New York

Sarah Alden: *Exclusive* Song Premiere

Sarah Alden‘s debut solo album, Fists of Violets, expands her fiddle sounds beyond even that of her association with Luminescent Orchestrii, where I first became aware of her because of their collaboration with Carolina Chocolate Drops.

I learned about Eastern European music from a klezmer band in my hometown of Atlanta, and I happen to love how the music makes you want to move, even if you are driving. Alden hints at the many traditions from which the fiddle arises in this collection of songs, which could make it seem like a world music sampler, if she were not the connecting talent bringing these divergent styles together. I like the whole album, especially because as a collection, the songs tell a story of the fiddle across nations, but I have three favorite tracks: “Fists of Violets,” “Aunt Viola’s Waltz,” and “Niz Banju Idem.”

Buy Sarah Alden’s music HERE ON AMAZON or HERE ON ITUNES .
Buy Luminescent Orchestrii HERE ON AMAZON or HERE ON ITUNES.

The Del-Lords #1318

Eric “Roscoe” Ambel of The Del-Lords keeps his music creativity flowing by immersing himself in multiple roles–producer, sideman, and songwriter.  By giving himself the opportunity to shape other people’s music, display his guitar craft, and write songs for himself and his band, Ambel has always been more than “that guy who formed The Blackhearts.”  With a brand new record after 20 years, The Del-Lords fell back together on the urging of a Spanish promoter, and decided they needed fresh material for the planned European gigs.  One thing led to another, and we now have The Elvis Club.

Liner Notes

  • The Del-Lords Elvis Club “Me & The Lord Blues,” “You Can Make A Mistake,” “Southern Pacific” (The last one is a Neil Young song from Re-ac-tor. I think this is the first time I have ever played a cover from a featured band, but I’ll also admit another thing: I’ve never really “gotten” Neil Young, other than “Needle and the Damage Done” and “Cinnamon Girl.” I know I should, but it’s just never grabbed me. The Del-Lords take on this song, though, speaks to me. Honestly, I think it’s Young’s vocals that are polarizing for me. –SS)
  • Eric AmbelRoscoe’s Solo Work
  • Jimbo Mathus White Buffalo “Satellite”
  • Ellen Foley “Torchlight” Spirit Of St. Louis (With Bonus Tracks) You can really hear the guys from the Clash on this song! I almost chose “Car Jamming” from the Clash Combat Rock because Foley’s background vocals are notable in that oddball song. Supposedly, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” is about her relationship with Mick Jones. Ambel will be producing her new album winter 2014.
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Bad Reputation
  • Steve Earle covering Nick Lowe (with Ambel on guitar) “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, & Understanding?” Just an American Boy (disc 2)