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Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers – Great…

Recently I have listened to a Country radio show by Bob Harris from the BBC. The second song of this show was the song Wasting my Time by Zoe Muth, a nice song which also includes a great mandolin part. This song is also available on Zoe Muth’s myspace page (see below).

In the meantime I have listened to some youtube videos, I have visited Zoe Muth’s myspace page and searched for more information. Zoe Muth was born in Seattle and grew up there. She grep up with the music by the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and with MTV. But now she writes and sings songs in the typical Country style. On her homepage you can read about “The Story so Far”:

Growing up we were raised on the classic rock and roll, the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, when mtv was actually music television.

Somehow, the country sound just lends itself to the way I feel, and the stories I want to tell.

“How does a kid growing up in Seattle in the 1980’s end up making country music?”

I get asked all the time. I usually say, “I don’t know, I just open my mouth when I sing and that’s what comes out.”

In her band Lost High Rollers she sings and plays the guitar, Ethan Lawton plays mandolin, Dave Harmonson steel-guitar or electric guitar and Greg Nies plays on drums.

This is the song The Running Kid in the album version with pictures of Zoe Muth and the band:

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers

The Running Kind (album version)
Photo Journey

This is a live video with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers made this summer:

Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers

Friday, July 2, 2010, Columbia City Theater – Grand Re-Opening

If you like to listen to good Country songs I can recommend the music of Zoe Muth very well! You best listen to the songs from her myspace site first: http://www.myspace.com/zoemuth

Ethan Lawton – Mandolin

The mandolin player of the Lost High Ropllers is Ethan Lawton, I have also found some videos with the Bluegrass / Gospel Trio Armstrong Lawton Katz, with Ethan Lawton on mandolin, her is one example:


Seattle’s acoustic trio, Armstrong Lawton Katz, perform the bluegrass gospel “Brighter Mansion Over There”, live at Seattle Folklore Society concert at Phinney Neighborhood Center, in Seattle, WA, 10/2/2010. www.cortarmstrongmusic.com.

You can find more videos of this trio in the youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cortarmstrongmusic

More Information

Homepage: http://www.zoemuth.com/

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/zoemuth

Artikel CMT Blog: Seattle’s Zoe Muth Embraces Sad Songs, Steel Guitar

I bought her EP, intrigued with her easygoing, ’70s-sounding, steel-guitar-laced tunes. After the show I asked her, as a fan more than as a reporter, to please keep me posted on the progress of her first full-length album. Lo and behold, it arrived last week, and I’ve listened to it almost every day since then, never skipping over a track. If your own favorite country singers came from the vinyl era, don’t let this one pass you by. (You can hear some of the tunes on her MySpace page.)

Artikel Seattle Weekly: Zoe Muth: Our Own Emmylou

For five years, Muth has been performing original country songs not just in Ballard, but all over the city. She sings in a lilting drawl that smacks of a young Emmylou Harris, though as a high-school kid teaching herself guitar, she says she attempted to emulate artists like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.

youtube channel Armstrong Lawton Katz: http://www.youtube.com/user/cortarmstrongmusic


Regina Spektor – Great Voice, Great Songs – Three…

I have recently discovered Regina Spektor when the cellist of her band Daniel Cho was tragically drowned before a concert in Montreux, Switzerland.

Regina Spektor grew up in Moskow where she began to play the piano. When she was 9 they emmigrated to the USA. Regina has studied the piano and composition, and she began to write her own songs and started her carreer as a singer/songwriter. She has produced several CDs, the latest CD is Far.

She plays the piano or the guitar to accompany her songs, but sometimes she just uses drum sticks to play the rhythm, or she has a band to play with her. Her songs have been used for TV series and movies. She writes interesting songs that are often influenced by her classical education as a musician.

NPR has produced several concerts with Regina Spektor, three concerts are available:

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2009

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2009: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120250919

New York-based singer, pianist and songwriter Regina Spektor returns to Mountain Stage for the second time to perform songs from her recent album, Far. The album was recorded with three high-profile producers — Mike Elizondo, Jeff Lynne and Garrett “Jackknife” Lee — in addition to David Kahne, who worked on Spektor’s critically acclaimed 2006 album Begin to Hope. As Mountain Stage host Larry Groce notes, Far sounds concise thanks to Spektor’s distinct style and approach to singing, writing and playing.

With assists from Daniel Hae-Wan Cho on cello, Kaoru Ishi Bashi on violin and John McKenzie Smith on drums, Spektor’s rhythmic, nimble piano style and acrobatic, unconventional vocals are unifying factors in her thought-provoking songs. The latest single from Far, the powerful “Laughing With,” is included in this performance.

  • “The Calculation”
  • “Eet”
  • “Folding Chair”
  • “Machine”
  • “Laughing With”
  • “Dance Anthem of the ’80s”
  • “I Don’t Want to Live Without You”
  • “Blue Lips

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2008

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2008: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94889309&ps=rs

September 22, 2008 – In the early 2000s, Russian-born Regina Spektor was making music in tucked-away clubs on New York’s Lower East Side. By 2003, she’d landed a record deal with Sire, and her self-released album Soviet Kitsch was reissued by the label.

Spektor’s tantalizing piano playing and her quirky character pieces helped land her widespread exposure, particularly after the 2006 release of Begin to Hope. Buoyed by the hit song “Fidelity,” the album was critically acclaimed, and helped cement Spektor’s place as a pop-music phenomenon.

Regina Spektor in Concert 2006

Regina Spektor in Concert 2006: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6161219&ps=rs

October 3, 2006 – Regina Spektor makes quirky, artfully orchestrated music with hip-hop rhythms, inspired pop melodies and the passion of punk rock. On tour for her latest CD, Begin to Hope, Spektor visited the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. for a night of music, originally webcast live on NPR.org Oct. 3.

One of my favorite songs by Regina Spektor is Machine. I have added two videos of this song to this post – she plays together with her band including Dan Chon on cello:

Regina Spektor – Machine – Live Paris Bataclan 01-07-09

Regina Spektor – Machine Live (Bonnaroo 2010)

Additional information about Regina Spektor

Homepage: http://www.reginaspektor.com/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/reginaspektor

Fan-page: http://www.reginaspektor.org/

Wikipedia (Engl.) about Regina Spektor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regina_Spektor

laut.de about Regina Spektor (German) with bio and CD reviews: http://www.laut.de/Regina-Spektor

This post in German:

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Jill Barber – Lovesongs – New Album “Chances” –…

Some days ago I listened to a podcast from CBC Canada Live – a podcast with the Canadian Singer Jill Barber. This concert was also available as a concert on demand.

I liked to listen to this concert very much and have also listened to several youtube videos. The podcast is over one hour and includes all the announcements of Jill Barber and gives a fantastic impression of her personality too.

Concert on Demand – Jill Barber

New concert 2011: http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/concerts/20110216jbarb (no more available)

Jill Barber can also be found in some other CBC concerts – just use the search function to find more concerts.

Instead of the concerts you can listen to the free streaming radio:


Podcast mit Jill Barber – 26. Februar 2010


Jill Barber shows off her beautiful smoky voice and romantic songs in this concert, recorded as part of the Toque Sessions in CBC Vancouver’s Studio 40.

Two official videos with songs of the CD Chances can be found at youtube,  the title song Chances and a gospal / rhytm and blues title Oh My My:

Jill Barber Oh My My

Jill Barber Chances

Jill Barber Links

Homepage Jill Barber: http://www.jillbarber.com/

youtube channel with more  Jill Barber songs: http://www.youtube.com/user/outsidemusic1

more posts tagged Canada: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=canada

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The Avett Brothers

I have first heard the Avett Brothers in a recording from the Merlefest 2008, and I liked their music very much. The Avett Brothers have a very special style which is mainly composed of their unique singing style and the instruments guitar, a banjo, a violoncello (played in a standing position) and a double bass. Sometimes they sound a bit like the early Beatles, mixed with some Punk and some singer/songwriter elements like Bob Dylan.

The latest CD has also been released in Germany – I am curious if the Avett Brothers bill be successful in Germany too and if they will make a German tour some time. Some songs might please the Germans, but in general I think the Avett Brothers are a little bit too special for a real big success in Germany.

Here is my special selection of the songs and videos by the Avett Brothers that I like most:

Avett Brothers – Murder in the City

The Avett Brothers – January Wedding LIVE

4/16/10, Outdoor Theatre Stage, Coachella 2010.

Playlist with more videos by the Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers In Concert: Newport Folk Festival 2010

Seth and Scott Avett’s accessible mix of bluegrass, rock and folk has helped make rising roots-music stars of the photogenic North Carolina brothers, but the real draw is the pair’s rich, frenetic live shows with bassist Bob Crawford. As The Avett Brothers’ incessant touring takes the band through a laundry list of 2010’s summer festivals — click here for a dynamite show from Bonnaroo back in June — mega-stardom seems tantalizingly within reach. Last year’s I and Love and You is a real sleeper; an album with a lot to say about human behavior, big-hearted devotion and the desire to achieve simple goodness. Here, the band performs live at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.

Additional information

Website of the Avett Brothers: http://www.theavettbrothers.com