Bursting forth with a sound salvaged from the cutting room floor of a long lost session of the million dollar quartet at Sun Studios, ‘Parish Lines’ from Rod Melancon isn’t retro; it’s the real deal. Hailing from South Louisiana, as documented on the fiery honky-tonk track bearing that name, Melancon delivers vocal skills full of authenticity and back country pride. The ten strong songs cover the gamut of roots rock, country and hillbilly soul, and tell us tales of a small town…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on March 4, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Valerie June had a huge year in 2013 with the release of her debut album, Pushin’ Against A Stone, which was flawlessly produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and ranked highly in numerous “best of” lists. As the new year gets going the Tennessee native’s relentless tour schedule shows that she has no intention of slowing down. Given the buzz surrounding June, it was no surprise to see such a large turnout to catch her early opening set for Sharon…Continue
Dan Navarro is a musician’s musician—not only does he write some awfully tasty tunes, play guitar with the best of ‘em, but he’s an advocate for all his musical colleagues. He’s got their backs. Dan has served on the board of Folk Alliance International and is very active and outspoken about all things related to musicians’ rights pertaining to their ability to make a living wage.
Dan’s music is written with a lot of heart. It’s honest. It’s real. This interview below…Continue
If you've ever gone out in Los Angeles, chances are you've seen Paul Chesne play. One of the - if not THE - hardest working musicians in L.A., Chesne has been listed in the L.A. Weekly or L.A. Times Calendar section, usually multiple times, every week for the past 15 years. That's playing out an average of three times a week, on top of a full-time (mercifully flexible) day job, handling everything himself. Because he's a musician that simply…Continue
Added by CJ Gronner on February 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
We have to wade through so much nonsense on the radio to get a chance to hear the occasional good tune, but sometimes a recording comes along that's all meat and no potatoes.
That's exactly how I felt listening for the first time to Larry Stone's 2011 offering, "Thistles & Salt." Primarily recorded at Gold Tooth Studio in Fort Worth, Texas and released on Cool Groove Records. this CD is graced with delicious backing musical talent. Jim and Susan Colegrove stand out among…Continue
Added by Keith Gorgas on February 17, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
2013 was one hell of a year for Dale Watson. Though he has been a working musician for over two decades and has managed to release over twenty albums carrying his name since 1995, it was the release of El Rancho Azul (Red House Records) that exposed Watson’s signature honky tonk sound to a new audience eager to hear real country music. Over the course of 2013 the Texas troubadour toured relentlessly, saved the legendary Austin dive Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon when he…Continue
From front to back, this record sounds for all the world like a Saturday night getting wonderfully out of control in the back…Continue
Added by Kelly Mowrer on February 12, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Most people have probably heard a Harry Nilsson song at some point in their life, but how many of those people have actually heard of Harry Nilsson? Chances are you were introduced to songs like “Coconut” at a party, or maybe you just couldn’t get “Jump Into The Fire” out of your head after witnessing the infamous helicopter chase scene in Goodfellas, or, if you’re like me, you remember watching the animated film The Point over and over as a kid and singing…Continue
Boston band Barrence Whitfield and the Savages have forged a reputation over the last thirty years for bringing one hell of a rocking party to audiences around the world.
Remember when rock and roll was cool? Barrence Whitfield does. At the age of 58 the Boston singer and his band the Savages are living proof that rock music can still be raw, gutsy and in-your-face. In fact, it was the desire to prove this that motivated Whitfield to reunite with the Savages in 2011…Continue
On a recent Saturday night California band The Mother Hips finished off a two-night stand at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas with a sold out show. Review and photos by Neil Ferguson.
For nearly twenty-five years The Mother Hips have been one of California’s best-kept secrets. Like other groups that may fall within the realm of “jam bands,” The Mother Hips have managed to stay under the radar of the mainstream while building a loyal and loving fanbase, all of whom are…Continue
Added by Neil Ferguson on January 15, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Fellow musicians have long recognized Bluesman Chaz DePaolo’s great talent, as evidenced by his 2012 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame (NY Chapter). DePaolo has toured around the US and Europe, sharing the stage with likes of Buddy Guy, Leon Hendrix, Chris Hillman, The Groundhogs, Commander Cody, Leon Russel, Stir Fried, and The New Riders of the Purple Sage, just to name a few. He’s paid his dues in coffee houses, holes, and bars, and he's headlined major blues festivals,…Continue
Added by Keith Gorgas on January 12, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I wanted to make sure I did it right.
Many of you are aware that Phil Everly of the hugely influential and great Everly Brothers died two days ago. The Everly Brothers brought the fantastic brother-harmonies dynamic of The Delmore and Louvin brothers to the modern sensibilities of the then newly born rock generation. Instead of focusing on the adult-folk element of the…Continue
Welcome to part 1 of the New Years Eve Episode of the HAPCast. With guest host Jay Rogers we start things off with "Working Man" from The Higher Choir. We discuss with Lowdive what kind of band they really are,why they have a Tonka, what is happening with their new album and the changes in the Athens music scene over the last 20 years. Showtime gives us the scoop on their new album, when to or not to use the f - bomb, and why there are no hip hop shows in downtown Athens.. Pay close…Continue
Added by Erin Drello on December 24, 2013 at 7:37am — 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
Brian Wright’s latest album Rattle Their Chains, is a lush and velvety triumph of analogue roots rock and roll. I don’t say “roots” so much as a euphemism for a band with a banjo and period costumes with suspenders and snappy caps, but rather, to say this album encapsulates the sounds and feelings from that liminal phase where a multitude of uniquely American musical genres from hillbilly to holy music evolved into the early days of rock and roll.…Continue
Most people know Eddie Spaghetti as one quarter of the self-proclaimed “greatest rock-n-roll band in the world,” the Supersuckers. Known for their raucous performances and hard-hitting style of punk and country-influenced rock music, the Supersuckers have gained a devoted following since forming in 1988. Recently Eddie Spaghetti, the band’s frontman and principal songwriter, decided to branch out with a solo record that blends country twang with dirty rock and roll, making for one…Continue
“Avenging Annie” was all over the airwaves in the early 1970s. It had “hit” written all over it. There wasn’t another tune quite like it and it seems like it’s had the staying power to remain in the hearts of all music fans who loved it back then. The musician behind the song—Andy Pratt—is still making great music. He’s recorded many CDs over the years and has played selected gigs. Rolling Stone said of Andy: “By reviving the dream of rock as an art and then…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on December 1, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Willie Alexander. I go way back with his music—back to the days when you’d find me at punk and rock clubs more often than you’d find me at a coffeehouse. And who would imagine that a few decades down the road that the twain would meet at the me&thee in Marblehead?
Willie’s contribution to the Boston music scene is legendary. From The Lost to the Boom Boom Band to The Confessions. Willie was inducted into the Boston Hall of Fame in 1987—the same year as The Cars. One…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on December 1, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
The remastered re-release of Ashley Hutchings' By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept is one of those rare albums that is so beautiful it can re-ignite a genre as it leads music lovers to rediscover an artist.
It's no overstatement to consider this album a true gift. Hutchings, the Gov'nor himself, has nothing left to prove in music. If he walked away today, he'd still be revered for creating more exceptional music––both under his own direction and through…Continue
It’s hard to believe twenty years have passed since a little band from Festus, Missouri by the name of The Bottle Rockets released their very first album. Yet, despite the passage of time, in our troubled times The Bottle Rockets’ hard-rocking songs of beat up cars, small town woes, and rowdy nights feel more relevant than ever. In fact, for me, The Bottle Rockets have never ceased to be relevant for even a second throughout the course of their twenty years as a band and my twenty…Continue