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Long-Awaited Guy Clark Bio: Without Getting Killed Or Caught

Long-Awaited Guy Clark Bio: Without Getting Killed Or Caught

Legendary songwriter and Country great Guy Clark’s new bio, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, will be available October 18th. Written by Grammy-winning producer Tamara Saviano, the long awaited book explores the beloved tunesmith’s life, loves, and friendship with Townes Van Zandt, while also exploring the author’s friendship with Clark and […]

Tomato Tomato releases I Go Where You Go

Tomato Tomato releases I Go Where You Go

By Brian Rock Fresh picked from Canada, comes the new album from Tomato Tomato (or possibly pronounced Tomato Tomahto – I can never be sure after that Christopher Walken skit on Saturday Night Live) I Go Where You Go picks up where their debut album, So It Goes, left off; with a healthy dose of […]

French AmericanaJazz Artist NATE releases Pilgram

French AmericanaJazz Artist NATE releases Pilgram

By Brian Rock If you like Americana and Jazz and you ever find yourself in France, you should definitely check out the band Nate. If your travel budget keeps you closer to home, check out Nate’s new album, Pilgrim. Rooted in Jazz, Blues and Americana, Nate combines these elements with a continental, subdued elegance for a […]

Al Scorch: Circle Round The Signs

Al Scorch: Circle Round The Signs

By Brian Rock From the very first notes of Al Scorch’s new album, Circle Round The Signs, it’s abundantly clear that this is not your grandfather’s Bluegrass. Sure there’s plenty of banjo and fiddle to go around. But Al scorches the strings at full throttle and turns the amps to eleven. Like accidently playing an […]

Nudie’s Everything’s Different In The Night

Nudie’s Everything’s Different In The Night

By Brian Rock Canadian musician Nudie (Canudian?) releases his second solo album this month, Everything’s Different In The Night. Nudie (named for legendary Nashville designer Nudie Cohn, not for any onstage exhibitionism) continues his troubadour stylings from his critically acclaimed debut. A true Marty Stuart disciple, Nudie sings earnest, earthy songs about love and loss […]

Lorene from Left Arm Tan

Lorene from Left Arm Tan

By Brian Rock Start your engines and roll down your windows, because it’s time for the newest musical road trip from Left Arm Tan.  Lorene is the third full length offering from the Fort Worth based quintet. Picking up where they left off, they continue their distinctive brand of melodic Americana. With expert musicianship and […]

Take a Trip with Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Take a Trip with Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

By Mark Lennon Sturgill Simpson’s well documented burst onto the americana and country scene came with a loud twang-bang. 2014’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music with producer Dave Cobb harnessed the raw energy of Waylon Jennings’ throbbing country groove with psychedelic poetry and acoustic underpinnings making a legion of Sturgill fans seemingly overnight. The one thing […]

My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me

My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me

By Jake Tully With an EP entitled My Depression is Always Trying To Kill Me, one might think Venice beach busker-cum recording artist Vince Grant was being entirely transparent. However, the beauty in Grant’s music lies within a way of inhabiting Tim Buckley or Skip Spence, and in these elegiac and elegiac epic tragedies Grant […]

Julie Rhodes is Bound To Meet The Devil

Julie Rhodes is Bound To Meet The Devil

By Brian Rock If you like travelling on the Blues side of the Americana soundscape, sooner or later you’re bound to meet Julie Rhodes. On her debut album, Bound To Meet The Devil, she announces her debut on the world Blues stage with a confidence, swagger, and defiance that belies her newbie status. Part Brittany […]

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

Midwest Soul Xchange opens with the New American Century

By Jake Tully In search of truly authentic Middle American folk music, it’s often difficult to parse out what will be a re-hash of Heartland rock and music that will inhabit traditional music of the region. While such a quest for music may be outdated and somewhat in vain, we’re lucky enough to have acts […]

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone

Corb Lund’s Things That Can’t Be Undone By Brian Rock Corb Lund continues to be one of the most interesting voices in Americana today. His latest album, Things That Can’t Be Undone, continues his streak of inspired and insightful musical milestones. Despite being from Canada, Corb has a keen insight into the American experience. On […]

Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time

Kevin Gordon’s Long Gone Time

By Brian Rock Kevin Gordon’s new release, Long Gone Time simmers with the musical flavors of his Louisiana roots. Jazz, Blues and Rockabilly are all slow-cooked together and occasionally brought to a boil to bring out the flavorful essence of each. The lyrics are equally tasty, as the acclaimed “juke-joint professor emeritus” works his mojo […]