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Tim Grimm and his Family Band shine on A Stranger in this Time Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:18:36 +0000

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Tim Grimm and the Family Band –  A Stranger in this Time

One of the folk albums that I have been listening to over the last few weeks is A Stranger in this Time by Tim Grimm and the Family Band. It’s a great album from a wonderful singer-songwriter.

About Tim Grimm

I first became aware of Tim’s music back in 2010, when I first started blogging. One day I heard one of his songs on XM radio.  I came home and immediately searched Rhapsody for his music. Heart Land  was the first album of Tim’s I listened to, and I was hooked on his music. Heart Land had in fact been released ten years earlier in 2000. At the time, I didn’t know that….

 ……. on the strength of that recording, was named 2000’s “BEST DISCOVERY in Roots/Americana Music” by The Chicago Sun-Times.

Or that…

His albums COYOTES DREAM and NAMES, led to his being named “2004 MALE ARTIST of The Year” by the Freeform American Roots DJs.

But I soon discovered that like his website says…

Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life—rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy—recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.

He grew up in the woods and small town settings of southern Indiana, son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers, and his return home was a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success’. He now lives with his wife on 80 acres close to where he grew up.

You can read Tim’s full biography here

Over the following years, Tim’s albums The Back Fields, Holding Up the World  and Thank You Tom Paxton have been added to my music library. Thank You, Tom Paxton an album of covers of many of my favorite Tom Paxton songs!

About A Stranger in this Time

A Stranger in This Time just may be my favorite folk album of the year. This is the first album  from the Grimm family band. Tim was aided in both the writing and production of the songs by his sons Jackson Grimm (guitars, banjo, octave mandolin, vocals) and Connor Grimm (bass), as well as his wife, Jan Lucas (harmonica, vocals). While his sons have been playing and touring  with Tom for the last few years and wife Jan has been touring with him since 2004,   this is the first time they have collaborated as writers, musicians, and producers in such a focused way

Guest musician Hannah Linn on drums and percussion joined the family band.  As well as, Diederik van Wassanaer who is the guest fiddler on two tracks. Diede brings a heady energy to both “So Strong” and the traditional  song “Darling Cory”. Tim’ son Jackson arranged  “Darling Cory”.

Bottom Line

Stranger in this Timeis a terrific album (**** stars) full of  great tunes. The opening track ” These Rolling Hills” pays homage to the previously mentioned hills of his homelands. “Gonna Be Great” is possibly the first overtly politic song I can remember from Tim. In the song he expresses my feelings about the President perfectly!  “Black Snake” is another socio-political gem. I love story songs and “Thirteen Years” is a great one. As Tim tells the story of a tree felled by lightning on his grandfather’s farm, his father and a guitar.  Tom also does a fine job covering the classic “Darling Cory”

I can go on and on about the album but just check it out for yourself ! As for me I really need to listen to more of Tim’s great back catalog which is also full of great songs!! We should all say Thank You, Tim Grimm!

Links for the Further Exploration of the Music of Tim Grimm

Artist’s Website

Here’s a playlist with three of my favorite songs from A Stranger in this Time

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Dec 23, 2016 – A Good Work Out and Morning Music from Bill Miller Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:01:02 +0000

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A Good Work Out and Morning Music from Bill Miller

T-minus two days until Christmas much of today was spent getting the house ready for tomorrow’s guest. Every Christmas Eve my wife’s Uncle Jim and his wife Nathalie visit on Christmas Eve morning. This year all of our children and grandchildren are going to be able to come, too! I think that the only one who will be missing is Peter’s wife Missy! I’m glad that Jim will be able to spend time with the grandchildren. Actually, I’m glad we all get to spend time with Jim and Nathalie.

Morning Exercises and Meditation –

Today I did the extended version of the Kundalini, Weights and Band routine that I have been doing daily for the last week or so. In the extended version the time for the weights and bands is longer. The total length of the extended version is 40 minutes in length as opposed to 30 for the shorter version. The band part is a little more active than in the shorter version.

According to my Fitbit,  I burned a whole 193 calories today against 102 yesterday. Today I was in the Fat Burn Zone for 15 min. Yesterday it was only 8 minutes! And my peak heart rate today was 137, whereas yesterday it was only 108!

The Soundtrack for the Workout was just the Spa station on Sirius XM. I particularly liked the music that was accompanying my meditation, some nice Native American flute. Near the end of the meditation I quickly glanced to see who the artist was that was playing, It was Coyote Oldman  with a song titled :”Field of Clouds” After the meditation, I checked at Spotify to see what album the track was from. What I should have done was check my iTunes library because the track is there!  It appears on Coyote Oldman’s 1990 release Thunder Chord. It is one of the two Coyote Oldman albums in my library!! You can check out the album here on Spotify.

Bill MillerMorning Music – Raven in the Snow – Bill Miller

After my breakfast, I had to do some errands. While I was gathering things to take with me, i.e the phone. I glanced over and saw a Jensen portable cassette player. I bought that a few years ago to use to record and convert the music on my cassettes to mp3s. As I looked at it I thought, hey, that will work with my car radio! So I pulled a cassette off of a shelf near my computer. It happened to be Raven in the Snow  from Native American folk-musician Bill Miller.

I first discovered Bill Miller’s music in the mid to late 90s, when I started listening to new music, after the baby years with my children!  Four l of his albums are in  my music library.  They are Ghostdance, Raven in the Snow, The Red Road and Spirit Rain.

From AllMusic:

The strength of the Native American people and the hardships of their lives are captured through the folk-like balladry of Nashville-based singer/songwriter Bill Miller. Miller’s best-known tune, “Tumbleweed,” co-written with Peter Rowan and included on Rowan’s 1990 album Dust Bowl Children, reflects on a memorable Native American character; Trail of Freedom, however, focuses on alcoholism among Native Americans.
The son of Mohican-German parents, Miller was born on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in northern Wisconsin. Music played an essential role in tribal life, and Miller, whose Mohican name is Fush-Ya Heay Aka (meaning “bird song”), learned to sing traditional songs at an early age. The sounds of nature including the howling of coyotes and the hooting of owls were also influential. Contemporary popular music, however, had a powerful effect on Miller’s musical evolution. An enthusiastic fan of the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles, Miller often traveled into town to buy records. Read more

About Raven in the Snow

From AllMusic:

….Bill Miller released his second album, Raven in the Snow, in 1995. Any preconceived notion that this might be new age or traditional music is put to rest immediately with the opening track, “River of Time.” The song is a harmonica-driven, midtempo rocker that compares favorably with the music of artists like Peter Himmelman. The song contains a heavy spiritual vibe that runs through the entire record, from the powerful lyric of “Listen to Me” to the fire-and-brimstone tone of “The Final Word.” Read More

My favorite tracks are the title track “Raven in the Snow”, and :”Listen to Me”

To Further Explore the Music of Bill Miller Visit –  His Website   AllMusic  Wikipedia

Here is Bill showing off his prowess on Native American Flute  playing -“Spirit Wind”

P.S. The  second part of this post will come in a bit – time to stop now and do more chores!! Christmas is Coming!!

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Make Blues Not War – Mike Zito Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:55:32 +0000

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Mike Zito –  Make Blues Not War – One of the Best  Blues Albums of 2016


So today I see thar Mike Zito’s new album Make Blues Not War is continuing to rise up the Roots Music  Blues Chart. This week the album sits at number 8. Up at  eight spots from last week’s 16.. That’s good news for Mike, but the better news is that the album is number 1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Way to go Mike!

Make Blues Not War is a terrific album and certainly deserves its lofty position on the charts. It has been in my music rotation for a couple of weeks now and I enjoy it more each time I listen to it.

I have been a Mike Zito fan since I first discovered his music back in 2010 when I started this blog. Pear River his  second major label release had just hit the charts! You can read what I wrote here. Mike’ first major label release was Today, released on  Electro Groove Records in 2008. Prior to that release Mike had been self-releasing albums for about ten years. In total mike has release around twelve albums!

In addition to his solo career Mike was also a founding member of the supergroup “Royal Southern Brotherhood” with Cyril Neville and Devon Allman. Mike has also produced albums for Samantha Fish, Laurence Jones, Albert Castiglia and others. (Albums from all three of those blues artists can be found in my music library!!

Mike signed with Ruf Records In 2012 and released is first album with the Royal Southern Brotherhood. Since then he has released two more records with the RSB. In 2012 Mike also formed Mike Zito and the Wheel, Since then they have released three studio albums, “Gone To Texas“, “Keep Coming Back” in addition to Mike’s current release.Mike and the Wheel have also released a CD/DVD live set “Songs From The Road”.

