Thursday, 30 June 2016
Roots Music from Rounder
Roots music is a term sometimes used to describe music that draws from various American musical traditions including country, blues and folk -in short just about half of my record collection then.
Rounder Records founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1970 but now working out of Nashville and the self proclaimed premier indie label in America was one of the original labels supporting this kind of music and is still one of the most important
A couple of tracks today - one Americana and one folk from a compilation called Sinner's Prayer.
The album includes the likes of Solomon Burke, Alison Krauss, Kelly Joe Phelps, Madeleine Peyroux and Irma Thomas so a pretty broad church then.
The title track is from Slaid Cleaves one of the first Americana artists I saw in Glasgow in the mid 90's when Tom Hamilton's Death and Taxes promotions put on some great gigs.
To my knowledge I have never seen the other featured act Cherish the Ladies
Slaid Cleaves - Sinner's Prayer
Cherish The Ladies - Betsy Belle and Mary Gray