No Depression has been serving the Americana, alt-country and roots music community since 1995.
They say that the world is a lot smaller these days, what with news, culture, art, fashion and all sorts of events traveling at supersonic speed through Earth's inner space. For a few days last week it seemed that everyone posted something on their social media weapon of choice about the passing of…Continue
Composer/guitarist Jim “Kimo” West is best known for his work with “Weird Al” Yankovic – he’s played on all of his albums since 1984 – but on his own his vision has taken a radically different path. Separated from Yankovic’s hilarious parodies, West explores less commercial terrain. Fascinated by slack-key guitar, Kimo has released several albums in the genre, and the latest, Ki Ho'alu Christmastime, is another fingerstyle jewel. Kimo has mastered slack-key guitar to the…Continue
Posted by Stacey Zering on December 9, 2013 at 8:30pm
The Band of Heathens continues to surprise. While their new album offers up the Americana and Little Feat-styled funk fans have come to expect, there's a thread of late 1960s production pop that's a welcome addition. This opening track, "Shotgun," tips the album's surprise with its nod to "Everybody's…Continue
Though often cited as one of three primary New Orleans piano legends, James Booker's popular renown never grew to the size of Professor Longhair's or Dr. John's. Launching his career in the mid-50s, he was sidetracked by a late-60s drug bust and continuing brushes with the law. One of those…Continue
Posted by hyperbolium.com on December 9, 2013 at 5:30pm
Deb Ryder has certainly studied the masters growing up in the Chicago area and being mentored by Etta James and Big Joe Turner, so it’s no surprise her debut album ‘Might Just Get Lucky,’ is such a strong collection, the real question is why it took so long. Along with her husband and bass player Ric Ryder she has been leading the Southern California band The Bluesryders for over twenty years. The ten song set of all original material showcases Ryder’s huge vocals and skilled…Continue
Posted by Rick J Bowen on December 9, 2013 at 4:00pm
This must be the Season of the Witch.
Not only did the brilliantly warped minds behind American Horror Story, Ryan and Murphy and Brad Falchuk, create a Coven of them for Season 3, but they also made the witchiest woman of them all part of it.
And Stevie Nicks couldn’t be more delighted. Her summation of the role: “I’ve never done anything like it in my entire…Continue
Posted by Michael Bialas on December 9, 2013 at 3:30pm
Perhaps it’s paradoxical to suggest that the best way to capture a rough and tumble, unvarnished musical performance is through use of high definition cameras, but that was exactly the approach taken on Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work‘s upcoming LIVE. “We got to make something like the live show that you can also take home when the lights go down,” says Edens. Two Asheville NC events in November – an advance screening and release party – celebrated the release of the new…Continue
Posted by Bill Kopp on December 9, 2013 at 12:30pm