On the latest installment of their current Club Crawl tour, Hayes Carll and Parker Millsap camped out in Nashville for five nights -- well, technically, it was four plus one in Cumberland Caverns. First stop, the Loveless Barn for Music City Roots on March 5. Now, it's worth noting that the Barn is a tough room. These are music lovers first and fans second. If they aren't familiar with the songs, they seem to, at least, appreciate the craftsmanship and technical skill on…Continue
Added by Kelly McCartney on March 10, 2014 at 11:00am — 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
On his third album Here I Come Mississippi born Eddie Cotton Jr. is out to prove everything is up to date on the delta. Guitarist singer songwriter Cotton performs with fire, snap and sass on the ten original tracks backed by Myron Bennett (bass), Samuel Scott, Jr. (drums) who hit each groove with calculated precision. Produced skillfully by Grady Champion for his DeChamp records, the 2010 IBC winner also makes a guest appearance adding his legendary harmonica skills to two…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on February 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Hot on the heels of his acclaimed 2013 all instrumental record ‘Get It,’ Tinsley Ellis is back with another set of scorching blues rock guitar tracks on ‘Midnight Blue.’ The ten new songs show how Ellis is a master of tone as he uses familiar themes to explore the depths of his guitar playing, vocal abilities and lyrical expression.
An obvious student of the blues Ellis delivers a classic lovers lament on the opening track “If The River Keeps Rising,’ with its thundering…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on February 17, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I’d never heard of songwriter and slide guitarist Robert Hill when a mutual friend recently sent me a copy of his CD “ My Corner.” First impression: “ This sucks, it sounds just like EmmyLou Harris’s Wrecking Ball. Too much bass, too heavy on the bass drums. Too much affectation in the vocals. Somebody wants to be thought of as an “artist”.
Twenty good listens to later, I am a Robert Hill fan. Robert won me over, as a songwriter, first of all. He touches topics…Continue
Added by Keith Gorgas on February 14, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
New Yorker Chris Bergson has a mountain of talent with his tight guitar, a smoky baritone that instantly recalls David Clayton Thomas and reflective songwriting skills, but he is also smart enough to know it’s hard to stand alone. For his seventh release Bergson assembled a band of special guests and feature players and recorded live over two nights at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan. The fifteen song set is a mix of modern blues, funk and blue eyed soul, delivered the way it is…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on February 10, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
My second gig of the year, and again is at the Old Cinema Launderette. I do go to other places, but when the offerings are this good, you have to take advantage!
Harri Endersby opened the show, a local singer-songwriter, I was seeing for the first time. I enjoyed her original songs and 1 cover, especially a song called 'Tobacco Tin' that was genuinely affecting. Harri's voice managed to be both vulnerable and fierce, and she showed a good range. Her clear, open delivery suited her…Continue
Added by Steven Proctor on January 28, 2014 at 12:57pm — No Comments
The formula for a folk pop duo with acoustic guitars has been a long staple of the music world and Simon and Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers and the Indigo Girls wrote the book on how to make it successful. Seattle based duo Cool Water are trying to put their own spin on the genre and with the release of their new album ‘I am Cured,” they honor the traditions of the past and embrace some new ideas. Talented guitarist and lead vocalist Brooke Pennock teamed up with lifelong friend,…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on January 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — 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
Veteran Northwest musician and multiple WBS “BB” award winner Polly O’Keary returns to form with her third studio album Compass, featuring guitar ace Seattle Slim and several stellar guests including The Seattle Horns, piano man Arthur Migliazza and IBC winner Kevin Sutton. The disc of eleven new tunes is a mixture of fresh ideas and classic sounds recorded and co-produced by the legendary Conrad Uno at his Egg Studio in Seattle.
At the center is the full force gale of…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on January 12, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Seattle is building quite a lexicon of electronic based music and the trio Hard Garden aim to add a little blues to the mix. Delta blues duo Son Jack Jr. and Michael Wilde along with mix master Garret Williams have released their first full length album ‘Blue Yonder,’ a fresh take on the basis of all pop music.aka... “the blues,” by mixing it with an entirely programmed backup, full of found and sampled sounds. Anchored by Son Jack’s deep groovin’ guitar and Wilde’s hot harp, the…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on January 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
While I understand that country music is a big tent genre, as I stood in the Loveless Café's barn last night listening to Ashley Monroe, I couldn't help but think, "This is how country music is supposed to sound." That's also the thought that fills my brain when I listen to Like a Rose, Monroe's fantastic 2013 release (masterfully produced by Vince Gill). You know, the record that so many critics put in the upper-ranks…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
With her past few releases, Nashville singer/songwriter Julie Lee has explored old-timey folk and various other pathways in and out of roots music. But with her new Till and Mule, she has truly hit her stride. While this set draws from the wisdom gleaned from those previous explorations, it stands as its own work, through and through. It's just great songwriting rendered in a flawless fashion... pure and simple.
And that's Julie Lee -- pure and simple.
Added by Kelly McCartney on December 18, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
There isn’t anything earthshaking or seemingly unique about the third album from San Diego based duo Chris James and Patrick Rynn. The twelve song set is a fine mix of original tunes and selected covers firmly rooted in traditional post war Chicago Blues. The sound is retro yet average the vocals are everyday easy, the guitar and sax solos are solid but not flamboyant. So what makes this album so irresistibly infectious? In today’s guitar centric market the duo have recruited three…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on December 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Deb Ryder has certainly studied the masters growing up in the Chicago area and being mentored by Etta James and Big Joe Turner, so it’s no surprise her debut album ‘Might Just Get Lucky,’ is such a strong collection, the real question is why it took so long. Along with her husband and bass player Ric Ryder she has been leading the Southern California band The Bluesryders for over twenty years. The ten song set of all original material showcases Ryder’s huge vocals and skilled…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on December 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Atlanta-bred singer/songwriter Michelle Malone has lived through more than a few different incarnations in her career. She's been a blues rocker, a torch singer,an Americana troubadour, and, with her upcoming Acoustic Winter record, a folk singer... or as close to a folk singer as the fierce vocalist will probably ever get.
Indeed, this new effort finds Malone stripping down to the basics. In these songs, in this setting,…Continue
The collection's title may hint at the themes of loss, sadness and healing born out of personal circumstances and bled into the verses, but The…Continue
I just want to put a HUGE thank you out there to everyone who gave me their feedback and nominated their friends and colleagues for this whole ordeal. It has been wonderful to see musicians and fans come forward to support each other. Every single person/band on this list and the people who nominated them are already winners in my book.Voting will be up a bit later this week, but in a feeble effort to generate some more excitement, I wanted to release the nominees today. You know, so you…Continue
Added by Red Line Roots on November 26, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Recent transplant to Seattle, New Zealand born singer songwriter Fleur Jack found herself in the world of her teenage dreams, namely the land of “grunge rock of the 90’s,” and one of its holiest shrines the vaunted London Bridge Studios. Previously she had toured in America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong and released two albums as Fleur Jack & The Jandals and two others as the lead vocalist, bassist & writer for rock band “The Twitch”, who placed 2nd in the…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on November 22, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments