I’m back. Technology around me is crumblin’ but this website keeps on runnin’. Send some more ideas for out of print blues albums/discographies and I’ll see what I can do about putting them up as the Law hasn’t caught up with me yet.
I’ve been meaning to post about the new Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – I Stand Alone, which was released earlier this year on Anti-. It’s a fantastic collection of songs his daughter suggested for him to finally put on record. Jack’s voice is still strong – and his guitar playing hasn’t really diminished at all either. He is backed by Nels Cline (of Wilco among other projects) Flea, DJ Bonebrake (X) and Lucinda Williams/Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) on harmony. This track – Arthritis Blues is one of the more stripped down songs, and it comes off wonderfully. As a bonus – I also uploaded his take on our namesake, though it bares only slight resemblance to the Ma Rainey song we are named after.
Ramblin Jack has a great website with links to buy the album.
Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – Arthritis Blues
Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – Honey, Where You Been So Long?
I’m pretty late on this news as normal, but the US Post Office put out a line of Gee’s Bend Stamps last month and they are pretty swell. Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts just wrapped up the second major viewing of Gee’s Bend quilts and now it’s touring a number of modern art museums across the land, more information on the exhibit is here.
Yesterday was Ms. Honey’s birthday, as her internet based gift, I’m sharing two of her favorite songs with ya’ll. Well two of her favorite songs, not called “I’m In Love With A Stripper”
Nina Simone – Love Me Or Leave Me
Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better
The weather out here has started to cool down, reminding me of Fall and Fall always reminds of me slow piano ballads. Hem has a new record out just in time for Fall and it continues where Eveningland left off, moving Hem away from the alt – country of Rabbit Songs and into alt – adult contemporary (whatever that is). Hem’s songs are brief, but well written and expertly produced. The music just sounds rich, big strings, quiet piano, records don’t sound like this anymore.
Hem – Great Houses of New York (2006)
The Roulette Sisters are a quartet out of New York that plays country blues like country blues should be played, with a washboard, foot stomps and guitar. Their album “Nerve Medicine” is a collection of eleven wonderful versions of traditional country blues songs. These two songs “Black Dog Blues” and “You’ve Been Fooling” are my favorites, and the show of the ladies great voices and solid and lively instrumentation.
Visit the Sisters at their website, where they also have their album for sell.
The Roulette Sisters – Black Dog Blues (2005)
The Roulette Sisters – You’ve Been Fooling (2005)
I’ve posted about the Geraldine Fibbers before, but I haven’t posted any solo Carla Bozulich tracks yet, her song by song cover of Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger was one of the best albums of 2003 and her new album Evangelista is easily the best album I’ve heard this year. Bozulich mixes folk and outsider sensibilities with post-rock supplied by members of GY!BE and A Silver Mount Zion and it sounds so so good. This track, Steal Away, comes after the sensational (and far too long to be posted on here) title track so it’s more of a lullaby than the songs before and after it.
Carla Bozulich – Steal Away (2006)
buy it at insound!
I get a bunch of emails from electronic/idm/techno bands trying to get me to promote their albums, which i never really understood because Honey and I’m guessing the readership of Honey is the opposite of that style of music. I never ever get emails or albums from roots or blues musicians, until the other day when I got some links from Television Hill promoting their new album Twilight that’s filled with good blues number including the excellent take on Jinx Blues.
Moral of the story. Send me (pre-war) blues music.
Television Hill – Ginx Blues (link fixed)