Frazey Ford – Australian Tour 2016


Up until now, Canadian-born Frazey Ford is best known for her work as a member of the Vancouver trio The Be Good Tanyas.    About to embark on her maiden Australian tour (including a spot at Bluesfest 2016), it will be a splendid opportunity for locals to experience first hand this talented singer-songwriter.  

Tour dates are below and the timing of Ford’s visit works well, as it pretty much coincides with the release of Indian Ocean (2015 – Netwerk) which is her second solo outing (the first being 2010’s Obadiah).

Indian Ocean is a memorable album, reflecting a good deal of feeling.  Take track four, “Done”:

” I was taking every hit from you…You drive-by-shooting son-of-a-bitch…And I’m done…Well you criticize by numbers…You hammer at the roots…Wait for me to f%#k up to find yourself some proof…And I’m done…You’re just stoking the hatred of a story line…While you hide behind decorum and a fake smile”

Phew!  A break-up song with deep grooves.

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Jeffrey Foucault – Salt As Wolves – A Review

Salt As Wolves is an interesting title.

In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is masterfully and with evil intent trying to sew seeds of doubt in Othello’s mind, which will lead to ultimate tragedy.  He quotes ‘salt as wolves in pride’ as a reference for vigour and passion.

How does this fit in with the content of Jeffrey Foucault’s new album Salt As Wolves (released in October 2015 on Blue Blade)?

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Things That Can’t Be Undone by Corb Lund – A Review

corb lund things that cant be undoneCanadian singer/songwriter Corb Lund has just released his ninth studio album Things That Can’t Be Undone (New West Records).  It is his first studio release in three years and the new material has a maturity and depth that suggests he has been using the intervening period very wisely.

The acute songwriting and model country rock treatment result in a collection of memorable stories that will be ringing in your head and your heart.

I heard Lund being interviewed at this year’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville (with Brian Wise from Melbourne Australia’s Off The Record radio show).  He spoke of his new album and how it came together.  Working with one of the hottest producers around, Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton) at his Nashville studio Low Country Sound, they bunkered in for two weeks, dissecting the songs, rebuilding them and developing the sound and the arrangements they wanted.  The players were Lund’s long-time band The Hurtin’ Albertans – Grant Siemens (electric guitar and lap steel), Brady Valgardson (drums) and Kurt Ciesla (bass).  Continue reading

Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete – A Review

Where to start?

Let me see.

I hadn’t seen darling folk/traditional/Americana duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings live before last month.

In Nashville during the Americana Music Festival 2016, I witnessed them perform twice, as well as a live radio interview^ in between those performances, all in the space of four days.  So I feel that I’ve caught up a little and can add some performance perspective to my already substantial recorded output exposure.

Dave Rawlings has always been there on Gillian Welch records, that majestic, sinuous and unique guitar style becoming an essential ingredient into a string of wonderful and landmark Welch albums.  While Welch’s output has slowed a little in recent years (one record since 2003), Dave Rawlings Machine has emerged as if to fill in some of the dead air.  The Machine’s A Friend Of A Friend was released to much acclaim in 2009 and now along comes Nashville Obsolete, out this September (via Acony Records\Redeye Worldwide).  Released, in fact, during Americanafest with a song from the new album (“Short Haired Woman Blues”) debuting at the Americana Honor and Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium, where the couple that night received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting.

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The Rose, The Legend And The Darling Duo

USA Music Tour 2015 Day 30

Nashville Tennessee Saturday 19 September

Today is official close-out day at the Americana Music Festival.  The Conference part has concluded but there’s plenty of events around the town, culminating in tonight’s big bash at The Ascend Amphitheatre by the Cumberland River.

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On Stage And Off The Record

USA Music Tour 2015 Day 29

Nashville Tennessee Friday 18 September

Fatigue is starting to set in.

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Station Inn, Station Union, Station Sirius FM and Great Scott!!

USA Music Tour 2015 Day 28

Nashville Tennessee 17 September

There were six super Americanafest events I wanted to go to at around noon, all at different locations around the great city of Nashville, ridiculously good!

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