Friday, June 26, 2009
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
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
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
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
Check the official website for some fantastic earlier album covers.
Listen - Gibson Brothers - Ring the Bell