By Tom Semioli
Stop, look and listen to Jessie Torrisi, the sultry, sexy, super-charged singer / songwriter / guitarist / band leader of Austin trio Please Please Me and you’d think she was born and raised to be a roots rocker ala Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams, or Ryan Adams. Now for the truth – she’s from Philadelphia, and made her bones playing drums in one of New York City’s most notorious glam / punk / shock-rock outfits in the 00’s– Unisex Salon. “I woke up one day…Continue
One of the things that already tops my list of "things I miss most about living in Brooklyn" is the reading time during my daily commute. So until moving to Portland this past August, the NYC subway (MTA) is where I have absorbed most of my reading material since I moved there in 2004. Burying my face in a book on the subway was not only a great way to wake up in the morning on my way to work, but it also served as the ideal method of mellowing out on my way home.
Author David Menconi's Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown (out now via University of Texas Press) has already stirred up much heated talk regarding the work of Ryan Adams. In a recent book review on No Depression by Mando Lines, a number of comments poured in the…Continue
Earl Scruggs almost single-handedly perfected and popularized the rolling, three-finger banjo technique (“Scruggs Style”) that has become the signature sound of bluegrass. Over a period of a couple of years, many of the best banjo players in bluegrass convened in Nashville to record a tribute to him. The result is the new Rounder Records' release Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute To Earl…Continue
He may not be releasing new albums at the fast and furious pace he did just a few years ago, but that doesn’t allay the suspicion that Ryan Adams may be the most prolific artist of this generation bar none. So instead of getting a new LP every six months, our man Adams has resorted to other mediums to get his music out, among them iTunes, which released this gem of a collection as an exclusive offering a short time back. Those that…Continue
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For all the bittersweet twang and folksy melodies on singer/songwriter Keith Betti’s latest album, Company Loves Misery, the ghost of George Harrison haunts the premises like no other. Harrison isn’t named-checked on Betti’s biography and nor is he mentioned on his store page.
Nevertheless, the soaring melodies of “Found a Love” and the sunny warmth of “It’s a Long Way Down” are marked with Harrison’s fingerprints. Being compared to one of the Beatles is certainly…Continue
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The Lumineers will release their highly-anticipated, self-titled album next week (via Dualtone Records on April 3rd). Upon hearing the band's Tracks From The Attic EP (which you can download on the band's site for free) and then a copy of their excellent full-length, The Lumineers, I realized that this a band that is about to burst out of nowhere as soon as the record hits the shelves (both…Continue
On my way to a Ryan Adams show last night in Baltimore, I was feeling a bit guilty. Lately I haven't been giving Mr. Adams as much attention as I have in the past. Ashes & Fire came out in October and I've only listened to it a handful of times. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that other men have been the focus of my musical desire. I've delved into Justin Townes Earle's catalog recently and fallen back in…Continue
Just as the last notes from Sheena is a Punk Rocker faded away the house lights dimmed and the roar from the 10,000 strong crowd must have been heard over the river…Continue
Ashes & Fire
Even a year without a new Ryan Adams seems an eternity, especially when measured by a prolific prowess that found him sometimes releasing multiple albums within the same year. Indeed, since the disbandment of Whiskeytown over a decade ago, there’s rarely been more than a few months that have gone by without a new Adams offering. The fact that he’s chosen to take time off after dissolving his steady backing band the…Continue
Just wanted to let the ND community know that I'm about to give away a bunch of CDs on my blog-- my husband and I cleaned out our music collection to get rid of 'doubles'-- and the first one up is Whiskeytown's Pneumonia. I love that CD with a passion-- from the twangy, relaxed "Ballad of Carol Anne" to raw, unedited joy in the last yelp of "Bar Lights". I'm happy to be able to give one well-loved copy away.
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“NRBQ is a living, breathing, ongoing sound,” says Adams as he begins historic band’s next chapter.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Terry Adams, visionary, driving force, and “untamed genius of the keyboards” for the great American band NRBQ since its inception more than 40 years ago, resumes his life’s work with the release of a new studio album, Keep This Love Goin’ by NRBQ, due out July 19, 2011. Recorded with the…Continue
In the depths of the new depression, unemployed and in the dead of a desert winter, I sat sobbing to my father about the prospect of being published forever remaining an unrealized dream. Despite the obvious desperation in my ramblings, the old man quite calmly replies, “There’s a woman by the name of Martha Bassett...” He goes on to describe a musician who possesses the intelligence and articulation to carry a conversation with a distanced yet beckoning fragility, fringed with captivating…Continue
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