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Alison Krauss has the voice of an angel. She generally has worked her craft in the area of new bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, or music of Appalachia. Not a traditionalist but certainly doesn't run from the tradition either. Her new album "Windy City" caught my interest because I had heard it was more a traditional country album and not a new grass album. And after 18 years without releasing a solo album I had to give this one a listen. Typically country is not on my list of things to listen to especially that shit coming out of Nashville now. I would say the traditional country of Cash, Carters, Williams, and music of Appalachia either bluegrass or flat picking is something I enjoy.

On "Windy City" Krauss as always makes the cover songs her own with a respectful treatment and caring love that comes across with a passion that Krauss delivers every time. Early in the year but I have to say right now this is my favorite album for 2017 so far. If you like great music this is a must have.The track "I never cared for you" written by Willie Nelson, shows how Krauss can bring something new to a song and truly make it her own. Not much to say about this one as the proof of how good of an album this is, is in the listening.


playlist for tracks from "Windy City"


Willie's version "I never cared for you"



Here is an interview with Krauss and the producer, good listen.
http://www.npr.org/2017/02/20/516138272 ... windy-city

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Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:09 pm
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After going thru a stretch of not finding much of anything that impressed me; seems the tide has turned and finding loads of really good shit. I mean the shit that just kicks you in the guts and makes you want more. Beth Hart does that every time. She has got a big voice that goes from Janis Joplin type growling and in a N.Y. thinstance she can be some kind of smokey voiced lounge singer. This bitch be crazy in live performances. Check out her performance at the Paridiso, she is a real rock n' roll chick and you better be man enough to stand your ground or else you will get fucked.


Anyways check her out on her latest album "Fire On The Floor" Beth Hart runs the entire range of her vocal ability on this one.

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Mastodon are back roaming the earth with power and might of all things riffy and with great riffness like the days of old.
Ok this one isn't the usual fare by the mighty Mastodon but catchy as hell, fun in a dark way, and again shows Mastodon stretching themselves musically. Just finished listening to their new album "Emperor of Sand" Just confirms why in the last 13 years since the mighty "Leviathan" they are one of my favorite bands.


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Two 'fer Tuesday! Saw both of these artist over the summer and they are excellent live performers who can whip a crowd into a blues frenzy, make them mellow with a slow burner and then wind them up again with some electrifying guitar playing.

Ronnie Baker Brooks hailing from Chicago and son of the famous Lonnie Brooks. His latest album is "Times Have Changed" and yes they have after his 11 year hiatus from the studio. Ronnie has a decent soulful voice, not anything that is going to rock the world, make you cry or shout "oh Lawdy" but he gets the job done in a more than satisfactory way. Where he excels is on the guitar and delivering great entertaining music that is accessible, familiar yet not trite, and of course giving it his own tone for just the right touch. Honestly there isn't anything here that is going to shake up the world but what there is; is, 11 tracks of enjoyable listening that will keep you coming back for more if you love the blues induced with a little soul.

Two tracks I really like off this album, one a typical call response type blues and the other a retro funky 70's Curtis Mayfield styled piece.



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Part 2 of the 2 'fer.

Kenny Neal once again brings his whole family into his latest offering "Bloodline". Hailing from Naw' Ol'ans, Louisiana, Kenny Neal is no city slicker, He is country all the way. He delivers his blues in a very casual way, easy going, as if to humbly understate his own talents. This is an extremely talented and accomplished performer who could easily make every thing on every one of his albums all about him and pull it off in a spectacular exercise of self indulgence. Instead he chooses to incorporate the sound of the band right in the forefront as their sound is just as important to the overall experience of the music as his own guitar, harmonica or singing. It just works together well. Not Neal's best offerings but it is in the typical Neal fashion good hardy blues fare that doesn't disappoint. A nice variety of sounds, from a typical blues horn section, gospel style background singing, slow burning blues country ballads, and uptempo numbers that will get your foot stomping.

Here is the title track and the Neal family having a "boil". If you never been to a "boil" in Lousiana you don't know shit about Lousiana.



Plain old Common sense; my father bitched I had none of this. Actually I did what he didn't realize is I didn't give a fuck :pointing:

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Haven't touched this in sometime. I am sure all the audiophiles are hanging on my every post in this thread and need my guidance to find music worth listening to. If that is the case truly a testament to your useless sad fucking life, much like my continued posting here is to my own sad shitty existence.

Really haven't been in the mood to listen to music lately...story for another time and another moan session. Just lets say when things go to shit music isn't my go to remedy. Not that things are any better just absolute boredom sets in and slowly but surely I start finding myself scrolling thru the gigabytes of music on my phone. So getting to it...

Deep Purple latest "InFinite" may be the swan song for this lot. If it is then it isn't a bad way to go out. The consistency of this album from start to finish is a testament to the maturity of musicianship the group has achieved. Honestly there isn't anything earth shattering or stretching things in a new direction, in fact it is the opposite. More of an appreciation and nod to the stuff that interested them and most likely they have come to have a greater appreciation for as the members themselves have aged. I don't think they are resting on their laurels either, the chemistry and strength of a cohesive unit is all there to craft a fine bit of listening that one can come back to again and again. I really like the prog sound they implement but not in a self indulgent grandiose way, but just a nod to something they probably like themselves. On top of that they add a nice boogie crunchy sound that makes the whole thing fun.

Even tho one can tell that age has effected Gillan's vocals he finds a way to sing to his strengths and make the whole thing work in what isn't his finest performance but a mature performance in knowing what makes music work. As if he understands their is more to singing than a screaming testosterone bare chested machismo hair flipping freak of the 70's (granted few did that better than him back in the day).

Certainly worth a purchase and a minimum worth a listen.

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Black Star Riders formed from the bare bones of what was left of Thin Lizzy that was walking dead for years without Lynott. For me Lynott was Thin Lizzy in sound and spirit. So credit to the remaining lads to piss off and form another band for the release of new material and not use the Thin Lizzy name as a vehicle to market some mediocre bullshit that isn't obviously "Thin Lizzy".

With that said, I admit I was wrong about one thing, Black Star Riders is more than just mediocre bullshit on the latest release "Heavy Fire". It is a fun, loud, and kick you in the nutsack for a laff kind of listen. Ok you can hear a familiar resonance of "Thin Lizzy" but what do you suspect this is Thin Lizzy in essence so certain signature sounds are to be expected. But this isn't aping or ripping off someone else sound, simply this is who they are and have become over the years. So it was nice to hear familiar sounds in a retro rock tapestry yet there was enough different to make it interesting and contemporary enough not to make it dated. The vocals at times sound like Lynott but that is all due to the same tone in the voice working the familiar vocal range we attribute to Lynott. But Warwick can't come close to performance of Lynott; he just doesn't have the sensitivity, sincerity, passion or conviction one finds in Lynott's singing. Warwick is good as straight ahead hard rock singer nothing else.

I particularly liked the harder straight ahead rockers of "Heavy Fire". OTOH the ballads not so much, not horrible just don't think Warwick voice is very good and sounds too over produced which in turn washes out the vulnerability and inflections that comes across in a non auto tuned vocal. Good listen on a road trip with friends as plenty of anthem type rockers to keep the spirits high as the miles on the road pass by.

This one the Thin Lizzy sound is coming thru strong. Catchy enough tune.


Title track and more of an e.g. I think of the best stuff on the album.

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