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Hanspeter Eggenberger commented on Ben Bonin's blog post 'Amy McCarley - Jet Engines (Album Review)'
"Thanks for this review! I just bought the album and I like it very much."
Jul 3
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Amy McCarley - Jet Engines (Album Review)

The alt-country scene is crowded these days, which is great for fans but tough for artists looking to stand out. Fortunately for Amy McCarley, the first thing that strikes a new listener is her distinctive voice. There are shades of genre luminaries in her Alabama drawl -- a little bit of Lucinda Williams slur, a touch of Dwight Yoakam-esque mountain twang. But comparisons are really only useful for reference purposes; McCarley's sound is all her own, and her latest album Jet Engines showcases…See More
Jun 11
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Amy McCarley - Jet Engines (Album Review)

The alt-country scene is crowded these days, which is great for fans but tough for artists looking to stand out. Fortunately for Amy McCarley, the first thing that strikes a new listener is her distinctive voice. There are shades of genre luminaries in her Alabama drawl -- a little bit of Lucinda Williams slur, a touch of Dwight Yoakam-esque mountain twang. But comparisons are really only useful for reference purposes; McCarley's sound is all her own, and her latest album Jet Engines showcases…See More
Jun 8
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Susan Gibson – The Second Hand (Album Review)

The Second Hand opens with an energetic live reading of Susan Gibson's Top-40 masterpiece, the coming-of-age anthem, "Wide Open Spaces." It's the song that put her on the songwriting map (and the Dixie Chicks on the path to country mega-stardom), and Gibson indulges her audience by playing the song at every show. Indeed, loyal fans who turn out at every opportunity to catch Susan at a house concert, songwriter circle, or dive bar will find much to love on The Second Hand.But it's also fitting…See More
May 8
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Susan Gibson – The Second Hand (Album Review)

The Second Hand opens with an energetic live reading of Susan Gibson's Top-40 masterpiece, the coming-of-age anthem, "Wide Open Spaces." It's the song that put her on the songwriting map (and the Dixie Chicks on the path to country mega-stardom), and Gibson indulges her audience by playing the song at every show. Indeed, loyal fans who turn out at every opportunity to catch Susan at a house concert, songwriter circle, or dive bar will find much to love on The Second Hand.But it's also fitting…See More
May 4
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Review of Dream Dictionary by Jim Campilongo

Dream Dictionary is consistent with Jim’s creative trajectory since American Hips (2003). Operating largely in a trio format (Dictionary features Josh Dion on drums and Chris Morrissey on bass), Campy picks, bends, and squawks his way through twelve tunes that demonstrate his uncanny ability to infuse the well-trodden soundscapes of Americana with a beautifully eclectic and instantly recognizable electric imprint. Fans of the guitarist’s output over the past decade should find themselves in…See More
Feb 25
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Review of Dream Dictionary by Jim Campilongo

Dream Dictionary is consistent with Jim’s creative trajectory since American Hips (2003). Operating largely in a trio format (Dictionary features Josh Dion on drums and Chris Morrissey on bass), Campy picks, bends, and squawks his way through twelve tunes that demonstrate his uncanny ability to infuse the well-trodden soundscapes of Americana with a beautifully eclectic and instantly recognizable electric imprint. Fans of the guitarist’s output over the past decade should find themselves in…See More
Feb 22
Easy Ed commented on Ben Bonin's blog post 'Twangers, Rockers, and Blues Howlers: Americana Album Highlights of 2013'
"Really liked Bakersfield too, but in the end all it did was make me long to listen to Buck albums. "
Jan 3
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Twangers, Rockers, and Blues Howlers: Americana Album Highlights of 2013

I'm always surprised by how challenging it is to assemble the ubiquitous "Year-end Top 10" post. When asked to distill a year of great music into just ten albums, I usually find myself going back and forth, constantly revising the list based on shifting criteria. For my highlights post, as opposed to my formal Top 10 submission, I attempted to hit on a broader range of Americana sub-genres and artists at varying levels of visibility. And oh yeah, I also tend a guitar blog -- so I made sure to…See More
Jan 2
Ben Bonin posted a blog post

Twangers, Rockers, and Blues Howlers: Americana Album Highlights of 2013

I'm always surprised by how challenging it is to assemble the ubiquitous "Year-end Top 10" post. When asked to distill a year of great music into just ten albums, I usually find myself going back and forth, constantly revising the list based on shifting criteria. For my highlights post, as opposed to my formal Top 10 submission, I attempted to hit on a broader range of Americana sub-genres and artists at varying levels of visibility. And oh yeah, I also tend a guitar blog -- so I made sure to…See More
Jan 1
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Reviews of New Music from The White Buffalo and Anders Osborne

