Archive for October, 2008

Lucinda releases four song politically charged EP – LU in 08

Posted in Artists, Audio Streams, News, Upcoming Release on October 30, 2008 by takecountryback

Lucinda Williams has released a politically-charged, digital only, four-song Live EP titled Lu in 08. The EP features three covers and one Williams original. The tracks will be Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War,” Thievery Corporation/Flaming Lips collaboration “Marching The Hate Machines” and the unreleased “Bone Of Contention.” The three covers were recorded live in Greensboro, NC in September 2007 and “Bone Of Contention” in Milwaukee, WI of July 2008. 
LU IN ‘08 follows on the heels of Lucinda’s critically-acclaimed new album LITTLE HONEY.
LU IN ‘08
Vocals & Acoustic Guitar – Lucinda Williams
Electric Guitar – Doug Pettibone, Chet Lyster
Bass – David Sutton
Drums – Butch Norton
Streaming tracks available here

Produced by Tom Overby



Video of the Day

Posted in Artists, Video, YouTube on October 30, 2008 by takecountryback

Adam Hood – Different Groove (Little Dog Records)

Free James McMurtry Download

Posted in Artists, mp3, Video on October 30, 2008 by takecountryback

“We Can’t Make It Here” (LIVE)

Just before the 2004 Presidential Election, James McMurtry gave away a free download of his state of the union anthem, “We Can’t Make It Here.” The song struck a chord with the public and went on to win Song of the Year at the Americana Music Honors and Awards. Author Stephen King described it as the “best American protest song since ‘Masters of War'” in his Entertainment Weekly column. On the brink of the 2008 election, McMurtry is giving away a previously unreleased live version of “We Can’t Make It Here” from his 2008 concert at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY.

Click on the link below to access the free MP3:

A musical pick me up for these trying times

Posted in YouTube on October 26, 2008 by takecountryback

Yes We Can!

Posted in Artists, News on October 24, 2008 by takecountryback

For the past several months, Hidden Beach has been working diligently with Obama for America to accomplish something never done in the history of a presidential election — to release an official campaign compilation.

We are proud to present “Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement”.

Listen to “Yes We Can: Voices of A Grassroots Movement” »

Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement is a moving musical tribute featuring the inspirational speeches of Senator Obama interwoven into music created by today’s top artists including Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, John Legend, Lionel Richie, Jill Scott, Los Lonely Boys, Bebe Winans, Yolanda Adams and many more.

In a collection as diverse as the campaign, these artists have captured the spirit, themes and ideals at the core of this historic movement for change.

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Fighting for the Soul of Country

Posted in Artists, News, Upcoming Release, YouTube on October 24, 2008 by takecountryback

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Patty Loveless, a traditional country singer, operates outside the system. It allows her to talk openly.

“It’s becoming more pop,” Loveless, 51, said about country, a genre many think has left the dusty back roads for good.

“I don’t want to see country music lose its identity. And that is the music I came up with.

“I just don’t want to see the youth of today or tomorrow not to be able to experience the music of the past. It’s their heritage.”

At least Loveless, who in early September released “Souless Nights,” a record steeped in country soul, is doing her part. She will perform two shows Saturday at the Newberry Opera House.

Country music was a large part of Loveless’ family life growing up in Kentucky. Her brother’s collection of 45s included Webb Pierce and George Jones.

While her mother did housework, they would listen to the radio together.

“She used to love to mop the floors — well, she didn’t love to — but she loved to listen to the Opry,” Loveless said. “We’d listen to the Opry while I was watching her mop the floors.”

And her father was a fan of bluegrass performers such as Molly O’Day, Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers, singers Loveless would draw on for a career lane change.

“I understand why (my dad) loved them so much,” she said. “There’s so much soul within those records.”

It always goes back to soul with Loveless, so this question had to be asked: Has country music lost its soul?

“I think (Nashville labels and country performers) were trying to attract a lot of the younger audience, for the fact that a lot of our audience from the ’80s and ’90s were getting older,” Loveless said.

“The labels were trying to put out what works.”

What works is country with a side of pop, more glitz and glamour than vocal strength.

In the early ’90s, Loveless was a hit-making singer. Albums such as “Only What I Feel,” “When Fallen Angels Fly” and “The Trouble With Truth” contained numerous radio hits, and 1994’s “When Angels Fly” won the CMA album of the year award.

Then singers like Loveless, who describes her sound as traditional country with an edge, were pushed aside for more bubbly voices like Faith Hill.

So in 2001, Loveless released “Mountain Soul,” a gorgeous and pastoral bluegrass record.

“Maybe it was fate, because growing up with my dad and listening to that music, I absorbed it all,” she said.

“Once we played Ralph’s festival (that would be Ralph Stanley of The Stanley Brothers), we had to get it out of our system.”

Taj Mahal’s diversity through the decades

Posted in Blues on October 24, 2008 by takecountryback

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Rubies are the traditional gift for couples celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, the gemstone symbolizing the eternal flame that binds them together. When Taj Mahal celebrated the 40th anniversary of his self-titled 1967 debut, he wasn’t fixated on precious stones, but he wanted to speak to the fire that has burned inside him since his first gigs fronting frat band the Electras in 1961. “I never did anything for the 10th, 20th, or the 30th anniversary, and here we are at the 40th anniversary of my first record,” the 66-year-old blues and roots music legend says. “I thought it was time to look back on what we’ve done and bring some friends along for the ride.

The ride is Maestro, a diverse 12-track set of soul, blues, reggae, rock, and funk released last month that reflects the East Bay resident’s insatiable appetite for musical discovery. Born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks to a jazz pianist father of Caribbean heritage and a schoolteacher mother from the Deep South, Mahal was introduced early to the popular music of the ’50s as well as a healthy dose of artists from the Mississippi Delta, Latin America, Hawaii, Africa, and the Caribbean. “My father and his parents were proud of their roots and wanted me to be aware of my connection to Africa,” he remembers.

In the same way that the music on Maestro speaks to Mahal’s history, its guests were familiar names from his nearly half-century in music. The Phantom Blues Band, the group he fronted for his two Grammy-winning records (Señor Blues in 1997 and Shoutin’ in Key in 2000) return for four tracks, while long-time friends Los Lobos and daughter Deva Mahal back him on reggae duet “Never Let You Go” and Lou Willie Turner’s “TV Mama.” Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers guest on “Black Man, Brown Man,” marking the third generation of Marleys Mahal has worked with, dating back to Bob Marley’s appearance on 1974’s Mo’ Roots. “Everybody on this record — people who played, people handling production, everyone — at one time or another has talked to me about doing something together,” Mahal says.

Maestro kicks off with “Scratch My Back,” a tribute of sorts to Otis Redding, one of Mahal’s earliest influences. After graduating from college in 1964, Mahal headed west for California, forming the Rising Sons with guitarist Ry Cooder and opening for Redding at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. “Otis had these great big ballads like ‘Pain in My Heart’ and ‘Chained and Bound,'” Mahal recalls. “Nobody did ballads like Otis did ’em. I just hope I can interpret [his music] in a way that adds a little bit of me to the song.”

Although Maestro features Mahal’s takes on tunes by Redding, Fats Domino, Willie Dixon, and Lou Willie Turner (wife of Big Joe), it doesn’t come off as some decrepit covers record. “Strong Man Holler” and “Slow Drag” are quintessential Taj Mahal classics, while “Dust Me Down” is a dirty, chugging rocker written by Ben Harper, whom Mahal first met in the ’80s through Harper’s grandparents, who own the Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont. “When [Harper] first came on the scene, folks assumed because he was a black guy that played guitar that he had to be into the blues,” Mahal says. “But Ben branched out and done his own thing. It’s not that he doesn’t love the blues, but he’s curious about other music too. He reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age.”