Frilansande litteratur- och musikkritiker. På det musikaliska området brinner Magnus för blues och jazz men allra mest för bluegrass och country av det mer traditionella slaget (med en förkärlek för skönsjungande damer). Falsksjungande alt.country-artister göre sig icke besväret!Alla som någon gång haft med rootsmusik-scenen i Norge att göra har garanterat stött på Tom. Som idéspruta och entreprenör av format har han varit inblandad i det mesta; skivbolag, management, bokare, festivalgeneral (Down On The Farm) och mycket annat. Den journalistiska grunden lades på klassiska musikmagasinet Beat och för tillfället gör Tom radioprogrammet Cowboys & Indianer för NRK P1. Country och americana av alla de slag är det som i första hand gäller för Tom.
Har skrivit om musik sedan början av 1980-talet. Först i Uppsala i framför allt Ergo och i UNT. Därefter i Östersund i både Länstidningen och Östersunds-Posten från 1986 fram till i dag.Skriver just nu krönika varje månad i Östersunds-Posten. Stora musikaliska favoriter sedan åratal är Elliott Murphy, Steve Forbert, den tidige Al Stewart, Ian Hunter samt givetvis Clash och Jam samt en drös med svenskar från Perssons Pack via Lundell & Co till Caj Karlsson, Ulf Sturesson, Toni Holgersson och på senare år inte minst Östersunds stoltheter som Vapnet, Säkert!, Hello Saferide och Autisterna. Har sedan 2011 tillsammans med kamraterna i IF Popgeni anordnat runt 50 konserter i Östersund med artister som Arlo Guthrie, Steve Forbert, Elliott Murphy, Jason Isbell, Turnpike Troubadours, Handsome Family, Doug Seegers, Gabriel Kelley,Carrie Rodriguez, Robert Ellis, Simone Felice med flera samt stöttat och promotat lokala artister och låtskrivare som Ellen Sundberg, State Of Mud, Crash N Recovery, Lumberjack & The Suits, The Inland River och många fler.
Ola är uppfödd på isterband, morsans raggmunkar och sjuttiotalshårdrock. Trots det är han idag en obotlig skivsamlare, musikaliskt monstruöst nyfiken, hyfsat fördomsfri och totalt genrebefriad. Han är intresserad och influerad av amerikansk kultur i allmänhet och rock i synnerhet, (gammal) country + honky tonk, Hank, Elvis, Sinatra, Todd, Cash, Eitzel, Prine, Auster, Hicks och Jesus. Medlem nummer 138 i Newcastle United Football Clubs svenska fanclub, Magpies.
Rune Häger är ett välkänt namn för alla musikvänner, åtminstone i sydsverige. Vi har mött honom som krönikör och recensent i Nöjesguiden, som nöjeskrönikör Kvällsposten, som kåsör i Hallandsposten och som bevakare av Malmös lokala musikliv i MalmöMagasinet. Han har skrivit fem böcker, alltifrån Roxettes officiella biografi ”The Book” (tillsammans med Jan-Owe Wikström), tre kåserisamlingar och den kontroversiella ”Var snäll och köp!” där han bl a kritiserar dagens reklam. En gång i tiden var han Hallandspostens första popskribent/recensent. Som copywriter i reklambranschen har han fått ca 30 utmärkelser. Har också skrivit svenska texter för jazzsångerskan Agneta Engström, Buckaroos´ Jalle Olsson och entertainern Mikael Neumann. Numera häckar han här på Rootsy med recensioner, artiklar, krönikor och en och annan nyhet.Frilansande skribent som bl a regelbundet levererar recensioner till Slitz. Fick sin hårda journalistskolning på Norra Skåne innan han flyttade till Veckorevyn, där han dominerade nöjesbevakningen under många år. Christer besitter en kunskap om musik som är lika gigantisk som skivsamlingen och har ett alldeles särskilt passionerat förhållande till Bob Dylan.Staffan Solding är kanske mest känd för sitt klassiska radioprogram Mera Blues. Han var även med och startade klassiska Larm. PÅ senare år har han mest skrivit för bluesbilbeln Jefferson. Øyvind är sedan många år redaktör på Aschehougs förlag i Oslo, men är ändå en av de stora profilerna på den norska rootsmusik-scenen. Øyvind känner alla och alla känner Øyvind. Precis som Tom Skjeklesæter var han en av de tongivande på klassiska musikmagasinet Beat med r&b, soul och blues som specialitet. Det är med glädje och stolthet Rootsy.nu presenterar sin förste danske medarbetare. Henrik Bæk är en av Danmarks största reggae-kännare och skriver bland annat för Gaffa.
En musikälskande arkitekt och gammaldags skivsamlare (både cd och vinyl). Egentligen musikalisk allätare men med speciell inriktning mot traditionell och alternativ country, dock helst utan alltför deppressiva rockinslag. Favoritkonserter genom tiderna: Billy Joe Shaver (alltid bäst), Chip och Carrie (flertal underbara konserter), Eileen Jewell, Tom Russell, Van Morrison, Dylan, Chet Baker i Paris m.fl…. titulerar sej gärna (populär)kulturjournalist. Inledde sin journalistiska ”karriär” i tidningen HEJ! 1968-69, började skriva om världsmusik innan ordet fanns i Innerspalten på Aftonbladets kultursida i slutet av 60-talet och under vinjetten Musik från jordens alla hörn i Stereo Hifi (nu Hifi & Musik) på 70-talet, gjorde även Sveriges Radio-serierna ”Musik från jordens alla hörn” och ”Musik som vapen” på 70-talet, Radio Malmöhus-serierna ”Skånes rockhistoria” (tillsammans med Magnus Gertten), ”Hubba Hubba Hop!” och ”Yoghurt” (med Britt-Marie Wihlborg) på 80-talet samt radiodokumentärer om bl a jazzmusikerna Casper Hjukström och popbandet The Friends på 90-talet. Efter att ha startat Musikens Makts lokalredaktion i Lund tog han/jag initiativ till och var med att starta rocktidningen Schlager 1980. Har skrivit och fortsätter att skriva om (populär)kultur – diverse sorters musik, deckarlitteratur och tecknade serier m m – i olika tidskrifter och tidningar (för närvarande t ex Svenska Dagbladet, Hifi & Musik, Lira, TCO- och LO-tidningarna, Kvällsposten, Ystads/Trelleborgs Allehanda, Plus Sverige och rootsy.nu förstås) och har även skrivit / varit redaktör för några böcker, bl a ”Från Rock-Ragge till Hoola Bandoola”, ”Invandrad musik” (med Birgitta Olsson), ”Skånes rockhistoria” (med Magnus Gertten), ”Deckarhyllan”, ”I neonljusets skugga”, ”Svenska sång- och rockpoeter 1-2-3” (med Joel Eriksson) och ”99 proggplattor” (med Mia Gerdin och Stefan Wermelin).
Lyssnar i stort sätt på allt, det är attityden som betyder något, all bra musik har attityd oavsett genre. Bästa konsert: Tom Paxton på konserthuset i Stockholm 1968 med drygt 100 Vietnamdesertörer i publiken!
Johnny Borgan, f. 1962. Arbeider som rådgiver innen organisasjon, IKT og ledelse, i Fornebu Consulting. Lidenskapelig musikkelsker og tidligere bidragsyter i norske ”BEAT”. En mangfoldig musikksmak til tross, ikke minst innen roots/americana, – hans spesialfelt er Bob Dylan, om hvem han har publisert en rekke artikler og anmeldelser i årenes løp. Johnny har også bidratt med en rekke introduksjoner til Bob Dylans plater i den norske utgivelsen av Dylans tekster, ”Lyrics”.
I never stopped believing in you or the pure soul that you are. I remember when you thanked my sister Charity and I for bringing 10 busloads of ministers and some of their members to support you during your trial at The Santa Barbara Courthouse. We had singers singing on behalf of you innocence and ministers interceding on your behalf for justice.
Michael right now I am praying for you. I am praying for you beautiful parents you introduced me to at The Omni Hotel in Los Angeles on your 45th private birthday party the evening your sister Janet asked me to play ’Triste’ and her fiancée Mr. Dupree seemed a little upset as she held both my hands to thank me from her heart for 2 or or three full minutes for playing one of her favorite songs. It was so good to see Jackie that night and Tito and Randy too. Latoya was looking so beautiful as well. Every member of your family are so beautiful and gifted. I remember meeting up with Jermaine at Cocscos and as we shopped together we would talk all about you.
how yall doin? åh gud vilken skoldag haha. inte dålig alls men jaja haha vad ska jag säga. OCH juste om ni vill veta vilken video jag visade till klassen igår så lägger jag upp den snart, ska bara skriva klart denna. jag åt precis some delicious food! kött, potatis, sallad, tzatziki sås mmmm. fett gott. har spelat piano också. hotel california. asså vet ni vad, jag pallar inte skriva mer. haha sorreyyy. ni vet förut på bloggen då jag skrev att det fanns vissa videoklipp som jag inte ville visa för folk skulle bara härma mig yadayada? nu ska jag visa. nu pallar jag inte hålla mig mer. det jag ska visa såg jag för typ två månader sen, mer. marlon & randy ska göra så michael kvävs, med hjälp av.. flingor..
As you hugged Charity and I to thank us we did a group hug with Seth and sumptuously enjoyed The Christmas Buffet you prepared for all of us. For these children it was a Christmas dream come true. If any of you children are reading this letter please share what that morning meant to you.Once again and lastly when you went to trial in Santa Barbara and it seemed like the whole world turned their backs on you at another session producer Bruce Swedien pulled my sister Linda and I to the side and said, Seth proudly was there that morning to vocalize all the young ones as I conducted as the children sang with charity accapella, ’Heal The World, Silent Night, Santa Clause Is Coming to Town ( Jackson style)’ amongst other songs as they sang on you staircase and you and your children and family sat in that grand foyer combined with the Cathedral like acoustics I could hear additional voices of angels that morning. It was a sacred moment for us all. It is an outrage what some people will do for money. Greed, Delusion, and Anger is something you wanted to see our world healed of. Michael it’s not too late. I know there are others like myself who believe in your dream that we can have a better world if we only Keep The Faith.detta är min favoritlåt med dom, ASSÅ jag började sjunga denna låt sen jag var.. fyra kanske? det låter som en lögn MEN jag ljuger absolut inte, jag har hört denna så många gånger, när jag fick ta reda på att det var 3T flippade jag uuuur. michael fans, lyssna på denna, spola fram lite. det är det finaste han har varit med i. han finns inte med i videon, men han sjunger. & här kan ni se taryll också!! han spelar piano, i blå skjorta. deras pappa är tito. alltså är michael deras farbror. dom är SÅÅÅÅÅÅÅ himla lika honom, vet inte varför jag tycker det men..Thank you for graciously hosting all of us at Neverland not once but twice as we came to show you how much we loved you and believed in your innocence. My Daughter Sarah woke me up this morning at 7am to tell me of your passing. I was hoping this was some type of publicity stunt that only you or Houdini could pull off. It was that day you invited me up to the green room with my son Darius who was 12 years old at that time .He was part of a new TV sitcom called Family Matters and you told him, ”I hear you have been hanging out with Bobby Brown, he is not a good influence. Here take my number and call me anytime. If you need someone to talk to or spend time with, I’ll be there. The only thing is when you call don’t ask for me or they won’t put you through, ask for Norma Jean, it’s the code name.”
at that swanky Texas house party you asked me if I was married and I told you I was separated from my wife Chaye and we were going through a divorce. That’s when you folded your hands and said, ”I will be praying for you.” Then you introduced me to your beautiful cousin Jackie and folded your hands again and said, ”I’ll be praying for you.”
So very excitedly Darius dialed the number and ask for Michael…click! Then he remembered the code name, called back and asked for Norma Jean…click!So I gave out the parts to the ascending figure of the word ’FAITH’ leading to the release and you jumped up and down in the control room saying, ”I Love It!”As I began writing this letter the sun was shining in Hong Kong and now as I close we are in a Typhoon…strange but Michael…I am not surprised you were always bigger than life and now we know that you are.
Even still to this day he talks about that wonderful day he spent with you at the studio and learned the lesson of how important it is to follow instructions.
tittade precis på hollywood fruar, agnes-nicole letade efter ett hus, sista huset hon tittade på var två hus innan michaels holmby hills hus, och dom visade bilder på honom & fans. han ba det kommer vara lite trafik dessa dagar efter han har dött. heartbroken. imorgon har vi prov igen.. vi hade idag också! engelska idag, engelska i fredags också! jaja, imorgon är det hemkunskap. imorgon ska jag ha ett muntligt prov också! om marlon! 🙂 so happy about it yall have no idea. jaja, vi ses! God bless you, you & you.We had less than 48 hours to rehearse an coordinate this private production before the children got into the limousines from me and Tammy’s home from Sherman Oaks to be convoyed to your Beverly Hills Estate.
I remember the first day we met in the summer of 1979 when my family as on tour with your family. The Jacksons and The McCrarys. Did you know we used to be called The McCrary 5? Oh never mind, long story.
starbucks ska öppna i arlanda! Gud älskar mig & jag älskar Gud. åååh jag kommer åka till arlanda varje vecka för att på smaken av frappuccino i munnen igen.. med grädde & choklad… ååhh..hh..cchhh.. mumss..sss…. Gud u know I love u, ma maaaaan!sovgott! ska gå & lägga mig nu, ska khyzza talah först, min baby girl. hon sover i hennes egna rum, jaaaaaaaa hon har en egen säng. förståru? min hund ska ha samma rättigheter som jag har i denna familj! hon har också ett hjärta förstår ni 🙂 bara att hon har börjat bita folk lite för ofta, som idag bet hon magda. mig någon dag sen, mamma ba ooooomgggg. haha. aj, två gånger också. okej förlåt jag ska inte snacka om detta mer för då kommer polisen & tar henne 🙁 nejdå skoja med eeeer hehe jag blev fett hyper 🙂 okej men vi ses imorgon! nej det blir idag HAHAAA GOTCHA!nu har det visat sig att mikey hade 4 tatueringar. detta har dom sett när man har gjort autopsy blablabla vet inte vad det heter på svenska. runt munnen i rosa, runt ögonen som eyeliner som jag visste för det syns, hans ögonbryn & framför hans skalle.. det var komplicerat men det menas väl med bakom? antar jag.. vad mer.. han hade massor med riv märken på kroppen, nära naveln, bakom öronen, hans axel och hans nacke. hans hjärta var starkt men lungorna var inflamed, SHIT JAG KAN INTE SVENSKAAAA.. man hade inte hittat alkohol eller knark, så in your face alla jäkla han var knarkare personer, han hade inget hår heller.. hans revben mådde inte heller bra. alltså, vad fan har denna jävla dr murray gjort? snälla berätta någon tack. men men. idag fyller iallafall hela tre jacksons år! el
ler dom ska fira tre stycken idag 🙂 grattis jermajesty 9 år, donte 18 år & randy jr 17 år!! 🙂
10 minutes later you went to the other side of the room and made the praying gesture and smiled as you pointed at your cousin. I remember you doing this two more times before finally saying good night again saying I will be praying for you.
