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Catching Up and Looking Ahead

Posted in Allison Moorer, Nolan McKelvey on January 12, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

The gentleman pictured above is Andrew Bird, the author of my favorite album of 2009. And that’s almost the last time you’ll hear me reference 2009 on this site. It’s time to move on to 2010.

The end of last year and the early part of this year have been extremely busy for me. I put in some extra hours at both of my jobs, and spent a great deal of time re-listening to music from the past year and the past decade. In fact, I spent so much time working on my year end list, my decade list, and the year end mix CD that my wife and I make every year (complete with six pages of liner notes) that I haven’t taken much time to catch up on any new music that’s come my way or look ahead to anything that’s on the horizon.

I’d like to do some of that today.

My biggest sin lately has been neglecting my inbox over at ReviewShine. ReviewShine is a tremendous resource for bloggers where (mostly unknown) artists can post their music for bloggers to sample and download. I’ve discovered some great artists there including Boca Chica, Madison Violet, Kelly Mannix, and several others.

Recently though, I went roughly two months without listening to anything from the site. When I logged back on last week, I had 40 or 50 albums waiting for me. I’m slowly trying to work my way through them to pick out the best stuff to share. I’ve already found a few that show some promise, and one such artist is singer-songwriter Nolan McKelvey.

I don’t know much about Nolan other than to say he is a singer/songwriter from the Boston area who now resides in Arizona. During his time in the Northeast, Nolan developed a solid reputation in the region, and his bands were nominated for seven Boston Music Awards. He may also have once accidentally stolen songwriter Kris Delmhorst’s accordion.

His new album Matter of Time came out late last year, and is full of catchy folk/pop tunes that immediately grabbed my attention. The song I’m sharing with you here is the lead track on the album, “All We Ever Needed.”

Nolan McKelvey: All We Ever Needed (Buy Album)

The second thing I want to do with this post is take a small look ahead at some of the new releases I’m looking forward to in the early part of 2010.

Several of my favorite artists seem to have plans for the year including the incomparable Patty Griffin. Patty has two releases planned for 2010 with the first being a gospel album produced by Buddy Miller called Downtown Church. The album will be available January 26th, but one track, “Move Up,” is already streaming on Patty’s Myspace page.
Over the weekend, I also alluded to news of a new Tift Merritt album that is in the works. It seems the album has been recorded and is just awaiting a final mix and mastering. Even though it’s not quite in the can, the album does have a title and a tentative release date. Look for See You On the Moon some time in May.
Much closer to a physical release date is the new offering from Austin alt-rockers Spoon. Transference won’t be released until January 19th, but you can listen to the album in its entirety right now at NPR’s website as part of their “First Listen” series. I haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but I have full confidence the record will be another finely crafted album full of insanely catchy indie pop tunes.
Finally, Allison Moorer’s new release Crows is set to hit the streets February 9th. I’ve been listening to this for a couple of weeks now, and it’s beginning to grow on me. Crows is a quiet record overall that features a bit of a departure for Allison as a good deal of the songs were composed on piano instead of guitar. Guitars are still present in places, including the up tempo single “Broken Girl.” Here’s an acoustic version of the album’s lead track.
Allison Moorer: Broken Girl (Acoustic) (Buy Album)

Notes: One Wild Weekend Ahead

Posted in Allison Moorer, Brendon James Wright, Chris Knight, Gillian Welch, Justin Townes Earle, Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, Steve Earle, The Felice Brothers, The Steeldrivers, Van Eaton and Friends on August 13, 2009 by AmericanaPulse
This is a HUGE musical weekend in Knoxville, and I’ll tell you all about it… but first…

***I want to start off this post by wishing a Happy Anniversary to Steve Earle and Allison Moorer. The Americana power couple celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

I still remember when I first heard the rumours that the two were becoming involved with each other. In fact, I think I probably had the info a little sooner than most outside observers. I got the scoop from my music director at the time, who had heard it directly from an “industry insider,” who probably got it from Allison’s hairdresser’s cousin’s friend. That’s the way these things typically get started… right?

Anyway, I quickly dismissed the rumours as false. He was too old for her, and she was too pretty for him. It couldn’t be true.

Only, it was. And it is. And they still seem to be going strong. So here’s to four years together for Steve and Allison. May there be many more happy years and great music in their future. Here’s a tune Steve Earle wrote about his bride. It comes from 2008’s Washington Square Serenade.

Steve Earle: Sparkle & Shine (Buy Album)

***Now… on to this weekend’s festivities. It’s one of those weekends where you get really excited once you hear of all the shows, and all of the artists, that are coming to town, and then immediately get upset once you realize that there is no way to see them all. It almost breaks my heart to list all the acts I won’t be seeing this weekend.

It starts Thursday night when Brendan James Wright and the Wrongs play a free show as part of the new “Old City Live” concert series. I’m working late at my day job Thursday night… so no show for me.

Friday night is even worse. Chris Knight just added a date at The Shed in Maryville, and there’s also this thing at the World’s Fair Park called The Big Surprise Tour… maybe you’ve heard of it. The Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Justin Townes Earle, and The Felice Brothers. Apparently, it’s one of those shows where everybody plays with everybody else and no two shows are the same. It’s a once in a lifetime show with a once in a lifetime collection of talent… and I’ll on the air at WDVX and completely unable to attend.
Never fear though… Payton from This Mornin’ I am Born Again is making the trip from Texas to Tennessee for the Big Surprise show. I’m sure he’ll share his impressions of the show with us once he makes it back to Texas. In the meantime, you can go to his site to hear some live tracks from the Big Surprise participants.

***Saturday night, I finally get to see a show for myself when Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson come to the Bijou Theatre. I’m choosing not to think about the fact that I have to miss out on seeing my friends Van Eaton of Van Eaton and Friends and Chris Stapleton of The Steeldrivers play as part of Stringtime in the Smokies to do it.

Instead, I’m looking forward to finally meeting the artist who probably did more than any other in terms of pulling me into the world of Americana Music. She introduced me to so many great artists, and literally changed my musical world. I’m fairly certain that I would not be writing this blog or working at WDVX if not for my first chance encounter with her music. I’ll be able to thank her for that on Saturday. What’s more… I’ll get to introduce her to the crowd at the Bijou as well. I’ll be emceeing the show.
It almost makes up for missing everything else this weekend.
Here’s one from Kasey and Shane’s 2008 release Rattlin’ Bones (one of my favorites of ’08), and a live track of Kasey covering Lucinda Williams’ “Changed the Locks.”
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson: Once in a While (Buy Album)
Kasey Chambers: Changed the Locks (Buy Music)