Today's Folk/Americana

Discussion in 'Music' started by billfort, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member

    I've been listening to a lot of this lately, along with a little alt country and 'twangy' so thought we needed a thread.



    Listening to; Steve Earle's guitar town (DSD).
     

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  2. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member



    Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around (vinyl)

    Love this album - one of the 10 I save from the fire.
     

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    Blackie and the Rodeo Kings; Kings and Queens (Tidal stream)

    Maybe more 'Canadiana'.
     

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  4. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member


    John Moreland; In the Throes
     

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  5. Grainger49

    Grainger49 Active Member

    My special Christmas gift from my lovely wife, Alison Krauss & Union Station Forget About It, on vinyl.
     
  6. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member



    Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard - Django & jimmie
     

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  7. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member


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    Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker (SACD/DSD rip)
     

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  8. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    An all time favorite of mine. Willie Nelson - You Don't Know Me.

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  9. King70

    King70 Junior Member

    earlier I was listening to 'Old and in the Way' with Vasser and Jerry, Dave...
     
  10. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member


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    Lucinda Williams - Blessed.

    Another Tidal discovery. Wow, what a roller-coaster ride, great stuff.
     

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  11. tentoze

    tentoze Active Member

    When this came out, I felt like I was swimming against the stream because I liked it, quite a bit actually, and it wasn't necessarily all that well-received. I think the song writing is very strong, mostly, and if I remember right, this was the album that she changed out most if not all of her band. The previous few albums, the lead guitar player, think his name is Doug Pettibone, was, IMO, an over-player, a wanker, who distracted from the songs with his gymnastics. I saw her here during that time frame, and my opinion was reinforced. Any rate, Blessed was more cohesive and just generally stronger than the previous few efforts.

    By the way, I've only listened to her new release once so far, and it's got a long way to go to win me over. Getting strong reviews, but her vocals are just odd throughout, very mannered and different than what I'm accustomed to. It's almost like she's got a mouth full of marbles, or is shit-faced and slurring badly. Maybe I'll warm up to it if I spend some more time with it.
     
  12. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member

    Funny, it was the lukewarm reviews that kept me from discovering this album till now. I'd read a review and it would slide down my 'must buy' list - it was the low risk nature ($) of Tidal that showed me what I was missing. I see what you mean about the cohesiveness here where the band is solid but the delivery and emotion of her lyrics truly soar - it's been a while since a album jarred me like this.

    I don't have The Ghosts of Highway 20 yet but will probably wait till I give it a good listen on Tidal (when it's available) before buying - I did buy Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone and have only gotten through it a time or 2, just not clicking with me yet.
     
  13. tentoze

    tentoze Active Member

    Same here with Spirit, Bill, but so far, it's ahead of the new one for me.
     
  14. tentoze

    tentoze Active Member

    West was also kind of panned, or at least didn't make much of a stir when it was released, but I can put on either of the 2 lp's it was released on and be happy as a clam.

    Of course, with some review sources, every album is "the best work since...", and I think the reality for me is still sort of in the middle.
     
  15. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley Junior Member

    I found these quite charming and talented. Coincidentally, the one on the left playing the Loar LM-600 mandolin reminded me of the actress Katie Holmes when she was younger.
     
  16. tentoze

    tentoze Active Member

    If you haven't heard this, might want to give it a go- Shakey Graves~ And The War Came. Not straight up twangy at all, I like it. A lot.
     
  17. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member

    I suppose it's more Canadiana - Cowboy Junkies, Open (DSD rip)


     

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  18. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member

    Which led to this; Junkies, At the End of Paths Taken.

     

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  19. Celt

    Celt Peanut Head

    Lucinda Williams ~ Happy Woman Blues (1980, Folkways) Great album! She had it goin' on early!
     
  20. 1tumbleweed

    1tumbleweed Junior Member

    No thread on folk/Americana can get too far without a mention of Canada's premier roots label, Stony Plain. If you're not familiar, a good place to start is "30 Years Stony Plain", a 2-CD set (with a DVD!) with Ian Tyson, Doug Sahm, Duke Robillard, Maria Muldaur, King Biscuit Boy and lots more. A must in any collection.

    Happy trails,
    Larry B.
     

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