Archive for April 2017

RESCUE ME, “A Cause for Paws,” Blue Night Records, 12 tracks.

April 10, 2017

This isn’t bluegrass, but it is acoustic music.

And most bluegrass fans like dogs and cats.

“A Cause for Paws” is a national fundraiser for animal rescue organizations.

And it’s being released on  April 30 — National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

There are six songs about cats and six about dogs.

Mary Ann Kennedy‘s “Barn Cat” is an ode to a mouse-catching feline.

Kathy Chiavola’s “Possum and Pearl” is about two pets hoping to be rescued.

Cindy Mangsen‘s “Our Cats” is a finger-snapping a capella song about three cats.

In “Get A Dog,” Annie Lalley tells a lover that he’s not ready for a woman, he needs a dog.

Heidi Muller‘s “My Old Cat” salutes her best friend.

And Mark Weems “My Best Friend” tells about the relationship from the dog’s point of view.

“Kitty Kitty” by Ashley Jo Farmer is about a cat that doesn’t have time for a human.

Friction Farm’s “Why, Why, Why” is about people and their dogs.

“Cattitude” by Effron White is about hanging out with a cat who knows where it’s at.

Jamie Anderson‘s “I Miss The Dog” is about the aftermath of a relationship where she finds that she misses the dog more than the man.

“The Best Dog” by Amy White finds the singer walking with her dog on a fall day.

And “The Kitty Ditty” by Joel Mabus is a jazzy tune about two cats.

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FRONT COUNTRY, “Other Love Songs,” Organic Records. 12 tracks.

April 3, 2017

Front Country’s roots date back a few years to progressive bluegrass jam sessions in San Francisco’s Mission District.

But the quintet’s musical journey has stretched well beyond bluegrass today.

In fact, the band calls “Other Love Songs,” its sophomore album, its “roots pop opus.”

The closest thing to bluegrass on the album is David Olney‘s “Millionaire,” with its banjo lead.

The Carter Family‘s “Storms Are On The Ocean” becomes a “swampy blues-rock” number in Front Country’s reimagining.

And it works.

It’s a good album.

It’s just not bluegrass.

Melody Walker, the lead singer, wrote eight of the songs.

Adam Roszkiewicz, the banjo and mandolin player, wrote both instrumentals — “Sometimes It Does” and “The Humpback and The Sloth.”

Walker is a good lycirist.

On “If Something Breaks,” she sings, “We can love like a well-oiled machine/we can love like something your mama never seen/even in her dreams.”

On “Lonesome Town,” she sings about a place without even a liquor store and “gas pumps hanging by a busted screen door.”

“I Don’t Wanna Be Angry” finds her worrying that their fights will end their relationships.

“It hurts that I can’t control my words,” Walker sings. “And I can’t unhear all that I heard.”

“Other Love Songs” is a good album.

But if you like your bluegrass straight, it’s probably not for you.

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