Stop yelling! I get it. I GET it! Jim White has roots! Jesus, does he have roots. He has more than roots, though. He has music in his soul, some of it folky, some jazzy, some somewhat dissonant, all of […]
Every year, thousands of independent bands take to one of the major crowdfunding platforms to raise funds from their fanbase to produce their new work without the interference of a major label. But increasingly, crowdfunding sites have become the norm […]
(First published at Isthmus online.) MADISON WI: I searched for musical extremes in 2015. Jon Mueller’s prog drone (Shitty Barn, Spring Green, June 10), Gangstagrass’ confounding bluegrass hip-hop (the Frequency, Oct. 16), Tim Berne’s avant garde jazz (West End Conservatory, […]
This week’s installment of Eye On Roots focuses on Jim White. White is a Southern Gothic alt-country singer-songwriter. While his music is based in Americana, he borrows elements from rock, rhythm and blues, and even electronica, often piecing sounds together […]
Idiosyncratic Southern Gothic singer-songwriter Jim White, whose new album, Take It Like a Man, is a collaboration with The Packway Handle Band, has a way with words, so it’s wise to give him the floor and let him vividly describe the […]
The Kennedys Dance a Little Closer: The Kennedys Sing the Songs of Nanci Griffith (independent release) As sincere a tribute as one might ever imagine, Dance a Little Closer: The Kennedys Sing the Songs of Nanci Griffith finds Pete and Maura […]
Jim White’s mesmerizing voice and narrative songwriting cast a spell. David Byrne calls White’s music “Beautiful, dark and weird stuff.” I find the songs here even more compelling than those on White’s fine prior records, including the highly regarded Wrong […]
Darkly seductive like that preacher’s son who smelled of sex and whiskey and spoke redemption back in high school, Jim White’s debut album Wrong-Eyed Jesus beguiles the listener into riding shotgun from the git-go: “Big ole car moving fast, watch […]
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