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    Parker Millsap

    I think many of you might enjoy his music. He is just 20 years old and is from Oklahoma. He has a powerful, gravelly, and expressive voice and is already a fine songwriter at such a young age. He has a pentecostal background and uses much religious imagery in his songs, often quite humorously.
  2. Kemper Crabb returns! http://www.reliquarium.net/
  3. He previewed some of these songs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with Gillian and OCMS, and they were great. His guitar playing live is explosive.
  4. There are some great artists listed. I especially like Sufjan, Arcade Fire, Woven Hand, and Ezra Furman. I would add The Sparrow Quartet (Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, etc), Robert Randolph (I'm pretty sure that Live at the Wetlands came out after 2000), Mike Farris (Salvation in Lights), and Neal Morse (his first solo came out in 1999, but he was still in SB at the time, so I think his excellent post SB solo work should qualify). Mike Farris was the brightest light at the recent Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, no small accomplishment considering that Robert Plant, T Bone Burnett, Nick Lowe, Elvis Cotello, Emmylou Harris, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and Richard Thompson among many others gave great performances.
  5. From the 77s web site: Holy Ghost Building Lo-Fidelity Records and The 77s are proud to present the highly anticipated release of their new studio recording, "Holy Ghost Building." Recorded over a 2-year stretch, the initial sessions were done quickly, much like Johnny Cash or Elvis recorded their early records at Sun Studios in Memphis. Mike Roe comments, "Those guys would choose a song, play through it to get the feel and arrangement, and while it was all fresh they would just roll the tape. Drawing from literally the same sources they did, we did the same thing.... choosing old gospel, blues and bluegrass tunes that said something to us as a band, and then recording them on the spot with no rehearsal....the only difference was we spent a couple years putting the finishing touches on the songs!" While "Holy Ghost Building" could be called a "return to form" for the band, saying so would also sell short the new depth the band has found in playing these songs. The record has The 77s touchstones of rock and blues, but they have also included folk, slide guitar, Byrds-era jangle electric 12-strings, and vocal harmonies previously unheard on any 77s record. Mike says "When folks ask me what this record sounds like, I like to say 'Elvis, Scotty, Bill & D.J.' because we did it exactly the way those guys did the early Elvis recordings. It even sounds like them sonically here and there, but thankfully none of that was planned either, which of course makes me very happy. You can't plan those things without them often sounding planned, and I'm so glad we didn't. Even the one original tune we tacked on at the end of this project as a bonus treat for the fans was made up on the spot: music, lyrics, melody and all. Talk about risk! But that's how you end up with records like the ones I loved as a kid, and this one's got that sound and feeling." For a preview off the record, visit http://www.myspace.com/the77s to hear "Working on a Building," the first single. The band will feature three new songs off the record leading up to its release. The first pressing of "Holy Ghost Building" will feature limited edition digipack packaging and is scheduled for release beginning Friday, June 20th to coincide with The 77s brief return to the road. The CD will be available online from http://www.77s.com and http://www.lo-fidelity.com beginning June 20th as well, although orders will not begin shipping until the following Monday, June 23rd. Please note all dates are subject to change. Mike Roe, Mark Harmon, Bruce Spencer and David Leonhardt will make a brief return to the road leading up to Cornerstone. You do not want to miss this tour!
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    Great Music of 2008

    Sorry about the repetitions above. I'm not sure how that happened?
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    Great Music of 2008

    I think Punch by the Punch Brothers (Chris Thile etc) is the album of the year so far. I'm not totally sold on the lyrics yet, though they do communicate disillusionment and loss well. But the music is DELICIOUS bluegrass prog. The band seems every bit as good as the legendary Telluride "house band." I also think the Meanest of Times by the Dropkick Murphys is a definite top 10, but that may be a 2007 release... I think Punch by the Punch Brothers (Chris Thile etc) is the album of the year so far. I'm not totally sold on the lyrics yet, though they do communicate disillusionment and loss well. But the music is DELICIOUS bluegrass prog. The band seems every bit as good as the legendary Telluride "house band." I also think the Meanest of Times by the Dropkick Murphys is a definite top 10, but that may be a 2007 release... I think Punch by the Punch Brothers (Chris Thile etc) is the album of the year so far. I'm not totally sold on the lyrics yet, though they do communicate disillusionment and loss well. But the music is DELICIOUS bluegrass prog. The band seems every bit as good as the legendary Telluride "house band." I also think the Meanest of Times by the Dropkick Murphys is a definite top 10, but that may be a 2007 release...
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    Favorite Music of 2007

