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CD Review - Old Gray Mule "Like a Apple on a Tree"

CR Humphrey, who is better known under his nom de musicien Old Gray Mule, is a hell of a good guy. It's clear when you see him play live, when you hear the soulful licks he lays down on tape, when you chat with him, and when you read the notes for the latest Old Gray Mule album Like a Apple on a Tree: everything he does is imbued with lots of heart, humor, and flat-out joy. He gives the lie to the "tortured artist" myth - you rarely meet someone more satisfied with his lot in life, even through…See More
Nov 29, 2012
April Fecca posted a blog post

CD Review - Old Gray Mule "Like a Apple on a Tree"

CR Humphrey, who is better known under his nom de musicien Old Gray Mule, is a hell of a good guy. It's clear when you see him play live, when you hear the soulful licks he lays down on tape, when you chat with him, and when you read the notes for the latest Old Gray Mule album Like a Apple on a Tree: everything he does is imbued with lots of heart, humor, and flat-out joy. He gives the lie to the "tortured artist" myth - you rarely meet someone more satisfied with his lot in life, even through…See More
Nov 26, 2012
A blog post by April Fecca was featured

Fistful of Beard: Until We Know Better

Often when you hear a band who sits at the, some would say unlikely, crossroads of country and punk, it seems the punk tag is only given a passing nod, more evident in band members' tattoos than in the music. Fistful of Beard, who hail from the northern Alabama town of Decatur, attack it from the opposite direction. On FoB's new album, Until We Know Better, the guitars crash more than they jangle - though the music always speaks with an Alabaman accent, an accent of good ol' boys who are…See More
Nov 1, 2012
April Fecca posted a blog post

Fistful of Beard: Until We Know Better

Often when you hear a band who sits at the, some would say unlikely, crossroads of country and punk, it seems the punk tag is only given a passing nod, more evident in band members' tattoos than in the music. Fistful of Beard, who hail from the northern Alabama town of Decatur, attack it from the opposite direction. On FoB's new album, Until We Know Better, the guitars crash more than they jangle - though the music always speaks with an Alabaman accent, an accent of good ol' boys who are…See More
Oct 29, 2012
Sue Havlish commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Shel Silverstein's liner notes to Judy Henske's "High Flying Bird" album ... sublime."
May 12, 2012
Douglas Strobel commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"I agree...well said...what would Dylan do with all that free verse...?? Liner notes are part of the art...pax doug"
May 4, 2012
Michael Carley commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Well said.  This was one reason why I was slow to get into the digital download trend.  So far, in the past couple of years, I've only seen one album I've downloaded that came with digital liner notes.  I'd like to at…"
May 4, 2012
April Fecca commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Lucky - what a cool little memory. Thanks for sharing it.  Gillian - I am right there with you on press kits. "
May 4, 2012
Gillian Turnbull commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Great post.  I agree, I need to see all of that information!  It makes all the difference in listening for the first time, and why I keep buying CDs. At the very least, press kits need to be improved.  So many of them have no bio…"
May 4, 2012
Lucky Mud commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"There was a time in NYC around 1970 when Electric Lady Studio was teeming with people, and no one seemed to know anyone else. I was one of those. The only person who never showed up was Hendrix. I used to sit at his desk upstairs and read his stuff,…"
May 4, 2012
Jack commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Ed, generic liner notes for Bon Jovi would be a perfect match, though they might outshine the tunes, not to be judgemental."
May 3, 2012
April Fecca commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Just about perfect, Ed."
May 3, 2012
Easy Ed commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Just got an even BETTER idea than before! Generic Liner Notes. Works like this: musician picks out generic liner notes we keep on file that he/she wants to use, and for $10 they can fill in the blanks: Meet________. A _______ player who grew up in…"
May 3, 2012
Jack commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Rudyjeep, thanks.  Pete's among the best.  I suspect most city newspapers are hollow shells of their former selves.  But that's a whole other topic. "
May 3, 2012
April Fecca commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Hyperbolium - And that's fantastic, but I want that kind of information for anything I listen to more than once, not just one or two albums. "
May 3, 2012
Rudyjeep commented on April Fecca's blog post 'In Defense of Liner Notes'
"Yes Jack...Pete wrote "A Drinking Life", an incredible book about growing up in NYC in an Irish American Family.  I haven't picked up "Forever" yet.  Thanks for the tip. Pete was also an editor for the New York…"
May 3, 2012

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CD Review - Old Gray Mule "Like a Apple on a Tree"

CR Humphrey, who is better known under his nom de musicien Old Gray Mule, is a hell of a good guy. It's clear when you see him play live, when you hear the soulful licks he lays down on tape, when you chat with him, and when you read the notes for the latest Old Gray Mule album Like a Apple on a Tree: everything he does is imbued with lots of heart, humor, and flat-out joy. He gives the lie to the "tortured artist" myth - you rarely meet someone more satisfied with his lot…

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Posted on November 26, 2012 at 5:30pm

Fistful of Beard: Until We Know Better

Often when you hear a band who sits at the, some would say unlikely, crossroads of country and punk, it seems the punk tag is only given a passing nod, more evident in band members' tattoos than in the music. Fistful of Beard, who hail from the northern Alabama town of Decatur, attack it from the opposite direction. On FoB's new album, Until We Know Better, the guitars crash more than they jangle - though the music always speaks with an Alabaman accent, an accent of good…

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Posted on October 29, 2012 at 1:00pm

In Defense of Liner Notes

It was a part of the deal for me, sometimes consumed before the music was even played. Vinyl had them. CDs had them. Even fricking cassettes had them. And in the pre-internet age when all of the information I sought was not gathered in one convenient location, it was a cornerstone on which I built my reputation as someone who knew too much shit about music.

Liner notes - sometimes stately and elegant, sometimes silly, sometimes anemic, I would pore over every word of them.…

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Posted on April 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 27 Comments

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, St. Louis, MO, 4.21.12

Nate Burrell has once again generously allowed us to feature his great photography on Now This Sound Is Brave. This Record Store Day found JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound in St. Louis where they made an in-store appearance at Euclid Records, then played an intimate house party.

About the house party performance, Nate says, "It was a sweaty…

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Posted on April 23, 2012 at 6:00pm

The Parlor Soldiers: Now I Wrestle Every Rhyme

"You're a little bi-polar," he tells her, "and you get on my ass about drinking my liquor and smoking too much grass."

She parries. "You know, you're no Johnny Cash."

"Woman, what'd you say?"

"I said, you ain't the Man in Black, and I won't be treated this way."

But there is a wry, knowing edge in each of their voices that melts into affection by the end of their argument.…

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Posted on January 23, 2012 at 2:30pm

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At 4:52am on January 11, 2011, Terry "T-Bone" Mathley said…
Thank April!  Love reading your blogs!
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