“I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do,” Delbert McClinton says with matter-of-fact indignance, personifying the maverick reputation that often precedes him while in the same breath suggesting how he may have earned it in the first place. “I’ve never really been a part of the record-selling industry because I haven’t sold that many records. But I do what I want to do. It makes me feel good, and that’s really all that matters to me. Especially nowadays, I’m not trying to…Continue
Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:30pm
His father may as well be Odysseus for all the reverence and mythologies ascribed to his lineage, but today Adam Cohen comes across as having struggled less with the notion of living in Leonard Cohen’s shadow than with living up to his own artistic potential.
That's not to say the 39-year-old singer/songwriter has relished contending with the sort of scrutiny other progenies of influential figures so often face.
In fact for years he resisted it, embellishing some of…Continue
Posted on September 4, 2012 at 1:30am — 2 Comments
“I know when I’m writing something and I just get this feeling that comes over me,” singer/songwriter Megan Reilly explains. “And that’s really spiritual and powerful.
“But it doesn’t always come,” she says in the next breath, “and that’s frustrating.”
The Memphis native is no stranger to the vicissitudes of her muse, or to the patience it requires at its most elusive and unpredictable. However, when…Continue
Posted on August 22, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment
“It’s kind of scary,” says Buddy Guy, his voice quivering with ominous unease. “Blues music is like an endangered species almost.
“The few of us that’s still left,” he adds, “they don’t play our music for some reason much anymore, hardly any.”
Guy, 75, knows of which he speaks. In a narrative steeped with down-home candor reflective of his Louisiana roots, his new autobiography, When I Left Home: My…Continue
Posted on June 25, 2012 at 12:00am — 3 Comments
Sounding like something The Band would’ve had playing on a Victrola while making Music From Big Pink in Woodstock, the title track from Hurray For The Riff Raff’s upcoming LP Look Out Mama is a dustbowl cluster of folk, roots, and blues. Singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra is the calm in…Continue
Posted on April 16, 2012 at 8:30am
If the members of Good Old War share an abiding ambition for the music they make, it’s that each new record should be better than the last one. With their latest, Come Back as Rain (Sargent House), the indie-folk trio—Keith Goodwin (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Dan Schwartz (vocals/guitar), and Tim Arnold (vocals/drums)—nurture the fluent harmonies and shimmering acoustic guitars that distinguish their sound while…Continue
Posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:30am