April 14, 2014

Mariano Rodriguez - Praise the Road

Really haven’t had time to write proper reviews lately, however, I have to say this one is pretty cool.  Right out of the gate Mariano Rodriguez throws a Jew’s harp into the mix, and that mix would include slide, banjo, backwards sounds…erm…who knows what else.  So cool.  Requiem for a Railroad Worker is a favorite of mine with it’s slide work and field recordings of trains.  The two sample tunes aren't really that representative of the whole, it’s all over the place, in a good way.  Try it!

April 7, 2014

J.T. Jamieson - home recordings live & demo

April 2, 2014

Glenn Jones - Welcomed Wherever I Go

Welcomed Wherever I Go is being released in a limited edition, vinyl-only format for Record Store Day 2014. Glenn will be doing limited touring in 2014, mostly in support of a new biography on John Fahey by Steve Lowenthal.

March 30, 2014

Christoph Bruhn - Weekends on the Frontier

March 24, 2014

Jerry Hionis - Arrakian Circle Dances


March 17, 2014

March 10, 2014

Matt Sowell - The Deadman's Rag

Matt Sowell starts The Deadman's Rag with patience and space.  The sparse and wide open piece, "Dusty Road" puts this listener out in the middle of nowhere, the sky dominating the landscape.  Eventually the agoraphobia fades, the road feels right and the traveler gets on down that Dusty Road.

Sowell's effort features 13 solo pieces, all penned by Sowell himself.  Dusty Road is performed on a Weissenborn in open G tuning.  The album is also peppered with 6 string and 12 string pieces.

As you would expect, there's lots of open tunings to be found, what you might not expect is Sowell plays a lot of them on Gibson guitars.  "Walking the Tracks" is a contemplative and yet somehow playful piece in open D, played on a Gibson J-180.

Recorded with a variety of mikes, these tracks are nonetheless cut as a single track, no overdubs.    "Wild horses on the Hills of the dead" is played in EAC#EAC# and it isn't as dark and ominous as the title might imply.  For me, just the right amount of dissonance.

The 2nd half of the album is full of songs titled as rags, the kind you might expect, short and crisp and some you might not.  "Dead Man's Rag" clocks in at 8:35 minutes and is full of variation as Sowell works his way through the iterations (nicely separated by space) of his work.  It's played on a Takamine 12 string with just the right amount of slide work.
Click HERE to get on over to Sowell's Bandcamp

March 7, 2014

Trace Bundy - ESPN Theme Fan Jam Winner

Trace Bundy is one of our own here in Colorado.  If you get a chance to see him, go.  He's a great live show and tours all the time!!  Bundy plays the slapping and tapping style of solo guitar.  He plays some of his own stuff and covers from all over the musical spectrum from Guns N' Roses to a disco medley.

ESPN had a contest where musicians play the show's theme and fans voted for their favorite.  The fact that a solo guitarist won is great!