TJ West: Mike Stinson Back in Los Angeles TJ West: Mike Stinson Back in Los Angeles

TJ West: Mike Stinson Back in Los Angeles

  • July 14, 2016 8:13 am
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By Kim Grant Native Virginian, longtime LA transplant and now residing in Houston Texas,  Mike Stinson is back in Los Angeles, playing three shows over a long weekend at local main-stays Pappy and Harriett’s, Cinema Bar and the Agastock Benefit at The Echo.  Described by Billboard Magazine as the “King of the neo-honky-tonkers,” Stinson and band can jump from playing […]

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Up Close & Personal with John Prine and Sturgill Simpson Up Close & Personal with John Prine and Sturgill Simpson

Up Close & Personal with John Prine and Sturgill Simpson

  • June 29, 2016 12:04 pm
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By Chris Isom with photos by Adrienne Cohen Isom We’ve come to expect good things from the GRAMMY Museum and their GRAMMY Pro exclusive Up Close & Personal series raised the bar. Spending the evening with American country/roots singer/songwriters John Prine and Sturgill Simpson, talking creative process and telling stories moderated by music journalist Paul Zollo, […]

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Petunia & The Vipers: Dead Bird On The Highway Petunia & The Vipers: Dead Bird On The Highway

Petunia & The Vipers: Dead Bird On The Highway

  • June 14, 2016 1:46 pm
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By Brian Rock If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, Canada’s Petunia & The Vipers have just the thing for you. Their new release, Dead Bird On The Highway, blooms and blossoms with inventive musical combinations on every song. A jazzier version of Southern Culture on the Skids, Petunia & The […]

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TJ West: Brian Whelan talks about his new record Sugarland TJ West: Brian Whelan talks about his new record Sugarland

TJ West: Brian Whelan talks about his new record Sugarland

  • June 10, 2016 8:00 am
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By Kim Grant Brian Whelan is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who has recently added producer to his credits. He is a former member of the power-pop band, The Broken West (2004) and the Americana indie rock band, Apex Manor (2010- both bands on Merge Records). Whelan’s a multi-instrumentalist who has played with the illustrious Chuck […]

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Features

Up Close & Personal with John Prine and Sturgill Simpson

Up Close & Personal with John Prine and Sturgill Simpson

By Chris Isom with photos by Adrienne Cohen Isom We’ve come to expect good things from the GRAMMY Museum and their GRAMMY Pro exclusive Up Close & Personal series raised the bar. Spending the evening with American country/roots singer/songwriters John Prine and Sturgill Simpson, talking creative process and telling stories moderated by music journalist Paul Zollo, […]

Jun 29, 2016 12:04

Reviews

Long-Awaited Guy Clark Bio: Without Getting Killed Or Caught

Long-Awaited Guy Clark Bio: Without Getting Killed Or Caught

Legendary songwriter and Country great Guy Clark’s new bio, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, will be available October 18th. Written by Grammy-winning producer Tamara Saviano, the long awaited book explores the beloved tunesmith’s life, loves, and friendship with Townes Van Zandt, while also exploring the author’s friendship with Clark and […]

Jul 6, 2016 11:47

Gonzo Country

TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA

TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA

TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA HOME: Venice, CA PROFESSION: Song Slinger and Guitar Fighter at NOCONA HOBBIES: Astronomy, Particle Physics and Salsa making LAST ALBUM PURCHASED: Ronnie Self, Mr Frantic, Norton Records LAST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Getting to open for Roky Erickson and The Hounds of The Baskervilles in Austin last year was a big deal for us. His music has been more […]

Nov 27, 2015 8:48

TJ WEST

TJ West [Video Premier]: The Brothers Comatose “The Way the West Was Won”

TJ West [Video Premier]:  The Brothers Comatose “The Way the West Was Won”

TJ West is delighted to premiere the video “The Way The West Was Won,” from the The Tomboy Sessions, off of The Brothers Comatose new album City Painted Gold, which was released on March 4th.  On City Painted Gold the string quintet drew inspiration from the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco where they lived for 14 years. TJ West had the […]

May 18, 2016 8:00

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Long-Awaited Guy Clark Bio: Without Getting Killed Or Caught

Long-Awaited Guy Clark Bio: Without Getting Killed Or Caught

Legendary songwriter and Country great Guy Clark’s new bio, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, will be available October 18th. Written by Grammy-winning producer Tamara Saviano, the long awaited book explores the beloved tunesmith’s life, loves, and friendship with Townes Van Zandt, while also exploring the author’s friendship with Clark and […]

