Once again music lovers descended on the Hill Country for a weekend of fantastic music and wonderful weather. This year’s Old Settler’s Festival showcased a wide range of artists spanning an even wider range of genres. What brought everyone together was the enjoyment of this long-running festival that refuses to sell its soul to marketers in order to guarantee that each year’s experience is just…Continue
Added by Neil Ferguson on April 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
Neil Sedaka wasn’t kidding when he sang “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” Some people choose to let a breakup ruin them only to become that sad drunk guy at the bar nobody can stand. Others, however, can turn a breakup into something positive. In the case of Nashville singer-songwriter Bobby Bare Jr. that positive comes in the form of a brand new album aptly titled Undefeated (Bloodshot Records). The album is his first full-length in four years and sees him returning from a long…Continue
San Francisco band Blind Willies, led by singer/songwriter Alexei Wajchman, plays music as powerful as it is eclectic. Offering up a raucous blend of folk, blues, Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, and original songwriting , Blind Willies features Misha Khalikuov (cello), Alex Nash (drums), Daniel Riera (bass, flute), and Max Miller-Loran (keyboard, trumpet). They met while attending San Francisco’s School of the Arts. Accomplished across diverse genres including rock, jazz, classical, world, and…Continue
Added by Ethan Finn on April 8, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
The music world suffered a great loss on April 5, 2014 with the passing of David Lamb, one half of the Rhode Island husband and wife duo known as Brown Bird. When I received the news via my dad, who is a music writer himself and a DJ in our home state of Rhode Island and had originally introduced me to Brown Bird, I was hit with a wave of sadness unlike any I have felt in a long time. It wasn't just another death. Dave was a true musical spirit and an unbelievably talented…Continue
To follow-up his well-received 2011 full-length album Bad Ingredients on Bloodshot Records Texan one-man band Scott H. Biram has released a collection of new songs and covers under the title Nothin’ But Blood. A highly anticipated album, this one, and after listening to it in its entirety a handful of times now I can say it was well worth the wait. To begin, Biram launches into the kind of rebel country, raw and…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on March 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Anytime someone refers to a musician or act as the “real deal” their opinion is almost always rendered null and void at that very moment. Calling an act the “real deal” is as cliché as slapping the “authentic” label in front of that Oliver Garden meal you just ate. It is an affront that shows the slightly…Continue
Added by Neil Ferguson on March 25, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the horror stories from this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin. Tragedy, marketing madness and throngs of thirsty spring breaking teenagers certainly put a damper on the week and yet again raised the question of when SXSW will simply implode. These are all serious issues, but underneath all of that there is…Continue
The indie approach of low-frills studio production has become clichéd and dull. Michael Stosic’s new self-titled album flips the pages back to a different aesthetic, when sounding slickly recorded and big wasn’t a crime against musical taste. For the most part, Stosic is channeling the ‘80s here, equal parts Hall & Oates-ish R&B and Bruce Hornsby heartland rock. For those old enough to recall Adult Contemporary radio during that era, Stosic’s music will strike a nostalgic…Continue
Added by Stacey Zering on March 16, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
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