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Laurie Gallardo/ KUTX has some excellent words re: The Sideshow Tragedy’s new record ‘The View From Nowhere’ produced by Kenny Siegal at Old Soul Studios. Read full post here.
Excellent review from Peter Blackstock/Austin 360 for The Sideshow Tragedy’s new record, The View From Nowhere!
Fervor Coulee’s fave 2016 roots albums: “3.Jenny Whiteley- The Original Jenny Whiteley On this recording, Whiteley satisfies a desire to more fully explore the music that provided the foundation for her development—old-time folk sounds that have existed and thrived for generations. A recognition of her rich and diverse Americana/Canadiana upbringing within the venerable Whiteley clan, this fifth recording is a rootsy masterpiece. In a lesser artist’s hands such a multi-dimensional homage might sound disjointed; The Original Jenny Whiteley is united in its eccentric melding of the rich traditional and roots tapestry—folk, jugband, bluegrass, early jazz and ragtime, Francophone, Dylan, and the blues.” Fervor Coulee
At the end of each year, writers and broadcasters get to indulge themselves and—one hopes—their readers and listeners with their judgements on the year past.
I’ve spent substantial time reviewing the roots/Americana/whatever you want to call them, if they are on the No Depression list I might have considered them, and even if they aren’t I still may have albums I heard during the past year, and have come up with my definitive (at least for today) list of Favourite Roots Albums of 2016. Of course, your kilometreage will vary: I once received a cranky email from the father of a fairly prominent bluegrasser whose album I didn’t include on such a list several years ago. For those such inclined, I repeat—these are my favorite roots albums of the year. Not the best, ’cause that is silly. And all I can base it on is those albums I’ve heard, and…
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“a rootsy masterpiece” Fervor Coulee
Jenny Whiteley The Original Jenny Whiteley Black Hen Music
I first encountered Ontario’s Jenny Whiteley as a member of Heartbreak Hill, a bluegrass band featuring Dottie Cormier, Christopher Quinn, Victor Bateman, and Danny Whiteley. I don’t recall too much about their performance at that Blueberry Bluegrass fest appearance outside the impact of a single Whiteley song: “John Tyrone” remains one of the finest bluegrass songs that have come out of Canada, and from the first time I heard the song I knew Whiteley was someone I wanted to learn more about.
I didn’t get the opportunity at the time, but months later Whiteley found me at Wintergrass and offered me a copy of her debut self-titled album. That independently released disc displayed Whiteley’s remarkable ability for creating characters within a few well-crafted lines, and earned comparison to Emmylou Harris’ recent Red Dirt Girl. Whiteley was revealed as a major talent…
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When I was a lad John Peel and Alan Freeman on the radio plus the now legendary Old Grey Whistle Test were the only places to see and hear ‘new music,’ but 40 years on the Internet has the facility to bring like minded people together in a way my younger self could never imagine (even Captain Kirk didn’t have Skype!).
Earlier this year my friend and Rocking Magpie corespondent, Cara Gibney who lives in Northern Ireland linked me to her friend Bernadette who lives in that New York City but loves and promotes Canadian Roots music, who subsequently sent me loads of amazing music…..including Jeremy Nail.
His album review is still in our Top 20
and Cara’s interview with the young Singer-Songwriter is Top 3 in that particular genre;
so it’s with great excitement Bernadette and Jeremy have graciously allowed us to EXCLUSIVELY present this wonderful live performance of…
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Austin 360’s Artist of the Month is JEREMY NAIL!
Texas singer-songwriter Jeremy Nail‘s new record My Mountain (release date: May 3, 2016) is having an exclusive first listen at All Music Guide. Chris Steffen writes: “Produced by Alejandro Escovedo, Austin-based roots musician Jeremy Nail delivers My Mountain, an album based on themes of struggle and perseverance. Nail goes beyond the standard “troubadour with an acoustic guitar” dynamic, adding layers of strings, peals of distorted guitar and haunting backing vocals to create a thicker, yet appropriately vulnerable sound.”
Please have a listen at All Music Guide.
The rave reviews are flying in:
“Nail’s sound is superbly profound, dancing along the lines of Ryan Bingham and a Stetson-clad Beck.” Elmore Magazine
“dazzling…a gorgeous declaration of defiance…Graced with exceptional songwriting, production, arrangements and performances, My Mountain is a triumph…Rating: A” Jason Warburg/The Daily Vault
“… glorious..wrenching yet optimistic.. will simply put a swell in your chest …touches on many levels…The beautifully told stories of struggle, perseverance, gratitude and hope on My Mountain leave you in a reflectful mindset; thinking not only about Nail’s journey, but also reexamining your own.” Tara Joan/The Daily Country & No Depression
“Even if you didn’t know Nail’s back-story; you would quickly realise that the opening and title track, My Mountain is no ordinary song at all. Nail’s distinctive drawl takes you on a journey that touches on the dark days of his illness and the fire in his stomach that got him through some very tough days indeed….Wow!…we’ve discovered another gem of a songwriter and indeed, singer in Jeremy Nail..The end result is this fabulous Alejandro Escovedo produced record.” Rocking Magpie (UK)
Jeremy discusses his collaboration with Alejandro Escovedo, the meanings of some of his lyrics and much more in this rockin’ interview with Cara Gibney/Rocking Magpie.
“a powerful, intimate beautiful record” Patrick Struijker Boudier/Blues Magazine (The Netherlands)
“Strong soulful vocals, beautiful Americana and beautiful songs…an exceptional songwriter…The album is a celebration of life.” Richard Wagenaar/ The Next Gig (Netherlands)
“Escovedo’s production is masterful, creating an ambience that recalls the work of Daniel Lanois. The album opens with the gutsy title song, ponderous bass and drums and jagged acoustic guitar leading into sweet female harmonies and sinewy slide guitar, a wonderful slice of swampy rock…My Mountain is a sublime listen. A late night wallow in warm guitars and intoxicating rhythms bathed in pathos.” Paul Kerr/Blabber’n’Smoke (UK)
“eleven alt-country/Americana gems set in solid gold” Lisa Knight/No Depression & Aplscruf’s Music Blog
“My Mountain is the story of man who had to find a new way to stand tall….With superb slide guitar and melancholic violin supplied by his friends covering his back, he is not alone.” Hans Werksman, Here Comes The Flood