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.

Davina and the Vagabonds’ Sugar Drops

Davina and the Vagabonds’ Sugar Drops

By Brian Rock Davina and the Vagabonds deliver a sweet and sumptuous feast for the ears on their fourth album, Sugar Drops. Lead singer (also songwriter and pianist) Davina Sowers is possessed of a voice […]

Karen Jonas’ Lucky, Revisited

Karen Jonas’ Lucky, Revisited

By Brian Rock Americana chanteuse, Karen Jonas revisits her early recordings on her fourth release, Lucky, Revisited. Whereas most artists revamp the arrangements of their most popular songs for the stage and then release a […]

Erick Koskinen’s Burning the Deal

Erick Koskinen’s Burning the Deal

By Brian Rock As the summer heat is burning our lawns, Erik Koskinen’s fourth studio album is Burning The Deal. Continuing in his critically acclaimed earnest, honest, and organic style; Koskinen produces poetic, slice-of-life snapshots […]

Chuck Mead’s Close to Home

Chuck Mead’s Close to Home

By Brian Rock Former BR5-49 front man, Chuck Mead finds a new home in Memphis on his fourth solo release, Close to Home. After working on site as the musical director for the CMT series, […]

Greg Felden’s Made of Strings

Greg Felden’s Made of Strings

By Brian Rock Greg Felden issues his Country tinged, Folk-Rock debut, Made of Strings. Like current Folk heroes Drew Holcomb and The Lumineers, Felden devotes as much attention to his musical arrangements as to his […]

Summer Playlist with Justin Townes Earle, Austin Meade, The Vandoliers, Southern Avenue and more

Summer Playlist with Justin Townes Earle, Austin Meade, The Vandoliers, Southern Avenue and more

It’s summer time again and that means there’s a ton of new releases vying to become the soundtrack of your soon to be epic vacation. So rather than focus on just one, here’s a roundup […]

Holly Renee Allen’s Appalachian Piecemeal

Holly Renee Allen’s Appalachian Piecemeal

By Brian Rock With a voice as clear as a mountain steam and as strong as the mountain it flows over, Holly Renee Allen sings a love letter to her beloved Blue Ridge in her […]

Josh Ritter’s Fever Breaks

Josh Ritter’s Fever Breaks

By Brian Rock Acclaimed Americana tunesmith Josh Ritter turns up the heat on his tenth studio release, Fever Breaks. With a little help from fellow Americana icon, Jason Isbell, who produced the album; Josh delivers […]

Tylor & The Train Robbers’ Best of the Worst Kind

Tylor & The Train Robbers’ Best of the Worst Kind

By Brian Rock Tylor & The Train Robbers barrel full steam ahead on their sophomore release, Best of the Worst Kind. With the musical influences of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Marty Stuart in the […]

M. Lockwood Porter’s Communion In The Ashes

M. Lockwood Porter’s Communion In The Ashes

By Brian Rock M. Lockwood Porter’s fourth album, Communion In The Ashes. offers hope amidst the social unrest and uncertainty of our times. With inevitable comparisons to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen sure to follow, […]

Ted Russell Kamp’s Walkin’ Shoes

Ted Russell Kamp’s Walkin’ Shoes

By Brian Rock Ted Russell Kamp invites you to lace up your comfy sneakers and join him on a musical stroll on his 11th studio release, Walkin’ Shoes. Riding a streak of four consecutive “Top […]

Dale Watson Call Me Lucky

Dale Watson Call Me Lucky

By Brian Rock Legendary Texas troubadour Dale Watson has been called many things from Honky-Tonk hero to Ameripolitan ambassador to just plain crazy. But now he wants you to call him by his new nickname […]