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TW3 – Week 8

And we’re into March already,time for another TW3 and we’re now onto TW3 – Week 8.  So what have I been up to on the music front.  Well the highlight of the week was seeing JJ Grey & Mofro at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati on Friday (27th February).

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Up until a couple of weeks ago, when my wife Tara bought the tickets, I’d never heard of JJ Grey & Mofro. Apparently they’re quite big on this side of the Atlantic, but back in the UK they hadn’t registered on my radar.

It was also our first time at the Taft Theater, and I have to say it’s a great venue, with great acoustics and a great bar, selling local craft beers!

The support for the night were London Souls and although the Cincinnati crowd seemed to enjoy them, I’m afraid I couldn’t get into them at all.

As for JJ Grey & Mofro, I definitely got into them. For a band I’ve never seen or heard before, they kept me entertained from start to finish. The band were simply amazing, all of them being supremely gifted musicians. They’ve obviously got quite a loyal following, as the crowd were singing along to a lot of the numbers.Being my first time, I didn’t recognize the old songs,and as most of them weren’t introduced I can’t name them. JJ Grey did introduce the songs they played from his new album  Ol’ Glory,all of which were very good, my favorite being The Island, which they performed at the start of their encore.

I purchased ,Ol’ Glory on vinyl, from the merchandise song and was well impressed that it came with a download code for the album as well. As this is the first new vinyl album I’ve bought for quite a while, I don’t know if this is the norm, but fair play to the Mascot Label Group for doing this.

JJ Grey & Mofro - Ol' Glory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for the album Ol’ Glory, I love it! but not as much as Tara!

Ol’ Glory is currently in the top ten of the Americana charts and Americana features heavily on my other purchase last week. And I got it from Cracker Barrel of all places! We were there a few days ago and on the way out we noticed the featured artist CD they were promoting was Man of Constant Sorrow by Ralph Stanley & Friends. And what friends they are! I won’t name them all, just those I’ve seen live, Robert Plant, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale and Old Crow Medicine Show. Seeing that guest list I had to buy it! And it’s superb, every track is brilliant.

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Talking of Old Crow Medicine Show, check out their latest video, Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer, featuring Dom Flemons

I came across that via a link on Dom Flemons‘ Facebook feed, which is a mine of great music and information. He recently had a link to an interview he did for the Oxford American magazine with a guy called Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records. It’s a fascinating piece, entitled It’s got a Hold of me, and it led me to taking out a subscription for the Oxford American and then buying a DVD,  This Ain’t No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records.

Finally I picked up a couple of new followers on Twitter, firstly Arc and Stones, who sound pretty damned good, check this out:

And then there’s RadioRomance, again another cracking band, have a listen to this:

So that’s TW3 Week 8 done with!

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TW3 – Week 7

Well we’re quite a way into Week 8 of 2015, so I guess I’d better post my TW3 – Week 7! So what have I been up to on the music front?

First off I’ve got to mention the latest album I’ve purchased, it’s the latest by The Decemberists called What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
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The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t remember when I first got into The Decemberists, but I remember that The Hazards of Love album was the first that I bought. Since then I’ve downloaded all their releases before then and every one since. Up to now my favorite album has been The King Is Dead, which features June Hymn, an absolute gem of a song! But having heard What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World this album could well become my new favorite. For a cracking review of the album from Jordan Blum on Popmatters, click here.

I downloaded another great sampler album, this time from NormalTown RecordsIt’s their  Spring 2015 sampler. It’s a cracking selection and you can read more about it here.

NewWestNormaltown Records - 2015 Spring Sampler

 

 

 

 

 

I acquired yet more vinyl, this time from “Good Ole Stuf'”, who have a stall in an Antiques store in Waynesville, Ohio. I got  Relayer by Yes, Arc of a Diver by Steve Winwood and Even in the Quietest Momentsby Supetramp. More about those when I upload them to my computer.

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A bit of a quiet week, but still plenty of great music! And I’m finishing this post on February 26th, so never mind TW3 Week 7, it’s about time for TW3 Week 8!

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TW3 Week 6

Well no posts this week, but still plenty going on in my world of music, definitely enough for TW3 Week 6!

I’ll start with my latest acquisitions from Black Plastic, this record store was definitely a good find! Last week I purchased these two classics:

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Fragile by Yes and Talking Back to the Night by Steve Winwood. And the price for these two classic albums, less than $8! Why is there a bottle of Sprout relish in the photo? It’s there because I posted this photo to the Big Big Train Facebook group page, where Brussel Sprouts are a hot topic, and that was my contribution!

