It’s time for the mid-summer classic and many well-deserving artists deserve their day in center field. In 2012, John Fullbright released his debut record From The Ground Up, that brought much love to the then-24-year-old singer/songwriting phenom hailing from Okemah, Okla. Honored with my Male Artist of the Year selection, this firecracker kid with a piano, guitar, and harmonica hit stages across the country playing a roaring set of original tunes. After receiving…Continue
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment
Otis Gibbs jokes around the house that he has done everything he can to remain obscure without realizing it. He has been hitting the pavement for the last 12 years, traveling through America and Europe, performing original music and garnering fans along the way. It’s true with just about everything that when luck, timing, hard work, and perseverance all converge at the crossroads, something special and magical happens. Well, all those things happened when the mail showed up with a…Continue
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:30am
Twenty years is quite the accomplishment for a rock and roll band. Think about it. There aren't that many that have continued to make relevant music for two decades, let alone stayed together. With the release of their tenth studio album, Most Messed Up, the Old 97’s have crafted another alt-country, twangy pop rock record that should satisfy the taste buds of long-time admirers as well as garner new fans not familiar with the quartet.
Originating out of Dallas,…Continue
Posted on May 31, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment
What are we here for? Is it a story from the heart or one that takes you someplace else? Words put to music? A tune’s introduction, an instrumental bridge, or is it the final chord? For those that have been following along, I would say that we are here at ND for the songwriter.
It was January of 2013 when I was not only talking up Rachel Brown’s Just Look My Way, but that her album ended up on my year-end “Best Of” list sharing company with the likes of…Continue
Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments
There is a new outlaw in country music and he is definitely the most wanted young hombre to blaze the Americana trail in quite some time.
By sheer chance, I first heard Sturgill Simpson this past fall during the Americana Music Association festivities at the SXM radio studio in Nashville. Mojo Nixon hosted “Americana’s Most Wanted” with Marshall Chapman, Mike Stinson, Bobby Bare, and Simpson doing a guitar pull. So taken back from the few songs heard that afternoon, I…Continue
Posted on May 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments