Whew! At long last we can breathe in Melbourne without a mask! Well mostly…gonna scare the hell out of friends, family, pets and children who have not seen me for a while!
Marty Monsta is real!!!!!
So going to kick off this week with acclaimed Australian Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and her Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks latest album aptly titled Crossover.
Now while it’s easy to hear that Emma Donovan and her band love that classic US soul funk feel and sound of Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Stax Records, Motown etc, they also bring elements of protest music of indigenous Australia and gospel music to their sound.
The song "Yarian Mitji" is sung beautifully in the South Australian language of Nagarrinderi…haunting, hypnotic…
But what a voice we get, singing sometimes bold honest lyrics combined with feel and warmth, desperately needed in 2020…the playing of The Putbacks is exemplary.
You gotta listen to "Pink Shirt" and "Yarian Mitji":
I’d never heard of New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers until now, with their album Volume 1 just released.
Upon first listen, there appears to be some familiar playing and singing so investigation reveals that this recording is a previously archived session coordinated by Luther and Cody Dickinson along with Charlie Musselwhite, Jimbo Mathus and Alvin Youngblood Hart with, and at Jim Dickinson's studio in Mississippi in 2007, which was recently pulled out and finished production.
What we have is a bunch of bloody good blues/Americana musicians having a bloody good time (it shows in the playing) and releasing a bloody damn good album!
There’s some familiar tracks such as "Stone Free" and "Let’s Work Together" along with a couple of old Charlie Musselwhite songs including "Strange Land" mixed into this joyous party……apparently Volume 2 is going to be released in 2021!
Brennen Leigh is a singer songwriter who plays guitar and mandolin, based in Nashville, who tells stories of people and places on her new album, Prairie Love Letter.
This is timeless folk/country music, with songs about growing up on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota, so we essentially have a concept album, with mandolins, lots of harmony singing, skipping rhythms, and some great fiddle and banjo.
Rodney Crowell wrote the liner notes …”I imagine Guy Clark and Loretta Lynn falling in love…..raising a singing songwriter guitar playing daughter whose inherent gifts are so skilfully framed on this very fine album”.
That’s it folks…..I’m going out to see if anyone recognises me without a mask….