Added by April Wolfe on April 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
(Drag City, 4/5)
Bill Callahan is a man who may walk slowly, but each of his steps are carefully calculated, and taken with the utmost certainty. His new record, Apocalypse, is the fourth release under his own name.
For much of the 1990's, Mr. Callahan released a number of expertly written albums as Smog, culminating with his excellent A…Continue
I often feel very lucky that many of my favorite musicians are separated by only a few degrees. And I feel even luckier that many of them prefer each others company and are in fact close friends. Not only does this make for consistently amazing musical marriages onstage and in the studio, it also keeps this…Continue
Added by Dana Blaisdell on April 11, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments
April 16, 2011
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make…Continue
King Hokum Records KHR003
Traditional Country Blues from the deep, deep South (Australia!)
Christopher William Stoneking was born in Australia in 1974 and still lives there today, but he couldn’t sound more ‘authentic’ if he’d been next door neighbours with Leadbelly and Robert Johnson in deepest Mississippi in the 1930’s.
Everything about the UK release (on Stoneking’s own label) of CW’s debut album creaks of the…Continue
Added by Alan Harrison on April 11, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
NOTE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winners - Jeff Strowe and Ryan Wilks Koenig - both of whom will be blogging from Wakarusa 2011! Thanks to everyone who entered, and stay tuned to our contests page for more contests to come!
The Wakarusa Festival boasts a pretty…Continue
Added by Kevin Oliver on April 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Talk to anybody in the music world about Philip Krohnengold and the first words out of their mouth will likely be, “the secret weapon.” Yes, partially because it sounds cool, but mainly because it’s true. The guy is a fixer. Need your album to sound better? Get Phil. Need your tour to…Continue
This week Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit release their excellent new album Here We Rest on Lightning Rod Records. The new record finds Mr. Isbell and his crew sounding assured, confident, and boldly expanding their sound in a variety of new directions. The result is the finest and most cohesive album by Mr. Isbell. It is an effort that is easy to revisit and a hard one to push aside. …Continue
Originally published on Blogcritics.
In one of those odd coincidences that seem to presage something momentous but are probably more common than they seem, I had been listening to a podcast of a 2008 concert by Victor Krummenacher and his band on Americana Rock Mix when David Lowery's new solo album, The Palace Guards, arrived in the mail. If you believe in signs, well, here was definitely a sign. Of course, the podcast had been sitting on my iPod for several…Continue
Added by Jack Goodstein on April 10, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Been catching some not-so-subtle hints around the house that digging on good-looking women singer types all the time is getting old. The Rosanne Cash, Kelly Willis and Alison Krauss blog posts are each okay by themselves, but the implied suggestion from the lovely wife is that cumulatively it's starting to look like I've got schoolboy crushes on these beautiful, talented women. The appearance of female-singer crushitis is not helped by my morning drive time with Elizabeth Cook on XM/Sirius…Continue
It's an exciting time for Ha Ha Tonka, and judging from my conversation with Brian Roberts, the band's vocalist and guitarist, the group is committed to pushing forward with their tireless work…Continue
Songs that become standards are like a rorschach test for a musician, and while working on my book Crossroads, which will focus on the interactions between the genres of blues and rock, it’s been both fun and instructive to listen to various versions of the same song. “I’ve Got a Mind to Give Up Living” is a slow minor-key blues, and one of the great pleasures of my life has been performing it with my band the Comfy Chair. I knew the song from the Butterfield Blues Band, and Steve Burgh,…Continue
Added by John Milward on April 9, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
It's been some time since I've pulled from my stack of review copy CDs and done a round of first listen reviews for you folks. So long, the CDs which now populate my stack are - many of them - from artists I already know will be of interest to me. For this reason, I think 2011 is going to be a pretty impressive year for new releases. We've already gotten that Buddy Miller Majestic Silver Strings disc and Abigail Washburn's City of Refuge, both of which I feel confident…Continue