    If it weren't for A&F, I wouldn't know of at least HALF of my list! Thanks folks! And, as for you list, isn't Monarch from Pittsburgh? I believe that they are, but I think Brennan Strawn is based in New York now.
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    Favorite Music of 2007

    CDs 2007 1. Neal Morse Sola Scriptura 2. Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will 3. Mavis Staples We'll Never Turn Back 4. Joe Henry Civilians 5. Arcade Fire Neon Bible 6. Ezra Furman and the Harpoons Banging Down the Door 7. OTR Trumpet Child 8. Mike Farris Salvation in Lights 9. Richard Thompson Sweet Warrior 10. The White Stripes IT others: Lowly (Monarch),Let Us Now Praise Sleep John(Peter Case), Book of Lightening (because of the way these songs were performed on the tour), did Good Monsters come out this year? Were it not for this group, I would not have known of Civilians or Banging Down. Thanks for all the great tips!
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    Favorite Music of 2007

    Has anyone mentioned Terence Blanchard's A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)? It will end up in my top ten. I know very little about jazz, but I love this recording. I also like the Krauss/Plant recording, especially the Sam Phillips cover.
  11. If I had a radio show, I would play that song everyday. Tonio simply must record something new. Did anyone ever attend one of his "pancake concerts?"
  12. I can't help with that, but Joe Henry will be performing at the GAMH in San Francisco on 10/23. Very tempting, only a 4 hour drive...
  13. Ouch I was really looking forward to this one.
  14. This was the set list for the great show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood: I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time Fever Born I'm On a Roll Let's Spend the Day in Bed Nothing is Innocent The Trumpet Child Trouble North Pole Man Goodbye Charles Entertaining Thoughts Ohio BPD Orphan Girl Encores Hush Now If a Song Could Be President Don't Wait for Tom Latter Days I think I have been so mesmerized by Karen's voice at other concerts that I have not noticed how fine a keyboard player Linford is. There were several excellent guitar solos, most notably on Orphan Girl, Let's Spend the Day, and BPD. The drumming was outstanding throughout. I think Orphan Girl was the highlight for me. Karen shared that Gillian Welch (she didn't mention her by name)was one of her favorite songwriters. The four part harmony by the entire band was stunning, as was THE VOICE and the funky country guitar thing. I kept thinking of the little orphans on my case load. BPD was the band at its most passionate, professional and thrilling. Leading up to Nothing is Innocent, Karen shared how the band had been invited to the White House for an arts event. Not entirely enamored with the current occupants, they decided to attend anyways because dialog is good. When asked what they want to accomplish with their music, they asserted that they want to give people permission not to live in fear. She stated that this was met with pregnant silence. Prior to Trumpet Child, Linford shared that his first memory was of a trumpet at a revival meeting with sawdust all around. He knew that he wanted to be "up there" where that sound was coming from. He then spoke at length about the symbol of the trumpet in so many of the hymns of his youth, and ended by asking, "What is on God's ipod?" They announced that the Christmas tour would be coming to the west coast in 08 (hence the 2 Christmas songs), and Karen encouraged everyone to try a Show Pony, a "fabulous" drink she discovered in Australia (and added to the lyrics of On a Roll). As If a Song was winding down, Linford suggested that Bob Dylan should represent us at the UN. I could agree with this far more than the song's choice for AG. The band reportedly was disgusted by the conditions in the dressing room, etc. But they rose high above the squalor and stench and made a beautiful noise in spite of it all. So many Christians spend much of their time decrying what is ugly and perverse about them. OTR made something beautiful instead. I'm so glad that the flying hamburger didn't dissuade me from walking into the Knitting Factory. A block away, a naked woman raced passed me, stopping just long enough to curse and fling a moldy burger from a take home box onto my tennis shoe. Then she ran down the center of Hollywood Blvd. And this was one of the more serene nights I have experienced there...
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