Various Artists: Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits Dualtone Music Devised as a 70th Birthday gift to Tom Waits (December 7 is the day) this compilation of female singer/songwriters interpreting material from all across Waits’ 45 year recording career is in fact a gift to us all.
Various Artists: Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration Blackbird Production Partners LLC A Mavis Staples concert is a joyous experience – a celebration, she’s there at church and she, erm, takes you there…so on this tribute we have to wait for the last half hour for Mavis; still regal and […]
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell So Familiar Rounder Here is the second collaborative album from Martin and Brickell, accurately named since the pair work so well together and here particularly it feels seamless – in fact Martin is essentially the sideman, could have gone unnamed; why then is it Steve Martin and Edie Brickell not […]
Various Artists: Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton Tompkins Square There are only two albums by Karen Dalton, a tragic figure with a heartbreak-voice. Like Dory Previn or Nick Drake or – more recently Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley – she’s someone you are drawn to, you hear the testimony of a Bob Dylan […]
Caitlin Rose The Stand-In ATO Records Caitlin Rose’s third album is her best – and that’s high praise because, to my ears, the 25 year old started off strong and hasn’t put a foot wrong. But the songs – actual songs; well-written songs – continue to tumble from her and she writes well for characters, […]
Patty Griffin American Kid New West Records Here’s the seventh album by Patty Griffin, the seventh album of strong solo material – her first in three years, a return to her own work after a star-turn supporting her partner Robert Plant. Griffin’s songwriting – covered by the likes of Dixie Chicks, Rory Block and Emmylou […]
Robert Plant, Band Of Joy (2010) I love the journey that Robert Plant is on with (his) music. Here that journey involves Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller (I’d buy any album that had them on it anyway). There are two Low covers and renditions of songs by Richard Thompson and Los Lobos. This album is […]