Michael Verity is a writer, photographer and producer based in Portland, OR. He's regular contributor to Relix, American Songwriter, Country Standard Time and Bluegrass Situation, among others.
He also produces an hour long radio program called Michael Verity's American Music.
He lives on a farm with his wife, two cats, three kids, four dogs and several thousand albums that never seem to find their way into alphabetical order.
See his portfolio at MichaelVerity.com.
For this album, Bare picks a playlist of 16 longtime favorites ranging from traditional folk songs to recent hits.
The ones that work the best are the classics. Bare's husky baritone and truck driver-friendly delivery are perfect for the Woody Guthrie classic "Going Down The Road Feeling Bad" and the loping "Boll Weevil," a tune he learned from Tex Ritter back in the 1950's. "Farewell Angelina", a Dylan tune made famous by Joan Baez, is delightfully simple, a…Continue
Posted on August 16, 2013 at 8:00am
Darius Rucker remains a great singer. He still has that smiling South Carolina party boy delivery that made him Hootie The Hitmaker. His guitarist, J.T. Corenflos, knows how to knock out a solo or two and his producer, Frank Rogers, does admirable work surrounding D-Ruck's voice with just the right amount of compression.
So why is this the front runner for Most Boring Country Album of 2013? Well, for starters, the songs suck. The lyrics are so insipid they…Continue
Posted on August 2, 2013 at 7:30am — 28 Comments
If you're a forever smitten fan of Steve Earle who's always looking forward to his next record, you'll likely be satisfied with The Low Highway. It's a 12-song collection of strong songs, all stamped with his signature sound.
The title cut is a beautiful, world-weary ballad that narrates a trip along the highways and byways of America. Over a gently rocking beat, Earle crosses paths with empty houses, hungry people and broken factories, a bleak picture that belies a…Continue
Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:30am — 4 Comments
This record can be summed up with five words: "Def Leppard with a banjo."
Replace the leather pants and motorcycle boots with scuffed up Romeos and roughed up jeans and you've transformed England's most successful arena rockers into America's new favorite arena twangers. Switch the Flying V's with mandolins, cover British accents with country twang and replace the girls with big hair with girls with big ( ) and you've got yourself a formula for hit records and sold out…Continue
Posted on April 20, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments