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Guy Clark: The Best of the Dualtone Years

Guy Clark: The Best of the Dualtone Years

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 fall in the first category. And all of them have been inspired by and recorded cover versions of the songs of Guy Clark. […]

TJ West: The Statesboro Revue

TJ West: The Statesboro Revue

By Kim Grant I first became acquainted with Stewart Mann, several years ago in Los Angeles when he was performing under his own name and I was booking bands in Los Angeles.  Soon after that, he went back to Austin,Texas and formed a band.  When I first heard the music of The Statesboro Revue, it […]

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, You Gotta Sell Something. The fourth release from the Georgia octet finds them continuing and building upon their holy Jazz […]

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 I am unable to verify whether there are any actual rodeo kings) of Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson […]

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. Departing from the sparse, introspective feel of their last album, the band plugs back in and combines the best elements […]

TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can

TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can

By Kim Grant TJ West introduced Andrew Sheppard and his record Far From Here.  Now we’re happy to premiere his new video for the song, “Get It While You Can.” The video opens with a shot of downtown L.A. where Sheppard lived for awhile before moving back to his home state of Idaho. “Overall the […]

Seneko Brings Back 90’s Americana

Seneko Brings Back 90’s Americana

By Jake Tully With a nod to Jay Farrar and the Wallflowers, Seneko’s  self-titled debut EP brings to the mind the nostalgic and warm harmonies of the formative early 90’s Americana. One reckons Seneko is emulating the sound from the scene that cemented the relationship of “Country” and “Country-adjacent.” Through churning drums and a faint […]

The Long, Lonesome Highway of Hank Williams

The Long, Lonesome Highway of Hank Williams

By Terry Roland “The roses have faded, there’s frost at my door The birds in the morning don’t sing anymore The grass in the valley is starting to die And out in the darkness the whippoorwills cry.” – Hank Williams, from “Alone & Forsaken” The South, in the deep, lonely nights of winter can be […]

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 your list. Dust to Gold by Cris Jacobs (for fans of bluesy, rootsy Americana) Part Townes Van Zandt, part Ronnie […]

The Grand Ole Echo in Los Angeles is Back for its Third Annual Winter Dance Party

The Grand Ole Echo in Los Angeles is Back for its Third Annual Winter Dance Party

By Kim Grant The Los Angeles seasonal roots music series* is having their version of a holiday party celebrating the best music of the 1950’s and 60’s on December 15th.  The event will be hosted by former Grand Ole Echo booker, Matt Farber with Brian Whelan & The Rockin’ Roachas returning as the house band. […]

TJ West: Casey James Prestwood and The Burning Angels

TJ West: Casey James Prestwood and The Burning Angels

By Kim Grant It’s only recently that I became acquainted with the Denver-based (but Virginia- born) Casey James Prestwood and his band, The Burning Angels. Band member Jeremi Rebecca Hush emailed me saying that the band really wanted to come to Los Angeles to play and asked if I knew of any good venues.  I […]

Kris Kristofferson is Alive and Well at The Rose in Pasadena

Kris Kristofferson is Alive and Well at The Rose in Pasadena

By Terry Roland For Kris Kristofferson the ‘old road’ has been a long one. Thankfully, he doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.  At the Rose in Pasadena last Thursday night the legendary songwriter took his time moving through his legacy of song for an appreciative capacity audience at the Vegas-style venue. Even though the […]