Sorentino and a guitar are a powerful combination.
Indeed, Country Life gives us the best of all of SOH's various worlds a whole load of great new Steve Knightley originals, along with one superb cover (Kelly Joe Phelps' Tommy ) and two fresh takes on traditional songs (an unusual pulsating treatment of Reynardine.
Oh yeh, Granddaddy think he's pretty cool too, which is probably all the recommendation you need.The last two tracks are obviously in there to show her versatility but it almost backfires.A cooked to perfection 60s country covers collection, the album was recording using 50s style anologue equipment, produced by Dave Cobb, who auditioned them, with a much impressed T Bone Burnett signing on as executive producer and session legends Rob Turner and Hargus Robbins along.But there is a whole lot more to Southern Tenant Folk Union than simply reheating dusty roads traditional country music.M/theswellseason m Mike Davies November 2009 Wendy Stewart - Standing Wave (Greentrax) Gifted long-term exponent of the clarsach (Scottish harp) and well-respected teacher of that instrument - Wendy was for around ten years a key member of the band Ceolbeg, and since departing their ranks.M David Kidman December 2010 Sally Spring - Mockingbird (Sniffinpup Records) Lots of artists thrive in the company of a sideman who is happy to stand just out of the spotlight; Sally Spring has Ted Lyons, and between them they've come up with a cracking.
After this, and following a seemingly interminable five minutes of silence, there's a hidden bonus track, a brilliant fiddle-and-flute duet on a strathspey and reel (I think which sounds as though it was recorded live, in one channel only, at a distance and/or.
Sally's an Arkansas-born, les tuches 2 loto Colorado-based anthropologist, a singer-songwriter who merges the Ozark bluegrass sensibility of Iris Dement (though without that estimable lady's distinctively gawky vocal timbre) with wider country and folk influences, and to good effect.As one creeps toward middle age, then toward old age, it's hard not to fear that the best of one's life has already passed you.This applies equally to the sprightly morris medley from Through And Through (which here gains even nimbler gait from the fingerwork of guest Martin Carthy) and the flexible treatment of Brown Adam (with tightly controlled guitar adornments courtesy of Martin Simpson to the intriguing Horn.She's got a soft, breathy autumnal evening and raindrops voice of deceptive depth that is brimful of assured poise and the confidence of experience but can, as with Don't Leave For The City and the closing My Prayer, still sound beguilingly innocent and wearily vulnerable.The roll-call comprises Alyth McCormack, Corrina Hewat and Mary MacMaster - each one's a stupendous singer, and the last two mentioned just happen also to be established practitioners of the electro-harp.Iron Mike's Main Man is another that starts out as a piece of curio but ends up as a polemic laced with bitter irony.There's a keen sense of accomplishment to Ian's playing, and his degree of versatility is quite unusual among guitarists (here he also plays melodeon, double bass, mandolin, harmonium and cello at various points).It's primarily the latter, however, which is on proud display on this, his second solo album.M m/sunkilmoon Mike Davies August 2008 The Sunshine Delay - Keep It Together (Own Label) When it takes seven years to produce a successor to your debut album, then you're really starting from scratch.It made the UK Top 4 and was to become the first of her 19 Top 40 hits.Sankey visits the world of big bands with Shout It On Out and continues the jazz feel with Office Politics.Danny also treats us to a couple of accepted maritime standards but in less usual versions (I particularly like his version of Rolling Down To Old Maui, based on the one Bert Lloyd sang and there's also a cheery Breton rowing song (Pique La Baleine).
and a Chas Dave-style Blue Cockade.
Or indeed, his own proclaimed influences of Costello and Waits.