Strictly Roots Top 5 At 5 Countdown – w/e 09/03/14

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well in your part of the world, and had a fun, music-filled weekend. Time for another countdown, filled with amazing music which I came across courtesy of the Out Of The Woods radio show, from over in New Hampshire. Jon plays a lot of great tunes on that show, and I have picked up on five from his selection.

The Henry Girls – Rain And Snow

The Henry Girls are a sister trio from Donegal who make both Irish and American music, with, as you’ll hear, some quite amazing harmonies. I especially like this take on Rain And Snow, building as it does, with some very special overdrive guitar and drums in the backing. See what you make of this one, from their December Moon album.

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Roosevelt Dime – Deep Elem Blues

Some really nice ‘steamboat soul’ from Brooklyn, NY, from Roosevelt Dime. This one clashes with all the right resonances, capturing bucket loads of spirit, musicianship and fun. Taken from the album Full Head Of Steam, this one builds up exactly that.

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Noah Gundersen – Boat House

This is just great. Noah is a guy who I had heard of, but not actually heard anything by. Believe me, this is going to be duly rectified, starting with this great song, from his new Ledges album. I just love how this one rolls along, with Noah’s assured vocals finding a place between emotional and worldweary. Check it out and see what you think.

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Steep Ravine – The White Mare

Steep Ravine now, out of the San Francisco area. This one caught my ear for some great fiddle playing, honest singing and the togetherness of the band. Some interesting imagery in the words as well. Make sure you look the band up and get their CD, Trampin On if you like this one.

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The Blind Owl Band – Lonesome Street

A fantastic way to end this week’s chart, with The Blind Owl Band. We have Lonesome Street, taken from the album, This Train We Ride Is Made Of Wood And Steel. The band, formed in 2010, hail from Saranac Lake in New York state, and are made up of four members all of whom have different influences, and bring something different to the band. I hope you like this one as much as I do, the combination of the mandolin and banjo in the opening is just perfect. If you have any thoughts, or bands and artists I should check out, make sure you drop me a comment!

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