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Little Richard: Directly From My Heart

Little Richard: Directly From My Heart

Little Richard: Directly From My Heart By Brian Rock Little Richard. One of the few towering greats of Rock and Roll. He influenced everyone from Paul McCartney to David Lee Roth to Michael Jackson. Even Elvis covered many of his songs. He is a hall of famer who helped inspire most other hall of famers. […]

The Grahams: Glory Bound

The Grahams: Glory Bound

The Grahams: Glory Bound By Brian Rock Husband and wife team, The Grahams, hit the tracks to record new tracks for their second release. Inspired by Woody Guthrie’s “Farmer Labor Train,” Alyssa and Doug Graham wanted to create a train themed project. So they rode the rails from Oklahoma to Memphis to New Orleans working […]

Eilen Jewell’s Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell’s Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell’s Sundown Over Ghost Town By Brian Rock The “Queen of the Minor Key,” Eilen Jewell, returns for her fifth album, Sundown Over Ghost Town. As the title implies, it’s a sparse, introspective musical nocturne. Gone are the jazz and country swing musical flourishes of her earlier work. Instead Eilen’s voice does the heavy […]

Hope You’re Happy Now by Grant Langston

Hope You’re Happy Now by Grant Langston

By Gerry Gomez They say that breaking up is hard to do. Some might choose to drink away their sorrows, others would get mad at the world and lash out in emotional rage. Still others might cocoon themselves up, lick their wounds and retreat from everyone. In the case of Los Angeleno and country troubadour […]

Stagecoach Day 3

Stagecoach Day 3

By Jake Tully Stagecoach Day 3: The third day of any music festival weekend marks an intrepid conclusion of debauchery or tom-foolery. In the case of Stagecoach, this was personified by way of cougars on the prowl after a few Lime-A-Ritas or fraternity brothers who beat their way into the crowds because they couldn’t cope […]

TJ West: Phoebe Bridgers

TJ West: Phoebe Bridgers

TJ West: Phoebe Bridgers By Kim Grant As co-creator of the Americana music series in Los Angeles, The Grand Ole Echo, I’ve been lucky enough to meet and befriend hundreds of musicians over the past 10 years.  One of those artists is Phoebe Bridgers whom I met when she was 12 years old playing on […]

The Whiskey Charmers

The Whiskey Charmers

The Whiskey Charmers By Brian Rock If Eilen Jewell met The Far West on Some Velvet Evening, I’m pretty sure the result would be The Whiskey Charmers.  The Whiskey Charmers cleverly titled debut, The Whiskey Charmers, combines the best of all three artists to create a sound they aptly describe as Country Noir. The band […]

Stagecoach Day 2

Stagecoach Day 2

By Jake Tully Stagecoach Day 2: Day two greeted its patrons with a dark and portentous sky looming over the Empire Polo Fields. A sea change from Friday’s Santa Ana wind- riddled atmosphere, the dark clouds overhead proved some sort of hesitation for the day’s events – inciting a bawdiness not yet seen at 2015’s […]

Stagecoach Day 1

Stagecoach Day 1

By Jake Tully Stagecoach Day 1: Stagecoach, unlike Coachella, is specifically oriented for the older, rowdy, grits in their teeth, dust in their hair crowd. From the copious bales of hay for yer sittin’ plea-sure to the clearly demarcated signs leading to specific stages and booths, it’s slightly comforting to know that the festival has […]

Talkin Stagecoach with Jake Tully

Talkin Stagecoach with Jake Tully

Talkin Stagecoach with Jake Tully As festival season will soon commence with the coming of spring, warm weather and Bob Weir (seriously, the man seems ever-present) one can look to Coachella Valley’s own Stagecoach Festival, the ever-prevalent country/folk/Americana/roots gathering held in the very same Empire Polo Fields as our dear friend Coachella is. While 2015 […]

Ray Wylie Hubbard’s The Ruffian’s Misfortune

Ray Wylie Hubbard’s The Ruffian’s Misfortune

  Ray Wylie Hubbard’s The Ruffian’s Misfortune By Brian Rock Ray Wylie Hubbard went down to the crossroads. I can’t say for certain if he had a “Conversation with the Devil.” But I can assure you he came back with a guitar case full of authentic Delta blues – delivered with his own unique Texas […]

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, […]