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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 […]

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, […]

Ron Sexsmith Carousel One

Ron Sexsmith Carousel One

Ron Sexsmit Carousel One By Jake Tully The oft-woebegone songsmith Ron Sexsmith appears to have some newfound jubilation on his latest record, Carousel One. While the past string of Sexsmith’s albums may have showcased disenchantment and dejection, The Canadian troubadour’s latest focuses on much balmier themes; namely, satisfaction. Carousel One is as sunny as the […]

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 […]