nu ska jag lägga mig. jag har fett ont i fingret & är suuuuur för det 🙁 it hurts so bad.. såhär skrev jag på min twitter You know I don’t think it would have made any diffrence at all if somebody dragged my nail off, cause we’re talking real pain here. mm så känner jag. jaja, haha sovgott.. vi ses imorgon. God bless I will never forget when I had the joy to work with Andre and Sandra Crouch on your Dangerous CD at Westlake Studio and we were recording the background vocals on ’Keep The Faith’ and as Andre was conducting we came to an impasse for over 20 minutes until Andre turned to me and said, ”Howard fix it!” hörrni ni måste titta.. igår tittade jag på detta på TVn och MANNEN.. MAAANNNEN vilken duktig kille. dom låter exakt lika! okej men jätte lika.. haha. i domar saken finns piers som jag avskyr, förlåt, men ni måste veta hur han är (jag vet mycket eftersom hayleys pappa är ”domare”) sen finns sharon osbourne, HAHAH LOVE HER! ozzys fru, sen finns david hasselhoff, hans dotter är min bästavän. HAHA lyssna på jerry springer ”elvis lives, i knew it, he was just hiding out”hejhej! jag sitter här med magda just nu och går igenom datorn. OCH NI VET VAD JAG HAR SAGT MED ATT JAG ÄR SYNSK, aa nu fick jag ett till ”fall” idag. jag skrev madea på min twitter, asså good mornting (acting like madea) sen får jag dåliga nyheter om att maya angelou är på sjukhuset, och hon spelar ju där.. från ingenstans asså. vad är fel med mig? jaja, mormor & morfar ska komma hit snart och vi ska äta lunch. det luktar kladdkaka i hela huset mannen. aså. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmumz. jaja nu ska jag gå men nu får alla be som ser detta att mrs. maya angelou klarar sig. okej? bra say ur prayers hollaTracklist:Roger Sanchez – 2Gether (Dj Chus & Robbie Taylor In Stereo Remix)Jerome Robins, Deko-ze – Real Talk (Carlos Manaca Tech Remix)Nayour – Bad Breath (Original Mix)Nihil Young – Sonic Silver (Original Mix)Green Velvet – La La Land (Jovani Edit)Da Fresh, Maverickz – Down (Original Mix) [Natura Viva)Mark Knight, Underworld, Sander Van Doorn – Ten (Original Dub Mix)Luca Cassani – Gluttony (Original Mix)Khainz – Str8 (Spartaque Remix)Kiko – MG (Spartaque Remix)Boris Brejcha – I Like Sunday Mornings (Original Mix)Worthy – Bird Of Prey – Style Of Eye RemixUdo Krawicz – Repture (Original Mix)Amaze – What the funkDMiller – Note B (Original Mix)Noir, Haze, Compact Grey, Ron Costa – Around The Bane (Noir Mashup Treatment)Kollektiv SS – Annuit Coeptis (Original Mix)Luc Angenehm – Korona (Original Mix)Virustage – RockNrolla (Original Mix)Maskio – Monday – Dusty Kid Likes Maski Mix
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Tracklist:Axwell – I Found You (Deeplomatik Remix)Lana Del Rey – Young And Beautiful (Elektromekanik & Happy Gutenberg Remix)Nora En Pure – Sweet Melody (Original Mix)Croatia Squad – Spin It Around (Original Mix)Y’akoto – Without You (Sergio Fernandez In Respect To The Soul Remix) Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Marar – Thinking About You (EDX’s Belo Horizonte At Night Remix)Vincenzo & Minako – Junebug (Vocal Mix)Block, Jolene, Crown – Did You Drop That Beat (Original Mix)Mark Knight, Funkagenda – Man With The Red Face (Hardwell Remix)Jos & Eli – Legal NightA_A (Original Mix)Shakes Milano – Awake (Original Mix)Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (FOMICHEV & ANDREY EXX Original mix)Xandl – All About You (Going Deeper Remix)Richard Malcoh – Stop Someday – Original MixAndrea Fissore – Mirissa Eye (Original Mix)Eric Prydz – Frequencies Too Demanding (Studenkoff Private Edit)Eli and Fur – You’re so High (Original Mix)Papercut, Sous Peau – He Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (Eelke Kleijn Remix)Edu Imbernon & Triumph – Mystery Inside (Oliver Koletzki Remix)Caseno – Sebastian (Kolombo Remix)Tocadisco, Lennart A. Salomon – Get Away feat. Lennart A. Salomon (Aendy Remix)Old Fashioned – Wasteland (I Forgot It in You) featuring Royal Sapien (Original Mix)
Tracklist:Fly Project – Toca Toca (Criswell Club Mix)Lady Lago, Dennis Ruyer – Luna Rubia (Block & Crown Peaktime Club Mix)Tibiza, Michael J – Skywalker (Miquel Remix)The Cube Guys, Prok & Fitch – Dont Go (Original Club Mix)Pele, Shawnecy – Roach Hotel (Original Mix)Jay Lumen – Fifty Fifty (Original Mix)Roland Clark, Sick Elektrik – In Your SoulDaft Punk vs. DJ KIRILLICH & DJ T’PAUL – Get Lucky (Original Sax Mix)Purple Disco Machine – Street LifeLaura-Welsh-Cold-Front-Russ-Chimes-RemixPhunk Investigation & Groovebox – L.A. (Original Mix)Pablo Calamari, Navajo – Show Me What To Do! (Hoxton Whores Remix)Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men (Alex Grand feat. T’Paul Sax Remix)My Digital Enemy – Deep Down Inside (Original Mix) DJ PP, Jerome Robins & MC Flipside – Dirty Beats (Ben Delay Remix)Hardsoul – Latch (Hardsoul Reconstruction)German Brigante – Cincinnati (Original Mix)Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (TJR 120 bpm Refix)Alek Sandar, Dess & Boyplay – You And Me (Matthias Freudmann Remix)L.O.O.P – Girl You Let Me Crazy (Original Mix)Dake, Dashdot – I Saw The Bubble (Dake Remix)Tracklist:Supermode-vs-Bittersweet-vs-Plastikman-Vs-Eric-G-Spastik-Axwell-Verve-Mash-AampG39s-Reboot
-Re-WorkSwing 52, Alistair Albrecht, Marco F – Color of My Skin (Alistair Albrecht & Marco F Remix)BK Duke, Dani Toro, Paul & Simon – Paris Latino (Dani Toro Remix)Max Creative, Andrew Rai, Paulina, Roman Polonsky, Tima Sax – One Time Lover (Vocal Mix)Nick Hannam, Tom Garnett – Go (Bigtunes Exclusive)Dj Free feat. Chino Marino – VIP Bitch (Jason Mill Remix)Tocadisco – Falling (Original Club Mix)Kurd Maverick – Get Busy (Original Club Mix)Joey Negro – Make A Move (eSQUIRE Remix) Mark Knight – Your Love (Original Club Mix)Emil Croff & I-One – Stop Me (Original Vocal Mix)Tommyboy – Can You Feel It (Metodi Hristov Remix)Aka Aka & Joachim Pastor ft. Florence Bird – Sandman (I’ll Be There) (Original Mix)Rebeat ft. Shirley Bassey – If You Go Away (Original Mix)Hot Natured – Isis (Original Mix)Fran – We Are Planets (Oliver Koletzki Remix)WiWi – Underground (Original Mix)Nora En Pure – Remind Me (Original Mix)Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (Vintage Culture Remix)
