List of U.S. Roots Music Festivals 2016
Jun09

List of U.S. Roots Music Festivals 2016

FOR INFO ON 2017 FESTIVAL DATES – CLICK HERE Updated and Expanded!! Over 130 Festivals Included I have been planning annual odysseys to the USA from Australia for a few years now, with the major aim of attending as many roots music events as I can. This planning has however proven to be painstaking as I have never found a single website that provides an up-to-date and comprehensive list of music festivals that fit into my...

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I Wish
Dec30

I Wish

  It’s New Year’s Eve as I write this (in Australia). I am not making any resolutions for 2016. Rather, I’m thinking of some modest improvements, rather than character renovations.  You is what you is, so they say. Some aspirations might be in order (maybe improve me grammar, if the last sentence is any indication), but it would best be prudent to keep them to myself at least – one does not want to...

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My Best Albums of 2015
Dec30

My Best Albums of 2015

I can’t recall so many good releases in one year. The past two or three years have yielded some mighty albums no doubt, absolutely top-notch releases featuring at the head of my previous lists.  But 2015 has proved to be a challenge.  The creme de la creme at the top of the 2015 list remains but, compared with past years, the batting goes so deep, it was an enormous challenge for me to fit in twenty only.  It is probably fair to...

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Best Live Shows 2015
Dec28

Best Live Shows 2015

It was quite a year. I saw a number of my favourite artists live for the first time in 2015 – Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Alison Krauss, Jerry Jeff Walker, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Cash Savage, Conor Oberst, Jimmy LaFave, Dave and Phil Alvin and Hard Working Americans.  Some involved just a cameo role but, hey, better than nothing. I went underground, saw a shooting star, evacuated during a storm, saw some...

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Best Ever Bob Dylan Covers
Jun04

Best Ever Bob Dylan Covers

By guest writer Philip Osborn I hope you enjoyed looking through my best-ever cover versions listed on the blog a little while ago. As mentioned then, in compiling my lists, I found Bob Dylan had volumes of artists prepared to cover his songs, so some respect needed to be given. I concluded he was due his own list. There have been many hundreds of covers recorded, too many to make a definite best-of-list. Again, these are just my...

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Best Ever Cover Songs
May25

Best Ever Cover Songs

Best ever cover songs?  Tough one.  What makes a great cover song?  Usually it’s not due to a faultness reproduction of the original – there’s no point.  No, I reckon a great cover breathes new life into a song, it provides a new insight, one that wasn’t part of absorbing the original.  Sometimes a cover can be great because you can understand the lyrics better, sometimes the newer vocals suit the song, in some...

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