I found another neat record label, Signature SoundsOnce again I came across this courtesy of Noisetrade. I downloaded their Music Abounds sampler, which as well as including some of their recent releases, also includes some tracks from their forthcoming 20th Anniversary Collection:Rarities from the Second Decade.

Signature Sounds - 20th Anniversary Collection

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t remember where I came across Twin Peaks, but sometime during this last week, I downloaded their In the Morning(In the Evening) track, and I love it. Here you go, listen to this!

 

Joe Bonamassa is someone I’ve been curious about for a while, and earlier this week I downloaded a free album he’s released. I found out about this on my Facebook feed. There’s loads of great stuff on the album, but my favourite is Slow Train , from his An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House album.

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Meanwhile in the twitterverse, I’ve acquired a few new followers from the music world. Firstly, the Dave Hanson Band has joined my illustrious list of followers. Check this out from the Dave Hanson Band 

 

The Dave Hanson Band are based in Leeds, England, whereas Hailey Whitters, another new follower is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Have a listen to this playlist, trust me it’s well worth a listen!

 

Back to England for another of my new followers, Wily Bo Walker, who is based in London. Mind you listen to this and you’ll think you’re down in New Orleans!

Anyway enough of twitter, the big news in my music world is that I’ve got a ticket to see the mighty Lord Huron, on their Strange Trails tour at, get this, The Ryman Auditorium! I’m going on another pilgrimage to the Mother Church!

So there goes another week in my world of music, TW3 – Week 6

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TW3 – Week 5

And now we’re into February, and it’s time for another look at my week in music, with TW3 – Week 5!

So, what’s been happening on the music front in my life? I’ve found a cool podcast full of music from local bands, got a couple of decent albums from Black Plastic in downtown Cincinnati and found another decent record label, complete with a cracking sampler.

Okay, first of all, the podcast. It’s a weekly podcast from CincyMusic.compresented by “prominent local music veteran”, Venomous Valdez. Standout tracks from the most recent podcast were I Want to Know my Father’s Name by Blue Caboose, Old Lady & the Devil by The Tillers and  Long John Blues by Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle

CincyMusic.com also have a free weekly download, this week’s being Lazarus Capri by Edison, which is well worth a listen

 

 

Staying local in Cincinnati (I love saying that!), for the past few weeks I’ve been meaning to call in at Black Plastic records on Hamilton Avenue, as I drive past it tow or three times a week. Last Friday I finally paid it a visit, albeit for ten minutes, and came out with these two gems, Tormato
by Yes and Octoberon
by Barclay James Harvest, for less than $8! I’ve a funny feeling I may be calling again!

 

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As for that cracking sampler, it came from Muddy Roots.They released a free download in collaboration with Roots Union, entitled Muddy Waters Music.

 

Muddy Roots Music Recordings - Sampler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve listen to the whole album half a dozen times over the past few days and I’ve not skipped a track once which says a lot. If I have to pick a couple of highlights, I would plump firstly for Southern Queen by The Hardin Draw and Autumn Time by the Urban Pioneers.

 

The Hardin Draw: “Southern Queen” from Joshua Ferg on Vimeo.

Meanwhile in the land of Facebook, I came across this wicked cover of Prince’s Purple Rain by one of my favorite bands, The Waterboys. Cop a load of this recorded at the BBC Radio 2 studios

And staying in the UK, or to be more precise England, I got a download from Show of Hands after signing up to their newsletter. I’ve seen Show of Hands a couple of times, once in my home town of Gainsborough and once at Glastonbury Festival, on both occasions they were excellent.  On their website, there’s this quote from The Independent –  Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots duo and something of a “people’s band”. The nearest equivalent I’ve seen since moving to the USA are The Tillers. If you want to enjoy English roots music at it’s best, you need to check this album out.

The download comes with a booklet containing lyrics to all the songs, which all have English roots apart from one, Lonesome Stockade Blues, which is a traditional American song. And get this, where is the Stockade Prison they’re singing about? It’s in Columbus, Georgia, where I lived for eight months (in Columbus, not in the stockade!) prior to moving to Cincinnati! I love stuff like that, call it coincidence, serendipity, whatever, I think it’s neat!

Another of the songs on the album, Train, also appears on their Dark Fields album, which I have in my collection.

 

Show of Hands - Dark Fields

 

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The other album by Show of Hands I have is roots: the best of show.. a live album, which features this gem….

 

 

And there you have it, another TW3 in the world of TonyNewboultMusic

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TW3 – Week 4

Well it’s time for another TW3, That Was The Week That Was, we’re now onto  TW3 -Week 4. So what happened last week on the music front?

