Monthly Archives: July 2014

Listen Now: The Lords of Altamont

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To celebrate 15 years of The Lords of Altamont, the band reinvents infamous songs played at The Altamont Free Concert of 1969, and you can listen to it all – right now – on Grooveshark. Like us. Right now!
http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Lords+Take+Altamont/9707716

Please Support Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl

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Hey RUST readers we have some sad news for you and a request for help. We had just written about Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl’s new album Un-Twisted, which is a classic blues album made with style and personality, when we heard that he had suffered a stroke shortly after the album was sent out to the press. A page has been set up to provide information and to solicit donations. Un-Twisted was his first self-claimed album, so it’s doubly troubling that this happened just as he was debuting and performing as himself. RUST Magazine encourages all who are able to donate to a man who – in addition to his many awards – played with

Mike Bloomfield
Albert Collins
Percy Mayfield
Big Mama Thornton
Little Joe Blue
Freddie Roulette
Big Joe Duskin
Pee Wee Crayton
Steve Freund
Carl Weathersby
Phil Guy
Sonny Rhodes
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
Powder Blues
Russell Jackson
Wes Mackey
Russell Marsland
Blue Voodoo
Terminal Station
Murray Porter
Valdy
Gary Fjellgaard

and many, many more.

Visit http://www.davehoerl.com/ for more information and to donate.

 

Jared Grabb PWYW on Bandcamp

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Hey RUST fans, we have some news about one of our very favorite artists – Jared Grabb. This Illinois rocker has deep folk roots and he makes some incredibly personal and touching music. We think he’s a national treasure. He was one of the first artists we ever covered, when we were just a video blog, and we continue to appreciate his music today, and will forever. He has just made two of his albums pay-what-you-want on bandcamp and – whatever you pay – it’s worth it to have his music as part of your life.

 

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Both of these albums, Pulling Weight and Where Do You Hide Your Love Songs? are simply superb. This is an artist with a true spiritual sense of his art and he has an amazing work ethic. He’s humble, gentle and subtle and he co-supports the music community locally and globally. There are vinyl copies of these LP’s floating around, and we treasure ours, so if you like what you hear, you might be able to find it pressed.

Really, we absolutely adore this artist and appreciate all the people that have helped him to make this music. He speaks volumes with a quiet voice and the music he makes is very special. We encourage everybody to take a listen and – if possible – support Jared through an actual purchase. Thank you!

http://jaredgrabb.bandcamp.com/

On Our Playlist: Dave Hurricane Hoerl’s Un-Twisted

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It’s Friday today and RUST Magazine is looking at a long, hot weekend and the soundtrack to our adentures is definitely going to be Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl’s new album Un-Twisted. It’s the first time this award-winning A-lister has released an album under his own name, though he’s had a rich career in the blues for about 30 years now, and it’s a sweet, delicious treat that we cannot resist. Dave’s relaxed, confident style and intricate performance skills have led him to record and perform with people like Mike Bloomfield, Albert Collins, Percy Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton, Little Joe Blue, Kenny Wayne, Powder Blues, Russell Jackson, and many, many more truly legendary folks. This guy’s got the blues all the way down to the root of his soul. Along with a cadre of fellow bluesmen from the Vancouver scene, Dave Hoerl lays down the hotness for 11 songs, all winners. Un-Twisted is a fresh and individual take on classic blues, and it’s an album you will enjoy for years to come. Our favorite track is Fight of the Century, with Soul Mate and Snake Charmer also as stand-out tracks. This is an artist with an amazing history presenting himself individually for the first time, and it’s double extra groovy. Check it out!

http://www.davehoerl.com/

Sean Watkins new album All I Do Is Lie

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Here at RUST Magazine we have been receiving some truly amazing albums recently in the singer-songwriter space and it’s become evident that there is a real movement happening – right now. Xander Smith has not only defined himself, but has redefined a regional sound with his album Outside, Matt Turk’s yet-to-be-released Cold Revival is simply radiant, and now with the release of Sean Watkins’ All I Do Is Lie, all we can say is that it is, without a doubt, a new and special age in modern music.

