Archive for the ‘Country’ Category

Dead Hoodlums

By • Apr 4th, 2009

Friday night and here is a Duggup to brighten the gloomy skies over Melbourne, bring a sparkle to your eye and a tapping to your feet. By way of Oslo in Norway come the band called Dead Hoolums. Very much alive I fear and from what I can suss out about them, admittedly not much […]



Brock Zeman – The Train In Me

By • Mar 16th, 2009

Brock Zeman is another one of those artists that I have no idea how I found him, I am just glad I did. His song “The Train In Me” off his album “$100 DIFFERENCE” is a gem. It sounds like John Mellencamp and Steve Earle should have written it. Brock is another American story teller […]



Townes Van Zandt – Pancho and Lefty

By • Feb 19th, 2009

A few weeks ago I was having a coffee with a friend and the conversation turned to music (I dont do sport politics and religion can be “tricky”, so music is really about the only “safe” subject – besides I love finding out what people are listening to), and we discovered we were both fans […]



Absentee – Shared

By • Nov 26th, 2008

While checking out some recent additions to the NPR Second Stage RSS feed, I spotted  Absentee and their song “Shared“. Now on paper, if there was ever a band that I shouldn’t like, these guys would be right up there near the top. Why? Well let’s see.. They’re a countryish band As a rule I […]



Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash – 1969 Sessions

By • Nov 23rd, 2008

This is one of those you might want to be quick posts.

Over at Aquarium Drunkard posted MP3s of some recordings that Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, made together during three 1969 sessions.

To quote from Aquarium Drunkard

This is a true peice of Americana — two iconic masters of their craft conversing with one another via song. Recorded throughout 1969 on three separate occasions, these recordings mark an important historical collaboration between two American poets/musicians. Even a casual fan of either artist should at least give these a cursory listen. Great stuff.



Castanets

By • Nov 15th, 2008

Imagine a meeting between ‘Wall Of Voodoo” and early Ennio Morricone and you are well on your way to Castanets. Add some blues and the inevitable country and you are just about there. A really intense, sparse sound. This is just so American. I will be the first to admit that this isn’t an easy […]



Abalone Dots

By • Sep 20th, 2008

I heard “Solo” by the Swedish four piece country band Abalone Dots and had to let you know about them. Four talented women with voices that remind me of the Dixie Chicks meet Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. Have a listen. Abalone Dots – Solo I’m not a big country fan, but as […]