Tomato Tomato releases I Go Where You Go

Tomato Tomato releases I Go Where You Go

By Brian Rock Fresh picked from Canada, comes the new album from Tomato Tomato (or possibly pronounced Tomato Tomahto – I can never be sure after that Christopher Walken skit on Saturday Night Live) I Go Where You Go picks up where their debut album, So It Goes, left off; with a healthy dose of […]

French AmericanaJazz Artist NATE releases Pilgram

French AmericanaJazz Artist NATE releases Pilgram

By Brian Rock If you like Americana and Jazz and you ever find yourself in France, you should definitely check out the band Nate. If your travel budget keeps you closer to home, check out Nate’s new album, Pilgrim. Rooted in Jazz, Blues and Americana, Nate combines these elements with a continental, subdued elegance for a […]

Al Scorch: Circle Round The Signs

Al Scorch: Circle Round The Signs

By Brian Rock From the very first notes of Al Scorch’s new album, Circle Round The Signs, it’s abundantly clear that this is not your grandfather’s Bluegrass. Sure there’s plenty of banjo and fiddle to go around. But Al scorches the strings at full throttle and turns the amps to eleven. Like accidently playing an […]

TJ West [Video Premier]: The Brothers Comatose “The Way the West Was Won”

TJ West [Video Premier]:  The Brothers Comatose “The Way the West Was Won”

TJ West is delighted to premiere the video “The Way The West Was Won,” from the The Tomboy Sessions, off of The Brothers Comatose new album City Painted Gold, which was released on March 4th.  On City Painted Gold the string quintet drew inspiration from the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco where they lived for 14 years. TJ West had the […]

TJ West: Landing with Moonsville Collective

TJ West: Landing with Moonsville Collective

By Kim Grant Moonsville Collective is an Americana String Band that is based on the traditions of Appalachia, Old Time, Folk, Country & Rhythm and Blues. Forming in 2011, the band is comprised of six members including Father and son team “Dobro” Dan Richardson and bassist Seth Richardson, lead vocalists Corey Adams and Ryan Welch, mandolinist […]

Nudie’s Everything’s Different In The Night

Nudie’s Everything’s Different In The Night

By Brian Rock Canadian musician Nudie (Canudian?) releases his second solo album this month, Everything’s Different In The Night. Nudie (named for legendary Nashville designer Nudie Cohn, not for any onstage exhibitionism) continues his troubadour stylings from his critically acclaimed debut. A true Marty Stuart disciple, Nudie sings earnest, earthy songs about love and loss […]

Lorene from Left Arm Tan

Lorene from Left Arm Tan

By Brian Rock Start your engines and roll down your windows, because it’s time for the newest musical road trip from Left Arm Tan.  Lorene is the third full length offering from the Fort Worth based quintet. Picking up where they left off, they continue their distinctive brand of melodic Americana. With expert musicianship and […]

Take a Trip with Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Take a Trip with Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

By Mark Lennon Sturgill Simpson’s well documented burst onto the americana and country scene came with a loud twang-bang. 2014’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music with producer Dave Cobb harnessed the raw energy of Waylon Jennings’ throbbing country groove with psychedelic poetry and acoustic underpinnings making a legion of Sturgill fans seemingly overnight. The one thing […]

TJ WEST: Storming Through SXSW

TJ WEST: Storming Through SXSW

By Kim Grant Apparently, I’ve been going to SXSW for over 10 years, as my music-loving friend, Rob McCann reminded me when he celebrated his 10th year at the music conference recently.  This doesn’t hold a candle to the many years the industry vets I know have accumulated, but still, ten years is long time. […]

My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me

My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me

By Jake Tully With an EP entitled My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me, one might think Venice beach busker-cum recording artist Vince Grant was being entirely transparent. However, the beauty in Grant’s music lies within a way of inhabiting Tim Buckley or Skip Spence, and in these elegiac and elegiac epic tragedies Grant […]

Julie Rhodes is Bound To Meet The Devil

Julie Rhodes is Bound To Meet The Devil

By Brian Rock If you like travelling on the Blues side of the Americana soundscape, sooner or later you’re bound to meet Julie Rhodes. On her debut album, Bound To Meet The Devil, she announces her debut on the world Blues stage with a confidence, swagger, and defiance that belies her newbie status. Part Brittany […]