Xander, Matt, Sean and others like Owen Campbell and Luke Elliot are all crafting beautiful personal music with intensity and passion, and though people have been working in this style of music continually, having so many albums that are so good come out right at the same time is unique and special. There are more artists doing better work every day, and they have technologies and support communities that are empowering them to take their music into truly new and deeply personal places.

All I Do Is Lie is an album that stands as equal to the best rememberances from the golden age of FM. There is a relevance to everything Sean Watkins says and plays. His technical skill has earned him a place in the company of people like Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams Jr. and it’s his humanity that really shines through here. He’s awarded. He’s experienced. And the long trails of life that have led him to today have worn and weathered his soul. It’s the sum of all these elements that is the collage of emotions presented in All I Do Is Lie.

Touching, inspiring and full of regret, thoughts flicker and dance like lights contrasted against the dark in his songs. Issues of family, faith and longing prevail and are poignantly punctuated by his gorgeous instrumental style. All I Do Is Lie is an album that stops time. This is partly because it could be an album from many years ago. There are no contemporary hallmarks or distractions to cue you to when it was made. It stands alone, captivates you, and draws you further and further in. It’s also an album that will be just as relevant (if not more so) many years from now because it’s so personal and unique.

What makes music – or any art – special is that magical combination of technical skill and individuality where one person can make a statement that is special because it says something about both being human and being a human. If an artist can communicate something about themselves, and something shared, to another person using these intermediary musical tools, that’s the highest aspiration an artist can acheive. We all feel. We all think. When someone can capture the emotion of these things and put them into a form for another to appreciate, that’s art.

So we commend Sean Watkins on his abilities, his beauty and his humanity. All I Do Is Lie is a touching, vibrant and complex album that comes from a very deep place. What we learn from listening to it is that this deep place is both individual and shared. It exposes the true, undeniable, inescapable and inexplicable nature of us. We discover things about ourselves through music, and it’s the resulting growth that has value, significance and relevance. It’s why we value the arts. They enrich us and empower us on our journey to enlightenment.

All I Do Is Lie is not just one of the best albums we’ve heard recently, it’s an album that has significance and relevance on a permanent scale. It’s a superbly crafted collection of songs that defines the singer-songwriter for our modern age, and gives us perspective, wisdom and inspiration for today and tomorrow.

 

http://seanwatkins.com/

Familiar Looking Strangers EP

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The new EP from Familiar Looking Strangers clocks in at barely 16 minutes, but it’s amazing how much rock and roll energy this British five-some is able to pack into that space. Delivering great pop-rock that takes flavors from their Liverpool hometown sound, along with big Americana rockers like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, the five songs on the album are all flat-out winners. This is less like a short full album than a condensed collection of singles in that each song has the strength and intensity to be a stand-alone offering.

The Familiar Looking Strangers have already released one full-length album (2012’s Love, Hate and Heartbreak) and the band just wrapped up a US tour road-testing material for their second LP due out later this year, and another tour in 2014. The vibe we’re getting from this EP is that the band had some really great material that they just couldn’t wait to get out there, so they made this EP as something to build on the buzz of their first album and appetize fans for the next. And it’s working.

Vocalist Vinny McPoland leads the FLS crew of Paul Baker and Carlos Lopez on guitar, John Goldby on bass and drummer Ben Gorry into classic FM hit-rock space with an ear for harmonious arrangements and authentic energy. They have that magical balance of familiarity and originality, actually expressing the philosophy of their band name in what they do. They’re walkin’ what they’re talkin’ and they are doing it in style. And it’s awesome!

If you haven’t checked out the The Familiar Looking Strangers yet, you need to put them on your playlist like yesterday because they deliver great, anthemic rock and roll just like in the good old days. Their musicianship is first-rate, the songwriting is legendary and the band grooves together like a single beast with power and grace. This is a great band with enthusiasm, talent and a new vintage philosophy. Get it.

http://www.familiarlookingstrangers.com/