I grew up listening to a lot of country music with my parents, but part of my rebellion was musical. After spending a lot of time in hard rock, metal, rap, indie rock, jazz and even an obsession with early-mid 70â€™s Stevie Wonder, I made my way back to country. Really there were always artists like Bill Mallonee and Neil Young that I was listening to in the interim, but it took a while to get back to guys like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Lefty Frizzell. Today, my interests are primarily in the roots/americana/country/southern rock area of things, but that doesn't mean I don't listen to anything else.
I’m always excited about a new Billy Joe Shaver album – especially one with almost all new songs (in this case, “The Git Go” first appeared in 2012 on Live at Billy Bob’s). This one even kicks off with a […]
Cory Branan is a hard guy to peg, but he seems aware of that fact. His sound mixes enough influences that he called his last album, “Mutt.” While “Mutt” did showcase some strong songwriting, it simply didn’t cohere perfectly as […]
I was fortunate enough to catch a show Cory Branan at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR not too long after the release of his current record, “Mutt” (It’s his first on Bloodshot Records.). Like, “Mutt,” the show was […]
“Retro Soul” was a label that got thrown around a lot after Alabama Shakes’ 2011 EP (Of which all three songs are included in this album.). Listening to those songs, it’s understandable, but with “Boys & Girls,” the band makes […]
In the midst of strong reviews of his last album, “Harlem River Blues” Justin Townes Earle made the kind of splash he undoubtedly did not want to make. For various reasons, Earle entered re-hab (again) for drug addiction. I mention […]
Maybe I’m a little jaded, but there aren’t too many people I’d get excited about meeting. Billy Joe Shaver is an exception. He’s a writer that proves less is more which meant a lot when my dad showed me “Tramp […]
Slaid Cleaves may not be a natural-born Texan (He’s originally from Portland, Maine. He has been in Texas for 20 years, though.), but he knows a thing or two about a thing or two. For starters, he knows about songwriting, […]
from awaitingtheflood.com: The first thing I noticed looking at the cover art for “Songs and Stories” was on the inner part of the gatefold. There are three photos — one of Guy Clark and one each of Verlon Thompson […]
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