About Make Blues, Not War

But back to Make Blues Not War. Make Blues Not War was produced by Tom Hambridge and features to of my blues favorites Walter Trout and Jason Ricci, along with Mike’s son Zach Zito! I don’t think that there is a bad track on this album.

I like variety in any album and Make Blues Not War certainly serves up the variety! The album kinks off with one of the best tracks on the album “Highway Mama”. There are plenty of scorching guitar licks on the track, as Walter Trout adds his talents to the album. The title track is a more tradational blues number with Mike on slide guitar and some fine blues harp from Jason Ricci. Things change up again on “One More Train”. On this track boogie piano is added to  Mike’s guitar and some more fine  blues harp and slide guitar.

Zach Zito plays guitar with his dad on “Chip Off the Old Block”, the story of how Mike’s son Zach grew up listening to the blues greats.I could go on and on, telling you more about the great tracks on Make Blues, Not War  I could tell you about “Redbird”, “Road Dog” or the rocking “Route 90”, that closes the album. But I think you should just go check it out for yourself!!!!

Links for the Further Exploration of the Music of Mike Zito.

Artist’s Website 

Here’s a  Live  Performance of “Make  Blues Not War”


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A Brisk Evening Walk Listening to “Midnight Motel” from Jack Ingram Fri, 02 Sep 2016 23:44:57 +0000

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Can A Good Walk Start Me Running Again?

This summer has been bad for running. I just can’t seem to get back into the groove. It appears to be a combination of things. First July and August were both hot months. And when you couple the heat with the fact that my wife and I usually don’t get home from babysitting at least one to two nights a week past six o’clock, You start to see why, I can’t seem to make myself find the time to get out and run. Hopefully, when the temperatures cool off a little this month, I can make myself start-up again!

The Walk…..

I have walked a little though, once about a week or so ago and then again last night. Last night, when I went to make dinner, I needed rice for my General Tso’s chicken. But instead of driving to Dollar General to buy the rice I decided to walk. I knew that if I walked along portions of my running routes, I could make the walk there and back be about a two-mile walk. So I loaded up Jack Ingram’s latest release Midnight Motel and took off!

My pace stayed brisk throughout the walk. So I completed the round trip in just a hair over 30 minutes with an average pace under 15 minutes/mile (14:45) My heartbeat average was 102 bpm with a max of 129. The Fitbit says that I spent 16 minutes in the Cardio Zone and 11 minutes in the calorie burn zone. The result was that I burned 253 calories. While that doesn’t seem like much, it is more than I would have burned if I had driven to Dollar General!

Jack Ingram - Midnight MotelThe Soundtrack – Midnight Motel – Jack Ingram

The soundtrack for  the walk was the first album in seven years from one of my favorite Texas singer-songwriters Jack Ingram. I discovered Jack’s music back in the late 1990s when I started listening to music again after years of raising my kids and listening to kids music. Along with Jack I discovered artists like Pat Green, Charlie and Bruce Robison and other Texas music artists. These guys like many other Texas musicians made it big in their home state, but really weren’t known beyond Texas’ borders

Both Pat and Jack left their native state and headed for super-stardom in Nashville. Unfortunately that never happened for either one of them. Pat came back to Texas a few years ago to make his type of music again and Midnight Motel is Jack’s return to his roots. Count me among those who are glad they both have returned to making good Texas music again!!

What Others Are Saying

Here’s a great review of Midnight Motel from Saving Country Jack Ingram Doesn’t Give A Damn on ‘Midnight Motel’ & It’s Pretty Brilliant. There’s another good article about Midnight Motel at No Depression titled – Jack Ingram’s Triumphant Return. Here’s a little taste from that article…

….There’s a warmth and intimacy to parts of Midnight Motel, like Ingram recorded it in one take, and this track even features background chatter between him and his bandmates. Still, though, it is a polished record with clean production that highlights Ingram’s easy, laid back vocals and often epic arrangements. “It’s Always Gonna Rain” builds to a symphonic climax, as does the gorgeous “Nothing to Fix”. “Don’t write a song/That you wouldn’t sing,” he says on the latter. A crucial lesson he’s picked up along the way, no doubt, and something he clearly takes to heart on Midnight Motel.