I’ll start off with Brand X. I ordered their Nuclear Burn boxed set from Burning Shed records a couple of weeks ago, and it arrived last Thursday. It’s a four CD set, featuring their first five studio albums and first live album , plus 4 tracks from a couple of BBC sessions they did.

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The five studio albums being Unorthodox Behavior,Morrocan Roll,Masques,Product and Do They Hurt. The live album being Livestock. I already own Product on vinyl, and I’ve been meaning to get some more of their releases for years, so when the Nuclear Burn boxed set came out, it was a no brainer. Having listened to the CDs a few times now, Product is my favorite, but I think that’s more down to familiarity then anything else. Have I ever told you, I’ve seen Brand X live? No, well that will be remedied soon enough, when I start a page going through my past gigs & concerts! Anyway here’s And So to F… from Product by Brand X

At the weekend I downloaded another sampler from Noisetrade, this time from Forty Below Records

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There were a couple of familiar names on the sampler, John Mayall and Walter Trout, but the stand out tracks for me were Bright Light of Day by Anne McCue, Sure Thing by Sam Morrow and The Weight of Changing Everything by Tim Easton.

I checked out Anne McCue on Soundcloud and found this great track.

Check out her website as well, it’s got a cool video on the homepage!

I found this on Tim Easton‘s Soundcloud account, which brings back memories of a few festivals!

And here’s Sam Morrow with a live version of Sure Thing.

 

I got another free download at the weekend, again courtesy of Noisetrade, from Slospeak Records

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It’s a four track sampler of live acoustic recordings, called Slospeak in the Sky with Diamonds. Apparently all four tracks will be on American Airlines in-flight audio, which is pretty neat. All four songs are good, but it’s the first of the four, Hypnotized by Fever Fever which is my favorite. And even better, they’re from Ohio! And here they are:

 

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the American Originals concert, celebrating the works of Stephen Foster, at Cincinnati Music Hall. You can read my review here.

 

Earlier in the week I heard of the death of Demis Roussos. Most Brits remember him for numerous cheesy pop songs in 1970s and 1980s, but prior to that he was a founder member of Aphrodite’s Child, a progressive rock group, who also had a keyboard player by the name of Vangelis. Here’s a great track, The Four Horsemen, from their third album 666: Apocalypse of St John.

Finally, I’ve got to mention the trailer for the new Lord Huron album. I’m a big fan of Lord Huron, so I was well excited when news of this trailer appeared on my Facebook feed. Check it out, I defy you not to be the slightest bit intrigued! If you subscribe to the StrangeTrails.com website, you can download The Night We Met, which I assume is from their next album.

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So TW3 Week 4, That Was The Week That Was my week in music!

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TW3 – Week 3

Tempus Fugit – Time Flies. That’s me showing off my CSE Latin! We’re now three weeks into 2015, so time for another review of my week in music, TW3 – Week 3

Firstly, we’ll take a trip down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. A colleague of my wife’s hails from New Orleans and went back home to New Orleans. On returning to work, he brought Tara, my wife, and her colleagues, a “King of Carnival King Cake Package” from Haydels Bakery, which apparently is one of the top bakeries in New Orleans. Anyway, as well as containing a delicious King Cake and loads of other carnival goodies, there was also a Mardi Gras 2015 CD, featuring a band called Bag of Donuts! And it’s pretty damned good too!

On Saturday I downloaded a sampler from Mishara Music, which was excellent. You can find out more about it in my earlier post here.

My favorite track on the Mishara Music sampler was There’s a Rumor by The August Empire. So on Monday I downloaded their album Before the Hereafter and to say I like it would be an understatement. I love it! From start to finish there’s not a bad track on the album.  I’m so glad I took the plunge and bought this album. I must have listened to it seven or eight times already and I’m finding something new every time. The August Empire consist of Liz Constantine & Dante Marchi. Apparently the album was released back in August 2013, how did I miss it!?

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There are loads of great performances on the album, but their version of Pink Floyd‘s classic Comfortably Numb is superb. This is a cover that’s as good as, if not better than the original. Yes, it’s that good!

 

 

I’ve tweeted about this album a couple of times now and on both occasions, The August Empire and Liz Constantine, have re tweeted and favorited my tweet, which is cool. Even cooler was Liz Constantine replying to one of the tweets!

I still need to find out if the Trevor Rabin mentioned on their website is THE Trevor Rabin. So if you read this Liz Constantine, please let me know!

