The Chieftains explore roots
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – The Chieftains mark their 50th anniversary with the release today of "Voice of Ages." (Hear/Concord). Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and T Bone Burnett produced the music. The songs feature collaborations with artists in indie-rock (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem), country and Americana (The Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers) and Irish and Scottish folk (Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, Paolo Nutini)
CD reviews for The Chieftains
Further Down the Old Plank Road
Like its successful predecessor, this album matches Irish musical masters The Chieftains with American friends from country-related musical styles on songs and tunes which have at least some vague cross-Atlantic connections. But this time out, the net is cast in a slightly direction, so aside from Patty Loveless, who delivers a luminous "Three Little Babes," there are no mainstream country stars of today present.
That's not a criticism - the new guests, from John Prine to Allison Moorer (who »»»
Down The Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions
Irish celebres The Chieftains branch out from their native isle and take a drive through Nashville on their latest outing, marking the band's 40th anniversary. The results find The Chieftains taking a page from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's series of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" discs, which match up a core combo of master musicians with a bevy of local heroes.
Some songs are classic collaborations (Martina McBride's take on "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight" or Buddy and Julie Miller on "Country Blues"). »»»
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: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace
To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play.
But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable
If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
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