Canada Increases Fees for International Artists

Canadians hoping to see non-Canadian acts at coffeehouses, bars and other venues will be seeing a reduction in the choice of artists or a dramatic spike in ticket prices. This will be due to new legislation that dramatically increases the application fees for all non-Canadian acts, raising costs to $275 … → read more

VISHTÈN: Mōsaïk

        VISHTÈN Mōsaïk Vishten 04 www.vishten.net   We’ve come to expect exuberance and joy from Francophone music, but does it sound differently if it comes from outside Québec? What happens when Acadian music is played by twin sisters (Emmanuel and Pastelle LeBlanc) from Prince Edward Island, and … → read more

SHANNON McNALLY: Small Town Talk

          SHANNON McNALLY Small Town Talk Sacred Sumac Music 8975 www.shannonmcnally.com   Small Town Talk is Shannon McNally’s tribute to Bobby Charles (born Robert Charles Guidry), a wonderful Louisiana-bred songwriter whose songs reach back as far as Bill Haley & the Comets’ “See You Later Alligator” … → read more

EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL: Old Yellow Moon

        EMMYLOU HARRIS     & RODNEY CROWELL Old Yellow Moon Nonesuch 534285 www.nonesuch.com   Wonderfully produced by Nashville veteran Brian Ahern (George Jones, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison), who also adds guitar throughout, Old Yellow Moon is the first official collaboration by the pair since Crowell originally joined Harris’ Hot … → read more

China Doll

Introduction It is, apparently, awfully hard to find a picture of a broken or cracked china doll online that doesn’t immediately bring one to the brink of depression.  The one above, though, inspires me.  I wish I could link you to more of the artist’s work. Despite the strange title … → read more

VARIOUS: Woody Guthrie @ 100! Live At The Kennedy Center

        VARIOUS Woody Guthrie @ 100! Live At the Kennedy Center Legacy Recordings www.legacyrecordings.com   Regardless of Eleanor Roosevelt’s attention to leftist music, Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912-67) might have been surprised to find Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center honoring the centennial of his birth last year. Here it … → read more