To most of America, Hugh Laurie is simply Dr. House. But, Laurie had a long (long) history as a performer long before he took on the role of the clever, yet socially inept TV doctor. Laurie has now put his musical skills to work on his first CD, Let Them Talk, a blues collection rich in the spirit of New Orleans – far from his Oxford roots.
Prologue is the first release from the Milk Carton Kids (you know a band is brand spanking new when they don’t even have a Wikipedia page). The duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan sound like a trip back in time to the dusty, pre-electric Dylan, ’50s. And, that’s a good thing.
Guy Clark is not new on the scene. The legendary singer/songwriter has been creating songs for nearly four decades. His latest, Songs and Stories, is a delightful mix of, well, songs and stories. Recorded live with an all-star band, the album is a reminder of why Clark has amassed multiple generations of fans during his many years on the road (read Matt Watroba’s review in the Folk Alley blog).
Although he’s no longer with us on this plane, Bill Monroe will never truly disappear. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Rounder Records has released a tribute to the father of bluegrass. The two CDs of Bill Monore Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute contain performances of many of the master’s great songs by artists including Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Claire Lynch, IIIrd Tyme Out, Tony Rice, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and others.
Other CDs making their way to our shelves: