Back when I compiled my “Best” Guitarists list, my hope was to reframe the discussion, making people see that there are different ways of evaluating talent. The good news is that most folks seemed to get the idea.
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With Escapement, London-based composer and performer Poppy Ackroyd provides a moving, immersive experience using little more than the bare necessities.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVy-2U0bdls&w=560&h=315] Originally from the Northeast coast of Australia and now calling Texas her home, singer-songwriter Lisa Richards uncorks a bottle of confidence and darkness on Beating of the Sun.
Tempe, Arizona: Wilco brought its amazing conglomerate of musicians to Tempe’s Marquee Theatre in support of the terrific A ghost is born, with the equally talented, although unfairly publicly ignored opening act Calexico.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhGJS_oHLSI&w=500&h=305] There was a news item making the internet rounds last summer that, by September 2012, the Mavericks were going to release In Time, their first studio album of new material since 2003’s self-titled effort. Well, September came and went
Often appearing on small labels with distribution problems, Lisa Germano hasn’t had as much luck as a solo artist as she has as a first-call fiddling side person. Her forthcoming release No Elephants makes the case for seeking her out again.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mZKY3R1MIQ&w=500&h=305] Tchiya Amet creates this interesting subtext, weaving a mystical tapestry of stories, myths, legends and spells through a varied rhythmic landscape. But even if you aren’t familiar with the source material, Celestial Folk Music charms.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_OJTMD20OI&w=500&h=305] It’s easy to pigeon-hole the Mickey Finns as a New York City-based Celtic band. You’ve got the fiddle, the drinking songs, a reel and a jig on Prayers and Idle Chatter. But there is a lot more going on here.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahFgXoyoCIQ&w=500&h=305] With the average Christmas album, you dig it out sometime around Thanksgiving, then stuff it back in with the tinsel and garland sometime around New Year’s Day. Singer-songwriter Emily Hurd may have broken that pattern with Any Given Day.
Garth Hudson, fresh off an emotional concert tribute to the fallen voices of the Band, has begun work on a new musical project — and this one promises to be even more personal.