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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 […]

Joe Goodkin’s Record Of Life

Joe Goodkin’s Record Of Life

By Jake Tully It’s easy to look to the format of a record as an autobiographical unveiling of routine minutiae. Springsteen perhaps codified this best in his early years with songs of bus rides and record company advances, intertwining with forlorn romances with Jersey girls and automobiles. There’s a comfortable feeling of what Bruce was […]

Video Premiere: “Turn and Run” by The Surreal McCoys

Video Premiere: “Turn and Run” by The Surreal McCoys

By Kim Grant Who are the Surreal McCoys? Think tongue-in-cheek, think Johhny Cash mixed with The Clash, with a strong chaser of the Stones, the Replacements, and the Drive-By Truckers for good measure. Their New Disc The Howl & The Growl Is A Dark, Twangy Love Letter To Rock ‘n’ Roll. Recorded and produced in […]

Sam Outlaw Angeleno

Sam Outlaw Angeleno

Sam Outlaw Angeleno By Jake Tully There’s a need for country and western music that follows a systematic approach to record making. Much like the moral code of the West that unifies both do-gooders and desperados alike, every now and then it serves us well to have the classic formula on record for listeners and […]