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Friday, 19 September 2014 07:00

Song of the Day: 'Golden Road' by Betse Ellis

Among up-and-coming old-time and Americana artists, Betse Ellis is surely one of the most versatile. A deft songwriter, accomplished fiddler and a moving singer, Ellis draws on influences ranging from John Hartford to the Clash. "Golden Road," from her 2013 album "High Moon Order," finds the Kansas City-based musician in a reflective, lush, pedal steel-dappled mood.

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"Are you okay with an Iron & Wine buffet show?" Sam Beam asked the sold-out Pageant audience during an evening comprised mostly of on-the-spot requests.

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Trading guitar leads and vocal harmonies, Futurebirds rocked the Gramophone on Saturday.

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The adventurous sound of Funeral Bonsai Wedding is something entirely new for songwriter Steve Dawson, long-known as leader of Chicago rock band Dolly Varden and accomplished solo artist. Suffused with free-swinging jazz and physically-intense romanticism, "As Soon As I Walk In" captures the expressive power of an open-ended musical approach.

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Steve Dawson has received recognition and success in the Chicago music scene for almost two decades, but even with all his accomplishments he remains down-to-earth and his music true to his Idaho-based roots.

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Friday, 05 September 2014 12:00

Falls 9/5/14

Classically-schooled, Sydney-based musicians Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown formed Falls as a couple, but broke up just after recording their debut EP "Hollywood" in 2011.

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A storyteller in the tradition of Woody Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen, Otis Gibbs has released the new album "Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth," a collection of raw and honest tales of the common man and his trials and tribulations. His stories are clear, and he sings with such weathered emotion that you'll surely stop and listen to what he has to say.

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Willie Watson
"Folk Singer Vol. 1"
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The jacket design of Willie Watson's "Folk Singer Vol. 1" is pure 1963 camp: he's got a pipe, and the presentation is sparse to look like a Lomax field recording from the period.

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"They're trying to put the weight of life on us," sings Massimiliano Morini of Moro & the Silent Revolution. "Our first rule should be to never look behind." It's a dose of folk-pop optimism that's well-worth heeding and hearing.

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I'm not going to compare Justin Townes Earle to his father. "Fuck, no!" -- as the younger Earle snorted when an Off Broadway audience member yelled for him to play one of his dad's songs on Friday night -- sums up the two generations well enough.

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