Tracklist:Rake Feat. Emma Lock – Live The Dream (Original Mix)Matthew Parker – Stay ForeverDavid Forbes – Tjikko (Original Mix)Xtigma & Paulina Dubaj – Should’ve Known Better (Two&One Remix)Unique DJ, Sou Kanai & Roby K feat. Karina Skye – Grace (Flashtech Vocal Remix)UCast – Acrobat (Original Mix)Sygma vs Peter Santos – Apotheosis (Original Mix)Rafael Frost – Masada (Original Mix)Mike Saint-Jules – Belly Of The Beast (Original Mix)Mark Sherry, 2nd Phase – Venomous (Original Mix)Dennis Sheperd & Cold Blue – Freefalling (Dennis Sheperd 2013 Club Mix)Delerium Feat Stef Lang – Chrysalis Heart (Stereojackers vs Mark Loverush Remix)Mark Sadness – Ordinary Emotions (Original Mix)Nic Toms – Orbit (Original Mix)Stoneface & Terminal, Amurai – Let You Fall (Banging Mix)EDU & Hanski – Chords Of Sunrise (EDU Sunrise Mix)Estiva – Stratos (Original Mix)Fred Baker, Firebird – Lost In My Mind (Purple Stories Remix)Sunset & Klauss Goulart – Alcyon (Original Mix)schiller – dream of you feat. heppner
Tracklist:Sine Weaver, Merce – Eppit (Merce Remix)Emeli Sande – Read All About It (Acapella + Piano) Lorenzo Al Dino & Deep Josh feat. Cope – Lullaby (Deep Josh Into The Lounge Mix)Hiatus & Shura- Fortune’s Fool (Clubroot Remix)Mitch Murder – Glass Cities (Original Mix)San Souci – Flowing Moment (Original Mix)ue Ballingall & Mickael Couturier – Somewhere Between The RosesAdele vs. Daft Punk – Something About The Fire (Carlos Serrano Mix)Enya – May It Be (Lord Of The Rings)Martian – When You’re Not With MeTvardovsky – Sunset Adventure (Original Mix)Splesher – Make Me Yours (ft. Sanna Hartfield) Unclubbed, Zoe Durrant – Need To Feel Loved (Original Mix)Thomas Anders & Uwe Fahrenkrog Petersen – Miss YouFobee – Contact (Original Mix)Eventual Groove – The Writer (Lokitas Remix)Felix Cartal – New Scene (feat. Ofelia) (Original Mix)Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Butterfly Culture (JacM Chillstep Remix)Gotye feat Kimbra – Somebody that i used to know (Klar & PF rmx) Submerse – Always, Like This (Original Mix)Aaron Static – Amen TuneESC – Four your soulRameses B – MoonlightSilence Of September – Sleep Off Reasonidenline – Way To An Angel (Original Mix)Tracklist:Tweakers – My Dreams (Andrez remix)id – Moonwalker (Original Mix)John Acquaviva, Olivier Giacomotto – While My Wiki Gently Leaks (Da Fresh Remix)Tocadisco – Alter Schwede! (Original Mix)Boris Brejcha – Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (Original Mix)Boris Brejcha – Schaltzentrale (Luix Spectrum Remix)Dimauro feat. Lera – Over (Faberlique Remix)Macromism – Untoldyou (Original Mix)Dom Kane, Sick Elektrik – Space – Original MixSmash Phunk – Bad Wife (Alex Guesta Mix)James-Laben-Alcohol-Original-MixNHB, Fabrizio Pettorelli, Min & Mal, Doubleware – This Is Hot (Original Mix)John Dahlback – Get Wild (Original Mix)Lex Da Funk – S.T.U.K. (Original Mix) Terry Grant & Matthew Pusti – My Gun, The Sun (Flip & Rodsten Remix)Silicone Soul – Time Mariner’s MirrourPapi – Electro Sex (Original Mix)Weekend Heroes – Tribal Dose (Original)Phunk Investigation – Dirty Is Better (Original Mix)Ortzy & Nico Hamuy feat. Alex Peace – Lose Control (Original Mix) Tracklist:Zee Musiq – High (DJ S.K.T Deep Soulful House Mix)DSHunt Ft. Kellea P. – Never Look Back (Original Mix)Alessio Caforio – Whatever I Choose (House Vocal Mix)Mark Knight, Funkagenda – Man With The Red Face (Rene Amesz Remix)The Angel – Float Away (Original Mix)Viky Red & Lee Heart – LaLaLa (Paul Damixie Remix)Matan Caspi – Im Falling Too (Original Mix)Josh Butler – Got A Feeling (Bontan Remix Pleasurekraft Edit)Edmund – I Feel So Good (Audioloko Ride The Rhythm Version)Gary Caos Vs. Double Exposure – My Love Is Free 2010 (Lazy Rich Remix)Jose Diaz, Sergi Moreno, Edgar Aguirre, Frank Cherryman – Lady 2012 (Sergi Moreno & Jose Diaz Remix)Joris Voorn – Incident (Miyagi) (Original Mix) Kolombo – Full (Original Mix)LBCK – Natural High [feat. Erin Marshall]Marc Vedo – Fresh (Original Mix)Marc Romboy, Moggli – The Trigger (Original Mix)Simone_Vitullo_Lady_Vale_-_Passionately_Feat._Lady_Vale_Original_MixMooncut – Only You (This Summer)Sharon Pass, Steve Silk Hurley – The Word Is Love (Shane D Remix)The Real Booty Babes – Street player (Club mix)Thomas Jack ft. Adrian Symes – The Final Speech (Original Mix)Thomas Solvert – Sunshine (Original Mix)Tom Odell – Another Love (Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul Remix) VIVA, Andy – Fly Away (Lissat & Voltaxx remix) Sharam Jey, Vanilla Ace – My Thang (Original Mix) Croatia Squad – Be Good to Me (Original Mix) AlunaGeorge x Tchami – You Know You Like It (Remix) Pleasurekraft, Jaceo, Vedic – Chloroformd (Original Mix) Vini ft. Eva Bristol – Don’t Be Shy (Original Mix) Snap! ft. Sagi Rei – Rhythm Is a Dancer (Gamper & Dadoni Remix) Mihalis Safras & Siwell – Pianista (Rene Amesz Remix) Dj Rider, Lucy Hart – All Out Of Love (Nopopstar Remix) London Grammer – Wicked Game (Layzie Edit) Lana del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Asadinho Main Vocal Mix) Sako Isoyan Feat.Ange – Summer Beach (JUSA Remix) Wankelmut & Emma Louise – my head is a jungle (Gui Boratto remix) Fabo – Where I Stand (Karmon Remix) Nicone & Sascha Braemer ft. Yvy – Querido (Original Mix) Nana K. – Old’s Cool (Original Mix) L. Lopez & Ballesteros – Magic Key (Original Mix) Chocolate Avenue – Never Less (Original Mix) Igor Sensor ft. Crystal Waters – Gypsy WomanOmma – Polka (Extended Version) Klangkarussell feat Will Heard & Clara Delevingne – Sun don’t shine (Vijay & Sofia Zlatko Remix) Tracklist:Vicetone Ft. Daniel Gidlund – Chasing Time (Original Mix)FOS, Michael A.M. – Gambay (Dj DNK Remix)Markus Schulz feat. Sarah Howells – Tempted (Kill The Buzz Remix)Mark Knight & D.Ramirez V Underworld – Downpipe (Armin van Buuren Remix)Martini Monroe & Steve Mo – Dance All Night (Skyfreak Remix)Marco V – Waiting (For The End) feat. Maruja Retana (Original Mix)Sander Van Dien – Drop Tech Now (Original Mix)Just Mike – Bias (Original Mix)Spencer & Hill, Lindsay Nourse – Washed Out Road (First State Remix)Klauss Goulart & Mark Sixma – Rio (Original Mix)Krewella – Live For The Night (Dash Berlin Remix) Hardwell – Three Triangles (Losing My Religion) (Original Club Mix)Maison & Dragen – Colosseum (Original Mix)Hardwell & W&W – Jumper (Original Mix)Mischa Daniels – Can’t Live Without You feat. Sharon Doorson (Extended Mix)Mischa Daniels feat Craig Smart MuGz Rosette – Partied All Night (Extended Mix)Krewella – Lights & Thunder (feat. Gareth Emery Lights Thunder)Bryan Adams, Loverush UK – Tonight in Babylon feat. Bryan Adams (Bobina Remix)2-4 Grooves – Up To No Good (Extended Mix)2 Faced Funks – Blizzard (Extended Mix)2 Faced Funks & Zoe Badwi – My Way With You (Extended MixAlvaro & Mercer feat. Lil Jon – Welcome To The jungle (Original Mix)Sander Van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike – Project T (Martin Garrix Remix)Roger Shah, JES & Brian Laruso – Higher Than the Sun (Original Mix) Tracklist:Tradelove – Zenaida (Original Mix) Wawa – Pump Up The Jam (Disco Worms Remix)Lian Ross, Alan Alvarez – Around The World (2013)Alex Medina Violin – Eclipse (Original Mix)Grada vs. Gianni Coletti – Evening in RomaEnzo Saccone, Enzo
Saccone – Pa Pa Peo Feat. Dahlia (Enzo Saccone Rework)The Saturdays – Disco Love (Wideboys Club Mix)Gary Caos, Btsound – Millionaire (Grada Vs Gianni Coletti Remix)Double Dee Feat Dany – Found Love (Jerry Ropero Remix)Andreas Heck, Thomas Weitzel, Kyboe!- Colour Shine (Movetown Rmx)Cassey Doreen- Dreams (club Mix)Ridney, Terri B! – Rise Up (What Can I Do?) Feat. Toddi Reed (Falseface Remix)Charlotte Devaney feat. Snoop – Flip It (Wideboys Extended Mix)Avicii feat. Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers – Lay Me Down (Original Mix)Deux – Deux (Alex Kenji & NDKj Remix)Dino Lenny, Lino Di Meglio – I Can’t Live Without (Lenny In Paris Dub)Nayour – Moonbeam (Re-Make) (Intro Version)Gamper & Dagoni, De Hofnar – Oxas (Original Mix)Roger Sanchez – Lost (D-Trax & Dimitri Valeff Remix) Hardsoul – Latch (Hardsoul Reconstruction)Mehmet Akar – Lets Talk Serious (E-Spectro Remix)Tudor Leves, Vynal K – She’s Around (Original Mix)Dake, Dashdot – I Saw The Bubble (Dake Remix)
Ondara’s immigrant journey is truly one for the storybooks, and while he has dutifully paid homage to American folk protest singers in his previous work, the newest Spanish Villager work shows him really finding his own sound, at once sharply modern and steeped in a dark history he can’t wait to mine.
The dangers of the road are not lost on Anna and Joel of course. They were hit head-on during a freak accident on a run in Northern California years back and were lucky to make it out relatively unscathed. She’s trying to keep things a bit mellower these days. It was special talking to Anna in her adopted new home of New Orleans, and the soulful sounds that trickle into her living room on Frenchman Street can be heard throughout the songs she’s working on. Fittingly, a slow burn live track she released, “Slow Down, Kamikaze,” is a great reminder to stop trying to do too much and focus on what actually matters.
This week, we feature a conversation taped live in New Orleans with Arkansas-born multi-instrumentalist and roots-soul singer Anna Moss, who has criss-crossed the country in recent years with her sonic partner Joel Ludford in their band Handmade Moments.How can I try and summarize the soundtrack to my life this year? Indeed, we are in year three (!) of this endless pandemic and I find I am more and more drawn to pure escapism, fantasy and what I might call the “new nostalgia”? Personally, I don’t go more than a few hours in the day (or during sleep at night) without something on, whether it’s playing on my bluetooth speakers around the house, or in headphones as I walk the dog or the toddler around the neighborhood, or in the car rolling to the next spot.
While sales and national recognition haven’t always aligned, the “stylistically restless” Lauderdale has played the Opry over 200 times, collaborated on albums with his heroes like the late bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, written tracks for artists as diverse as George Strait and Elvis Costello, and has accidentally become one of the leading elder-statesman of the Americana movement.Maybe one can’t really sum up a year like 2022 with a few songs. But if you are curious about some of the music that did truly move me or make me smile or got me through, this is it! I truly love these tracks. I will always love them. Are all of these safe for your to blast at work? Probably not! But let’s get started.
The latter record is a celebration of the small victories and tiny glories of taking your hard earned art onto the road, while also pausing to reflect on the important folks she lost recently, like her beloved pup.
Is there such thing as a “new nostalgia” movement happening under our noses in the Americana scene? I’m going to say there is, thanks to folks like Melissa. She’s lived several lives as a working music maker in groups like Sad Daddy (“Daddy” being her beloved nickname), Buffalo Gals, and the Carper Family (her folks in Nebraska growing up had a roving band), before collecting her favorite vintage-tinted songs and breaking out with her whip-smart solo debut Daddy’s Country Gold and then 2022’s Ramblin’ Soul, which she penned while working on that vegetable farm with her fiddle player/partner during the height of the pandemic.This week, we return to the Crescent City to talk to one of the new leaders of the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band, trumpet player Glenn Hall III who is part of a deep New Orleans musical family.
While he did return to his patients and left Nashville to its devices in the late 1990’s, Francis and his work creating what he likes to call “soul-folk” are thankfully being discovered anew via the wizardry of the internet. I was so personally moved by the open-hearted power of his collection Beyond the Willow Tree that I had to find out more, and I’m so glad I did.We all go through painful breakups and have to learn how to process the fallout. But what Andrews can do with the thorny moments most of us would want to forget, may be her superpower. “I’m not used to feeling good,” Courtney Marie Andrews sings with a weary smile on “Change My Mind” towards the finale of Loose Future. And yet, as she penned many of these timeless tunes in a small cabin on Cape Cod during the height of the lockdowns, sometimes realizing that you can be happy after all is that big first step that can get your future to start opening up. This week, to kick-start our fifth season we call into an organic vegetable farm in Texas to chat with an upright bassist who also happens to be a former New Orleans ace street performer, and singer and songwriter, who sounds like she might have stepped out of a saloon in 1955 filled with the warm echoes of her heroes Hank Williams and Patsy Cline: Melissa Carper. Few bands of any kind can claim an unbroken lineage from their 1983 start. Phillip ”Tuba Phil” Frazier, his brother Keith Frazier and renowned trumpet player Kermit Ruffins formed the group out of Joseph S. Clark Senior High School, located in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. If you watched the acclaimed HBO series of the same name, you no doubt heard Rebirth as the brassy backdrop to the city as it constantly evolved and survived traumas like Hurricane Katrina. Members of the Frazier family still join the band on tours. You wouldn’t think a rock-funk maven like Nocentelli would be inspired by songwriters like James Taylor or Elton John – but in many ways, it was the softer, more yearning, poetic side of rock-n-roll in the early 1970s that intrigued him most when he began writing songs like “Thinking Of The Day” in 1972, wondering if his place in the world, his “tomorrow would ever come.” Other standouts like “Riverfront” told the stories he couldn’t tell while penning the Meters’ funky (but often instrumental) dance anthems. With his Meters mates chugging beside him in the studio, he can tell darker, more personal tales about his hard-working friends, like Aaron Neville (who he grew up with in the 7th Ward) and used to haul bananas off the boats in New Orleans to get by. As I teeter towards 40, I admit I love old school radio – while driving especially – and while most of the year has felt like a bit of a creative slog, I was thrilled to finally launch my own radio show on actual airwaves which you can listen to on Saturday mornings. And as a new dad, I am not ashamed to say that playlists like morning classical chill or sadgirl piano background are what actually got me through.You don’t usually put your first record out when you’re zooming past your 75th birthday. The story of how Another Side still even exists is quite a yarn (one that Leo goes into great good-humored detail about in the taping) from the master tapes being lost in damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, to a master-copy being found almost impossibly after a storage-unit got foreclosed and the music was traded at a local swap-meet. Hearing him tell it, finding these songs from his younger days, was like finding an essential, lost piece of his soul. The record isn’t polished, but the sense of youthful exploration shines through. He’s searching for his voice in real time.
This week, we talk with Kenyan singer-songwriter Ondara, who came to Minneapolis in search of his voice as a young musician, and found a new creative persona which he now embodies called The Spanish Villager. He has since taken audiences by storm, garnering a Grammy-nomination and now returning with a stunning politically-charged new LP.
Growing up on the border town of Laredo, Texas as a MTV-loving, hip-hop and hair-metal obsessed only-child, Quesada discusses how he used the isolation of the pandemic lockdowns (and a pause in his relentless Black Pumas touring) to begin creating the music that had been living in his head for decades, but never had a chance to be heard. Gems like “Noble Metals” feel like a cross-section between an early dreamy Santana cut and something that could be found in a trippy Japanese animation.
Raised in Philadelphia and now based in Nashville, Gilfillian was so inspired by socially-conscious soul icons like Marvin Gaye that he used his time in the darkness of 2020 to release two albums: first the fiery Black Hole Rainbow which became a critical hit, and then a new take on What’s Going On, which raised funds for low-income communities of color, and provided resources and education around the democratic process.Starting with their charmingly ramshackle and bluesy self-titled debut in 2015, the band, which formed in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, has always made a point to write democratically and spread songs around to their singers. Sam for one, Dan Cutler (bass) for another and notably the always compelling Riley Downing, whose ancient deep drawl sounds like it should be its own character in Yellowstone – and all harmonize gorgeously together. Downing and Doores also both have duo and solo albums which are lovely, but what they create here in The Deslondes – especially in timeless story songs like “South Dakota Wild One” about Riley’s wandering youth – are special in the way accidental supergroups make music that somehow shouldn’t exist.
The lush strings and almost Broadway-ready power of his voice on the opener “Gerri Marie” harken back to a time when artists like Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin were creating cutting edge pop and soul music that could at once get you to hit the streets to protest injustice and woo your new love with total abandon.Celebrating a new record, Alpenglow, produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, the six-piece band has gone from storming shaggy local bars in Duluth to playing their famously fast roots-n-roll in the biggest venues and festivals in the world. He will be making some appearances at listening rooms and jazz clubs this summer, and I for one am really looking forward to seeing and hearing this new side of Robert’s shapeshifting songwriting in person. After diving into that encyclopedic collection which showcases his songs from 1968-1970, you can see that Francis’s tastes were vast. Sparsely recorded with his beautifully airy yet powerful voice leading the way, he covers everything from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement to his loving interpretations of Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, The Beatles and Bob Dylan (his fiery take on “With God On Our Side” is a must-listen). And yet, if you look deeper into his story, you’ll notice that Francis’s real love was for old school country music.Rebirth will be coming from NOLA to LA to help headline the inaugural Paramount Ranch Sonic Boom on October 15th. It’s a brand new music festival co-created by yours truly and Dustbowl Revival (along with Tiny Porch Concerts and the Santa Monica Mountains Fund) that will celebrate the confluence of American roots music by bringing together diverse acts like Grammy-winning folk-blues master Dom Flemons, and notable local Southern California-based acts the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, string-band Water Tower, Cuban group Yosmel Montejo y La Caliente and singer-songwriter Abby Posner.
This week, we feature a talk with genre-leaping singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian who is back with a remarkable new LP, Love You Anyway. Shapeshifting between danceable southern soul, hip-hop, silky R&B, and AM gold rock n roll, the record isn’t afraid to confront the thorny politics of voting rights and wrongful incarceration while still celebrating a newly revolutionary Black joy.
While the British coast isn’t exactly known for its blissed out sunshiny beaches (or as a haven for rock ’n’ roll stardom), Will and Georgie decamped there during the pandemic. And through the power of imagination (and production wizardry), they somehow mastered the reverb-y sun-soaked harmonies that Laurel Canyon favorites the Mamas and the Papas and the Byrds brought forth during the summer of love, with their breakout EP Life And Life Only (with a wink to Mr. Dylan), issued stateside by ATO Records.As a new dad myself who just experienced my wife going through a terrifying birth, BJ’s songs hit me a little harder these days. I can’t think of a country artist today with as big a following from North Carolina to Texas who would center the title track of his record around the unspoken tragedy of a late miscarriage, but Barham pulls it off with a remarkable sensitivity. Like Isbell, Barham notes that his career really began when he got sober and could finally examine the dark corners of his history, his relationships and the fractured history of the south he grew up in.
Spanish Villager No: 3 is produced by Ondara and Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis, Dan Wilson) with collaborations from Taylor Goldsmith and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes, Sebastian Steinberg, Tim Kuhl and Jeremy Stacey. While he would still call himself a folk singer like his Minneapolis hero Bob Dylan, Ondara (like Dylan) has gone a bit electric on the new offering, harnessing his massive vocal power with a full band around him.
As a fellow sleep-deprived songwriter dad myself, the quiet rage and bleary-eyed hope in “Close Your Eyes,” about the long nights spent with a newborn, hit very close to home. Ditto the opener “Gene,” which could be seen as both a moonlit conversation with his young son, but also a fantasy talk with his younger self who maybe didn’t have enough encouragement to just be his oddball self and live his truth. How does he put himself to sleep these days, you ask? He listens to old X-Files episodes… in audio form.
This week, we dial into New Orleans for a fascinating talk with master funk-guitarist and songwriter Leo Nocentelli. Discerning listeners may known him as the chief groove-creator behind the legendary group The Meters with Art Neville on keyboard, George Porter Jr. on bass, Zigaboo Modeliste on drums. There is no mistaking his soulful dagger-sharp signature sound leading often-sampled treasures like “Sissy Strut” and “Hey Pocky A-Way” (The Beastie Boys were big fans) – or even his slinky masterful backing of Dr. John’s classic Right Place, Wrong Time. But a new generation are learning of Nocentelli from last year’s surprise release of his first and only solo record, the acoustic folk-driven Another Side, which was resurrected and marketed by Light In The Attic Records nearly fifty years after Leo first recorded it.
Glenn Hall III takes us through the fascinating history of the group, describing notable shows like opening for the Grateful Dead, recording with John Fogerty, kicking off the Grammys, and recently joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers onstage.This week, we feature my conversation with beloved folk firebrand Iris Dement. Born the youngest of fourteen to a singing Pentecostal family in Arkansas and raised in California, Dement released her iconic 1992 John Prine-endorsed debut Infamous Angel and has been creating poetic protest records and warm collaborations ever since (garnering two folk Grammy nominations along the way), culminating in her much anticipated and fiery new LP Working On A World. While Jones admits he likes to play a certain version of himself on stage – flamboyant outfits and soaring vocal runs are what keep audiences coming back – at home, he’s a much more introspective character who is a big fan of journaling. It’s the quieter, more vulnerable sides of his story (being queer in the Deep South for one,) and the complicated figures like “Sadie” (not her real name) that he renders in full cinematic detail that point to a powerful solo career ahead if he wants it. While Melissa gets a good chuckle about being called the “Hillbilly Holiday” with her high lilting voice and silky delivery, it’s the impossible pleasure of hearing the lost music of pre-modern country, jazz and blues fronted by a proudly queer bassist lead-singer that almost seems like science fiction when you look at it deeply. Make “new nostalgia” a new genre! Or throw genre right out the window and just turn modern classics like “Makin’ Memories” (one of my top songs of 2022) up nice and loud, however you listen these days.
In Nashville, the list of major-label Black stars not named Charley Pride was short thirty plus years ago – and still is. But in the 1990’s, while already a successful cardiologist, Francis took leave of his office in Virginia and jumped on a tour bus to promote his catchy CMT-approved records Tourist In Paradise and Walkin’. Always the trailblazer, he also founded the Black Country Music Association to help find opportunities for up and coming artists who were left out of the Music City limelight.
Rarely does a song make you laugh and then dance and then follow with a sucker punch about how unsafe many women feel just taking up space in the world. The video also illustrates the song’s deft twist: how women can gang together to mock and minimize the men who for so long have taken away their agency and power. And yet, the song also makes you want to forget it all and just groove to the sexiest flute solo in rec
ent memory. If this is a foreshadowing of what’s to come with Anna’s solo work, call me quite intrigued.With no jaunty piano to speak of, the new LP uses his tender nylon string guitar and voice as the main storytellers (with upright bass and assorted hand percussion lifting up the songs saturated in delicious tape hiss), diving into the delirium and beauty of being a dad, a husband and an artist who maybe has finally let go of his ravenous ambitions to find a sort of uneasy peace. Imagine if you will, you walk into a saloon lost somewhere between 1930 and 1975. The band onstage has three distinct lead singers, and the songs feel like hard lived-in tales that could live in a TV western or the soundtrack to Boogie Nights, with vibes that would inspire both Ray Charles and Woody Guthrie, Tom Waits and The Beatles. If you’re confused, good. Algorithms can force music upon you at any time these days and I’ll admit, Spotify wants me to listen to The Deslondes, at all hours. They’re not wrong. If I have one job in this podcast it’s to share the music that lights a fire in me as a fellow songwriter and has me grasping for genre-descriptor straws. I have no idea, clearly, how to describe this band. I will say, songs like “Howl at the Moon” make me feel like I’m somehow still proud to be an American, plying my trade somewhere in the still kind of Wild West. Dement, who is now based in Iowa with her musician and collaborator husband Greg Brown (check out their biting co-write “I’ll Be Your Jesus”), will be the first to say that at times in her wide-ranging career, playing clubs to enraptured but small audiences, she has questioned whether she was doing enough to make a difference. But songs like the epic Dylan-esque take-down “Going Down To Sing in Texas” show that Dement is still at her fired-up best, confronting the Lone Star State’s open carry gun laws that put so many at risk, while also spitting in the face of all the wannabe tyrants who shun the very progress she is still hoping to see. In many ways, Working On A World is a hard-won release of pent up energy, created over the course of six years with co-producers Richard Bennett, Jim Rooney and Pieta Brown.Whether she’s playing crunchy bass clarinet or upright bass, electric or acoustic guitar, or singing with Joel in Handmade Moments or her other jazzy group the Nightshades, Anna is never shy about speaking her mind in her music. Take a listen to Handmade Moments’ rapidly rhyming, gorgeously harmonized climate change banger “Hole In The Ocean” which wouldn’t feel out of place in a slam-poetry jam. A song on their forthcoming record End Of The Wars (coming in May) directly confronts Trump’s cult-like status, again not pulling any punches. Want to see an early version of the song played with sax in a cave? Sure you do.
This week, we call on an Americana pioneer and a beloved fixture of the Nashville roots-country scene, the always affable Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale. This year he celebrated the release of his thirty-fifth record Game Changer.
But what about the songs that moved me? I live for a new song that knocks me out of my reverie: unexpected lyrics, or ripping solos, or funky beats that slap me across the face and make me go, ”WHAT. WAS. THAT?” And there are some songs in the list below that surely did that. But does one song sum up a whole year? A year that began with me almost losing my wife to a horrifying rare syndrome while giving birth to our daughter? Of seeing her recover courageously and witnessing my daughter growing like a grinning weed that careens from room to room like a joyful banshee? Or traveling the country playing songs I wrote to sometimes empty or sometimes full theaters or festivals or saloons of happy or heckling strangers? Or talking to dozens of hard-working bands and songwriters with my mic from Nova Scotia to London, from Minneapolis to New Orleans, or right in the front bar of LA’s hallowed Troubadour? How can songs, like short stories, be stitched together to create the novel that is your life?
A self-professed “studio rat,” Quesada teases at the end of the talk that he’s only just scratched the surface of what he hopes to create. One can only hope that a Black Pumas reunion with charismatic vocalist Eric Burton is in the cards too.
Twenty years in, Simonett is keeping it fresh by letting masters like Tweedy bring his punky minor chord sensibility to the band’s warm acoustic camaraderie (bassist Tim Saxhaug, banjo player Dave Carroll, mandolinist Erik Berry, fiddle player Ryan Young, and cellist Eamonn McLain round out the group) with standout songs like “Starting Over” not shying away from the expectations that come from recognition and giving your art to the world – with the brightness of the banjo always leading the way.Some things really haven’t changed in fifty years. But only a generational talent like Nocentelli could create sparkling guitar backdrops for artists as diverse as Dr. John, Otis Redding and even Jimmy Buffett, and keep his passion long enough to see new crowds packing houses on tours in 2022. It must be quite the feeling to finally be able to perform his own solo work – a half century after the songs first emerged and were almost lost forever.This week, my talk with self-described folk-country scientist and songwriter Cleve Francis, whose winding fifty year story in music is nearly unparalleled. Few African-American artists had their work heard in the folk boom of the early 1960’s, and while Francis studied to become a heart specialist after leaving the small hamlet of Jennings, Louisiana, the honey-voiced gems he laid down with his guitar in the gorgeous compilation Beyond the Willow Tree are finding devoted new audiences – this podcaster included. Growing up as a bathroom-singing nerd playing saxophone in the school band, Anna admits that if she could wield any superpower it might be invisibility. Not necessarily the first thing you think of for an openly political, big-voiced folk festival favorite who has made a name for herself sitting in with some of the biggest names in the Americana scene. A recent collaboration with Rainbow Girls bore especially potent fruit – and if you read my Music That Moved Me in 2022 list you’ll see at the very top was Anna’s thorny ”Big Dick Energy.” It was a pleasure getting together with Sam for a rare in-person chat just off Frenchmen Street. If there’s one thing I love most about New Orleans, it’s that it creates new artists that seem to follow the beat of their own drummer, genres be-damned. Give Ways & Means a spin – it might transport you somewhere you need to go.
