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Features The Hero of Texas Music History

The Hero of Texas Music History

Brian T. Atkinson is a chief innovator of modern-day music writing. The critically acclaimed Austin-based author isn’t just a biographer, he’s  a songwriting historian, saving the works of Texas greats for generations to come. With […]

Reviews Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s World Full of Blues

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s World Full of Blues

By Brian Rock Virtuoso dobro and guitar pickers Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley explore both the roots and the future of Country and Blues on their third release, World Full of Blues. The first track, […]

Gonzo Country 20 Greatest Texas Country Songs of All Time

20 Greatest Texas Country Songs of All Time

The 20 Greatest Texas Country Songs of All Time Texans have a real sense of independence that carriers over to songwriting. We were our own country for a while. All of these songwriters embody the incredible pride from the history […]

TJ WEST TJWest’s 2019 AmericanaFEST Highlights

TJWest’s 2019 AmericanaFEST Highlights

By Kim Grant I came to Los Angeles by way of Chicago 18 years ago.  At the time, I could count on one hand the amount of people I knew in L.A.  One of those […]

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Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s World Full of Blues

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s World Full of Blues

By Brian Rock Virtuoso dobro and guitar pickers Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley explore both the roots and the future of Country and Blues on their third release, World Full of Blues. The first track, […]

TJWest’s 2019 AmericanaFEST Highlights

TJWest’s 2019 AmericanaFEST Highlights

By Kim Grant I came to Los Angeles by way of Chicago 18 years ago.  At the time, I could count on one hand the amount of people I knew in L.A.  One of those […]

Charlie Parr Back with New Record

Charlie Parr Back with New Record

By Brian Rock It might come as some surprise that Charlie Parr’s fourteenth album is simply titled, Charlie Parr. After all, artists usually make their first album eponymous to help people remember their name. But […]

Muddy Roots Music Festival

Muddy Roots Music Festival

By Kim Grant There is only one place you can find punk bands like The Dwarves and The Dead Kennedys mixing it up with country roots artists Mike and the Moonpies, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and […]

Davina and the Vagabonds’ Sugar Drops

Davina and the Vagabonds’ Sugar Drops

By Brian Rock Davina and the Vagabonds deliver a sweet and sumptuous feast for the ears on their fourth album, Sugar Drops. Lead singer (also songwriter and pianist) Davina Sowers is possessed of a voice […]

Karen Jonas’ Lucky, Revisited

Karen Jonas’ Lucky, Revisited

By Brian Rock Americana chanteuse, Karen Jonas revisits her early recordings on her fourth release, Lucky, Revisited. Whereas most artists revamp the arrangements of their most popular songs for the stage and then release a […]

Erick Koskinen’s Burning the Deal

Erick Koskinen’s Burning the Deal

By Brian Rock As the summer heat is burning our lawns, Erik Koskinen’s fourth studio album is Burning The Deal. Continuing in his critically acclaimed earnest, honest, and organic style; Koskinen produces poetic, slice-of-life snapshots […]

Greg Felden’s Made of Strings

Greg Felden’s Made of Strings

By Brian Rock Greg Felden issues his Country tinged, Folk-Rock debut, Made of Strings. Like current Folk heroes Drew Holcomb and The Lumineers, Felden devotes as much attention to his musical arrangements as to his […]

TJ Premiere: Van Dyke Brown’s The Fair

TJ Premiere: Van Dyke Brown’s The Fair

Van Dyke Brown has released the video for “The Fair,” off of his debut album Holy Libel. Van Dyke Brown is the cosmic folk alter ego of musician, filmmaker, and novelist Scott Honea. In the […]

Song Premier: Matt Harlan, Mountain Pose

Song Premier: Matt Harlan, Mountain Pose

Houston, Texas-based singer songwriter, Matt Harlan’s latest release, Best Beasts is a seamless collection of songs that spotlight the critically acclaimed songwriter, who shows exponential growth with each track. The album includes vivid vignettes that frequently feature blue […]

Summer Playlist with Justin Townes Earle, Austin Meade, The Vandoliers, Southern Avenue and more

Summer Playlist with Justin Townes Earle, Austin Meade, The Vandoliers, Southern Avenue and more

It’s summer time again and that means there’s a ton of new releases vying to become the soundtrack of your soon to be epic vacation. So rather than focus on just one, here’s a roundup […]

Holly Renee Allen’s Appalachian Piecemeal

Holly Renee Allen’s Appalachian Piecemeal

By Brian Rock With a voice as clear as a mountain steam and as strong as the mountain it flows over, Holly Renee Allen sings a love letter to her beloved Blue Ridge in her […]