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For the groundbreaking L.A. punk band X, the move to do a brief summer acoustic tour -- including a stop at the Belly Up in Solano Beach, Calif. on July 20 -- may seem a bit out of place. Known for their uncompromising and inspired punk rock, born in the late '70s in Los Angeles in the wake of the punk British invasion, X was among the most original, raw, and passionate groups to emerge from the early days of the durable genre.…Continue
Posted on July 13, 2014 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments
Sam Bush tells a story about how bluegrass Founding Father, Bill Monroe, after hearing the tradition-bending sound being touted as progressive bluegrass, once saw young Bush coming his way. “Here comes that mother.” So, the story goes, that is how Bush became known as "the Mother of Bluegrass."
During a recent conversation with Bush from his home in Nashville, he laughed. “Well, actually that is apocryphal. That story…Continue
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment
Jeffery Halford and the Healers have been around a while. With a string of fine blues-rock albums the San Francisco-based band reflects the kind of musical fortitude and collaboration that brings to mind the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Al Kooper and Barry Goldberg. Their latest album,…Continue
Posted on June 26, 2014 at 7:00pm
Otis Taylor is melodic and hypnotic, making trance-like music that awakens those who listen with open ears and soul, to sadness and joy, loss and gain, all that cuts to the deepest musical bone of his and our ancestry. His people have been enslaved and freed, beaten, broken and triumphed in the way of the underground that runs through the bloodstream of our culture, in its most influential places -- its music, the voices of the forgotten, the disenfranchised, the redeemed. When he…Continue
Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments
What do Downey, Calif., the Ash Grove, Big Bill Broonzy, and the Mississippi Delta all have in common? The answer is easy to anyone close to the heart of Southern California Americana music; the Downey-bred brothers, Phil and Dave Alvin. In a rare move, the brothers have re-united and collaborated on a new album on Yep Roc Records, Common Ground:…Continue
Posted on June 15, 2014 at 11:30am — 23 Comments
When the Orange County punk band the Vandals first released the song “Johnny Two-Bags” from their 1995 album, Live Fast Diarrea, it must have felt like some kind of backhanded recognition to punk musician Jonny (Two Bags) Wikersham.
Lyrics like, “You ain't black and you ain't blind / You're girlfriend's not the cheating kind / Well you're cleaned up and you're off the booze / Maybe you weren't meant to sing the blues,” were a kind of affectionate put-down directed…Continue
Posted on June 12, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment
The story is, by now, a worn-out cliché. It even shows up on network television shows like Nashville: the influential elder statesmen who helped found a form of music popular today, is granted meetings with record label A&R executives "out of respect" to hear their newest, vital work, only to be told "no" regarding label support for release, promotion, and distribution. Oh, they love the music, mind you. “It’s great,” they say. “The best of your career," they add.…Continue
Posted on May 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments
Unearthed recordings from shelved sessions can be mixed blessings. The new release from the Cash estate, Out Among the Stars, pulls from restored and completed sessions from 1983 when, as his son John Carter Cash states on the liner notes, “he had found recovery and he was in perfect voice.” The sessions do reflect the kind of new energy and re-birth that frequents artists who make their way out of the struggles found in addiction. By 1983, Cash was well-versed in the…Continue
Posted on May 4, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment