Friday, February 16, 2007

The Everybodyfields - Magazines

Classic country with a touch of dobro? You're in the right place. The Everybodyfields (surely not a cricket reference - more likely softball or baseball, but me, I'm hoping it's rounders) have supported Gillian Welch, won prestigious song writing competitions, that kind of thing - it's all in their biography. This track is from their 2005 album, so I reckon we're due a new one anytime soon. Three posts in a week - surely a record?

Listen: The Everybodyfields - Magazines

You can do the honest thing and buy both their albums straight off their website.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Po Girl - new album

It's a good week for new music - Po' Girl and Lucinda Williams have become permanent fixtures in the car on the way to and from work. Po' Girl's second album still sounds like music on the verge of collapsing from too much red wine or 'nervous exhaustion' brought on by touring. More banjo here, in full effect - maybe I'm over compensating

Listen: Po' Girl - Angels of Grace
Listen: Po' Girl - old mountain line

Official (needs updating)
Buy it

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

joe holtaway - Magdalena Stays

Taken from a split EP, called imaginatively EP1 (and reviewed here) this little acoustic number comes courtesy of the man himself. With a nifty line in acoustic guitar strike and strum patterns and pleasingly easy-on-the-ear voice, Joe manages to stay just the right side of cloying.

Listen: Joe Holtaway - Magdalena Stays


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Southern Tenant Folk Union

My wife thoughtfully informed me on Monday (my birthday) that we will never have a banjo in our house, just in case I started to get any ideas to the contrary. Given that I have yet to master the many other stringed instruments with which I annoy her (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, lapsteel, sitar) I'm not surprised. I think it more likely that banjo is no use to her orchestral playing/fixing, so the violin I'm in the process of building will be allowed.

Southern Tenant Folk Union play the kind of traditional Americana with harmonies, banjo(!), fiddle and religious imagery at every turn. Made all the more surprising given they seemed to be based in London. Thanks to the nice people over at ugly nephew records.

Listen: Southern Tenant Folk Union - Sweeter Times


More clawhammer filled tracks over at the ever dependable songs:illinois