Founding Snatches of Pink frontman, Michael Rank, has released his fourth record in half as many years with his newest outfit Stag. The North Carolina based outlaw folk pioneer has managed to put together ten new songs that are terribly addictive and equally compelling entitled Deadstock. The record is every bit as raw as one would expect from Rank, yet another example of how…Continue
I was a senior in high school when Kid Leo from Cleveland’s iconic flagship radio station WMMS queued up some songs from a new band hailing out of Gainesville, Florida. Little did I fathom that some thirty-eight years later I would be eagerly awaiting the release of …Continue
Otis Gibbs jokes around the house that he has done everything he can to remain obscure without realizing it. He has been hitting the pavement for the last 12 years, traveling through America and Europe, performing original music and garnering fans along the way. It’s true with just about everything that when luck, timing, hard work, and perseverance all converge at the crossroads, something special and magical happens. Well, all those things happened when the mail showed up with a…Continue
Added by Jay Minkin on June 25, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
(Surf Road Records)
Tom Freund is a gifted singer-songwriter who makes albums of exceptional merit, each a master work deserving of widespread recognition. Sadly, Freund is yet to achieve the kudos that match his work ethic; but, happily, that doesn’t stop him from trying. On his latest album, Two Moons, Freund creates a happy/sad dichotomy that matches the ying/yang suggested in the title. From the weary sprawl of opening track,…Continue
Added by Lee Zimmerman on June 16, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
As I climbed the narrow, bumper sticker-laden staircase of Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, Ga., I thought to myself how lucky and strange it was that I was there in the first place.
I’m usually well aware, in advance, of shows by my favorite groups that come to town. Not so this time. For years now, I’ve been an ardent fan of the hot jazz-Western swing group Hot Club of Cowtown. There’s no other band quite like them. Most Western swing groups do not perform the…Continue
There might not be a humongous music festival being held in Cleveland this summer, but you can capture the magic from the historical timeline of these events with a brand new, major exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience is an engaging look at the music festival as more than just an outdoor concert. The festival atmosphere has become a community experience and an important economic engine of the music industry,…Continue
With his new album, Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it's a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he's a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic fashion.
As songwriters do,…Continue
Added by Kelly McCartney on April 15, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
When you get a new record from Jimbo Mathus you need to know two things. One, you never know what you will get from one song to the next and two you can count on it all being freakin’ brilliant. Mr. Mathus and his Tri-State Coalition are back with a new record, Dark Night Of The Soul, and these guys just…Continue
Almost everything in life is better when it's shared -- no matter if it's a sunset or a supposition. When kind-hearted, like-minded people come together, goodness abounds. And that's exactly what was on the menu last night for Ten Out of Tenn's…Continue
Added by Kelly McCartney on March 21, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Parker Millsap’s sophomore set rings the musical changes and sparkles like a diamond
It’s not truly raspy or hoarse to the extent of aurally grating, but Parker’s (singing) voice is most assuredly weathered way beyond his tender twenty years. Born and raised in the small town of Purcell, Oklahoma (Pop. 5,884), Parker is another Red Dirt bred musician with a great deal to say for himself. On this self-released (Okrahoma Records), self-titled,…Continue
Caravan of Thieves is a magical musical configuration of four talented people (Fuzz, Carrie, Ben and Brian) whose joy while playing together is palpable. Walking into a performance by these four is akin to having the sun break out from behind ugly gray clouds after an extended period of darkness. They light up any stage they are on and the audience is swept into their mesmerizing world of gypsy jazz, rootsy folk, and all-around good-time music. It’s a sound that is unique and a…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on January 31, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Small Town Heroes
To most of the world, Hurray for the Riff Raff will appear to be newcomers, although their songs harken back to early Appalachian tradition. Part of the reason for that lack of awareness can be traced to the fact that their earlier albums were given only European release, and while an eponymous endeavour and the excellent Look Out Mama might have struck a lively connection had they come out in…Continue
On episode 171 of the Americana Music Show, There was a bumper crop of good music this year on the Americana Music Show. More albums than ever were submitted to the show. By my rough count, almost twice as many albums hit my inbox in 2013 than 2012. So far I’m proud to say that I was able to give every single one of them a listen.
More important than the quantity, the music coming into my inbox just keeps…Continue
Added by Americana Music Show on December 23, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments
On their recent album, Sunday Morning Record, Austin group the Band of Heathens couldn't help but focus the music and songwriting on a period of change within the band and their personal lives while still managing to stay true to their distinctive sound...
Succumbing to the pressures of personal relationships, creative differences, financial hardship, and the strain of life on the road with the same group of people day in and day out, bands…Continue
As another year rounds the corner and heads off into the chronos, there is no end of the making of "best-of" and "top ten" lists of albums, books, or films. We at No Depression will soon be releasing our Top Ten albums of 2013, but I wasn't satisfied with the original list I submitted. I had to leave off too many good albums, so I decided to make a Top Twenty; even this list has many good albums missing from it, of course, and it doesn't include the many great boxed sets that hit the shelves…Continue
Added by Henry carrigan on December 13, 2013 at 10:56am — No Comments
I’m coming a little late to this release, but decided to write something because I began to listen to it more than once and that’s a sure sign that something's likeable and special here.
Released in October 2013 -- this is a rousing and melodic little collection -- with well-balanced male and female vocals.
The Dancing Hats has an aggressive approach similarly exemplified by bands such as Great Big Sea, the Oyster Band and Spirit of the West. The drums are just an…Continue
Added by John Apice on December 4, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This has been one of the most prolific years for outstanding record releases. It was very difficult to narrow down my choices; especially for my critic’s pick Top 10 turned into No Depression. As I’ve broken it down in the past, this edition of Liner Notes has three divisions: Male, Female and Duo/Group. After the dust settles, one will be crowned the overall champion. Just like the BCS, I’m splitting hairs at times to determine who…Continue
To some, Joseph Arthur is a painter from New York. To others, he is a recording artist who has clocked well over fifteen minutes of fame since the release of Come to Where I’m From in 2000. But to the locals, he’s just another kid from Akron that took his talents elsewhere as his star power had outgrown the small metropolis of Midwestern Ohio culture. But just like other Firestone High School alumni Chrissie Hynde, Dan Auerbach, and Patrick Carney, his heart never really…Continue
Texas-based multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Zebulon Whatley recently made available the third and final installment in his “Dissolution Trilogy,” titled “Trinity,” under his Sons of Perdition banner. A fevered exercise in dark roots and apocalyptic country, “Trinity” is a mad and rambling narrative told in sixteen absorbing chapters. Myth and music collide as the tale takes the listener through the perilous…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on November 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Last week the newest members to the hallowed Country Music Hall of Fame were officially inducted. The three artists selected by the CMA for induction this year are all unquestionably deserving of the honor. And yet I find myself, as with every year, in utter disbelief at a continuing, inexcusable oversight. One of the most popular, influential, innovative, and lasting country music stars of the 1950’s and early 1960’s remains excluded. That artist is Johnny Horton.
Johnny Horton died…Continue