Q: Your album City of Dreams is essentially a love letter to Chicago. What is it about that city which inspired a whole album?
A: Chicago is where I grew up and where many of my family and friends are. When I moved away, I was ready to go other places and see the world and I'm glad that I have. But the more time I spent away from Chicago, the more I realized that the intangible qualities the city had that I had just taken for granted.…Continue
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:30pm
It’s startling how the Andrew Lewis Hunter Band shifts direction on their latest album, Hyatt. From the melodic guitars and pop polish (think Triple A radio sheen) of “She Passes Right By Me,” it was easy to lump the group into the company of kindred spirits such as Train and Tonic. In other words, roots rock with a contemporary Top-40 crush, professionally produced with an instantly likeable vocalist. But then the group begins to experiment and turn expectations upside…Continue
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 3:00pm
The youthful exuberance that singer/songwriter Billy Bob Earl displays on City Boy With a Country Heart certainly solidifies such a claim, especially the Boy part. Earl can rock as energetically as today’s Americana kids; the main difference is that Earl has a life’s worth of experiences to pull inspiration from, not to mention a strong sense of melody and infectious hooks.
The opening track, “Let Me Lay You Down,” doesn’t sugarcoat its message; it’s a song…Continue
Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:00pm
Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Engelland ironically sounds more authentic in his attempts at Americana than many of his contemporaries south of him. Stripped of poppy studio gloss, Engelland’s latest EP She Is So Fine percolates with raw blues and minimalist folk. His tales of romantic woe and unbridled joy are given life with his menthol voice, unafraid to reveal the most wounded of emotions.
Sultry harmonica and Engelland’s lusty vocals embody the message of the…Continue
Posted on June 21, 2014 at 8:30pm