Blair Crimmins and the Hookers’ You Gotta Sell Something Blair Crimmins and the Hookers’ You Gotta Sell Something

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers’ You Gotta Sell Something

  • February 27, 2017 7:00 am
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By Brian Rock Blair Crimmins and the Hookers want to sell you something. But despite the name, it’s not what you might think. What they are selling is righteous old-school jazz on their new release, You Gotta Sell Something. The fourth release from the Georgia octet finds them continuing and building upon their holy Jazz […]

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Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrate with All-Star Kings & Kings Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrate with All-Star Kings & Kings

Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrate with All-Star Kings & Kings

  • February 20, 2017 7:00 am
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By Brian Rock Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of their seventh studio album, Kings & Kings. The improbably named Canadian trio (there is no one named Blackie, and I am unable to verify whether there are any actual rodeo kings) of Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson […]

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Duende by The Band of Heathens Duende by The Band of Heathens

Duende by The Band of Heathens

  • February 14, 2017 12:22 pm
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By Brian Rock Duende is the fifth studio album by The Band of Heathens. The title is a Spanish word meaning passion, heightened emotion, or spirit; and it is a fitting moniker for this set. Departing from the sparse, introspective feel of their last album, the band plugs back in and combines the best elements […]

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TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can

TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can

  • February 3, 2017 7:08 am
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By Kim Grant TJ West introduced Andrew Sheppard and his record Far From Here.  Now we’re happy to premiere his new video for the song, “Get It While You Can.” The video opens with a shot of downtown L.A. where Sheppard lived for awhile before moving back to his home state of Idaho. “Overall the […]

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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

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers’ You Gotta Sell Something

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers’ You Gotta Sell Something

By Brian Rock Blair Crimmins and the Hookers want to sell you something. But despite the name, it’s not what you might think. What they are selling is righteous old-school jazz on their new release, You Gotta Sell Something. The fourth release from the Georgia octet finds them continuing and building upon their holy Jazz […]

Feb 27, 2017 7:00

Gonzo Country

The Long, Lonesome Highway of Hank Williams

The Long, Lonesome Highway of Hank Williams

By Terry Roland “The roses have faded, there’s frost at my door The birds in the morning don’t sing anymore The grass in the valley is starting to die And out in the darkness the whippoorwills cry.” – Hank Williams, from “Alone & Forsaken” The South, in the deep, lonely nights of winter can be […]

Jan 10, 2017 10:35

TJ WEST

TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can

TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can

By Kim Grant TJ West introduced Andrew Sheppard and his record Far From Here.  Now we’re happy to premiere his new video for the song, “Get It While You Can.” The video opens with a shot of downtown L.A. where Sheppard lived for awhile before moving back to his home state of Idaho. “Overall the […]

Feb 3, 2017 7:08

Recent Articles

Seneko Brings Back 90’s Americana

Seneko Brings Back 90’s Americana

By Jake Tully With a nod to Jay Farrar and the Wallflowers, Seneko’s  self-titled debut EP brings to the mind the nostalgic and warm harmonies of the formative early 90’s Americana. One reckons Seneko is emulating the sound from the scene that cemented the relationship of “Country” and “Country-adjacent.” Through churning drums and a faint […]

The Long, Lonesome Highway of Hank Williams

The Long, Lonesome Highway of Hank Williams

By Terry Roland “The roses have faded, there’s frost at my door The birds in the morning don’t sing anymore The grass in the valley is starting to die And out in the darkness the whippoorwills cry.” – Hank Williams, from “Alone & Forsaken” The South, in the deep, lonely nights of winter can be […]

Holiday Review: Cris Jacobs, Francesca Brown, The Warhorses and Christmas on the Lam

Holiday Review: Cris Jacobs, Francesca Brown, The Warhorses and Christmas on the Lam

By Brian Rock Ready or not, Christmas is upon us. As a courtesy to all you last minute shoppers (you know who you are,) here’s a few stocking stuffer ideas for the music lover on your list. Dust to Gold by Cris Jacobs (for fans of bluesy, rootsy Americana) Part Townes Van Zandt, part Ronnie […]

The Grand Ole Echo in Los Angeles is Back for its Third Annual Winter Dance Party

The Grand Ole Echo in Los Angeles is Back for its Third Annual Winter Dance Party

By Kim Grant The Los Angeles seasonal roots music series* is having their version of a holiday party celebrating the best music of the 1950’s and 60’s on December 15th.  The event will be hosted by former Grand Ole Echo booker, Matt Farber with Brian Whelan & The Rockin’ Roachas returning as the house band. […]

TJ West: Casey James Prestwood and The Burning Angels

TJ West: Casey James Prestwood and The Burning Angels

By Kim Grant It’s only recently that I became acquainted with the Denver-based (but Virginia- born) Casey James Prestwood and his band, The Burning Angels. Band member Jeremi Rebecca Hush emailed me saying that the band really wanted to come to Los Angeles to play and asked if I knew of any good venues.  I […]

Kris Kristofferson is Alive and Well at The Rose in Pasadena

Kris Kristofferson is Alive and Well at The Rose in Pasadena

By Terry Roland For Kris Kristofferson the ‘old road’ has been a long one. Thankfully, he doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.  At the Rose in Pasadena last Thursday night the legendary songwriter took his time moving through his legacy of song for an appreciative capacity audience at the Vegas-style venue. Even though the […]

Patrick Carrico – Rooted in the Rich Tradition of California Country

Patrick Carrico – Rooted in the Rich Tradition of California Country

By Terry Roland Southern California’s Inland Empire is an unsuspecting place to find country-roots talent. But, if you travel down Route 66 heading east from L.A. far enough and you look real close you may see the footprints along the highway of others who have traveled along that road. They include familiar names like Sam […]

Nick Waterhouse releases Never Twice

Nick Waterhouse releases Never Twice

By Brian Rock If you find yourself in a state of post Mad Men deprivation blues and are jonesing for a fix of that cool, swinging cocktail culture, Nick Waterhouse has your cure. His second album “Never Twice,” will take you back in time to an era when men dressed to impress and there was […]

The Time Jumpers [feat. Vince Gill] release Kid Sister

The Time Jumpers [feat. Vince Gill] release Kid Sister

By Brian Rock It’s one thing when an established musical star starts a side project to explore new creative avenues. It’s another thing entirely when an established musical star is willing to become an ensemble member in a lesser known, already existing band. It speaks to the musical integrity of the established star and to […]

Luke Winslow-King’s new album I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

Luke Winslow-King’s new album I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

By Brian Rock A single, wavering note begins Luke Winslow-King’s new album, I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always; a small clue to the music that follows. Unlike his previous four albums, this work is intensely personal. As he strums his Fender guitar and bends that first note, it wavers between rising higher or dropping lower. […]

Harry Dean Stanton Celebrated by Kris Kristofferson, John C. Reilly and Vidiots

Harry Dean Stanton Celebrated by Kris Kristofferson, John C. Reilly and Vidiots

By Jake Tully Very rarely does a figure in American culture come along who can unite multiple generations with a simple wry grin and tip of their Stetson, and an immeasurable amount of charisma. Then again, Harry Dean Stanton is a rarity in Americana culture. With work on screen, on record and a presence seemingly […]

Waylon Jennings – The Lost Nashville Sessions

Waylon Jennings – The Lost Nashville Sessions

By Brian Rock New Waylon Jennings album. That’s probably all you need to know to make up your mind about getting a copy. But for those who are curious, the album is titled The Lost Nashville Sessions, and features 14 unreleased versions of Jennings originals and covers. The sessions were originally recorded in July of […]