Reviews

D.D. Verni and the Cadillac Band’s Let’s Rattle

D.D. Verni and the Cadillac Band’s Let’s Rattle

By Brian Rock Heavy metal bassist/songwriter D.D. Verni (of the band Overkill) is sure to rattle some cages with the release of his first swing album, Let’s Rattle. With the assistance of his backing unit, […]

Sean Devine’s Here For It All

Sean Devine’s Here For It All

By Brian Rock Genre bending singer songwriter Sean Devine returns for his fourth album, Here For It All. Combining country and folk arrangements with just a subtle touch of rock influence, Devine sings about the […]

James McMurtry’s The Horses and the Hounds

James McMurtry’s The Horses and the Hounds

By Brian Rock James McMurtry unleashes his literary prowess on his tenth studio album, The Horses and the Hounds. The ten musical novellas included on this album find McMurtry weaving tales of jealousy, faithlessness, murder […]

Willie Nile’s The Day the Earth Stood Still

Willie Nile’s The Day the Earth Stood Still

By Brian Rock New York indie maverick, Willie Nile tries to make sense of the new normal on his seventeenth studio release, The Day The Earth Stood Still. Teetering wildly from angst to hope to […]

Gabe Dixon’s Lay It On Me

Gabe Dixon’s Lay It On Me

By Brian Rock Pianist Gabe Dixon lays down some buoyant, soulful, tracks on his third release, Lay It On Me. Heavy Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder influences dance across the keys as Dixon sings jubilant […]

Tylor and the Train Robbers’ Non-Typical Find

Tylor and the Train Robbers’ Non-Typical Find

By Brian Rock Tylor and the Train Robbers ride again on their third release, Non-Typical Find. Still rolling with their earthy, rustic Americana sound; this time they add a bit of piano, banjo, and a […]

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones’ Here to Tell the Tale

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones’ Here to Tell the Tale

By Brian Rock Rockabilly revivalists Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones have a message to share on their third album, Here to Tell the Tale. That message is: Rockabilly is alive and well! More than that, […]

TJ Summer Mix with Leftover Salmon, Charlie Marie, Zach Schmidt, Stephen Flatt and Ashleigh Flynn

TJ Summer Mix with Leftover Salmon, Charlie Marie, Zach Schmidt, Stephen Flatt and Ashleigh Flynn

By Brian Rock Summer is finally here and, after more than a year of lockdowns, things are finally opening up! That means road trips – and road trips mean summer playlists! Here are a few […]

Steve Almaas’ Everywhere You’ve Been

Steve Almaas’ Everywhere You’ve Been

By Brian Rock If you are “of a certain age” and can trace your musical evolution from Punk to New Wave to Alternative to Roots Rock to Americana, then Steve Almaas has been Everywhere You’ve […]

The Rose Petals’ American Grenadine

The Rose Petals’ American Grenadine

By Brian Rock The Rose Petals make history – or at least sing about it, on their debut album, American Grenadine. The ascendant Americana duo had the unorthodox, yet inspired idea to create an album […]

West of Texas’ Heartache Hangovers & Honky Tonks

West of Texas’ Heartache Hangovers & Honky Tonks

By Brian Rock West of Texas releases their Texas sized debut, Heartache, Hangovers & Honks Tonks. If ever there was truth in advertising, this is it. This generously packaged, sixteen song album is a virtual […]

Mason Lively Releases Self-titled Second Release

Mason Lively Releases Self-titled Second Release

By Brian Rock Texas native, Mason Lively reintroduces himself to the Americana scene with his self-titled second release, Mason Lively. Like Pat Green and Casey Donahew, Lively is part of the next generation of Texas […]