Lauren Hoffman : Let The Mystery Be

This is ‘just’ a living room/kitchen home recording, and a splendid one at that. Her voice is excellent, and so’s the song. Written by Greg Brown’s wife Iris Dement, and covered by Brown on his most recent studio album Freak Flag this version sounds entirely different and decidedly non-countryish. I love it a lot.I listend to Lauren Hoffman and her then-band September 67 in the late 1990’s, so it’s been quite a while, but she’s definitely still got a lot of talent and is using it in her current band The Secret Storm.

The Pines : Where Something Wild Still Grows

This is an unofficial video I found on YouTube to celebrate the arrival of my copy of The Pines’ latest, splendid album Above The Prairie (released early February 2016). More info and my review of the album to follow in the next few weeks. In the meantime, all that’s left for me to say is: Enjoy.

Bob Nelson : For Pete’s Sake

Bob Nelson, Folksinger and archivist of the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society talks about meeting Pete Seeger and his life lived for and with Folk Music in this video. Needless to say, he sure has got quite a few stories to tell. His recollections begin sometime in the 1950’s when he was (at the age of 16) president of the Seattle Folk Singing Society and organised a concert for Seeger. It being the McCarthy area it was no wonder that he himself, like Seeger, aroused the interest of the local FBI branch. He talks about all this and more in a fascinating 38 minute video. A life devoted to Folk music, indeed. They are organising coffee-house type of concerts on a regular basis, a shame I am not living in the Seattle area, so I can only enjoy the info on their website (www.pnwfolklore.org) and some of their videos on their YouTube channel where this video can also be found.

 

Back Road Bound’s Favorite Songs in 2015 (Pt. 02)

The Second part of my annual music roundup.

Listen here:

 

Jack White : Did You Hear John Hurt? (from Another Day, Another Time)

The Avett Brothers : That’s How I Got To Memphis (from Another Day, Another Time)

 

Another Day Another Time Cover Jpeg

Danny Schmidt : Cries Of Shadows (from Owls)

Danny Schmidt Owls Cover JpegEliza Gilkyson : Peace Call (from Land Of Milk & Honey)

Eliza Gilkyson Land Of Milk And Honey Cover Jpeg

Bruce Cockburn : Pacing The Cage (from Slice O Life)

Bruce Cockburn Slice O Life Cover Jpeg

The Honey Dewdrops : Loneliest Songs (from Tangled Country)

The Honey Dewdrops Tangled Country album cover jpegEric Bibb : Sittin’ In A Hotel Room (from Deeper In The Well)

Eric Bibb Deeper in The Well Cover Jpeg

Joan Shelley : No More Shelter (from Over And Even)

Joan Shelley Over And Even Cover Jpeg

Son Volt : True To Life (Live At The Bottom Line 2/12/96) (from Trace)

Son Volt Trace Cover JpegDonovan : Epistle To Derroll (from A Gift From A Flower To A Garden)

Donovan A Gift From A Flower Cover JpegDar Williams : If I Wrote You (from Many Great Companions)

Dar Williams Many Great Companions Cover JpegBill Morrissey & Greg Brown : Fishing With Bill (from Friend Of Mine)

Bill Morrissey And Greg Brown Friend Of Mine cover Jpeg

The Cowboy Junkies : Misguided Angel (from The Trinity Sessions)

Cowboy Junkies Trinity Sessions Cover Jpeg

 

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer : Way Over Yonder in The Minor Key (from Little Blue Egg)

Dave Carter & Trace Grammer Little Blue Egg Cover Jpeg

Alanna Eileen : Stranded

Not much I know about her yet, just discovered her fine, delicate music (actually she reached out to me via my Tumblr blog. Thanks Allana!).

Check out her fine 2015 release Absence here at her Bandcamp page

This is the first lovely song from Absence, Stranded

Oh, that sweet voice.

She’s about to release her next mini album In Your Hands in a few weeks time