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New Releases for July 31

July 31, 2007

**Ed. note - I suppose this is really the first list for August. I already miss July. There is no need to hurry Autumn in my opinion.**

Martin Simpson: Prodigal Son
Slim Dusty: One Night in May
Tammy Cochran: Where I Am
Putomayo: Americana
Wolfkin: Brand New Pants
Various: Cool as Folk: Cambridge Folk Festival
The Derailers: Under the Influence of Buck
Eden: Everything But the Girl
Richard Thompson: In Concert November 1975
Son Volt: On Chant and Strum
John Stewart: California Bloodlines
Stevie Barr with Friends: Along the Crooked Road
David Bromberg: David Bromberg
Kate Walsh: Don't Break My Heart
Luka Bloom: Tribe
Spencer Moore: Spencer Moore
Various: Sound Traditions: Get in Line Brother
Smithsonian Folkways: Down Home Saturday Night
Various: Hot Rod
Trini Lopez: The Folk Album
Josh Rouse: Country Mouse City House
Shivaree: Tainted Love: Mating Calls and Fight Songs

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 4:01 PM | Comments (0)

Wilco Songs Attached to VW

Jeff Tweedy-fronted Americana/Alt-rock superstars Wilco are offering up songs from their most recent release, Sky Blue Sky, for a series of Volkswagon ads. The Wilco website says the band considers advertising a good way to put their songs out into the universe. The website also reports that sales of show posters goes to local charities - so they're giving back as well. The band is scheduled to perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Aug. 30.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:18 PM | Comments (0)

Carolina Chocolate Drops Featured on Newsweek Online

July 30, 2007

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African American old-time music group from North Carolina are featured in an article in the Newsweek entertainment section of The interview focuses on the Black communities long history with the banjo, an instrument that can be traced back to Africa but became negatively associated with Vaudevillian blackfaced acts. The Chocolate Drops met at the Black Banjo Gathering - an event that offered a chance to be reacquainted with the authentic spirit of roots music unaffected by show business-created stereotyping.

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New Releases for July

July 25, 2007

**Ed. note - All right, I know this is a big jumble, but it's been a busy month.**

Sara Bareilles: Little Voice
Widespread Panic: Choice Cuts: The Capricorn Years 1991-1999
Jesse Harris: Feel
The Monkees: Headquarters
Bobby Osborne: Bluegrass Melodies
Stephen Stills: Just Roll Tape: April 26th, 1968
Various: Hailing the Divide
St. Vincent: Marry Me
Film Soundtrack: Once
Sandy Denny: Live at the BBC
Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger
Jandek: Newcastle Sunday (DVD)
James Lee Stanley: The Eternal Contradiction
Various: Ukulele Picnic
Les Amies Louisianaises: Chansons d'Inspiration
Kim Richey: Chinese Boxes
Teddy Thompson: Upfront and Down Low
Suzanne Vega: Beauty & Crime
Minnie Driver: Seastories
Raul Malo: After Hours
Tegan and Sara: The Con
Johnny Cash: The Great Lost Performance
Riders in the Sky: Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry
Brian Setzer & the Nashvillans: Red Hot & Live!
Billy Bob Thornton: Beautiful Door
Old Blind Dogs: Four on the Floor
Herb Pedersen: Southwest
Eliza Gilkyson: Your Town Tonight
Jimmy Carter: The President from Plains
Bobby Bare: Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies (And More)
Various: Old Town School of Folk Music Song Book Vol. 2 & 3
John Fahey: Railroads 1
Jake Simabukuro: Bits & Pieces
John Vanderslice: Emerald City
Trey Anastasio: The Horseshoe Curve

Plus, installments of Sugar Hill Records' Americana Master Series from Doyle Lawson, Peter Rowan, Terry Allen, The Lonesome River Band, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Guy Clark, James McMurtry, Jerry Douglas, and Reckless Kelly.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:46 PM | Comments (0)

SUV Crashes XPoNential Music Fest

July 23, 2007

An SUV drove into the crowd at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, New Jersey this weekend, hitting a Ben & Jerry's truck and injuring a 10-year-old girl. The driver, who was arrested after running into a trailer, was found to be in posession of 19 bags of cocaine. The girl's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The incident happened at around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday as the ironically named Robert Hazard performed on the mainstage. Most concert-goers to the well-attended event were not aware of the accident.

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Patty Griffin on TV and Off Broadway

Patty Griffin is everywhere (which is as it should be). Bill Flanagan did a nice piece on CBS Sunday Morning about female singer/songwriters and included Patty's newest, Children Running Through. Her CD is a big favorite around here as well, where it's already being tucked away for our year-end top 10 lists.

I also pulled a release out of my stack about a new musical built around Patty Griffin songs called 10 Million Miles. The story by playwright Keith Bunin centers on a young couple and the people they meet as they roadtrip from Florida to New York in a pickup truck. The show got mixed reviews, but (of course) everyone loved the music. Patty wrote two new songs for the production, which was staged by the Atlantic Theater Company in NYC, the same company that brought Duncan Sheik's multi-Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening to Broadway.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:06 PM | Comments (1)

Peter Mulvey Emulates the Ditty Bops

July 20, 2007

Full disclosure, I first saw this in the Folkwax E-zine, but I'm rewriting it to save face. Singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey has decided to do a bicycle tour through Southern Wisconsin beginning Sept. 12 - similar to how the Ditty Bops spent their summer last year (no word on whether or not he'll also be posing for a beefcake calendar). He will start in Milwaukee and travel to Fort Atkinson, Madison, Green Lake and beyond. Most of the drives are around 50 miles or so, but I have to think that fall is not a great time to be biking through Wisconsin (it can get chilly and rainy and the weather is very unpredictable). But, good luck and way to be green!

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:05 PM | Comments (0)

XPoNential Music Fest Settles into Camden

The former All About Music Festival has changed its name to the XPoNential Music Festival in honor of the website that has ties to Folk Alley. Today (7/20) is Y-Rock day with bands like The Fratellis, Fountains of Wayne and Cracker. Tomorrow (7/21), the line-up features Los Lonely Boys, Fionn Regan, Martin Sexton, Brett Dennen and lots more. The final day (7/22) closes the fest with Suzanne Vega, Vienna Teng, Adrienne Young, Jesse Malin and others. All concerts take place in Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront. I can just about make it if I leave now.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

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