DJ for Folk and Roots
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Colin has been presenting "Folk and Roots" on 96.5 Inner FM since 2001.
Originally the program went to air in 1992 as "That's All Folk", playing mainly traditional folk music from the UK and Australia with Colin filling in from time to time. The program, in its current format as "Folk and Roots", airs weekly and plays a variety of musical styles, including roots rock, singer/songwriter, Americana, alt country, bluegrass, blues and all types of music influenced by these genres.
Louis Armstrong had a point when he said, "All music is folk music, I ain't never heard a horse sing a song!"
Country-laced roots charged with abundant chick-rock energy is this Portland-based outfit’s stock in trade. More than a little pop savvy is present as well on the screaming-for-airplay “Too Close To The Sun”. Other tracks of note include “Cold Black Line”, “This Love” and “One Moment”.
Barbara Blue Album: Fish in Dirty H2O Label: Big Blue Genre(s): Contemporary BluesBlues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Sep 7, 2018
When Barbara Blue isn’t knocking one over with her powerhouse delivery, she’s just setting that listener up for the next punch. The Memphis-based Ms. B belts it out and frequently collaborates on a hefty set of soul and blues; her solid backup unit driven by drumming deity Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. Standouts include “Meet Me In Memphis”, “My Heart Belongs To The Blues” and “Dr. Jesus”.
RC and the Moonpie Band is an “American roots band” that incorporates blues, R ‘n B, soul, rock ‘n roll and even a few Latin flavorings. Based in Green Swamp, North Carolina, the group emphasizes original material on their second album, “All This.” It’s a brazen move for these adventurists whose swagger is energetic and spontaneous. While blues are the cornerstone of their infectious groove, one funky track declares, “I’m shakin’ off the blues ‘cuz I ain’t got nothin’ to lose.” They revisit the theme on “The Buddy Guy Up” when RC exclaims “we play those blues and a little rock ‘n roll.”
High marks for adaptability, the band wisely calls upon some guest artists like Bruce Katz to add piano or organ on a few tracks. Bob Margolin’s guitar is a sweet addition on
Hitting on soul, gospel and old-school country as well as rock-and-roll, Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis’ new offering is more than the roadhouse romp its title suggests and contains a few vintage-flavored ballads that just might steal the show. Mr. Fulks channels Hank Jr. on the soul twinging “I Just Lived a Country Song” and he and Ms. Lewis play the cheatin’ couple to perfection on “That’s Why They Call It Temptaion”. The Killer’s kid sister’s cover of Don Gibson’s “Who Cares” is a retro delight and standing out amongst the rockin’ fare are the Fulks/Al Anderson co-penned “It Came From The South” and the title track.
Mark Hummel Album: Harpbreaker Label: Electro - Fi Genre(s): Classic Blues, BluesContemporary Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Aug 24, 2018
Drawing from previously released, unreleased and brand-new material, blues harmonica master Hummel has stitched together an all-instrumental set that showcases his tasty and tasteful harp work in a wide range of settings, from traditional turf to jazzy regions. Nods to both Little Walter- “Crazy Legs” and Buddy Rich- “Rotten Kid” can be found as well as a high-octane original, “Harpoventilatin’” and an impressive run-through of Horace Silver’s “Senor Blues”. Guitar-wise, Mr. Hummel keeps excellent company with the likes of Anson Funderburgh, “Li’l” Charlie Baty and others.