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.

Rachel Brooke’s The Loneliness in Me

Rachel Brooke’s The Loneliness in Me

By Brian Rock Rachel Brooke pours out classic country tearjerkers on her third release, The Loneliness in Me. Channeling her inner Kitty Wells, with just a touch of Connie Francis, Brooke goes full “old school” […]

Jensen Sister’s Yellow Frames

Jensen Sister’s Yellow Frames

By Brian Rock Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed 2019 EP, Highway Hippie, The Jensen Sisters return with the release of their debut full length album, Yellow Frames. The talented songwriting sisters combine […]

Victoria Bailey’s Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline

Victoria Bailey’s Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline

By Brian Rock Victoria Bailey pays homage to classic country on her debut release, Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline. As you might surmise from the title, the album is chock full of references to […]

Heidi Newfield’s The Barfly Sessions: Vol 1

Heidi Newfield’s The Barfly Sessions: Vol 1

By Brian Rock Heidi Newfield is back! Eight years after her first solo album since leaving Trick Pony, Newfield returns with The Barfly Sessions: Vol 1. Overflowing with a decade’s worth of creative energy, “The […]

Kenny Roby’s Reservoir

Kenny Roby’s Reservoir

By Brian Rock Six String Drag frontman, Kenny Roby unplugs and unravels on his latest solo release The Reservoir. Confronting the devastating trifecta of addiction, divorce and the death of his friend, Roby digs deep into […]

Nocona’s Los Dos

Nocona’s Los Dos

By Brian Rock Nocona returns with their ironically named third album, Los Dos. This Los Angeles based band named after a small Texas town is a study in contradictions. Nocona has one foot firmly planted […]

Ted Russell Kamp’s Down In The Den

Ted Russell Kamp’s Down In The Den

By Brian Rock Ted Russell Kamp gets down on his twelfth release, Down In The Den. The Den, of course, is the name of Kamp’s home studio; and the album has a relaxed, down home […]

Corb Lund’s Agricultural Tragic

Corb Lund’s Agricultural Tragic

By Brian Rock Corb Lund reflects on the comedy and tragedy of rural living on his tenth release, Agricultural Tragic. Born and raised on a functioning ranch and doing a stint as a rodeo rider, […]

TJ’s Anthemic Pandemic Summer Mix with Jaime Wyatt, Jason Isbell, Andrea & Mud, The Harmed Brothers and Darlin’ Brando

TJ’s Anthemic Pandemic Summer Mix with Jaime Wyatt, Jason Isbell, Andrea & Mud, The Harmed Brothers and Darlin’ Brando

By Brian Rock Well, this is certainly the weirdest, wildest summer in recent memory. With some states open for business and some sealed tighter than a drum; with social distancing and ever-changing mask regulations; our […]

Reckless Kelly Releases American Jackpot & American Girls

Reckless Kelly Releases American Jackpot & American Girls

By Brian Rock Reckless Kelly pens a love letter to America in their simultaneously released new albums, American Jackpot and American Girls. Lead vocalist Willy Braun explains that, “I wanted to tell stories of everyday […]

Zach Aaron’s Fill Dirt Wanted

Zach Aaron’s Fill Dirt Wanted

By Brian Rock Texas troubadour Zach Aaron digs up some authentic Country Blues on his third release, Fill Dirt Wanted. With a voice as raw and real as a fresh bar fight scar, Aaron combines […]

Whitney Rose’s We Still Go To Rodeos

Whitney Rose’s We Still Go To Rodeos

By Brian Rock Whitney Rose saddles up for her fourth full length release, We Still Go To Rodeos. Cementing her place among the who’s who of women artists in Americana, she combines the fearlessness of […]