I was in the car the first time I listened to Midnight Motel. It was hard to hear the background chatter and I really didn’t understand what was happening. I actually found it kind of distracting. But when Jack told the story that set the background for the song “Blaine’s Ferris Wheel”,I realized Jack was performing live in the studio and telling stories. He did that when I saw him in concert many years ago! And when Jack’s telling stories that when he is at his best.

My favorite Jack Ingram album may be Live at Adair’s. Hmm, I think I may need to give that one a listen tonight! How about  while I do that why don’t you check out Midnight Motel and let me know what you think!!


Overall, the album gets three stars out of five and climbing! After listening to the album the first time, I wasn’t sure about the album. Now after listening to it a few more times it’s growing on me! Who knows after a few more listens it may be up to four stars. Three stars means I really liked it. My favorite tracks are the opening tracks “Old Motels. “Blaine’s Ferris Wheel” and “Nothing to Fix”

Links for the Further Exploration of the Music of Jack Ingram


Here’s a YouTube Video for “Nothing to Fix”

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The Country Blues – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:45:54 +0000

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The Country Blues – Rob Ickes and Trey  Hensley does not make me Blue!!

Rob Ickes and Trey HensleyOver the past week The Country Blues the latest release from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley has been in my music rotation. To say I am a happy camper is putting in mildly! For me possibly the most important part of a musical recording is just that “the music”! Years ago when I started to listen to folk and folk rock albums. I would constantly check out who was playing on the album. Way back then, if I saw  Kenny Buttrey was playing drums. Vasser Clement fiddle or Buddy Emmons  pedal steel on an album. I knew I was in for a good musical experience! Through the years, the dobro has become one of my favorite instruments and Rob Ickes one of my favorite musicians. Man that guy can flat-out pick!

The Country Blues

Anyway, last week I put The Country Blues on the iPod and I have just marveled at the picking and singing by Rob and Trey on this album. Both of the artists are at the top of their game and the musical chemistry between the two is wonderful. Trey’s vocals and Rob’s dobro mesh so beautifully. It also doesn’t hurt that they have some great guest musicians helping out on the album. The first instrument that caught my attention other than guitar and dobro was the fiddle. The fiddle  playing on The Country Blues is certainly right up there with the dobro and guitar picking and I knew why as soon as I saw who the fiddler on the album – Aubrey Haynie and Andy Leftwich! They are two of the best around!!

Other guests on the album include: Ron Block, Vince Gill, Carl Jackson, Shawn Lane, Robinella and John Randall Stewart. One of the bad things about digital music from Spotify, etc is that you don’t get to see the names of the musicians. Because I know that if I had seen this line-up, well, I would have picked this album up in a heartbeat and you should do just that!!

Here’s some info about the tracks on the album from Compass Records…..

…. Fun pervades the 11 tracks, even when the subject matter’s as mournful as the post-romance desolation of Hank Williams’ classic “May You Never Be Alone.” It continues through the powerful Sonny Boy Williamson blues shouter, “One Way Out,” the mixed regret and determination of Merle Haggard’s “I Won’t Give Up My Train,” into the grassy dexterity of their original, “Everywhere I Go is a Long Way From Home.” They mix it up with insouciant funk of “Pray Enough,” imported from the Wood Brothers and the southern rock of Charlie Daniels on “Willie Jones.” Then there’s the jazzy tour de force instrumental, “Biscuits And Gravy,” written by Ickes as a kind of tribute to pedal steel master Buddy Emmons and even a nod to the Grateful Dead in “Friend Of The Devil,” Read More

Bottom Line:

The last album from Rob Iskces and Trey Hensley Before The Sun Goes Down, earned the duo a nomination for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY. The Country Blues I think will garner them another nomination and maybe a win!! I love all of the songs that are included in the above quote. On my first listen to the album, my favorite track was “Biscuits and Gravy”. What can I say, I love instrumentals. But after listening a few times, I really like the cover of “Friend of the Devil” and……. Oh, hell just go give the album a listen.I know you’ll be blown away  by the musicianship of Rob and Trey just like I was!!Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots writes

“The Trey Hensley/Rob Ickes collaboration…features both electrified honky tonk and Doc Watson-style acoustic bluegrass boogie with some killer flatpicking. And above all that enthralling, nuanced singing.”

Yep, so check it out!!                             Rating: 5 = Amazing!

Links for the Further Exploration of the Music of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Artists’  Website
Compass Records


Here’s the aforementioned cover of :”Friend of the Devil” from The Country Blues by Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley from a performance on Music Roots…..I do believe that Jerry Garcia would definitely approve!



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Bravery – Poor Nameless Boy Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:01:52 +0000

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Bravery – Poor Nameless Boy –  Saskatchewan, Canada.

One of the albums in my music rotation over the last week is Bravery from Poor Nameless Boy. Since one of my favorite mystery series is the Nameless Detective series this album immediately intrigued me. The fact that it is a damn good Americana album made, by well, a Canadian! Actually, Poor Nameless Boy does have a name – Joel Henderson. Henderson hails from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The Music

The Songs of Poor Nameless Boy often tell the stories of both Joel’s own life and the lives of those he’s met along the way.  The songs on Bravery  are straight-to-the-heart style songs, and range from soft and sweet indie-folk numbers to twangy blues-infused cuts.

Henderson says this about his songwriting….

“When I write songs, I’m first and foremost trying to find important stories to tell or highlight the beautiful aspects of these stories,” he explained in a press release. “As a songwriter you’re trying your best to tell a story — the better you tell it, the deeper people may connect or put themselves in those shoes.”

One of the highlights for me on Bravery is the playing of violinist Carmelle Pretzlaw. Her playing meshes so well with Henderson’s guitar and voice. The vocals of another guest-artist Tenille Arts also adds to the album.

Poor Nameless Boy - Performing Atlantic Ocean from BraveryBottom-Line:

This album is really starting to grow on me after a few listens. One of the highlights on the album is still the violin of Carmelle Pretzlaw. For me the weaving in and out of Joel’s vocals and guitar and the violin is perfect and the violin never overpowers anything, it just enhances the many moods of the album!!

Tracks to Check Out : “Bravery”, “Dream Boat”, “Saturn” and “Radio Return” – My favorite track so far “Fairy Tale” where Joel writes that he’s crossed too many bridges with trolls underneath”

Ratings:*  Vocals: 3 Music: 4 Songs: 4 Mood/Pace 3 Variety: 4   Final Rating: 3.4
(*Amazing! 5   Really Liked It! 4   Liked It! 3    It was OK!  2  Didn’t Like It!)

Links for the Further Exploration of the Music of Poor Nameless Boy

Artist’s Website
The Top 100 Canadian Singles Review: Poor Nameless  Boy

Since I was listening to Bravery along the Atlantic it only seems fitting that we watch Poor Nameless Boy performing “Atlantic Ocean”


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Twang Tuesday: Hitting the Road with Hot Day at the Zoo Wed, 08 Jun 2016 03:32:00 +0000

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Hot Day at the Zoo – Hitting the Road   ****

The other day as I was searching for the latest release from Larry Keel, I saw a band with an interesting named in the list of Related Artists on the Larry Keel overview page. The name of the band was Hot Day at the Zoo. A band with a name like that deserves to be checked out!! When I arrived at the band’s page I saw that their latest album Hitting the Road was released in 2015 and their 2010 release was titled  Zoograss (seems like another plus to me!). In addition two bands whose music I really like Cornmeal and Hot Buttered Rum are listed as Related Artists!! Yeah I think I’m going to like these guys!!

One listen to the first track on Hitting the Road “Cooler Dude” confirmed my suspicions – I really like these guys!! So let’s find out about this band who calls New Hampshire their home and have performed alongside artists like Levon Helm, Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, moe., Railroad Earth, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Cowboy Junkies, Trampled By Turtles and the Ryan Montbleau Band,

About Hot Day at the Zoo from their biography at Sonicbids….

Hot Day at the Zoo is Jon Cumming (banjo, dobro, vocals), Michael Dion (guitar, harmonica, vocals,) Jed Rosen (upright bass, vocals), and JT Lawrence (mandolin, vocals). Dion and Cumming are the band’s two main songwriters. Both, with distinctive personalities, offer enough stories to fill a catalogue of songs that are whole-hearted and full of sincerity. Add in Rosen, who’s technical prowess allows him to hold down the beat and push the music along, and Lawrence, who’s youthful energy and stellar musicianship fuel his strength in fulfilling each song’s missing piece, and the result is a band who humbly creates something bigger than any of themselves.More at Sonic bids

So far I have given this album a quick listen but I like everything about this band. The picking is great, the songs are interesting and the vocals are as good!! I’m going to stop writing now so I can listen to the closing track of Hitting the Road :”Fire Down the Road”

So why don’t ya’ll listen and watch Hot Day at the Zoo perform Boom Boom  Boom…..(I always love a band with a dobro!)

Links for the Further Exploration of Hot Day at the Zoo

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Folk Monday – New Albums from Old Friends Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:36:24 +0000

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Eight Albums from Familiar Voices to Load Up on the iPhone and Keep Me Happy


While I’m not quite ready to write about any of the new albums that I have listened to, I can give you a list of the albums. I have made two lists. The first list is composed of albums from artists, who are already favorites with albums already in my music library. The second list is new music from folks who I am discovering for the first time. Here is the first list……(new artist list to follow)

I have listened to the first two albums on this list so I’ll write a little more about them, than the others…..

Darryl PurposeStill the Birds  – Purpose is one of those artist whose music I discovered in the bargain bins at Tunes a long time ago. The first album from Darryl Purpose that entered my library was his 1996 release The Right Side of Zero. Since then most of his albums have made their way into my library. It’s been four years since Purpose’s last release The New Time Around . You can read about that album here. I have listened briefly to Still the Birds. So far my three favorites are: “Prince of Apple Towns”, “When Buddha Smiled at the Elephant”, “The Nearness of You (Red Garland)”

For A SongMark ErelliFor a Song – It’s only been two years between releases for Mark Erelli. His last release 2014’s Milltowns which was a tribute album to the great Bill Morrissey. On the album Mark provides great covers of some of my favorite Morrissey songs including: “man from Out of Town”, “23rd Street”, “Handsome Molly” and the classic “Birches”. Again, like Still the Birds my early thoughts of For a Song are positive! Initial favorites include: “For a Song” and “Analog Hero”




Here are the other albums by folks whose music I know and have enjoyed……

Darrell Scott Couchville Sessions

Jimmy LaFaveTrail Five

Sturgill Simpson–  A Sailor’s Guide to Earth  Simpson’s debut album (2013’s High Top Mountain)

Town MountainSouthern Crescent  (2010 Running with Town Montain)

The Infamous StringdustersLadies & Gentleman  (Let It Go, We’ll Do It Live)

Hackensaw BoysCharismo 

The items in parenthesis are my previous encounters with the music from these artists

Here is a playlist with tunes from the above albums – enjoy I know I will!!

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Tiger Maple String Band – Coming Home Fri, 04 Mar 2016 18:47:57 +0000

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This morning I was in need of a little pick-me up and I turned to some old-time bluegrass music. I listened to the Tiger Maple String Band, a band that I discovered on the Roots Music Report’s Bluegrass Chart back in December of 2012. Their album  hit the spot! I particularly love the instrumentals! Here’s the post I wrote about the band back then, It was originally posted at Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries…..

Tiger Maple String Band Playing Old-Time Music Since 1999

So last night I was checking out the Roots Music Report for some new music, and there at No 45 sat a band named Tiger Maple String Band. Their name looked interesting. I usually like bands with String Band in their name because that evokes in me thought of old timey music and tthat’s what I heard when I gave their recent release Coming Home a listen. I recognized a couple of old Appalachian standards mixed in with some great instrumentals. I love those instrumentals Here’s what they say about their music – from their website:!

The band draws its inspiration from a variety of different musical directions. The main source of inspiration is old time Appalachian tunes. Fiddle tunes, mountain ballads, murder ballads, coal mining songs and beautiful originals make up a set that leaves a lasting impression on their audience and folks walk away with big smiles and a good feeling of friendship and love.

Tiger Maple String BandThe band hails from Edinboro in northwest Pennsylvania and features Lori Burke on vocals and guitar, Justine and Alison Parker on Fiddle, Barry Smith on Banjo, and Fred Parker on Guitar and vocals.

Links for the Further Exploration of the Tiger Maple String Band

Artist’s Website


The album is full of great vocals and pickin’, so check it out! Here’s some lunchtime music from the band “Coming Home” the title track of their album!

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