DJ for Sunday Folks
Kingston, Washington, United States
Auntmama tells stories that are topical and narrative linking her Appalachian roots to her northwest home.
President of Seattle’s Storytellers Guild, emcee storyteller for Bainbridge Bluegrass and board member for Village Speaks, she can be heard on Sunday Folks.
Latest Album Reviews
Review of Alone Together Again
Album Info: Alone Together Again
Dave Mason Album: Alone Together Again Label: RCA Genre(s): Blues Rock
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Nov 27, 2020
Back in 1967, legendary rock music pioneer Dave Mason rose to fame alongside Steve Winwood as a founding member of Traffic and that period of early psychedelic rock from the late Beatles era is still amazing. After leaving Traffic, Dave moved out to California and in 1970 he released what became his signature rock album Alone Together. An instant hit and an FM radio favorite from day one, Alone Together was a really divergent change from the Traffic sound as Dave went for a more pop-rock groove more inspired more by the West Coast rock of L.A than that of his native London. At that time in 1970, many great UK guitarists including Dave, Clapton and George Harrison were sounding more inspired by American based artists like Leon Russell, the Allman Brothers and The Band. This sea change from the progressive psychedelic rock sound of early Traffic and Cream to a more rootsy
Bronx-born, San Diego-based guitarist Wayne Riker strikes blues-rock gold with his 2020 CD, Blues Lightning. Spotlighting The Wayne Riker Gathering, the Blues Lightning CD may contain only six tracks yet, start to finish it’s packed with loads of solid blues-rock action with each of the tracks spotlighting Wayne’s sizzling lead guitar work and his band-leading skills. Key to the album is the six different lead singers that take the vocal spotlight on each of their respective tunes. With the vocalists taking turns on their different tracks, Wayne’s core band features some excellent players, including Doug Kvandal (organ), Mackenzie Leighton (bass) and Walt Riker (drums). A live in the studio set, Blues Lightning offers both a close-up view of Wayne's live band in action as well as a studio set that makes the most of an intimate set performed live in front of an
Ben Levin Album: Carryout or Delivery Label: VizzTone Genre(s): Contemporary BluesBlues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Nov 22, 2020
With an easy-goin’ vocal delivery and a sure-handed piano grip, Cincinnati-based Ben Levin might easily feel at home down NOLA way. Here he spends much of his time conjuring up a mellow, small group, last-set-of-the-night atmosphere with a noticeably varied, predominantly original set. The leadoff rocker, “You Know”, should garner attention as should the slow blues “Too Good For Me” and the moody, mid-tempo ballad “Some Other Time”.
Review of Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland
Album Info: Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland
Rounder Album: Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland Label: Rounder Genre(s): Christmas
Posted By: Joe Ross
Nov 21, 2020
Record labels take great joy in giving us holiday presents that also serve as highly playable samplers of their many great signed artists. A favorite label among acoustic music lovers, Rounder Records’ Home for Christmas also illustrates just how eclectic the label’s offerings have become over the years. The juxtaposition of popular Christmas carols sung a cappella by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and selections from Roomful of Blues and Charles Brown doesn’t bother this listener who enjoys many varieties of music. Later in the set, a soulful presentation of The Persuasions’ “You’re All I Want for Christmas” demonstrates a different kind of a cappella arrangement. Some listeners might find the set to be so varied that they’ll feel a little uneasy, but I found it to be a satisfying experience. Whether blues, bluegrass, western swing,
Becky Buller Album: Distance and Time Label: Dark Shadow Genre(s): Contemporary BluegrassFolk
Posted By: Joe Ross
Nov 21, 2020
Eight-time IBMA award winner Becky Buller opens her latest album with "Don’t Look Back," a song she wrote with Kraig and Valerie Smith, after seeing a greeting card in a thrift store of a little girl at the junction of two roads with signs reading “Your Life” and “No Longer An Option.” This sentiment also explains how the fiddler, singer, songwriter and band leader has embraced the present, despite its challenges, with focus, confidence and optimism. Still rooted in bluegrass, Becky Buller’s Distance and Time is yet another splendid project that documents her meteoric and evolving musical career. As on her outstanding 2017 Crêpe Paper Heart album, her impressive band includes Ned Luberecki (banjo), Prof. Dan Boner (guitar), Nate Lee (mandolin), and Daniel Hardin (bass).
The highly arranged and polished contemporary material rewards