I recently stumbled upon an extremely impressive Nashville singer/songwriter by the name of Don Gallardo. I have not been terribly impressed with much coming out of Nashville lately but I have found that anyone persistent enough to muddle through the mountain of bad rock music being sold as country can find the occasional diamond in the rough – Don Gallardo is one of those rare gems… Don’s writing style harkens back to a…Continue
Tonight I found three samplers on the site...did I mention they're free? And you may want to keep checking back because there's likely to be some others thrown up for your listening…Continue
(originally published in San Diego Troubadour)
To repent is to change. At least that’s the universally accepted definition. To change one’s mind, in today’s culture is no easy task. But, if we were to look on the world of Americana/roots music in biblical terms, Jake Shimabukuro may be today’s Old…Continue
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit have announced dates for their 2011 Spring Tour in support of their upcoming new album Here We Rest, which will be released via Lightning Rod Records on April 12th. You can head over to the band's website here to download the new tune "Codeine". The tour crosses the U.S. from…Continue
United Nations of Sound
Razor & Tie
Richard Ashcroft has always been an artist with grand ambitions. Beginning with his band The Verve and culminating in the big breakthrough achieved with their opus “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” he quickly established himself as someone of significance, elevating himself into the British Rock hierarchy in the process. Unfortunately though, his progress has sometimes been impeded, hampered by illness, band break-ups and…Continue
Added by Lee Zimmerman on March 10, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The Sandman creates his masterpiece
I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Giant Sand or Howe Gelb’s eclectic solo work but on this; his 21st (?) solo outing he blends his trademark Tex-Mex Desert music with a band of Spanish Gypsies playing slow and sexy flamenco and the result is staggering…
Added by Alan Harrison on March 10, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
As the son of public school teachers, I know for a fact that teachers have ridiculously low pay and are constantly in danger of being laid off. Without teachers unions, we will lose even more of our best and brightest. Stick it to the corporations and bankers that got rich off our tragedy, don't stick it to your common man and woman.
Thanks to Mark Moss of SingOut! Magazine for this great video of John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats).…
A song from his album, "Inclusions," due in May, has been posted to his site. This tune, at least, is yet another new direction from an artist I've come to appreciate more and more over the past year.
Added by Jim Morrison on March 10, 2011 at 8:23am — No Comments
Steve Earle has always been a man of burning convictions and social awareness. From the farmers' plight in "The Rain Came Down," the harsh reality of backwoods moonshine/drug runners of "Copperhead Road" and the hypocracy of lobbyists and politicians "Christmas in Washington," not to mention the lightning rod "John Walker's Blues," he has not been afraid to espouse a power-to-the-people consciousness.
To that end, Earle is making a…Continue
In an alternate universe, country music had its punk moment, somewhere around the time actual punk emerged. In this other dimension or timeline, Nashville was flooded by a wave of bands and artists who rebelled against overblown productions and slick commerciality. Their music was fast and loud, and pundits thought that Music Row could just ignore them, and they would go away. But these rebels came out with Country Music Television, (remember, this is an alternate universe), and…Continue
Garage-rock has been primarily an American cultural phenomenon that exploded principally in the areas of Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis from 1965 on. The standard-bearer of the movement were a bunch of bands who on one hand were mainly influenced by the electric groove of the British Invasion (The Beatles, The Animals, Dave Clark Five, The Yardbirds, Rolling Stones or Zombies) and by the distorted power-chords by the great Link Wray and on the other hand…Continue
Not usually one to just post verbatim press releases, as you may know, I couldn't let this one go by. First, though, my own personal context. And yes, I'm about to get political.
I remember well the week we invaded Iraq. I was living in New Orleans - one of my final stops in the years when I was focused on making music for a living. I didn't do very well at that in New Orleans. I was much more interested in absorbing everyone else's music there, than in making my…Continue
Added by Barbara Bruederlin on March 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
‘Tis the season for inferiority to rear its ugly head here in Canada, or Toronto more specifically. In other words, it’s Canadian Music Week. What should be a celebration of locally produced music the week serves to reinforce our eternal notion that we, and our cultural products, are inferior to those emerging from the U.S. At this stage, when the Canadian music industry has been thriving for the last 50 years, producing world-renowned…Continue
Here’s an easy question. What do you get when you combine the talents of two of Britain’s foremost pop practitioners? Don’t spend too much time pondering the answer because it’s actually quite simple. You get one of the purest, most effusive pop records in recent memory, an outstanding example of retro rock celebration simply dubbed Jonny. Euros Child of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub make perfect partners, and its…Continue
Added by Lee Zimmerman on March 7, 2011 at 8:48pm — No Comments
Despite the title, it is very hard to look at this classic 1960 album as any sort of comeback by modern standards. Indeed, it now seems like yet another area in which Elvis Presley was an innovator. These days fans expect to wait (at least) two years between albums by their favorite artists, but in 1958, when artists released two or three albums a year, most critics would have…Continue
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
BÉLA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES announce the release of Rocket Science on May 17 - First record with original lineup since 1991
eOne Music is excited to announce the May 17 release of Grammy Award-winning Béla Fleck & The Flecktones' new album, Rocket Science. For the first time since 1991, pianist/ harmonica player Howard Levy has returned to the fold alongside bassist Victor Wooten,…Continue