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Number 26

Townes Van Zandt - Our Mother th Mountain (TomatoTOM 7015) This second album by the legendary Texas singer songwriter Townes Van Zandt from 1969 (re-issued here in 1978 on Tomato), was probably the first indication for me that there was possibly more to country music than rhinestones and big...

Number 187 - 31.07.11

Les Jours Sont Longs - Feufollet (En Couleurs) Senses - The Willows (The Willows EP) Ballyronan Maid - The London Lasses with Pete Quinn (By Night and By Day) Tennessee Me - The Secret Sisters (The Secret Sisters) The One I Love Is Gone - The Secret Sisters (The Secret Sisters) Why Baby Why - The...

Number 186 - 24.07.11

Welding Burns - Rod Picott (Welding Burns) What We Know Now - Fearing and White (Fearing and White) Working for the MTA - Justin Townes Earle (Harlem River Blues) Today is a Good Day - The Carrivick Sisters (From the Fields) Charlotte Dymond - The Carrivick Sisters (From the Fields) If I Had Time...

Number 25

Kevin Coyne - Marjory Razor Blade (Virgin VD251/2) I can pinpoint precisely when and where I bought Derby singer Kevin Coyne's seminal double LP Marjory Razor Blade: Bradley's Records, Doncaster, September 1973, the day after John Peel featured him live on his late night programme. I had never...

Number 185 - 17.07.11

Here Not There - Sarah Jarosz (Follow Me Down) You’ll Miss Her When She's Gone - The Carrivick Sisters (From the Fields) Six White Horses - Gillian Welch (The Harrow and the Harvest) Dominion Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick (Walnut Creek) Porcupine Rag - Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick (Walnut...

Number 24

Richard and Linda Thompson - Hokey Pokey (Island ILPS9305) It's strange to think in these terms now, in a time when just about every type of weird voice known to humankind has been fully explored, from Tom Waits to Devendra Banhart or Bjork to Joanna Newsome, not to mention Tiny Tim or Anthony (and...

Number 184 - 10.07.11

Walkin' the Road - The Water Tower Bucket Boys (Where the Crow Don’t Fly) Pink Flamingos - Ady Johnson (Tell the Worry Dolls) Do For Myself - Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns (Lucky Devil) I Think It's Going to Rain - Ruth Notman (Demo) Made By Maid - Laura Marling (I Speak Because I Can)...

Number 23

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick - But Two Came By (Topic 12TS343) An original copy of Martin Carthy's fifth LP from 1968 with Dave Swarbrick is a much sought after gem, pictures of which can be seen on my pal Kev's excellent Carthy Online website (now re-named Come Sing It Plain). Originally...

Number 22

Woody Guthrie - Dust Bowl Ballads (Rounder 1040) I don't know where to start with Woody. I think it's more the legend that surrounds Woody Guthrie than the actual songs, the music or the man that appeals to me. I know the first time I became aware of him was after seeing Alice's Restaurant as a...

Number 183 - 03.07.11

Scarlet Town - Gillian Welch (The Harrow and the Harvest) Danville Girl - Old Sledge (Don't Let Your deal Go Down) An Irish Airman Foresees His Death - Southern Tenant Folk Union (Pencaitland) Good For Me - The Toy Hearts (Femme Fatale) Tequila and High Heels - The Toy Hearts (Femme Fatale) The...

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