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New Releases for Oct. 23

October 26, 2007

**Ed. note - A breather before the final holiday push. Some interesting cover albums.**

Karen Mal: The Space Between
Judy Dyble: The Lost Voice of Folk
Various: Bluegrass Interpretations of Bruce Springsteen
Neil Young: Chrome Dreams II
Rounder: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn Live
Mountain Heart: Road that Never Ends: The Live Album
Bobby Bare: Drunk and Crazy
Various: Celtic Tribute to Alison Krauss
Bella Hardy: Night Visiting
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: Follow the Lights

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

Folk Alliance Extends Showcase Deadline

October 23, 2007

Folk Alliance has extended the deadline for artists to submit showcase entries until Oct. 31. Performing at a sanctioned showcase at this year's conference in Memphis on Feb. 20-24 is the perfect chance to catch the attention of bookers, agents, labels, venue managers and DJs as the folk world gathers for the yearly North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance shindig. Interested artists can apply online at Sonicbids or at, Folk Alliance's web site. BTW, after missing last year, Folk Alley will return to Folk Alliance this year. And, we're ready to party!

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 2:24 PM | Comments (0)

Americana Music Association Opens Conference with Halloween Party

I call it perfect timing.

The Americana Music Association opens its annual conference in Nashville with a Halloween salute to the great Porter Wagoner at the Tennessee State Museum. The event features performances by Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell and others and the best costumes win prizes.

The AMA conference and music festival continues through Nov. 3 with a keynote speech on Nov. 2 from Emmylou Harris and a special performance on Nov. 1 at the Ryman Auditorium by Lyle Lovett, who will be honored with the Trailblazer Award and interviewed the next day by Warren Zanes from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 11:40 AM | Comments (0)

Rushad Eggleston Out of Crooked Still

Cellist Rushad Eggleston is leaving New England-based Crooked Still after the band's Nov. 18 concert. The young rootsy quartet featuring Aoife O'Donovan on vocals, Corey DiMario on bass and Dr. Gregory Liszt on banjo have snagged up-and-coming fiddler Brittany Haas and multi-instrumentalist Tristan Clarridge as they regroup.

Haas is a charter member of Darol Anger's Republic of Strings and currently instructs at Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Conferences. She also worked with Tony Trischka on his Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, performing a Steve Martin selection on Late Night with David Letterman and the Ellen show. Currently, Haas is a student at Princeton where she plays drums in the marching band.

Clarridge regularly performs with his sister, Tashina. He won the Grand National Fiddle Championships three years in a row and has worked as a bluegrass and Celtic cellist with both Haas and Eggleston. He also tours with Republic of Strings and teaches with Mark O'Connor.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 11:31 AM | Comments (5)

New Releases for Early October

October 16, 2007

**Ed. note - Now that it seems to be cooling off, I'm a little more interested in the holiday CDs, and in making up a Christmas wish-list. BTW, I'm listing things here that seem to be similar to the Folk Alley playlist, I haven't listened to these CDs at all (not even the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss and Marc Cohn entries that I'm dying to hear).**

Robert Wyatt: Comicopera
Marc Cohn: Join the Parade
Josh Groban: Noel
Will Hoge: Draw the Curtains
Samara Lubelski: Parallel Suns
Claire Lynch: Crowd Favorites
Mindy Smith: My Holiday
Eileen Ivers: An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas
Kildare: Celtic Carols
Pride of Murray Pipe Band: Flower of Scotland: Best of Pipes and Drums
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hess: In the Moment
Various (Koch): An Americana Christmas
Benny Martin: Fiddle Collection
Willie Nelson: So Much to Do
Theodore Bikel: A Folksinger's Choice
Pete Seeger: American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 5
Brian Harnetty: America Winter
Hesperus: Early Music Ensemble: An Early American Quilt
Le Vent du Nord: Dans Les Airs
Katie Moore: Only Thing Worse
Poodles: Sweet Trade
3 Fox Drive: Christmas Grass, Vol. 3
Various: Slack Key Christmas
Karla Bonoff: Karla Bonoff Live
Chip Taylor: Live from the Ruhr Triennale
Stephen Fretwell: Man on the Roof
Gov't Mule: Mighty High
Trio Mediaeval: Folk Songs
Umphrey's McGee: Live at the Murat
Balsam Range: Marching Home
Cafe Antarsia Ensemble: Songs of the Table
Dar Williams: Live at Bearsville Theater (DVD)
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand
Various (Rounder): Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland
Brave Combo: Polka's Revenge
Patty Griffin: Live from the Artists Den (DVD)
Barefoot Natives: Slack Key Circus

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:31 PM | Comments (0)

IBMA Awards Announced

October 8, 2007

Dale Ann Bradley was the upset winner of the evening as the 18th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards were presented at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House last week. Bradley broke Rhonda Vincent's amazing 7-year streak with her win for Female Vocalist of the Year. Bradley Walker earned the title Male Vocalist of the Year and The Grascals were named Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a row. Vocal Group honors went to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver with Instrumental Group of the Year going to Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock.

The Incredible Stringdusters had a very good night with wins for Song of the Year ("Fork in the Road"), Emerging Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year, which they shared in a tie with J.D. Crowe & The New South. Instrumental awards went to Missy Raines (Bass), Michael Cleveland (Fiddle), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Tony Rice (Guitar), Sam Bush (Mandolin), and Tony Trischka (Banjo), who also picked up a prize for Instrumental Album of the Year.

Find the complete list of winners online at

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New Releases in September

**Ed. note - With my vacation and half a week off sick, there's a bit of a backlog. The good news is, these CDs are all still on sale.**

Various: Love is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970
The Arbors: Symphonies for Susan
Sergio Assad: Jardim Abandonado
Babyface: Playlist
Mary Gauthier: Between Daylight and Dark
Emmylou Harris: Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems
Kingston Trio: The Lost 1967 Album: Rarities, Vol. 1
Jim Lauderdale: The Bluegrass Diaries
Ben Lee: Ripe
Various: Bagpipe Classic
Bernard O'Sullivan: Clare Concertinas
Kieran Fahy: Irish Fiddle: Man From the West
Yves Lambert: Le Monde a Lambert
Courtney Campbell: Mustard Pancakes
Kieran Kane: Kane Welch Kaplin
Turtleduhks: True Lover
Catherine MacLellan: Church Bell Blues
Various: The Clare Set
Ananda Shankar: Missing You
Various: Beerfest Polka: Greatest European Polka Hits
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys featuring Tommy Duncan: Seven Miles Out of Town
Ann Wilson: Hope & Glory
Joe Henry: Civilians
Axe Riverbox: Tu Tu to Tango
Vic Chesnutt: North Star Deserter
Ani DiFranco: Canon
The Good Life: Help Wanted Nights
Konono No. 1: Live at Couleur Cafe
Oakley Hill: I'll Follow You
Adrian Orange: Adrian Orange
Emma Pollock: Watch the Fireworks
Red Stick Ramblers: Made in the Shack
Mike Seeger: Early Southern Guitar Sounds
Billy Joe Shaver: Storyteller: Live at the Bluebird
Various: Warehouse Tracks: Ten Years
Devendra Banhart: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Joni Mitchell: Shine
The Cave Singers: Invitation Song
Steve Earle: Washington Square Serenade
Nellie McKay: Obligatory Villagers
Soundtrack: The Darjeeling Limited
Billy Joe Shaver: Everybody's Brother
Bob Dylan: Dylan 3-CD Edition
John Fogerty: Revival
Bruce Springsteen: Magic
Ryan Bingham: Mescalito
J.J. Cale: Rewind: The Unreleased Recordings
Eliza Gilkyson: Live from Austin, TX
Merle Haggard: The Bluegrass Session
Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain: Global Drum Project
Darlene Love: It's Christmas, of Course
Sondre Lerche: Dan in Real Life
Soundtrack: The Heartbreak Kid
Chuck Prophet: Soap and Water
The Sadies: New Seasons
Martin Simpson: Prodigal Son
Garcia: Woven Ways
Various: Bluegrass Tribute to Kenny Chesney
Charlie Sizemore: Good News
Lyle Lovett: It's Not Big It's Large
Gene Watson: In a Perfect World
Raul Malo: Marshmallow World and Other Holiday Favorites
Ricky Skaggs & the Whites: Salt of the Earth
Randy Travis: Songs of the Season
Appleseed: Give Us Your Poor
Various: People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938
Anne Briggs: The Time Has Come
Various: Celtic Ladies Christmas
Telarc: Christmas Break
Various: Mountain Top Bluegrass Christmas
Smithsonian/Folkways: Central Asian Series, Vol. 5: Song & Dance
Hot Buttered Rum: Live in the Northeast
Christine Kane: A Friday Night in One Lifetime
David Massengill: Dave on Dave
Peter, Bethany & Rufus: Puff & Other Family Classics
SONiA: Tango
Various: Have a Merry South Louisiana Christmas

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

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