Friday, June 26, 2009

Fur and Steve - Travelers

A summer's Friday night is surely the time for a bit of dancing round the kitchen. So, let's have some big cowboy hats and guitars, yodeling and harmonies and, oh, some fiddle and trumpet to see us our way.

Fur and Steve make fantastic country-soaked folk songs about big highways, big heartbreak, the lure of home and the love of friends. It's impossible not to be charmed. Besides, how can you resist a woman called Fur?

Extra points for the trumpet on the album opener and first song posted here.

Listen: Fur Dixon and Steve Werner - Journey to Another Side

Listen: Fur Dixon and Steve Werner - Homesick for the Highway Blues



Monday, June 22, 2009

Midnight shakes the memory

As a madman shakes a dead geranium.

I seem to have done a fair bit of dead geranium shaking recently (literally and figuratively) and my northern exploits have meant that I've seen a fair whack of midnight sun.

So, let's have some songs about the witching hour to celebrate the nights drawing in.

Listen: Porter Wagoner - Midnight (this is an absolute corker)

Listen: Rhonda Vincent - Midnight Angel

Listen: Buddy Holly - Midnight Shift (oddly, this seems a bit racy)

Listen: Julie London - 'Round Midnight

Buy some Porter, some Rhonda, some Buddy, or, oh yes, yes, some Julie.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Charlie Wadhams Darkness

A lovely weekend that's taken all of Monday to wear off. That's my son Noah, asleep on the train home from Central London after seeing the London Eye (too young to go on it yet), a lovely lunch and running across Waterloo Bridge.

To keep the soothing thoughts going here's a track from Charlie Wadhams' ep In a Goldmine, that you can download for free from his official website. You can also see the lovely video for the lead track Someone to Kiss.

Listen: Charlie Wadhams - Darkness



Saturday, June 06, 2009

Rain and Snow

Last weekend, when this country was having the flags proverbially cracked, I was up to my thighs in snow on top of a glacier. Funny how things go, isn't it?

Obviously this post is just an excuse for me to ramble on about Iceland and The Lonesome Sisters, possibly two of my favourite favourite things. I'd encourage you all to have a go at both.

If you've been hanging around here for a while, you'll know our love of this lot. It's where it all began and how we found our blog name. So, on the off chance that you haven't had the pleasure yet, then do give this a whirl for top-notch old-timey bluegrass harmonies.

Listen: The Lonesome Sisters - Rain and Snow

And whilst we're about it, here are some more snowy delights.

Listen: Emmylou Harris - Roses in the Snow

Listen: Hank Snow - Miller's Cave.

Please buy The Lonesome Sisters, splash out on some deluxe Emmylou or get your hands on some essential Hank Snow.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Gibson Brothers - Ring the Bell

Apologies for going a bit quiet lately, normaly I'd blame work, but the real reason is that I've been playing my new guitars a bit too much. I've got one of these and one of those. So that's it for a very, very long time. Anyway here's Noah's first non pre-school specific request for music in the car, he's got great taste already. This is the title track from their new album, that I'm very much looking forward to hearing.

Check the official website for some fantastic earlier album covers.

Listen - Gibson Brothers - Ring the Bell

Buy It