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There’s something deep into the core of New York City singer-songwriter Riley Etheridge Jr.’s new release, The Straight and Narrow Way, that carries with it a deeply Stax/Muscle Shoals realized sonic bloodline. It’s this sense of the music from these sessions that celebrates, travels, dances, thinks, feels, dreams and, at times bleeds, that links it to the finest soul music of the last several decades. It’s a roadhouse romp and big city blues jam fused with South Louisiana…Continue
Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:00am
Five Years ago I had the pleasure of talking with legendary singer-songwriter, Jesse Winchester. Our conversation was beyond pleasant. We connected and found a great time of laughter together. I'm still no veteran when it comes to interviewing artists, especially those I admire. But in 2009, I was just plain green. He was kind, funny, open and self-effacing about his own legacy.
Jesse Winchester and especially his first…Continue
Posted on April 6, 2014 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments
If any Texas born country singer-songwriter could be considered a cosmic cowboy it would have to be Michael Nesmith. After even a brief perusal of his 70’s solo albums it becomes clear if Gram Parsons coined the term “Cosmic American Music,” Nesmith certainly defined and expanded it. A listen to his current album, Rays, solidifies his credentials as a surveyor and journeyman in the American music landscape extending beyond any label, which he believes only limits the…Continue
Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:30pm — 20 Comments
By day, Ernest Troost is an Emmy award winning composer of film and television music. His best known score is for the camp-horror classic, Tremors. But, by night, his blood is filled with the blues of the Piedmont region of the deep South, the folk songs and tales of the Appalachians and the eccentric stories of Flannery O’Connor with just a twist of the big city folk-pop sensibility of Paul Simon. The mix is a good one. Throughout his songwriting career and on his new…Continue
Posted on March 28, 2014 at 8:30pm
Her voice is smokey, rough, and sweet at the same time. She’s has been described as one part bourbon; two parts honey. Her path to success has been strewn with personal tragedy. It’s been an earthbound trail of loss that has parallelled her success. Even so, her songwriting stands out from the overpopulated world of singer-songwriters in her refusal to allow self-indulgence, introspection, and self-pity to seep into her work. At 61, Louisiana born singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams…Continue
Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:30am — 3 Comments
“The reason man created stringed instruments: David touched them with a lover’s fingers and they moaned that true love right back at him. Wood and wire and flesh spoke.” —Jerry Jeff Walker
Every American artist worth their salt has a story to tell. Many from our musical heritage have left us in flames of self-destruction. Others have lived long, had their downturns, returned restored, and have given back the hope they found in the depth of…Continue
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments
If Louisiana native singer-songwriter Rod Melancon's debut solo album, My Family Name, was a Valentine to Hank Williams and the Outlaw Movement of the 70's, then his outstanding new album, Parish Lines, released March 4th on Medina River Records, is certainly a love letter to Bruce Springsteen and the alt country movement of the last 20 years.
That's a very good thing when…Continue
Posted on March 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments
There is a point, when listening to a music created with a specific vision where looking back connects us to the present and the shows us the road to the future.Continue
Posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment