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The Chieftains explore roots

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – The Chieftains mark their 50th anniversary with the release today of "Voice of Ages." (Hear/Concord). Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and T Bone Burnett produced the music. The songs feature collaborations with artists in indie-rock (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem), country and Americana (The Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers) and Irish and Scottish folk (Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, Paolo Nutini)

CD reviews for The Chieftains

Further Down the Old Plank Road
Like its successful predecessor, this album matches Irish musical masters The Chieftains with American friends from country-related musical styles on songs and tunes which have at least some vague cross-Atlantic connections. But this time out, the net is cast in a slightly direction, so aside from Patty Loveless, who delivers a luminous "Three Little Babes," there are no mainstream country stars of today present. That's not a criticism - the new guests, from John Prine to Allison Moorer (who »»»
Down The Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions
Irish celebres The Chieftains branch out from their native isle and take a drive through Nashville on their latest outing, marking the band's 40th anniversary. The results find The Chieftains taking a page from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's series of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" discs, which match up a core combo of master musicians with a bevy of local heroes. Some songs are classic collaborations (Martina McBride's take on "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight" or Buddy and Julie Miller on "Country Blues"). »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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