Steph Sweet’s “The Grail”

Steph Sweet

Englishwoman Steph Sweet would have fit right in on the recent Sing Out! podcast focusing on British psych-folk. Like the classic artists Tom featured, Steph walks the line between trad-influenced singer-songwriter material and psychedelia, though in a clearly contemporary vein. Her song “The Grail,” from March, is quite simply a … → read more

Time Well Spent with Elaine Romanelli

The Hour Before

Elaine Romanelli was a guest on my most recent radio show. Elaine visited the WFDU-FM studios to promote her new CD The Hour Before. It is a beautiful recording from a gifted voice that more people need to hear. Her stunning vocals are matched with her gift for creating songs … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-18: Nashville Cats
(airing the week starting 4-29-15)

Dylan in Nashville

In 1966 Bob Dylan was struggling with the recording of his next album. He was having little success recording in New York City. His producer Bob Johnston suggested they move the sessions to the CBS studios in Nashville. Bob took his advice and he, Al Kooper and Robbie Robertson moved … → read more

ERYNN MARSHALL and CARL JONES: Sweet Memories … Never Leave

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones Sweet Memories Never Leave

          ERYNN MARSHALL and CARL JONES Sweet Memories … Never Leave Dittyville 006 www.dittyville.com   Georgia-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carl Jones has been a well-known figure in old time music circles for decades through his solo work as well as partnerships with fiddler James Bryan … → read more

FRANK WAKEFIELD and RED ALLEN: The WDON Recordings, 1963

Frank Wakefiend Red Allen WDON

          FRANK WAKEFIELD and RED ALLEN The WDON Recordings, 1963 Patuxent 258 www.pxrec.com   Talk about a time capsule! There are twenty-two performances here from WDON broadcasts in 1963. WDON was an AM station in Wheaton MD. The chemistry between Red Allen and Frank Wakefield was … → read more

MONROE FIELDS with CARL SAUCEMAN and THE GREEN VALLEY BOYS: 1950s-60s Broadcasts

Carl Saucemand Monroe Fields

      MONROE FIELDS with CARL SAUCEMAN and THE GREEN VALLEY BOYS 1950s-60s Broadcasts Patuxent 259 www.pxrec.com   Another excellent archival bluegrass release from Patuxent Music! This one spotlights mandolinist/vocalist Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and his band the Green River Boys. The thirteen tracks only add up to … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Guitar Heroes: Making History

VA Guitar Heroes

      Various Artists Guitar Heroes: Making History Stony Plain 1381 www.stonyplainrecords.com   Recorded live at the midsummer Vancouver Island Music Festival in 2013, this once-in-a-lifetime gathering features four blues and rockabilly-infused and early rock ‘n’ roll-style Telecaster guitar masters. In fact each of these gentlemen, in their own … → read more