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Ryan Bingham’s Fear and Saturday Night

Ryan Bingham’s Fear and Saturday Night

Ryan Bingham’s Fear and Saturday Night By Mark Whitfield Lennon Ryan Bingham releases his latest record, Fear and Saturday Night, as the follow up to Tomorrowland, his 2012 “garage rock” solo departure from  his band The Dead Horses and record label Lost Highway. Of course before that, Bingham’s list of accolades included an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, […]

Let The Good Times Roll

Let The Good Times Roll

Let The Good Times Roll By Brian Rock Let The Good Times Roll, is the title of JD McPherson’s sophomore album. And that’s exactly what this album does. From the first “Summertime Blues” inspired drum beats of the eponymous lead off track; this album pulses with raw, vibrant energy and excitement. Backed by a pounding […]

Tweedy’s Ace Hotel

Tweedy’s Ace Hotel

By Jake Tully After creating arguably one of the best albums of 2014, Tweedy – father Jeff and son Spencer – have hit the road in a large and critically acclaimed tour in support of Sukierae, with a two-night stop at the famed Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Los Angeles has historically greeted the elder […]

Scott Hrabko Biscuits & Gravity

Scott Hrabko Biscuits & Gravity

By Brian Rock Scott Hrabko follows up his impressive 2013 debut, Gone Places, with his new album, Biscuits & Gravity.  With a little help from his backing band, The Rabbits, Scott picks up right where he left off. Starting with the Western Swinging “Died and Gone to Heaven,” Scott exudes a Roger Miller, “King of […]

James McMurtry Complicated Game

James McMurtry Complicated Game

By Brian Rock “Honey don’t you be yellin’ at me when I’m cleaning my gun.” So begins James McMurtry’s 9th studio album, Complicated Game. With this line McMurtry is able to create tension and suspense and lay the foundations of a believable living, breathing main character. And that’s just the first line! The song, “Copper […]

American Aquarium’s Wolves

American Aquarium’s Wolves

American Aquarium’s Wolves By Brian Rock American Aquarium follows up their critically acclaimed, Burn, Flicker, Die with their 6th studio release, Wolves. You might think that with the praises of the Americana community still ringing in their ears, this album would strike a tone of triumphant optimism. You might be wrong. Wolves strikes a somber […]

Bob Dylan Compels and Haunts Through Voice & Song

Bob Dylan Compels and Haunts Through Voice & Song

Bob Dylan Compels and Haunts Through Voice & Song By Terry Roland Bob Dylan’s Shadows in the Night is another revelation in a career that has set trends and influenced the musical landscape for over five decades. On this new release Dylan moves through the soundtrack that formed his childhood before he heard rock & […]

Album Review: The Simple Truth by Jeff Austin

Album Review: The Simple Truth by Jeff Austin

Album Review: The Simple Truth by Jeff Austin By Brian Rock Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist, Jeff Austin steps out on his own with the release of his debut album, The Simple Truth. From the album’s first notes on “What the Night Brings,” Jeff makes it clear that this is not just YMSB.2. With a […]

Justin Towns Earle’s Absent Fathers

Justin Towns Earle’s Absent Fathers

Justin Towns Earle’s Absent Fathers By Jake Tully Justin Towns Earle doesn’t bother with any highfalutin introductions when it comes to his records, and one can appreciate that about the Nashvillian singer-songwriter. 2015’s Absent Fathers is no exception to JTE’s candor, nor is it anything but a sublime companion to last year’s Single Mothers. Subtle, […]

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: Medicine

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: Medicine

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: Medicine By Brian Rock Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors bring a spark of warmth to this frigid season with their fourth full length release, Medicine. Starting with the sparse, acoustic, “American Beauty,” Drew sings, “Her blue eyes shone in the summer sun, her kiss felt like a loaded gun. Wish […]

Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal

Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal

Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal By Gerry Gomez Anthony Arechiga is the spark plug for local promoters known as Hillgrass Bluebilly SoCal. Over the past couple of years, Arechiga and Hillgrass Bluebilly have put on an array of shows in local watering holes, Escondite, the Wayfarer, Detroit Bar, Alex’s Bar, Memphis Cafe, as well as the Long […]

Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah

Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah

Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah By Jake Tully It’s not often that a roots band so triumphantly kicks off their debut that one feels as though they’ve encountered something instantaneously formidable. Luckily, the immediately powerful sound comes hand in glove with San Francisco based roots-rockers Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah on their eponymous debut record. […]