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Blair Crimmins and the Hookers’ You Gotta Sell Something

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers’ You Gotta Sell Something

By Brian Rock Blair Crimmins and the Hookers want to sell you something. But despite the name, it’s not what you might think. What they are selling is righteous old-school jazz on their new release, You Gotta Sell Something. The fourth release from the Georgia octet finds them continuing and building upon their holy Jazz […]

Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrate with All-Star Kings & Kings

Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrate with All-Star Kings & Kings

By Brian Rock Blackie and The Rodeo Kings celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of their seventh studio album, Kings & Kings. The improbably named Canadian trio (there is no one named Blackie, and I am unable to verify whether there are any actual rodeo kings) of Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson […]

Duende by The Band of Heathens

Duende by The Band of Heathens

By Brian Rock Duende is the fifth studio album by The Band of Heathens. The title is a Spanish word meaning passion, heightened emotion, or spirit; and it is a fitting moniker for this set. Departing from the sparse, introspective feel of their last album, the band plugs back in and combines the best elements […]

Seneko Brings Back 90’s Americana

Seneko Brings Back 90’s Americana

By Jake Tully With a nod to Jay Farrar and the Wallflowers, Seneko’s  self-titled debut EP brings to the mind the nostalgic and warm harmonies of the formative early 90’s Americana. One reckons Seneko is emulating the sound from the scene that cemented the relationship of “Country” and “Country-adjacent.” Through churning drums and a faint […]

Holiday Review: Cris Jacobs, Francesca Brown, The Warhorses and Christmas on the Lam

Holiday Review: Cris Jacobs, Francesca Brown, The Warhorses and Christmas on the Lam

By Brian Rock Ready or not, Christmas is upon us. As a courtesy to all you last minute shoppers (you know who you are,) here’s a few stocking stuffer ideas for the music lover on your list. Dust to Gold by Cris Jacobs (for fans of bluesy, rootsy Americana) Part Townes Van Zandt, part Ronnie […]

Patrick Carrico – Rooted in the Rich Tradition of California Country

Patrick Carrico – Rooted in the Rich Tradition of California Country

By Terry Roland Southern California’s Inland Empire is an unsuspecting place to find country-roots talent. But, if you travel down Route 66 heading east from L.A. far enough and you look real close you may see the footprints along the highway of others who have traveled along that road. They include familiar names like Sam […]

Nick Waterhouse releases Never Twice

Nick Waterhouse releases Never Twice

By Brian Rock If you find yourself in a state of post Mad Men deprivation blues and are jonesing for a fix of that cool, swinging cocktail culture, Nick Waterhouse has your cure. His second album “Never Twice,” will take you back in time to an era when men dressed to impress and there was […]

The Time Jumpers [feat. Vince Gill] release Kid Sister

The Time Jumpers [feat. Vince Gill] release Kid Sister

By Brian Rock It’s one thing when an established musical star starts a side project to explore new creative avenues. It’s another thing entirely when an established musical star is willing to become an ensemble member in a lesser known, already existing band. It speaks to the musical integrity of the established star and to […]

Luke Winslow-King’s new album I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

Luke Winslow-King’s new album I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

By Brian Rock A single, wavering note begins Luke Winslow-King’s new album, I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always; a small clue to the music that follows. Unlike his previous four albums, this work is intensely personal. As he strums his Fender guitar and bends that first note, it wavers between rising higher or dropping lower. […]

Waylon Jennings – The Lost Nashville Sessions

Waylon Jennings – The Lost Nashville Sessions

By Brian Rock New Waylon Jennings album. That’s probably all you need to know to make up your mind about getting a copy. But for those who are curious, the album is titled The Lost Nashville Sessions, and features 14 unreleased versions of Jennings originals and covers. The sessions were originally recorded in July of […]

The Coal Men release Pushed To The Side

The Coal Men release Pushed To The Side

By Brian Rock Dave Coleman and his cleverly named band, The Coal Men, are either very brave or impractically idealistic. Living in Nashville, the trio insists on making “really honest, genuine music.” On their fifth album, Pushed To The Side, they do just that. Perhaps inspired by the unbearable irony of making genuine music in […]

Hymn for Her Releases Drive Til U Die

Hymn for Her Releases Drive Til U Die

By Brian Rock Listening to the new album, Drive Til U Die, by Hymn for Her, it’s hard to believe that all that great, textured psychobilly sound is coming from just two musicians. The duo,Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing, share vocal leads and harmonies. Her angelic alto and his earthy, growly baritone merge in perfect […]