Thursday, February 27, 2014
Uncle Tupelo, a trio based near St. Louis, Missouri, released their first album, No Depression, in 1990. When I stumbled into the "insurgent country" sound of Whiskeytown, Freakwater, and the Drive-By Truckers, my musical world was changed for the better. And now there is a new reissue, the "Legacy Edition," with even more demo material. I absolutely love No Depression, even going so far as to claim it as an essential recording that everyone should hear at least once. But as much as I'd like to, I can't find anything in this edition to embrace.
Read my full review of No Depression - Legacy Edition on +RootsWorld.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Blues from Elsewhere has lots of elsewhere, a little bit of blues, a whole lot of klezmer, and some plain old rock and roll. There's accordion along with Nashville-style guitars, twangy jaw harps, soaring clarinets and saxophones, and a fair share of banjos, mandolins, and bouzoukis. Most of these are are played by +koby israelite himself. Instrumentation and styles change throughout the album, and even within individual songs. Labeling this music seems impossible.
Read my full review of Blues from Elsewhere on +RootsWorld.