And sticking with Twitter, Ken Yates, another artist on the Mishara Music label also followed me. I also got a follower from Stone Mountain, Georgia, Kelley Swindall, who’s well worth a listen. Check this video out, and see what you think

Moving away from the States to Europe, in particular, Germany, I got an Alternative Progressive Rock band, Fire on Dawson following me on twitter. I’ve not listened to all their music on Soundcloud yet, but I did like this track:

While we’re talking Prog Rock, I forgot to mention last week, that Yes, one of the original Prog Rock bands, are now following me on twitter. How cool is that?

Revelry Magazine is my most recent follower, this is a weekly music and entertainment magazine, based in Lexington, Kentucky. I don’t think I’m too far away from Lexington, so hopefully I’ll find out about any decent gigs and festivals in Kentucky.

One more new Twitter follower I’ve got to mention is my wife’s cousin Tobie, who, with her husband Jerome, bought us the book, “All the Songs, The Story Behind Every Beatles Release“, as a Wedding present. That’s what I call a wicked Wedding present!

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Talking of our wedding, we compiled a CD of tracks by our favorite acts who we’d seen live since we started courting. One of the tracks was by Ellen and the Escapades, and earlier this week, I came across this video of them performing their version of Fleetwood Mac‘s Dreams. It was done as part of Bob Harris‘s Under the Apple Tree Sessions. Check this out, it’s a brilliant version of a classic song…

 

Finally, I’ve got to show you this trailer from one of my favorite bands, Lord Huron.  Watch this, and I defy you not to be a least a little bit curious!

So, as far as my music is concerned, that was the week that was! TW3 Week 3

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TW3 – Week 2

Another week has passed, and it’s time for a review of what I’ve been up to on the music front. So here’s TW3 Week 2. No major purchases of music this week, bit a few downloads.

At the weekend, I downloaded a winter sampler from SideOneDummy Records, the standout track being You and I Alone by Chuck Ragan. I came across this winter sampler following a notification from NoiseTrade.

 

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NoiseTrade is where I came across Zach Winters and his Monarch Album. It’s an excellent album, reminiscent of Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago. That’s one of my favourite albums of the last few years, and Zach WintersMonarch album is just as good, in my humble opinion.

 

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My other download this week is by We Are Kin, I downloaded their single Home Sweet Home, from their forthcoming album, Pandora. Check this out, it’s well worth a listen. They’re on the Bad Elephant Music label, which is a label I’ve now started following on the strength of this release.

 

And fair play to the band, they replied to one of my tweets on twitter, which is always welcome.

 

Talking of twitter I gained a few new followers this week, in addition to We Are Kin. After checking out Grand Tour‘s music on their website and following them, they returned the favour. I’m looking forward to their debut album, Heavy on the Beach, which is due for release at the start of February. Grand Tour are a progressive rock project from Scotland.  Another new follower was Jen Levinsa singer/songwriter based in Princeton, New Jersey. She’s got a new EP out, called Hand Made, check it out. Again well worth a listen.

 

Finally, I came across this great instrumental, Fading Silently, by NoSound from their Sense of Loss album.

 

And that was TW3 Week 2, my week in music.

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TW3 Week 1

TW3 Week 1TW3? What’s that all about? TW3 = That Was The Week That Was, the title of a 1960’s satirical TV programme. I thought I’d use it to summarize, on a weekly basis, what I’d been up to on the music front.

So, we’re now a week into 2015, what have I been up to?

Well, I’ve downloaded a couple of albums and ordered a boxed set of cds as well.

My first download of 2015 was by Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo. It’s a live album recorded at Swindon Arts Centre in November 2011.

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I’m a big fan of Emily Barker. I’ve seen her perform live a couple of times, firstly in September 2013 at the Americana Music Festival, as part of the BBC Introducing Showcase, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville and then again the following month at St John the Evangelist Church in Oxford. Both gigs were excellent, so it was great to be able to get a live album from Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo. I’d thoroughly recommend this album, I’ve embedded it below,

I’ve also copied a post I did on my old website reviewing the two Emily Barker gigs I saw, you can see it here

I got my second download from Noisetrade, it was an introductory sample of songs from River Whyless, a band I saw last year in Asheville, North Carolina supporting the Treetop Flyers.

I really enjoyed their set when I saw them live, and this is a great introduction to their music. Once again, I’ve embedded the album

 

As for the boxed set of CDs I’ve ordered, these are by Brand XPhil Collins‘ jazz rock fusion band from 1975  to 1982. The boxed set is called Nuclear Burn and contains their first five albums. Once  I get this, I’ll provide more details

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So that’s what I’ve been up to on the music front this week….

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