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2010 Top 30 New and Old #24

C.W. Stoneking’s album, ‘Jungle Blues’ was inspired in part by Stoneking’s amazing experience as a survivor of a shipwreck off Africa’s West Coast.

For the uninitiated, the first shock on listening to this is discovering that it was recorded in 2008, and not some eighty years earlier. The second is that the artist is, in fact, a young Australian and not a grizzled Delta bluesman holed up in some southern swamp.

Perfectly capturing various musical styles and moods of the twenties and thirties without the slightest hint of pastiche – field holler, calypso, blues, voodoo and folk are all brilliantly represented as illustrayed by this my favourite track from the album.

“Jungle Lullaby” – C.W. Stoneking

To buy the music of C.W. Stoneking click HERE

To view a previous post on C.W. Stoneking click HERE

2010 saw us lose many great musical artists amongst which was the highly influential Alex Chilton who passed away on the 17th March.

Alex and his group Big Star were never rewarded with the level of commercial success they deserved but are often named as a key influence by so many mainstream bands and artists.

Released in 1974, Radio City was recorded during 1973 at Memphis’ Ardent Studios. Though not a commercial success at the time, it is now recognized as a milestone album in the history of power pop music.

Critically acclaimed upon its release, the record sold poorly, partly due to a lack of promotion and the distribution problems of the band’s struggling record label, Ardent Records.

The album included “September Gurls” and “Back of a Car”, which remain among the most famous Big Star songs; both the Searchers and the Bangles have covered “September Gurls”.

“September Gurls” – Big Star

To buy the music of Big Star click HERE

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, New Music, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Music – The Last Battle

Photo :- Dylan Matthews

The Last Battle are a new discovery for me which has arisen from my frequent visits to the great 17 Seconds blog with whom they have signed a record deal.

The Last Battle are a 7 piece Scottish Folk Pop band. The Edinburgh based group mix traditional folk influences and instrumentation with contemporary pop melodies and boy/girl harmonies.

You can buy the The Last Battle’s debut album ‘Heart Of The Land, Soul Of The Sea’ from iTunes or eMusic.

In the meantime you can dip your toes into their glorious water via this free download of a great track from the album.

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Folk, New Music, New News | | Leave a comment

   

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