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
The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revolutions. Hence the triptych of songs titled “Jack Kerouac,” “Leo Tolstoy” and “Walt Whitman,” on Joshua Powell & the…Continue
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When I spoke to Jessica Lea Mayfield, she was standing outside her hotel next to a giant cornfield in Iowa. The night before, she and her band, which includes her husband Jesse Newport, played their first gig of a summer tour in support of her recently released and critically acclaimed album, Make My Head Sing… (ATO). The 24-year-old singer-songwriter can’t help but mention how the show was outdoors and the audience got soaked during a rainstorm, but is also cheerfully…Continue
Songs by Neale Eckstein & 34 friends including Tom Rush, Robin Batteau, David Buskin, Kenny Edwards, Dan Navarro and Dave Mattacks make up the compilation, Click.
Photographer-Singer-Songwriter Neale Eckstein has some very special friends, and 34 of them came together to help perform on a compilation of songs they co-wrote with Neale and recorded as “Click.”
Upon digging deeper into this collection I find the songs of…Continue
For those of you who are serious rockabilly and roots rock fans, if you aren't already familiar with the band, let me introduce you to the Augsburg, Germany sextet Steve Train and His Bad Habits. This is the sort of band that recalls the good old days of rockabilly and rock and roll, when Sun Records, Meteor…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on July 1, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Hindsight is always 20/20 they say, so making the decision to release her new album The Sky Is Falling after the smoke cleared from a turbulent band breakup and subsequent self reinvention, for Star Anna, is a moment of artistic clarity. Recorded with some of her band the Laughing Dogs and her closest confidants, this is a 10-song collection of brooding melodramatic vocals and the reverb-soaked high lonesome sound that fans of Star Anna have come to love. It is easy to see…Continue
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It may come as a surprise to many that it’s taken Jeff Tweedy till 2014 to record a solo record, but evidently the time has come -- his solo debut Sukierae is due in September. Sharing these new tunes with his legions of ever-loyal Wilco fans is clearly the objective of Tweedy’s current tour, which made its way to Austin for two shows this week. The first was a taping on the esteemed PBS show Austin City Limits, and the second was a regular performance at the Texas Union…Continue
Added by Neil Ferguson on June 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
I usually don’t review extended play formats (EP) -- 3 to 6 songs -- because I feel I can’t be fair judging an artist from such a lean sample. However, I listened to this new three-song set a few times, did a little research and my curiosity made me listen back to Ten Ton Man’s 2012 self-titled full album. This collection contained ten songs that helped me understand the direction they were coming from.
So, while I'm not reviewing that first album here, I may reference their…Continue
Added by John Apice on June 20, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Singer/songwriter James McMurtry has been hailed by Stephen King, had an album produced by John Mellencamp and has toured relentlessly over his 25 plus year career. Some call him Americana, others champion his protest songs, while some…
Added by Rob Kern on June 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
Get three songwriters in a room together and the result is unpredictable, but every so often you get a collaboration that works in the best possible way. Such is the case with Easton Stagger Phillips, a project featuring acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter Tim Easton, Alaskan producer and musician Evan Phillips, and Canadian singer-songwriter Leeroy Stagger. At least geographically, this seems like an unlikely pairing, but each of these three are highly talented and, as a trio,…Continue
Q: How did the Bitter Roots begin?
A: The Bitter Roots really started as the set of songs I wrote for the first album in 2007-2008. My band old manSaveman had come to a close and I was looking to change direction a bit away from the hard rock/metal
material I had been doing. Ben Koostra (drums) had gotten in touch with me to let me know he was moving to Seattle. He had been in…
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They say you should never meet your heroes, for fear of being disappointed. So, it was with that trepidation that I walked toward the theatre. I’ve been a fan of Graham Parker ever since a nice man in Oz Records convinced me to buy the Howling Wind LP in late 1976.
As the evening progressed, I bumped into several old friends, including a school friend last spotted in April 1975, and none of us could agree on how many times Parker had previously played in Newcastle…Continue
Added by Deborah R. Crooks on June 2, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Think of Vermont:
Farmhouses, maple trees, syrup amber in jars,
Camembert, brie, jonagold,
Honeycrisp drives through lush green country.
Think of settling down, breathing once more.
But also of sleeve ink, Hank Williams, John Prine,
Of demons haunting a ghost named Waylon Speed,
Stalked through back streets leaving charred filters,
His Grimm breadcrumbs in the harsh…
Added by Jim Simpson on June 1, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
I'm standing on the corner of St. Phillip and N. Robertson in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. It’s only noon but already the sun beats down and the air is thick with humidity. A bright red Cadillac pulls to the curb and a towering figure wearing a pastel polo shirt and a baseball cap emerges from the car. Before walking over to greet me the man runs back to his car and grabs a trombone, a move that may be seen as odd if we were in any other neighborhood in the world, but…Continue
Added by Neil Ferguson on May 18, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
When I joined the T-Bones back in the early 1990s, I was appalled to discover they couldn’t play covers. What sort of “country band”--genuinely from the country, to boot--could not fill a night with country and western classics, rockabilly, Cash covers, and so on? At the least, couldn’t they try adding a little Cold Chisel, or even AccaDacca to win over the leery punters?
Added by Andrew Pupillo on May 15, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Listen to Reed Turchi’s gravelly, snarling voice and swaggering slide guitar playing and you’ll find his self-proclaimed style of “kudzu boogie” spreading over you and engulfing you much like that omnipresent Southern-growing plant from which it takes its name. The music is steeped in the rhythmic dirty grooves of North Mississippi Hill Country blues brought to the world by the likes of Kenny Brown, RL Burnside, Fred McDowell, and even contemporary players like Luther Dickinson.…Continue
Nashville trio the Howlin' Brothers have built a reputation with their lively performances and quality tunes that criss cross Southern musical styles. With a new album coming out and another massive tour the Brothers have plenty to be proud about.
You could try and put the Howlin’ Brothers into a category like bluegrass or old timey music, but why would you want to go and do a silly thing like that? The fact is, this Nashville trio makes music that incorporates…Continue