Category Archives: Americana

CHIP TAYLOR – Somebody Shoot Out The Jukebox – (Columbia) – 1976

The full title of this album is "Chip Taylor With Ghost Train". I'm not sure who Ghost Train are but I assume they are his backing band, George Kiriakis, David Kapell, John Platania, Joe Renda, David Mansfield and Beau Segal. … Continue reading

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PETER ROWAN – Medicine Trail – (Flying Fish) – 1980

I have commented on Rowan's evocative debut album on this blog. Check that entry for background on his truly interesting career in music and some other bits and pieces on his style of  country music. I said this in relation … Continue reading

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JOHN SEBASTIAN – The Four of Us – (Reprise) – 1971

Checkout my other blog entry for some detail on why I like John Sebastian. I didn't really link much of a biography on him so for those of you who cant be bothered clicking here in an annotated biography. Wiki[edia: … Continue reading

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DANNY O’KEEFE – So Long Harry Truman – (Atlantic) – 1975

Danny O'Keefe is not a stranger to this blog. And, this record isn't exactly a new listen. This was, perhaps, the first Danny O'Keefe album I got back in the 80s … read the other entries to find out why … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – Side by Side – (Mountain Railroad Records) – 1979

The beauty of listening to old school Americana, folk, Tin Pan Alley or the Great American songbook music is you don't have to worry about authorship. Whether the artist wrote or didn't write the songs is second to the message … Continue reading

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JOHN HARTFORD – Headin’ Down Into the Mystery Below – (Flying Fish) – 1978

I have fought the urge to rush out a Rod McKuen, who died a couple of days ago, comment today. I have commented on McKuen before, and I love his music, but I don't think it would be wise to … Continue reading

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ARLO GUTHRIE – Running Down the Road – (Reprise) – 1969

I recall having this album a long time ago but it was so hacked up it was barely listenable. I can put up with a fair bit of crackle and pop but sometimes it gets too distracting and I didn't … Continue reading

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STEVE FORBERT – Streets of This Town – (Geffen) – 1988

You might ask "Steve Forbert, what happened?". You're more likely to ask, "Who the fuck is Steve Forbert?". These are valid things to ask but it's worth looking for an answer to either or both questions. At the end of … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – Jump For Joy – (Vanguard) – 1967

In commenting of Kweskin’s “America” LP from 1971 I said this: The beauty of Kweskin and his band though is they were not traditionalists. There was a good dose of humour and more than a passing lip service to the … Continue reading

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JIM KWESKIN – America – (Reprise) – 1971

Jim Kweskin is one of the great, lost and forgotten heroes of American music. It’s not that he didn’t have his time in the sun. He did. But his time passed and his audience got older and he failed to … Continue reading

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