Two new albums from a pair of songwriter/guitarists with righteous facial hair. The perfect soundtrack to Movember!Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways by The White BuffaloIt's been almost two years since Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo, released his outstanding sophomore LP Once Upon a Time in the West. That album, along with a heavy touring schedule, has helped cement Smith's…See More
Nov 22, 2013
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Reviews of New Music from The White Buffalo and Anders Osborne

Two new albums from a pair of songwriter/guitarists with righteous facial hair. The perfect soundtrack to Movember!Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways by The White BuffaloIt's been almost two years since Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo, released his outstanding sophomore LP Once Upon a Time in the West. That album, along with a heavy touring schedule, has helped cement Smith's…See More
Nov 20, 2013
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Review of "Road Worn and Ragged" by Jeff Jensen

Blues guitarist and songwriter Jeff Jensen closes Road Worn and Ragged with "Thankful," a funky/soulful ode to a musical life well-lived; it's a sentiment not often associated with the angsty 3-chord art form that is the blues. But we should all be so thankful for what the blues has given American music, despite its roots in some dark chapters of our country's past. Jeff seems to get that,…See More
Sep 22, 2013
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Review of "Road Worn and Ragged" by Jeff Jensen

Blues guitarist and songwriter Jeff Jensen closes Road Worn and Ragged with "Thankful," a funky/soulful ode to a musical life well-lived; it's a sentiment not often associated with the angsty 3-chord art form that is the blues. But we should all be so thankful for what the blues has given American music, despite its roots in some dark chapters of our country's past. Jeff seems to get that,…See More
Sep 19, 2013
A blog post by Ben Bonin was featured

Review of "Seize the Hay" by the Gregg Daigle Band

On a recent trip to hometown Albuquerque, I was lucky enough to catch a show featuring one of the southwest's foremost pickers of all things stringed. Gregg Daigle is equally at home whether flatpicking an acoustic guitar, coaxing bluesy licks from an electric, navigating the tight fretboard spaces of a mandolin, or clawing the banjo. Full disclosure, Gregg was my…See More
Sep 10, 2013
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Review of "Seize the Hay" by the Gregg Daigle Band

On a recent trip to hometown Albuquerque, I was lucky enough to catch a show featuring one of the southwest's foremost pickers of all things stringed. Gregg Daigle is equally at home whether flatpicking an acoustic guitar, coaxing bluesy licks from an electric, navigating the tight fretboard spaces of a mandolin, or clawing the banjo. Full disclosure, Gregg was my…See More
Sep 8, 2013

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Amy McCarley - Jet Engines (Album Review)

The alt-country scene is crowded these days, which is great for fans but tough for artists looking to stand out. Fortunately for Amy McCarley, the first thing that strikes a new listener is her distinctive voice. There are shades of genre luminaries in her Alabama drawl -- a little bit of Lucinda Williams slur, a touch of Dwight Yoakam-esque mountain twang. But comparisons are really only useful for reference purposes; McCarley's sound is all her own, and her latest album Jet…

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Posted on June 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Susan Gibson – The Second Hand (Album Review)

The Second Hand opens with an energetic live reading of Susan Gibson's Top-40 masterpiece, the coming-of-age anthem, "Wide Open Spaces." It's the song that put her on the songwriting map (and the Dixie Chicks on the path to country mega-stardom), and Gibson indulges her audience by playing the song at every show. Indeed, loyal fans who turn out at every opportunity to catch Susan at a house concert, songwriter circle, or dive bar will find much to love on The Second…

Continue

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 10:00pm

Review of Dream Dictionary by Jim Campilongo

Dream Dictionary is consistent with Jim’s creative trajectory since American Hips (2003). Operating largely in a trio format (Dictionary features Josh Dion on drums and Chris Morrissey on bass), Campy picks, bends, and squawks his way through twelve tunes that demonstrate his uncanny ability to infuse the well-trodden soundscapes of Americana with a beautifully eclectic and instantly recognizable electric imprint. Fans of the guitarist’s output over the past…

Continue

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 2:30pm

Twangers, Rockers, and Blues Howlers: Americana Album Highlights of 2013

I'm always surprised by how challenging it is to assemble the ubiquitous "Year-end Top 10" post. When asked to distill a year of great music into just ten albums, I usually find myself going back and forth, constantly revising the list based on shifting criteria. For my highlights post, as opposed to my formal Top 10 submission, I attempted to hit on a broader range of Americana sub-genres and artists at varying levels of visibility. And oh yeah, I also tend a guitar blog -- so I made sure…

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Posted on January 1, 2014 at 10:27pm — 1 Comment

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