What is Americana exactly? Even Jim impishly won’t say. But it’s that earthy genre-bending sound that has kept his longtime fans coming back for more nearly for decades into his storied run.
Taking a cue from the lush production of 1970’s Stax and Motown, the new LP leads with the joyous “All I Really Wanna Do,” inviting us onto a cosmic journey of discovery and continues with the playful, sultry ”Brown Sugar Queen,” a Prince x Anderson Paak super-sized jam that features rising Swedish pop star Janice.The response to their Woodstock-flavored tracks like “Go Down River” and “All My Dreams,” led by pairing Will’s roaring guitar and Georgie’s gospel-tinted vocals, has been overwhelming. European tours with label-mates Black Pumas preceded national U.S. TV appearances and their first full run in America. While some could write them off as merely skilled nostalgia-hounds, what Turner has pulled off with his masterful production of Life And Life Only shows an obsessive attention to detail, helping resurrect a sound and, more importantly, a feeling that isn’t stuck in the utopian hippie era, but could be the soundtrack to a more hopeful age that we may
just be entering now.
Certain songwriters in the folk field will occasionally speak up about injustice or corruption – but with Working On A World, Dement puts the protest front and center: honoring luminaries like Mahalia Jackson, John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr. and even The Chicks for giving her hope that putting your principles and life on the line will help bend history towards progress and righteousness.
But while Wide Awake felt accessible as a funky aural high five, his 2022 offering If I Were A Butterfly is a more challenging, experimental work – think Jackson Pollock filmed through a Super 8 camera after a mushroom trip. He uses archival audio going back to his childhood, sings about goats, demons and his forever yearning to find a love that loves him back in a way that doesn’t seem transactional. The result is a fractured but intimately moving portrait.
This week, the show is back in New Orleans for a special talk with Sam Doores, one of the talented founders of well-traveled roots-rockers The Deslondes. We dive into their newest LP Ways & Means and how California-born Sam – who plays various instruments from electric guitar to keys, and sings in seven bands and counting throughout the Crescent City – collected many of its slow-burn soul-adjacent songs like ”Five Year Plan” while holed up in a storage unit studio squat, questioning his place as an adult with real responsibilities who also happens to be a soul-searching artist criss-crossing our beautiful (or crumbling) almost-post-pandemic world.While many of her longtime fans are used to her fearless political confrontations – 1996’s seething The Way I Should and its dark anthem “Wasteland of the Free” demand answers from sexual abusers and government war mongers alike – casual listeners may only know Dement from her playful duets with sonic soulmate John Prine, most notably the foul-mouthed love song “In Spite Of Ourselves.” With a little laugh, she says she’s alright with that too. Life is long and the music, no matter the light or the dark, is equally as powerful.
Born in Arizona, Andrews first started singing at Phoenix-area karaoke bars with her mom before setting out to see the country in Greyhound busses as a teenager, finding a place in bands like Jimmy Eat World with her signature high-aching voice and talent on guitar and piano. Writing in fiery spurts (she mentions on the taping that thirty new songs emerged just last month), Andrews has put out eight records and counting, beginning with 2008’s Urban Myths and culminating in 2022’s lush and cautiously hopeful Loose Future. “These Are The Good Old Days” finds her trying to be present in a world of relentless distraction and hidden pain – and while the chord changes and harmonies harken back to 1950s girl group vibes, there is always a searching, aching energy roiling underneath.
Growing up in both North and South Carolina, as a young man Lauderdale fell in love with country music but took an unconventional path to becoming a sought-after songwriter, harmonist and writer in Music City. He toured in New York theatre productions when he was starting out, and ended up in LA. Even today you can hear the drama in his aching harmony-soaked songs like “Lightning Love” off Game Changer.
Most folks may know Jones as one of the co-lead singers with falsetto-master (and drummer) Adam Frazer of the Bloomington, IN-based throwback ”sweet soul” group Durand Jones & The Indications, a project he began out of graduate school (he also plays the saxophone) at The University of Indiana. Starting with their hard-hitting 2018 self-titled record and the follow ups American Love Call (2019) and Private Space (2021), they became a coveted national act and AAA radio favorite, with this writer seeing their biggest show yet, last summer at the Hollywood Bowl in LA. You would be forgiven if you thought the club-ready romantic earworm “Witchoo” dropped in 1971 not in the height of the pandemic – but the unrestrained Chaka Khan-esque vibes are hard to deny. As I told Jones, that tune got me through a very hard time.If you feel like you missed out seeing touchstone genre-defying singers like Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris in their 1970s roots-pop primes, fear not: it can be argued that Andrews is leading the newest wave of honey-voiced performers who just happen to be writing the most honest, heart-stopping work in the expanding Americana universe. Many first heard her with the acclaimed, gorgeously direct Honest Life in 2016 which helped develop her following, especially in Europe, and the mournful and cathartic Old Flowers which earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album.Wait Til I Get Over is years in the making. While nearly giving up on his dream to be a singer several times, Jones was diligently collecting songs about his upbringing living in his father’s trailer in the tiny Mississippi River town of Hillaryville, his grandmother giving him the confidence to sing (and also dragging him to church), escaping broken relationships and infidelity, his yearning for a connection to a higher power, and how betting on the music and himself was a jubilant radical act that just may be finally paying off.
While many things have changed since our first episode with Robert (he now owns and runs a bar-music-venue-studio and is touring much less) his mischievous streak remains (you’ll hear his cackle of laugh pop the mic many times) making us wonder if the lovely title track to Yesterday’s News is both a clear signal of defeat (the relentless capitalist album cycle push is so last century!) and a quiet reminder that Ellis still has so many sharp stories to tell. And this time, you’ll have to lean in close to hear them.
Their 2022 single “New Orleans Girl” shows how they never stop experimenting, lending their big sound to a hip-hop mashup featuring Cheeky Blakk and PJ Morton.
Nocentelli has had his shares of ups and downs as a lifer who has rode the tempests of the ever-evolving music industry. It’s a “brutal brutal business” he says at one point – and Leo shares that he had to sell some of his favorite guitars to keep going through the years. The song “Getting Nowhere” leans into the sense of helplessness and frustration many talented session players and touring side-men like him went through when royalties and fame and fortune passed them by as others rose to prominence.
Many know him as half of ground-breaking deep soul duo Black Pumas, where songs like “Colors” rose up the charts, taking them from tiny Austin clubs to the biggest festivals in the world, garnering Grammy nods, playing as the theme for the Major League Baseball playoffs and even featuring at Joe Biden’s inauguration. But on his own, Quesada has had a remarkably fruitful 2022, first releasing his Spanish-language debut Boleros Psicodélicos with some heavy collaborators, and in November he brought forth Jaguar Sound, a cinematic instrumental opus that’s one part Daptone R&B groove, one part hip-hop sample jam and one part Morricone vintage score mystery.