J.M. McSpadden III is a writer and roots music enthusiast who believes that every life needs to find its soundtrack, and every road trip is an opportunity to full tilt boogie.
He is grounded by the love of his wife, Suzanne, and their six children, all of whom have had to listen to their father ramble on and on about the merits of this song or that band until they finally said, "You need a blog!" He currently lives just outside Richmond, Virginia. And by the way, he also has a BFA in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. So there.
Live music has the potential to be any number of things. It can be a pleasant diversion, it can be cathartic, it can be a shared party. And sometimes, with the right artist, it can be transcendent. On the right […]
Fred Wickham resurfaces from a lengthy lay off with a sparkling gem of an album, Mariosa Delta. The co-founder of the defunct roots rock band Hadacol journeys through the past to 1940, and finds the truth about a tragedy that […]
What do you do when you can play straight blues or Hendrix style hard rock with equal ease and finesse? On the seventh album of his career the phenom from Nelson County, Virginia reins in his inner guitar god and […]
The Nighthawks, Washington, DC’s ambassadors of the blues, prove once again that there is at least one group in the capitol city that knows how to get the job done. Armed with a dirty dozen tracks that display their stylistic […]
The Steel Wheels just dropped the best album of their career. Trent Wagler, Eric Brubaker, Brian Dickel and Jay Lapp have a lot of reasons to be proud. Their new release, Wild as We Came Here, has the boys from […]
The Steel Wheels kicked off their 2017 tour with a rousing cd release show in front of a packed house at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA. The band hit the stage with a truckload of energy and the crowd […]
You don’t know how many chances you get in life. Perhaps that is part of the inspiration for the new release from Greg Wickham. Or maybe it is legacy. A chance to communicate to his children the things that truly […]
Eric Bibb is back, though he was never really gone, along with a boatload of new blues. And, like John Cephas once said of him, Bibb is right on time. He has an uncanny knack for being both timely and […]
Daniel and Lauren Goans retreat from the constant motion of life on the road and resurface with a collection of songs that are bracing in their honesty, transparent in their affection, seductive in their vulnerability. The result is Thin, eleven […]
Big Dave McLean is back and sounding as cranky as ever, and that’s a good thing. McLean’s new release Better the Devil You Know is produced by fellow Canadian and string wizard, Steve Dawson. This album is McLean’s second for […]
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