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Showing posts with label Montana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Montana. Show all posts

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Black Mountain Moan

Black Mountain Moan is a Hill Country Blues band based in Missoula, Montana. Guitarist and Vocalist Zach has honed his guitar work and singing while playing with R.L. Boyce on a trip to Mississippi, who has been a part of Othar Turner and Jessie Mae Hemphill's bands, in Como Mississippi. Drummer Jeff has been playing off and on for the last 10 years. Having lived in rural communities in Clay Co. Tennessee Jeff absorbed the traditional music of Appalachian America. Bringing those rhythms to Montana and meeting Zach last year the two got together finding common ground in the blues and roots music from those regions. Vic Stampley was added to the lineup about 6 months after Jeff and Zach got together. Vic has been playing harmonica since he was little and spent summers with family in Yazoo County Mississippi. Learning blues harmonica on a hitch-hiking trip across the U.S. A strong Mississippi back beat drives the hypnotic sounds of the North Mississippi hills that now ring out in the mountains of Montana. Black Mountain Moan has shared the stage with Lightnin' Malcolm and Cameron Kimbrough, Watermelon Slim, All Night Long Blues Band, Hillstomp, The Bridge, Yeti, and many more
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Voodoo Child - Kevin Van Dort

Blues guitar player from Missoula Montana.Maybe Kevin will send us a bio
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Music Maker artist: Cary Morin - Sing It Louder - New Recording review

I just received the new release "Sing It Louder" from Cary Morin. The release is filled with upbeat acoustic folk/blues tunes which are expertly crafted and sung by Morin. It's curious listening to this recording as it brings to mind the early music of James Taylor where his singing was soothing, invigorating and enjoyable. Morin is a terrific guitar player and uses his acute dexterity to play both chords and finger pick his way through the recording. I have listened to it a number of times today and would say based upon my description, it isn't the typical recording that I would buy, but I am very happy that I have it and plan to play it often. Cary demonstrates great songwriting, singing and playing talents and has put together a very cool recording that if given the exposure it deserves, should find it's place in many permanent collections.

Great job!
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Don't Advertise Your Man - Lakota John & Layla Locklear with Cary Morin

John Lakota Locklear, 14 year old Native American (Lumbee) of Pembroke, North Carolina was 7 years old, when he started playing harmonica and 9 years old when he picked up his first guitar. He was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar and wanted to learn to play. About a year and a half later, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and has been sliding ever since.

In July 2008, he was awarded a scholarship to Centrum’s Country Blues Festival in Port Townsend, WA, where he had the pleasure to join Mr. Phil Wiggins, the late Mr. John Cephas, and other talented musicians for a week of blues music sessions. In July 2009, he returned to Centrum’s Acoustic Blues Festival for another week of workshops and also local performing in the Port Townsend area. Lakota John is a featured solo performer at the Local Artists Blues Showcase where he is also accompanied by his sister Layla, (vocalist); his Dad, John (guitarist) and other well known local musicians that make up Lakota John & Friends. The Local Artists Blues Showcase is held at the HQ Public Library in Fayetteville, NC, and is hosted by Claudia Swartz and BeatHeart Productions. In 2009, he completed his first CD titled “Lakota John, Old Bluez That’z Newz To Me.”
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Sing It Louder - Cary Morin

Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other, from the rocking, electrified world groove of The Atoll, to the pared-down acoustic blues of Sing It Louder.Released in April 2011, this recording showcases Morin’s deft fingerstyle guitar and distinctive songwriting style, which has been described as acoustic Native Americana, with strong qualities of jam, reggae, jazz, blues, bluegrass and dance.Tim Duffy, president of Music Makers Relief Foundation, describes Morin as “a brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life’s great rewards.”
Crow tribal member and son of an air force officer, Morin was born in 1962 in Billings,Montana. He spent the bulk of his youth inGreat Falls before relocating to Northern,Colorado. There, his musical career started off running with The Atoll, a band he founded in 1989 and that toured nationally, quickly gaining an enthusiastic and devoted following. With The Atoll and The Pura Fé Trio, and also as a solo artist, Cary has played celebrated venues across the globe, including Paris Jazz Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Folk Alliance International, River People Festival, Shakori Hill Festival and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Cary’s performances have reached millions through national TV in Japan, France and the UK; and national radio in the US (NPR’s Beale Street Caravan), UK (BBC’s Whose London), France (RFI), Switzerland andBelgium. In March 2011, Ole Midlife Crisis, a song he wrote and performed with Pura Fé, placed at number 17 on France’s iTunes blues chart.
Morin currently performs with The Pura Fé Trio, The Cary Morin Duo, and The Atoll.
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