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Willie Nelson in Claremont by Terry Paul Roland Photos by Diane Stroebel It’s hard to say when an American artist whose creative bloodlines has run through decades, crosses that river of legacy from being an important artist to being a living legend and then, even further to become a national treasure akin to a living and [...]
Ronnie Fauss I Am the Man You Know I’m Not By Gerry Gomez Staff Writer Raised in the brutal heat of Texas, the rough hewn voice that Ronnie Fauss possesses takes its earnestness from life lived in sweaty watering holes and on baked country roads destined to the next gig in the next dirty town. [...]
Escondido The Ghost of Escondido By Gerry Gomez Staff Writer Escondido is a Nashville formed duo of Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Their vibey Spaghetti Western sound has a Southwestern desert sway to it, somewhat reminiscent of the Friends of Dean Martinez, Calexico and parts of Son Volt infused with Ennio Morricone. They create a [...]
Jonny Fritz – A Corndawg No More by John Larson Let’s get something straight right from the get-go: This is your daddy’s country. While his lyrics do have a modern slant, Jonny Fritz isn’t some homogenized schlock that sometimes passes these days for modern country. For his upcoming album, Dad Country, the Artist formally known [...]
Joe Ely & Joe Pug at The Mint Los Angeles, 3/16/2013 Photos and Words by Courtney Sudbrink Joe Ely official site: www.ely.com Joe Pug: www.joepugmusic.com The Mint LA: www.themintla.com In Los Angeles, no venue is better fitted for the songs and stories of Texas Country Rock legend, Lubbock native, former Clash touring partner and [...]
Photo Recap – Holly Williams @ The Hotel Cafe Los Angeles Photos of Holly Williams at The Hotel Cafe in L.A. on February 6, 2013 in support of her new album The Highway. All photos by TJ’s Nelson Blanton of Stylehouse Pro.
Holly Williams “The Highway” By Terry Paul Roland The importance of pedigree has long been a factor in the life and careers of American songwriters. The last 20 years have produced some of the best output from the offspring of veteran artists. Justin Townes Earle, Shooter Jennings and Lukas Nelson all rise from the shadows [...]
Unsung Heroes of Americana Music The Return of The Sweethearts of the Rodeo By Terry Roland, Staff Writer During the 60s Southern California’s Manhattan Beach was not known for its country music. But, along with the obvious surf culture, music was as constant a pre-occupation as baseball was to the youth of other towns. [...]
The Walcotts: A Congregations of Sinners & Saints By Terry Roland The L.A. Americana scene is a funky mish-mash of styles, talents and inspirations where streams of veteran celebrities casually rub shoulders with local artists in much the same way that used to occur in Greenwich Village a half a century ago. Ask anyone on Americana [...]
Jerry Jeff Walker Dixie’s Bar & Bus Stop-Live From Austin By Terry Paul Roland, Staff Writer Jerry Jeff Walker is one of the founding fathers of Americana music whose face probably belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of the genre. He was inventing music that would define the form and inspire its artists over 30 years [...]
The Bordertown Saints: The Bordertown Saints By Gerry Gomez, Staff Writer Imagine a run away train barreling through a Tex-Mex bordertown landing right in the middle of a dusty, olde-timey saloon brawl and you’ve got the Bordertown Saints. Their debut offering, Bordertown Saints, is full of some really good honky-tonking insurgent country rock among the best [...]
Bob Dylan Tempest The effortless shuffle, standup bass and Louis Armstrong-esque vocals on “Duquesne Whistle” open up Bob Dylan’s 35th album, Tempest with a train ride through Pennsylvania in the days of old, proving that if your name is Bob Dylan, you are one of the few people alive who can get away with writing [...]