Articles written by: Brian Rock

Brian was raised gypsy style, moving every other year until well after college. As friendships proved to be temporary, Brian found a constant companion in music, wearing the grooves off Beatles and Dylan albums before moving on to Lyle Lovett and Dwight Yokam. Living so often in flux, he has come to value music and lyrics of lasting quality. Not moved by trends or fashion, he is drawn to timeless lyrics and soulful rhythms. Although now settled down, Brian still expresses his gypsy spirit through his writing. He has co-written songs with musician friends he’s met along the way, including several contributions to the 2012 ICMA Album of the Year, Family Album. Brian also writes children’s books and poems, including the Children’s Book Council featured title, The Deductive Detective.

JD McPherson’s Undivided Heart And Soul

JD McPherson’s Undivided Heart And Soul

By Brian Rock The first note of the first song on JD McPherson’s new album, Undivided Heart And Soul, lets you know right away he’s entering a new chapter in his career. With this, his […]

Whitney Rose’s Rule 62

Whitney Rose’s Rule 62

By Brian Rock For most people, rule No.1 is the most important. But Whitney Rose marches to her own tune on her new album, Rule 62. Although relatively new to the Americana scene (this is […]

A.J. Croce Releases Just Like Medicine

A.J. Croce Releases Just Like Medicine

By Brian Rock A.J. Croce has the cure for your summertime blues, and it’s Just Like Medicine. Croce, son of the late, great Jim Croce, continues his father’s tradition of well-crafted, heartfelt insights into the […]

Jared Tyler: Dirt On Your Hands

Jared Tyler: Dirt On Your Hands

By Brian Rock Jared Tyler returns to his roots on his third album, Dirt On Your Hands.  Judging by the title’s premise that you have to put in some work to get something worth having, it’s […]

Justin Townes Earle Kids In The Street

Justin Townes Earle Kids In The Street

By Brian Rock It only takes about two seconds into Justin Townes Earle’s new release Kids In The Street to realize that he’s beginning a new chapter in his storied career. Gone are the introspective, […]

The Whiskey Charmers Take Us To The Valley

The Whiskey Charmers Take Us To The Valley

By Brian Rock The Whiskey Charmers serve up another round of their signature “Country Noir” on their second studio release, The Valley. Picking up where they left off, the Charmers create a moody, atmospheric soundscape […]

Following Sara Petite Down The Road Less Traveled

Following Sara Petite Down The Road Less Traveled

By Brian Rock Sara Petite invites you to follow her on The Road Less Traveled, her fifth studio release.  Sarah is traveling the well-worn road of heartaches and bad breaks in classic Country style. Part […]

To The Top with the Blackfoot Gypsies

To The Top with the Blackfoot Gypsies

By Brian Rock Once upon a time, before there was self-conscious, focus-grouped, infinite genre-subgrouping of music, there was Rock and Roll. Raw, unadulterated, energetic Rock and Roll. The Blackfoot Gypsies revive that glorious, undiluted era […]

K Phillips’ New Record Dirty Wonder

K Phillips’ New Record Dirty Wonder

By Brian Rock K Phillips has had enough and he’s ready to tell about it on his new release, Dirty Wonder. An album inspired and about breakups, Dirty Wonder finds K Phillips pondering the ins […]

Guy Clark: The Best of the Dualtone Years

Guy Clark: The Best of the Dualtone Years

By Brian Rock In Country music, there are legends, then there are people who inspire the legends. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Lyle Lovett (among others) all […]

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, […]

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

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

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 […]

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