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. Visit Brian’s Family Album and Author Page.

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 […]

Duende by The Band of Heathens

Duende by The Band of Heathens

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. […]

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 […]