My first Jumpin' Hot Club gig of the year since the fantastic John Fullbright/Amy Speace show last October. Over the years I've been to lots of Jumpin' Hot gigs and they have never disappointed. And this sold-out show continues their unblemished record.
Opening the show was Tom Hickox from North London. His voice is wonderfully deep and sonorous, like a cross between Stuart A Staples from Tindersticks and The…
It’s OK in my book if you come late to the party, just as long as you eventually get there. Like me, you most likely have a laundry list of artists that you didn’t get exposed to until a little farther along in their career. For me, Willie Nile is one of those singer/songwriters that never flew into my radar until 2006 with his brilliant Streets of New York album that came just about twenty-six years after his debut. Ouch! Like a fine wine, some artists seem to…
The popular music of North America is seasoned with the blood and sweat of every race and nationality: Anglos, Africans, Hispanics, Jews…rockers of all ethnic mixes. But what about the native peoples of North America? Many rock fans know that Cher, Rita Coolidge, and Robbie Robertson have native roots. But when was the last time you heard anything about a rock band comprised predominantly of indigenous peoples from the U.S. or Canada?
That was a fun week out on the road, it was really great finding new places to play and explore. We are really thankful to be able to do this. Stop one, we got into Hudson New York – playing at a place called “American Glory BBQ” – Our good friend Sandy McKnight – a great accomplished songwriter stopped by and hung out with us for a while.
That night was spent at the wonderful Pennsylvania Highway Rest Stop. Maybelle is our newest member of the Adela & Jude family –…
Released on Proper American on June 5, album unites American, Irish traditions
LONDON, U.K. — Bap Kennedy’s solo career has been distinguished by fruitful partnerships with the brightest and best. His 1998 solo debut, Domestic Blues, was produced by Steve Earle, who has hailed the Belfast-based artist as “the best songwriter I ever heard.” After Lonely Street (2000), a tribute to two of Kennedy’s childhood musical heroes, Hank Williams and Elvis…
Collectors’ Edition Box Set, out October 25 in the U.S., features Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Mark Knopfler, Nicky Hopkins, Paul Carrack, Peter Frampton, Georgie Fame and Andy Fairweather-Low.
LONDON, U.K. — Back in the 1990s, Bill Wyman did the unthinkable and left the Rolling Stones — the consensus greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all time — and went on to form a group of his own that equaled his previous band in terms of chops, while…
Summer tour dates to feature special guests Todd Snider, Barry Sless, New Monsoon
LOS ANGLES, Calif. — For Great American Taxi and frontman Vince Herman, who grew up in West Virginia, fighting for social justice in Appalachia and calling for an end to mountaintop removal seems the natural thing to…
Columbia, South Carolina alt-country rockers American Gun are back with a brand new album that shows off their revamped lineup and some more rock 'n' roll direction in the songwriting. Great cover, too, as you can see above..couldn't resist posting it full size, sorry.
Check out my feature interview with AG's Todd Mathis at the…
Bill Bell's latest CD The Vicar's Son delves into traditional and contemporary Irish, Scottish and American fiddle music...but that's only a small slice of Bell's musical interests. His musical resume includes work with iconic underground pop stars, film, the avant-garde and Rai and Raga music. Bell’s early musical influences were church hymns and Country/Western music. These influences were, according to Bell due to his father being a Southern… Continue
What do you do most every review of your music compares you to a Southern Springsteen? Give the people what they want, complete the dock-worker uniform.
The people of New Jersey selected “Born to Run” as their official state song, which really sums up the beauty and the spirit of New Jersey: they picked a song about leaving the state, as their state song. That’s beautiful. Of course some assholes in… Continue
On August 25, Rounder Records released a four-disc box set of rare Woody Guthrie recordings titled My Dusty Road. It's a 54-track collection, including some songs which have never been released before, and the sound quality is impeccable. There's a disc of Woody's work songs, a disc of protest tunes, a disc of his greatest hits, and one with Sonny Terry and Cisco Houston, which comes off like an impromptu jam session among friends. It's a remarkable set of recordings, and is… Continue
Whatever Happened To The Great American Bubble Factory, the new Drivin' N' Cryin' album, is due out at the end of the month. From the MC5 and Stooges-inspired "Detroit City" to the sentimental ode to homesickness, "I See Georgia," (complete with a Deacon Lunchbox reference, cool...) it's the best set of songs Kinney and company have come up with in years, and to hear Kinney talk about being inspired by Bobby Bare Jr and the Drive-By Truckers… Continue
Added by Kevin Oliver on September 1, 2009 at 8:04am —
My sister ran home every day after school in the late fifties and until she graduated high school in 1963 to watch American Bandstand. Living in Philadelphia where it originated from, she knew a few of the regulars and would read about the ones she didn't in “16” magazine, which chronicled who was dating whom. I trailed her by a half dozen years, but there was a fascination back then with watching other people dance on our small black and white screen… Continue
Added by Easy Ed on August 10, 2009 at 9:30am —
His family first came to Texas in the 1830s, when Spain still controlled the territory. They had front-row seats on history when war forced Spain to give up Texas to Mexico. At least 30 of Bryan’s ancestors settled in East Texas, specifically the Nacogdoches area, and most worked as farmers. But they didn’t hesitate to take up arms in their local militias when the need arose. They fought in… Continue
In the Jeff Tweedy v. Jay Farrar allegiance debate, I’ve always tended more toward Tweedy. I just have to get that out of the way. And yet, this time around, I found myself more quick to warm to Son Volt’s American Central Dust than I did to Wilco’s self-titled release of a week ago (which continues to grow on me). As usual, though, Farrar’s melody-deprived monotone on Dust starts so devoid of emotional… Continue