August 1, 1981- the day MTV forged its debut on a platform known as cable television. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
A feeling that has frequently dominated Mary Chapin Carpenter's shows is reflection. An artist who bares her soul through her songs sends audiences home musing over the emotions she so lucidly expressed. Reflection was the theme of Carpenter’s London appearance, deepened this time by her new album Sometimes Just The Sky. With one exception the record is a reworking of previously released songs, released to celebrate her 30 years as a songwriter.
"That night Paul was at his very, very best. He was dancing around afterward. He stayed the entire night following the gig with everybody drinking. He said 'I love these songs, I had the greatest time.' He talked to everybody! Losing Paul was so hard. We're lucky we had him." Lorraine Leckie
Singer-songwriter Angela Soffe has a lot to share in her latest single "Rocks." Soffe spent the majority of her childhood being raised in the Phillippines by her parents, who were devoted Mormons. After stepping away from this religion, Soffe found her voice in songwriting. "Rocks" is an infleuntial tale about the courage and bravery she has gained throughout this experience. We had the pleasure of catching up with Angela. Join us as we dig a bit deeper into her music, and herself as an artist.
Fairport Convention, who have made such a contribution to creating English folk-rock, turned fifty last year. After such an illustrious career, multiple line-up changes, tragedy and triumph, they could be forgiven for taking a well deserved retirement. Quite the opposite though, they are back on the road once again with their spring/summer tour of the UK. Then we look forward to their annual festival at Cropredy, Oxfordshire in August. How do they do it?
An opportunity to see Rosie Flores play is always rewarding. Fans of rockabilly have embraced her music for decades, and albums such as Dance Hall Dreams, Rockabilly Filly, Working Girl's Guitar, and Speed Of Sound have secured her musical legacy. But it would be shortsighted to pigeonhole her. Flores has done so much for women and music in general, and honestly, she defies categorization. Throughout her career, she has played singer-songwriter country, rock and roll, punk, traditional country, rockabilly, western swing, and now, blues!
Collins Drive is an Atlanta, GA based-band that has been on our radar for a little while now. Their infectious music is blended with intriguing lyricism, and storytelling melodies that help to drive their sound home. We had the chance to catch up with lead-partner-in-crime Don De Leaumont recently, as we dive deeper into the story of the band. Are you ready?
What is the inspiration behind your new record? It seems to be garnering quite a bit of attention.