Kieran Kane offers new disc
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – Kieran Kane releases a new disc today, "Somewhere Beyond the Roses." He produced the 11-song disc. Helping out are Fats Kaplin on steel guitar, David Olney on backing vocals and Richard Bennett on guitar.
CD reviews for Kieran Kane
Somewhere Beyond the Roses
There's so much to like about Kieran Kane's latest, starting with the unique and dominating sound. A marriage takes place here instrumentally between a baritone sax and a banjo. That might sound like unusual partners, but the mix works, thanks mostly to the quality of the players, Kane on banjo and Deanna Varagona on sax. Rock music fans could use the band Morphine as a reference.
The first cut, Way Down Below, introduces the proud couple right after the wedding. »»»
The Blue Chair
In the late '80's, Kieran Kane was amongst the elite of the New Traditionalist movement with The O'Kanes. With the release of his fourth solo effort, Kane continues to create some of the best music on the current alt.-country scene.
Kane kicks it off with "Honeymoon Wine," a sentimental ballad tellling the story of a struggling couple who find strength in remembering better days. Kane also revisits his songwriting success "I'll Go On Loving You," a mainstream hit for Alan Jackson, in which the »»»
Six Months, No Sun
With his follow up to "Dead Reckoning," Kieran Kane has found a thick, pulsing sound to match songs of life lived the hard way. The opener "Table Top Dancer," is a working class story of a stripper who dances for "wages and tips": she doesn't "really like it, but it helps feed the kids." The finale, "J'Aime Faire L'Amour," on the other hand, encompasses as much trip-hop as country. As a steady percussive loop plays, Tammy Rogers' strings ride in and out, and Kane chants a refrain in French. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels
Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on
Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band.
Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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