Archive for May, 2008
Folk Music – Vol. 6 – in which I highlight more contemporary folk & folk-rock. Also, since the Macjams Podcasts are temporarily on hold, I’ve included upcoming podcasts from appropriate genres. Please feel free to drop me a note if you have ideas to add to this shortened list. Thanks… (more…)
Scott Carmichael is a fabulous yet humble talent, consistently crafting compelling songs in the folk rock genre, songs that shine with a searching, honest heart. His lyrics are natural, direct, poetic and perfectly shaped for singing. His tracks display a great deal of workmanship, layered vocals, expertly played acoustic guitar and fretless bass, and confident, balanced arrangements. Superlative songs.
Although most of his songs involve a Christian theme, most of them transcend “religious” labels, mainly because he avoids preaching. Instead, he taps into more universal themes of self-doubt and desire, striving and care. He doesn’t sing in order to tell us what the answers are, but to explain his own ongoing journey. His songs are, ultimately, meaningful. His faith spills out as if overflowing; it never confines or judges… (more…)
John Jenkins, better known to Macjammers as woofer3, is a newer member at Macjams but caught my ear because he sounded so much like Randy Newman, and I’m a big RN fan. His music slips easily back into a tin pan alley/honky tonk feel, as if that’s his natural musical home. A great mixture of saloon piano blues, wry wisdom, simple story telling, and an underlying sense of humor.
John was born in 1944 in South Wales. He plays music for a living, or used to before he retired. Now he gigs intermittently and concentrates on writing and enjoying life. His credits include backing Tom Jones, Joan Baez, Donovan, Billy Lee Riley and many others… (more…)
Continuing my quest to Keep the Music Alive by mining the MJ archives, I’ve collected some of my favorite electric guitar instrumentals (mostly rock). There are more great guitar solos in the Jazz Music series and more will be coming in the Blues series and Fingerstyle Guitar series.
Since the Official MacJams Music Podcasts are temporarily on hold, I’ve included the 62-minute Podcast #17 – Electric Guitar Solos (2007) in the Blog Player. The complete Rock Guitar Gods of MacJams playlist below includes hours more of instrumental pleasure… (more…)