The road less travelled leads Mark Erelli to Milltowns

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Mark Erelli – Milltowns (2014)

mark erelliBill Morrissey was a Robert Frost of folk music, capturing the natural beauty and harsh realities of New Hampshire and its decaying mill towns.

Mark Erelli, an accomplished northeastern folkie in his own right, was noodling around one evening and started playing a Morrissey song. Not bad, he thought, and tried another. And thus was born Milltowns, 12 covers and an original, the title track, about his relationship with the man himself.

Milltowns is – no exaggeration – an album no folk collection is complete without.

Review: Sarah McLachlan outshines most people who find themselves in her shoes

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I appreciate Sarah McLachlan but she’s not usually my kind of music, and red flags wave over any album written while grieving a loved one (her father), ending a marriage and changing management and label.

But knock me over with a feather, her new album Shine On is a keeper…mature, thoughtful, and a welcome companion for anyone emerging from a period of loss. There’s still some pain, naturally, but also recognition that it’s ok to move on and even be happy at times.

Kudos to McLachlan for avoiding cliche and homily, and to long-time music partner and producer Pierre Marchand for his variety and flawless execution.

BELOW: Broken Heart (which, tsk tsk, they chickened out making a proper country ballad, which would be massive!), In Your Shoes, and Turn The Lights Down Low

New Tinsley Ellis: There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the blues

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Tinsley Ellis – Midnight Blue       7/10

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THE SOUTHERN blues rocker continues his string of solid releases (one every couple of years since 1986), and while he may be too hook-laden for blues purists, he pairs well with your Albert King CDs.

You don’t hear much new here, but you can enjoy some catchy, boppin’ blues played really well. Nothing wrong with that.

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