TJ’s 2015 Best of Americana TJ’s 2015 Best of Americana

TJ’s 2015 Best of Americana

  • January 5, 2016 11:09 am
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With the promise of a new year, 2016 will inevitably bring the soundtrack of our days and nights, helping celebrate the highs and morning the lows through music. TJ takes a quick look back at the top albums that helped shape last year’s landscape through the eyes of our writers. Did any of these make it […]

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Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone

  • December 22, 2015 9:14 am
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Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone By Brian Rock Corb Lund continues to be one of the most interesting voices in Americana today. His latest album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, continues his streak of inspired and insightful musical milestones. Despite being from Canada, Corb has a keen insight into the American experience. On […]

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TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA

TJ Artist Profile: NOCONA

  • November 27, 2015 8:48 am
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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 […]

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Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time

Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time

  • October 27, 2015 4:02 pm
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By Brian Rock Kevin Gordon’s new release, Long Gone Time simmers with the musical flavors of his Louisiana roots. Jazz, Blues and Rockabilly are all slow-cooked together and occasionally brought to a boil to bring out the flavorful essence of each. The lyrics are equally tasty, as the acclaimed “juke-joint professor emeritus” works his mojo […]

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Features

The Humble Kind’s Soaring Harmonies

The Humble Kind’s Soaring Harmonies

By Amanda Wicks Humble Kind’s four core members, Will Folse (lead guitar), Michael Legendre (guitar and lap steel), Benjamin Moore (rhythm guitar) and Marc Stubbs (bass) are exactly what their name purports: humble. These Baton Rouge-based gents made their way around the local music scene before forming their Americana sound and becoming one of the […]

Nov 7, 2015 8:22

Reviews

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

By Jake Tully In search of truly authentic Middle American folk music, it’s often difficult to parse out what will be a re-hash of Heartland rock and music that will inhabit traditional music of the region. While such a quest for music may be outdated and somewhat in vain, we’re lucky enough to have acts […]

Feb 4, 2016 8:33

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 Talks with Dale Watson Before Thursday’s Echo Show

TJ WEST Talks with Dale Watson Before Thursday’s Echo Show

By Kim Grant Texas based honky tonk artist, Dale Watson has a new album titled, Call Me Insane and is currently on tour in support of the record. Call Me Insane is his 29th record and proves he is still King of the Honky Tonk after all these years. Positioning himself as an outsider to mainstream country, he started […]

Sep 29, 2015 16:30

Recent Articles

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

By Jake Tully In search of truly authentic Middle American folk music, it’s often difficult to parse out what will be a re-hash of Heartland rock and music that will inhabit traditional music of the region. While such a quest for music may be outdated and somewhat in vain, we’re lucky enough to have acts […]

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue Stops Through LA

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue Stops Through LA

By Jake Tully It’s safe to say that at 66 and still performing as visceral as ever, Nick Lowe reigns supreme as Jesus of cool. For the second annual tour of Lowe’s “Quality Holiday Revue,” the new wave phenom teamed up with surf-punk backing band Los Straightjackets for a night of holiday standards and Stiff […]

TJ WEST: GOE Winter Dance Party

TJ WEST: GOE Winter Dance Party

TJ WEST: GOE Winter Dance Party By Kim Grant This Sunday (Dec 13) in Los Angeles, The Grand Ole Echo (the spring/summer Americana music series) will hold a winter dance party honoring the era of the birth of rock and roll.  The idea came about when Matt Farber, half of the GOE booking duo, was […]

The Humble Kind’s Soaring Harmonies

The Humble Kind’s Soaring Harmonies

By Amanda Wicks Humble Kind’s four core members, Will Folse (lead guitar), Michael Legendre (guitar and lap steel), Benjamin Moore (rhythm guitar) and Marc Stubbs (bass) are exactly what their name purports: humble. These Baton Rouge-based gents made their way around the local music scene before forming their Americana sound and becoming one of the […]

TJ West: Catch Chris Morris as He Talks Los Lobos and New Book Dream in Blue

TJ West: Catch Chris Morris as He Talks Los Lobos and New Book Dream in Blue

By Kim Grant Los Lobos leaped into the national spotlight in 1987, when their cover of “La Bamba” became a No. 1 hit. But what looked like an overnight achievement to the band’s new fans was actually a way station in a long musical journey that began in East Los Angeles in 1973 and is […]

LA Bluegrass Situation Goes Greek

LA Bluegrass Situation Goes Greek

By Jake Tully Los Angeles has always fostered a healthy friendship with the traditional music of America’s roots. From the early days of the cowpoke radio darlings to musical stylings that embody psychedelia and punk there has been a strong reverence in Los Angeles for music that is thoroughly Americana. In particular, traces and shadows of […]

Joe Goodkin’s Record Of Life

Joe Goodkin’s Record Of Life

By Jake Tully It’s easy to look to the format of a record as an autobiographical unveiling of routine minutiae. Springsteen perhaps codified this best in his early years with songs of bus rides and record company advances, intertwining with forlorn romances with Jersey girls and automobiles. There’s a comfortable feeling of what Bruce was […]

Watkins Family Hour Covers LA

Watkins Family Hour Covers LA

Watkins Family Hour Covers LA By Jake Tully Upon first impression the gang behind The Watkins Family Hour constitutes the decidedly kitsch  (a folkie sibling duo, Benmont Tench and bass courtesy Soul Coughing’s Sebastian Steinberg, to name a few from the stable) and the embodiment of a musical pronouncement from the aging alt-90’s crowd. Who […]

Star Wars Strikes the Greek

Star Wars Strikes the Greek

By Jake Tully A true mark of indelible talent is when those in the cheap seats have nothing but positive words to spill into their word document after the show. At the very least, that’s how this reporter felt while battling nosebleed and balancing on a bench during the ever-persistent genius of Wilco at LA’s […]

Video Premiere: “Turn and Run” by The Surreal McCoys

Video Premiere: “Turn and Run” by The Surreal McCoys

By Kim Grant Who are the Surreal McCoys? Think tongue-in-cheek, think Johhny Cash mixed with The Clash, with a strong chaser of the Stones, the Replacements, and the Drive-By Truckers for good measure. Their New Disc The Howl & The Growl Is A Dark, Twangy Love Letter To Rock ‘n’ Roll. Recorded and produced in […]

Agastock Festival Rocks Los Angeles

Agastock Festival Rocks Los Angeles

By Jake Tully This past Sunday saw the Second Annual Agastock Festival as part of the Grand Ole Echo Series take over The Echo on Sunset. Agastock saw its second year as a benefit event for The Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) Trauma Training Program in memory of Alice Ferguson. An Americana and Country music […]

Sam Outlaw Angeleno

Sam Outlaw Angeleno

Sam Outlaw Angeleno By Jake Tully There’s a need for country and western music that follows a systematic approach to record making. Much like the moral code of the West that unifies both do-gooders and desperados alike, every now and then it serves us well to have the classic formula on record for listeners and […]